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Machu Picchu & Galapagos - Exodus Travels
Machu Picchu & Galapagos - Exodus Travels
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15 reviews
Starts
Cusco
Destinations
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Ends
Quito
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Start in Cusco and end in Quito! With the wildlife tour Machu Picchu & Galapagos, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Cusco, Peru and 22 other destinations in Latin America. Machu Picchu & Galapagos is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Wildlife, Adventure, Discovery

15 Reviews

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  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 1
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent trip, two of my must do list in one holiday. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Snorkelling with a playful sea lion who just enjoyed playing with the strange humans.What did you think of your group leader?Cesar in Cuzco was brilliant. Well versed, good humoured and totally professional, a credit to himself and a great ambassador for Exodus.Franklin in the Galapagos was very, very knowledgable, no need for any guide books!! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book your own flights to return from Guayaquil, not Quito. It was 3 days of pretty much constant travel to get home, where you could easily save a day by going from GYE rather than flying to Quito, only to fly back to GYE the next day to fly back to Europe.Is there anything else you would like to add?What an amazing trip, do the optional Inca Trail day if you are fairly fit. Don't contemplate it if you are unable to get down from a 4 foot high train step, it's a good day out walking with 3 hours of pretty much uphill at the start but well worth it for the first view of Machu Pichu from the Sun Gate. Do your shopping in Cuzco.... it's much cheaper than Quito. The yacht is great, the food is amazing, the crew are wonderful. Lie down as soon as you feel sea sick because it does get rough but usually doesn't last too long. If the frigate birds are sitting on the rigging...... sit upwind on the deck. Keep an eye out for somersaulting Manta Rays, crazy.Take a big memory card and spare battery. Factor 50 sun screen, you are my friend.  

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 2
    Written on June 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fabulous trip. Well balanced and full of interest with excellent walks and snorkelling.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking into the Machu Picchu site for the first time was breathtaking - even after the other fantastic views leading up to that moment. Getting so close to the wildlife on the Galapagos islands was remarkable. What did you think of your group leader?We had three group leaders in total. One in Peru, one in Quitto and one in the Galapagos. All were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful - making sure all members of the group were catered for according to their abilities. The naturalist guide on the boat went the extra mile in encouraging one group member to snorkel when he was nervous and built up his confidence over the week. This guide also took great care to arrange other activities for one group member who had damaged his foot.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Four of us went to Machu Picchu the day we arrived at the town after the rail journey from Cousco and I recommend doing that. It seems a shame to only have a few hours at the site on the second day if that is the main reason for visiting Peru. We also went to the spa in the town for a couple of hours. We were told it was 10 mins up the road - it was much further than that and very steep all the way. Not really worth the effort, although we were glad of the pools and rest when we got there. ! Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall the trip was one of the best I've had. I had first booked to go in 2010 when the railway to Machu Picchu was washed away - the trip was cancelled. The next time I booked my daughter booked her wedding date, so I postponed. It was worth the wait! 

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 3
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip lived up to expectation and was one of a lifetime. The ruins in Peru were breathtaking and the wildlife of the Galapagos is like living inside a wildlife documentary. This was the first time I had travelled with Exodus and it won't be the lastWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing up to Machu Piccu and seeing the iconic image for the first time. I had to pinch myself to remind myself it was real. Snorkelling with sharks and turtles and rounding a bend and coming face to face with an enormous tortoise who has lived longer than any human.What did you think of your group leader?We had three guides all very different, extremely knowledable and excellent. One of our group was unexpectedly injured and unable to participate on all of the walks. Our galapagos guide ensured he had extra panga rides so he did not miss out. they also organised medical assessments and assistance at the airports.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The days are long with lots of early starts and a few are taken up with nothing but travel. You don't know what itinery you will be doing in the Galapagos until you get there. It didn't matter to me but some had specifically wanted A and we got B, however they weren't disappointed. The Cathalote is great, the berth is small so only pack what you need and leave the rest in Quito. The boat moves at night. It can be noisy and a little rocky at times. Our sleep was disturbed, even for hardy sailors but you can rest during the day and just adds to the adventure. Take an underwater camera and learn how to use it before you go!Is there anything else you would like to add?A truly wonderful trip! It was incredibly relaxing and great to be out of cell phone and wifi range. You'll come back with memories that last a lifetime and if anything like our group over 2000 photographs. I could easily have spent an extra week in the Galapagos and done itinerary A straight after B.

