Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport

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Dates: Apr-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 14

Activity Level: 3

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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport

Price:

2014

REI member: $5,999

Non-member: $6,650

2015

REI member: $6,299

Non-member: $6,925

Additional Fees

2014 Holiday supplement: $175

2015 Holiday supplement: $250

Single supplement: $1,899

Guayaquil-Galapagos airfare and transit fee: $535

Cusco-Lima-Guayaquil airfare (Day 6) not included in trip price. Contact REI for fare quote.

Additional fees subject to change. Special payment and cancellation policy applies to all departures; see Trip Details tab for more information.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 13–26
  • May 11–24 Sold out
  • Jun 8–21 Sold out
  • Jun 14–27
  • Jul 6–19 Sold out
  • Jul 8–21
  • Aug 10–23 Sold out
  • Sep 7–20 Sold out
  • Sep 21 – Oct 4
  • Oct 5–18
  • Nov 2–15
  • Dec 21 – Jan 3 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies.

2015

  • Apr 12–26
  • May 10–24
  • May 31 – Jun 14
  • Jun 21 – Jul 5
  • Jul 5–19
  • Aug 9–23
  • Aug 23 – Sep 6
  • Sep 6–20
  • Sep 20 – Oct 4
  • Oct 4–18
  • Nov 1–15
  • Nov 20 – Dec 4
  • Dec 20 – Jan 3 H
  • Dec 27 – Jan 10 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies.


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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Snorkeling

Accommodations:

Hotels, 13 nights

Trip Highlights

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport

Selected by Outside Magazine as a "Hall of Fame Trip" for 2012.

  • Explore two iconic South American destinations: Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
  • Trek through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and spend two days at Machu Picchu
  • Hike, bike, and kayak among the wonders of the Galapagos Islands
  • Follow expert, local guides who bring these astonishing locations to life

Selected by Outside Magazine as a "Hall of Fame Trip" for 2012.

From mist-filled cloud forests high in the Peruvian Andes to the clear waters and wildlife-rich islands off the Ecuadorian coast, REI's multisport adventure visits two iconic South American destinations: Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands.

Our journey begins in Cusco, where we explore the city's cultural and architectural treasures. We make our way into the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we visit bustling markets and hike to well-preserved ruins before ultimately arriving at Machu Picchu itself. We have the better part of two days to discover the most spectacular ruins complex on the continent.

Flying from the mountains to the sea, we find ourselves surrounded by the natural wonders of the magical Galapagos Islands. A dream-come-true adventure with opportunities for incredibly close wildlife encounters by foot, kayak, boat, and snorkel. The Galapagos Islands are a veritable treasure trove of natural history and biodiversity, and our active adventure immerses you in the best of it!

Want to make the most of your stay in Peru? Check out our trip extensions: Cordillera Blanca; Lima, Paracas & Nazca Lines; Lake Titicaca; Northern Peru; Peruvian Amazon – Sandoval Lake Lodge; Peruvian Amazon – Heath River Wildlife Center and Peruvian Amazon – Tahuayo Lodge.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Machu Picchu Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Note - This itinerary will change in 2015.
  • Day 1 - Tour Cusco, including the ruins of an Incan temple and fortress.
  • Day 2 - Shop for crafts at Pisac market in the Sacred Valley and hike to ruins.
  • Day 3 - Raft the rapids of the Urubamba River and hike to ancient salt mines.
  • Day 4 - Machu Picchu awaits! Guided tour of the Sacred City of the Incas.
  • Day 5 - Back to Machu Picchu, hike to the Temple of the Moon or Huayna Picchu.
  • Day 6 - Fly to Ecuador and meet our Galapagos guide for an orientation.
  • Day 7 - Hike to Frigate Hill on San Cristobal Island for fantastic vistas.
  • Day 8 - Cruise to Kicker Rock for fantastic snorkeling, and explore the pristine white sands of Manglecito Point.
  • Day 9 - Snorkel at Las Tintoreras and mountain bike to the Wall of Tears.
  • Day 10 - Hike to the rim of Sierra Negra volcano for otherworldly views.
  • Day 11 - Hike in the El Chato reserve to view giant tortoises in the wild.
  • Day 12 - Kayak Divine Bay and Punta Estrada's calm, turquoise waters.
  • Day 13 - Visit Charles Darwin Research Station before heading to Baltra Island.
  • Day 14 - Depart Guayaquil or explore more of this magical country.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Note - This itinerary will change in 2015.

