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From the Mountains to the Sea: South America’s Great Outdoors

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Published: 14-12-2021

There are plenty of things to do and see when you come to Peru, from the mountains to the sea, cities and villages and beyond. With never a dull moment in sight, our tours include many outdoor activities in Peru that will deliver you the most authentic, local experiences while supporting the communities we visit.

Machu Picchu

One of the most iconic destinations on the planet, Machu Picchu is a major drawcard and one of the main reasons people from all over the world want to visit South America. The ancient archaeological site was once home to the Inca’s—an indigenous population belonging to Peru that was smart, sophisticated, and resourceful. Machu Picchu remained hidden to the outside world for hundreds of years, known only to locals before it was introduced to famed explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Now regarded as a must-see destination, it is Peru’s most popular attraction and is usually reached by way of a multi-day hike through mountains and jungle, which offer up spectacular views and a real sense of accomplishment once you arrive at the mountain peak.

To enjoy the full Machu Picchu experience, we have plenty of tours to suit your needs. The Classic Inca Trail is immensely popular amongst travellers and is arguably the most famous trek in all of South America, while it’s less popular cousin, the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is quieter but no less outstanding.

If you’re short on time, however, don’t stress: Our two-day adventure will take you from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu by train.

Amazing Machu Picchu

 

Galapagos Islands

Ecuador’s most famous natural wonder is the stuff of legend. The series of islands off Ecuador’s coast are home to an assortment of wildlife that are endemic—meaning they cannot be found anywhere else in the world. These islands are the perfect mix of rugged terrain and cool ocean beaches, where you can swim with penguins and sea lions, and for those who love to get active, there are plenty of walking trails and opportunities to spot everything from the blue-footed booby to the marine iguana (the only known iguana to swim in the ocean).

Even though the islands are located in Ecuador, we'll be able to take you there from Peru on our Galapagos from Guayaquil 7-day tour. We'll take you snorkelling at Academy Bay on Santa Cruz island, sail around the islands and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, and check out Isla Lobos and famous San Cristobal. This tour is perfect for nature lovers as the abundance of wildlife, and its unique beauty, must be seen to be believed. 

If Machu Picchu is the king of the continent, then Galapagos is surely the queen of the seas! Either way, when you come to South America these are two must-do items to tick off your bucket list. From the mountains to the seas and everything in between, South America really does have something for everyone, and we can't wait to show you how amazing our part of the world is.

Blue-footed Booby

 

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