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Possibly the ulitmate South American adventure, combining Ecuador's Galapagos Islands with Peru's Machu Picchu will take you to an alternative realilty where bizarre wildlife approach you as you were a long lost friend and a world where 1500 years ago a mighty civilization erected noble cities made of massive stone structures in impossibly beautiful and inaccessible locations. With Adventure Life, you can custom build your very own combination trip of Peru and Ecuador to include just what you'd like to see at a price and schedule that fits your precise needs. Fly into Lima before flying to Cusco, the heart of the Inca empire, which you'll use as a base to explore the striking Sacred Valley before taking the train to Machu Picchu. Then fly to Quito, Ecuador and on to the remote Galapagos Islands. Reach out to start planning!
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Tips for Planning a Galapagos, Ecuador + Machu Picchu Peru Trip

A trip to the Galapagos and Machu Picchu is a trip-of-a-lifetime for many and Adventure Life can customize your trip to fit your precise interests, budget and schedule. Here are some trip planning tips:

Plan a minimum of two weeks
The logistics of getting to both remote destinations is time consuming. To get to Machu Picchu, one must fly first to Lima, then Cusco, then take a train. To get to Galapagos, one must fly to Quito (or Guayaquil) first, spend the night, then fly to the islands in the morning. Also, we recommend taking a Galapagos cruise of at least 5 days, as 4-day cruises are criticized for being too short. 8-day Galapagos cruises are considered ideal. 

Spend time in Cusco & Sacred Valley
Both of these must-see destinations are on the way to Machu Picchu and greatly add to the Inca experience, so plan on spending at least a day in each, or better, two.  

Explore Quito, Ecuador, the Northern Inca Empire
The colonial capital city of Quito, Ecuador has the best-restored historical district of any city in the Americas and is perched upon the slopes of a 15,000 foot active volcano. 

Discover the Amazon Rainforest
Easily escape to the Peruvian Amazon or Ecuadorian Amazon either from Cusco, Lima or Quito with a quick domestic flight into the most biodiverse place on the planet. 

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Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands Travel Guide

Why Visit the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands, a pristine archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, is a natural wonderland that captures the imagination of adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Explore the following islands that make up this enchanting destination:
  • Santa Cruz Island: Home to the vibrant town of Puerto Ayora, where you can immerse yourself in the lively ambiance and charming waterfront of this Galapagos hub.
  • San Cristobal Island: Discover the unique ecosystem and breathtaking landscapes of this island, renowned for its diverse marine life and the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
  • Isabela Island: Be captivated by the secluded beaches and stunning volcanic scenery of this largest island in the archipelago. Don't miss the town of Puerto Villamil, a gateway to remarkable adventures.
  • Genovesa Island: Experience the awe-inspiring birdwatching opportunities and discover the extraordinary wildlife, including frigatebirds and red-footed boobies.
  • Santiago Island: Explore the rugged shores and volcanic landscapes of this island, where you can encounter diverse wildlife and witness the remnants of volcanic activity.
  • Santa Fe Island: Relax on the pristine beaches and encounter the unique land iguanas that inhabit this picturesque island.
  • North Seymour Island: Observe the magnificent frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies that call this island home, offering a captivating display of Galapagos wildlife.
  • South Plaza Island: Witness the extraordinary blend of vibrant flora and fauna, including sea lions and land iguanas, on this small but stunning island.
  • Baltra Island: Begin your Galapagos adventure at the Baltra Airport, the main gateway to the archipelago, and marvel at the natural beauty that awaits you.
  • Fernandina Island: Witness the raw volcanic landscapes and encounter marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins.
  • Floreana Island: Immerse yourself in the history of the Galapagos and visit Post Office Bay, where an intriguing postal system has been in place for centuries.
  • Española Island: Discover the impressive wildlife, including waved albatrosses and colorful marine iguanas, as well as stunning natural features like Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay.
By combining the awe-inspiring wonders of Machu Picchu in Peru with the captivating Galapagos Islands, you embark on a journey that seamlessly weaves together culture and nature. From exploring the ancient ruins of Huayna Picchu to witnessing the remarkable biodiversity of the Galapagos National Park, this dual adventure offers an unparalleled experience. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural marvels of Machu Picchu, then venture to the Galapagos Islands to encounter unique wildlife and pristine landscapes that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. This extraordinary fusion of cultural heritage and natural wonders promises a transformative journey that will leave you in awe of the remarkable diversity our planet has to offer.
What is the Galapagos National Park?

The Galapagos National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a haven of unparalleled biodiversity that beckons adventurers from around the globe. Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this extraordinary park is home to a fascinating array of unique species found nowhere else in the world, including sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises. Explore the pristine landscapes and turquoise waters as you embark on a Galapagos tour, immersing yourself in the wonders of this living laboratory of evolution. At the renowned Charles Darwin Station, gain insights into the groundbreaking research and conservation efforts dedicated to preserving the unique flora and fauna of these enchanted islands. Whether you choose to explore on a thrilling Galapagos cruise or opt for an immersive land-based adventure, the Galapagos National Park promises an unforgettable experience that seamlessly combines the splendor of nature with the legacy of scientific discovery. And for those seeking to complement their Galapagos expedition, a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu in Peru awaits, adding a touch of ancient marvel to your remarkable journey.
Machu Picchu's Most Important Sites
  • Intihuatana: Discover the sacred Intihuatana stone, an ancient Inca ritual stone that served as a solar clock and astronomical calendar.
  • Temple of the Sun: Marvel at the impressive architectural craftsmanship of the Temple of the Sun, dedicated to Inti, the Inca sun god.
  • Temple of the Three Windows: Admire the intricate stonework and trapezoidal windows of the Temple of the Three Windows, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Temple of the Condor: Witness the symbolic representation of a condor in flight within the Temple of the Condor, a sacred animal in Inca mythology.
  • The Sacred Plaza: Experience the heart of Machu Picchu at the Sacred Plaza, a central gathering place surrounded by important structures and offering breathtaking views.
  • The Residential Area: Explore the residential sector, where you can observe the distinctive stone architecture and imagine life within the ancient Inca city.
  • The Agricultural Terraces: Marvel at the remarkable agricultural terraces that supported the city's self-sustainability, showcasing the Inca's advanced farming techniques.
  • The Inca Bridge: Walk along the thrilling Inca Bridge, a marvel of engineering that provided access to Machu Picchu while also offering a strategic defensive position.
  • The Gatehouse: Pass through the Gatehouse, the entrance point to Machu Picchu and a gateway to the extraordinary world of the Incas.
  • The Temple of the Moon: Venture beyond the main site to the Temple of the Moon, a hidden gem with intricate carvings and a sacred underground chamber.

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