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.
Ramada Costa Del Sol 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 Camelidae 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, go horseback riding, watch a Paso horse demonstration, go for a hike in the nearby countryside, or indulge in a spa treatment. Enjoy a barbecue dinner around the campfire, and take in a vibrant 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 Sanctuary Lodge—sharing Machu Picchu with only a handful of visitors.
Sanctuary Lodge (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 our elegant hotel.
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.
(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.
Miraflores Park Hotel (B,L)

Day 16 — Lima/U.S.

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

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Complimentary Airfare

Book by December 31, 2014 and receiving complimentary round-trip international airfare from Miami or NYC to the Galapagos and returning from Lima on select 2015 departures.

Dates

2014
  • Dec 27 - Jan 11, 2014 [ISL]
2015
  • Jan 02 - 17, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 10 - 25, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jan 16 - 31, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 24 - Feb 08, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jan 30 - Feb 14, 2015 [END]
  • Feb 07 - 22, 2015 [ISL]
  • Feb 13 - 28, 2015 [END]
  • Feb 21 - Mar 08, 2015 [ISL]
  • Feb 27 - Mar 14, 2015 [END]
  • Mar 07 - 22, 2015 [ISL]
  • Mar 13 - 28, 2015 [END]
  • Mar 21 - Apr 05, 2015 [ISL]
  • Mar 27 - Apr 11, 2015 [END]
  • Apr 04 - 19, 2015 [ISL]
  • Apr 10 - 25, 2015 [END]
  • Apr 18 - May 03, 2015 [ISL]
  • Apr 24 - May 09, 2015 [END]
  • May 02 - 17, 2015 [ISL]
  • May 08 - 23, 2015 [END]
  • May 16 - 31, 2015 [ISL]
  • May 22 - Jun 06, 2015 [END]
  • 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]

[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.

With temperate weather year-round, any month is a great time to visit the Galápagos. Peak prices have been established for popular travel periods (i.e. summer vacation). See below for details.

Expedition Cost

2014 Prime

For departures between January 3-February 8, February 21-22, April 25-May 31, and September 5-December 13 in 2014.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $10,380 $10,950
Category 2 $11,280 $11,780
Category 3 $11,840 $12,330
Category 4 $12,380 $12,880
Category 5 $14,310 $14,800

For a single room, add $2,570 in Category 1 and $2,800 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $4,230 in Category 1 and $4,650 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2014 Peak

For departures between February 14-15, February 28, March 7-April 19, and June 6-August 30 in 2014.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $10,880 $11,450
Category 2 $11,780 $12,280
Category 3 $12,340 $12,830
Category 4 $12,880 $13,380
Category 5 $14,810 $15,300

For a single room, add $2,700 in Category 1 and $2,920 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $4,480 in Category 1 and $4,800 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2014 Holiday

For departures leaving on December 19, 20, 26, and 27 in 2014.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $11,480 $12,000
Category 2 $12,330 $12,830
Category 3 $12,880 $13,380
Category 4 $13,440 $13,930
Category 5 $15,370 $15,860

For a single room, add $2,850 in Category 1 and $3,060 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $4,760 in Category 1 and $5,170 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2015

For departures between January 2 and December 12 in 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

For departures leaving on December 18-26 in 2015.

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.

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).