Peru and The Galapagos Isles make for the perfect luxury adventure in Latin America. It is a magical combination of deep forays into both cultural and natural wildlife. Peru has a rich cultural past with civilizations such as the Norte Chico, Chavín, Paracas, Nazca, Huari, Moche, and Inca. It also offers the natural wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Chachapoyas, and the great outdoors at Colca Canyon.
The Galapagos, known as the Enchanted Isles, is unrivaled in offering up close and personal meetings with a host of flora and fauna across a mega-diverse archipelago. Totally Latin America has decades of experience in delivering superlative tailor-made combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacations to our discerning clients.
1. Machu Picchu and Cormorant II Luxury Galapagos Cruise
Machu Picchu is the prime destination in Latin America. This luxury escape combines the finest accommodations in Peru along with one of the premiere luxury vessels of the Galapagos; the Cormorant II. Arrive in Lima to explore the city’s burgeoning gastronomic scene, which includes the World’s No. 1 Restaurant of 2023, Central Lima. Next, in the Sacred Valley, your residence at Sol y Luna Hotel offers exquisite charm and elegance. The perfect base to explore this timeless valley. Step aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham Train for your journey into the citadel of fabled Machu Picchu. The reality of gazing upon this marvel with your own eyes exceeds any photo.
Onward to the Galapagos, your luxury cruise vessel the Cormorant II was newly built in 2023. All suites have private balconies and for sheer indulgence go for a Premium Suite with your very own deck-side Jacuzzi bath. We recommend the five-day cruise as the perfect option to get into the wilds of nature at Genovesa, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Santa Fe Islands. Flora and fauna are beyond your dreams. You only live once!
2. Luxury Machu Picchu, Amazon Cruise and Endemic Galapagos Cruise
This 14-day combined luxury Peru and Galapagos journey visits all the main highlights. First, we begin with a flight from Lima to Iquitos and a four-day Aqua Nera Amazon cruise or similar. Read about the 5 Best Luxury Amazon Cruises here. This is the perfect way to visit the Amazon with a host of highly immersive day trips and time to relax in your air-conditioned cabin later in the evening. We then venture to Cusco and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your accommodation here will be the beautiful Tambo del Inka Hotel or similar. We include a two-day visit to Machu Picchu with the option of a first-day hike, or train and a second day to revisit the ancient citadel.
Onward to the equator with a short flight from Lima to Quito. Whilst in Quito you will get to embark upon out cultural tour of the city and meet local artisans and discover their magnificent creations. Then we fly to the Galapagos to board your four-day luxury Galapagos Endemic Cruise. This is a magnificent catamaran vessel and has a great itinerary. All cabins aboard include private balconies. The highlights on this route are across the isles of Santiago, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Rabida, and Floreana. It is a great route for those short on time and yet you still get to see Galapagos Penguins, Sea Lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Frigates, Blue Footed Boobies, Sea Turtles, and a host more. Hiking, kayaking, panga rides, and snorkeling are all included.
3. Inca Trail Peru and Infinity Luxury Galapagos Cruise
This trip offers a one-day hike to Machu Picchu and the perfect combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacation rounded off with an 8-day Infinity Cruise. With the one-day Inca trail hike you get to trek for a day and enter the citadel via the lofty heights of The Sun Gate. This affords a regal entrance to the jewel of the Andes at Machu Picchu. Along the trail, you will be accompanied by our expert guide. The route is about seven and a half miles in length and once you have had two days to acclimate to the altitude then the trek is readily accessible to all with a reasonable level of fitness. At the end of the day enjoy 5-star luxury and perhaps a spa treatment at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.
In the Galapagos, the Infinity is a modern high-end 20-passenger vessel, each cabin with a private balcony. We chose the 8-day B itinerary as it has a broad and expansive reach across almost all of the main isles. An action-packed cruise awaits with the finest suite accommodations for your comfort. This itinerary delivers never-to-be-forgotten up close and personal encounters with the wildlife of these irreproachable lands. Tortoises, Turtles, Land Iguanas, Marine Iguanas, Penguins, Blue, Red and Nazca Boobies, Frigate Birds, the list is endless!
