Galapagos is a wonderful place to go - but 4/5 days from Lima is cutting it very short. If you can find at least 6-7, ideally 9 days, then you could get a good return for your efforts at getting there. I suspect you'll have to overnight in Ecuador when flying in from Lima, before heading to Galapagos.
If you're gong to Brazil, why not consider a Pantanal visit? This huge wetland/jungle provides a much richer wildlife viewing opportunity than the Amazon, and is more or less on your way.
Ohhhh, the Pantanal is a great idea! It's definitely on a par with Galapagos; see my review of Araras Lodge for an idea of what it's like (looks like it's on about page 10 of the reviews).
Wow people thanks so much!
Unfortunately the place you recommended is fully booked already for the dates we need. :-(
Aw, too bad. There was another lodge we had looked at originally and were excited about it, but they were more rigid in their start dates. Check the TA reviews and see if there's another lodge that looks good to you.
P.S. If you read my review of Araras, read the hilarious one posted just after mine (it will be the one before mine on that page). The images it evokes of frogs and lizards and bats lined up waiting to get in their room cracks me up every time.
yes, I will read it. Sounds funny. Will do more research but the Pantanal sounds like it will fill in our 5 days beautifully. We are from Australia, so the thought of seeing Jaguars is totally amazing. Thanks for your help.
Heather, any know any good places to stay in the Pantanal? The Araras Ecolodges is fully booked for our dates!
Sorry BG - I'm not a Pantanal expert... my husband was there and educated me about its wonders. Good luck!
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