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Colours of Ecuador: Quito, the Highlands & Galapagos

13 days from £5,985pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

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Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO colonial city of Quito.

  • Barter at traditional, colourful markets in Otavalo.

  • Learn about the indigenous Ecuadorian cultures that retain proud heritage today.

  • See the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Quito
  • Hacienda Piman
  • Quito
  • The Galapagos Islands

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Quito

International outbound flight , Quito

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Quito


Enjoy a half day guided tour of the highlights of Quito.

Day 3 Hacienda Piman

Quito , Hacienda Piman

Travel to the north of the country and visit the pretty market towns around Otavalo.


Day 4 Hacienda Piman

Hacienda Piman

Enjoy a visit to Otavalo market, one of South America's most colourful. Explore this region further, take a walk around a volcanic crater lake or take a ride on a great little train journey.


Day 5 The Galapagos Islands

Hacienda Piman , Quito , The Galapagos Islands

Travel back to Quito this morning in time to take your flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival you will be met and taken to your awaiting vessel before setting sail to your first site of interest.

Day 6 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Today you'll wake up in Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island, one of the most northerly islands in the archipelago. On a guided trail through mangroves, you'll have the chance to spot Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and red-footed boobies. Look out for sea lions playing in tide pools. In the afternoon, you'll climb up the island's steep rock face via the Prince Phillip Steps. From here, you'll have a great panorama over the entire island and its palo santo forests. You may also catch sight of the rare short-eared lava owl.

Day 7 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Today you may disembark at the islet of Sombrero Chino (China Hat) off the coast of Santiago Island - the islet's distinctive summit gives it its name. Admire the geology of this part of the Galapagos, which includes lava tubes and lava flows formed under the sea. In the afternoon, you'll visit Mosquera Islet, located between Baltra and North Seymour. Its white-sand beaches are usually crowded with sea lions.

Day 8 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

This morning you'll visit Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill) on the coast of San Cristóbal Island. Sea lions are usually found lounging on the beaches. It's a great spot for snorkeling, with rainbow corals, many tropical fish and sea turtles. The afternoon brings yet more sea lions. Lobos Island is crowded with noisy, energetic colonies.

Day 9 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Excursions on the Galapagos Islands. You will then disembark your vessel and transfer to your hotel on Santa Cruz islands for a few days' rest and relaxation.

Day 10 The Galapagos Islands

Day 11 The Galapagos Islands

Day 12 International return flight

The Galapagos Islands , International return flight

Travel back to the Ecuadorian mainland where you will connect with your international flight home.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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