Wild Galápagos and Peru Escape (9 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Lima, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Air travel
Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, Peru's thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Lima Airport Holiday Inn. If you'd like to arrive early, we suggest Belmond Miraflores Park, set along a fashionable seaside promenade. Miami is a convenient gateway but, depending on where you live, you may fly from another departure city. Please ask an expedition specialist about alternatives.

Lima, Peru
Air travel
Cusco, Peru
Urubamba, Peru

This morning fly to Cusco, where we have lunch overlooking the Plaza de Armas in the colonial center of this Inca imperial city. Continue through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Tambo del Inka, our base for two nights. National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa, the founder of the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Urubamba, Peru
Ollantaytambo, Peru
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Urubamba, Peru

Journey after breakfast to Ollantaytambo, where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Here we board our train to Machu Picchu—the Inca royal retreat famously introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Set at less than 8,000 feet in the "eyebrow of the jungle", the sanctuary is set in a tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. We have the leisure today of lunch aboard Inca Rail and a full afternoon at the celebrated Inca site. We linger after day-visitors are long gone, returning to Machu Picchu pueblo for the train back to the Sacred Valley and Tambo del Inka this evening with dinner served aboard. (B,L,D)

Urubamba, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Air travel
Lima, Peru
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

We bid farewell to Peru today and continue to Ecuador for Part 2 of our expedition with flights from Cusco via Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. We transfer to the Hotel del Parque, a tranquil haven set in a historic property surrounded by lush gardens. (B,L,D)

Guayaquil, Ecuador
Air travel
Baltra Island, Ecuador
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
South Plaza, Ecuador
Isla Santa Fé, Ecuador
Santiago Island, Ecuador
Isla Genovesa, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Fly on Day 5 to Galápagos, where we start off exploring Darwin's iconic islands. Part of the magic of any Galápagos voyage is the varied nature of the terrain, wildlife, and experiences that each island offers. Here are the diverse islands that we expect to visit on this expedition. SANTA CRUZ: The town of Puerto Ayora, lined with shops, hotels, and restaurants, is connected by road across the island and a short canal-crossing to Baltra, the island on the north coast, home to a WWII-era U.S. Army air force base and still the main airport in Galápagos. See wild tortoises roaming free in the green highlands of this central Island. Be greeted as a friend in Puerto Ayora on the south coast, headquarters of the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals, a pioneering effort that has resulted in the repopulation of Española and other islands. See Lonesome George, the last tortoise from Isla Pinta, at the center of the Route of the Tortoises. SOUTH PLAZA: Sea lions greet us at South Plaza, an uplifted block carpeted in salt-loving succulents and teeming with wildlife, including a noisy group of bachelor sea lions and a population of land iguanas. Thread your way across the island through an impressive forest of cactus trees, and thrill at aerial displays of the nocturnal cliff-nesting swallow-tailed gulls and red-tailed tropicbirds. This is a beautiful place to sit and take in the view. SANTA FE: Linger and swim from the secluded cove at Barrington Bay, where a trail leads us through the largest cactus trees in Galápagos. The Santa Fe land iguana is found only on this island, where Galápagos hawks are also thriving once again after being reintroduced. SANTIAGO: Snorkel and explore by kayak and Zodiac the crystalline water surrounding Sombrero Chino, one of a group of distinctively shaped small islets off Santiago. Hike over the smooth pahoehoe lava and admire spatter cones, little miniature hornitos, and the wild riot of black lava at Sullivan Bay, the result an eruption recorded by passing buccaneers in 1897. Keep a keen eye for the Galápagos penguin, sometimes spotted along the coast. The southeast coast of Santiago is a one-stop overview of the diverse geology of these young islands. GENOVESA: Sail north across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos, bathed in warmer tropical waters and home to the red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, great frigatebirds, and other nesting seabirds. You'll want to be on deck as we sail into the flooded caldera, often accompanied by an escort of seabirds. Kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, and cruise along the caldera walls, where we may see shy Galápagos fur seals. Photograph red-footed boobies and frigatebirds of two species perching precariously in the low-lying shrubs behind coral-strewn Darwin Bay Beach. At Prince Philip's Steps, follow a trail inland, where more seabirds nest—and where we might see short-eared owls hunt for wedge-rumped storm petrels, which nest in astounding numbers in the field of broken lava.

Baltra Island, Ecuador
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Disembark this morning in Baltra and fly to Guayaquil, where we enjoy dayrooms at the Hotel del Parque. You may elect to spend the night and return home on Day 10 at no additional cost—or continue to Quito. Ask your expedition specialist.

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