2022 Machu Picchu to the Galapagos – Waitlist Only

March 1 – 16, 2022 – Waitlist Only
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $8,293 (Airfare included)
Tour Length: 16 days
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Machu Picchu’s enigmatic ruins and the fascinating Galapagos Islands rank among South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour – limited to 20 guests – is the ideal way to experience both.  Your 16-day journey begins with the highlights, both historic and contemporary, of the Peruvian capital, Lima.  See Cuzco’s important Incan site, Koricancha, before continuing on to the magnificent Sacred Valley for a two-night stay, visiting Ollantaytambo’s massive Incan ruins and indigenous villages where ancient traditions live on.

After a scenic train ride, explore Machu Picchu’s astounding ruins on two tours, overnighting at a hotel near the site’s entrance.  Exploration of Cuzco – UNESCO site and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city – follows, with a two-night stay that includes touring Sacsayhuamán’s impressive ruins and a trip highlight:  lunch in a local family’s home.  Get acquainted with Quito, another UNESCO site boasting a staggering Andean backdrop and abundant history, during a two-night stay before flying to the Galapagos for a four-night adventure.

Staying at a beautiful hotel on Santa Cruz Island, take day cruises on a privately chartered yacht to North Seymour and South Plaza islands.  Accompanied by an expert Galapagos naturalist guide, learn about Darwin’s unique “living laboratory” up close while observing iconic giant Galapagos tortoises, iguanas, and other unique wild- and birdlife.  Explore Santa Cruz with its lava tunnels, huge craters, and secluded beach before returning to Quito for a final day of touring and relaxation.  Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and villages with an exceptional 4-day/4-night pre-tour option.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lima
  • Day 3 : Lima | Cuzco | Sacred Valley
  • Day 4 : Sacred Valley
  • Day 5 : Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu
  • Day 6 : Machu Picchu | Cuzco
  • Day 7 : Cuzco
  • Day 8 : Cuzco | Lima | Quito
  • Day 9 : Quito
  • Day 10 : Quito | Galapagos – Baltra | Santa Cruz
  • Day 11 : North Seymour Island | Bachas Beach
  • Day 12 : South Plaza Island | Punta Carrion
  • Day 13 : Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 14 : Santa Cruz Island | Baltra |Quito
  • Day 15 : Quito | Depart for U.S.
  • Day 16 : Arrive in U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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