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Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca

Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca

Cruise Highlights:

  • Walk and snorkel among the abundant and fearless wildlife of Galápagos.
  • See daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled sun gate.
  • Discover Cusco’s varied influences & visit the Sacred Valley of the Inca.

At a glance

Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights

Coverage: Guayaquil, Ecuador to Lima, Peru

From: $12,080

Season: January - December

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

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

As magnificent as the Galapagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from an historical and archaeological perspective. Secondly, Peru’s capital city of Lima, is less than two hours away by air from Guayaquil. So, if you have the time, you’re almost there anyway!

Take advantage of Peru’s proximity to the Galápagos and journey from the islands to Lima, where expert guides join you for an exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, the majesty of Machu Picchu and the winding colonial streets of Cusco.

Please note: This itinerary spends a full week in Peru for two reasons; it's not wise to rushing from sea level through the high altitudes of Machu Picchu and back to sea level in only a few days. The main reason however is that there is just so much more to Peru, including Lima, The Sacred Valley of the Inca and the ancient Incan capital of Cusco.

What an incredible destination. The animals have no fear of humans and everything is in close encounters. We saw more birds and sea life than I could every have imagined.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening. If you choose to take the non-stop group flight from Miami, we depart in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, it’s a short drive to the Hotel Hilton Colón.

DAY 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos/Santa Cruz/Embark Ship

This morning fly to the Galápagos. Flying time is approximately 1½ hours; upon arrival immediately board ship. During lunch we’ll sail to Santa Cruz Island for a magnificent introduction to the wildlife. Spend the afternoon exploring mangrove-flanked channels and the shoreline of Cerro Dragon, looking for land iguanas, sea lions, a variety of birds and schools of golden rays. (B,L,D)

DAY 3-8 — Exploring the Galápagos Islands

While our exact routing depends on the National Park Service, we may visit the following islands:

North Seymour
Have up-close encounters with colonies of nesting blue-footed boobies (seasonal) and magnificent frigate birds, plus sea lion harems. Spot swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, land iguanas and fur seals along the cliffs. Walks and Zodiac rides to choose from.

North Seymour and Rabida
Enjoy walks, Zodiac forays, or deep- water snorkeling — with hundreds of fish, white-tipped reef sharks, rays, eels and more. Visit rabida’s bright red beach to see wildlife, including a nesting colony of pelicans (sea- sonal), and Galápagos hawks, doves, Darwin’s finches, mocking birds, and more, plus gorgeous scenery. Various walks, kayaking, and snorkeling are on offer.

Fernandina Island is the youngest island and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on Earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and to Cormorant point for marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and intriguing tide pools. activities also include Zodiac forays and snorkeling, perhaps with sea turtles, penguins, or cormorants.

A small black sand beach, a sea turtle nesting site, offers wonderful morning swimming. a more challenging hike over a rugged area of shoreline, then inland through a land iguana nesting colony; and a shorter walk within the iguana colony. Walking, birding, kayaking and deep water snorkeling, with Zodiac rides are on offer.

A landing on one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in Galápagos. Walks take us past a salt water lagoon to see shore birds; up a small hill to land bird and endemic vegetation terrain. Snorkeling, plus Zodiac rides and kayaking to Buccaneer Cove. Visit puerto Egas (where our cover shot was taken) for a coastal trek to fur seal grottoes, masses of marine iguanas, sea birds, and more against vivid green sea mosses. Swimming and snorkeling from the beach.

Santa Cruz
Look for fur seals, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Walks in the El Chato tortoise preserve for encounters with giant tortoises in the wild. return to sea level and explore bustling puerto ayora before embarking the ship.

San Cristobal
Wet landing on a green, olivine beach for a hike and spectacular scenery — tuff stone cliffs “worked” by sea and wind. Zodiac rides along the coastline reveal blue-footed and red-footed boobies. Kayaking, swimming from the beach and snorkeling from Zodiacs off an islet in the bay are all options. In the afternoon — more opportunities for snorkeling and Zodiac adventures. and in between the sights & activities, life aboard our expedition ships is rich and varied — marvelous meals to enjoy in an always-casual ambience. Engaging talks by our Naturalists are part of the Daily recap ritual that binds our expedi- tion community and increases the fun. Socializing with staff and fellow guests, or retreating to one of the ship’s nooks & crannies with a good book is always an option. as is reserving a relaxing massage or revitalizing Wellness treatment.