    2015 departures will follow a reversed 15-day itinerary, starting with the Galapagos and ending with Machu Picchu, spending an extra day in Cusco. The 2014 itinerary is detailed below.

  • Day 1 - Tour Cusco, including the ruins of an Incan temple and fortress.

    Our trip begins today in Cusco, Peru. Located high in the Andes at an elevation of 11,150', this beautiful red-tile-roofed city was founded in the 12th century by Manco Capac, the original Inca thought to be a child of the sun god himself. For almost 400 years, Cusco served as the flourishing capital of the Inca Empire and still retains its centuries-old appeal with numerous sections of original Inca stonework visible in the streets and buildings. Upon arrival in Cusco, we're greeted by our local guide and transferred to our centrally located hotel where a brief orientation meeting will be held. This is followed by a walking tour of the city's most intriguing sites including the bustling Plaza de Armas, the Santo Domingo Church (built atop the Inca temple Koricancha), and the imposing hilltop ruins of the monolithic Sacsayhuaman fortress. Considered by many to be one of the greatest examples of stonemasonry in human history, the 60-ton limestone boulders used in the construction of the fortress walls fit together so perfectly without mortar that not even a blade of grass can be inserted between them. Overnight in Cusco tonight. Lunch on your own. Dinner included.

    Walking: 2 miles.

  • Day 2 - Shop for crafts at Pisac market in the Sacred Valley and hike to ruins.

    We set out this morning for the Urubamba Valley and the famous market village of Pisac (approximately one hour's drive from Cusco) where authentic shopping and photographic opportunities abound. This region is well-known for high quality local crafts including hand-knit wools, ceramics, leather goods and jewelry; all available in Pisac market. This afternoon, we hit the trail for a hike up to the nearby Pisac ruins, one of the most important and well-preserved in the Sacred Valley. Our guide helps us identify the various structures at the site including the fascinating Temple of the Sun, used by the Incas as an astronomical observatory. We climb to the top of the ruins to take in the panoramic views of the terraced countryside before heading back down the trail to Pisac town. We spend the next two nights at a traditionally styled boutique property in the Urubamba Valley. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3 miles.

  • Day 3 - Raft the rapids of the Urubamba River and hike to ancient salt mines.

    We enjoy our first waterborne activity this morning as we drive to Pachar where our rafts and rafting guides await. After an instructional briefing, we'll begin our paddle on the Urubamba River where the gentle waters gradually begin to flow faster, leading us through a series of white-capped rapids. We roll through the waves, watching the Andean landscape slip by as we make our way towards our take-out at Wayracpunku. Back on land, we visit the small town of Ollantaytambo, whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizaro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo. After a short walking tour of the town, we stop for a quick lunch before driving to the nearby village of Maras where we begin a two-hour downhill hike to the multi-tiered Pichincoto mines, local salt mines used by the Inca as a mineral source and still visited by local residents today. Late this afternoon, we return to Yucay for dinner and another relaxing evening. All meals included.

    Rafting: 2 hours with Class I-III rapids. Hiking: 3 miles.

  • Day 4 - Machu Picchu awaits! Guided tour of the Sacred City of the Incas.

    We return to Ollantaytambo this morning by private van (approx. 25 minutes) and connect with the scheduled daily Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. We arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes at the base of the Sacred City in mid-morning and take a shuttle up to this spectacularly perched archeological treasure. Our knowledgeable guide leads us through the center of the site, recapping Machu Picchu's rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the current theories regarding the original purpose and significance of the city. Later this afternoon, we'll return to Aguas Calientes and the always welcoming Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. All meals included.

    Hiking: 2-3 miles.

  • Day 5 - Back to Machu Picchu, hike to the Temple of the Moon or Huayna Picchu.

    Perhaps the best time of day to appreciate the full majesty of this remarkable site is during the early hours, taking advantage of the soft morning light for dramatic photography or just some quiet meditation. Our goal is to ride one of the first shuttles of the day up to the complex and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere before the first tourist train from Cusco arrives. As the sun continues to climb, we can choose from a variety of different active explorations including a challenging hike to the top of Huayna Picchu – the iconic peak that soars above the Sacred City – or a hike to the Temple of the Moon, located inside a cavern part-way down the north face of Huayna Picchu. In the early afternoon, we'll head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch before boarding our train for the ride back to Cusco. Dinner in Cusco is on our own allowing us to choose from the variety of local restaurants serving Peruvian and international cuisine. Overnight in Cusco tonight. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 2-3 miles.

