Cotopaxi National Park is an intense experience that is not to be missed if you have an extra day in Quito, Ecuador. It's also a hike you don't want to underestimate! Check out our guide and review of Rebecca Adventure Travel as your choice for Cotopaxi hiking.
The Galápagos Islands are a gigantic national park owned by Ecuador that covers 3,087 square feet! To see all 20 islands you really do need to do a cruise, so the first question is: how much do you really want to see? (BTW, if you want to see all the islands expect to stay for weeks!) In reality, there are a number of islands available from the inhabited islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabella. Enough for you to get a real sense of the major diversity in this wonderful park.
Peru is a South American country with so much amazing history and such incredible landscapes. It's hard to decide what to do! For us, the Salineras de Maras and Moray sites about 50 kilometers northwest of Cusco are an ABSOLUTE MUST! Not only are they beautiful and unique, but they are brilliant technological innovations.
Our trip to Peru began in the city of Cusco, but due to the high altitude (over 11k feet above sea level!) it was suggested to us to travel down in altitude so that we could acclimate to the altitude without getting altitude sickness. (Tip: Get the altitude medication BEFORE you leave the states! This helps your body to prepare for the incline and it helped us tremendously).