Galapagos Islands view in Ecuador

Jewels of South America: Machu Picchu, Amazon & Galapagos Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Galapagos / Ecuador, Peru

Places Visited

Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Pichu...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

In this alluring 13-day Machu Picchu, Amazon, and Galapagos tour, you can connect three iconic South American highlights as you uncover destinations shrouded in mystery and dancing with enchantment. A lost city, a thick enigmatic jungle, the endemic world of volcanic islands on the equator; each destination blurs into the surreal as you travel between Peru and Ecuador for the perfect exploration of culture and natural wonder.

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Trip Highlights

  • Marvel at the lost city of Machu Picchu and spend two days at these incredible Incan ruins
  • Discover more indigenous history with a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Wander through the charming streets of Old Quito, the world's first ever World Heritage Site
  • Ride downriver into the thick jungle canopy of the Amazon, a world of mystery slowly enveloping your traditional canoe
  • Combine luxury with wildlife exploration at a sumptuous Ecuadorian jungle lodge, where the sounds of the wild flicker through to your balcony
  • Spend four days cruising through the Galapagos on the luxury Yacht La Pinta
  • Lounge on the archipelago's finest beaches, with the sunbathing space shared with vast colonies of sea lions
  • Giant tortoises welcome you to the Galapagos and there are more rare reptiles to find, like land and marine iguanas
  • Discover the nesting sites of iconic birds like giant frigates, red-footed boobies, and Galapagos hawks

Detailed Description

South America's three revered highlights are laced in the mystique of history. They're the places of myth and legend, locations that struggle to seem real as they dance before your eyes. Machu Picchu, a lost city, an ancient site seemingly left in perfect state for its people to return. Then the Amazon, where strange wildlife and atmospheric calls arrive from beneath a thick jungle awning. And the Galapagos Islands, exemplars of evolution and dramatic showcases of nature's historical theater. These three unique destinations combine on this handcrafted luxury tour. Five-star accommodation and private guides accompany you in Peru and Ecuador's Amazon, before four days on the luxury Yacht La Pinta take you sailing through the Galapagos. Then some additional treats wrap their charm around the itinerary, like the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ancient city of Quito.

Take the train and then climb the hill and the first views of Machu Picchu come like a dream. The old Incan city stands perfectly preserved and on the first day you're wowed by how pristine it's been left. So return the next morning and soak up the detail, every street etched with the intimate detail of a forgotten culture. In Peru, you'll see more Incan ruins in the Sacred Valley and World Heritage Cusco. From here you fly to Ecuador and overnight in Quito, a UNESCO-designated city filled with odes to Spanish colonial times.

Now the Amazon, a short flight and a traditional canoe taking you beneath the thick green canopy. Settle into a luxury lodge and relax to the sound of strange birds tweeting from hidden branches. Private indigenous tribes create a program of activities, including meeting local communities, canoeing along mysterious rivers, hiking to lookout points, and discovering the eclectic wildlife of the trees. With the elegant lodge as your base, it's an easy and idyllic showcase of the jungle's tropical beauty. Return to Quito on day nine and overnight in a spa before your cruise begins.

Yacht La Pinta is one of the islands' finest luxury boats, offering space and comfort but also intimate encounters with the characters of the archipelago. Giant tortoises come first as you fly to San Cristobal, followed by sea lions sunbathing on white-sand beaches and marine iguanas nesting along cliffs. Visit the bird paradise of Punta Pitt, the only place on the island where you'll find all three booby species plus the magnificent frigate. Then enjoy a day exploring the sites of Espanola Island, with marine and land activities offering an iconic snapshot of what the Galapagos has to offer. Before returning home, there's a chance to stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center and see how evolution has shaped the shells of different tortoises. While these three world-famous destinations are popular for tourism, this handcrafted Machu Picchu, Amazon and Galapagos tour ensures you have your space to explore.

Starting Price

$12,670 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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