Quito - an overlooked UNESCO World Heritage Site with a growing reputation for good restaurants, bars and cafes.
El Mashpi Lodge - one of South America's finest cloudforest lodges, surrounded by birdlife and home to great canopy tram.
Hacienda Zuleta - owned by two generations of former Ecuadorian presidents, Zuleta is one of the finest haciendas in Ecuador.
Galapagos - incredible, fearless wildlife at its best.
- Mashpi Lodge
- Hacienda Zuleta
- Galapagos Islands
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Day 1 Quito
Day 2 Quito
Day 3 Mashpi Lodge
Day 4 Mashpi Lodge
Enjoy excursions from Mashpi Lodge or take a journey on their 2km sky tram through the cloudforest canopy.
Day 5 Hacienda Zuleta
Mashpi Lodge , Hacienda Zuleta
Day 6 Hacienda Zuleta
Free time to walk along 60km worth of self-guided trails or perhaps horse ride or fish. There is also a Condor restoration project and pre-Inca site within the grounds of this wonderful hacienda.
Day 7 Hacienda Zuleta
At leisure at Hacienda Zuleta.
Day 8 Galapagos Islands
Today you will return to Quito. En route you can visit the wonderful Otavalo market, one of the largest textile markets in South America. If time allows you can have a quick tour of historical Quito upon your return.
Day 9 Galapagos Islands
Your day begins at Whale Bay on Santa Cruz Island, where you'll begin a walking trail at the beach. While walking, you might see boobies and other land birds. There'll also be a chance to take a panga ride along the shore. After lunch back on board your vessel, you'll disembark at Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), an islet named after its sloping volcanic cone. You'll begin a guided walk at its crescent of sandy beach, and may see marine iguanas, lava lizards and Sally Lightfoot crabs. White-tipped sharks and tropical fish are often seen in these waters, making.
Day 10 Galapagos Islands
Today you'll visit Bartolomé Island, a lunar-like island with the basaltic cone of Pinnacle Rock at one end. After a hike to a viewpoint or, if you prefer, exploring the underwater world via a glass-bottomed boat. Keep an eye out for Galapagos penguins, which have been sighted here.
Day 11 Galapagos Islands
You'll spend today at Genovesa Island (also known as Tower Island). Formed from a shield volcano, it's now home to thousands of birds. After disembarking, you'll take an easy guided walk among the colonies. The inhabitants include frigate birds, red-footed boobies, masked boobies, gulls, herons, mockingbirds and finches. Later, there's an option to do a slightly more strenuous walk to a viewpoint. You can swim and snorkel in this island's natural marina, or kayak around the cliffs.
Day 12 Return home
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