Machu Picchu’s enigmatic ruins and the fascinating Galapagos Islands rank among South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the ideal way to experience both. This singular 16-day adventure begins with Lima’s highlights. Traverse the magnificent Sacred Valley, visiting impressive Incan sites and indigenous villages, during a two-night stay. Overnight at Machu Picchu, absorbing the mystery of this impressive site on two tours. History and beauty are on tap in Cuzco and Quito – both UNESCO sites – as well as lunch in a Cuzco family’s home. Spend the next four nights on beautiful Santa Cruz Island, cruising on a private yacht to nearby islands. Learn about Darwin’s “living laboratory” from an expert naturalist guide, observing giant Galapagos tortoises and other unique Galapagos wildlife. Explore Santa Cruz with its lava tunnels before returning to Quito for a final day of exploration. Discover the Amazon on an exceptional 4-day/4-night pre-tour option.