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South America

Peru & the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador

We have chosen these two sought-after South America destinations as the ultimate for the adventure traveler. Immerse yourself in the colorful local markets and dramatic Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, venture to the enchanting Galapagos Islands with their collection of fascinating wildlife and unique island landscapes, or consider both for an epic combination. Our specialists will help arrange small group or private experiences in Peru, while we work exclusively with small ships and yachts in the Galapagos for the most unique and personalized encounters.

These two destinations should be on every traveler’s bucket list for an epic experience highlighted by nature, adventure, culture, wildlife and stunning scenery. A Peru and Galápagos combination trip is a spectacular way to see this region.

Galápagos cruises are typically one week in duration, plus you’ll want a couple of pre-cruise nights in a gateway city (Quito or Guayaquil) to allow buffer time in case of flight delays on arrival into Ecuador. To add Peru, plan on another full week and maybe a few extra days if planning to visit higher altitude areas, so you have time to rest and acclimatize.

It is best to book your trip well in advance, as smaller boutique Galápagos cruises have a very limited occupancy and fill up early. Also, if you are interested in the Inca Trail hike in Peru, permits sell out well in advance. Our Travel Designers will work with you to curate the ideal itinerary to best match your aspirations and expectations.

South America Itineraries

Galápagos Luxury Yachts

Galápagos Luxury Yachts

Destination: South America
The Galápagos Islands is one of the most unique, fascinating and pristine destinations on earth. For a truly immersive experience around this diverse and wonderful archipelago, we introduce you to the Origin & Theory luxury expedition yachts. This is casual sophistication, with only 10 staterooms on each vessel boasting panoramic views and every modern comfort, […]
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Peru & Galápagos

Peru & Galápagos

Destination: South America
The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and Darwin’s enchanted islands await on this 16-day journey through the Andes Mountains of Peru and the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. The adventure begins as you explore the great ruins of Machu Picchu and wander through village markets, where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean […]
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Weather & Best Times to Visit

Galápagos, Ecuador – The Galápagos Islands are ideal year-round, with generally warm and sunny weather. December through May is the sunniest time of the year, with warmer air and water temperatures. As a tropical region, there is also a greater chance of rain at this time of year. Most clients find this to the ideal time to visit the Galapagos Islands, since the pleasant temperatures make it ideal for hiking and wildlife viewing. The weather is a bit cooler and drier from June through November, the “garua” season, with colder water temperatures and often a light mist settled around the islands. This time of year features some extra special wildlife encounters, including playful sea lion pups and mating season for the blue-footed boobies.

Peru – May through October is the best time to visit Peru, especially if you plan on trekking. Sunny days and bright blue skies await during this peak season. For a combination trip with the Galápagos, you could also consider November and December. The wet season from January through April is not recommended.

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Galápagos, Ecuador – The Galápagos Islands are ideal year-round, with generally warm and sunny weather. December through May is the sunniest time of the year, with warmer air and water temperatures. As a tropical region, there is also a greater chance of rain at this time of year. Most clients find this to the ideal time to visit the Galapagos Islands, since the pleasant temperatures make it ideal for hiking and wildlife viewing. The weather is a bit cooler and drier from June through November, the “garua” season, with colder water temperatures and often a light mist settled around the islands. This time of year features some extra special wildlife encounters, including playful sea lion pups and mating season for the blue-footed boobies.

Peru – May through October is the best time to visit Peru, especially if you plan on trekking. Sunny days and bright blue skies await during this peak season. For a combination trip with the Galápagos, you could also consider November and December. The wet season from January through April is not recommended.