Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II + Peru's Land of the Inca
Two icons of wildness and culture in one grand expedition
Embark on a sweeping adventure that encapsulates all the wildness of Galápagos balanced with the cultural and historic experiences of Machu Picchu & Peru's Land of the Inca. You’ll explore Galápagos in depth aboard the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II, a fully-equipped expedition ship with tools for exploration. Encounter abundant wildlife—snorkel with sea lions and hike the highlands among giant tortoises. Then journey to contemporary Lima and historic Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight at Machu Picchu and and enjoy the luxury of a second day with options like an early hike out to the iconic Sun Gate, the final checkpoint on the Inca Trail.
Have up-close encounters with Galápagos wildlife and explore the undersea, too
Benefit from 50+ years of experience and relationships in Galápagos to see all you came for and more
Explore fabled Machu Picchu, royal sanctuary of Inca Pachacuti, over two days
Discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Explore the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo
In one grand expedition experience all the wildness of Galápagos and the sublime archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu. Experience the wildlife of Galápagos, legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. See its endemic species and explore the undersea. Then discover the culture and history of Peru and the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu. Throughout you’ll explore with a top team of naturalists and historians who add layers of insight and interest to everything you do.
Book by May 31, 2021 for FREE ROUND-TRIP economy group airfare from Miami to Galápagos/Lima to Cusco on select 2021 and 2022 departures. Upgrade to Business Class to Guayaquil starting at $750, subject to availability. All offers are valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and are subject to availability at time of booking. In the case that offered Miami flights are no longer available, Lindblad reserves the right to issue a credit. Baggage fees may be additional.
Extend Your Stay in Ecuador: Add extra nights in Quito or Guayaquil
Our plan for the day was to explore the northern shores of the island, hoping to encounter wild Galapagos land iguanas. In the afternoon, we planned to explore the underwater world at the Guy Fawkes Islet and then finish our day sailing around the famous Daphne Major.
After an early breakfast we set off to our disembarkation point at Cerro Dragon. After a walk of about a hundred yards along the shoreline, we went inland to explore a deciduous Palo Santo forest.
It seemed that the very first rain of the season had fallen a mere few days ago, as the trees were starting to produce new green shoots. The new sprouting vegetation is an important food source for the local land iguanas, so we were lucky to see many Land Iguanas grazing just after coming out of their burrows. Large males seem to be getting more colorful than usual, as the mating season is about to start.
After enjoying the incredible photo opportunities of the morning’s excursion, we headed back to the shore to take our zodiacs back to the ship.
Once on board, we got ready to explore the underwater world, either by swimming and snorkeling from a beach or by snorkeling at the nearby Guy Fawkes Islet, which proved to be one of the best snorkeling outings we had so far during this expedition. Several of our guests had the opportunity to interact with the local sea lion pups, as myriads small fish swarmed in the shallows, while some other guests had the chance to see white-tipped reef sharks and a larger Galapagos shark.
Once back on board, we enjoyed a typical Ecuadorian lunch as our ship heaved anchor to take us out to sea.
As we closed down on Daphne Major, naturalist Fabio Buchelli gave a talk on Charles Darwin and his visit to the Galapagos Archipelago. As sunset drew close we gathered at the sundeck for a wine tasting while expedition leader Paula Tagle told us about the unique circumstances and results of Peter and Rosemary Grant’s research on this tiny speck of land.
As I write these last lines, guests gather at the lounge to learn about what new and exciting experiences a new day will bring us.
Last night, the
National Geographic Endeavour II
heaved anchor just past midnight to sail around the east coast of Santa Cruz Island to its northern shores. This morning as first light broke our ship rode anchor gently in the protected waters of the northern coast.