Set out on an adventure that seamlessly blends the charm of coziness, the abundance of history, and the splendor of nature. The Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu tour is the best alternative to explore yourself on a magnificent yacht, gliding over the enthralling Galapagos Islands, where each moment is a wonderful combination of adventure and pleasure. Imagine the excitement of swimming with playful sea lions and capturing memories that reflect the wild essence of the islands.

Similarly, enjoy a passion for history as we investigate the historic marvels of Machu Picchu, which is a testament to the remarkable Inca architecture hidden within the stunning Peruvian surroundings. As you meander through the exquisite stone structures, each relating tales of years gone by, you can feel the tangible connection to the past.

The Galapagos & Machu Picchu tour that Machu Travel Peru offers will undoubtedly dazzle you.

Come with me to discover this fantastic and incredible journey.

Galapagos Islands

santa cruz island in galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are what?

The magnificent archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, created by extraordinary volcanic eruptions in the Pacific Ocean, is an unparalleled place to reflect on an astounding array of natural biodiversity. This region of the planet is regarded as one of the most remarkable places on Earth. The Galapagos Islands’ rich underwater biodiversity, geology, and flora and fauna led to their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.


galapagos location

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers west of the mainland coast of Ecuador, its home country. These islands are located around 0°40′ north latitude and 90°33′ west longitude, depending on their precise location. The archipelago of Ecuador consists of 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands, and more than 40 islets, each of which possesses a distinctive beauty and biodiversity. The ecological uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands and their importance in the history of evolutionary biology is due to their strategic location at the confluence of sea currents and winds. This is due mainly to the observations of Charles Darwin during his visit in the 19th century.


Galapagos tortoise

The University of Helsinki investigated and discovered that this archipelago was formed by tectonic movements approximately five million years ago also, it is said that the islands of the east are the oldest and those of the west were formed most recently.

According to various sources, there are different theories about the discovery of the islands. Some researchers say the islands were discovered by the Incas before the Spaniards. Although some believe in this theory, there are no written records or ruins to prove it. There are no traces of permanent settlements from the Inca times either.

There are several theories about the discovery of the Galapagos, it is believed that the Incas arrived in Ecuador before the Spaniards, however, there is no credible evidence. However, the official discovery of the Galapagos was recorded in 1535 by Fray Tomas de Berlenga, the bishop of Panama. Also, Cartographer Abraham Ortelius named the archipelago “Insulae of the Galapagos” because of the shape of the turtle capazarons.

How to get there?

airplane in the aiport

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers from Ecuador.

You should take a flight to Ecuador and arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito or the Airpot Internacional Jose Joaquin de Olmedo in Guayaquil according to your preference. It should be mentioned that these two airports are the entrance to Ecuador.

Traffic Control Card

traffic control card

Once in Ecuador it is necessary to take an additional flight to know the Galapagos Islands, there are two access airports; the first is the Seymour Airport on the island Baltra and the Cristobal Island Airport. Also, before taking off from any of these airports, before your checking you must register with the government council office of Galapagos to be able to obtain the (TCT) which is a transit control card, and pay the tax of 20 dollars.

Income tax

income tax

When you arrive at the Galapagos via any of the airports mentioned above, you will have to pay a tax to enter the Galapagos National Park. This payment contributes to the conservation of the ecosystem.

This ticket has a cost of 6 dollars for Ecuadorians, 50 dollars for the Andean Community or Mercosur, and 100 dollars for the rest of the world.

Prices of the ticket

Ecuadorians6 dollars 
Mercosur or Andean Community50 dollars
Other places of the World Other places of the World

Tip: Do not forget that the Government of Ecuador will check your luggage and documents, you must take all precautions to avoid inconvenience.


weather of galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have a tropical climate which means that it is dry and moderate and can be visited all year round. However, it is worth mentioning that it has two stations:

The Fresh and Dry Season (June to November)

Known as the “garua season” or “mist season” in this season the precipitation is different, you can observe occasional fogs or rains with blue skies and a freshness in time. It is also important to mention that August is the coolest month of the year.