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 4
    Written on September 20, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful experience combining fabulous Andean scenery and mind boggling Inca archaeology, with the surreal island experience that is Galapagos.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Several moments.1. We did the optional Inca Trail day walk to Machu Picchu. We alighted from the train directly down onto the track, no platform of any kind, and just the 4 of us (including our guide). Everyone else on the train continued to Machu Picchu. We were in some remote jungle next to the river and as we crossed a footbridge a flock of parrots screamed overhead - I felt like Indiana Jones! We saw hardly anybody else on the trail. Not counting our guide, my wife was the youngest at just 59 and our excellent guide, Juan-Manuel, paced our walk gently so we took 6 hours of steady climbing to reach the Sun Gate and get our first view of Machu Picchu. I was literally moved to tears.2. Snorkelling in Galapagos. A group of 4 or 5 sea lions joined us just to play.3. The tameness of everything on Galapagos. Having to walk around Boobies and Albatrosses because they don't get out of your way - in fact they are more likely to come closer for a good look at you.  What did you think of your group leader?We had three. Juan-Manuel in Cusco/Machu Picchu, Esteban in Quito and Sylvia on Galapagos. All three were excellent. Juan is a professional archaeologist as well as tour leader so has immense knowledge. Esteban's pride in his city and country was infectious - he also took time out to praise the UK's handling of the Olympics and the oening and closing cermonies. Sylvia is Swiss but a long time resident of Galapagos and also had great knowledge.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Altitude: This affects people differently. I knew people who have done this trip before and was told I would have a headache on the first night in Cusco and perhaps feel nauseous. I was a bit concerned because I know from previous experience in the Alps that I don't do altitude well. However neither my wife or myself experienced either of these symptoms but I did feel a little short of breath at times. This did not impact at all on our ability to enjoy any of the trips or activities. More surprisingly I had most trouble with the breathlessness when trying to sleep.Inca Trail: For anyone used to a little hill walking in the UK, pennines or lake district for example, it is no problem.  But don't get fooled by references to "short" trail. It is only short compared to the 4 day hike of the full trail. We took it pretty steady and it was at least 6 hours of steady uphill walking.Cachalote (the boat in Galapagos): The boat is quite small and the cabins are tiny but the bunk beds are comfortable and ensuite toilet and shower facility are fine. There is no opulence here (none wanted either). We had 2 large suit cases which were difficult to deal with in the small cabin. Most travelling is done at night and it can be pretty rough. The food is simple but excellent and generous.Snorkelling: The water is quite cool. I have no wet suit and elected to do without (available for hire), making do with a couple of tee shirts. If you can swim in UK water you'll be ok as I was, it is a bit warmer than UK,  although I was coming out with numb fingers after an hour in the water. The Americans on the boat used wet suits and they were complaining of the cold!Is there anything else you would like to add?I think I've said it all above. Don't forget to pack on overnight bag for the Machu Picchu trip - it is easily overlooked in the trip notes.  

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 5
    Written on October 27, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    As usual Exodus provided and supplied a superb trip that lived up to my expectations.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiit to Machu Pichu site and the whole week sailing and visiting the Galapagos Islands. Also interesting short tours of Cusco and Quito.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent in Cusco and Peru and in th GalapagosDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Prepare your fitness for the Inca TrailIs there anything else you would like to add?Go for it - a wonderful experience