4. Peru and Galapagos Land-Based Express
For those wishing to maximize visitations in a shorter time frame, this is the perfect option. In just 10 days you can complete your combined luxury Machu Picchu and Galapagos adventure. Arrive in Lima and next day to Cusco and discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This includes time to explore the fortress of Ollantaytambo, one of the last redoubts of Inca resistance to Spanish colonial quests. Take a return Voyager 360 Train to Machu Picchu for a privately guided tour with our Totally Latin America expert local guide. The ancient city of Cusco was once known as the navel of the world by the Inca people.
Onward with a flight from Lima to Quito and onward to the Galapagos where you will enjoy a three-night stay at the exclusive Relais & Chateaux accredited Pikaia Lodge. It is designed for the environmentally conscious, unbounded traveler, who seeks close contact with the unique natural joys of the Galapagos. Great for those who wish to not take a cruise and prefer each night in a luxury well-appointed lodge bedroom. Nestled in the secluded highlands of Santa Cruz Island Pikaia Lodge is the perfect location for small shared groups or private explorations of the islands. This includes day sailings of the 145 ft private luxury yacht M/Y Vision – Pikaia. Just you with Mother Nature; bestowing her riches!
5. Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon Glamping and Elite Luxury Galapagos Cruise
This fourteen-day trip affords a special combined luxury Peru and Galapagos vacation route via the depths of The Colca Canyon. It includes the favorites of The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco. Following on from these marvels we fly to the white city of Arequipa in the south of Peru. This is a beautiful city nestled under the backdrop of great volcanic mountains such as El Misti. It is also the corridor of a route which we take to the Colca Canyon. This vast canyon is in parts twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of the USA. Your private tours will allow you to escape to the countryside of real Peru, along with the opportunity to view the huge Condor birds that grace the skies on the uplifting thermals. Your accommodation here is a new luxury explorer-style tented hamlet of Puqio, a haven of body wellness.
Onward to the Galapagos and your luxury Elite 4-day Galapagos cruise. This luxury sixteen-passenger yacht has large suite cabins with private balconies. Its catamaran double hull design offers smooth sailing across the isles of Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española, and San Cristobal. Fauna seen on this route includes Nazca Boobies, Red Boobies, Red and Green Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, tropical fish, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Your adventures will be via hikes, snorkeling, kayaking, and panga rides for a spectacular culmination of a divine adventure across two majestic lands.
6. Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Galapagos Horizon Luxury Cruise
This journey of 15 days takes you on a combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacation which includes Lake Titicaca. Visit the Sacred Valley for two night at the Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel. Then onward to Machu Picchu for a privately guided tour with one of our foremost authorities on Peruvian culture. Take the luxury Andean Explorer train overnight luxury train from Cusco to Puno. Breakfast the next morning aboard the train and alight to journey to the beautiful Titilaka Hotel. Nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca some 12,500 feet above sea level. Majestic vistas and welcoming local people that still make floating islands at Uros.
Your Galapagos Horizon cruise is a super 5-day journey. We include visitations by land, sea panga, or kayak to Bartholomew Island, Rabida, Santiago, Genovesa, Santa Cruz, and the North Seymour Islands. Genovesa is one of the very best islands for wildlife. Nazca, Red, and Blue Footed Boobies, Tortoises, Galapagos Penguins, Land and Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, Rays, and Reef Sharks abound in these glorious waters. Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and panga rides are all included, for the very best experience. A wildlife heaven!
7. Inca Trail Peru, Skylodge Suites and Galapagos Island Hopping
This combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacation is one for adventure lovers. It includes an overnight stay at the magnificent Skylodge suites. A night spent in a beautiful hanging room with some of the most impressive views across the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We also visit Ollantaytambo ruins, and then onward to embark upon a one-day Inca trail hike to the Sun Gate and down into Machu Picchu citadel. Spend time with our private guide to understand the significance of these most sacred of Inca epoch ruins. Finally, back to Cusco with two days to enjoy this vibrant and engaging ancient city.
