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Ecuador Mainland & Galapagos
Combining the thrilling wildlife of the Galápagos with Ecuador’s lush jungle and towering volcanoes, this tour packs a huge amount into two weeks and is a great introduction to this varied country.
- Style: Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
- Duration: 14 days/13 nights
- Starts in: Quito
Guide Price £2559
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre
- Community homestay in the Amazon jungle
- Multiple snorkelling opportunities to spot Galápagos marine life
- Time at leisure to explore beautiful Quito
- Hike in the Santa Cruz highlands
Day 1 Quito
Arrive in Quito and make your own way to your hotel.
Days 2-3 Quito to Baños
Travel south to Baños, Ecuador’s adventure playground. Choose to take optional activities during your free time in the town, including ziplining, hiking, mountain biking or simply choose to relax in the hot springs that dot the mountainside.
Day 4 Baños to Tena
Continue by bus to the attractive town of Tena before transferring to a private vehicle to reach your jungle lodge at the heart of the Quichua community. Stay two nights with a local family in a small village.
Day 5 Amazon Rainforest
Enjoy a full day in the jungle, learning about local life and traditions. Take the opportunity to hike in the rainforest, swim in the refreshing waters and learn the uses of tropical plants.
Day 6 Tena to Papallacta
Leave the jungle behind and travel to Papallacta, a small village high in the Andes. Take the chance to relax in the natural hot pools and enjoy the volcanic views.
Day 7 Papallacta to Quito
Quito is an attractive, colonial style city and this afternoon is at leisure to discover the picturesque plazas of the old town.
Day 8 Quito
Today is free to further explore Quito and the surrounding area. Perhaps choose to take the sky tram up Volcán Pichincha or admire the breathtaking landscapes of Cotopaxi Volcano National Park.
Day 9 Quito to Isla Lobos
Fly to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos Islands and transfer to your boat, your home for four nights. Stop at Isla Lobos, home to sea lions and enjoy snorkelling in the calm, clear waters.
Day 10 Isla Lobos to Mosquera Islet
North Seymour Island is teeming with wildlife. Follow walking trails and, depending on the season, spot blue-footed booby nests before heading to the rocky shoreline for the chance to see pelicans. Finally, jump back in the water for snorkelling and look out for tropical fish, sea turtles and reef sharks.
Day 11 Mosquera Islet to Bartolomé Island
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island and admire the giant lava formations that contrast with the white sand beach. Afterwards, land at Bartolomé Island for a guided hike to a panoramic view point of the surrounding islands.
Day 12 Bartolomé Island to Puerto Aroya
Disembark at Puerto Aroya and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour.
Day 13 Puerto Aroya to Quito
Start the day with a visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you’ll hopefully see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Afterwards, fly back to Quito for the last night of your tour.
Day 14 Quito
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.
Optional Excursions:Payable locally through your Tour Leader
Cotopaxi Volcano Tour
Quito city tour
Departs:Frequent departures, May - Dec 2020 & Jan - Dec 2021.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Flights in Ecuador
- 8 nights simple hotel, 2 nights multi share homestay & 3 nights on board the Xavier motorised yacht
- 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners
- International flights
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