Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Scuba diving Galapagos pristine waters, filled with exotic marine life, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Machu Picchu.
Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas”; Peru is the ideal place to unleash your inner historian. Take a day hike on the Inca trail for an even more insightful experience. You'll have 3 days to explore the Sacred Valley and Cusco, and once you’ve left the road less travelled, you’ll find majestic ruins, striking views of the Andes Mountains and local villages bursting with culture.
Next, set off to scuba dive Galapagos Islands where you will swim alongside incredible marine life, and even more exotic creatures with dives at the famous Wolf & Darwin Islands. Imagine a realm where penguins swim in equatorial seas, no one bats an eye at four-eyed fish, and iguanas are found eating their algae meal submerged in the saltwater. Imagine dolphins leaping about in phosphorescent water and getting up close and personal with a playful sea lion pup. Open your eyes... you are imagining a “scuba dive Galapagos” adventure!
JOURNEY OVERVIEW:Trip Highlights:
Ollantaytambo, Inca Trail hike, village visit in Peru, scenic train and guided tour in Machu Picchu, Darwin and Wolf Islands, Cousin's Rock, giant tortoisesBest time of year:
Year round. July - November for Whale sharksTrip Length: 16 days / 15 nights Price Range: From $10500 CAD per person Dive Experience level recommended:
Minimum 50+ dives, plus experience with currentsNon-Divers:
Not recommended for live-aboard portion.Request A Quote
Explore Peru’s Highlights
Along with Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley is one of the highlights of Peru and is really beginning to take off as a destination on its own. The Incas built several of the empire’s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu. They are positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley which is about 100 km long. The Inca ruins are testaments to the region’s immense ceremonial importance. Off the beaten path exploration will be lead by an expert local guide. Even though the villages of the Sacred Valley are highlights of many tourist itineraries and are coveted by hotel developers, they remain starkly traditional. During the tour, you will meet local artisans and experience a traditional Pachamance-style meal which involves baking an assortment of meat and vegetables in an oven of hot stones, earth and grass. Meat is usually seasoned with local spices and wrapped in a banana leaf.
Machu Picchu, the most celebrated ruins in South America, retains its mystery, allure, and spectacular beauty despite its enduring and growing popularity. Considered one of the most dramatic places on earth, this is one place that still holds a mystical appeal for many visitors. The train to Machu Picchu nearly rivals the Inca trail for scenic beauty.
Dive the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos is the premiere spot for diving with pelagics, and seeing such large marine life species is more common when you dive the Galapagos than most any dive site in the world. Like the animals on land, the animals that inhabit these waters have evolved without a sense of fear of humans, and your presence simply generates a mild curiosity to these animals. Sightings often include hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks. A side tour to the Santa Cruz Highlands to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat is a real highlight.
Diving in the Galapagos is not recommended for first-time divers. Diving is often straightforward but the strong currents and the low visibility, surges and cool water they bring make for some demanding changes in the water. We recommend a minimum of 50 dives and some experience with currents.
What Is Included:
- 8 days / 7 nights Peru Tour including Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Cusco
- 7 nights’ accommodation aboard the Humboldt Explorer Liveaboard
- Up to 4 dives daily on the liveaboard, tanks, weights & belt
- All meals on the liveaboard
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on the liveaboard
- All the transfers throughout the trip
- 1 night accommodation in Quito at an airport hotel, including breakfast
- One way flight between Lima and Quito
- Return flights between Quito and Galapagos Islands (San Cristobal)
What Else You Need To Know:
- International airfare
- Alcoholic drinks and personal purchases in Peru
- Galapagos National Park fee ($100 USD)
- Chamber Support Fee ($35 USD)
- Tourist Card ($20 USD)
- Fuel surcharges for the liveaboard ($150 USD)
- Nitrox ($150 USD)
- Dive and Travel insurance
- Dive gear
Rates are subject to change without notice. Please inquire about assistance with airfare. A liability waiver form will be required to sign, either prior to departure, or on location. A valid dive certification card issued by an internationally recognized scuba diving association needs to be presented on location.