  • Day 6 - Fly to Ecuador and meet our Galapagos guide for an orientation.

    We transfer to the Cusco airport for our connecting flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador (the flight Cusco-Lima-Guayaquil is not included in the trip price). Upon arrival in Guayaquil, we are met by our guides and transferred to our hotel. An orientation will be followed by dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.

  • Day 7 - Hike to Frigate Hill on San Cristobal Island for fantastic vistas.

    It's off to the Galapagos Islands this morning! A transfer is provided to the airport where we board our flight to the islands, located roughly 600 miles offshore. We land on San Cristobal Island where we spend the next two days hiking, swimming, and snorkeling. After lunch overlooking the ocean, we head out for an afternoon of exploration. Our first stop is the impressive San Cristobal Interpretation Center where we learn about the volcanic formation of the Galapagos archipelago and the unique evolution of life on the islands. Our walk takes us along trails of lava rock into dry forest of cacti, acacia, palo santo, Galapagos cotton, and other endemic vegetation and features splendid views of the rugged coastline. As we approach Frigate Hill, be on the lookout for blue footed boobies, frigate birds, Darwin finches and much more. On our way back to our lodging, we may stop for a refreshing dip at Carola or Mann Beaches. In the evening you have the option of exploring the small town of Port Baquerizo Moreno. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3 miles, about 2 hours. Optional snorkeling and swimming.

  • Day 8 - Cruise to Kicker Rock for fantastic snorkeling, and explore the pristine white sands of Manglecito Point.

    This morning a private motor cruiser conveys us to Kicker Rock (also known as Leon Dormido, the Sleeping Lion). These jagged remains of an old tuff cone are home to thousands of sea birds. At Leon Dormido we take to the water with our snorkels in search of Galapagos sharks, eagle and golden rays, as well as dozens of species of tropical fish. With a little luck we may also swim with hammerhead and white-tipped sharks. We have lunch aboard the boat, and then cruise to Manglecito Point to go ashore and explore beautiful white sand beaches backed by button mangroves. Swim, stroll the beach, and keep an eye out for marine iguanas and White-cheeked pintail ducks. We return to our hotel for dinner and our last evening on San Cristobal. All meals included.

    Snorkeling: 2-3 hours.

  • Day 9 - Snorkel at Las Tintoreras and mountain bike to the Wall of Tears.

    A morning flight from San Cristobal brings us to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago. Isabela was formed by six volcanoes - Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf. Five of these volcanoes remain active, making this island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. This is a remarkably beautiful island and one of the youngest in the archipelago. Isabela is also known for its expansive white sand beaches. We begin our explorations with a boat ride to Las Tintoreras, a small island within Isabela Bay, to walk the otherworldly landscape of lava rocks and snorkel the waters surrounding this wildlife-rich environment. Marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, whitetip reef sharks, marine turtles and penguins are typically seen here. In the mid-afternoon your guide will lead you on an optional mountain bike ride to El Muro de las Lágrimas - the Wall of Tears. This historic site dates between 1946 and 1959 when Isabela was a penal colony. The wall was built by prisoners using huge blocks of lava for no other reason than to keep the prisoners busy from the madness of isolation. Guests that opt out of the cycling will have the afternoon free until dinner; swimming, snorkeling, or renting a surfboard are just a few of your options. All meals included.

    Walking: 1-2 hours. Snorkeling: 1 hour. Optional cycling: 8 miles; Terrain: sand and gravel with a few short hills. Optional water activities, some may incur an additional fee.

  • Day 10 - Hike to the rim of Sierra Negra volcano for otherworldly views.

    Today we explore the fascinating Galapagos highlands! We get an early start to begin our hike over rugged terrain to the rim of the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second largest intact caldera in the world after Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The trail can be quite muddy or dusty depending on the season, but the walk is well worth it as the vantage point from the rim offers fantastic views of the six by five mile wide lava-filled caldera as well as the other volcanoes beyond and the surrounding coastline. After catching our breath, we can choose to continue along the trail to Chico Volcano. With its puffing fumaroles and striking lava formations, it offers good examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia. The remainder of the afternoon is free for rest or optional water activities. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-9 miles, up to 5 hours. Terrain: Uneven trails that may include slippery, muddy or rocky sections. Optional water activities, some may incur an additional fee.

  • Day 11 - Hike in the El Chato reserve to view giant tortoises in the wild.

