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"It exceeded my expectations and I loved the people I met there. The hikes were so well organized, food was amazing, and the guides were super caring even getting the cooks to make a cake for me on my birthday on the Lares trek."
Traveled to: Lima, Cusco, Lares, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
"Based on the trip you organized, the historical knowledge, the people, the food, the culture and the natural beauty of Peru, it was simply the best trip I’ve ever taken. This trip will forever be in my memory."
Traveled to: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares Trek, Machu Picchu
"We wouldn’t stop talking about how well executed and planned everything was. I personally loved the Inca trail addition and I am so glad you gave that to us as an option. The hike to Huayna Picchu was also a group favorite."
Natasha Mehta & friends
NY & PA, USA
Traveled to: Cusco, Lares + 2-day Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu
"All in all we had an absolutely amazing time and the trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. The hotels were all fabulous with beautiful views. Thank you sincerely for the trip of a lifetime!"
Traveled to: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
"Our trip to Peru was nothing short of magnificent. As for our favorite part, we loved it all. Machu Picchu was everything we thought it would be and more. We had a wonderfully successful trip to Peru!"
Traveled to: Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination for wildlife viewing. Many species are endemic to the islands and are nonmigratory.
For the best weather visit the Galapagos Islands during the months between December and June. You’ll find warmer average temperatures, calm oceans, and high visibility underwater. Though this is the rainy season with daily drizzles, it’s also the sunniest time of year.
For best wildlife viewing visit the Galapagos Islands during the months between June to November. This is when the nutrient-rich Humboldt current flows through the Galapagos Islands bringing in plankton that marine animals thrive off. The water will be cold and can be rough, but it’ll be worth it once you see all the incredible creatures below the surface.
5-8 days as an average. If you only have one week to travel, 5-days in the Galapagos is the minimum amount of time you should spend that also takes domestic and international travel time into consideration. If you have more time to travel, we highly recommend taking your time and spending closer to 8 days exploring the archipelago.
You’ll visit varying islands around the archipelago on a Galapagos cruise. Each island has unique attractions and wildlife, but you’re sure to see giant tortoise breeding centers, and beautiful Galapagos beaches.
Galapagos cruise itineraries vary due to local environmental regulations. Your itinerary may include:
The endemic animal species of the Galapagos Islands draw in visitors year-round. Some are nonmigratory and can be seen year-round, while others have times of year they can be best spotted. Here are some you may see on your Galapagos tour depending on the time of year you visit and your customized itinerary.
The main difference between a Galapagos Cruise and Galapagos Land Package is in the diversity of sightseeing and price.
A Galapagos cruise offers a wider diversity as you sail from one island to the other, giving you a farther reach than had from day-trips departing from a Land-based hotel. However, a Galapagos cruise is a high-end travel experience with personalized attention, which comes with the associated price tag. For more independent travel at a cheaper price, a Galapagos Land Packages may be more on-budget. Be prepared either way with anti-nausea medications, as both options require boat trips which may cause sea sickness in some travelers.
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As most Galapagos cruises embark on Santa Cruz island, the best way to get to the Galapagos Islands is to fly to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island from Quito (3.5 hour flight with a layover in Guayaquil) or Guayaquil (1.5 hour non-stop flight).
The San Cristobal airport is the alternative airport in the Galapagos, on the outskirts of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Allocate $20-$30 USD a day per passenger. Tips will go to boat crew, tour guides, wait staff, bartenders, and cleaning staff. Some, but not all, tips can be done via credit card, so bring about $300 USD in cash for tips for 2 people for a 4-5 day cruise.
Yes, with ~2-weeks of travel time you can see the two amazing destinations of Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands in one fantastic vacation. Our 11-day Galapagos & Machu Picchu itinerary starts by touring around the Galapagos Islands on a 5-day/4-night Galapagos cruise. Witness rare animals and unique landscapes while feeling completely pampered. Then, head onwards to Lima and Cusco city to learn about Inca culture before you journey to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu.
Talk to an Inca Expert travel advisor to customize your trip completely around your schedule.