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Ecuador & Galapagos in Style

10 days fr £4,805pp

Quito • Mashpi • Galapagos

Save £500pp plus 7 nights full board · 9 nights fr £5,679 pp (Including flights)

Embark on this eye-opening 11night tour and discover the scenic beauty of Ecuador and the Galapagos. Take in the vibrant culture of Quito, before you see the colourful birds of Mashpi staying at the sensational Mashpi Lodge which featured on BBC's Amazing Hotels series. Then hop aboard the Isabella for a delightful cruise showcasing the stunning nature that exists here.

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9 nights from £5,679pp (incl flights)
Valid 01/05/2021 - 14/12/2021
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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Deluxe fr £4,805pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/10/2020 - 17/12/2021
Also included:
  • 3 nights BB Casa Gongotena
  • 2 nights Full Board El Mashpi Lodge
  • 4 nights Full Board Isabella Cruise
  • All Transfers
  • Guides & excursions
  • Ingala Transit Card $20 pp
  • Domestic flights UIO-GPS-GYE $498 usd pp
  • National Park admission fee $100 pp
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
Overview
Experience the highlights of Ecuador and the amazing Galapagos Islands on this perfect 10 day tour. Begin in Ecuador's capital city of Quito & experience its colonial charm whilst staying in the stunning Casa Gangotena .Then enjoy the magical cloud forest staying in the unique Mashpi lodge, from where you will enjoy a whole host of natural adventures and finally cruise for 4 nights around the spectacular Galapagos Islands on Isabella 11 following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin & seeing all the exotic birds and animals.
Day 1
Arrive Quito
On arrival at Quito airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives who will take you to your hotel in the city, giving you a short briefing about what you have to look forward to. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. Visit museums, monasteries and the golden altars of the many churches. Stand with a foot on each hemisphere on the Middle of the World memorial. Ecuador's capital has a setting that few cities in the world can match.
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Day 2
Quito
Today you visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace and stop at the temple of La Compañía de Jesus to see its awesome gilded interior. Then visit the Equatorial Monument, which marks the exact Middle of the World.
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Day 3
Mashpi
Leave the city today and drive the three hours to Mashpi Lodge in the evergreen wilds on the western slopes of the Andes. Mashpi is a nature sanctuary in a spectacular setting. After settling in at the lodge you are taken on an afternoon excursion along the Napa Trail where you will see lots of exotic birds and stop at the iron palm forest. Back at the lodge in the evening you will be given a lecture by a resident naturalist on the wildlife of the region and hear about the scientific projects in the area.
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Day 4
Mashpi
As the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food, you are taken on an early morning birdwatching trip. Return for breakfast before taking a sky bike to an observation tower. The aerial bicycle is a fun and exciting way to explore the forest canopy close up and you cross a gorge and river on the way to the tower. If you would prefer, you can take one of the trails to San Vicente waterfall . After lunch you are taken to the Howler Monkeys trail and Life Centre and in the evening there's a night hike.
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Day 5
Mashpi to Quito
More early morning birdwatching trips today with every chance of seeing new species. Then after breakfast enjoy a hike to the Copal Waterfall. This beautiful two hour long walk is through a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromelias and orchids. The trail ends at the spectacular waterfall. Then return to the lodge for lunch and say farewell to new found friends before beginning the journey back to Quito where you will be staying for another night.
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Day 6
Quito to Galapagos
Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. Expedition plan, Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
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Day 7
Santa Fe & South Plaza
Santa Fe Island A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming are no longer advised but other water based activities can be arranged South Plaza Island The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.
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Day 8
North Seymour & Las Bachas
North Seymour Island The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling or coastal exploration. Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling or coastal exploration.
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Day 9
Bartolome & James Island
Bartolomé Island This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Sullivan Bay (James Island) After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife. Baltra Island After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
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Day 10
Baltra
After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. to fly home from either Guayquil or Quito or extend your trip
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