14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos

14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, expert guides, guided tours, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
  • 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
 
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Highlights

 

Discover the road less travelled with a 14 day Taste of Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour and set your sights on spectacular natural beauty, lost civilisations and island paradise

Explore the famous remains and Spanish colonial architecture of Cusco, take a bath in the natural springs of Aguas Calientes and be awed by the Inca city of Machu Picchu, the best archaeological site on the continent.

Walk the crater and take in impressive view of Sierra Negra, an active volcano that last erupted in 2005, take in secluded beaches and see spectacular Galapagos tortoises, snorkel with penguins and spot sea lions from Santa Cruz Island, plus so much more!

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, guided tours, expert guides, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing and more.  

See Inclusions for more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Lima 

Today, board your flight and get ready to begin your bucket list South America holiday! All flights go via Santiago, Chile. After transiting, board you’re flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival into Lima, our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.

Please note: Some flights might depart 1 day prior.

Day 2: Lima – airplane-takeoff– Cusco (B)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival be met at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Cusco was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.

Optional Tour: Cusco City Tour – At 1.30pm we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to start the tour. On the tour, visit Koricancha Temple, Cusco Main Cathedral from 1560AD, the archaeological complex of Saqsayhuamán, Q’enqo (Labyrinth) and Tambomachay (Temple of the Water.

Day 3: Cusco (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at leisure. The foremost city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

Optional Tour: The Sacred Valley – This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colourful Indian market in Pisac, where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of colour and tradition. Here you will have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. After Pisac travel to Urubamba, and continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Day 4: Cusco –train-icon– Aguas Calientes (B)

This morning you will be picked up at 8:00am to head to the train station to board the train to Aguas Caleintes, the gateway to Machu Picchu! The train leaves at approximately 11:30am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, arrive at Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, this town lies in a deep gorge below the ruins. A virtual island, it’s cut off from all roads and enclosed by stone cliffs, towering cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. Aguas Calientes is surrounded by thermal hot springs, on arrival there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural springs.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – train-icon – Cusco (B)

This is it! Rise early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure. There is time for those who are feeling physical to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the towering mountain behind the actual site of Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.

This afternoon, meet your guide back down in Aguas Calientes before being transferred to the train station and begin the journey back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. 

Day 6: Cusco – airplane-takeoff– Lima – airplane-takeoff – Guayaquil (B)

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport. On arrival in Guayaquil, you will be meet at the airport and transferred to your centrally located 5* hotel.

Day 7: Guayaquil – airplane-takeoff– Baltra – Puerto Ayora – cruise-icon – Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island (B)

After breakfast, get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. We board a morning flight from Guayaquil to the island of Baltra.

On arrival, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. From here we take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Day 8: Puerto Villamil – Sierra Negra – Puerto Villamil (B)

Today, we enjoy a walk to the crater edge of Sierra Negra. The walk is suitable for most fitness levels. After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. 

Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia. After descending, the afternoon is free to enjoy to large range of optional activities provided by your hotel such as: “Concha de Perla”, kayaking in Tintoreras or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island.

Day 9: Puerto Villamil – Lava Tunnels – Tintoreras Islet – Puerto Villamil (B)

For many, the Galapagos Islands means wildlife. Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. 

Next, visit a number of the secluded beaches and viewpoints scattered along the coastline before becoming intimately acquainted with giant (and not so giant) Galapagos tortoises at the Isabela Tortoise Breeding Centre before stopping at a local waterhole to observe the Pink Flamingos feeding in the wild.

In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Along the way you will be looking for Galapagos fauna, such as Blue footed boobies, which often rest in the rocks. Tintoreras Islet turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Here we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin. Snorkel freely as these play birds go about their daily lives around you.

Day 10: Puerto Villamil – cruise-icon – Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island (B)

In the morning we embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in to the hotel. 

We will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.

In the afternoon, we head to the ‘El Chato’ Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Walk through El Chato’s beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our walk. We can also observe frigatebirds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Later, we return to Puerto Ayora where the evening is at leisure.

Day 11:  Puerto Ayora – Baltra – airplane-takeoff– Guayaquil (B)

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Islands and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland. On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

Day 12: Guayaquil (B)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia.

Day 13: In transit

Day 14: Australia

Arrive home today. 

Please note – some flights might arrive home 1 day later.

