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Andes & Galapagos

13 days from $7,200pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Quito
  • Hacienda Cusin
  • Otavalo
  • Riobamba
  • Cuenca
  • Guayaquil
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Explore the UNESCO colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca.

  • Stay in a centuries-old traditional hacienda.

  • Barter at traditional, colourful markets in Otavalo and the Gualaceo valley.

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

  • Shop for Panama hats.

  • See the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Audley Travel specialist Ryan

What our specialists say...

The perfect itinerary for those seeking to explore the highlights of the Andean highlands of Ecuador, from colonial cities to traditional haciendas, colourful markets, indigenous cultures and panama hats. This trip is complimented with five days in the Galapagos Islands, enabling you to see the fearless wildlife of this famous archipelago.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Quito
  • Hacienda Cusin
  • Otavalo
  • Quito
  • Riobamba
  • Cuenca
  • Guayaquil
  • Galapagos Islands

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Quito

Quito

On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 2 Quito

Day 3 Hacienda Cusin

Quito , Hacienda Cusin

Travel north along the Pan America highway through pretty villages to your rural hacienda.

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Day 4 Quito

Hacienda Cusin , Otavalo , Quito

An early start to visit the colourful and vibrant market at Otavalo. You will have time to explore and perhaps barter for goods before returning to Quito for the night.

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Day 5 Riobamba

Quito , Riobamba

Travel down the Avenue of Volcanoes with your private guide, exploring en route and enjoying the views of Cotopaxi.

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Day 6 Cuenca

Riobamba , Cuenca

Onward to Cuenca, with a train ride along the Devils Nose.

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Day 7 Cuenca

Cuenca

Explore Cuenca colonial city with your guide, including one of the famous panama hat factories.

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Day 8 Guayaquil

Cuenca , Guayaquil

Travel by road through the beautiful El Cajas National Park all the way to sea level and Guayaquil.

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Day 9 Galapagos Islands

Guayaquil , Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to the Galapagos islands. Here you will be met by a member of your hotel who will take you to your accommodation.

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Day 10 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll take a yacht trip to either North Seymour Island or Santa Island. At North Seymour, you can take a guided walk through woods of palo santo trees in order to observe colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. At Santa, you'll follow your guide on a short hike through opuntia cacti, looking out for land iguanas, lava lizards and sea lions. There may also be the opportunity to swim and snorkel.

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Day 11 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit the crescent-shaped Plazas Islands by yacht. These small islands are dense in wildlife and plant life. Prickly pear cacti and the low-lying succulent plant sesuvium (which changes hues with the seasons) carpet the island. You have a good chance of seeing sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and land iguanas.

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Day 12 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit Bartolomé Island. Here, you can climb to the island's summit for far-reaching views over the surrounding islands. It's a geologically intriguing place, with tuff cones and lava formations. You may have the chance to snorkel or swim here, while sea lions and penguins dart through the water around you.

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Day 13 Return home

Galapagos Islands

You will fly back to the mainland to connect with your international flight home.

Audley Travel specialist Ryan
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