According to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Ecuador, the maximum daily temperatures are around 23°C (74°F). Also, we can appreciate that the water is cooler and therefore the animals are more active and you can see whales, and sea lions among others.

The Warm and Wet Season (December to May)

In this season the climate is warm and humid, and you can enjoy plenty of rays of sun and warm temperatures. There is also frequent rainfall and a cloudy sky. However, exuberant vegetation can be observed providing suitable conditions for species to find abundant sources of food.

According to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Ecuador, the maximum temperatures in this season are 31°C (88 F°).

However, the best time to travel to the Galapagos is between December and May, as during these months you can enjoy the sunny weather and the clear, warm waters of the ocean, allowing the traveler to do air activities to traveling activities such as snorkeling and diving.

What to do in the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are home to unique biodiversity and incredible endemic species, which only live in Ecuador. In this sense, the activity options are composed of a love of nature and adrenaline. If you are an adventurer or an amateur in life follow me to discover options of activities according to your interests.

Walk alongside the world’s largest turtles on Isabela Island

animal galapagos

Explore and meet the most amazing turtles from around the world in the Galapagos, be amazed by the experience of walking alongside these fantastic animals, and experience the excitement between magic and forests. You can also take photos of these amazing species and post them on your social networks. Make sure it is responsible and conservation photography.

Swimming with sea lions and dolphins on the island of Plata

swimming with sea lion

The island of Galapagos has an extensive network of endemic animals, in which not only the turtles are the protagonists, but we also have the sea lions, which offer us amazing views underwater, as well as you can swim next to them or snorkel. This experience is exciting and incomparable as being wrapped in these species underwater will allow you to enjoy unique emotions.

Dive with the hammer shark and seal on Darwin Island

seals in ocean

Imagine floating in a marine world, where scuba diving is the hand of hammer sharks, this species is unique in its class and has evolved a lot in recent times. Also, the waters of Darwin Island are crystal clear and allow you to enjoy the experience with fun and tranquility. The hammer shark is a noble and human-friendly animal.

Volcano excursion on Isabela and Fernandina Island

volacano galapagos islands

There are currently 21 volcanoes in the Galapagos, 13 of which are active. Making a trip to a volcano creates unique and indelible memories, witnessing the height of a volcano can take your breath away, and also seeing the craters can speed up your heartbeat. Isabela Island and Fernandina Island are the most active places to see volcanoes in the Galapagos. Different volcanologists observe and monitor possible eruptions daily in Ecuador, so it is safe to visit them and let you be surprised by nature.

Go to Santa Cruz Island’s Charles Darwin Interpretation Center

foundation charles darwin

Due in part to the five years that renowned English biologist Charles Darwin spent researching species and evolution in the Galapagos, the island has gained immense fame. In this regard, you can visit the facilities, which are made up of the following, to learn more about the marine reserve and the endemic studies of animals.

Trekking on the Dragon Hill on the island of Santa Cruz

trek in dragon hill

Explore the Dragon trails through 1600-meter-long trails, among cactus and observe terrestrial iguanas in their natural habitat. The trekking has moderate difficulty and will last 15 minutes, it is also important to have a suitable shoe.

These are just some of the activities you can do in Galapagos. However, every step in this natural paradise is regarded as a feat.

Discover the magic that only the Galapagos can provide!

Machu Picchu

archeological site of machu picchu

Machu Picchu is the largest work of Inca architecture, which is enclaved in the Andes mountain range and surrounded by valleys in Cusco. This monument was a royal city and a place of religious worship for the Incas. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century, during the ninth Inca period; “Pachakuteq” and has been declared “UNESCO World Heritage”, a recognition that engulfs the cultural and natural transcendence of this wonderful place.

