Over the course of 16 days, this trip takes in a tour of the Galapagos Islands – made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin’s research here in the 19th century – as well as a number of sites on the South American mainland. Beginning in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, you’ll experience a fascinating admixture of Indigenous and colonial cultures, before heading to the Galapagos for a week-long exploration of its natural treasures. After spending time with seabirds, shorebirds, tortoises, iguanas, sea lions and more, you’ll return to the mainland to wander the streets of Lima and Cuzco – two Peruvian cities steeped in history – and ascend to the top of a mountain ridge where the ancient Inca constructed the now iconic estate of Machu Picchu, one of the undisputed wonders of the world.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Spend two full days in the magnificent city of Quito, the Ecuadorian capital which was inscribed as one of the original 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Spend seven nights on board the luxurious Natural Paradise, a luxury yacht specifically designed for wildlife exploration in and around the Galapagos Islands.
- Get up close with the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos, from iguanas and tortoises to penguins and frigatebirds.
- Snorkel with playful sea lions, sea turtles and other colourful Galapagos marine life.
- The geology of the Galapagos is like no other; explore lava tunnels, coral beaches, lagoons and more.
- Enjoy two guided visits to the iconic ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu.
- Admire the scenery of the Andes from your train’s panoramic windows.
If you have yet to visit South America, this trip serves as the perfect introduction to some of the continent's most exemplary destinations.