Family Galapagos and Machu Picchu Adventure
A family adventure in the Galapagos Islands and a private tour of Peru's magnificent Machu Picchu
Personalised journeys from start to finish
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- Luxury Galapagos cruise and excursions lead by naturalist experts
- Private tour options in Quito, Guayaquil, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Lima
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
A South American family adventure you will be talking about for years, this is a trip that takes you and your family to see both the natural and man-made wonders of the Galapagos Islands and Peru in style and comfort.
Spend your days exploring one of the world’s most phenomenal natural wonders on a four-night cruise of the Galapagos, with up-close encounters with its wildlife and adventure activities.
From there it’s onto Peru and the heartland of the ancient Incan civilisation. Relax and unwind for a couple of days in the tranquil Sacred Valley before journeying to the ruins of Machu Picchu and Cusco, the ‘archaeological capital of the Americas’.
This is an engaging, enthralling and educational family adventure.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Quito airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Quito
Accommodation in Quito
- 241 rooms, 16 suites
- 3 restaurants
- Sushi Bar
- Deli Cafe
- Fitness Centre
One of Quito’s largest hotels, the Marriott is perfect for those who want all the extensive infrastructure, amenities and service that only a five star business class hotel can provide. Rooms are well decorated and equipped, most with views of the city or volcano. Hotel facilities include a very large heated outdoor pool area (almost unique in Quito), four restaurants, bars, lounges and a well equipped spa.
- 22 Rooms, consisting of single, double and suites.
- Charming, central patio area, which is perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee or a beer.
- Lounge area, with a fireplace.
- Hotel restaurant; serving local dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Welcome card with box of Ecuadorian sweets upon arrival
Step back into Ecuador’s fascinating history, with a stay at this charming historical hotel in the centre of Quito, which has quite rightly been awarded UNESCO status. Situated amongst the narrow, cobbled streets and baroque architecture this hotel is located in a restored colonial mansion, with 22 beautifully decorated colourful rooms, replete with décor from the colonial era. For some peace and quiet from the bustling bohemian streets, you can sit back and relax in the hotels central patio, carefully designed to represent the importance of Quito’s historical past and the present, modern day. Outside of the hotel you will find some of Quito’s most beautiful historical monasteries, churches and a splendid collection of art shops, cafes and restaurants. At the weekend this area is a very lively with a fantastic atmosphere, a great place to be to be immersed into Quito’s culture.
- 31 rooms
- Room upgrade will be provided subject to availability
- Box of Pacari chocolates upon arrival
Resembling something you are more likely see on a street corner of some Parisian arrondissement, the white neoclassical façades of the recently renovated Gangotena mansion stands majestically from the south western corner of Quito’s UNESCO-protected Plaza San Francisco. Removed you may think, but the hotel sits quite comfortably in this characteristically Old World part of town, and being conveniently positioned at the colonial and cultural heart of Quito its thirty-one rooms have magnificent views over the square and surrounding monuments. Inside the décor is elegantly traditional, but is kept quite minimal for a contemporary twist. Downstairs is the lobby, complete with marble floors, velvet Chesterfields, and peppered with the odd antique, as is the dining room, bar and conservatory central patio. Then via the spiral stairs (or lift) are the rooms that feature all the contemporary amenities matched to the more modern soft furnishings, but the high ceilings, mouldings, wall murals and marbled bathrooms nod loyally to the mansion’s past and the opulence of a bygone era.
Enjoy Ecuador's capital, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this historical city and contemporary hub. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours as well as book restaurants. Talk to your travel designer about how you would like to spend your time here.
This brings alive the capital’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, to go beyond the mere ‘bricks and mortar’ and allow guests to get a true feel for quiteños and the lives that make it such a fascinating place.
The first part of the tour includes a neighbourhood walk in the company of a local guide who will share their first-hand insights into the history, livelihoods, traditions, stories, beliefs and cuisine of their city. Experience the lively market of San Francisco and wander down to the restored and revitalised street of La Ronda, meeting artisans at work and find out more about the art of chocolate-making from a Swiss-Ecuadorian confectioner family.
A lunch of Ecuadorian specialities is served inside the elegant Casa Gangotena hotel dining room. The afternoon is divided between a visit to the Casa del Alabado archaeological museum and a trip up to one of the city’s viewpoints to fully appreciate its Andean setting from on high.
Transfer to Quito airport
Flight to the Galapagos Islands (via Guayaquil)
Private transfer and check into your yacht in the Galapagos
Galapagos cruise vessels
- 20 cabins
- Sun deck
- Dining room and lounge
The Isabella II is a comfortable expedition yacht and also one of the smaller vessels of this standard in the Galapagos with capacity for just 40 passengers. The 20 cabins are relatively spacious with double, twin and triple rooms available. Decor is modern and sophisticated. On the main deck you’ll find the dining room, library and bar while the boat deck is home to the fitness room, an al fresco bar and hot tub. Guiding is excellent on the Isabela and there is state-of-the-art technology for multimedia presentations and natural history lectures. There are glass-bottomed boats, kayaks and pangas for exploring as well as snorkelling equipment for getting up close to the Galapagos’ incredible marine wildlife.
- 24 cabins, all mid-ship with large picture windows and double or twin beds
- Connecting rooms available
- Family program on select dates
- Sun deck
- Al-fresco dining area
- Bottle of wine upon arrival for 4 night cruises; bottle of champagne or wine upon arrival for 7 night cruises
One of the top expedition vessels in the Galapagos, La Pinta is an excellent choice for those looking to combine comfort with a personal, expert service and high quality guiding. The vessel has capacity for just 48 guests, striking a good balance between size and facilities. All of the twenty four staterooms are located mid-ship on the upper deck and come with spacious double or twin beds. As one of the newer boats in the Galapagos, La Pinta is kitted out with the latest equipment and has an excellent restaurant and bar, jacuzzi, and a gym. All tours are conducted with small groups of just ten guests or less with expert naturalist guides and travellers can use snorkelling equipment, sea kayaks, wetsuits and take trips in the glass bottomed boat.
- 50 staterooms and suites (100 guests)
- Two Restaurants
- Onboard team of naturalist guides
- Main Lounge
- Snorkelling Area
- Piano Bar
- Beauty Salon, Fitness Centre, Jacuzzi, & Massage Room
The latest addition of luxury cruise ships to explore the Galápagos Islands, Silver Galapagos, will sail all year round on carefully planned itineraries and is naturally suited to in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. Built to accommodate 100 guests and 75 crew, this is one of the larger boats sailing the islands but with more amenities, greater luxury, professional butlers and a maximum of 14 guests per excursion, the Silver balances its size well with attentive service and intimate guiding. Offering all ocean-view accommodations most with private verandas, a dedicated team of naturalists onboard and complimentary shore excursions at all ports, the Silver Galapagos offers intrepid adventures with all-inclusive, elegant interludes. Observe unique ecosystems, hike through lush mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, watch for wild flamingos (in season), read cave inscriptions from the 1800s, and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Plus there will be many opportunities to swim and snorkel with the sea-life found in the tranquil clear waters. The more you explore, the more you will marvel at the wonders of nature.
- 50 cabins and suites
- Two restaurants
- Bar and lounge
- Fitness room
- On board doctor
Combining decades of experience with a state-of-the-art expedition vessel designed specifically for Galapagos exploration, the newly launched Santa Cruz II brings a new level of luxury and eco-credentials to the archipelago. The new boat is just over 70m long and features 50 Swedish-designed cabins and suites, with room for up to 90 guests. All enjoy sea views out of large windows and en-suite bathrooms. 36 cabins can be interconnected, ideal for families and small groups. Communal areas include the Sky Deck, overlooking the bow, where guests can enjoy the sunshine or exercise in the fitness room. The aptly named Panorama Deck has an elegant bar, lounge and an al fresco dining area to the stern. On the same deck, guests are also welcome to visit the bridge, featuring state-of-the-art electronic navigation equipment, to meet the crew and captain. Below this is the library, hot tubs, the Discovery Room and the Beagle Dining Room. Much of the food served on board is locally sourced, such as fish, sea food and organically grown produce, and is a combination of Ecuadorian specialities and international cuisine. You can choose to dine al fresco which lets you enjoy the stunning scenery as you eat. Aboard the Santa Cruz II, explore the Galapagos Islands in a range of ways, from snorkelling in its waters with reef sharks and frolicking sea lions, to glass-bottomed boat tours, kayak expeditions and expertly guided hikes on land that focus on birdlife, wildlife and geology. Cruise itineraries vary in length from four to ten nights, and encompass the entire archipelago.
Spend your time cruising and exploring the Galapagos Islands on your choice of Jacada's selected luxury expedition cruises. The exact itinerary will depend on which you choose - our travel designer will help you pick the best for you and your family.
There will be a number of varied nature trails with your guides to the different islands on your itinerary to explore both the wildlife up close and the astonishing geology of the islands.
Small group excursions by inflatable 'panga' zodiac boats to snorkel and see the dense marine wildlife.
Transfer to the airport
Flight to Guayaquil
Private transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil
Accommodation in Guayaquil
- 294 rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Health Club and Spa
- Six restaurants
- Three bars
- Complimentary airport shuttle
Located close to the airport, the Hilton Colon is an excellent option for Guayaquil. It’s the best hotel in the city with the level of service and finish that one comes to expect from this brand. Recent refurbishment means that the interiors are elegant and contemporary. Features include a large outdoor pool area, an excellent spa and a choice of different restaurants. There is also an adjoining complex with shops and banks.
- 11 rooms
- Roof terrace
- Complimentary WiFi
Guayaquil’s only boutique hotel, the Mansion del Rio is a refurbished early 20th-century villa of just eleven rooms still preserving the feel of a private residence. Original features and antique furnishings adorn the inside of the hotel with classically styled rooms that that look over the Guayas River. A roof terrace also makes the most of these views and the hotel’s position (especially if your room isn’t on the river side). Set into the hillside of the city’s Las Penas neighbourhood, you are moments from the Malecon and a ten minute drive from the airport. Maria, the owner, is very hands on and always ready to relay the interesting history of the house to recommending good places to eat in town. A hotel that is also monument to Guayaquil’s past and heritage, Mansion del Rio is a pleasing alternative to the city’s good business hotels.
- 44 rooms and suites
Originally built as a grand charity centre in the heart of Guayaquil in 1891, it avoided demolition after being bought and reconstructed, piece by piece, in its current location within Parque Historico on the banks of the Daule River, and restored into an elegant boutique hotel. There are 44 guest rooms classically furnished with period local pieces, in subdued hues to contrast with the tropical park outside. Overlooking the waterfront, the Hotel del Parque’s restaurant serves sophisticated modern takes on Ecuadorian cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood and local ingredients.
The largest city in Ecuador and located on the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is the country's economic hub. With a good selection of fine restaurants and cultural establishments, we can help you make the most of your short time here.
Private transfer to Guayaquil airport
Flight from Guayaquil to Lima
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Accommodation in Sacred Valley
- 115 rooms
- Large Spa with 7 treatment rooms, Vichy shower, 3 hydrotherapy pools
- 3 restaurants
- Wine cellar
A brand new hotel and spa resort, the Aranwa Aqua is amongst the most luxurious and well equipped accommodations in the Sacred Valley. Set in the impressive grounds of an 18th century colonial hacienda the hotel boast full spa facilities to provide an extra level of relaxation after a day of exploring including many of the latest treatments and facilities. There are one hundred rooms and fifteen large suites (with jacuzzis and floor-to-ceiling windows) and guests can also enjoy three restaurants, a small on site museum and an art gallery.
- 22 rooms
- Private villas for families and groups of friends
This is without doubt one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in the Sacred Valley. Set in a beautiful spot by the Urubamba river the hotel is close to the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. The construction and design of the twenty-two rooms is in keeping with the rustic surrounds of this historic location with extensive use of natural materials, yet never compromising on luxury. The hotel has a good restaurant and a high quality 230 square metre spa in which to relax after a day exploring the area. There are two very spacious and well-appointed villas suitable for families or groups of friends travelling together.
- 43 casitas
- Adjoining ranch and stables
Set among beautiful gardens in the magnificent location of the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna is a charming and comfortable hotel with wonderfully relaxing amenities. Your bungalow, or ‘casita’, is designed with Andean touches and stylish interiors and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Spend your days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can partake in exciting activities such as horse riding, bird watching and para-gliding. Back at Sol y Luna the indulgent spa, sauna and pool is a peaceful place for you to unwind, while the dining consists of a restaurant, Killa Wasi, where Peruvian and European cuisine is served and a bar, Chicha Wasi, where you can enjoy authentic pisco sours. You can also enjoy traditional Andean cuisine at Wayra, a separate restaurant set in the hotel’s Wayra ranch, paying homage to the wealth of natural ingredients cultivated in the Sacred Valley since the time of the Incas.
- 12 rooms and 24 casitas
The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a modern take on a traditional hacienda, wonderfully located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas between Cusco and Machu Picchu, its sizable estate backed by green mountains and overlooking terraced fields below. The view is shared by all 12 rooms in the Casa Hacienda and 24 standalone casitas. Architecture and interiors are inspired on the area’s cultural history, with colonial furniture, authentic Inca masks and handcrafted woodwork giving a genuine sense of place. Food is centred around an ‘earth to table’ concept, with produce from the hacienda’s organic plantation. Quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes are farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen, as done centuries ago, and guests are welcome to join in picking their own crops. The most recent addition to the hacienda is the Mayu Spa, which means river in Quechua. It is nestled between the organic orchard and an peppertree forest and offers treatments using natural products derived from native medicinal herbs.
- 50 rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Dining room
- Bar and living room
Tucked away in one of the Sacred Valley’s most secluded haciendas, next to the tiny village of Urquillos and close to many of the area’s most important Inca settlements, explora Valle Sagrado is the wonderful hub from which to explore this incredible region of Peru. Carefully built within an ancient corn plantation set on Inca terraces, 50 rooms – six of which are suites – drink in views of the surrounding fields and mountains. Each is modern in its simplicity and thoroughly comfortable. There is an outdoor swimming pool, with hot tubs, massage room, steam rooms and saunas all set within a carefully preserved colonial building, Pumacahua House. A communal dining room, bar, library and living area sit at the heart of the property. Guests stay here on a three night all inclusive basis, discovering the area with a selection of over 20 exploration activities. These include a range of hikes to colonial towns, snowcapped mountains, high altitude lagoons and Inca archaeological sites, half and full day mountain bike rides and tours to Cusco, Machu Picchu, or more off-the-beaten track locations.
Spend your days relaxing and exploring the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley. It's a great place to experience the beautiful scenery and culture of Peru.
You will be collected from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and driven to the Paucarbamba bridge. Here you will receive a safety briefing and will adjust your bikes for the ride. You will follow a trail that runs alongside the Urubamba river, the sacred river of the Incas, until you reach the town of Pachar. From here you'll take an easy descent through an ancient Inca trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until you get to the Inca bridge.
A great expedition for those looking to combine the wild beauty of the Sacred Valley with a bit of adventure and thrill. You will be collected from your hotel for an early morning transfer through the Andes to Pachar. Here you will receive a safety talk and your equipment, and after a brief period practising on the flatter parts of the Urubamba river, your rafting experience, led by trained professionals, will begin.
First you will past the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, through class II and III rapids. Once through these you will go onto the final leg of the journey with ‘El Resbaladero’ (The Slippery One) which has strong class III rapids, waves and whirlpools. After this there will be time to go ashore, dry off, change your clothes and then sit down for a tented picnic lunch on the river bank.
The Vistadome train takes you to the magnificent ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in superb modern comfort. As its name suggests, the train has wide glass windows built into the roof and sides of the carriages so you really do get to see the rich Peruvian countryside rushing by. Large leather seats, air conditioning, heating, and good service reflects all the contemporary efficiency and standards of Peru Rail too.
Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at your leisure: you can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion.
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
Catch the afternoon Vistadome train from Machu Picchu town to Ollanta station.
Private transfer from Ollanta Station to your hotel in Cusco
Accommodation in Cusco
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- 43 rooms
- Oxygen enrichment
- flat screen televisions
- Bar and restaurant
- 4 treatment rooms
- Ipod docks
- Steam Room and Dry Sauna
- Steam Room
- Dry Sauna
The Aranwa is an excellent boutique option in Cusco. Decoration is a mixture of colonial style, modern furniture and opulent restored antique pieces from the owner’s personal collection. The hotel retains a historic feel whilst modern touches make your stay that much more comfortable. The forty three rooms are equipped with such features as iPod docks, oxygen enrichment (optional) and large, all marble bathrooms with jacuzzi’s or colonial style claw-footed bath tubs.
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two Restaurants
- 2 Restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
- 11 Suites
- Lounge and dining room
This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the center of Cusco surrounded by cobblestone streets, museums and next door to Plaza Las Nazarenas. This really is the premier property in Cusco and a real delight to stay at. La Casona is a beauitfully and carefully restored colonial manor house from the 16th century with modern luxuries. With only eleven suites surrounding a courtyard, the atmosphere is very private and charming. Each room is furnished with period antiques and has a fireplace and heated floors. Other hotel amenities include a library, restaurant, lounge, spa, butler services and Peruvian cooking classes.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.
Get ready to explore Cusco and its cobblestone streets with a treasure hunt that takes you to some of the most famous sights and challenges the entire family to get a deeper understanding of the city, its people and incredible history.
Your guide will provide you with a map, a budget for purchases and a list of challenges that will need to be completed within a specific time frame. Each challenge will bring you to different sights or places in Cusco and may involve finding a specific location on the city map, communicating with the locals in Spanish (or Quechua), or solving a trick question about Cusco’s history to get to the next location. Your guide will be with you during the treasure hunt and provide useful hints as well as additional information on the places you visit – but beware, every hint they give might cost you points!
Head to the ChocoMuseo to learn about the history of cacao and its production but also about the role it plays for the city and Peru. Enjoy a workshop that includes the preparation and tasting of your own chocolate. Definitely a fun experience for kids!
Private transfer to Cusco airport
Flight to Lima
For those that have a couple of hours to a day's layover in Lima we've created this little private tour to show you around the best that this city has to offer starting at (or finishing) at the airport. Collected either from the airport or your hotel in the city by your personal guide, your first stop is the historical city centre, a declared World Heritage site by UNESCO, filled with the majestic buildings of the country's colonial past. Arriving here at the Plaza Mayor, you'll see the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Lima, as well as the San Francisco Church, which stores an enviable collection of ancient books and has a network of catacombs open to the public. Then it's onto the upmarket neighbourhood of Miraflores making a brief stop at the Love Park, before choosing a spot for lunch : your guide will give you some recommendations and show you to places where you can do some shopping after, perhaps picking up a souvenir or two. You'll then be driven to your hotel for the evening or the airport in time to catch your flight.
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