My husband and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this summer. We are pretty active people, ages 32 and 30 and would like to plan a trip to Machu Picchu, Puno and the Galapagos Islands. We would like to do the following activities.......
1. 4 day/3 night Classic Inca camping trek to Machu Picchu. This must include porter fees, tents, meals. We could do a small group trek or a private trek depending on cost.
2. We would like to also go to Lake Titicaca and do a 2 day/1 night cultural exchange with home stay (Uros-Amantani-Taquile). We want to see the reeds and stay with a family. Either with Edgar Adventures or All Ways? Unless you know of something that would be better for us.
3. Approximately 5 day small/medium size boat cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Islands we are particularly interested in exploring are Santa Cruz, including the Darwin Research Center, San Cristobal Island, Espanola and Isabela and any other islands that have incredible wildlife. We would like to go snorkeling and kayaking if possible. We want to see as much as possible, especially sea lions, sea turtles, blue footed boobies, manta rays and other nature.
We are interested in traveling around June 20th - and returning July 6th, 2013, though are dates are flexible from June 19-July 25. We will be traveling to and from Kansas City in USA. We are hoping to spend $6,000-$8,500 for the two of us (not including flights from the USA). We know that these dates are coming up quickly and would like to book something very soon. We plan for this to be a trip, not a relaxing vacation, so fancy accommodations are not necessary. Does anyone know of any reliable tour operators?