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Luxury Ecuador & Galapagos tour

12 days from $10,145pp

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

    Places visited:

  • Quito
  • Mashpi Lodge
  • Hacienda Zuleta
  • Galapagos Islands
  • 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 lodge, 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.

Andrew Riley

What our specialists say...

A comfortably paced trip to mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos encompassing history, culture, the great outdoors and wonderful wildlife. After a short stay in Quito you will head to the cool highlands for a two night stay in Mashpi Lodge, a wonderful cloudforest experience. You will then head to Hacienda Zuleta, which has over 10000Ha in which to walk, horse ride, mountain bike and fish so is ideal for those who like the great outdoors. It is one of the country's finest haciendas and also provides a great springboard to the colourful market towns in the north of the country. The trip finishes with a four night cruise on board a luxury expedition vessel.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Quito
  • Mashpi Lodge
  • Hacienda Zuleta
  • Quito
  • 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

Quito

Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of Quito today.

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Day 3 Mashpi Lodge

Quito , Mashpi Lodge

Today you will head northwest into the cool cloudforest region. Your destination will be El Mashpi Lodge, a fascinating and luxury property in the heart of this unique ecosystem.

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Day 4 Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge

Enjoy excursions from Mashpi Lodge or take a journey on their 2km sky tram through the cloudforest canopy.

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Day 5 Hacienda Zuleta

Mashpi Lodge , Hacienda Zuleta

Travel across the Andes today to your beautiful hacienda.

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Day 6 Hacienda Zuleta

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.

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Day 7 Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

At leisure at Hacienda Zuleta.

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Day 8 Galapagos Islands

Hacienda Zuleta , Quito , 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.

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Day 9 Galapagos Islands

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 snorkel or 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 for great snorkeling.

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Day 10 Galapagos Islands

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, you could find yourself snorkeling, 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.

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Day 11 Galapagos Islands

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.

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Day 12 Return home

Galapagos Islands

Disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland, where you'll connect to your return flight home.

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