Jordan Harvey's 14-day Itinerary to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

An itinerary from a member of Travel + Leisure's A-List, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world.

Boat on the water near Galapagos Islands
Photo: Courtesy of Knowmad Adventures

Jordan Harvey is a member of Travel + Leisure’s A-List, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. He is the co-founder of Knowmad Adventures, which, after being founded in Patagonia, operates exclusively in South America and specializes in high-quality, custom adventures. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Jordan, you can contact him directly at

Day 1: To Lima

Fly to Lima overnight, likely arriving late in the evening and resting up to begin your adventure the next morning

Stay: Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel or similar

Day 2: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco and explore Incan stone terraces at Sacsayhuaman, along with other fascinating Incan sites as you head into the Sacred Valley. Continue on to charming accommodations for a relaxing evening.

Stay: Sol y Luna

Woman and Child in Peru
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Day 3: Sacred Valley

Visit the Amaru indigenous community, learning of their lifestyle and textile production. Explore the Pisac ruins before bargaining for wares in the vibrant market below.

Stay: Sol y Luna

Day 4: Moray and Maras – Machu Picchu

Visit Incan agricultural terraces and pre-Columbian saltpans before taking the train along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Stay: El Mapi

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Revel in the early morning sun from the lost city of Machu Picchu perched amidst Andean peaks and lush cloud forest. Enjoy a complete guided tour of the site with time to explore on your own as well.

Stay: El Mapi

Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Train to Ollantaytambo and see the vast Incan ruins towering above. Lunch at a colonial-era hacienda before continuing to Cusco.

Stay: Aranwa

Day 7: Cusco

Enjoy the day at your leisure exploring dynamic Cusco.

Stay: Aranwa

Day 8: Cusco – Lima – Quito

A short flight to Lima and onward to Quito, Ecuador where you’ll enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Stay: Patio Andaluz

Day 9: Quito

Explore Quito, taking in the history and architecture on your privately guided discovery of the city. Visit the center of the world as you experience how it feels to stand directly on the equator.

Stay: Patio Andaluz

Day 10: Quito – Galapagos

Fly 600-miles over the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands where you are transferred to your vessel and begin exploring the Galapagos on your luxury cruise.

Day 10 – 14: Galapagos

Island hop aboard an intimate catamaran and get face-to-face with an incredible array of animal species. Whether walking, snorkeling, kayaking or in a zodiac, you will be overwhelmed with wildlife such as the giant Galapagos Tortoise, marine iguanas, albatrosses, blue-footed boobies and more. This 5-day Galapagos cruise takes you to some of the famed sites through the islands while stopping at a few lesser-known locations along the way. (Exact itineraries vary depending on the vessel and your available dates. We select partner ships based on expert naturalist guides, fantastic and diverse itineraries, comfortable cabins, food quality, and overall experience. Let Knowmad Adventures help pair you with your perfect Galapagos experience.)

Day 14: Galapagos – Quito – Home

Return flight to Quito and connect to your overnight international return flight home.

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