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South America's Most Iconic Sites

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South America's Most Iconic Sites
Ask travelers what places come to mind first when they think of South America, and many will likely name two very different places: the fabled Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes of Peru, or the naturalist's Eden of the Galapagos, the archipelago in the Pacific known for its many unique marine, bird, and terrestrial animal species. With Exploration's Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands itinerary, you will get to see both of these wonders of the continent. You'll begin in the Andes, visiting the historic city of Cuzco before traveling via a domed train to Machu Picchu. As is typical of Explorations, you'll also visit lesser-known attractions along the way, like Awana Kancha, a living museum where you can learn about the long and continuing tradition of textiles and weaving.

Next you'll fly to San Cristobal Island to begin a five-day cruise of the Galapagos, the archipelago that first came to international attention thanks to the work of Charles Darwin. The biodiversity that astounded him remains protected to this day. You'll have opportunities to swim and snorkel with the marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks. On nature walks, you'll have opportunities to spot avian species like hooded mockingbirds and blue-footed boobies, as well as other animals like lava lizards and blue-footed boobies. Few trips offer opportunities to take care of not just one but two items that are on your bucket list.