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 travel will captivate you with diverse scenery and a fascinating and colourful culture. Travel Ecuador to discover Quito, the urban jewel of the mainland with its wonderful colonial architecture and its stunning setting amidst the Andean Mountains. Ecuador travel can also take you to the eastern part of the country to the Amazon rainforest area, one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet and where shamans in remote settlements still rely on traditional medicines. Take an Ecuador tour to discover the wonders for yourself.
|Tour Type||Trip Name||No. Days||Bookings||Prices|
|Cruise||Taste of Quito||9||Contact us||From $651.00|
|Tour||Galápagos Safari Camp||4||Contact us||From $4,800.00|
Taste of Quito
Quito is divided into two districts. The Old Town has whitewashed and red tiled houses and colonial churches protected by UNESCO. Modern Quito to the north contains shopping centres, most hotels and major businesses. Quito is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains. On a clear day several snow capped volcanoes are visible. Located only 22km south of the Equator, Quito has a year round spring climate.
|Day 1: Arrive Quito||Arrive at Quito Airport. Once you clear the baggage area, you will be met by a representative holding a sign with your name, and transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito, 2 nights
|Day 2: Quito||After breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up at 09:00am for a coach half day city & centre of the World tour. Today’s tour will take you along the northern residential section of Quito to see the impressive Parliament building, whose stone mural records Ecuador’s history. Then stroll downtown and visit the colonial temples and monasteries of this urban jewel, designated by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”. Visit St Augustine Convent, its colonial patio, cloisters, coffered ceilings and vast collection of paintings showing the life of St Augustine. Then the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the Church of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium lead to its interior of Baroque influenced by Moorish style. Continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25km north of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World at latitude 00. Here you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument which shows the different indigenous groups living in Ecuador. Drop off at hotel around 1.30pm. Afternoon at leisure. (Please note that this tour operates daily except Sunday).|
|Day 3: Depart Quito||After breakfast, you will be met in the lobby of your hotel at a pre-arranged time, for a private transfer to the airport. Tour concludes upon arrival at the airport.|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & land transportation|
|Guide:||English speaking guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
Galápagos Safari Camp
See Galapagos from within. Galapagos Safari Camp, a luxury tented camp nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island offers an authentic inland experience with stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and the National Park.
|Day 1: In Search of Giant Tortoise||Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets 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: Explore neighboring islands||Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Isabela. 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: Experience the East||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 vermilion 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: Sunrise Walk and Departure||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. (Here’s where you’ll wish you had extended your journey!) .
Important Note: The following fees apply - The Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12) & the Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)
|Meals:||All meals while on tour|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers, land transportation, Boat excursion|
|Accommodation:||4 nights in a Luxury Tent|
|Guide:||English speaking naturalist guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Activities as per itinerary|
|Equipment||Wetsuits & snorkeling equipment|