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15 Night Galapagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II and Perus Land of the Inca Cruise and Land Tour from Guayaquil

Ship: National Geographic Endeavour II
Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Sailed:  Friday, Jun 23, 2023 from Guayaquil, Ecuador
Ended: Saturday, Jul 8, 2023
The itinerary information below reflects the original day-by-day port of call schedule for the Friday, Jun 23, 2023 departure of the National Geographic Endeavour II. If Lindblad Expeditions modified this itinerary for weather or operational reasons after departing , the modified schedule would not be reflected here.
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Day by Day Summary and Map

Day 1 - Friday - Jun 23, 2023
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
Arrival Time: Arrive anytime. Arrival City: Guayaquil or Quito. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil, a convenient locally-owned hotel, for an overnight stay. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city in the highlands, elect a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes, or arrive a day early in Guayaquil to rest and relax.
Day 2 - Saturday - Jun 24, 2023
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
Air Travel      
Cruise Begins      
This morning, fly to the Galapagos and board National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their remarkable wildlife.
Day 3 - Sunday - Jun 25, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition. All ship itineraries are subject to Galapagos National Park regulations. North Seymour: Follow coastal trails past playful Galapagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus. Isabela: Cross the Equator at Volcan Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela's six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore. Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galapagos-and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows. Espanola: See swallow-tailed gulls, Espanola mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world's only population of waved albatross at this birdy paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the wide sand beach, and snorkel offshore, at Gardner Bay. Floreana: Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay. Santa Cruz: Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. See the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands. Bartolome: Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim, and snorkel from the beach. You might even see Galapagos penguins, one of world's rarest. Santiago: Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard along Santiago's spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked. Genovesa: Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galapagos, surrounded by warmer tropical waters. San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard-found only on this easternmost island, and dig your toes into the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.
Day 4 - Monday - Jun 26, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 5 - Tuesday - Jun 27, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 6 - Wednesday - Jun 28, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 7 - Thursday - Jun 29, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 8 - Friday - Jun 30, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 9 - Saturday - Jul 1, 2023
Cruise Ends
Cruise Ends      
Air Travel      
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
Air Travel      
Lima, Peru      
Depart Galapagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru, via Guayaquil. Check into the Belmond Miraflores Park, set on a wide promenade overlooking the Pacific, where we spend two nights.
Day 10 - Sunday - Jul 2, 2023
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru      
Explore UNESCO World Heritage-designated colonial Lima this morning, where we stroll the Plaza Mayor and delight in a private welcome lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest houses in Lima. Then visit the extraordinary Larco Museum dedicated to pre-Columbian art. Return to your hotel with dinner on your own to sample local fare.
Day 11 - Monday - Jul 3, 2023
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru      
Air Travel      
Cusco, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Moray, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Sol y Luna Lodge, Peru      
Board a short scenic flight to Cusco this morning, and continue to Moray-a visually stunning Inca site with dramatic agricultural terraces in the heart of the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check into our hotel. In 2024, our hotel is Sol y Luna, a Relais & Chateaux property, where we stay in individual casitas set in verdant greens.
Day 12 - Tuesday - Jul 4, 2023
Sol y Luna Lodge, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Ollantaytambo, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Sol y Luna Lodge, Peru      
Spend the day exploring the archeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost (or a colleague), who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He or a colleague joins us for a talk at our hotel and a visit to the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo, set above a thriving Inca community. Lunch is at a working, family-owned hacienda, where we are treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callanaupa, founder of the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, demonstrates Inca weaving traditions.
Day 13 - Wednesday - Jul 5, 2023
Sol y Luna Lodge, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Ollantaytambo, Peru      
Train Travel      
Aguas Calientes, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Machu Picchu, Peru      
Marvel at the dramatic scenery and life along the river en route this morning by 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. Check into the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the leisure to explore over two days in the company of a hand-picked tour director and local guides. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.
Day 14 - Thursday - Jul 6, 2023
Aguas Calientes, Peru      
Train Travel      
Ollantaytambo, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Cusco, Peru      
Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where our local and veteran guides share their intimate understanding of this site, focusing on the history and far-reaching cultural influence. After lunch, return by train and bus to Cusco-the center of the Inca universe, a burgeoning cultural capital, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check-in at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio on Plaza Nazarenas in the heart of Cusco for two nights. Occupying a monastery founded in 1592, our hotel-like much of colonial Cusco-is built atop Inca stones.
Day 15 - Friday - Jul 7, 2023
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru      
Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral, sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures of Cusco. Visit nearby Sacsayhuaman, where a series of imposing terrace walls, the most impressive yet, command views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit one of Cusco's many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Day 16 - Saturday - Jul 8, 2023
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru      
Air Travel      
Lima, Peru      
After breakfast and a final morning at leisure, say goodbye to the Land of the Inca and fly from Cusco back to Lima, connecting to flights home. Depending on your flight schedule, optional rooms at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel are available. Departure Time: After 7:00 PM local time.