Itinerary Overview

The wildness of Galápagos, plus iconic Machu Picchu

Experience the best of Galápagos and Machu Picchu on this action-packed Wild Escape. Arrive in Lima, stay two nights in the Sacred Valley, marvel at fabled Machu Picchu and see Cusco, imperial capital of the Inca. New for 2021, we add an overnight in Cusco, allowing time to explore this burgeoning cultural capital, its archaeological sites and museums.


Continue to Lima and onto Guayaquil. Embark the National Geographic Islander on a five-day voyage, returning home on Sunday. You’ll have multiple adventures everyday—guided wildlife walks and hikes, opportunities to kayak, paddle board and snorkel—all surrounded by wildlife unfazed by your presence. You’ll experience Galápagos and Peru in true Lindblad-National Geographic style, but in less time than our classic, 16-Day expedition. See the day-by-day itineraries for more detail.

  • Soak in the scenery and culture of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • Journey between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu by Inca Rail.
  • Remain into the late afternoon for sunset at fabled Machu Picchu.
  • Voyage aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander with a team of naturalists.
  • Maximize your time in Galápagos with options every day.
  • Arrive early in Lima or stay on in Ecuador after—with a 2-night Quito extension 

Encounter abundant wildlife in Galápagos 
Blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Pink flamingos. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the opportunity to see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.

See Machu Picchu, plus experience the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Walk amongst 3000-year-old cities built by the Incan empire and explore the most stunning archaeological sites in the Peru. Your expedition team of local experts and historians will also open you to the colonial and contemporary Peru that lies alongside the Incan wonders. 

Hotel del Parque - A guest exclusive
Set along the banks of the Río Daule, Hotel del Parque is housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens. Intimate and welcoming with a gracious, golden-age aura, this elegant boutique hotel—the first in the city—makes a fitting bookend to your expedition aboard the yacht-scaled National Geographic IslanderClick here to learn more.

Explore with an exceptional team
Explore Galápagos under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, three handpicked naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist.  In Peru you’ll explore with a veteran Peruvian tour plus several veteran local guides that join us along the way in the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu. Your team’s knowledge and passion for the region is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team.

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