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares departing with a full service airline including 23kgs checked baggage
  • All internal South American airfares Lima – Cusco / Lima – Guayaquil / Guayaquil – Baltra / Baltra – Guayaquil
  • Return hotel transfers throughout
  • 11 nights superior 3 – 5* accommodation on a twin share basis in comfortable, well positioned hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Private and comfortable land and sea transportation throughout the Galapagos
  • Expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
  • Private guided tour on Machu Picchu
  • Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
  • Professional guides throughout Peru
  • In-depth Sightseeing as per the itinerary

 Highlights:

  • Unearth Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire.
  • Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and explore the incredible ruins while learning from local experts!
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Galapagos Islands an learn about its incredible bio-diversity
  • Explore the Lava Tunnels, used by National Geographic to film huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more
  • Enjoy the Isabela Tortoise Breeding Centre before stopping at a local waterhole to observe the Pink Flamingos feeding in the wild
  • Snorkel with the Galapagos Penguin in and around the area of the famous Marine Iguanas
  • Enter the ‘El Chato’ Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise.
  • Trekking to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island

 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 120 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Free Date Changes:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 240 days prior to travel or when the 2nd instalment has been paid, whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date.
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. 
  • 2nd Instalment: $3500 per person is due 240 days prior to your travel date. If you book within 240 days of travel, you will be sent a final invoice within 7 days. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 240 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days.
  • 3rd Instalment: Final payment is due 120 days prior to your travel date. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent a final invoice within 7 days.
  • PLEASE NOTE: No flight, staybehind or special requests will be actioned until your 2nd instalment payment is made
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable 

Optional Tours: Are payable locally.

Cusco City Tour – USD $30pp
The Sacred Valley – USD $45pp
Wayna Picchu – USD $45pp

Please note: To participate in the optional tours entrance fees are also applicable to momentums and archaeological sites. These costs are controlled by the Peruvian government and paid on entry. You will also be presented with other options locally by your guide should you wish to enhance your experience.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary
  • Tipping 
  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD $100 per person) payable in cash only on entry to the park
  • Government INGALA card (USD $20 per person) payable in cash only on entry to the park

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: $1,499 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 2 – 20

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

Lima: Casa Andina Classic or similar
Cusco: Casa Andina Classic or similar
Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Classic or similar
Guayaquil: Hotel Oro Vertde or similar
Puerto Villamil: Wooden House or similar
Puerto Ayora: Ninfa Hotel or similar

Child Price: Minimum age 2 years, same price as adults.

Fitness level required:

Coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, therefore tours are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users and those who are less mobile. Please note: a reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

The highest altitude you will reach is 12,500 feet above sea level.

Tipping:

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional “compensation.” There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping:

  • Peru Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $ 7 per person per day
  • Tour Manager helper: US $1 per day
  • Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day
  • Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

For more information on how to book your Webjet Exclusives deal, please visit our Bookings FAQ Page

Refund Policy: 

Bookings may be cancelled with a full refund of the deposit provided the cancellation occurs strictly within 48 hours from the time of purchase. All cancellation requests must be made in writing inside of this period to qualify for the refund request. Otherwise, deals purchased from Webjet Exclusives after the 48-hour period has surpassed are strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

Please note that if you have selected a departure date that is inside 70 days of departure, strictly no refund will be applicable as we begin to make arrangements for your booking immediately.

Circumstances that do not qualify for Refunds:

  • Where you have contacted Webjet Exclusives after the conclusion of the deal or Book By Date;
  • Where you have failed to read the Specific Terms and Conditions of the offer (located under the “Fine Print” and “Flight Info” tabs on the deal page of our Website on the day of the offer), and the General Terms and Conditions;
  • If you have failed to complete and submit our Travel Partners Booking Form as required in order to secure your preferred departure date;
  • If you have failed to make payment within the advertised payment terms and your booking has been automatically cancelled as a result;
  • If an optional tour or tour extension request cannot be confirmed on your booking (for whatever reason);
  • If you change your mind after you have purchased a deal (for whatever reason);
  • If the tour or stay did not meet your general expectations (for whatever reason);
  • If you have had a dispute with the business on behalf of whom we are advertising the offer; or
  • If the Business does not have availability to redeem your voucher because you have not attempted to make a booking within a reasonable period of time or by the Book By Date advised on the deal page.
  • If you have selected a departure date that is inside 70 days of departure, as mentioned above 

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

30 January 2018
20 February 2018
20 March 2018*
17 April 2018
15 May 2018
12 June 2018*
24 July 2018
14 August 2018
18 September 2018*
16 October 2018
06 November 2018

* A $250 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 120 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with Lan Chile (Qantas, Air New Zealand or similar if unavailable)
  • Adelaide or Brisbane – A $250 interstate surcharge applies per person
  • Perth – A $500 interstate surcharge applies per person
  • Please purchase the interstate fee after you click ‘Buy Now’ or by clicking here in addition to your 14 Day voucher. 
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Long lay-overs between flights in Santiago, Chile (6 – 8 hours) is a common occurrence however you can make this a pleasurable experience by going to one of the relaxing airport VIP lounges that are on offer at C. Arturo Merino-Benitez international airport (on own account). Entry is available for all passengers and entry passes are purchased at the airport. Click here to find out more.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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  • Return international airfares
  • All internal South American airfares
  • Return hotel transfers throughout
  • 11 nights superior 3 – 5* accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Private and comfortable land and sea transportation 
  • Expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and naturalist local guides
  • Private guided tour on Machu Picchu
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