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 6
    Written on May 26, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Exciting places to go, Peru full of culture, flavour and fantastic sights.  Machu Picchu was amazing.  Galapogas was an experience, lovely scenery and wildlife, although for my husband and I it lacked the abundance of wildlife we were expecting.  Still a great holidayWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Machu Picchu was the most inspirational moment of the trip, when you get to the top of the site or to the sun gate, and look back it is amazing to see and to try to understand why this civilization lived on the top of the mountains and the obstacles they must have overcome to even build their houses.What did you think of your group leader?Fleminia our group leader in Peru was absolutely fantastic.  She took account of everyone in the group and their particular fitness levels and experiences.  She was not overpowering and was a natural leader who was also interesting and full of knowledge.  Very committed and very proud of her country.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Consider the altitude sickness, although it doesn't affect you much, it does slow you down, and this is something we hadn't really thought would affect us, mainly just headaches, dizziness and breathless.  Galapogas, some rough seas if you are not in love with small boats.  A number of people were less well on the trip, although the staff really do look after you.Be ready for 11 flights.  This obviously does take time, and a number of days seemed wasted in Quito waiting to travel the next leg.Is there anything else you would like to add?Peru fantastic, very cultural and beautiful people.  Enjoy the time, although you don't get much time on your own to go out and experience without the group.For your time in Quito Zazu's restaurant was the best!!

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 7
    Written on May 26, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Exciting places to go, Peru full of culture, flavour and fantastic sights.  Machu Picchu was amazing.  Galapogas was an experience, lovely scenery and wildlife, although for my husband and I it lacked the abundance of wildlife we were expecting.  Still a great holidayWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Machu Picchu was the most inspirational moment of the trip, when you get to the top of the site or to the sun gate, and look back it is amazing to see and to try to understand why this civilization lived on the top of the mountains and the obstacles they must have overcome to even build their houses.What did you think of your group leader?Fleminia our group leader in Peru was absolutely fantastic.  She took account of everyone in the group and their particular fitness levels and experiences.  She was not overpowering and was a natural leader who was also interesting and full of knowledge.  Very committed and very proud of her country.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Consider the altitude sickness, although it doesn't affect you much, it does slow you down, and this is something we hadn't really thought would affect us, mainly just headaches, dizziness and breathless.  Galapogas, some rough seas if you are not in love with small boats.  A number of people were less well on the trip, although the staff really do look after you.Be ready for 11 flights.  This obviously does take time, and a number of days seemed wasted in Quito waiting to travel the next leg.Is there anything else you would like to add?Peru fantastic, very cultural and beautiful people.  Enjoy the time, although you don't get much time on your own to go out and experience without the group.For your time in Quito Zazu's restaurant was the best!!

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 8
    Written on September 20, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic experience of the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu and the Inca heritage,and the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Covered a lot of ground and some early starts, but well worth the effort!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The grandeur of the mountain scenery on the trail to Machu Picchu, and the first view of the ancient city itself. A close second must be the amazing wildlife on the Galapagos - albatross and other seabirds, iguanas, sea lions, turtles and many more. The magic of the Amazonian jungle on and around the Tambopata River was also quite enthralling.What did you think of your group leader?All three were excellent. There is nothing we don't now know about Inca walls! Fabrizzio was an enthusiast!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it, if you have the notion and plenty of energy! Read the trip notes and be prepared with a few clothes for all seasons. Good walking trainers are fine, rather than boots. Plenty of sun cream and insect repellant. Not the trip for you if you don't have a head for heights (like one of our group!!)Is there anything else you would like to add?If you're thinking of extending your stay by a day or two, do it in Quito rather than Lima.

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 9
    Written on September 20, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic experience of the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu and the Inca heritage,and the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Covered a lot of ground and some early starts, but well worth the effort!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The grandeur of the mountain scenery on the trail to Machu Picchu, and the first view of the ancient city itself. A close second must be the amazing wildlife on the Galapagos - albatross and other seabirds, iguanas, sea lions, turtles and many more. The magic of the Amazonian jungle on and around the Tambopata River was also quite enthralling.What did you think of your group leader?All three were excellent. There is nothing we don't now know about Inca walls! Fabrizzio was an enthusiast!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it, if you have the notion and plenty of energy! Read the trip notes and be prepared with a few clothes for all seasons. Good walking trainers are fine, rather than boots. Plenty of sun cream and insect repellant. Not the trip for you if you don't have a head for heights (like one of our group!!)Is there anything else you would like to add?If you're thinking of extending your stay by a day or two, do it in Quito rather than Lima. 

