Machu Picchu and the Galápagos // Smithsonian Journeys

South America is home to many unique and amazing sites, and this favorite tour features two of its most popular cultural and natural treasures—the World Heritage sites of Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands. Journey first to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley to learn about ancient Inca culture and ascend into the Andes, where you’ll experience the enigmatic site of Machu Picchu. Then immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Galápagos Islands. During three magical days, explore the unique wildlife that Charles Darwin encountered during the early 1800s.

Cuzco and the Sacred Valley: Venture to the World Heritage site of Cuzco where you’ll visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Sacsayhuaman and meet a local family during a traditional meal. Come to understand the Inca culture, both past and present, during excursions to Pisac, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo.

Machu Picchu: Explore the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Absorb the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu as your small group moves nimbly throughout the site. Plus, by staying overnight at the nearby Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, you’ll experience Machu Picchu without the crowds—allowing you to feel its true spirit.

The Galápagos Islands: Immerse yourself in a fascinating landscape showcasing unique natural wonders during an exciting three-night stay on Santa Cruz Island. Here you’ll settle into a beautiful hotel in the lush highlands and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the giant Galápagos tortoises. During excursions on a privately chartered yacht you’ll also explore other islands, including North Seymour and Santa Fé.

Active Adventure: Experience the natural wonders of the Galápagos while swimming and snorkeling and during nature walks and boat rides.

Wildlife: In addition to giant Galápagos tortoises, observe sea lions and iguana, aquatic and migratory birds (such as Blue-footed Boobies, flamingos, and Frigate birds), and reefs teeming with colorful fish.

Trip Provider:
Smithsonian Journeys


South America

Time of Year

April-June 2019


$$$ (More than $5,000 USD)


Longer than Fourteen Days

Specific Trip Dates

April 13 - 28, 2019


Blue-footed Boobies, Cuzco, Frigate birds, Galapagos, Incas, Sacred Valley