We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Ecuador and Galapagos. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a copy by email.
The Ecuador Mainland is often overlooked by those heading straight to the Galapagos Islands, yet this little explored country is a destination made for travel. Home to soaring Andean peaks, Amazon wilderness, jagged coastline and cobbled colonial towns, Ecuador boasts all of South America’s allure, and more. Galapagos Islands aside, here are a few of our recommended wonders which highlight Ecuador as a mini South America.
Join our exclusive Imagine Latin America Small Group Tour, fully escorted by a local Tour Leader and Galapagos Naturalist Guide to experience the very best of Ecuador and the Galapagos’ prolific wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Enjoy scenic walks in Cotopaxi National Park and around the Sierra Negra Volcano, gain an insight into the Ecuadorian culture and spend six days discovering the wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Quito is Ecuador’s charming capital city, perched high in the Andean mountains in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano.
Latin America Specialist Sam re-lives his recent stint in Otavalo, a place known for its beautiful landscape and talented weavers and crafts...
Latin America specialist Sam has travelled the length of Ecuador in search of unique, characterful, and sustainable lodges and hotels to ensure we can offer you the best experiences possible. Read on to find out how he got on, and fall in love with the idea of exploring jaw dropping scenery and learning about the Ecuadorian way of life.
Ecuador’s stunning Andes region is famous for its outstanding trekking opportunities. We’ve handpicked five of our favourites to get you started!
Packed with cultural heritage, colonial charm and situated in the middle of the world, Quito is a fascinating capital. Offering a wealth of unique things to see and do, Imagine Latin America have conjured up their top five favourite experiences to enjoy in this fascinating city.
Horse riding has been a way of life in Ecuador’s sierra region for many centuries, with Ecuadorian horses famous for their strength and ability to trot up steep slopes at high altitudes. Horse riding is one of the best ways to get in touch with traditional Ecuadorian culture, as well as being a great way to soak up the country’s mesmerising landscape.
Latin America specialist Sonia left us all green-eyed with tales of her incredible trip to Ecuador and Galapagos, one of the most exciting and varied destinations to visit. Read on to find out what she did and where she stayed…
Ecuador and Galapagos Honeymoon
Quito, Mashpi Cloud Forest, Otavalo, Galapagos Islands
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife, Luxury
This honeymoon takes you on a trip of a lifetime and combines the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure whilst you explore the highlights of Ecuador and the Galapagos. Packed with culture, wildlife, dramatic landscapes and romance, this trip has it all.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Begin in the colonial capital of Quito, before travelling to the spectacular Mashpi Cloud Forest. Be rewarded with stunning forest scenery and visits from curious wildlife. Discover indigenous wildlife and plant species whilst enjoying hikes or canopy trails. You'll then visit the quaint town of Otavalo, famous for its colourful market and surrounding adventure activities. Fly to the wildlife rich islands of the Galapagos, where you will stay on board a luxury catamaran and spend your time interacting with a large array of endemic wildlife species.
Days 1 - 3 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at La Casona de la Ronda for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Ecuador, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the colonial heart of the city. During your time here, enjoy a private visit to Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in South America and visit the 'middle of the world' a site which marks the equator at its closest point to the city.
Days 3 - 5 : The Cloud Forest, Ecuador
Stay at Mashpi Lodge for 2 nights
From Quito, escape to the remote and biodiverse cloud forest of Mashpi, where a lodge sits in the middle of nature, surrounding by exotic birds and enough flora and fauna to blanket over more than 3000 acres. Designated as one of the most Unique Lodges of the World by National Geographic, we think Mashpi Lodge is the perfect destination for honeymooners to explore nature and wildlife at its most pure. Spend your days engaging in river treks, bird watching safaris, monkey trails, taking on waterfall hikes or flying above the canopy on the lodge's cable system: the Dragonfly.
Days 5 - 7 : Otavalo, Ecuador
Stay at Hacienda Zuleta for 2 nights
Your second stop will be the charming residence of Hacienda Zuleta. Offering superb horse back riding and outdoor activities, couples will love the chance to get out and be at one with the surrounding nature. Take advantage of expertly guided nature hikes, extensive horse riding trails, mountain biking and bird watching. Those looking for a little more chill out time will love the library, the working dairy farm, the organic garden and the Ecuadorian crafts shop.
Days 7 - 11 : Galapagos, Ecuador
Stay at M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey for 4 nights
Fly to the Galapagos and transfer to the port where you will board your luxury boutique cruise. During your stay all meals and activities are included and you will enjoy a combination of land and water activities including hiking, kayaking and swimming. Take in the islands' natural beauty, discover Santa Cruz's pit craters, lava tunnels and visit the Tortoise Reserve and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit the islands of Espanola, Santa Fé, Floreana, North Seymour and Santa Cruz Island and discover the endemic treasures home to each island. Experience snorkelling in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, go kayaking in the turquoise waters and see an abundance of wildlife. This journey offers an unforgettable and fulfilling galapagos experience, surrounded by breathtaking views whilst staying on board one of our favourite Galapagos catamarans.
If you would prefer to experience the Galapagos at a safari style camp or a luxury hotel, call us on 020 3141 2840 to find out about the different itineraries we can offer to suit exactly what you are looking for.
Day 11 - 12 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at La Casona de la Ronda for 1 night
You'll spend one last evening in Quito before your flight the following day.
Day 12 - 13 : Flight Home
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Guayaquil airport for your flight home.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $6205 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
Guided tours in English
Transfers with baggage assistance
Galapagos entry fees
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.