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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 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2 : Guayaquil | Galápagos | Embark Ship
Days 3-8 : Exploring the Galápagos Islands
Day 9 : Galápagos | Guayaquil | 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 Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive Guayaquil by late evening. Upon arrival, it’s a short drive to the Hotel del Parque.

Day 2 Guayaquil | Galápagos | Embark Ship

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

Day 3-8 Exploring the Galápagos Islands

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
While your exact routing depends on the National Park Service, you may visit the following islands: - Bartolomé - Santiago - Santa Cruz - Isabela - Fernandina - Floreana - Española 

Day 9 Galápagos | Guayaquil | Lima, Peru

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

Day 10 Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Inca

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you board your flight over the Andes to Cusco. Upon arrival, drive through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Moray—a visually stunning Inca site known for its agricultural terraces. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check-in at Sol y Luna for two nights. This serene Relais & Chateaux hotel entices with individual adobe casitas set in a verdant garden. 

Day 11 Sacred Valley of the Inca

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost, who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He (or occasionally a colleague, if he is in the field) joins us for a talk at the hotel and continues with us to Ollantaytambo, where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Lunch is nearby at a working, family-owned hacienda. Here you are also treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight it at the hotel. 

Day 12 Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning marvel at the tropical Andean scenery and life along the river from the panoramic windows on the 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, the sanctuary is set in tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. Check-in at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the World Heritage site, with the leisure to explore over the two days in the company of our hand-picked tour director and local guides. Linger after day-visitors are long gone. Lunch and dinner is at the Hotel's private Tampu Restaurant. 

Day 13 Machu Picchu | Cusco

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where your options include an early hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to the Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. After lunch, return through the valley to Cusco, center of the Inca universe and a burgeoning Andean cultural capital. Check-in at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio for two nights in the ancient heart of Cusco. Like many colonial-era buildings, our hotel—founded as a monastery in 1592—stands atop a fountain in the Inca-carved stone. 

Day 14 Cusco

Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun and other treasures of Cusco this morning. Visit nearby Sacsayhuaman, where impressive terrace walls, some of the finest stonework we've seen yet, command views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit Cusco's many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight. 

Day 15 Cusco | Lima

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Return to vibrant, coastal Lima this morning, where on a tour you stroll the Plaza Mayor and delight in a private farewell lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga—in the same family for 17 generations. After a visit to the extraordinary Larco Museum, dedicated to pre-Columbian art, check-in at Belmond Miraflores Park, set along a fashionable seaside promenade. Dinner is on your own. 

Day 16 Lima

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

Islander

Costa del Sol

Cusco - Hotels

Guayaquil - Hotels

Miraflores Park Hotel

Sanctuary Lodge

Sol y Luna

Per person starting at
$13,020
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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