    We transfer by boat (~3 hours) from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. Upon reaching Santa Cruz we check into our hotel and change into hiking clothes before heading to a charming hacienda in the highlands for lunch. Our afternoon is spent at El Chato Reserve in the upper part of Santa Cruz – the natural habitat of the Santa Cruz tortoise, the largest in the Galapagos. The most recognized symbol of the Galapagos, the tortoise weighs over 500 pounds and may have a shell measuring almost five feet! While seeking out these lumbering giants, we'll keep our eyes open for pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches, and frigate birds bathing in freshwater lakes. Returning to Puerto Ayora, there is free time to shop and explore this lively waterfront town before dinner at our lodging. All meals included.

    Hiking: 1-3 miles, up to 3 hours. Terrain: Flat, possibly muddy trails through tall grass.

  • Day 12 - Kayak Divine Bay and Punta Estrada's calm, turquoise waters.

    For our second day on Santa Cruz, we kayak around Divine Bay and Punta Estrada, traveling through multiple lava channels of calm, turquoise waters. Within the channels, white tipped sharks and rays often patrol beneath the waves while blue footed-boobies, tropic birds, herons and marine iguanas perch along the jagged cliffs. In the afternoon we'll walk to Tortuga Bay, a spectacular white sand beach that gets its name from the black sea turtles that lay their eggs here. Behind the mangroves that frame the beach is a saltwater lagoon that is often frequented by flamingos. An afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, bird watching and relaxing is followed by a memorable farewell dinner. All meals included.

    Kayaking: 3 hours. Walking: 3 miles. Swimming and snorkeling: 2-3 hours.

  • Day 13 - Visit Charles Darwin Research Station before heading to Baltra Island.

    Early this morning we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation and management efforts in the archipelago. The research station was the home to "Lonesome George", the very last tortoise of his particular species from Pinta Island. We then transfer to Baltra Island where we board our flight to Guayaquil. We say goodbye to our guide this afternoon and then have free time to explore Guayaquil or shop for souvenirs. Breakfast included, light lunch on flight, dinner on your own.

  • Day 14 - Depart Guayaquil or explore more of this magical country.

    You can depart anytime today. Transfer on your own to airport for flights home. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. This includes changes to activity locations in the Galapagos due to changes in regulations and permitting by the Galapagos National Park Service as well as transportation between islands based on oceanic conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Hotel accommodations with private bath; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; skilled bilingual guides; all ground transportation as noted; airport-hotel transfers in Cusco on day 1 and day 6; all sightseeing excursions as noted (including daily admission to Machu Picchu); inter-island transfers; rafting gear; sea kayaks and necessary paddling gear; bikes and helmets; snorkel, mask and fins.

Not Included

International air transportation to Cusco, Peru and from Guayaquil, Ecuador to your next destination. The international flight from Cusco, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador on Day 6 and roundtrip flight to/from Galapagos Islands, and the Ecuador transit card are a mandatory add-on cost and the price is subject to change. The Galapagos National Park fee ($100 cash payable upon arrival on San Cristobal). Airport transfer on Day 14; two lunches and two dinners; guide gratuities; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages; airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry fees, immunizations or insurance of any kind.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

In addition to the required deposit to reserve your space on this trip, the airline ticket fee for flights to/from the Galapagos Islands and Galapagos Transit Fee are due at the time of registration. The flight fees and transit fee are subject to change. Both the required trip deposit and the flight fees/transit fee are non-refundable 90 days prior to departure. If you need to cancel your space on this trip inside of 90 days of departure for a reason covered by your optional travel insurance plan, the deposit and flight cost would be reimbursable by that plan.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. It contains a variety of activities including hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and sea kayaking. Although not particularly strenuous, the hiking in the Peruvian Andes takes place at moderately high altitude (7,800' -11,500') where most trip members will feel the effects of the thinner air and tire more easily than usual. Daily hikes/walks will be on-trail and may include some short, steep ascents and descents and climbing numerous flights of stairs at various ruins complexes. The two-hour rafting trip will include class I-III whitewater but is suitable for novices. In general, the Galapagos hiking is moderate in both length and terrain. We are not moving at a fast pace as our primary objective is to take time to enjoy the wildlife. The biking on Isabela Island is on unpaved, sand and gravel roads with some rolling hills. You can choose not to bike this portion. Sea kayaking is broken up with stops to take advantage of the numerous snorkeling opportunities. We highly recommend a conditioning regimen consisting of activities such as hiking, jogging, stair-climbing or cycling beginning at least 3 months prior to departure to get in shape for the adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy all this trip has to offer!

