"Whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity ... endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

Charles Darwin wrote these words in his Origin of Species, the groundbreaking book that detailed his theory of natural selection and was heavily influenced by his 1835 visit to the Galápagos Islands. The wonder and curiosity Darwin experienced upon seeing the remarkable variety of wildlife in the islands is shared by all who visit the archipelago today.

This October, Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and National Geographic, is offering an incredible 16-day adventure that will allow travellers to explore the beauty, grandeur and history of the Galápagos Islands and Peru from a perspective few ever get to experience.

Sailing aboard the National Geographic Endeavour expedition ship, travellers will get up close to remarkable Galápagos wildlife on land and under the sea, with a photography instructor on hand to help them capture magazine-worthy images. Then it’s off for a tour of Peru culminating with a journey to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu set high in the Andes Mountains.

"Not everyone on Earth can visit Galápagos, but those of us that are lucky enough to visit I think go away with a really important message about conservation, about the importance of this place," says John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

To learn more about this expedition or to book your voyage, visit Lindblad Expeditions.