The Ultimate Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu Tour: Unforgettable Adventures

The Ultimate Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu Tour: Unforgettable Adventures

Experience the ultimate adventure with combined Machu Picchu and Galapagos tours, immersing yourself in the natural wonders and cultural heritage of these iconic destinations.

Blue Footed Boobies appear to kiss on the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos – Machu Picchu Tours

Galapagos Islands & Peru – Machu Picchu
14 Days / from $5,220

The Galapagos Islands, with their pristine landscapes and world famous variety of unique wildlife, offer a truly immersive experience. And when you set foot in the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, a sense of awe will wash over you.

Fertur Peru Travel specializes in crafting personalized vacation packages that seamlessly combine the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. With our expertise and attention to detail, we can curate a unique itinerary tailored to your preferences and interests.

Fertur will ensure an unforgettable experience, taking care of all the logistics and accommodations for a seamless and hassle-free trip.

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Galapagos Islands detailed map, the first step in our unforgettable Galapagos and Machu Picchu tours.
The Galapagos Islands, situated on the equator 600 miles (970 km) from the Ecuadorean mainland, bring together a fascinating array of species. Penguins, whales, sea lions, iguanas and tropical birds coexist in this unique destination. What sets the Galapagos Islands apart is the remarkable opportunity to approach these creatures up close and establish eye contact.

The remoteness of the Galapagos Islands from the South America mainland, and the absence of human settlements until recent times, have created an environment where animal inhabitants live without the fear of most predators.

As a result, the islands boast a remarkable abundance of animals, birds, and reptiles that are unafraid of human interaction. In fact, some of them seem to relish it.

While the islands are renowned for their giant tortoises, weighing up to 600 pounds (272 kg) and living nearly 200 years, you will also encounter marine iguanas resembling small dragons, scarlet-breasted frigate birds, blue- and red-footed Nazca boobies, charming tropical penguins, and majestic albatrosses. Approximately half of the species found on these islands are exclusive to this extraordinary location.

A Haven for Nature Enthusiasts and Adventurers

A traveler gets up close to a Galapagos sea iguana. Discover the Ultimate Adventure: Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu with Fertur Peru Travel - Perfect for Honeymooners, Families, and Older Travelers

The Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of 19 volcanic islands, stand as a living testament to the power of evolution. This isolated haven hosts an extraordinary array of unique species, found nowhere else on Earth.

  • Visitors can have unforgettable encounters with:
    • Penguins
    • Whales
    • Sea lions
    • Iguanas
    • An array of tropical birds
    • Species found nowhere else on Earth, harmoniously coexisting

Dive into the beauty and diversity of the Galapagos as you plan your journey to these pristine islands, followed by Peru and the ancient Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Start your adventure with us today.

Machu Picchu: The Enigmatic Citadel in the Clouds

Situated at a lower elevation than neighboring Cusco, Machu Picchu towers at an altitude of 8,000 feet above sea level (2,450 m.a.s.l.). Renowned as the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world, even those typically uninterested in archaeology are awestruck by the citadel. Known as the Lost City of the Inca, Machu Picchu is a destination that everyone should experience at least once.

A Majestic Setting and Architectural Marvels

Hidden from the outside world until its rediscovery by Yale’s Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu sits majestically atop a ridge, soaring 2,000 feet (610 meters) above the rushing Urubamba River.

At the end of this ridge stands Huayna Picchu, an imposing peak that offers a challenging climb rewarded with a mesmerizing bird’s-eye view of the sanctuary. From the summit of Huayna Picchu, take a moment to absorb the mist-shrouded green-clad mountains that envelop the area, and you’ll understand why the last Incas chose this secluded haven as their refuge.

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Architectural Marvels and Sacred Sites

The “llacta” or central court of Machu Picchu is encompassed by nearly 200 houses, palaces, and temples constructed with perfectly fitted stone blocks.

Notable structures include the Temple of the Sun, distinguished as the only round building, the Temple of the Three Windows with its trapezoidal openings, the Sacristy adorned with mysterious niches, and the Intihuatana, also known as the Hitching Post of the Sun. Stone and earth terraces designed for both farming and defense cascade down the mountainside on three sides of the city, while the fourth side boasts a sheer cliff.

Journey to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is most commonly accessible by train. From Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the winding, scenic journey spans 70 miles (115 km). The train ride itself is an adventure, departing Cusco in the early morning, traversing switchbacks, descending into valleys, and passing through villages before arriving at its final destination.

Alternatively, some travelers opt for the train from Ollantaytambo after touring the Sacred Valley. From the Aguas Calientes station, shuttle buses navigate the narrow “Hiram Bingham Highway,” ascending 14 switchbacks to reach the (relatively expensive) Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge located adjacent to the ruins’ entrance.

While it is possible to visit the ruins on a day trip from Cusco, doing so means missing out on the enchanting misty sunsets and the even more magical sunrises over the ruins.