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° - 75° F with Andean evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. The Peruvian portion of the itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly. During the months of May-October, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While rainfall is more common during the months of November-April, all-day rain is unlikely.

The Galapagos have two seasons. The warm and rainy season lasts from January to June, and the average air temperature ranges from the low 80s to the low 90s with the average water temperature around 75°. During this time, there are many warm, often hot, sunny periods interspersed by rain showers. From July to December, the cooler and dryer months, the average air temperature is in the 70s with an average water temperature hovering between 64-68°. There may be occasional mist and overcast skies due to the garúa (fog) that sometimes pervades the islands at this time of year. A sweater or jacket is often needed at night. Note that at any time of year, the higher elevations on the islands are often enveloped in mist and fog keeping them cooler and greener than areas near the shores.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Hybrid bicycle
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Kayak & related gear
  • Rafting gear
  • Snorkel, mask and fins
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline ticket
Luggage
  • Luggage, soft-sided, retractable handle and wheels
  • Extra medium-sized duffle bag (for storing unneeded items at hotel)
  • Small daypack to carry camera, water, light jacket, sun screen, etc.
  • Passport pouch or money belt
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks (2 sets)
Outerwear
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Lightweight, waterproof rain jacket
  • Lightweight, waterproof rain pants
Footwear
  • Comfortable shoes for travel and town
  • Lightweight hiking shoes with good tread and sole support (can also be used for cycling)
  • Watersport shoes/sandals
Clothing
  • Lightweight, easily washable items for city wear - casual and comfortable clothes are recommended.
  • T-shirts, at least two synthetic
  • Long-sleeve shirt(s)
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are great)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Liner socks (synthetic or silk)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Fleece / warm hat (Andes)
  • Gloves/mittens (Andes)
  • Bandana
Travel Accessories
  • Two (2) 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm, high SPF rating and water-repellent
  • Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper (useful for public restrooms)
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Lightweight travel towel or sarong
Optional Field Gear
  • Guide book to the Galapagos Islands for identification of species
  • Stuff sacks - various sizes for organizing clothing and gear inside duffel
  • Camera, memory and spare batteries
  • Electronics/battery charger
  • Binoculars - highly recommended
  • Small dry bag for camera gear while kayaking – highly recommended
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Travel alarm
  • Padded fingerless cycling/kayaking gloves
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Travel pillow

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, medications, hiking shoes and one set of spare clothes in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Pack lightly. Quick-drying, synthetic items are advisable; laundry facilities are available in some hotels in Machu Picchu and the Galapagos allowing for a 24-hour turn around.
  • In the Galapagos, the inter-islands flight(s) have a strict checked luggage limit of 25 pounds per person. If luggage exceeds this limit, it may be transferred by sea transportation with possible delay.
  • Cotton is wonderful in hot weather or in the evenings. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool, or polyester fabrics such as Capilene® or MTS®, which will insulate even if they get wet.
  • Make sure you hiking boots/shoes are broken-in, and bring moleskin, Second Skin® or Blister Block® for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters (the liner sock should be silk or synthetic).
  • A shorty 2mm or 3mm wetsuit is highly recommended for the Galapagos portion. While it is possible to snorkel without one, you will be much more comfortable and be able to snorkel & enjoy the marine life longer while wearing one. Note: It is possible to rent a wetsuit once in the Galapagos (~$5-10/day) but it is recommended to bring your own for best fit.
  • A mask, snorkel and fins are provided, but it is recommended to bring your own if you have them for best fit and comfort.
  • Sarongs make excellent lightweight, quick-drying and compact travel and beach towels. Another good option is the REI MultiTowel Lite (available in various sizes) or similar. See www.rei.com for details.
  • The sun is particularly strong at high altitude and on the equator, so a good sun hat and a long-sleeved, light-colored shirt are important. Bring plenty of water-resistant sunscreen.
  • Bring a spare duffel bag & luggage lock, as extra luggage can be stored at the hotels in Cusco and Guayaquil.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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      5.0

      Fabulous adventure!!!

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        Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport:

        This was a great trip and I'd recommend it to anyone. The people in our group were great fun and all very active! Our guides couldn't have been more helpful or better qualified. I have traveled extensively and experienced every level of
        guide expertise and these were excellent and contributed everything to making this trip enjoyable.

