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A 10-day Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary to explore some of Ecuador’s most wonderful sights. You will travel to Quito, the capital of Ecuador and the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1978. The trip will take you to the Amazon Rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest on Earth, where you will go in search of wildlife, navigate through the Cuyabeno River and learn about the local Tarapuy community. Next, you'll discover wonderfully contrasting scenery: the awe-inspiring islands that have fascinated explorers, naturalists, sailors and occasionally even pirates – the pristine Galápagos.
The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago consisting of 13 main islands filled with spectacular landscapes and endemic species of birds, land and marine mammals. You will encounter unique species such as the Galapagos giant tortoises, sea lions resting on shores, flightless cormorants and land iguanas standing on lava fields, amongst many others.
Days 1 & 2 - Quito
Days 3 - 5 - Amazon
Day 6 - Quito
Days 7 - 9 - Galápagos Islands
Day 10 - Depart Quito
Any element of this holiday can be made truly individual to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
Arrive in Quito, where you will be transferred by an English-speaking guide to the Hotel Cultura Manor, to spend two nights in this historic property.
Quito was the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. High in the Andes, this capital city is located between mountain peaks and has maintained its character and rich history whilst modernising its infrastructure. Wander around the streets and appreciate the colonial architecture of Quito's historic centre.
On your second day, take a guided tour of the historical centre to understand the importance of Quito’s history and lasting cultural practices before enjoying a tour of the middle of the world, visiting both the monument and the Inti Ñan museum.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Coca. Situated in the Amazon Rainforest, the city is the starting point for fascinating jungle tours and for anyone who wishes to discover its pristine wildlife.
You’ll be immersed in the beautiful surroundings and will be transferred to Jamu Lodge on a motorised canoe ride. It will be the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the tropical rainforest!
Meals: B, L & D
Activities in and around the lodge are plentiful. Sharing the excursions with an international group and accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will venture into the jungles and observe the region through fantastic trails: you’ll come face to face with various species of monkeys and birds – like the howler monkey and the famous Hoatzin, swim in the nearby lagoon and you’ll learn about the Tarapuy community.
Meals: B, L & D
You will be transferred back to Quito and stay overnight at an airport hotel. Your next destination will be the pristine archipelago of the Galápagos!
You will be assisted at the airport to help check-in for your Galapagos flight.
Upon arrival into Baltra, you will be picked up and transferred to Cucve Suites via Santa Cruz Highlands with a visit to a private ranch and the Twin craters.
Meals: B & L
On both days you will have shared full day tours to uninhabited islands, like North Seymour and South Plaza, where you will have a 2 hour guided hike with an English speaking guide, learning about the history of the island as well as the flora and fauna. After lunch, you will then have the opportunity to explore the waters while snorkelling either from a zodiac or the beach.
Meals: B & L
You will be transferred to Baltra airport from where you will fly back to Quito to connect with your onward flight.
(Valid for 2021 & 2022 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
Alternatively, spend three nights on a full board cruise from an extra £600pp.
There are a wide range of cruises and itineraries available so please speak to your travel specialist for more details.
International flights to Ecuador from the UK start from £699 per person
Send an enquiry and your travel specialist can find you the best available options from your local airport
9 nights’ accommodation as detailed
9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
Full-day tour of Quito with visit to Middle of the World monument
Full-board package in the Amazon including jungle activities
Two full-day and one half-day excursions in the Galapagos to neighbouring islands
Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
Where applicable locally payable car hire related charges
Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc
Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
Camera or video fees at any sites
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