I guess the first thing that most people think about when they think about Peru tours is one that will include Machu Picchu. While that is a fantastic and popular site (as evidenced by the over 2,500 people a day who visit in in the peak season), it would be a shame to think that there is nothing else in Peru worth seeing. Even if you don't go to anywhere other than the Cusco/Machu Picchu area, there are still very interesting sites there that often go unnoticed, such as Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley and the little weaving villages in the mountains surrounding the valley. A quick program could be 3 days or it could be extended to a week or so for a more in-depth experience
We feel that the area of the Valdes Pensinsula in Argentina does not get the attention that it deserves. The strong currents make it an ideal spot for the development of a rich fauna in the area which is, no doubt, the highlight of a visit to the area. In areas such as Valdes Peninsula and Puerto Deseado unique species as Southern Right whales (from late June to mid December), various species of dolphins, orcas, southern elephant seals, South American sea lions, Magellanic penguins (from late September to March), and various species of cormorants among others congregate. All of these areas are ideal for bird viewing. Together with the wildlife, Welsh settlements are to be visited and the famous Welsh Tea will be ready for visitors for fascinating Valdes Peninsula tours! A true wildlife paradise!
Due to the increasing volcanic activity that the Cotopaxi Volcano had in August 2015, the Cotopaxi National Park was closed to any touristic activity. But, on August 5th 2016, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Tourism announced the reopening of the National Park. They also informed that the accessing routes and touristic attractions in the park are safe for the incoming tourists. 90% of the areas that had been restricted to the public are now open, along with improved monitoring and safety measures that have been implemented.
What is the best Galapagos cruise or tour? Well that's a very subjective topic. For instance if you look at hotel ratings on Tripadvisor, sometimes 3* hotels are rated higher than 5* hotels. But people who normally stay in 3* hotels because of price couldn't compare it to a 5* hotel. So maybe the 3* they stayed in was excellent, compared to other 3* hotels they've stayed in, but if someone who normally stays in 5* hotels went there, they might not rate it as high. I would think that the same would apply to the 69 boats that are authorized to operate there.
But there are other things to consider besides looks.....
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time