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Experience the best of Galápagos and Machu Picchu. Starting in Lima, stay two nights in the Sacred Valley, enjoy fabled Machu Picchu and tour Cusco, imperial capital of the Inca. New for 2021, we add a day in Cusco for a 10-Day adventure, with a new overnight and time to explore Cusco. Then, journey from Cusco to Guayaquil and onto Galápagos the next day for a five-day voyage aboard National Geographic Islander. Each day on this Wild Escape is crafted to offer a diverse sample of experiences with multiple adventures—walks and hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling each day. Disembark and return home on Sunday. You’ll experience Galápagos and Peru in true Lindblad-National Geographic style on this Escape, but in less time.


  • DAY 1: U.S. / 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

    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. (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 / 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. (B,L)

  • 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. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6-9: Guayaquil/Baltra/Embark/Galápagos

    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 on 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 on 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. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Disembark/Baltra/Guayaquil/U.S.

    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. Or elect the post-cruise extension to Quito & Otavalo. Ask your Expedition Specialist for details. (B) 

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

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