We fly to Quito for a one-night stay, time to discover the old colonial center. Then onward to the Galapagos for your island-hopping adventure. This will involve nightly stays in 4-star hotels and a host of day adventures across the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela, along with boat excursions to neighbouring isles such as Bartolome, North Seymour, Plazas and Santa Fé. It is a great way to great a broad understanding of the mega-diverse flora and fauna of the Galapagos in the hands of your qualified Galapagos National Park guide. If you love adrenaline rushes this tour is the one for you!
8. Machu Picchu and New Galapagos Angel Cruise
This combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacation begins in the capital of Lima. Take an evening gastronomic tour across the city to discover what makes this place a mecca of fine dining for clients from across the globe. Onward to Cusco and relax to acclimate at the wonderful Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel. A palatial setting in the heartland of the Inca people. The next day visit a local community high in the Andes Mountains for a profound insight into the daily lives of these highland communities. You will visit Machu Picchu by train and take a privately guided visit. Seeing the majesty of this site with your own eyes always surpasses any photograph.
Onward to the Galapagos, and for this cruise we board the Galapagos Angel vessel. This sixteen-passenger luxury yacht is a new ship. We include an Upper Deck Suite accommodation for added comfort. This five-day itinerary route across the Galapagos is one of the most comprehensive in this time frame. Choosing this cruise will allow you to encounter Sea Turtles, Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas, Blue Footed, Red and Nazca Boobies, Sea Lions and a host more. At Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew Island you can go to the beach and swim with Galapagos Penguins. The itinerary also has great snorkeling at North Seymour, Egas Port, Rabida, and Chinese Hat Islet, Santiago Island. Encounters guaranteed to journey beyond your dreams!
9. Peruvian Deep Amazon and Ocean Spray Luxury Cruise
Fly from Lima to Iquitos in Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to Tambopata National Reserve. Our destination is Tambopata Research Center which lies deep in the heart of this magnificent Amazon rainforest. Located far beyond the other lodges, it affords this lodge the best opportunity to see elusive large mammals such as Jaguar. We include the very best Deluxe Suite accommodation for your comfort. This lodge is a true scientific research station, and you will have immensely knowledgeable guidance for you forays into the jungle. Following on from the jungle we spend three days to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
At the Galapagos, you have an excellent six-day cruise aboard the Ocean Spray vessel. A double-hulled catamaran design for smooth crossings and large spacious cabins with private balconies. This route encompasses the central and western isles. Routes along here are great for delivering opportunities to spot whales near Fernandina and Isabela. As one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago, Fernandina has never had a foreign species invade. Also be sure to look out for Flightless Cormorants, Marine and Land Iguanas, Pelicans, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Sea Turtles, and very much more. All led by the finest of our Galapagos National Park guides.
10. Wonders of Northern Peru and Luxury Aqua Mare Galapagos Cruise
This fourteen-day combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacation includes a journey across the lesser visited north of Peru to see destinations such as Kuelap Fortress, Chachapoyas and the Sarcophagi of Carajía. We also spend time on the coast to see ancient Caral and Pachacamac. The Chachapoyas were called the Warriors of the Clouds and lived from about the years 800 to 1470. Their home was in the cloud forest on the edges of the Amazonas region of Northern Peru. There is an option to add Machu Picchu to this tour if required.
After Peru, we fly to Ecuador and join your Aqua Mare Cruise in the enchanted isles of the Galapagos. This is the ultimate in luxury aboard an exclusive high-class yacht. Aboard the Italian built Aqua Mare, guests will find seven beautiful suites. These include a voluminous Owner’s Suite. Exclusivity is combined with the most personalized service enabled by two naturalist guides for 16 guests. Your itinerary on this journey is the eight-day West Galapagos Expedition Cruise. Floreana, Rabida, Santiago, Fernandina and Isabela Islands are all a part of this exceptional voyage of discovery.
Choosing the Right Itinerary for You
Every combined Peru and Galapagos luxury vacation itinerary at Totally Latin America is tailor-made. Therefore, depending on the time of year, your expert travel adviser can create whatever combination that works best for you. Spaces are always limited as the majority of Galapagos ships have only 8 or 10 cabins. Early booking many months in advance is essential. Begin your journey of a lifetime by contacting us HERE, or picking up the phone and calling toll-free on +1 855 217 9045.