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Colours of Ecuador: Quito, the Highlands & Galapagos

13 days from £7,995pp

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

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 Cusin
  • Otavalo
  • Hacienda Cusin
  • 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

Day 3 Hacienda Cusin

Quito , Hacienda Cusin

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


Day 4 Quito

Otavalo , Hacienda Cusin , Quito

Enjoy a visit to Otavalo market, one of South America's most colourful. Explore this region further and take a walk around a volcanic crater lake.

Day 5 On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

Quito , On-board ship

Travel back to the airport 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.

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Day 6 On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

On-board ship

This morning you will visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, which is a great place to see Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, you'll visit the pretty white coral beach at Cerro Brujo, located on the island's north coast. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel or walk along the beach. The bird life here is excellent - with blue-footed boobies as well as frigate birds.

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Day 7 On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

On-board ship

Today you will wake up in Gardner Bay on Española Island. Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. In the afternoon, you'll head to Punta Suarez, which is located on the western coast of Española Island. This rocky spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos, including the waved albatross.

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Day 8 On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

On-board ship

This morning you'll visit Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. There are various birds to observe besides flamingos, such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintail ducks. The afternoon you will visit Post Office Bay. This site is the location of a wooden barrel which was placed here in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by sailors and tourists as a post office.

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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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