Ecuador

Ecuador is rich in natural beauty and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the city of Quito, the Galapagos Islands, the historic centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca and Sangay National Park. From mangrove coastlines to sweeping beaches lining the Pacific coast to cloud forest and to some of the highest peaks in the South American Andes, Ecuador will captivate you with diverse scenery and a fascinating and colourful culture. Discover Quito, the urban jewel of the mainland with its wonderful colonial architecture and its stunning setting amidst the Andean Mountains.

Travel to the eastern part of Ecuador and the Amazon rainforest area, one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet. This is where shamans in remote settlements still rely on traditional medicines. Take an Ecuador tour to discover the wonders for yourself.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices
Independent TourHandpicked Ecuador8From $3,829.00
Independent TourGalapagos Classic Safari Camp5From $5,005.00
Independent TourWildlife Ecuador11From $9,381.00

Handpicked Ecuador

Discover a country of astonishing contrasts where cultural riches are surpassed only by breathtaking landscapes. Travel through the heart of Ecuador’s dramatic Avenue of the Volcanoes and rest by night in historic haciendas. Descend the exhilarating Devil’s Nose on a train ride, explore the charming colonial towns of Quito and Cuenca. Be awed by gorgeous scenery in the Cajas National Park.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Quito

Arrive in the beautiful city of Quito, the world’s first city to be declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Standing at an altitude of 2,850m, Quito is the second-highest capital in the world after La Paz in Bolivia. The first three nights of your journey will be spent here.

Day 2: Quito

Begin exploring this vibrant mountain city. Packed with architectural treasures, Quito’s exquisite Centro Historico is the largest and most well-preserved historic centre of any Latin American city. Picturesque plazas and baroque 17th century cathedrals contrast spectacularly with the snow-covered peaks beyond. Visit the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and the impressive La Compania Church which, with its ornate golden altars and perfect symmetry, is one of South America’s greatest baroque masterpieces.

Day 3: Quito - Otavalo Market - Quito

Today you will drive north from Quito to the traditional Andean town of Otavalo. Along the way, you will be able to spot the two Andean Cordilleras (mountain ranges) that run parallel through Ecuador from north to south, offering an impressively varied topography: active volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, green valleys, farmland, and historic haciendas. Discover Otavalo’s artisan market, one of the most well-known and colourful indigenous markets in all of South America. Countless stalls are piled high with ponchos, woollen goods, tapestries, hats, sweaters, indigenous jewellery and much more. Enjoy lunch at Hacienda Pinsaqui, an enchanting 300 year old colonial hacienda where you will sample some of the best Andean cuisine around.

Day 4: Quito - Patate

Drive south from Quito to the Cotopaxi National Park. The breathtaking snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano dominates the landscape. At 5,897m above sea level, rising majestically above the Andean mountains, Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s second highest mountain and is also considered by many to be the highest active volcano in the world. With its almost perfectly symmetrical cone shape, the Cotopaxi Volcano is one of Ecuador’s most recognisable sights. From here, you will continue on to the small town of Patate, where you will spend the night at the beautiful 300 year old Hacienda Leito.

Day 5: Patate - Baños - Riobamba

Today you will journey by road along the Pastaza River gorge to the picturesque and bustling town of Banos, located at the foot of the spectacular Tungurahua Volcano. Banos is well known for its thermal baths, impressive array of adventure sports and incredible waterfalls, including the 100 metre Pailon de Diablo waterfall. Continue on your journey to the scenic and old-fashioned town of Riobamba where you will spend the night at the delightful Hacienda Abraspungo.

Day 6: Riobamba - Alausi - Cuenca

Travel to the town of Alausi, where you will hop on the Devil’s Nose Train Ride, one of the most thrilling train rides on the continent. As you zigzag dramatically through the Andes Mountains, you are rewarded with breathtaking views. Continue south to the fascinating site of Ingapirca, the country’s largest known Inca ruins, before ending a wonderful day in the colonial jewel of Ecuador, the city of Cuenca.

Day 7: Cuenca

Cuenca’s red-tiled roofs, flower-filled plazas and narrow cobble stone streets are reminiscent of a splendid past, while it’s many museums, cloisters, markets and churches are all testimony to a rich historical legacy. Cuenca is known as the jewel of Ecuador for good reason, and it is arguably the country’s most beautiful city. An impressive setting along the Tomembamba River, world-class restaurants, and a variety of art galleries, cafes and bars all add to Cuenca’s charm.

