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Exploring Galapagos + Peru's Land of the Incas

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Embark on a sweeping adventure that encapsulates all the wildness of the Galápagos balanced with cultural and historic experiences of Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca. Explore the Galápagos in depth aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, an intimately-scaled vessel. Journey to contemporary Lima and historic Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Plus, overnight at Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over this fabled city.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador | Overnight Hotel
Day 2 : Fly to Baltra | Embark the Islander
Days 3-8 : Explore the Galapagos Islands
Day 9 : Disembark in the Galapagos | Fly to Lima, Peru
Day 10 : Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Inca
Day 11 : Sacred Valley of the Inca
Day 12 : Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu
Day 13 : Machu Picchu | Cusco
Day 14 : Cusco
Day 15 : Cusco | Lima
Day 16 : Lima

Highlights

  • Have up close encounters with Galapagos wildlife, on land and undersea
  • See daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate
  • Discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley
  • Explore the massive stone Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo

Ship

Islander

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • Peru
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Cusco
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Guayaquil
  • Hotel Monasterio
  • Isabela
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Miraflores Park Hotel
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador | Overnight Hotel

Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Meet your fellow travelers at your hotel, the Hilton Colon.

Day 2 Fly to Baltra | Embark the Islander

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After the 1 1⁄2-hour flight to the Galápagos, immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, your exact routing depends on the National Park Service.

Day 3-8 Explore the Galapagos Islands

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
The following is a representative sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:

Bartholome
This is an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound, with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.

Santiago
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

Santa Cruz
Look for blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Enjoy walks in the highlands and encounter giant tortoises in the wild.

Isabela
A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are on offer.

Fernandina
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Floreana
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. You may also find flamingos, pintail ducks and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Day 9 Disembark in the Galapagos | Fly to Lima, Peru

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Day 10 Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Inca

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, fly to Cusco then drive to Moray, a visually stunning Inca site believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Incan priests would test soils and crops. Dine on Peruvian cuisine for lunch at Parador Moray, overlooking the ruins. En route to the hotel, walk through a colorful, typical local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. Check into Sol y Luna Hotel, a Relaix & Chateau property. 

Day 11 Sacred Valley of the Inca

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, learn about Peru’s history from National Geographic expert Peter Frost. Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit Casa Orihuela for lunch—a working, family-owned hacienda, then see the family’s private museum filled with colonial artwork and enjoy a demonstration of Peruvian Paso horses accompanied by Marinera dancers and live music. Watch a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. After dinner at the hotel, watch a folkloric dance performance.

Day 12 Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the views from the valley to Machu Picchu via train with large picture windows. Spend the day exploring Machu Picchu’s different structures with your guide—ceremonial religious, astronomical, and agricultural. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge with views of the Andes. 

Day 13 Machu Picchu | Cusco

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike to the Sun Gate this morning, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the sacred ruins. The morning is free to explore Machu Picchu on your own or with your guide. After a train and bus ride, visit Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas are bred. En route to Cusco, stop at Plaza San Cristobal for photos, offering sweeping views of the colonial part of Cusco. Check into the Belmond Monasterio Hotel for two nights (formerly the Orient-Express Monasterio Hotel).

Day 14 Cusco

Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha, and the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Cusco at your leisure this afternoon. Relax, shop, or visit one of the many churches and museums. Dinner is on your own tonight. 

Day 15 Cusco | Lima

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. 

Day 16 Lima

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning fly home – or anywhere else you might have decided to go. 

Islander

Costa del Sol

Cusco - Hotels

Miraflores Park Hotel

Sacred Valley - Hotels

Sanctuary Lodge

Per person starting at
$12,680
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 1
Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 1 Single
Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 2
Main Deck #203-210 (*Sole Occupancy: All). Centrally located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 2 Single
Main Deck #203-210 (*Sole Occupancy: All). Centrally located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 3
Bridge Deck #303-306 (*Sole Occupancy: #301, 302). Conveniently located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window. Note: #305 & 306 can accommodate a third person.
Islander's Category 4 and 5 Cabin.
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Category 4
Upper Deck #403-408. Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed or a double bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed-in terraces with seating. Note: The single beds in cabins 403 & 404 convert to double beds
Islander's Category 4 and 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Upper Deck #401, 402. These are the largest cabins onboard. They feature two lower single beds which can convert ot a queen bed, and wrap-around windows. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed-in terraces with seating.

Notes

*Rates include Galapagos National Park Fee.


*Hotel nights on Days 1 and 9 are at the Hilton in Guayaquil or Quito. Please inquire for pre and post tour accommodation rates at these hotels.

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodations as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions
  • Sightseeing and park fees
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff, expert guides and a ship’s Doctor
  • Use of kayaks and snorkeling gear and wet suits
  • All port charges and service taxes
  • (Peru Extension): Seven hotel nights, meals indicated, transfers if traveling on group flights, sightseeing, porterage, services of local guide and tour escort, tips to local guides, drivers and tour escort, taxes and service charges.
Not Included:
  • International Airfare
  • Internal Air - Guayaquil/Galápagos/Guayaquil
  • Ecuador departure tax
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Airfare and baggage/accident/cancellation insurance
  • Extensions
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities to Naturalist staff and crew
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature such as laundry, emails etc.
  • Voyage DVD
  • (Peru Extension): airfare, meals as indicated not included, alcoholic beverages, personal items. 

Child Discount

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Islander based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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