From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands

Price from £9,163

Departure Dates
32 departures between Jan 2023 and Mar 2024
11 days

Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands on an expedition cruises 2023 & 2024

Join us on a journey of historical and ecological discovery exploring the lost Inca civilisation and experiencing the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands.

Join us on a journey of historical and ecological discovery as we encounter the lost civilisation of the Incas in Peru, spend time exploring Quito, and walk up a still-active volcano in the Ecuadorean Andes before following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps to explore the incomparable Galápagos Islands. 

The first part of the adventure takes place on land as we visit Lima and the capital of the Inca empire at Cusco, Peru, before travelling up the Sacred Valley to the enigmatic lost city at Machu Picchu. In Ecuador you’ll get to explore Quito and visit Cotopaxi Volcano before we fly out to our Galápagos adventure.

Step aboard Santa Cruz II – our comfortable and stylish expedition vessel that’s ideally suited to remote adventures. You’ll take part in an unforgettable cruise and experience the very best the UNESCO protected Galápagos has to offer. The onboard facilities are excellent, and you can look forward to mouth-watering dishes prepared by our chefs.

When the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited here aboard H.M.S. Beagle in 1835, he discovered that several species, including tortoises and land iguanas, had evolved differently depending on their habitat. His seminal work On the Origin of Species, proved revolutionary. On this science-oriented expedition, we’ll be learning about Darwin’s discoveries, as well as making a few of our own.

You’ll get closer to the natural wonders with the use of small expedition boats, kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddleboards. We even have a glass bottomed boat if you’d rather see the marine life without getting wet. There’s a wide range of activities to choose from, and the Expedition Team will guide you on shore visits. Safety and sustainability are always at the core of our operations, and our aim is to leave the smallest footprint behind wherever we go.

For your safety, we always sail with a Medical Officer onboard.

What's Included


  • Return flights in economy class from the UK to Lima and back from Guayaquil including all taxes
  • Flights in economy from Lima to Cusco, and from Cusco via Lima to Quito including all taxes
  • Return flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Guayaquil including all taxes


  • One night in Lima, two nights in Cusco, two nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast. Dinner on day 2-5


  • Transfers in Lima and Quito between hotel and airport
  • Transfers between Baltra airport and ship

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Flight to Lima

Day 1

City of the Incas and a cultural gem

Day 2

Back in time to a lost world

Day 3

Quito – city of eternal spring

Day 4

Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 5

Your cruise begins

Day 6

Visiting the giants

Day 7

Blissful beauty & evolving iguanas

Day 8

Giant turtles & island activities

Day 9

A conservation success story

Day 10

A small slice of Eden

Day 11

End of the expedition

Day 12

Arrival in the UK

Day 13

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition