I am planning a trip in near future to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. It is feasible to attempt to incorporate Macchu Picchu with 10 travel days?
Welcome to the Luxury Link Lounge, Mystere! I think you'll get more responses if you post this question here - the Central and South America area of the message boards:
Mysteree, anything is possible, but sounds like you are thinking about way too many things to incorporate into a pleasant trip. Save Peru for another trip!
Hi M....we visited Galapagos in March. I would love to help with that area of your trip. I agree with M. Lots of traveling in a short period of time.
You can do the Galapagos and MP in a 10 day trip but it would be a lot of rushing and also an expensive trip. Many of the higher end travel agencies offer this combination - Nat Geo travel is one I can think of off the top of my head
I will highly discourage you on several counts: The extensive geographic travels could be wear and tear to your physical stamina. Starting with very high altitude Macchu-Picchu, then Quitos, then Galapagos at sea level could create unnecessary medical side affects for you. Galapagos itself should be on a 7-10 day itinerary to truly gain the benefit of this magnificent destination. You may want to reconsider your itinerary.
I was in the Galapagos Islands in June. I highly recommend that you do a boat tour, rather than a land based tour, because most of the islands are inaccessible unless you travel by boat. Furthermore, I would allow a minimum of four days for this tour. Our tour was eight days. The flight from mainland Ecuador to the islands is approximately 3 hours, so even if you fly on day 1, hook up with a tour upon arrival, and take a four day tour, your 10 day trip is halfway done. You still need to get to Machu Picchu and you have to acclimate to the elevation once you arrive. I totally agree with alboers7 (above). After our 8 day tour, we spent a few days doing land based trips.
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