Two of the best travel destinations in the world can now be visited in one trip. South America is still a land of unpredictable adventure with undiscovered ruins, impenetrable jungles and the wildest rivers. Several travel companies are now offering a Galapagos and Machu Picchu tour to combine the best that nature and culture have to offer.
The Galapagos islands are the stuff of legend. This collection of islands inspired one of the most important theories ever when Charles Darwin noticed the distinctive species there. Since then they have become a dream destination for many.
Tourists dream of these legendary islands because of the animals. They are not afraid of people so do not run away at the first sight of a landing boat. There is nowhere else where you can get so close to wild animals so you will get some incredible photos.
Animal lovers are drawn there for the tame species which have never been hunted. It is possible to walk right up to the seals, sea lions, birds, tortoises and other creatures as they have no fear of humans. It is the same on land or in the sea. The tours always include snorkelling trips so that visitors can get up close and personal with the penguins and other marine life.
From Ecuador the tour moves on to Peru another Andean nation with a massive array of micro-climates and archaeological mysteries. To get to Machu Pichu the tour will go to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. It is worth a visit just to see the beguiling mixture of the old and new which exist side by side in Cusco. Many of the local indigenous people, the Quechua still farm the land and sell their products in the market. They also make incredible textiles.
Visitors to the Inca site have to travel from Cusco which was the capital of the empire. The city itself has lots to offer including a new museum showing artifacts found by the explorer who discovered Machu Picchu. They were hosted in a museum in the US for many years but have recently been returned home.
Once at the site it is best to have a guided tour so that a local expert can explain about the history of the citadel and what it was used for. Features such as the sun temple and observatory are unique and fascinating. The Inca’s were skilled engineers who had a world view based on the movements of the stars so it is best to understand the intricacies of the site from a local person.
Navigating Ecuador and Peru, and the rules and regulations of these unique places can be troublesome when planning a trip. Booking an organised tour takes all the hassle away. People with local knowledge and years of experience can make sure that every passenger gets the most from the trip. They can also provide good accommodation, travel tickets and find the best places to eat.
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