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Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Islander II
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Discover two iconic world wonders in ten action-packed days aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, a beautiful all-suite vessel that introduces a new level of style and comfort to the Galápagos. Enter Peru's Sacred Valley, the gateway to the famed Machu Picchu and Cusco, the Inca Empire's imperial capital. Then journey to the world's most fascinating islands, where you can discover diverse species and scenery both on land and underwater. Each voyage is designed to showcase the region's diversity.
Visit a llama farm in the Sacred Valley during your Peru tourTravelers in a Zodiak watch a Blue-Footed Boobie and a Sea Lion in the GalapagosGetting close to a TortoiseMachu Picchu Up close to the Blue Footed Boobie
  • Soak in the scenery and culture of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • See the famous blue-footed boobies in the Galápagos, among other wildlife.
  • See Machu Picchu, plus tour the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • Journey between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu by Inca Rail.
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, Peru’s thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol, connected to the airport. You may also elect to arrive early for the Taste of Lima pre-voyage extension. It adds just a day and gives you a chance to rest, relax and see this UNESCO World Heritage designated city.

Day 2: Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to Cusco this morning. Drive through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, a typical Andean village where National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa joins us for lunch and a demonstration of Inca weaving traditions. Continue to Tambo del Inka, where we stay two nights. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Day 3: Machu Picchu

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Ollantaytambo, where we board our train to Machu Picchu. Set at less than 8,000 feet in the “eyebrow of the jungle,” the sanctuary is surrounded by tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. We linger after dayvisitors are gone, returning to Machu Picchu Pueblo for the train back to the Sacred Valley and Tambo del Inka this evening. Dinner is served aboard the first-class train.

Day 4: Sacred Valley | Cusco

After breakfast this morning, depart for Cusco with a full day to explore. Tour the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun and other treasures of this burgeoning cultural capital and center of the Inca universe, where colonial buildings stand atop Inca foundations. Check in at Palacio del Inka in the historic center. Dinner is on your own tonight to explore nearby celebrated restaurants or rest and relax at the hotel.

Day 5: Cusco | Lima | Guayaquil

Bid farewell to Peru and continue to Ecuador for part two of our expedition with flights from Cusco via Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Overnight at Hotel del Parque.

Day 6-9: Guayaquil | Baltra | Embark | Galápagos

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Fly on Day 6 to Galápagos. Each day we hike, swim, snorkel, or explore by kayak or Zodiac—all the while witnessing incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat. Start exploring Isla Santa Cruz with a trip over the highlands of Santa Cruz upon arrival. Over these few days, walk in a cactus forest with endemic land iguanas in Santa Fe. Wander among sea lions and admire soaring sea birds on Plaza Sur. Search for penguins on stark black lava at Sullivan Bay on Santiago. Snorkel in crystal-clear water at Sombrero Chino. And sail across the Equator and into the flooded caldera at Genovesa, a seabird paradise where we bid farewell to Darwin’s Islands.

Day 10: Disembark | Baltra | Guayaquil

  • 1 Breakfast
Fly to Guayaquil, where dayrooms are reserved at the Hotel del Parque before flights home. Or spend the night and return home on Day 11 at no additional cost. 

Day 11: Guayaquil | Depart

Stay and relax or take an early flight home today.


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  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • One hour of Wifi per person per day 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 


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