Every year, thousands of tourists from around the world visit this archaeological site to marvel at its beauty and learn about the Inca culture. Furthermore, Machu Picchu has become one of the greatest symbols of tourism in Peru.


location machu picchu

Machu Picchu is a municipality in the province of Urubamba in the department of Cusco, located in the Andes Mountains in Perú. This ancient city has an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level and is also wrapped between the Machu Picchu and the Huayna Picchu mountains. Also, the name of this Inca center means “old mountain”.


history of incas

A magnificent archaeological site called Machu Picchu may be found in Peru’s Andes Mountains in South America. Because historians and archaeologists keep on disagreeing on its precise function and purpose, its history is both captivating and enigmatic.

Construction (about mid-15th century): Under the rule of Inca Pachacuteq,  Machu Picchu was constructed by the Inca civilization. It was built with big stone blocks joined together without mortar using traditional Inca building methods.

Historians disagree on the precise reason for Machu Picchu. Some think Pachacuteq used it as his royal estate, while others speculate that it was a place of worship or rituals, or possibly an exclusive retreat. Its placement and design imply that it served a functional and symbolic purpose in Inca culture.

Machu Picchu was abandoned in 16 th century, it was occupied for about a century, most likely during the Spanish invasion of the Inca Civilization in the 16th century. It was kept secret from the outside world for centuries since the Spanish conquistadors never found it or recorded it.

In 1911, the American explorer Hiran Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu. The last bastion of the Inca resistance to the Spanish conquistadors.


machu picchu

Machu Picchu boasts a subtropical mountain climate at high altitudes, offering cool temperatures year-round. Here’s a comprehensive overview of Machu Picchu’s weather:

Average Temperatures

During the day, temperatures typically range between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F) for the majority of the year. Nights tend to be cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C (50°F) or even lower, particularly in the dry season.


Situated at approximately 2,430 meters (7,979 feet) above sea level, Machu Picchu offers a unique high-altitude experience.

Climate Seasons

Rainy Season (November to March): Machu Picchu experiences its highest rainfall during these months, with frequent showers and elevated humidity levels.

Dry Season (April to October): This period witnesses a notable decrease in rainfall, making it the most preferred time to visit Machu Picchu due to its drier and more predictable climate.


architecture machu picchu

The Inca architecture is characterized by its incredible creativity, adaptability to the natural environment, and long-term durability.

Inca architecture features rectangular homes with single rooms, stone foundations, and thatched roofs. Extending the primary design by changing the size, proportions, and grouping structures.The Incas used the Mansory Style; in general, the most important buildings, such as Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, and Ollaytambo, were built in the Mansory Style.


  • Masterful masonry
  • Agricultural terraces
  • Unique Temples and Palaces
  • Canals and Aqueducts
  • Muros de Contención

How to get there?

machu picchu route

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu is an exciting adventure. We recommend two routes to get to Machu Picchu, this will depend on your interests and how you want to live this experience.

We should point out that to take any of the routes, you must first take a plane to Peru and arrive at the Jorge Chavez International Airport located in the city of Lima and then take a second flight to the town of Cusco.

Route 1: By train

If you want to have a comfortable and quiet experience I recommend this route, because when you arrive in the city of Cusco, you will have to get on a train to the hot water village, which is the place where the wonder of Machu Picchu is located. We must point out that trains to Machu Picchu, are composed of comfort, luxury, and comfort.

Route 2: Inca Trail

If you want to enjoy nature and a little adventure, the Inca Trail is for you. When you have arrived in the city of Cusco, you will be transported by train to Ollantaytambo and then take a car that will take you to Km 82, which is the starting point of the walk. This walk lasts 4 days and takes 39 kilometers to reach Machu Picchu on foot.

We have to mention that any of the routes, will allow you to enjoy the road and the landscapes in the Andes, and both let you know Machu Picchu.