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos reviewer 10
    Written on November 22, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    A truly excellent trip - it really feels like several holidays in one, from the Amazon Rainforest, to the Inca sites of the Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu, the cities of Cusco, Lima and Quito, and the fabulous Galapagos Islands. As menioned by previous reviewers there are a lot of dawns starts and flights but many of these are very short (Cusco to Puerto Maldonado is only 30 minutes) so it never feels like hard work.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many to chose from ! .....  seeing a family of capybara at night on the banks of the Tambopata river  ..... Pisac market with its array of colourful Peruvian fabrics ..... the first glimpse of Machu Pichu from the Sungate at the end of the Inca Trail .... getting so close to all the wildlife on the Galapagos, including albatross chicks pecking at your shoelaces ! ..... snorkeling with turtles, sharks, dolphins, and on our last day for 20 minutes with a very playful sealion ..... the final group dinner at the incredible gothic (complete with suits of armour !) seafood restaurant of Mare Nostrum in QuitoWhat did you think of your group leader?The guides and group leaders were excellent throughout ... worthy of special mention are Edwin at the Tambopata Lodge and Darwin (yes that really is his name !)  for our week on the Galapagos ... and a very special commendation for Nery Ccacyahullca Bejar (our group leader and guide for most Of Peru)  - she is exceptionally knowledgeable about all of Peruvian culture and history and always put herself out to help the group ... finding the banks with the best exchange rates when we need to change money and sorting out the best medicines at the pharmacy when one of the group had food poisining.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?* In Peru it is much better to pay for everything in Peruvian Sol - you can usually pay in US dollars but you get a very poor exchange rate - I would recommend taking at least half you cash in Sol (you can get Sol at UK banks in advance).* Take a good underwater camera - there are so many fabulous snorkeling opportunites in the Galapagos.* The local tour operators seem to have trouble coping with unmarried couples  -  we booked as a couple but not having the same surname we found that we were never allocated seats together on the internal flights and in the Galapagos we were initally allocated separate cabins sharing with other members of the group of the same sex ! This was very quicky sorted out but if you are booking as a couple not with the same surname it may be worth seeking confirmation that you will be sharing throughout.Is there anything else you would like to add?A thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational trip - highly recommended. We booked our next Exodus holiday within 3 weeks of returning so they must be doing something right !

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  1. Day 1: Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking tour.
  2. Day 2: Free day in Cuzco; optional Sacred Valley tour.
  3. Day 3: Train to Aguas Calientes; optional day walk along Inca Trail via Winay Wayna ruins.
  4. Day 4: Early morning tour of Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco.
  5. Day 5: Fly to Quito (2850m).
  6. Day 6: Quito city tour.
  7. Day 7: Fly to Galapagos; visit the Charles Darwin Centre; board boat.
  8. Day 8: Galapagos cruise following itinerary A (Tower) or B (Fernandina) to discover the unique wildlife of these volcanic islands.
  9. Day 9: Galapagos Cruise
  10. Day 10: Galapagos Cruise
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  12. Day 12: Galapagos Cruise
  13. Day 13: Galapagos Cruise
  14. Day 14: Galapagos cruise ends; fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 6,322 km.
  • Cusco (Peru)
  • 24 km
  • Sacred Valley (Peru)
  • 26 km
  • Pisac (Peru)
  • 78 km
  • Aguas Calientes (Peru)
  • 8 km
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • 6 km
  • Winay Wayna (Peru)
  • 71 km
  • Cusco (Peru)
  • 576 km
  • Lima (Peru)
  • 1,329 km
  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • 277 km
  • Guayaquil (Ecuador)
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