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A Galapagos cruise sits off the shores of a red sandy beach.

When planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, there are two important decisions to make. The first is when to visit, while the second is whether you prefer a Galapagos cruise or land package. Cruises are perhaps the most popular among travelers wishing to explore this remote archipelago. However, you must consider the benefits and drawbacks of each in order to decide which is the best choice for you. Below we have broken down the pros and cons of cruises and land-based packages to help you make this important decision!

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an iguana perching on rocky terrain with a cactus and blue sky in the background

Travelers often ask about the best Galapagos Islands to visit. There is no wrong way to visit the Galapagos. Each of the 14 visitable islands has its own unique attractions and activities. They all enjoy a mild climate year-round, meaning there is never a bad time to visit either. This list focuses on presenting the top attractions, activities, and wildlife on the 11 most popular islands. Additionally, you will find some basic facts and practical information. This is especially important when deciding whether to take a cruise or opt for an island hopping package. 

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Silhouette of a couple honeymooning in the Galapagos looking at at a sunset over the ocean.

A Galapagos honeymoon is a unique and adventurous way to start a life together with your beloved. The natural beauty and native animal species found nowhere else in the world make the archipelago a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are remote, and the exhilarating activities, such as hiking and snorkeling, are perfect for adventurous lovebirds. Yet, it is easy to combine the adventure with a high level of luxury. Bewitching scenery and lavish accommodations make this destination the perfect romantic getaway.

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An antique book sits open on a wooden table with more old books in the bookcase behind

Peru is an incredible country with a wondrous history and culture. However, few of us learned about this inspiring place in our grade school history classes. There is so much more than travel guides when it comes to books to read about Peru. For those who are planning their trip, or who are simply fascinated by it, we have compiled a list of must-reads. Below is a wide variety of books to suit all interests—and even ages! They are, without a doubt, the best books about Peru and are sure to inspire you to take your own journey. Moreover, they will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the country.

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Sea lion poses in front of black lava rocks in a retreating wave with its head tilted.

The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is from December to May if you want sunny weather and smooth sailing. However, June to November is the best time to see blue-footed booby mating displays and migrating whales. This can make deciding when to visit the Galapagos seem a bit challenging. The islands are without a doubt a year-round destination, but the draw to visit varies from month to month. This guide to the archipelago’s weather and animals will do the heavy lifting for you, no matter how you envision your dream Galapagos Islands vacation. 

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a view of a light blue laguna next to a mountain on the Ausangate trek

Peru is famous for being home to many exhilarating treks. Though not as popular as some of the other trails accessible from Cusco, the Ausangate trek is just as worthwhile. In fact, being less crowded with tourists is part of its charm. It guarantees travelers who venture on this remote journey a more unique experience. While you won’t come across Incan ruins, it makes up for it with breathtaking natural scenery and spiritual significance. Spot spectacular snow-capped peaks, gorgeous lakes, and wonderful wildlife, including herds of llamas and alpacas. The centerpiece of the trek is the mighty Apu Ausangate, one of the tallest mountains in Peru.

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A beam of light illuminates the cascading Angel Falls in Venezuela.

Ancient cities. Exotic destinations. Breathtaking natural wonders. If you’re planning to travel around South America, these are the places you should visit. Keep reading to discover the 51 best places to visit in South America and make sure to add them to your bucket list.

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A view of Machu Picchu with flowers and greenery in the foreground. Huayna Picchu is visible in the background.

If you’re in search of magical Machu Picchu pictures, you’ve arrived at your destination. Known as one of the most mystical wonders of the world, Machu Picchu means Old Mountain in the local Quechua language. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins are located just four hours from Cusco in the cloud forest of Aguas Calientes, and they are situated at 7,972 ft (2,430 m) above sea level. It is a destination beloved by both tourists and locals alike.

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View of the historic center of Cusco with the Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. The Andes mountain loom in the background.

There is a fascinating array of things to do and see when you visit Cusco, Peru. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire and then an important city in the Spanish colony. Today, Cusco is a treasure trove of Incan and colonial architecture, as well as modern culture. With so much to see, it may be hard to decide what to do while in Cusco. To help you plan, we have put together a list of our top ten things to do in Cusco. You are sure to find them to be incredible additions to your journey before visiting Machu Picchu.

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A Peru honeymoon is a dream trip for many couples thanks to the mystical archeological site of Machu Picchu. Combined with Peru’s fascinating history, tranquil landscapes, and uniquely flavorful cuisine, it is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world. There are many adventures to be had in this beautiful South American country through its colonial city streets, Incan ruins, and winding mountain roads. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to recharge amidst the romantic scenery, too. Below you will find one example of how our expert Travel Advisors can customize a honeymoon itinerary that visits the top destinations in Peru in one week.

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