Combined Tour: Galapagos & Machu Picchu

marine tortoise in galapagos
machu picchu view

Combining the Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu in one trip is a guaranteed adventure. Understanding that life is ephemeral, allows us to take advantage of it to the maximum, with the most crowded destinations of South America. The countries of Ecuador and Peru; are complementary opposites, because they are close to each other, which allows you to do many activities with ease during the days you are traveling. Also, despite being different climatologically, their complementarity allows you to offer an itinerary that is unique and incredible, where your adventure will begin with a warm tropical welcome owned by the Galapagos Islands and also lead you to explore the treasure hidden in the Andes, with the fascinating Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

There are many ways to combine these two amazing places, however, I recommend a minimum of 10 days to experience and enjoy the cruise. In that sense, imagine 5 days on a yacht exploring the Galapagos and 5 days exploring Inca culture, you will be fascinated. You can arrange an itinerary with a base of more than 10 days, this depends on your interests, and the activities you want to carry out.

Itinerary of Galapagos & Machu Picchu

At Machu Travel Peru we manage an optimal itinerary for adventurers of natural biodiversity and the Andes, we are responsible for offering the best experience accompanied by vibrant emotions, indelible memories, and passion for travel. In this sense, we will explain our itinerary and the most outstanding activities that you will undertake each day in this adventure.

Day 1You arrive in Ecuador to begin your adventure
Day 2You can visit Quito, the charming capital of Ecuador
Day 3Enjoy giant turtles on Baltra Island
Day 4Explore deserts, mangroves, and bays on Isabela Island
Day 5Enjoy submarines in Bahia Urbana
Day 6Discover the islands of Isabela and Fernandina through wildlife and marine life
Day 7Get to know Puerto Egas and the Pirate Cave in Buccanneer Cove
Day 8You can recognize a unique species on Dragon Hill
Day 9Arriving in Lima to rest in your hotel you will recover energy on a city tour
Day 10Arrival in Cusco with the welcome of Andean camelids
Day 11You can explore the Sacred Valley, the fortress of Ollantaytambo, Maras, and the circular terraces of Moray
Day 12Get to know the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu and all the beauty
Day 13Enjoy the city of Cusco and learn about Inca culture
Day 14Say goodbye to Peru in the best way accompanied by Machu Travel

The combined tour that Machu Travel offers to the Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu lasts for a total of 14 days. Furthermore, the first eight days are held in Ecuador, and the next six days are held in Peru.

It is noteworthy to mention that Machu Picchu & Galapagos are two completely different destinations, but they are complementary as previously described. Therefore, having two adventures and one trip is a unique and unforgettable experience. Combining the Galapagos Islands’ natural and animal beauty with the indigenous culture is a heart-pounding gamble that promises rewards.

Activities and excursions

The number of activities and excursions available in Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands is astounding. It’s crucial to understand that the activities restricted by Machu Travel in the Galapagos & Machu Picchu Tour itinerary are carefully curated to ensure an unforgettable experience. They are tailored to suit individuals, offering a diverse range of emotions and adventures.

Activities on the Galapagos Islands

diving with gigant turtle
  • Observation of wildlife
  • Pay a visit to the giant tortoises at the conservation centers
  • Observing various aves, such as piqueros, cormoranes, albatros, and fragatas
  • Snorkeling and swimming with marine animals, such as iguanas and marine lions
  • Go to the islands and the beaches as well
  • Paddleboarding and kayaking in Coastal Lagoons

Things to do in Machu Picchu

climb to huayna picchu mountain

  • Tour of Machu Picchu Archaeological Centre
  • Walk to the Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku)
  • Visit the Temple of the Moon and its structures
  • Visit the thermal baths of Machu Picchu
  • Explore the butterfly farm of Machu Picchu 
  • Visit Machu Picchu mountain and Huchuy Picchu Mountain


responsibly photography

Health considerations

It is important to take care of your health before visiting Latin America, bearing in mind that you will be exposed to the warm and tropical climate of Ecuador, and also, then you will expose yourself to a cold and dry climate in the Peruvian Andes. In this sense, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor of preference and also have the appropriate vaccines and prophylaxis, do not forget to exercise constantly before embarking on any type of trip.

Travel Insurance

Although having travel insurance is not mandatory. I suggest you contact Travel Guard or InsureMyTrip for a list of options. Both are reliable travel insurance companies.

Documentation required

Do not forget that it is mandatory to carry your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after the day of your arrival, or also have a tourist visa according to your country of origin.

