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✓ 9-day Group Tour of Ecuador & The Galápagos
✓ Max Group Size: 16
✓ From £2,999 per person
Experience the outstanding combination of culture, colourful markets, imposing volcanoes and truly unique and incredible wildlife in our Ecuador & Galapagos Wonders escorted small group tour.
Sometimes neglected in favour of its neighbour Peru, Ecuador is a beautiful country packed full of beautiful colonial villages, spectacular coastline and impressive nature that quite simply, should not be missed – this is a country certain to surpass any visitor’s expectations! Quito is undoubtedly one of the most stunning historical cities in the continent, with a beautifully preserved colonial centre and a history and culture that will both enthral and fascinate you. You'll even have the chance to stand in two hemispheres at once whilst in this remarkable city! The Cotopaxi National Park will then show off the country's impressive natural beauty. In a land of volcanoes, Cotopaxi is the true king, towering over the capital with its white peak.
Its then time to travel to the Galapagos Islands, to explore this incredible and unique wildlife hotspot renowned as being one of the world’s best destinations for nature lovers. A true paradise, these are islands where wildlife is abundant and roams freely – unaffected and unfazed by humans. Spending your nights in the beautiful Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands, you will enjoy plenty of opportunities to come close to the islands’ endemic species, witness some of their moon-like landscapes and travel by boat to explore nearby islands. This is an opportunity to fully discover the Galapagos and to enjoy not only their natural riches but also to witness how the humans living here coexist in harmony with nature, in this fragile and world-famous ecosystem.
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Days 1 & 2 – Quito
Day 3 & 4 – Cotopaxi
Days 5 & 6 – Isabela, Galapagos Islands
Days 7 & 8 - Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
Day 9 – Depart Quito
9-day Tour of Ecuador & The Galápagos | Max Group Size: 16 | Price from £2,999 per person
Arrive in the Ecuadorian capital, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America. Settle into your hotel and start exploring.
The next day, you'll have the opportunity to choose one of these three activities, to experience this incredible place in just the way you want.
Cultural Experience - Quito Colonial Centre
Beautiful Quito is a city of rich history and narrow cobblestone street lined with whitewashed walls and, rising above, the steeples and cupolas of its many spectacularly decorated churches. This walking tour is the best way to discover the charm and beauty of the capital.
Adventure Experience - Quito Teleferico
Quito lies at around 2,800 metres but if you want to go higher to enjoy stunning views of the city ride the Teleferico up to over 4,000 metres for an unforgettable experience and unique picture moments.
Unique Experience - Intinan Museum on the Equator
In what capital of the world can you stand in both hemispheres? In Quito’s Ciudad Mitad del Mundo you can! Enjoy this unique experience of learning about the indigenous cultures and carrying out experiments on either side of the equator.
La Casona de la Ronda – Meals: Breakfast
Markets are an intrinsic part of Ecuadorian culture and this is where locals buy most of their supplies. You will visit a typical market and will stop for a gentle hike at Pita waterfall before reaching your accommodation lodge just outside Cotopaxi National Park.
Be prepared for amazing landscapes and one of the most beautifully symmetrical volcanoes in the world! Weather permitting you will be able to see the perfect snow-capped summit and if you wish, can undertake the 2 hours hike to Cotopaxi’s J. Ribas refuge at 4,800 metres.
Chilcabamba Lodge – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Fly to Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos, and transfer to Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the highlands. Here you have opportunities to spot endemic birds such as Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Cattle Egret, as well as admiring Giant Tortoises roaming in the wild.
After your excursion, you will take a speedboat to Isabela Island for a 2-night stay. The largest island in the archipelago, Isabela offers not only a wealth of different wildlife species but also some of the most dramatic landscapes.
The next day, be ready for one of the most unforgettable days as you will spend it exploring Isabela’s highlands. Hike up to the crater of the Sierra Negra Volcano followed by a trek along the rim of Volcan Chico. The otherworldly landscapes will appear to be utterly desolate, however, you will encounter plenty of wildlife and enjoy amazing views of Isabela and its neighbouring islands. A deserved relaxing break on the beaches of Puerto Villamil will await at the end of the day.
Albemarle Hotel - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning take a tour of Tintoreras, a small islet off the south of Isabela. Here you may spot white-tipped sharks, sea lions, turtles, rays and penguins, and enjoy a snorkelling opportunity in the bay.
Take the speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island and visit the renowned Charles Darwin Research Centre, where Galapagos' most important conservation projects are carried out.
Your accommodation for the next two nights is in a unique property with raised safari tents and treehouses, in a privileged elevated position in the highlands with fantastic views.
The next day, embark a comfortable motor yacht and enjoy an excursion to one of the nearby islands. The expert crew will welcome you aboard and a knowledgeable naturalist guide will offer deep insights into the natural history of the islands. Depending on which island you visit, there will be opportunities to spot a wealth of wildlife such as Sea Lions, Galapagos Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and Frigate Birds.
Galapagos Magic Camp - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Your tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos has come to an end. In the morning you will catch a flight to mainland Ecuador to connect with your onward flight.
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