Situated atop the grand cliffs of the Miraflores district, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from each of its 300 rooms. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool and fitness center with massage treatments, sauna, Internet access, restaurant, lounge, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
Meet our tour directors
Tour membership limited to 12-20 guests
15 days from $7,293 total price from Miami
($6,595 air, land & cruise inclusive plus $698 airline taxes
and departure fees)
They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the natural selection for both: the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where we spend the night at an intimate on-site hotel, and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” where we cruise aboard an intimate privately chartered ship. It’s an exhilarating discovery of lost worlds.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.
Day 2: Lima This morning we tour the Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection includes a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures. This afternoon we take a city tour of the Peruvian capital followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,D
Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley Today we fly to Cuzco, where we travel to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. After visiting the Indian market at Pisac, we reach our hotel mid-afternoon. Before dinner we attend a native Offering to the Earth ceremony. B,L,D
Day 4: Sacred Valley Today we visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where residents live much as their ancestors did. Then we explore Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that continue to inspire wonder. We return to our hotel late this afternoon and dine there tonight. B,L,D
Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Early this morning we travel by train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where we board a bus for Machu Picchu. Our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” begins late this morning. Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this site whose original purpose has been lost to time. Following our tour, we check in at the 31-room Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, just steps from the entrance to the ruins. While most visitors see Machu Picchu on a day trip, we have the rare privilege of spending the night and seeing the ruins after all the tourists have left. B,L,D
Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco Today before the day trippers arrive we begin our second guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. We return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and free time before our mid-afternoon train to Ollanta then coach to Cuzco. B,L
Day 7: Cuzco This morning we tour the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage site. We stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L
Day 8: Cuzco/Quito Early today we fly via Lima to Quito, arriving late afternoon. This evening we have a briefing and dinner at our hotel. B,D
Days 9–12: Galapagos Cruising Our Galapagos adventure begins with an early departure on Day 9 for the flight to Baltra or San Cristobal, where we board the privately chartered M/Y Coral II, our home for the next three or four nights (depending on tour departure date). While exact cruise itineraries are subject to the dictates of Galapagos National Park authorities, each cruise features expert Galapagos naturalist guides and the opportunity to see giant Galapagos tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, iguanas, and abundant bird life. On all cruises we also will enjoy opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, panga boat rides, and nature walks. B,L,D daily
Following is a representative sampling of the islands we may visit on our cruise:
Daphne: Prime birdwatching: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies.
Española: A rich diversity of species at Suarez Point: Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, Waved Albatross, sea lions, colorful marine iguanas. Excellent snorkeling at Gardner Bay.
Fernandina: From Tagus Cove we hike to Darwin Lake for deep-water snorkeling with sea turtles and penguins, and a panga ride to observe sea birds. Beautiful volcanic landscape.
Floreana: We find flamingos, migratory birds, and a green-sand beach at Cormorant Point. Behind the flamingo lagoon, we may see nesting sea turtles.
Isabela: The largest island in the chain features as many as 20 species of migratory birds at Humedales, the westernmost port of the Galapagos.
Rabida: Here we stroll a red-sand beach with a large sea lion colony; see some (or all) of the nine species of Darwin’s finches found only here; and catch beautiful views from the island’s highest point.
San Cristóbal: At Pitt Point we see all three species of boobies together: Blue-footed, Red-footed, and Nazca, as well as Magnificent and Great frigate birds and a sea lion colony. We can snorkel and enjoy a panga ride amid the diversity of sea birds.
Santiago: Espumilla Beach features a sea turtle nesting site, mangrove forests, deep-water snorkeling, and beautiful views from the island’s highest point. At Egas Port we search for birds on a guided walk.
Day 13: Galapagos/Quito Today we fly from Baltra or San Cristobal to Quito (via Guayaquil). We celebrate our adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,D
Day 14: Quito/Depart for U.S. Nestled in a valley surrounded by staggering Andes peaks, Quito boasts the largest historic center in the Americas and was the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage site. We discover this capital city on today’s tour. We also visit Middle of the World Monument, where we can straddle two hemispheres. Later we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Miami. B,L
Day 15: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. and connect with our flights home.
Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain. Also, there are both wet and dry landings in the Galapagos. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. In addition, Cuzco’s high altitude (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. Please consult your physician if you have concerns.
- Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
- 13 nights’ accommodations: 4 nights aboard privately chartered Superior First Class boat M/Y Coral II; 9 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
- 33 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
- Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Galapagos National Park fee of $100
- Services of local Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors; experienced naturalists aboard M/Y Coral II
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
- Luggage handling for one bag per person
- Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
- $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Dates & Prices
2014 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees
Oct 7, 21
Jun 3, 17
|Atlanta, Balt, Bos, Char,
Chicago, Cinc, Cleve,
Hou, Minn, New York,
Philadelphia, Wash, DC
|Dallas, Denver, Detroit,
Los Ang, Phoe, Port (OR),
San Francisco, Seattle
Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin on Sea Deck with porthole and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $698, which are subject to change until final payment is made.
