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Highlights
  • Explore on day-boat trips with a naturalist guide
  • Hike, swim and snorkel in Galápagos National Park
  • Enjoy a horseback ride at the most exclusive stables in Ecuador
  • See ancient pyramids constructed by the pre-Incan Caranqui culture

Ecuador is a small country, yet home to one of the planet’'s true natural paradises - —the Galápagos Islands, where this journey begins. Stay at a safari camp amid “Darwin’'s laboratory,” and discover endemic birds and rare and beautiful creatures found nowhere else on Earth. Snorkel with sea lions and observe flightless cormorants. Watch Blue-footed Boobies nesting and walk through a colony of Giant tortoises. Explore volcanic beaches, mangroves and lagoons by foot and Zodiac. Then, return to the mainland and drive into the Andean mountains for a stay at a splendid 17th century colonial home that is also a dairy farm and host to a working embroidery museum. Visit High Andes habitats and see volcanic mountains painted with verdant forests and aquamarine crater lakes. Hike, horseback ride or mountain bike along the Condor-Huasi route to view ancient pre-Incan pyramids, and learn about the endangered Andean condor.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

Accommodation: Casa Gangotena

You are met upon arrival and escorted to your hotel in Quito, nestled deep within the valley of towering Andean volcanoes at 10,000 feet above sea level.

Day 2: Baltra & Santa Cruz Islands, Galápagos Islands

Meals: 2 Breakfast,2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Today, fly to Baltra Island in the Galápagos and, accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide, drive across the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Explore the area amidst pit craters and lava tunnels and the endemic Scalesia forest. Visit the giant tortoises at the Tortoise Reserve.

 Day 3 & 4: The Galápagos Islands

Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Enjoy two days of boat excursions to neighboring islands for nature walks and hikes with expert naturalist. The Galápagos Marine Reserve is the second largest in the world dive in and snorkel off the boat to experience the richness of the aquatic species found here.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive up Cerro Mesa for dramatic views of the surrounding island; visit El Garrapatero Beach with its pristine white sand, contrasting mangroves and black lava formations, and inviting turquoise water; and enjoy a cruise aboard a fishing boat with local fishermen.

Day 6 & 7: Hacienda Zuleta

Meals: 2 Breakfast,2 Lunch,2 Dinner

Fly from Balta to Quito, then drive up 9,600 feet through the Andean mountains to the Hacienda Zuleta, a splendid 17th century colonial home set on 5,000 acres. The property features lush forest, pastureland, a working dairy farm, and one of the most exclusive horse stables in Ecuador. Its Zuleteo horses are a unique breed robust and noble with a perfect disposition for trail riding. Explore the trails of the Condor-Huasi route, ideal for horse riding, hiking and mountain biking. See the ancient pyramids constructed by the pre-Incan Caranqui Indians. Learn about the aviary dedicated to the rehabilitation of the endangered Andean Condor. Admire the beautiful embroidery work at the museum and at Zuletas own non-profit workshop.

Day 8: Depart for Home

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a visit to the organic farm to feed the calves and sheep, watch the vaqueros (cowboys) in action, and see the cheese factory before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 5,895

Price Per Day:

$ 737 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan
Trip Excludes
  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Laundry, alcohol, and all items of a personal nature
  • Expenses of guides, buses or cars for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Excessive baggage charges
  • Health, accident, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance
  • Gratuity for any personal services
  • Gratuity to the Travel Director
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Accomodations

Casa Gangotena, Quito

Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal place in Quito’s historic heart, at the corner of Plaza San Francisco. Its history stretches back to the time of the Incas when, according to the early Spanish chroniclers, in the 15th century the square featured Inca temples, one of them on the site of the present house. Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena features 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-paneled library, or atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.

Galápagos Safari Camp, Santa Cruz Island

The Galápagos Archipelago is one of the last places on the planet to be relatively untouched by man. With only three percent of the landmass inhabited, the islands support a remarkable ecosystem and have one of the planet’s most important marine reserves. Galápagos Safari Camp is a new way to see the Galápagos; the eco-luxury tented camp—pioneering in Latin America—follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form. The stylish central lodge is perched on a hill with panoramic views from its spacious veranda. Guests can relax in the lounge and bar with their cozy fireplace or savor the local and international dishes created by creative chefs with home-grown produce in the dining room.

Hacienda Zuleta, Tamayo y Colon

Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres that has belonged to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. It was chosen as one of the world’'s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine and named as one of the best Ecuador Hotels by National Geographic Traveler. The Hacienda has 15 beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with their own fire place; antique gardens along with cozy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere. Delicious and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine is offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced at the Hacienda. For extracurricular activities guests may consider horseback riding, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or a visit to the “Condor Huasi Project” that works for the rehabilitation of the Andean Condor.

Start City
Quito
End City
Quito

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