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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.
Quito is Ecuador’s charming capital city, perched high in the Andean mountains in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano.
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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.
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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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Luxury Ecuador & Galapagos Wildlife Adventure
Quito, Amazon, Galapagos and Quito
Best for: Wildlife, Highlights, Family
This two week itinerary is bursting with wildlife and adventure. Explore the mighty Amazon rainforest, discover fearless endemic wildlife in the Galapagos Islands and discover the highlights of Quito, Ecuador's charming capital, all whilst staying in some of our favourite properties.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Begin in the colonial gem of Quito and explore the perfectly preserved old town, visiting beautiful churches and plazas. Then fly into the heart of the Amazon and explore one of the world's most biodiverse areas of the planet. See parrots, monkeys, toucans, caimans, and much, much more. Continue to the spectacular and unique Galapagos Islands and see an abundance of wildlife. It’s a place where you can dance with the waved albatross, laze with a colony of marine iguanas and enjoy the beauty of the giant tortoise in their natural habitat. In two weeks, you will discover an astounding array of wildlife and get under the skin of this magnificent country.
Days 1 - 3 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at Casa Gangotena for 2 nights
On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the old town. During your time here, enjoy a private visit to Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Days 3 - 6 : Amazon, Ecuador
Stay at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa for 3 nights
Take a short flight to Coca town- the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. On arrival you will be transferred by boat, downriver to spend three nights at La Selva Amazon Lodge to experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest.
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge sits high on Lake Garzacocha and provides lodging in a paradise where the adventures are limitless. Spend time with your knowledgeable indigenous guide and discover the flora and fauna home to the area. All activites are included during your stay, and range from cannoeing on the waterways near the lodge, hiking in the forest, out on nocturnal walks or surveying the surroundings from the canopy tower.
Day 6 - 7 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at Quito Polo Club Boutique Hotel for 1 night
After an early breakfast transfer back to Coca for your flight back to Quito. You’ll go out the way you came: a canoe ride, followed by a short walk, and then a two-hour ride on the motorized canoe to Coca. On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel outside of the city, surrounded by vast gardens, a more convenient base for the airport. Spend your time here relaxing and enjoying the pool and grounds.
Days 7 - 12 : Galapagos, Ecuador
Stay at Ocean Spray for 5 nights
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to the Galapagos. Here you will embark on the elegant Ocean Spray Catamaran, which will be your home for the next five nights, including all meals and activities.
Chose from two comprehensive itineraries which explore different islands. Your itinerary will allow you to see the best of the Galapagos Islands, where you will be able to enjoy a mixture of hiking, swimming, kayaking and snorkelling to maximise your wildlife experience. Swim with sea lions and turtles, see iguanas lazing in the sun and watch the blue footed boobies prance around. Many more highlights include spotting giant tortoises, penguins, reef sharks, and pink flamingos.
Day 12 - 13 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Stay at Hotel del Parque for 1 night
This morning, enjoy a final excursion in the Galapagos before flying back to the mainland, stopping in Guayaquil at the beautiful Hotel del Parque, immersed in a vast park. Enjoy fine dining and relax in the grounds before catching your flight home.
Day 13 : Return Flight Home
This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $8806 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All meals - excluding Quito and Guayaquil which are 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.