Single travelers please add $3,195. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2014 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees) are guaranteed.
Upgrade to Earth Deck with window: $395 ($595 single); upgrade to Sky Deck with window: $495 ($795 single)
*3-night cruise; one additional night in Quito
Business Class upgrade from Miami on round-trip international flight: $1,595 per person
JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Lima / Days 1-2 / Superior First Class
Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class
This chalet-style lodging with panoramic Andes views from every room, Casa Andina is located outside the town of Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The 85-room hotel sits amid lovely gardens and green space and features a restaurant, bar, fitness center, spa, Internet access, and laundry service. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu / Day 5 / Superior First Class
A mere 20 yards from Machu Picchu’s entrance and situated amidst beautiful gardens, the 31-room Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located at the remote Incan ruins. The Orient-Express hotel features such amenities as a restaurant, cafeteria overlooking the ruins, bar, and Internet access. It also has a wellness center with massage, and yoga sessions. Though basic, all rooms are clean, comfortable, and equipped with private bath with hair dryer, safe, TV, and phone.
Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco / Days 6-7 / Deluxe
A former monastery dating to 1592 and National Historic Landmark, the intimate Hotel Monasterio is well located adjacent to Cuzco’s main square. The hotel’s décor features gilded antiques, traditional religious art, Inca masks, hand-carved pillars, beamed ceilings, and floors of cobblestone, brick, and terracotta that enhance its colonial Renaissance style of three levels surrounding a central courtyard. The 126-room Monasterio also houses an 18th-century chapel with gold ornaments, intricate carvings, frescoes, and Inquisition-era paintings. Modern amenities include two restaurants, bar, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Colorful guest rooms feature Inca-style textiles, private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, safe-deposit box, TV, and phone.
Swissotel Quito, Quito / Days 8, 13 / Deluxe
The 275-room Swissotel Quito is located near Quito’s old town, close to shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Hotel facilities include five restaurants; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; fitness center; squash, racquet, and tennis courts; spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.
M/Y Coral II, Baltra or San Cristobal / Days 9-12 / Superior First Class
Fully equipped and privately chartered for our Galapagos cruise, the M/Y Coral II carries just 20 passengers and a 10-person crew. The small but comfortable cabins have private bath with shower. Boat amenities include Internet access, three sun decks (one with shade), and a dining room. Please note: a limited amount of snorkeling equipment is available on a complimentary basis. Naturalist-guides lead walking tours during the day then make presentations on an aspect of Galapagos natural history in the evening on board ship. The crew prepares local and international cuisine with fresh native ingredients. Please note that the M/Y Coral II is an eco-friendly vessel built specifically for Galapagos cruising. Though it lacks the deluxe amenities of larger ocean-going ships, it is a sufficiently comfortable home for your three-night cruise, and suitable to the extremely delicate (and protected) environment of the Galapagos. This also means that M/Y Coral II is self-sufficient while at sea: it must treat its own sea water for drinking and cooking, thus there is no laundry service. In addition, toilet paper cannot be flushed (it is placed in waste receptacles which are emptied by the crew). Any inconvenience caused by these necessary procedures will be more than outweighed by the privilege of visiting this unique natural setting.
Average sky deck cabin size: 109 square feet Average sea deck cabin size: 125 square feet
Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort, Iquitos / Extension / Superior First Class
This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is located 25 miles down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include swimming pool, wireless Internet access in public areas, bar and patio with hammocks, and an indoor/outdoor dining room offering both local and international cuisines buffet style. All guest units are air-conditioned with private bath with hot water, twin beds, lights, fan, window screens and rainforest or Amazon River view.
Costa del Sol Peru, Lima / Extension / First Class
Opened in 2007 at Lima International Airport, the 130-room Costa del Sol Peru has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, bar, Internet access, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, spa, hair salon, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional – and comfortable – tour.
Your Tour Price Includes
- Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
- 4 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops (Superior First Class); 1 night in Lima at Costa del Sol Hotel (First Class)
- 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Extensive sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
- Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative
- Private vehicle transportation
- Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
Land only guests: $1,495 total price per person
Please see the Acommodations tab for hotel information.
Small Group Tour Highlights
- Historic Cuzco and magnificent Sacred Valley
- Lunch in the home of a Cuzco family
- Overnight stay at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the ruins at Machu Picchu
- Two guided visits to Machu Picchu
- Three- or four-night Galapagos cruise aboard privately chartered ship
- Astonishing Galapagos wildlife
What people are saying about us
“This trip was a test for us to see if we could match our experiences with independent travel. The tour exceeded our expectations … We’ll be back.”
Mrs. Dwight Pounds
Bowling Green, KY