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Legendary Machu Picchu & the Galápagos Islands - 2024

Lima • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Cusco • Quito • 4-night Galápagos Islands expedition cruise • Guayaquil
  • Machu Picchu Land Tour and Galápagos Islands expedition cruise including Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Quito and Guayaquil
    EXPERIENCE THE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THE SUNRISE OVER MACHU PICCHU
  • Iguana, wildlife, Galapagos Islands, South America
    SPOT A VARIETY OF RARE WILDLIFE DURING YOUR GALAPAGOS CRUISE
  • Giant tortoise, Galapagos Islands, South America
    SPOT A VARIETY OF RARE WILDLIFE DURING YOUR GALAPAGOS CRUISE
  • Sacred Valley Incan architecture, Peru, South America
    PONDER THE INCAN LEGACY AT ONE OF THE SACRED VALLEY’S BEST-PRESERVED RUINS, OLLANTAYTAMBO’S SUN TEMPLE
  • Plaza de Armas cathedral, Cusco, Peru, South America
    MARVEL AT CUSCO’S ARCHITECTURE, THE ANCIENT CAPITAL’S CONTRASTING INCAN AND COLONIAL STRUCTURES
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Strenuous

Pacing is consistently robust with very full and active days, early hotel departures most mornings, and possible evening activities as well. Little free time may be available for rest and rejuvenation. Travel within the destination may be taxing and could include extended motor coach time, multiple flights, and/or frequent use of non-conventional transport (safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.).

PACING:

  • While we have made every effort to make this South America travel experience as comfortable as possible, please be prepared for intensive physical activity
  • This includes extensive walking, uneven terrain, and high altitudes and an active pace.
  • Visit 6 destinations in 15 nights: 1 night in Lima, 2 nights in the Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), 2 nights in Cusco, 3 nights in Quito, 1 night in Guayaquil, and 4 nights on a Galapagos cruise. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Physical activity is very intensive in this South America travel program.
  • The visit to the Inca ruins in Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru includes heavy walking, which may be affected by the cobblestone streets and high altitude in Cusco (approx. 11,200 ft).
  • There will also be steps and walking on uneven natural terrain in Machu Picchu and other ruins.
  • On the Galapagos cruise there is heavy walking on natural, uneven terrain, including beaches with sand and rocks and trails up small hills.
  • There will be Zodiac rides of about 15 minutes each to reach the shore. Galapagos tours include both wet and dry landings.
  • On wet landings travelers may expect to wade in warm and calm waters below knee depth.
  • The sun may be quite warm at times, and some walks in the Galapagos may exceed 2 miles.
  • There are generally two walks offered each day.
  • This is an expedition‐type cruise, and you should be active and in good physical condition before you reserve it.

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION:

  • Tours run on modern coaches, but in some areas air‐conditioned coaches are not available.
  • Be prepared for high altitudes in Cusco (11,200 feet) and Machu Picchu (approx. 8,000 feet). The Sacred Valley and Quito are not as high, but some travelers may be affected.
  • You will have many suggestions for handling the altitude.
  • The Peruvian portion begins at the lowest altitude of the Sacred Valley area so that acclimatization is easier. 
  • There will also be cobblestone streets, high altitude, steps, walking on uneven natural terrain — including beaches with sand and rocks and trails up small hills.

CLIMATE:

  • Remember that seasons are at different times of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • You may find temperatures that are hot and humid in South America.  
  • Since the weather is unpredictable, please check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.

Please note: It is mandatory for travelers to provide proof of health insurance in order to be admitted into Ecuador. Please make sure you have purchased travel insurance before departing for your trip and have written proof of coverage during your travels.

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

Please Note: The Galapagos Islands portion of this itinerary is subject to change based on requirements of the National Park Authorities and the order of site visits can be different than as outlined above. This is to preserve the environment and limit any impact by tourists.

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