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An 8-day journey to explore the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, and the pristine Galápagos Islands.
Land in Quito, the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1978, and appreciate its beautiful surroundings, colonial architecture and impressive buildings – including the Virgin of El Panecillo, sitting atop a hill and overlooking the city. You will then travel on to 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. On this holiday, you will encounter unique species such as the Galapagos giant tortoises, sea lions, land iguanas and red-footed boobies standing on lava fields, amongst many others.
Days 1 - 3 - Quito
Days 4 - 7 - Galápagos
Day 8 - Transfer to the airport for your onward flight
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.
On your first full day in Ecuador you will get to enjoy a full day tour of Quito’s old town as well as the middle of the world to experience the natural effects of the equator and learn more about the Ecuadorian culture at Museo de Sitio Intinan.
On your second day you will head north for a full day tour to Otavalo, exploring its famous indigenous market, and Cuicocha Lake, a stunning 3km wide crater lake at the foot of the Cotachi volcano.
After breakfast, you will take a 2-hour flight to the pristine archipelago of the Galápagos!
Upon arrival enjoy a private half day tour to Junco Lagoon, meet the local giant tortoises in Galapaguera and enjoy your first Galapagos beach visit to Puerto Chino beach.
Spend your first two nights on San Cristobal and on your first full day in the Galapagos enjoy a full-day shared tour around San Cristobal island, visiting Punta Pitt or somewhere similar. You will have a gentle 2 hour exploration hike followed by lunch on the day tour yacht and then a welcoming swim or snorkel off one of the beaches.
On day 6 you will take a short inter-island flight to Baltra and transfer to Santa Cruz island, where you will spend the next two nights of your Galapagos adventure.
Upon arrival onto Santa Cruz you will enjoy a full day private tour exploring the contrasting landscapes of the green highlands and the lava tunnels.
On your last full day in the Galapagos you will have a full day shared navigable tour with another gentle hike and snorkel, taking in both land and marine species.
Day 4 & 6: B
Day 5 & 7: B, L
Today you will head to Baltra airport from where you will fly back to the mainland to connect with your onward flight
(2021-22 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
International flights to Ecuador from the UK start from £699 per person
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7 nights’ accommodation
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Full-day tour of Quito and the middle of the world
Full-day tour of Otavalo and Cuicocha Laka
Half-day and full-day tours on the Galapagos islands
Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary
Meals not indicated in your itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
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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