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Wild Galapagos & Peru Escape

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Duration: 9 Days

Coverage: Roundtrip Guayaquil, Ecuador

From: $6,470

Season: May, September, November - December

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Natural history, Photography, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Zodiac cruises

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

Experience the best of Galápagos, and Machu Picchu too, in nine action-packed days. Starting in Lima on a Saturday night, stay two nights in the Sacred Valley, enjoy fabled Machu Picchu and see Cusco, imperial capital of the Inca. Journey to Galápagos for a five-day voyage, with multiple adventures every day on land and undersea—walks and hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling—returning home on Sunday. Available on select dates aboard the yacht-like, 48-guest National Geographic Islander, you’ll experience Galápagos and Peru in true Lindblad-National Geographic style, but in half the time. As in our classic, 16-day Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca, available weekly year-round on two ships, each voyage is crafted to offer you a diverse sample of experiences.

  • Soak in the scenery and culture of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • Journey between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu by Inca Rail.
  • Remain into the late afternoon for sunset at fabled Machu Picchu.
  • Voyage aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander with a team of naturalists.
  • Maximize your time in Galápagos with options every day.
  • Arrive early in Lima or stay on in Ecuador after—with a 2-night Quito extension.  

Encounter abundant wildlife in Galápagos

Blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Pink flamingos. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the opportunity to see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.

See Machu Picchu, plus experience the Sacred Valley of the Inca

Walk amongst 3000-year-old cities built by the Incan empire and explore the most stunning archaeological sites in the Peru. Your expedition team of local experts and historians will also open you to the colonial and contemporary Peru that lies alongside the Incan wonders.

Hotel del Parque - A guest exclusive

New for 2018! Set along the banks of the Río Daule, Hotel del Parque is housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens. Intimate and welcoming with a gracious, golden-age aura, this elegant boutique hotel—the first in the city—makes a fitting bookend to your expedition aboard the yacht-scaled National Geographic Islander.

Explore with an exceptional team

Explore Galápagos under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, three handpicked naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. In Peru you’ll explore with a veteran Peruvian tour plus several veteran local guides that join us along the way in the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu. Your team’s knowledge and passion for the region is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — U.S. / Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, Peru’s thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Lima Airport Holiday Inn. If you’d like to arrive early, we suggest Belmond Miraflores Park, set along a fashionable seaside promenade. Miami is a convenient gateway but, depending on where you live, you may fly from another departure city. Please ask an expedition specialist about alternatives.

Day 2 — Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

This morning fly to Cusco, where we have lunch overlooking the Plaza de Armas in the colonial center of this Inca Imperial city. Continue through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Tambo del Inka, our base for two nights. National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Machu Picchu

Journey after breakfast to Ollantaytambo, where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Here we board our train to Machu Picchu—the Inca royal retreat famously introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Set at less than 8,000 feet in the “eyebrow of the jungle,” the sanctuary is set in tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. We have the leisure today of lunch aboard Inca Rail and a full afternoon at the celebrated Inca site. We linger after day-visitors are long gone, returning to Machu Picchu pueblo for the train back to the Sacred Valley and Tambo del Inka this evening with dinner served aboard. (BL,D)

Day 4 — Sacred Valley / Guayaquil

We bid farewell to Peru today and continue to Ecuador for Part 2 of our expedition with flights from Cusco via Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. We transfer to the Hotel del Parque, a tranquil haven set in a historic property surrounded by lush gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 5-8 — Guayaquil / Galápagos

Fly on day 5 to Galápagos, where we start of exploring Darwin’s iconic islands. Part of the magic of any Galápagos voyage is the varied nature of the terrain, wildlife and experiences that each island offers. Here are the diverse islands that we expect to visit on this expedition.

Santa Cruz
The town of Puerto Ayora, lined with shops, hotels and restaurants, is connected by road across the island, and a short canal-crossing, to Baltra, the island on the north coast, home to a WWII-era U.S. Army air force base and still the main airport in Galápagos. See wild tortoises roaming free in the green highlands of this central Island. Be greeted as a friend in Puerto Ayora on the south coast, headquarters of the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals, a pioneering effort that has resulted in the repopulation of Española and other islands. See Lonesome George, the last tortoise from Isla Pinta, at the center of the Route of the Tortoises.

South Plaza
Sea lions greet us at South Plaza, an uplifted block carpeted in salt-loving succulents and teeming with wildlife, including a noisy group of bachelor sea lions and a population of land iguanas. Thread your way across the island through an impressive forest of cactus trees, and thrill at aerial displays of the nocturnal, cliff-nesting swallow-tail gulls and red-tailed tropicbirds. This is a beautiful place to sit and take in the view.

Santa Fe
Linger and swim from the secluded cove at Barrington Bay, where a trail leads us through the largest cactus trees in Galápagos. The Santa Fe land iguana is found only on this island, where Galápagos hawks are also thriving once again after being reintroduced.

Snorkel and explore by kayak and Zodiac the crystalline water surrounding Sombrero Chino, one of a group of distinctively shaped small islets off Santiago. Hike over the smooth pahoehoe lava and admire spatter cones, little miniature hornitos and the wild riot of black lava at Sullivan Bay, the result an eruption recorded by passing buccaneers in 1897. Keep a keen eye for the Galápagos penguin, sometimes spotted along the coast. The southeast cost of Santiago is a one-stop overview of the diverse geology of these young islands.

Sail north across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galapagos, bathed in warmer tropical waters and home to the red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, great frigates birds and other nesting seabirds. You’ll want to be on deck as we sail into the flooded caldera, often accompanied by an escort of seabirds. Kayak, paddleboard, snorkel and cruise along the caldera walls, where we may see shy Galápagos fur seals. Photograph red-footed boobies and frigate birds of two species perching precariously in the low-lying shrubs behind coral-strewn Darwin Bay Beach. At Prince Phillip’s Steps, follow a trail inland, where more seabirds nest—and where we might see short-eared owls hunt for Wedge-rumped storm petrels, which nest in astounding numbers in the field of broken lava.

Day 9 — Disembark / Baltra / Guayaquil

Disembark this morning in Baltra and fly to Guayaquil, where we enjoy dayrooms at the Hotel del Parque. You may elect to spend the night and return home on Day 10 at no additional cost—or continue to Quito. Ask your expedition specialist.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Wild Galapagos & Peru Escape Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates 1 2 3 4 5 Solo 1 Solo 2
May 4, 2019 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
May 18, 2019 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Sep 7, 2019 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Sep 21, 2019 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Nov 2, 2019 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Feb 8, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
May 16, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
May 30, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Jul 11, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Jul 25, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Aug 8, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Sep 5, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Nov 14, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030
Nov 28, 2020 $6,470 $7,100 $7,630 $7,950 $9,210 $9,110 $10,030


National Geographic Islander

National Geographic IslanderThe National Geographic Islander is a versatile 164-foot twin-hulled vessel with 24 spacious cabins comfortably accommodating 48 guests. She is a sturdy expedition ship, designed for year-round discovery and active exploration of the Galápagos and can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size. View ship details...