Galapagos Islands/Ecuador/Peru
Discovering Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
Explore ancient wonders aboard an expedition ship as you enjoy lectures by local experts, visit Heritage Sites and celebrate the rich biodiversity of Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.
Program No. 20974RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

In this amazing South American adventure, walk in the footsteps of the ancient Inca as you experience the history of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and notable Incan sites in Cuzco. Then, board your expedition ship for a journey that introduces the virtually pristine habitats and incredible wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking on rough, unpaved terrain. Navigating steep stairway to board Zodiacs. Climbing in/out of Zodiacs; wet landings ashore. Snorkeling available. Elevations up to 11,150 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands with the most knowledgeable, experienced naturalists.
  • Use high-tech onboard tools like video microscopes, hydrophones and splash cams to discover the marine environment around you.
  • Marvel at the mysterious beauty of Machu Picchu, the iconic mountain sanctuary left behind by the great Inca Empire.

General Notes

Please note that the following itinerary is a representative sample of the islands that you may visit during your week on board. The routing may be revised at the discretion of the Galapagos Islands National Park Service. Because of the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET. Please note that 2017 departures will be on the National Geographic Endeavor II.
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Maruja Altamirano
Maruja has been leading educational travel since 2000. She enjoys interacting with travelers from different countries who come to Peru to admire its natural and cultural beauty. In 2004, she was invited to take a training course in England to become a travel manager. Following the course, she began to work as a leader in Peru. Maruja enjoys spending time with her family at home, traveling to learn about other cultures and reading about current events in the world.
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