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.