Machu Picchu To The Galapagos

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from July 17 - August 1, 2018, on a unique 15-day journey to two of South America’s treasures — the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu and the fascinating Galapagos Islands.

MPTravel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from July 17 - August 1, 2018 on a unique 16-day journey to two of South America’s treasures — the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu and the fascinating Galapagos Islands.

Begin in Lima and travel to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley to explore ancient ruins. Travel north to Quito and continue your discovery of the history and heritage of the region. While in the Galapagos, stay on-site each night, while cruising from island-to-island for day-time excursions on a privately chartered yacht. Conclude the tour in Quito with a festive farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Space is limited to just 20 guests and will be shared with participants from a cosponsoring alumni association. Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at or 866-325-8664 for more details and to reserve your place on this fascinating tour

Dates & Rates

Dates: July 17 - August 1, 2018


Tour Package Only (transfers not included) $7,995 per person based upon double occupancy

International Air-inclusive from $8,393* total price from Miami ($7,695 air & land inclusive plus $698 airline taxes and fees)
. Please see the brochure or contact us for rates from other cities.

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $895 per person (upgrades are subject to availability and pricing is subject to change). Upgrade costs are in addition to the costs above.

Single space is extremely limited. If available, there is a single supplement charge of $2,495 per person. Please contact us to check single availability prior to sending your reservation, or to inquire about possible roommate options.
*Rates will vary depending upon your departure city. Please see the program brochure for full details. All published rates are per person based upon double occupancy.


Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru

We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 2: Lima

This morning we visit a prominent art museum in Lima. Then we encounter colonial Lima on an afternoon tour, followed by a welcome dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

Arriving in Cuzco today, we stop at the important Incan site of Koricancha, dedicated to the Sun God. Then we continue on to Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We visit the colorful Indian market at Pisac before reaching our hotel
late afternoon. B,L,D

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Today we explore Ollantaytambo, both a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that still inspire wonder. Then we visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where we see a traditional weaving demonstration. Before dinner at our hotel tonight, we attend a native “Offering to the Earth” ceremony. B,L,D

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Early this morning we board a train to Aguas Calientes, where we transfer to the ruins at Machu Picchu for our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” With an overnight stay here, we have the rare privilege of seeing the ruins after the tourists have departed. B,L,D

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco

This morning before the day trippers arrive, we enjoy our second guided tour of this UNESCO site. Following lunch at our lodge, we return to Aguas Calientes with some free time before our mid-afternoon train to Cuzco. B,L

Day 7: Cuzco

Known for its Incan and Spanish Colonial heritage, Cuzco is the archaeological “hub” of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. This morning we tour this UNESCO site then stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, a masterpiece of Incan architecture. We enjoy lunch today in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L

Day 8: Cuzco/Lima/Quito, Ecuador

Early today we fly via Lima to Quito, arriving late afternoon. We attend a briefing about our Galapagos adventure then dine at our hotel. B,D

Day 9: Quito

Nestled in the Andes foothills, Quito boasts a well-preserved historic center, as we see on today’s city tour that includes the Intiñan Museum and the Middle of the World Monument. B,L

Day 10: Quito/Baltra/Santa Cruz Island

Today we fly to the island of Baltra then transfer to Santa Cruz, our island-based home for our Galapagos exploration. This afternoon we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the giant Galapagos tortoises. B,L,D

Day 11: North Seymour Island/Bachas Beach

This morning we embark on our first excursion aboard the Santa Fe, our privately chartered yacht. We set out for North Seymour, a flat, low-lying island with ample opportunities for close encounters with the magnificent frigate bird, land iguanas, and lava lizards on our naturalist-led walk. After lunch, we head back to Santa Cruz island, weighing anchor in the calm waters off Bachas Beach. Highlights of our nature walk here include flamingos, nesting sea turtles, and both aquatic and migratory birds. B,L,D

Day 12: South Plaza Island/Punta Carrion

Today’s destination is the small in size but rich in flora and fauna island of South Plaza. During our nature walk, we are on the lookout for such local residents as iguanas, bright orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and a male colony of sea lions (“the bachelors”). Then we cruise to Punta Carrion, where we have the opportunity to snorkel. B,L,D

Day 13: Santa Cruz Island

Today we explore Santa Cruz itself. We see the giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat; Los Gemelos, the huge twin craters formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago; and Garrapatero, a secluded white-sand beach. Finally, we have a chance to explore the “lava tunnels” at our hotel: to literally walk through the naturally-formed tube through which lava flowed eons ago. B,L,D

Day 14: Santa Cruz Island/Baltra/Quito

This morning we transfer to Baltra for the return flight to Quito, arriving mid-afternoon. Tonight we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. B,D

Day 15: Depart for U.S.

We depart this evening for our overnight return flights to the U.S.A. 


Day 16: Arrive U.S.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Tour Price Includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities for air-inclusive participants (US - Lima/Quito - US);

  • All internal flights within the itinerary

  • 4 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels

  • 34 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Galapagos National Park fee of $100

  • Services of professional tour directors; plus experienced naturalist guides while in the Galapagos

  • Private motor-coach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person

  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

What’s not included:
Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance;  baggage charges on aircraft; International airfare, transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day of arrival and/or departure if you have booked as a “land only” participant or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section of the program brochure.

Please call us toll-free at (866) 325-8664 or email us at for more details.