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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.
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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.
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Galapagos Scenic Island Hopping
Quito and Galapagos Islands
Best for: Specialist, Wildlife, Beach
Explore the colonial city of Quito before embarking on an unforgettable tour of the Galapagos. Hopping between the islands, discover the iconic wildlife and stunning scenery on extensive day trips to some of the islands most beautiful locations.
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On this eleven night itinerary you’ll begin in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Explore the colonial city and wander it’s cobbled streets to see why it became one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. From here, fly to Baltra Island and begin your island hopping adventure, staying in luxury safari-style land-based lodges and travelling via scenic flights. Discover the endemic wildlife on day trips aboard a yacht visiting remote locations and revel in the spectacular scenery on board your inter-island flights.
Days 1 - 4 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at La Casona de la Ronda for 3 nights
Arriving in Quito, transfer to your hotel. During your stay in the colonial capital, enjoy a scenic tour learning about the city’s heritage and see why it was one of the first places to be hailed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ‘middle of the world’ at latitude 0º and stand with a foot in each hemisphere at the site which marks the equator.
Days 4 - 7 : Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands
Stay at Scalesia Lodge for 3 nights
Transfer from Quito to Baltra Island before a short and scenic flight to Isabela Island. The afternoon will be full of discovery, visiting the youngest section of the archipelago and National Parks. Waking up in the Galapagos, explore Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island and trek along its striking rim before spending the afternoon relaxing on Puerto Villamil’s beach. The following morning, discover the wildlife of the National Park and Marine Reserve including reef sharks, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins and in the afternoon learn about the history of the island at the Wall of Tears.
Days 7 - 11 : Galapagos, Ecuador
Stay at The Finch Bay Eco Hotel for 4 nights
Take the morning plane transfer back to Baltra Island and embark on a cruise to North Seymour Island. Observe the abundant wildlife, with sea lions, fur seals, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds set amongst the stunning backdrop of white sand, pillow lava formations and exotic flora. The following day, observe giant tortoises grazing and relaxing in mood pools, and the many birds that decorate the trees before visiting a local ranch. After an overnight stay at Finch Bay Eco Hotel board the Yacht and transfer to the volcanic island of Santa Fe. As you explore the island, discover the Santa Fe land iguana and avian species including the Galapagos Hawk, pelicans and boobies. On the final day of the tour, walk Puerto Ayora’s western border learning about the deciduous forest and its wildlife, stopping by many picturesque beaches and ideal snorkelling spots. The final transfer to Academy Bay will see you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and witness the conservation efforts for the giant tortoises.
Day 11 - 12 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at La Casona de la Ronda for 1 night
After breakfast, you'll return to Baltra Island for your flight back to the mainland. You'll have the evening and following morning at leisure in Quito before your flight home the following day.
Day 12 - 13 : Flight Home.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
When to go
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galápagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
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From $6178 per person
All meals - excluding Quito which is breakfast only
Guided tours in English
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.