Suitable clothing

It is important to organize your wardrobe before arriving in Latin America, bear in mind that Ecuador is a country with a tropical climate so you need light and breathable clothing and comfortable shoes. Also, it is important to bring waterproof, cozy, and comfortable clothes for walking to enjoy the adventure in the Peruvian Andes.

About tuitions fees

The tuition fees are not compulsory, yet they are well received by the workers.  So if you get an excellent service, you can give some dollars or coins as you like.

Responsibly photography

Photography is important on these tours, however all visiting natural sanctuaries such as Galapagos and Machu Picchu, it is important to be careful not to cause inconvenience to the local inhabitants or the animals that coexist in their natural habitat.

Frequent Questions

snorkeling in galapagos

What the Galapagos has to offer?

On the Galapagos Islands, you can explore the wildlife and visit beaches, cloud forests, and lava tunnels. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll along untouched beaches, come face-to-face with an array of wildlife species, snorkel in pristine waters teeming with marine biodiversity, trek across volcanic terrains, and delve into the island’s intriguing history and conservation endeavors. Whether you’re observing the majestic giant tortoises, swimming alongside playful sea lions, or admiring rare bird species, the Galapagos activities ensure unforgettable moments in one of the world’s most captivating natural settings.

Can you go to the Galapagos & Machu Picchu together?

Yes, it is possible to visit on a single trip.

Is Machu Picchu near to Ecuador?

Ecuador is not very close to Machu Picchu. Ecuador is to the north of Peru, and Machu Picchu lies in Peru. The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is located a considerable distance from Cusco, which is the closest large city to Machu Picchu. To go to Machu Picchu, one often needs to take a plane from Ecuador to Peru and then take an additional mode of transportation, like a bus or train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the town located at the foot of Machu Picchu.

What is the best month to visit the Galapagos & Machu Picchu?

The climate of South America is acknowledged to be diverse and variable by several sources. Additionally, although different, the Galapagos & Machu Picchu are complementing travel locations. To give you the greatest travel experiences in both countries, we have selected the ideal months to visit these locations. It has been determined that you can visit these two fantastic locations year-round; however, we would venture to suggest August and September as the best options and the meeting point of the two locations, as in Galagos, these are the cool season months when you can take advantage of the beautiful weather and marine life. On the other hand, in Machu Picchu, you will find yourself in dry seasons and you can enjoy Machu Picchu without clouds or rain.

How many days are the Galapagos & Machu Picchu trip?

A trip of at least 10 days is recommended to complete the crossing of both destinations. However, there are versions of 12 and 15 days for the trip.

How long does it take to hike the Inca Trail?

The typical trek on the Inca Trail takes around 4 days, covering approximately 43 kilometers. There are shorter and longer options available.

There are observatories or sights of the city in Cusco?

Yes, in Cusco, there are several observatories and viewpoints from which you can enjoy stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Some recommended places include:

  • Sacsayhuaman: This archaeological site not only offers panoramic views of Cusco but also the opportunity to explore ancient Inca ruins.
  • Mirador de San Cristobal: is a popular location that offers breathtaking panoramic views and magical moments of the city.
  • Mirador de San Blas: The San Blas neighborhood features a viewpoint that provides a unique view of the city, with its characteristic rooftops and alleyways.

Is Peru a natural biodiverse country?

Yes, natural biodiversity in Peru is celebrated for its remarkable countries, and landscapes, spanning from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains and the Pacific coast, which foster an extraordinary array of plant and animal species.

“Traveling is a life-changing experience; enjoy the journey”

The Galapagos & Machu Picchu tour that Machu Travel Peru offers an incomparable journey, seamlessly merging the best of two worlds. Sometimes, opposites attract, and unequivocally in this case, these two incredible destinations epitomize the perfect harmony for any traveler and life enthusiast

Peru has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. With many years of experience in the tourism sector, Machu Travel Peru is happy to help with anything regarding your trip to Machu Picchu and any tours around it. Make your Machu Picchu experience an unforgettable one!