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Experience the best of Galápagos, and Machu Picchu too, in nine action-packed days. Starting in Lima on a Saturday night, stay two nights in the Sacred Valley, enjoy fabled Machu Picchu and see Cusco, imperial capital of the Inca. Journey to Galápagos for a five-day voyage, with multiple adventures every day on land and undersea—walks and hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling—returning home on Sunday. Available on select dates aboard the yacht-like, 48-guest National Geographic Islander, you’ll experience Galápagos and Peru in true Lindblad style, but in half the time. As in our classic, 16-day Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca, available weekly year-round on two ships, each voyage is crafted to offer you a diverse sample of experiences.


  • 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 opt to arrive a day or two early. Please see the Taste of Lima pre-voyage extension or call for details.

  • DAY 2: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

    Fly to Cusco and explore this Inca imperial city. Continue through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Tambo del Inka. National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Machu Picchu

    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 day-visitors 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. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Sacred Valley / 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. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-8: Guayaquil / Galápagos

    Fly on Day 5 to Galápagos. Each day we join our naturalists on interpretive walks, swim, snorkel, or explore by kayak or Zodiac—all the while witnessing incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat.

    Start exploring on Isla Santa Cruz with a trip over the highlands of Santa Cruz. We search for penguins on stark black lava at Sullivan Bay on Santiago, swim in a secluded cove on Santa Fe, snorkel in crystal-clear water at Sombrero Chino, sail across the Equator into the flooded caldera at Genovesa, a seabird paradise, and wander among sea lions and land iguanas on Plaza Sur. (B,L,D Daily)

  • DAY 9: Disembark / Baltra / Guayaquil

    Fly to Guayaquil, where dayrooms are reserved at the Hotel del Parque. Spend the night and return home on Day 10 at no additional cost—or continue to Quito. Ask your Expedition Specialist. (B)

    *Please note: Our expeditions begin and end at Baltra, and include visits to Isla Santa Cruz and a careful selection of diverse islands. Each of our itineraries offers an optimal balance of wildlife, landscapes and experiences. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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