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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands tour
Andes Mountains Galapagos Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Trip

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
13 days
From: $ 10,561 $ 812 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Picturesque colonial Quito
  • Lush verdant cloud forests teeming with life
  • The hauntingly beautiful Galapagos Islands and its unique wildlife
  • Vibrant Otavalo market, overnighting in a beautiful traditional hacienda

Short Description

From history-rich Quito to the vibrant cloud forests of Mashpi Reserve to the remarkable and utterly unique Galápagos Islands, explore the best of what Ecuador has to offer. Visit Otavalo and its world-renowned indigenous markets full of color and life, while staying at one of Ecuador’s top haciendas; stand along the equator when you visit the “Middle of the World;” and relax in hot springs with views of the Andes and rolling hills. This is a trip you will never forget.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Galápagos cruise including all taxes and government surcharges.
  • Hotels & Lodges
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals as indicated
  • Tours as specified
  • Services of professional English-speaking guides and staff
  • Entrance fees
  • Taxes
  • Hotel/lodge service charges
  • Bank transfer wire fees payable to all hotels, lodges, transport operators
  • Comprehensive trip preparation

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Itinerary

Days 1-2: Quito/ Hotel Casa Gangotena

Welcome to Ecuador! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend your first two nights in Ecuador in luxury at Hotel Casa Gangotena, situated in the heart of Quito’s Old Town.

Spend your time here getting to know magnificent Quito, visiting the city’s historic district, enjoying this urban jewel and its artistic and architectural treasures. Drive to the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the principal religious monuments of the New World, then visit the exact middle of the planet where the equator crosses the earth at latitude 0° 0’ 0”. Here you will be able to stand with one foot in each hemisphere!

Days 3- 7: Galapagos Islands/ M/V Eclipse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your adventure continues as we fly you to the Galápagos Islands to begin your 5-night cruise aboard the M/V Eclipse.

During your cruise your days will be filled with morning and afternoon excursions on different islands where you will can enjoy hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and wildlife viewing all the while! Explore Cerro Brujo’s gorgeous beach, home to many sea lions and the place where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on the Archipelago; spot land iguanas, flocks of Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and different types of finches; or visit the inside of a lava tunnel!

Overnight: M/V Eclipse

Day 8: Pappallacta/ Termas Papallacta Spa & Resort

Accommodation: Termas Papallacta Spa & Resort

This morning you will fly back into Quito for your drive to Termas de Papallacta. Here you can relax and refresh yourself, taking in the stunning mountain views while having a soak in the lodge’s hot springs, or enjoy a spa treatment.

Days 9, 10: Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve/ Mashpi Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mashpi Lodge

Continue your journey northwest into the Mashpi Forest Reserve, a 3,200-acre haven for wildlife and biodiversity. Here, you will stay at National Geographic’s Unique Lodge of the World – Mashpi Lodge – a modern architectural marvel of glass where nature takes center stage.

Afternoon activities in the reserve will be organized depending on your group’s size and physical conditions and weather conditions. Activities include visiting the observation tower to experience life in the forest from a height of 90 feet, taking a 200-yard aerial cable ride on the “Sky Bike” through the forest canopy and visiting the San Vicente waterfalls to discover the lush secrets this forest holds. Follow the Howler Monkey Trail, which passes through primary forest, on to the Life Center and Butterfly Pavilion.

Days 11, 12: Otavalo/ Hacienda Zuleta

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta

It’s time to leave the forest behind as you journey to Ecuador’s Otavalo region. Your first stop is Otavalo Indigenous Market, one of the largest and best-known in South America. After some time perusing the local wares, you will continue on to enjoy lunch at Hacienda Zuleta – an amazing jewel tucked away amid several volcanoes.

A host of optional activities await you here, including easy mountain biking along the hacienda grounds, or a short hike around beautiful “Guinea Pig Lake.” Visit Cotacachi´s Leather Market and a family of weavers who not only have amazing wares but will demonstrate for you how they weave on their traditional back-strap looms and make striking colors from local plants. Around the corner lives a family of musicians, where you will get a feel for authentic Andean music and watch as they craft perfectly-tuned Andean flutes.

Day 13: Your Journey Ends

Today you will be transferred to Quito International Airport for your international flight home.

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Optional Activities

Cotapaxi – 2 Days

Head into Cotapaxi National Park, home to the magnificent Cotapaxi Volcano rising some 4 ½ miles above sea level. Travel along valleys and plains with their multicolored fields as your guide explains the local Andean culture and natural history.

Excursions include easy horseback riding, bicycling, a ropes course, hiking, visiting a rose plantation, exploring Lake Limpiopungo, cooking lessons at your lodge, and a trip to Quilotoa Lake, one of the most beautiful volcano lakes in the Ecuadorian Andes!

Overnight at Hacienda El Porvenir

Meals: B & L

Anakonda Amazon Riverboat – 4 Days

This extension will require a flight to Coca (one hour), followed by canoe transfer to the M/V Anakonda. Throughout the cruise, you will have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River, complete with land excursions, amazon forest walks, canoe trips, and a visit to the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life.

Overnight on M/V Anakonda

Meals: B, L, D

Napo Wildlife Center, Amazon Rainforest – 4 Days

The Napo Wildlife Center is a secluded eco lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. During your time here, you will be able to see wildlife like heron, kingfisher, osprey, monkeys, otters and hopefully even more elusive species. Days are generally split into optional morning and afternoon activities. These include forest hikes, local community visits, canoeing, and wildlife viewing, all accompanied by a wealth of knowledge shared by your expert guide every step of the way!

Overnight at Napo Wildlife Center

Meals: B, L, D

Peru – 6 days

Explore the hip city of Lima, the towns and markets of the Sacred Valley, the artistic and architecturally unique city of Cusco and the iconic Inca fortress of Machu Picchu.

Accommodation at optional 4 or 5-star lodges.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit Requirements: 25% per person deposit is required to confirm your booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Additional Information:

  • Packing list, detailed information on each country, a suggested reading list, medical information, and other pertinent travel information will be sent to you once your safari is booked.
  • International flights can be arranged upon request utilizing our excellent consolidator airfares.
  • All of our safaris can be customized to suit your specific interests, time frame and budget.

Trip ID#:

EcuGalRot

Trip Excludes

  • Items of personal nature
  • Beverages at accommodations excluded unless otherwise stated
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Galápagos National Park Fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Passport and visa fees
  • International airfare (available upon request)
  • Domestic flights within Ecuador
  • Optional extensions

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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