Machu Picchu and Galapagos vacation
Description of Machu Picchu and Galapagos vacation
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe ecosystem in the Galapagos took millions of years to evolve in an intricate and unique way and we must do all that we can to preserve this fragile environment by having a minimal impact as a visitor.
As a National Park, there are very strict codes of conduct that the boat operators must adhere too. No boats larger than 100 passengers are allowed in its waters and on land tours to no more than 20 at any one time. As part of small group aboard the boat, you’ll have less impact on the environment and a small vessel will have more flexibility to access some of the smaller islands.
Ninety-five percent of the land area of Galapagos is designated as protected by the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), and tourists are permitted to explore specific visitor sites only with Park-certified naturalist guides. The GNPD coordinates group visits to these sites and carefully monitors ecological conditions. As a result your itinerary may be subject to change. Different sites are known for their specific scenery, vegetation, and wildlife. However, many species, such as sea lions, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a variety of coastal birds such as herons, tattlers, plovers, turnstones, and whimbrels, are commonly seen at most locations.
Each island has a marked trail, most of which are less than a mile long — often passing over rough lava or uneven boulders. Some sites have “wet landings” (visitors wade to shore from rafts or dinghies) and others have “dry landings” (passengers step foot directly onto dry land). Your on-board licensed guide must accompany you to these sites.
PeopleMany visitors to Peru quickly pass through Cuzco and the Sacred Valley in order to reach Machu Picchu in as little time as possible. However, we believe by taking the time to explore the former Inca capital and gateway to Machu Picchu you are enriching your understanding of Peruvian history and culture by having time to interact and support the local communities who have been here for centuries.
Additionally, in the Sacred Valley we are delighted to have partnered with Awamaki, a non-profit organization who assists artisan women to start and run their own businesses. The founding idea of the organization is that women are ideally placed to invest in their children, homes, and communities. The objective of their efforts is to provide women with a reliable source of income in order to increase their quality of life and well-being in addition to preserving cultural practices that have existed for centuries.