Journey to Ecuador

Journey to Ecuador

15 days /
14 nights

From 750 / person / day

Based on 2 people All Pricing Info
Destinations
Destinations: Quito, Galapagos Islands, Ecuadorian Amazon

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this comprehensive two-week adventure of Ecuador’s Andes mountains, Galapagos islands, and Amazonia. What could be better than exploring the Andes–Western World’s highest peaks–then snorkeling with sea lions and experiencing the legendary exotic wildlife and geology that has inspired scientists and naturalists for nearly 200 years. Then conclude with a journey deep into Amazon jungle, where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever.

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Itinerary

DAY;

1

ARRIVE IN QUITO

Welcome to Ecuador! On arrival in Quito, you are greeted at the international airport by your local English-speaking guide and privately transferred to your boutique hotel in the historical city center.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

Meals

DAY;

2

QUITO

Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you are met at your hotel for a half-day private guided excursion.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

Meals B

DAY;

3

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

This morning, take your private transfer to Quito airport for flight to the Galapagos Islands. Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos (via Guayaquil) Be met at Baltra airport by your naturalist guide and transfer to embark your boat to begin your 5D/4N cruise through the Galapagos Islands! This afternoon, enjoy your first Galapagos excursion to one of the islands.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or similar boats

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

4-6

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Over the next three days, explore the Galapagos by boat with daily morning and afternoon landings and excursions.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or similar boats

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

7

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / LODGE SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Enjoy your last morning excursion of your Galapagos cruise. While the other cruise guests take their return flight back to the mainland, you are met by your private naturalist guide at Baltra airport and to be transferred across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy lunch in town and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before transferring to your new home base for your Galapagos land program. Spend the rest of afternoon at your leisure.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

8

GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP OR PIKAIAI LODGE

Optional Activities:

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

9

GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP OR PIKAIAI LODGE

Early in the morning, visit a Giant Galapagos Tortoise reserve with your private guide (this is a different reserve from the one visited during cruise). Then, continue to an organic coffee farm to learn more about sustainable farming in the Galapagos and to sample some local coffee. Afterwards, you are driven to the eastern part of the island for a hike at Cerro Mesa. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. Following lunch, explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional here as well.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

10

GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP OR PIKAIAI LODGE

Optional Activities:

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

11

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / QUITO

On your last day in Galapagos Islands, have a leisurely morning or take a sunrise walk on the property before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the mainland. Flight Baltra, Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil) Airport reception at Quito airport upon arrival.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Wyndham Airport Hotel

Meals B

DAY;

12

AMAZON ADVENTURE

Morning transfer from your Quito Airport Hotel to the Quito airport for your flight to Coca (Ecuadorian Amazon airport), beginning your 4-day Amazon program of your choice. We will help choose the right Amazon program for you.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

13

EXPLORE THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON

Spend today exploring the surrounding Amazon rain forest around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

14

EXPLORE THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON

Enjoy a second full day exploring the Amazon around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

15

DEPART QUITO

After lunch at your lodge, return to Quito. Day use of hotel, or overnight in Quito if your flight departs the following day. Note: If you select Mashpi for your Amazon program, your return to Quito would be a day earlier (return to Quito on day 14).

Optional Activities:

Overnight

Meals B

DAY 

2

Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B



all our

preferred

Hotels
and
villas


in Galapagos Islands

Hotel
Lying in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador is the historic Hacienda Zuleta. This colonial working farm, dating from the late 16th century, was named Outside magazine’s “Top Ten Finds” in the world, and one of National Geographic Traveler’s…
The nineteen suite La Selva Lodge lies in a rainforest paradise overlooking the glassy waters of Lake Garzacocha and bordered by Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. A pioneer of the first Amazonian eco-lodges in…
Deep in the Amazon, on a pristine 5,000-acre ecological reserve, hides the luxurious eco-friendly Sacha Lodge. Hidden amongst the trees, built directly upon Pilchicocha Lake, the dense wildlife creates a vibrant backdrop and magical curtain into…
At the edge of the great Añangu lake, surrounded by pristine rainforest, rests Napo Wildlife Center, one of Ecuador’s most beloved ecolodges. As the only lodge located inside the mesmerizing diverse Yasuni National Park, guests experience Ecuador’s rich…


all our

preferred

Hotels
and
villas


in Galapagos Islands

Named South America’s Leading Green Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2018, Finch Bay Eco Hotel lies on the remote Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, across the bay from Puerto Ayora. Voted the #1 hotel in Puerto Ayora by Trip Advisor, escape…
Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and National Park sits the stylish Galapagos Safari Camp. Inspired by African safari camps, the hotel’s atmosphere is nothing short of magical. Experience nature…
In the heart of the Galapagos Archipelago, perched between sunny, arid savannas and lush tropical mists of the volcanic highlands, Pikaia Lodge offers luxury by land and sea like no other eco-hotel. Designed for the active, adventurous traveler and…
Villa Galapagos 1 is a charming seaside villa with the character, comfort and class reminiscent of a European home in Tuscany. Characterized by classic island architecture, the villa is situated in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz with a dramatic view to the island’s…
In the heart of the Galapagos Archipelago, perched between sunny, arid savannas and lush tropical mists of the volcanic highlands, Pikaia Lodge offers luxury by land and sea like no other eco-hotel. Designed for the active, adventurous traveler and…
Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and National Park sits the stylish Galapagos Safari Camp. Inspired by African safari camps, the hotel’s atmosphere is nothing short of magical. Experience nature…
Named South America’s Leading Green Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2018, Finch Bay Eco Hotel lies on the remote Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, across the bay from Puerto Ayora. Voted the #1 hotel in Puerto Ayora by Trip Advisor, escape…
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