DAY 9 — Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima, Peru

Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight at the Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,D)

DAY 10 — Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca

This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American camelidae are bred. Enjoy the scenery as we make our way to Pisac - Gateway to the Sacred Valley. Pisac has an “old town” and a “new town” from the Colonial era. We’ll visit the local food market before visiting its ruins. Later we check into our hotel, Sol y Luna. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 — Sacred Valley of the Inca

This morning visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo, and is thought to be the only remaining example of pre-Columbian urban planning. After lunch at our hotel, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore on your own. Tonight is a very special night. Dinner is an outdoor event at our hotel complete with a campfire, BBQ and vibrant dances based on Peruvian folklore performed on stilts. There’ll also be a cooking demonstration that will take visitors through the steps of preparing specialties like Ceviche. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 — Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

After breakfast we take a short ride to the train station for the 1½-hour ride to Machu Picchu (“Old Mountain”). At the citadel, “The Lost City of the Inca,” we’ll first have a guided walk but the real magic is that between 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. most visitors are gone. By staying over, you share Machu Picchu with only a handful of visitors. Overnight at Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge with only 31 rooms. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 — Machu Picchu

Breakfast at leisure. Enjoy a sunrise walk and hike to the Sun-Gate, the ancient final check point to Machu Picchu, an almost mystical experience for many. The morning is free to explore Machu Picchu and ponder the many mysteries of the Incas. After a train and bus ride, we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 — Cusco

This morning explore Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital. We’ll also visit the vast Sacsayhuaman Fortress. After lunch at the MAP café in the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the rest of the day is open to stroll around the Plaza de Armas. Relax shopping or visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral built on Inca foundations, the Santo Domingo Convent — Koricancha. This evening choose amongst several options for an independent dinner. (B,L)

DAY 15 — Cusco/Lima

This morning return to Lima and explore Colonial Lima. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum and its private collection of pre-Columbian art. Stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch will follow the traditional Latin American style and be rather late and then you can have a light dinner on your own. (B,L)

DAY 16 — Lima/Miami

This morning fly home – or anywhere else you might have decided to go. (B)

Dates & Rates

Sailing Dates Ship 1 2 3 4 5 1S 2S 3S AS BS CS
Sep 22, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Sep 29, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Oct 06, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Oct 13, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Oct 20, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Oct 28, 2017 National Geographic Islander $13,020 $13,980 $14,860 $15,440 $17,550 $18,060 $19,510 -- -- -- --
Nov 03, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Nov 10, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Nov 17, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 -- -- $17,000 $18,000 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670
Nov 25, 2017 National Geographic Islander $13,020 $13,980 $14,860 $15,440 $17,550 $18,060 $19,510 -- -- -- --
Dec 09, 2017 National Geographic Islander $13,020 $13,980 $14,860 $15,440 $17,550 $18,060 $19,510 -- -- -- --
Dec 15, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $13,380 $14,360 $15,160 $16,010 -- -- $17,730 $18,730 $17,860 $18,700 $19,400
Dec 23, 2017 National Geographic Islander $14,810 $15,860 $16,690 $17,320 $19,490 $20,390 $21,960 -- -- -- --
Dec 29, 2017 National Geographic Endeavour II $14,200 $15,300 $16,200 $17,140 -- -- $18,920 $20,040 $19,230 $20,180 $20,950

* Reverse itinerary
† Photo Cruise


Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Incas Itinerary Map


National Geographic Endeavour II

National Geographic Endeavour IINational Geographic Endeavour II is a purpose-built expedition ship that first sailed in 2005. After a complete refit, she will redeploy to Galápagos. She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with a shallow draft to get up close, great viewing from all public spaces, large windows in cabins and suites, state-of-the-art tools for exploration, and a fast, seamless twin Zodiac loading platform. View ship details...



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...