Ecuadorian Expedition
12 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £6,600

What’s not to love about Ecuador and the mythical Galapagos Islands? From charming, colonial streets, to majestic snow topped volcanos, the towering Andes, vibrant local markets and the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos, where you can sunbathe alongside sea lions and snorkel with turtles. This truly is a once in a lifetime adventure!

Overview

Guide Price & Inclusions

13 nights £6,600 per adult sharing including flights, transfers, accommodation and a fully inclusive cruise.  Room upgrades to suites are required for children sharing, so prices subject to application.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection.

Suggested Extensions

Why not extend your stay in Ecuador with a few nights at the wonderful Mashpi Lodge hidden deep in the cloud forest or catch a flight to the remote Amazon rainforest for an eco-lodge adventure?

Best Time to Travel

The Galapagos wildlife can be seen year-round! December – May is the ‘wet’ season, temperatures are higher and the sea is calmer so this is the best time for snorkelling and diving but you should expect cloud and daily rain showers. June-November is the ‘dry’ season, temperatures are lower so there should be blue skies and very little rain but you may need to wear a wetsuit for water activities.

Tips for Families

Consider opting for special Galapagos family departure where everything is tailored around you and your children with age-appropriate activities and plenty of fun off and on board – a wonderful experience to share with like-minded families.

Highlights

  • Explore Quito’s cobbled streets and UNESCO Listed colonial centre
  • Stay in a restored 17th Century Hacienda nestled in the majestic Andes Mountains
  • Enjoy a small-ship adventure as you cruise around the incredible Galapagos Islands
  • Snorkel alongside turtles, sea lions and penguins.
  • Make your own chocolate during a ‘Bean to Bar’ experience at La Danesa.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | FLY TO QUITO, ECUADOR

Fly to Quito overnight via Europe or the USA.

DAYS 2-3 | QUITO

On arrival, transfer to your hotel.  Spend the next few days strolling around the atmospheric old town, stop for a delicious ceviche and visit the Equator line – you can stand with one foot in the Northern hemisphere and the other in the South!

DAYS 4-5 | ANDEAN MOUNTAINS

Next, head into the Andean mountains to stay at a traditional rural estancia for 2 nights, where children are warmly welcomed and encouraged to take part in the many activities on offer – looking after the animals, horse riding and mountain-biking amongst other things. Don’t miss a trip to the renowned market in nearby Otavalo to pick up some exquisite and colourful local handicrafts.

DAYS 6-9 | GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Head back to Quito for your flight to Baltra (perhaps via Guayaquil) for an utterly unforgettable and unique stay (4 – 7 nights) either at Finch Bay, a National Geographic Hotel on Santa Cruz, or aboard an expedition yacht, touring these magical islands, made famous by Darwin.  If the budget allows for the latter, your expert naturalist guide will lead you on daily excursions and there are plentiful options for snorkelling, sea kayaking and relaxation on board.  However, if you’re land-based, we’ve included a day yacht in this itinerary, so you can still visit some islands only inhabited by animals!

Whichever option you choose, children and adults alike love the fact that they can get up close and personal with sealions, caimans, penguins and birds, fascinating insects, giant tortoises, and other inhabitants of these fascinating islands.

DAY 10 | FLY BACK TO GUAYAQUIL AND TRANSFER TO LA DANESA

Disembark on Baltra and fly to Guayaquil.  On arrival take the 90 minute transfer to Hacienda La Danesa.

DAY 11 | EXPLORE THE HACIENDA

A range of fun activities are on offered, including chocolate experiences, river tubing and of course horse riding at this tropical location (some at an additional cost)!

DAY 12 | TRANSFER AND FLIGHT HOME

After your final activity and breakfast, head back to Guayaquil and take your flight home (a night in Guayaquil may be required, depending on your departure time)

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In our Client's Words...

Thanks to the Bushbaby team for another fantastic trip. Such a great variety of excursions and adventures. All of the guides were knowledgeable, fun and accommodating. My daughter asked for sea lions, they found sea lions! Lots of them. Can hardly wait for the next adventure!

Vollertsen Family, Ecuador

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Regions You Will Be Visiting

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Quito, Ecuador

Otavalo, Ecuador

Galapagos Island, Ecuador

Hacienda La Danesa, Autopista Naranjito Bucay, Naranjito, Ecuador

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