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Llamas around Machu Picchu

Galapagos Explorer + Peru's Land of the Incas

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Embark on a sweeping adventure that encapsulates all the wildness of Galápagos balanced with cultural and historic experiences of Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca. Explore the Galápagos in-depth aboard the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II, a fully-equipped expedition ship with tools for exploration. 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.
Pinnacle rock on BartolomeKayaking through the beautiful tropical waters.Family photo at Moray agricultural terracesAerial view of a plaza in Lima.Llamas around Machu Picchu
Highlights
  • Have up close encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Experience the Galápagos undersea, too
  • See daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate
  • Explore the massive stone Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador | Overnight Hotel

Arrive in Guayaquil, and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil, a convenient locally-owned hotel, for an overnight stay. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecuador’s historic capital city in the highlands, elect a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes, or arrive a day early in Guayaquil to rest and relax. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa.

Day 2: Fly to Galapagos | Embark the Endeavour II

This morning, fly to the Galápagos and board National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, begin your exploration of the islands and their remarkable wildlife.

Day 3-8: Explore the Galápagos Islands

Listed below is a sample of islands you may visit during your expedition. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

North Seymour
Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, and blue-footed boobies dance, and you may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cacti.

Isabela
Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.

Fernandina
One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins, and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.

Española
See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this birdy paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the wide sand beach, and snorkel offshore, at Gardner Bay.

Floreana
Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.

Santa Cruz
Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. See the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.

Bartolomé
Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim and snorkel from the beach. You might even see Galápagos penguins, one of the world’s rarest.

Santiago
Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.

Genovesa
Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos, surrounded by warmer tropical waters.

San Cristobal
Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island, and dig your toes into the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

Day 9: Galápagos | Disembark | Guayaquil | Lima, Peru

Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru, via Guayaquil. Check into the Belmond Miraflores Park, set on a wide promenade overlooking the Pacific, where you spend two nights.

Day 10: Lima

Explore World Heritage-designated colonial Lima this morning, stroll the Plaza Mayor, and delight in a private welcome lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest houses in Lima. Then visit the extraordinary Larco Museum dedicated to pre-Columbian art. Return to the hotel with dinner on your own to sample local fare.

Day 11: Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley

Board a short scenic flight to Cusco this morning, and continue to Moray—a visually stunning Inca site with dramatic agricultural terraces in the heart of the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check into your hotel. In 2024, your hotel is Sol y Luna, A Relais & Chateâux property, stay in individual casitas set in verdant greens.

Day 12: Sacred Valley

Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost (or a colleague), who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He or a colleague joins us for a talk at the hotel and a visit to the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo, set above a thriving Inca community. Lunch is at a working, family-owned hacienda, where you are treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, demonstrates Inca weaving traditions.

Day 13: Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu

Marvel at the dramatic scenery and life along the river en route this morning by 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. Check-in at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the World Heritage site, with the leisure to explore over two days in the company of the hand-picked tour director and local guides. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 14: Machu Picchu | Cusco

Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where local and veteran guides share their intimate understanding of this site, focusing on its history and far-reaching cultural influence. After lunch, return by train and bus to Cusco—the center of the Inca universe, a burgeoning cultural capital, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check-in at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio on Plaza Nazarenas in the heart of Cusco for two nights. Occupying a monastery founded in 1592, the hotel—like much of colonial Cusco—is built atop Inca stones.

Day 15: Cusco

Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral, sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures of Cusco. Visit nearby Sacsayhuamán, where a series of imposing terrace walls, the most impressive yet, commanding views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit one of Cusco’s many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 16: Cusco | Lima

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After breakfast and a final morning at leisure, say goodbye to the Land of the Inca and fly from Cusco back to Lima, connecting to flights home. Depending on your flight schedule, optional rooms at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel are available.

Ship/Hotel

National Geographic Endeavour II

Endeavour II, Deck
Endeavour II

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

Miraflores Park Hotel

Miraflores park hotel
Miraflores park hotel Lobby
Miraflores Park Hotel

Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Piccu Sanctuary Lodge
Machu Piccu Sanctuary Lodge
Machu Piccu Sanctuary Lodge

Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna front desk
Jacuzzi

Cusco - Hotels

Guayaquil - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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$12,576 2-3 travelers
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Category 1
Upper Deck #201, 202—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category 2
Upper Deck #214-219, 221-222, 224-231—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window. Cabins 230 & 231 can accommodate a third person in an upper fold-down Murphy bed.
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Category 2 Single
Upper Deck #203-209, 211, 213—All cabins feature a single bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category 3
Lounge Deck #311, 313-318, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window. Cabins 326 & 328 can accommodate a third person in an upper fold-down murphy bed.
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Category 3 Single
Lounge Deck #325, 327—All cabins feature a single bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category 4
Bridge Deck #409, 411-418—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category AS
Lounge Deck Suite #320—Cabin features two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, writing desk, bathroom suite, armchair, and a large window.
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Category BS
Bridge Deck Suites #420, 422—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, writing desk, bathroom suite, convertible sofa to accommodate a third person and a floor to ceiling window.
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Category CS
Bridge Deck Suite #415 —The largest cabin on the ship featuring two windows, separate sitting area, arm chairs and sofa that can be converted into a single bed.Twin bed convertible to a queen, extra closet space, writing desk and chair, and larger bathroom.

Notes

*Rates include Galapagos National Park Fee

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender for the Category 1 and 2 cabins. Even if a cabinmate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
 

Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Scuba Diving
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Crew gratuities
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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