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.
Sacred Valley - Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Incan ruins cascade out from Cusco, the last remnants of a civilization winding across mountains and into sweeping valleys. When you arrive at Cusco Airport, your private transfer will escort you to the Sacred Valley for a more comfortable acclimation to the altitude.
After settling into the comforts of a luxury lodge, you can discover the finest collection of ruins outside Machu Picchu. Huge circles of stone fill the Sacred Valley, hypnotic from a distance and even more inspiring when you inspect the detail. As your guide narrates you're able to sense and feel what life might have been like during their time.
As a contrast, the small towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo reveal life in a historic colonial town. Charming buildings hang over a central square, and there's many colorful market stalls and shops to explore.
Sacred Valley - Walking Through a World Heritage City
Aguas Calientes - First Impressions of the Ancient Wonder
Cusco - Another Day to Explore Machu Picchu
Quito - Colonial History in Ecuador
Amazon - Following the River in the Jungle
Day 7 - 8
Amazon - Luxury and Wildlife Beneath the Canopy
Quito - A Dramatic Journey Out of the Amazon
Galapagos - Tortoises and a First Night on the Water
Galapagos - Sea Lions, Boobies, and More Iconic Wildlife
Galapagos - Marine Worlds and White Beaches
Galapagos - Depart for Home
- 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
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.
$12,670 per person (excluding international flights)
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