Machu Picchu is a famous archaeological site located in Peru and dating from the Inca empire. It is an incredible sample of stone architecture of that period. Since the Spaniards never made it there, it has withstood the test of time much better than many sites of that period.
Even if you are not a huge history buff, the site is undoubtedly an impressive one. This is partly due to the location of it, an amazing perch high in the Peruvian cloud forest. It's worth visiting just for the stunning views.
To arrive at Machu Picchu, you'll first have to fly in to Lima and then to Cusco. As it was the Inca empire's capital city, there's lots to do in Cusco and in the surrounding area. Close by is the Sacred Valley which also holds much gorgeous scenery and ruins from antiquity.
You cannot drive or fly to Machu Picchu, it must be reached by train or foot. If you like the idea of trekking, this is a gorgeous country to do it in. Active travelers will also find plenty of other sporting activities such as mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding and much more.
Peru will have you steeped in the history of mankind, while Galapagos will give you an experience that is completely different. Here, you will be steeped in the natural world. It is like no place else on Earth and there are unique creatures that can be found only there as well.
The islands of the Galapagos are found off Ecuador's coast. To reach them, you first fly to the mainland and then on to the islands. Once you've reach them, you can tour them either by island hopping or by taking a cruise. This is something to be determined well before, however, as cruises sell out months ahead.
It is much more recommended that you take your tour via cruise, as this allows you to see the most possible in a shorter time period. Itineraries will vary depending on the boat and the number of days you can travel. Go as long as you can, as this will enable you to see more.
There are islands that are best for viewing wildlife and others that are more interesting for the flora. If there's something that you are especially interested in seeing, discuss that with the tour operator you choose. Otherwise, you could find that the tour you've chosen doesn't go to the spot that's best for viewing the creature you are most excited to see.
Whatever islands are on your tour's itinerary, you are sure to find the time to be well spent. Both Galapagos and Machu Picchu are the types of destinations that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. To get to see them both on the same trip is unforgettable.
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