To fully immerse yourself in the experience, consider spending a night in the village of Aguas Calientes, where accommodations ranging from budget to luxury are available.

For the adventurous and physically fit, the renowned Inca Trail presents an opportunity to reach the ruins. This ancient pathway winds through cloud forests, traverses gorges, and passes by ancient Inca outposts before descending into Machu Picchu.

The number of hikers allowed on the trail is now limited to 500 per day, including tourists, guides and porters. All groups must be accompanied by a government-certified guide. Reservations for the Inca Trail should be made at least four months in advance.

There is a one-day hike from Km 104 of the rail line that take about six hours to complete. The journey to Machu Picchu via the longer, classic route from Km 82 typically takes between four and five days, allowing for a more immersive and rewarding experience.

Buccaneers, Explorers and Castaways: Early Visitors to Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands emerged from volcanic activity in the ocean around 3 to 5 million years ago. Due to their remote location, they remained largely overlooked by humans for centuries. However, in the 1500s, pirates, explorers, and whalers started visiting the islands for resources such as firewood, water, and fresh meat. Thousands of giant tortoises were captured and stored on ships for future consumption.

The islands gained recognition when Tomas de Berlanga, a bishop traveling to Peru, described them in 1535 to the king of Spain, highlighting the presence of enormous tortoises. British pirates later used the islands as a refuge during their attacks on Spanish colonies in South America.

In 1684, the English pirate William Ambrosia Cowley took mapped the islands when his captain, John Cook, became ill during a successful campaign raiding Spanish ships from Peru. The pirate vessel, “Bachelor’s Delight,” anchored at Buccaneers Bay, located off Santiago Island.

The islands had few permanent residents until the arrival of Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. Darwin’s observations and writings on evolution sparked scientific interest in the islands. This, along with the fascination of wealthy explorers and various eccentric groups, contributed to the growing recognition of the islands. Ecuador claimed the islands in 1832, and in 1959, about 97% of the islands were designated as a national park to protect them from development. In 1978, UNESCO declared the islands a World Heritage Site.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve, the second-largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, was established in 1998. Today, the islands receive over 120,000 visitors annually. Most visitors start from Santa Cruz, the most populated island in the Galapagos.

Challenges Facing the Galapagos: Balancing Tourism and Conservation

Despite their increasing popularity as an ecotourism destination, the Galapagos face challenges. Approximately 23,000 people, many of them impoverished Ecuadorians, have migrated to the islands in search of a better life and job opportunities, primarily in fishing and tourism.

With the human migration, non-native animal and plant species have been introduced, threatening the islands’ unique ecosystem. The Ecuadorian government has taken measures to limit immigration and eradicate invasive species like feral goats.

They also regulate the number of visitors and the size of boats allowed for island tours. Fishing boats caught in protected waters have faced detention and fines.

However, tensions persist regarding the management of the islands, with strikes from fishermen and national park wardens. Many argue that the Ecuadorian government is failing to adequately protect this remarkable archipelago for future generations. Efforts have been made since 2007 to prioritize the conservation and protection of the islands through stricter rules and regulations.

The Enigmatic Purpose of Machu Picchu: Theories and Mysteries

In contrast, Machu Picchu, a mountainous city, carries a different historical and cultural significance. The purpose and significance of this ancient Inca city have remained a mystery, with various theories proposed over the years.

Some researchers suggest it served as a royal mausoleum dedicated to the Inca ruler Pachacutec, while others argue it was a country palace for him and his entourage during the winter months.

The poetic architecture of Machu Picchu, situated atop a mountain saddle between two peaks, has captivated visitors for over a century.

Machu Picchu holds a profound allure, evoking a shared sense of awe and awakening among millions of visitors. Its beauty and mysterious origins continue to fascinate people worldwide.

The exact purpose and function of Machu Picchu in Inca society may never be definitively known, but ongoing research and new discoveries contribute to a deeper understanding of this extraordinary site. Machu Picchu remains a testament to the architectural and cultural achievements of the Inca civilization.

Galapagos Machu Picchu Vacation Packages

Whether you’re embarking on a honeymoon, planning a family vacation with your kids, or seeking an unforgettable journey as an older traveler, a tailor-made Galapagos Islands tour combined with a Peru and Machu Picchu package offers the perfect adventure for everyone. For honeymooners, indulge in the romance aboard a luxury yatch, the breathtaking sunsets, and intimate encounters with wildlife. Families traveling with kids will create lifelong memories as they witness the wonders of nature up close and engage in educational activities. Older travelers can savor the tranquility of exploring at a relaxed pace, appreciating the remarkable landscapes and cultural treasures. With Fertur Peru Travel, you can design a personalized itinerary that caters to your specific needs, interests, and preferences. Contact us today and let us craft the perfect trip that will exceed your expectations and create lasting memories for all.

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Authored by: PeruTravelTrends

A Peru Tour Operator and Travel Agency: Since 1994 creating wonderful vacation experiences for adventure travelers and holidaymakers in Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and all around the Andean region.

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