Peru For Less
Custom, private tours to Peru and Galapagos
Kim MacQuarrie
Explorer & Four-time Emmy Winner

A keen explorer and adventurer, Kim has won 4 Emmy Awards -- 3 of them for documentaries on the Peruvian Amazon. Kim’s newest book, Adventure in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, about a 4,500-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego.

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Galapagos & Machu Picchu

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Detailed Itinerary Presented by Kim MacQuarrie 4-time Emmy winner  | + info
Day 1
Guayaquil houses on hill

Your journey begins with a stop in Guayaquil, gateway to the Galapagos Islands. Meet our representative at the airport for a transfer to your hotel and a short briefing on what to expect during your Galapagos Cruise. Enjoy the evening exploring the vibrant nightlife of this tropical Ecuadorian city.

Arrival in Guayaquil
Day 2
Galapagos seals swim in translucent water

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, meet your guides for a transfer to cruise ship. Enjoy lunch as you set sail to the first adventure. Ride a dinghy boat from shore to a tranquil lagoon bordered by mangroves where pelicans, herons, and egrets feed. In the calm waters, you’ll see turtles swimming among white-tipped reef sharks.

Note: This itinerary gives you an idea of your activities by day. Your cruise itinerary may vary.

Flight to Galapagos. Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
Day 3
Silhouette of Toba Pinnacle in Galapagos

Make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay and walk on a path through extensive lava flows formed in the 19th century. You’ll have time to snorkel and swim in the water.

Enjoy a memorable walk on the dark red beach of Rabida Island. Take a dinghy ride to observe nesting seabirds and then snorkel off the coast amid the thriving marine life.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago). Rabida Island
Day 4
Galapagos seals strike poses on red sand beach

In the morning, make a wet landing on a volcanic black sand beach and explore the uplifted coral reef where you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants. Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.

After lunch, walk to a saltwater crater lake with views of Isabel’s volcanic cones. Then take a dinghy ride to see colonies of blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins.

Urbina Bay. Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Day 5
Diver sinks beneah passing whale shark

Cross the Bolivar Channel and land on the rocky shore of Fernandina to see marine iguanas mingling with sally lightfoot crabs on the lava terrain. Enjoy snorkeling with diverse endemic sea fauna.

Take a dinghy ride to observe a variety of sea and coastal birds. Enjoy deep-water snorkeling in one of the richest marine havens on Earth.

Punta Espinosa (Fernandina), Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)
Day 6
Central fountain on Lima Plaza de Armas

Land at Puerto Ayora and drive into the Santa Cruz highlands. Enjoy a short walk through the lush green hills to see wild giant tortoises.

Transfer to Baltra airport to begin your onward journey to Lima. Upon arrival, meet our Incas Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your Lima hotel.

Santa Cruz Highlands. Onward flight to Lima.
Day 7
Cusco plaza and churches seen from above

Fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, meet a Incas Expert Travel representative for the short drive to your hotel in the historic center. Along the way, you will see stunning examples of the city’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.

You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city. Remember to take it easy on your first day at altitude.

Fly to Cusco. Relax and wonder
Day 8
Cusco house with stone foundation and whitewashed adobe walls

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.

Private Half Day Cusco City Tour
Day 9
Sinuous terraces blend into valley slope

Meet your guide to begin an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras, and the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.

Private Sacred Valley Tour. Train to Machu Picchu
Day 10
Machu Picchu citadel nested on mountain ridge

Wake up early and meet your guide for a memorable walk through the “lost city of the Incas” and let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco.

Upgrade options:
*Add an extra day in Machu Picchu.
*Climb Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins.

Private Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco
Day 11
Travelers at lookout point view Cusco red roofs and mountains

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.

Return to Lima or continue your journey

*All tours are private unless noted in your itinerary.

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