Galápagos and Peru

    • 16-day journey with 8-day Galápagos voyage aboard the National Geographic Endeavour
    • Explore the Galápagos, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley of the Inca

Expedition Details

 

Discover the natural wonders of the Galápagos and the magnificent cultural treasures of Peru. Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, hike to ruins in the Urubamba Valley, examine pre-Columbian artifacts at Lima's renowned Larco Herrera Museum, and witness the sunrise on magical Machu Picchu.

Trip Highlights

    • Walk and snorkel among the abundant and fearless wildlife of the Galápagos Islands.
    • See day break over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate.
    • Discover the monumental ancient fortresses of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
    • Take in the splendor of Cusco's architecture, a rich mix of Inca and Spanish colonial styles.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos

This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands.
(B,L,D)

Days 3 through 8 — Exploring Galápagos

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our itinerary is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to go on nature walks with local naturalists; swim; snorkel; or explore the waters by kayak, glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only), or Zodiac.
(B, L, D daily)

Listed below are some of the islands we may visit during our expeditions:*

Isla Bartolomé
Walk to the top of Bartolomé's volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding white sand beaches. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.

Isla Santiago
Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a breeding station for endangered native species. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage.

Isla Isabela
Spend the early morning on the lookout for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and the unusual ocean sunfish, the Mola mola. Explore caves and hidden lagoons by Zodiac, and snorkel among sea turtles.

Isla Floreana
At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, or peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Those interested can visit Post Office Bay—if you see a letter addressed to someone who lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.

Isla Fernandina
Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over lava flows. Galapagos hawks and sea lion nurseries are also found as we explore this island.

Isla Española
See Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatross on this birder's paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach.
(B,L,D)

Day 9 — Galápagos/Guayaquil

Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, arriving in the early evening.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (B,L,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 llamas and alpacas are bred. Visit Pisac, the gateway to the Sacred Valley, and walk through the local food market before visiting nearby ruins.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Sacred Valley of the Inca

Venture into the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon, attend a traditional weaving demonstration and enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. Later, go for a hike in the nearby countryside, visit a local pottery studio or indulge in a spa treatment. Enjoy a barbecue dinner around the campfire, and take in a vibrant folkloric dance performance.
(B,L,D)

Day 12 — Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Travel to Machu Picchu this morning. Join a guide for an introduction to the site and then stay overnight at the historic Belmond Sanctuary Lodge—sharing Machu Picchu with only a handful of visitors.
(B,L,D)

Day 13 — Machu Picchu/Cusco

Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, once the final checkpoint on the road to Machu Picchu. Watch day break over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore the site at your own pace. After a train and bus ride, we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the elegant Belmond Hotel Monasterio.
(B,L,D)

Day 14 — Cusco

Explore the Inca Empire's capital city of Cusco, and visit the vast Sacsayhuamán fortress. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or stroll around the city, stopping in at one of the museums of the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. In the evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments.
(B,L)

Day 15 — Cusco/Lima

Return to Lima this morning. Browse pre-Columbian artifacts at the renowned Larco Herrera Museum, and wander across the Plaza Mayor. Following a traditional Peruvian lunch, the afternoon is free to enjoy the beautiful Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel and surrounding area.
(B,L)

Day 16 — Lima/U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the Lima airport for your return flights.
(B)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book a voyage by July 31, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare from Miami to the Galápagos/Lima (up to $2,100 per guest value) on the following 2015 departures: May 8, 15; Aug. 28; Sept. 5, 11, 19, 26; Oct. 17; Nov. 18. Offer applies to new bookings only.