Day 8: Cuenca - Cajas National Park - Guayaquil

Travel from Cuenca to Guayaquil, stopping en-route at the magnificent El Cajas National Park. The park, which is located in the western Cordillera of the Ecuadorean Andes, covers an area of 28,544 hectares and boasts no less than 235 lakes of glacial origin. At an altitude of 3,200-4,000 metres above sea level, the park’s humid Andean cloud forests act like a sponge and the park is a vital water source. With its incredible scenery, it is also a photographer’s dream. You will stop at two of the park’s lakes, Llaviucu Laguna and Laguna La Toreadora, where you can take some amazing photos. Arrive in Ecuador’s second largest city, Guayaquil, late in the afternoon where your journey ends.

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 7 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Galapagos Classic Safari Camp

The Classic Safari Camp is immersed in nature. It is unobtrusive in its architecture, designed with discreet luxury that is unpretentious and familiar. From the moment you walk in, your senses are awakened. Excursions are tailored to your needs, whether you decide on a cruise or any of the many possible combinations. The purpose of the Camp is to provide you with a memorable experience. A story to go home and talk about with inspiration.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Santa Cruz Island

Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide will meet you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area's natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises' natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.
Hotel: Galapagos Safari Camp, 4 nights

Day 2 & 3: Santa Cruz Island

Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighbouring islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Islabela. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended. Destinations will be given when we have your dates.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island

A morning drive takes you to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermillion flycatcher. After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water - including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.

Day 5: Depart Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination.

Inclusions 
Meals: All meals at the Safari Camp
Transport:Airport Transfers, land transportation & boat excursions on a shared basis
Flights:Flight Ticket: Quito / Santa Cruz Island / Quito
Accommodation: 4 nights in a Safari Tent
Guide: English speaking naturalist guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Tourist Transit Control Card, Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Wildlife Ecuador

Combine the unparalleled variety of wildlife, unique to the Galapagos Islands by cruising the islands. Stay at the award winning Mashpi Lodge perched 3116 feet above sea level. Surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloud forest, the Mashpi experience is about discovering life in the tree tops, trekking along trails, listening to animal calls, bathing in pure waterfalls or simply relaxing with a view of clouds playing hide-and-seek with the forest.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Quito

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

Day 2: Quito

Enjoy a private half day city tour. Visit the beautiful colonial centre with its Cathedral, Government Palace and La Compania Church with its ornate golden altars.

Day 3: Quito - Mashpi Lodge

Early morning departure from Quito. On the way visit the Tulipe and archaeological site. Stop to explore the grounds and learn about the Yumbo people who created waterpools and structures here. On arrival at the lodge enjoy a refreshing drink and welcome and lunch. After lunch, meet your naturalist guides and the afternoon activities will be offered.
Hotel: Mashpi Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4: Mashpi Lodge

For those who want to enjoy the magic of dawn in the forest - which is when most birds are active and calling, early morning activities are organized before breakfast. After breakfast, head out to explore. Activities include aerial bicycle, canopy gondola and observation Tower in Choco forest. Optional night walks are available as well.

Day 5: Mashpi Lodge - Quito

Early morning rise to see the birds or sleep in and after breakfast head to Copal Waterfall. A two hike featuring landscape of moss-covered trees, bromelias and orchids at every corner. The trail ends at a spectacular waterfall over 50m high. Return to the lodge in time for lunch and departure to Quito.

Arriving in Quito in the afternoon.

Day 6: Quito - Galapagos Islands

Fly to the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the M/V Santa Cruz for your four night Galapagos cruise docked on Santa Cruz Island. A 90 passenger vessel exclusively designed for exploring the Galapagos.

Afternoon visit of Baltra & Santa Cruz Islands.
Cruise: MV Santa Cruise, 4 nights

Day 7: Galapagos Islands

Sail to James Island.

Day 8: Galapagos Islands

Sail to Rabida and Bartolome Islands.

Day 9: Galapagos Islands

Sail to Tower & Genevesa Islands.

Day 10: Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil

Fly to Guayaquil. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 11: Depart Guayaquil

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Modern air-conditioned vehicle & Cruise
Flights:Flight Ticket: Quito / Galapagos Islands / Guayaquil
Accommodation: 6 nights hotel accommodation & 4 nights cursing
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary