Ecuador and Galapagos. Galapagos Adventure Cruise - Origin/Theory

Extend Your Stay

Contact our Galapagos Program Director to extend your trip to the Andean highlands, the Ecuadorian Amazon, mystical cloud forests or Machu Picchu, Peru.

Machu Picchu Extension

Discover the best of Peru as you travel to the high Andes and the magnificent ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the most important and impressive archaeological monument in South America. Accompanied by guides specialized in archaeology, history and Andean culture, visit monumental Inca stone temples, and the fascinating towns and Quechua Indian markets of Cusco and the Urubamba Valley. Guides meet you at every transfer point and assist with check-in to assure the most informed and in-depth experience in Peru.

Pricing: $3875 per person (2 people), $3290 per person (4 people) $3000 per person (6+ people).  Single supplement $800.  Internal air (Lima-Cusco-Lima):  Please inquire

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Arrive in Lima. Airport assistance and overnight at the Costa del Sol Ramada Airport Hotel

just a short two-minute walk outside customs.

Day 2: Urubamba Valley

Assistance with early morning check-in for one hour flight to Cusco. On our full day guided adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas you visit the village of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Depending on the season and your interests we stop to chat with farmers, artisans and visit Quechua villages where highland Indians tend their fields and sell handcrafts in outdoor markets. Overnight in the serene Urubamba Valley at the Hotel Sol y Luna. [BL]

Note: Many of our guests add a second night in the Urubamba Valley to go hiking, visit remote villages, or go horseback riding at Sol y Luna. Please inquire for details. Also, LAN Airlines allows each passenger up to 50 lb. checked baggage limit for Lima-Cusco flights.

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Transfer to catch the morning train to Machu Picchu. After assisting with your hotel check in, our guide accompanies us on a private tour throughout the principal temples and important sectors of Machu Picchu leaving you free to photograph and explore on your own time. Includes first-class reserved train tickets, bus tickets up and down the mountain, lunch and one-time entrance fee. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. [BLD] 

Note: We highly recommend  adding the KM104 hike into Machu Picchu on this day. This 4-5 hour trek hikes the last day of the famed Inca Trail, allowing you to see the spectacular ruins of Winay Wayna and enter Machu Picchu through the Intipunku or “Gate of the Sun.” 

Day 4: Cusco

You have time this morning to return to Machu Picchu on the early shuttle bus (transport and entrance fee included). Enjoy contemplating, exploring and photographing the most impressive archaeological monument in South America on your own time wandering through the mysterious maze of streets and stone buildings in this magnificent citadel. Hike up the towering Wayna Picchu peak, or back up the Inca Trail to the Intipunku, Gate of the Sun entrance. Or, simply explore the trails and lush orchid gardens of the Machu Picchu Pueblo. Late-afternoon return on the Pullman train to a station in the Urubamba Valley where we transfer to a private vehicle back to Cusco arriving by evening to our hotel. Overnight at the Casa San Blas. [BL] 

Day 5: Cusco Walking Tour

Morning half-day guided orientation of ancient Inca temples, Spanish churches and the surrounding ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. Our guide will also direct you to shops, museums, markets and restaurants where you can shop, dine and explore on your own this afternoon. Overnight at the Casa San Blas. [BL] 

Day 6: Lima and departure

Transfer to Cusco airport for flight to Lima. Airport reception and transfer in to Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores to use as a day room until your evening flight.  [B]

2016 pricing: $3,400/person. International flights, and internal flight from Lima to Cusco not included.

Please call us for details of special trekking options and additional options

Costa del Sol Ramada

Just outside the Lima Airport, the Costa del Sol is a wonderful stop over when flying from the Galapagos to Peru. Read more about the Costa del Sol Ramada

Hotel Sol y Luna

Nestled in the sacred Urumbamba Valley, the Hotel Sol y Luna combines comfort with a rustic Andean ambience. Read more about the Hotel Sol y Luna.

Machu Picchu Pueblo

The Machu Picchu Pueblo is the ideal base of exploration for the ruins of Machu Picchu. Surrounded by 12 acres of cloud forest on the banks of the Urubamba River, the hotel's spectacular scenery is matched by an incredible rich flora and fauna. Read more about the Machu Picchu Pueblo

Casa San Blas

In the San Blas neighborhood of Cusco, perfect for both couples and families. Read more about the Casa San Blas.

Amazon Extension to the Napo Wildlife Center

Years of close cooperation with the Añangu community has produced Napo Wildlife Center, an innovative project that is as valuable for its comforts as for its conservation and social value. The protected area is home to such species as Jaguar, Giant Otter, Tapir, eleven species of monkeys (including acrobatic Spider and Wooly monkeys, Monk Saki and Golden-mantled Tamarin), and many brilliant bird species. Here the local Añangu community has teamed with international conservationists to create a private reserve of well over 50,000 acres within the Yasuni National Park.

Pricing: Adult $1335 per person, child (11 & under) $1250.  Quito-Coca airfare $260 per person.  Upgrades to suites available, please inquire

Note:  This trip can depart from/return to Quito any day EXCEPT Sunday. 

Day 1: Napo Wildlife Center

Transfer to the Quito airport for your brief flight to Coca, an outpost on Ecuador’s Rio Napo in the Oriente, Ecuador’s Amazon basin. A 2 hour motorized canoe ride takes you to Napo Wildlife Center’s private dock where you’ll continue by canoe (1.5 hrs) through a meandering tributary of the Napo to the lodge's private lake deep within the Yasuni National Park. Arriving at the lodge, have a welcome beverage and receive an orientation about the activities to come. Overnight Napo Wildlife Center.  [LD]

Days 2 - 3: Napo Wildlife Center

Your naturalist guide accompanies you on a variety of adventures in this remote reserve, exploring the rivers, lagoons and forests surrounding the lodge. Napo Wildlife Center occupies an 82 square mile portion of Yasuni National Park. With 2 nearby parrot licks and a canopy tower, you have myriad opportunities to view some of the 550 species of birds, 11 primate species, and the stars of the reserve, giant river otters. Overnight Napo Wildlife Center. [BLD]

Day 4: Quito

Early rising today to paddle or hike back to the Rio Napo and return to Coca for your flight to Quito. 

Note: Due to international air schedules, we have not included the cost of transfers and Quito hotel day 5. If you wish to overnight, please inquire for private airport-hotel transfers and accommodation. Prices are based on set days of transfer to / from the Coca airport.

Napo Wildlife Center

The Napo Wildlife Center [NWC] is a renowned, award-winning Amazon rainforest lodge in Ecuador. It is located adjacent to 82 sq miles of Yasunì National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of protected tropical rain forest in Ecuador. Read more about the Napo Wildlife Center.

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"Everything about the Origin was amazing! It was quite luxurious and the staff on-board were lovely and the sights and experiences were remarkable. The birds were a joy to see and swimming with baby sea lions was so much fun, as well as penguins, sharks and sea turtles. Most impressive was the Origin's commitment to protection of the environment." - Maria M.