Dates

2015
  • May 30 - Jun 14, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jun 05 - 20, 2015 [END]
  • Jun 13 - 28, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jun 19 - Jul 04, 2015 [END]
  • Jun 27 - Jul 12, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jul 03 - 18, 2015 [END]
  • Jul 11 - 26, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jul 17 - Aug 01, 2015 [END]
  • Jul 25 - Aug 09, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jul 31 - Aug 15, 2015 [END]
  • Aug 08 - 23, 2015 [ISL]
  • Aug 14 - 29, 2015 [END]
  • Aug 22 - Sep 06, 2015 [ISL]
  • Aug 29 - Sep 13, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 05 - 20, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 12 - 27, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 19 - Oct 04, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 26 - Oct 11, 2015 [ISL]
  • Oct 02 - 17, 2015 [END]
  • Oct 09 - 24, 2015 [END]
  • Oct 16 - 31, 2015 [END]
  • Oct 23 - Nov 07, 2015 [END]
  • Oct 30 - Nov 13, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 06 - 21, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 14 - 29, 2015 [ISL]
  • Nov 20 - Dec 05, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 04 - 19, 2015 [END]
  • Dec 12 - 27, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 18, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016 [END]
  • Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016 [ISL]
2016
  • Jan 01 - 16, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 09 - 24, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jan 15 - 30, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 23 - Feb 07, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jan 29 - Feb 13, 2016 [END]
  • Feb 06 - 21, 2016 [ISL]
  • Feb 12 - 27, 2016 [END]
  • Feb 20 - Mar 06, 2016 [ISL]
  • Feb 26 - Mar 12, 2016 [END]
  • Mar 05 - 20, 2016 [ISL]
  • Mar 11 - 26, 2016 [END]
  • Mar 19 - Apr 03, 2016 [ISL]
  • Mar 25 - Apr 09, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 02 - 17, 2016 [ISL]
  • Apr 08 - 23, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 16 - May 01, 2016 [ISL]
  • Apr 22 - May 07, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 30 - May 15, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 07 - 22, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 14 - 29, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 21 - Jun 05, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 28 - Jun 12, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jun 03 - 18, 2016 [END]
  • Jun 11 - 26, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jun 17 - Feb 02, 2016 [END]
  • Jun 25 - Jul 10, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jul 01 - 16, 2016 [END]
  • Jul 09 - 24, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jul 15 - 30, 2016 [END]
  • Jul 23 - Aug 07, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jul 29 - Aug 13, 2016 [END]
  • Aug 06 - 21, 2016 [ISL]
  • Aug 14 - 27, 2016 [END]
  • Aug 20 - Sep 04, 2016 [ISL]
  • Aug 26 - Sep 10, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 09 - 24, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 17 - Oct 02, 2016 [ISL]
  • Sep 23 - Oct 08, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 30 - Oct 15, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 07 - 22, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 14 - 29, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 21 - Nov 05, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 29 - Nov 13, 2016 [ISL]
  • Nov 04 - 19, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 13 - 27, 2016 [ISL]
  • Nov 18 - Dec 03, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 11, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 02 - 17, 2016 [END]
  • Dec 12 - 25, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 16 - 31, 2016 [END]
  • Dec 24 - Jan 08, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 30 - Jan 14, 2016 [END]

[ISL] National Geographic Islander
[END] National Geographic Endeavour

* Please note: Itineraries will vary slightly from week to week subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz and a selection of the other stops listed in the itinerary.

Expedition Cost

2015
Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $11,280 $11,750
Category 2 $11,980 $12,580
Category 3 $12,640 $13,260
Category 4 $13,280 $13,740
Category 5 $15,270 $15,640

For a single room, add $2,870 in Category 1 and $3,040 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $4,680 in Category 1 and $5,100 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2015 Holiday

December 18 and December 26, 2015 departures

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $12,110 $12,650
Category 2 $12,980 $13,560
Category 3 $13,580 $14,180
Category 4 $14,280 $14,740
Category 5 $16,310 $16,710

For a single room, add $3,120 in Category 1 and $3,300 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $5,130 in Category 1 and $5,580 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2016
Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $12,080 $12,480
Category 2 $12,980 $13,380
Category 3 $13,480 $14,270
Category 4 $14,280 $14,780
Category 5 $16,380 $16,780

For a single room, add $3,050 in Category 1 and $3,270 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $4,890 in Category 1 and $5,340 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2016 Shoulder Season

December 10 and December 16, 2016 departures

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $12,780 $13,180
Category 2 $13,680 $14,080
Category 3 $14,180 $14,970
Category 4 $14,980 $15,480
Category 5 $17,080 $17,480

For a single room, add $3,050 in Category 1 and $3,270 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $4,890 in Category 1 and $5,340 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2016 Holiday

December 24 and December 30, 2016 departures

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $13,040 $13,480
Category 2 $13,940 $14,480
Category 3 $14,480 $15,270
Category 4 $15,380 $15,870
Category 5 $17,480 $17,490

For a single room, add $3,290 in Category 1 and $3,510 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $5,400 in Category 1 and $5,900 in Category 2 on the Islander.

Prices are per person, double occupancy.

International airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare between Ecuador and Peru is not included in the expedition cost. Group flights between Guayaquil/Galapagos/Guayaquil/Lima and Lima/Cusco/Lima is $1,370 (subject to change).

Third person rates are available in a limited number of Category 3 and Category 5 cabins at one half the double occupancy rate (ship portion only).