2024 Machu Picchu to Galapagos

Feb. 6 – 21, 2024 – Waitlist only (Join the waitlist.)
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $8,793 (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 historic and contemporary highlights of the Peruvian capital, Lima.  Stop at 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 separate days, overnighting at a hotel near the site’s entrance.  Exploration of Cuzco – a UNESCO site and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city – follows, with a two-night stay that includes touring the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuamán.  Venture back to Lima for the night, touring the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum before traveling to Quito, another UNESCO site boasting an Andean backdrop and abundant history, for one night.

Then fly to the Galapagos for four-nights; between day cruises on a privately chartered yacht to North Seymour and South Plaza islands, we lodge at a beautiful hotel on Santa Cruise Island. 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’s lava tunnels, craters, and beach before returning to Quito for a final day of touring and relaxation.  Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and villages on an exceptional 4-day/4-night optional pre-tour extension.

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
  • Day 9 : Lima / Quito
  • Day 10 : Quito / Baltra / Santa Cruz Island
  • 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 Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a Carolina Alumni member in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to become a Carolina Alumni member, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member 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.

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