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Man with facemask outside building of glass during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Here at Inca Expert Travel, your health and comfort is always our top priority. We understand that coronavirus in Peru and around the world has brought a lot of confusion to travelers. Please rest assured that we are always here for you to bring peace of mind while preserving every bit of the wonder that your upcoming trip beholds. If you need to speak with someone directly, remember we are just a call or email away to bring clarity and support.

*This article was last updated November 20, 2020. It was originally created on March 13, 2020.

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An adult male Andean Cock-of-the-rock is perched on a thin branch in a Peruvian forest and facing the camera.

Peru harbors a remarkable array of biodiversity, with particular emphasis on birds. Totaling 1,869 species, the birds of Peru represent 18.57 percent of Earth’s avian species and 54.97 percent of South America’s. The staggering diversity of Peru’s natural environment is evident in the unique and specialized bird species that it supports. Scattered across Peru’s costa (coast), sierra (highlands) and selva (jungle) are some of the world’s most fascinating birds. Continue reading to learn about ten spectacular birds of Peru and where you can find them!

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Plane at its gate with rising sun in the background on its way to ecuador during the coronavirus pandemic.

As people start to ease back into travel, there are many questions and concerns that come to mind. At Inca Expert Travel, we are here to answer those questions and help bring your travel dreams to reality. The borders of Ecuador are now open to tourists, with strict measures in place to ensure the safety of all. Likewise, the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands off Ecuador’s coast are accepting visitors as well, with stringent health protocols. Browse below for the most commonly asked questions about traveling while there is coronavirus in Ecuador. 

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A blue-footed booby sits on a high-up rock over looking the ocean. It looks to the left with its peak slightly open. To its right in the foreground is a short, tubular cactus. In the right mid-ground is a taller, tubular cactus.

Scrolling through these Galapagos Islands pictures, it’s easy to see how the archipelago so greatly inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Galapagos Islands are world-renowned for their biodiversity and unique endemic species. Set against the striking backdrop of the volcanic islands, you’ll be rushing to get there and see them for yourself.

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Two blue-footed boobies sitting on large boulders facing each other. Green bushes in the background.

The Galapagos archipelago is an enchanting destination, attracting flocks of tourists from all over the planet. People travel to the Galapagos Islands to experience the unique flora and fauna, much of which is endemic. However, being an isolated destination that sits 563 miles (906 km) west of mainland Ecuador, it often remains a mystery to many travelers before they arrive. The Galapagos is made up of 127 islands, islets, and rocks and are inhabited by almost 9,000 different species. On top of that, there are many cruise ship itineraries, day tours, planes, and ferries that transverse the archipelago. With so many options to choose from, it is easy to feel daunted when planning how to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Read our full list of Galapagos travel tips and learn how to best visit the Galapagos Islands on your next trip.

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Curl-crested aracari sitting on a tree branch with its beak pointed rightward.

Peru is considered a megadiverse country, as along with sixteen other countries, it contains more than 70% of the planet’s biodiversity. An impressive 1,869 bird species are found in Peru—the second-highest of any country in the world. Consequently, birding in Peru plays a vital role in its tourism sector. Three distinct birding routes (Southern, Central, and Northern) have been developed for Peru’s tourism.

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Qenqo poses more questions than it gives us answers. The mystery behind its natural and manmade caverns and the purpose behind its underground chambers attract visitors from around the world. Learn more about the history of these important Incan ruins and how to visit.

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Puno is considered the heart of Peruvian folklore, and no other place highlights that fact than the island of Taquile. Situated on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, the island’s remote location has allowed locals to continue their traditions without too much Western influence. Stunning lake and mountain landscapes and spectacular weaving traditions await you on Taquile.

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A Galapagos cruise sits off the shores of a red sandy beach.

When planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, there are two important decisions to make. The first is when to visit, while the second is whether you prefer a Galapagos cruise or land package. Cruises are perhaps the most popular among travelers wishing to explore this remote archipelago. However, you must consider the benefits and drawbacks of each in order to decide which is the best choice for you. Below we have broken down the pros and cons of cruises and land-based packages to help you make this important decision!

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an iguana perching on rocky terrain with a cactus and blue sky in the background

Travelers often ask about the best Galapagos Islands to visit. There is no wrong way to visit the Galapagos. Each of the 14 visitable islands has its own unique attractions and activities. They all enjoy a mild climate year-round, meaning there is never a bad time to visit either. This list focuses on presenting the top attractions, activities, and wildlife on the 11 most popular islands. Additionally, you will find some basic facts and practical information. This is especially important when deciding whether to take a cruise or opt for an island hopping package. 

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