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • These two destinations have been on my 'bucket list' for some time, and this was the year I finally got it done! This was my first ever experience with 'group travel' and it was the best way for me to experience everything that I did.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • Probably swimming with the sea lions. . . .but really it was all fabulous!!!
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • The bug spray on your 'list' of recommended items is to use at Machu Picchu. I had thought it was more for the Galapagos Islands, and left mine in my bag back in Cusco!!

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        Loved it!

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          Although I'm writing this review a little late, we were part of the first group to go on the Machu Picchu - Galapagos combined Trip. It was amazing!

          The guides were fantastic!

          Like another review, our accomodations were great, except for the hotel in Guayaquil. It left a lot to be desired, especially compared to the rest of the trip.

          If you like to scuba dive, book a couple extra days at the end of the trip on Santa Cruz Island. We didn't know this ahead of time, but were told that some of the best dives are around that island and that was one of the best hotels.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • My husband and I were looking for a trip that would include my love of being active everyday and his love of great accommodations & delicious food. This trip exceeded our expectations.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Machu Picchu is high on the list as well as all the wildlife in the Galapagos, but we also have to mention our fabulous guides, Francis & Admil (Peru) & Alfredo (Galapagos), who made the trip fun & informational.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Give yourself a day to acclimate to the altitude & drink lots of water. No matter what your fitness level is altitude can be a killer, so pace yourself.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Adventure

          By calman

          from El Dorado Hills, CA

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport:

              Going to Machu Picchu before Galapagos was great.
              Machu Picchu entailed a lot of steps, but was not as strenuous as Galapagos. We would have liked one more day in Machu Picchu to see it at dawn.
              Galapagos is very active. We needed the down time between activities there.
              The hotels were all quite nice (except in Guayaquil).
              Food was fantastic.
              Guides were amazing and had pretty good senses of humor.
              Everything was so organized, we really did not have to do anything but get there on time.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • We had been planning to take the two individual trips through REI - Galapagos and Machu Picchu - and when REI came up with the combined trip at a less expensive cost than the two trips, we jumped at the opportunity to go.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Have to say that to see the "traditional" picture of Machu Picchu in person was awe inspiring. In Galapagos, there were many highlights - from the penguins on the equator to the iguanas crossing the water. Pretty fantastic. Our guides were FANTASTIC!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Carry a collapsable water bottle - not for Peru, but for the Galapagos. Travel light, and expect to wash your clothes at least once. Do not bother with a headlamp - no need. Wear multi use shoes. Give yourself ample time at the airports. Get there a day early to acclimate. Don't bother with hiking sticks. Get in shape - there are a whole lot of steps at Machu Picchu, and a lot of activity in the Galapagos. Be prepared for a lot of flights so have your luggage as light as possible.

              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Adventure

              By Mud Trudgers

              from Folsom, CA

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Travel time to Peru

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Multisport:

                An amazing once in a life-time trip.

                Our guides were fantastic - very knowledgable, personable and entertaining. REI had everything very well organized where all you have to do is show up at the appointed time.

                Our accommodations were amazing (with the exception of the hotel in Guayaguil) and the food was wonderful. Love the plantain chips!

                Going into the trip we had concerns about the water. We found there was no need to treat or filter water. In Peru, every hotel provided bottled water and we always had more bottled water in our van. In the Galapagos, we also were always provided with drinking water but you do need to have your own water bottle.

                Our guides were very knowledgeable about what foods we could and could not eat and none of us became ill.

                Be prepared for lots of steps in Peru.

                For the Galapagos we would strongly recommend hiking boots, water shoes and flip flops. There is no need for casual shoes. You also need to be sure that all of your belongings weigh 25 pounds or less. This includes your bag (duffle) and your day pack combined. Our trip was in mid June and we only needed a wet-suit once and they were available for a $5 rental fee. The rest of the time a swimsuit and rash guard is only that was needed. Would recommend some type of gloves you can wear in the water that will be helpful for getting in and out of the water on the lava rocks.

                Unlike in the states, free WiFi was available at all of our hotels making it great fun to send pictures home throughout the trip.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Wanted to see both Machu Picchu and the Galapagos and appreciated that REI had a combined trip.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • In Peru the highlight was our first view of Machu Picchu. In the Galapagos it was the second day there - we kayaked in the morning, followed by swimming with the sea lions and then the Galapagos sharks. WOW!
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Make sure to have plenty of time between flight connections and plan to arrive at least one day prior to the start of the trip. Make sure to have a complete understanding of check-in times for all airlines used.

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