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South America Expedition Cruise

Machu Picchu & Galápagos


Departure date
14 days

Cruise Overview

South America Expedition Cruise - Machu Picchu & Galápagos

Join us on a journey of historical and ecological discovery as we explore some of South America’s iconic treasures before setting out in Charles Darwin’s footsteps to witness the incomparable Galápagos Islands. 

South American Adventure 

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 the next stage of our adventure. 

Darwin’s islands of evolution 

The Galápagos Islands are famed for their association with the evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. Our comprehensive itinerary calls at the centrally-located Santa Cruz Island, the volcanic island of Fernandina, Isabela and Floreana - two of the four islands visited by Darwin - and balmy Baltra, before continuing to Santiago, the adjacent islands of Rábida and Bartolomé, and isolated Genovesa. The landings take in a wide variety of ecosystems and picturesque landscapes, and provide great opportunities for seeing wildlife such as sea lions, turtles, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flamingos and iconic Darwin’s Finches. 

Your expedition ship – MS Santa Cruz II 

MS Santa Cruz II’s crafted itineraries give you some of the best island coverage and wildlife viewing opportunities in the Galápagos. Many excursions take place at exclusive visitor sites, meaning we’ll often have entire areas to ourselves. Having multiple naturalist guides aboard Santa Cruz II also means you’ll be able to choose from a wider range of activities each day.  

Your ship is also one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including dinghies, kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddleboards. There's even a glass-bottom boat. Of course, safety and sustainability are paramount throughout your cruise, and there’s a 24-hour Medical Officer onboard at all times.

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Start off your South American adventure in Peru’s Lima.

Day 1

Journey to the old capital of the Incas and experience its amazing architecture and Andean feel.

Day 2

Travel back to a lost world at South America’s most iconic destination.

Day 3

Arrive in the city of eternal spring, get your bearings, and unwind after your journey.

Day 4

Get a taste for Ecuador with a visit to a traditional market and a trip to Cotopaxi Volcano.

Day 5

Fly away from the mainland to the Galápagos Islands, where your encounter with wildlife awaits.

Day 6

Explore the coast by dinghy and set foot on the island of the marine iguanas.

Day 7

Meet the famous giant tortoises of Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Day 8

Discover Galápagos history and look for underwater wildlife.

Day 9

Relaxation day at Santa Cruz. Recharge your batteries and lounge on Las Bachas beach.

Day 10

Explore Santiago Island and see its wild residents and impressive rock formations.

Day 11

See some amazing wildlife and beautiful landscapes, and try out the glass-bottom boat.

Day 12

Start the morning with a climb to better see this paradise for birdlife.

Day 13

Your cruise has come to an end, so enjoy a slow goodbye at the giant tortoise sanctuary.

Day 14

What's included


  • Flights in economy from Lima to Cusco, and from Cusco via Lima to Quito including all taxes
  • Roundtrip flights in economy class (from Quito to Baltra, and Baltra to Guayaquil. Or, you can continue from Guayaquil to Quito. Flight to Quito must be requested at the time of booking. Please contact us to continue on to Quito at the end of your tour.)


  • 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 from the hotel to the airport and Quito between hotel and airport
  • Transfers between Baltra Airport and ship 


  • Tour Package Cuzco and Machu Picchu as described including excursions with lunch, train tickets, entrance fees, transfers within Cusco

Included Extras

  • GalápagosIslands National Park admission fee  
  • Transit Control Card forGalápagos Islands 
  • Access to airport lounge at Guayaquil Airport upon return from Galápagos Islands 

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice  
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board  
  • German- and English-speaking Expedition Team who guide activities and provide educational information on board and ashore  
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails 

Onboard Activities

  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has a library, microscopes and samples 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym  

Landing Activities

  • Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities including kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat   
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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