Galapagos Island Hopping

Designed for travellers who prefer a land experience rather than cruising the Galapagos Islands, this tour encompasses all the beauty that Galapagos Islands offer, based on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Baltra

On arrival at Baltra you will be met and transferred to Puerto Ayora.

Visit to the highlands of the Santa Cruz observing the giant Galapagos Tortoise, and Charles Darwin research station. Overnight at your hotel in
Puerto Ayora.

Day 2: Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

Today enjoy a boat trip to Loberia for a swim with sea lions. Continue to Punta Estrada while observing the abundant wildlife including iguanas and sea-birds. Snorkell in a natural pool of crystalclear water. Afternoon walk to Tortuga Bay white-sand beach.

Day 3: Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

Day at leisure to explore the surroundings. Optional tours to visit Seymour or Plazas islands are available.

Day 4: Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) – Isabela Island

Ferry transfer to Isabela Island. Afternoon visit to Laguna de los Flamingos.

Day 5: Isabela Island

Morning boat trip to ‘Tintoreras’ where you can see penguins, pelicans and sharks. Snorkell at Concha y Perla beach and enjoy some relaxation time.

Day 6: Isabela Island – Puerto Ayora ( Santa Cruz) – Depart Baltra 

Early morning ferry back to Puerto Ayora and transfer to Baltra airport for your flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Tourist Class Hotels:$1,957.00$3,750.00
Tourist Superior Hotels:$2,338.00$5,257.00
First Class Hotels:$3,110 .00$7,303.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport:Airport & Ferry Transfers, land transportation & boat excursions on a shared basis
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Bilingual guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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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 and be awed by gorgeous scenery in the Cajas National Park.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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 – Cotopaxi – Baños 

Travel to Baños and en route visit Cotopaxi National Park. The breathtaking snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano dominates the landscape.

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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Quito on selected dates:$3,895.00Price on Application

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

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Legacy of the Incas

Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this holiday, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your holiday is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, and the stones were fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Try to figure out how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth ceremony by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima! Meet your Tour Director upon arrival.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, 2 nights

Day 2: Lima

This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a Walking tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a Local Peruvian Food Market to taste some typical Peruvian fruit and experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, Casa Garcia Alvarado.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, enjoy a live Andean band and experience a mystical El Pago a la Tierra, or Mother Earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewellery, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by the opportunity to visit a Home, meet some of the locals, and experience their traditional way of life. Next, board the Vistadome Train for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre- Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before an exquisite dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Sumaq Hotel

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by Train Ride and continue on to Cusco.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Cusco, 2 nights

Day 6: Cusco

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco City Tour, with visits to the imposing Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an INCA KING, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular Kenko Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before the Temple Of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones- with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons-was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant..

Day 7: Cusco – Juliaca – Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, 2 nights

Day 8: Puno – Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of Lake Titicaca. Start with Taquile Island, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating Uros Islands, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake.

Day 9: Puno – Sillustani – Juliaca – Lima

Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of Sillustani en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas-above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, spend some time with the locals, see their Homes, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Day 10: Lima – Paracas – Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. Embark on a cruise out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for Flightseeing over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil-some up to 305 metre (1,000 feet long)! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paracas

Day 11: Paracas – Lima

After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Day 12: Depart Lima

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 07$6,595.00$7,869.00
February: 18$6,595.00$7,869.00
March: 31$6,595.00$7,869.00
April: 28$6,595.00$7,869.00
May: 12$6,595.00$7,869.00
June: 23$6,595.00$7,869.00
July: 07$6,595.00$7,869.00
September: 29$6,595.00$7,869.00
October: 13, 27$6,595.00$7,869.00
November: 10$6,595.00$7,869.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 19$7,621.00Price on Application
April: 27$7,621.00Price on Application
April: 26$5,675.00Price on Application
June: 22$7,621.00Price on Application
September: 28$7,621.00Price on Application
October: 12, 26$7,621.00Price on Application
November: 09$7,621.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights:Air Ticket: Lima - Cusco - Juliaca - Lima
Rail:Journey aboard the Vistadome train
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

Marvel at the amazing Nazca lines, huge figures which are preserved in the high, arid plateau of the Nazca Desert. Geometric shapes include birds, fish, llama and monkeys and are ancient spectacle not to be missed. Take a boat journey to Ballestas Islands to explore sea lion colonies and spot thousands of birds in the wildlife sanctuary.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Lima – Nazca

Journey south along the Pan American Highway aboard a coach through arid desert scenery and lush coast oasis to Pisco. This afternoon take a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines. Covering an area of nearly 1,000 square kilometres, there are about 300 different figures, including animals and plants.

Day 2: Nazca – Paracas – Lima

Travel north to Paracas for an excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands wildlife sanctuary, with its sea lion colonies and thousands of birds. In the afternoon return to the bus station for the journey back to Lima.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Lima daily:$1,265.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinners
Transport: Coach ransfers from Lima & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 1 night accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Northern Peru Treasures

Just north of Lima, around the northern coast of Peru lies an area of great interest. Discover fascinating remains from the pre-Inca civilisations and explore elegant colonial cities like Trujillo and former Indian settlements like Chiclayo. This rarely visited area offers you an off the beaten track journey, away from the crowds.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Trujillo

On arrival at Trujillo, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Trujillo

Enjoy a morning tour of the city and the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon. In the afternoon visit the ancient Chimu Capital of Chan Chan.

Day 3: Trujillo – Chiclayo

Transfer by coach to Chiclayo. Visit Tucume, an imposing site consisting of 26 mud brick pyramids, and the Tumbas Reales Museum.

Day 4: Depart Chiclayo

Morning visit to the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, which, when discovered in 1987, revealed a wealth of information about the little-known Moche civilisation. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Trujillo daily:$1,145.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport:Airport transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 3 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Northern Peru

Uncover all the majesty of the Lord of Sipan archeological site and the world of the Mochica, the dazzling pre-Columbian culture whose art and gold-filled tombs have been compared to that of Ramses II in Egypt. Trujillo, a beautiful colonial city and the spring capital of Peru, awaits with hundreds of flowers and a cuisine rich in seafood. Nearby is Chan Chan, one of the the largest mud cities in the world where you find the huacas (pyramids) dedicated to the Sun and the Moon, an impressive testimony of the Moche’s culture and history.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Trujillo

Upon arrival into Trujillo airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Trujillo

Guided city tour of Trujillo with visits to San Francisco Church and the Cassinelli museum, with an afternoon visit to the ruins of the largest adobe city in the world, Chan Chan. Lunch at local restaurant at Huanchaco beach.

Day 3: Trujillo – Chiclayo

Morning transfer to Chiclayo 130 miles south along the Pan American Highway. On arrival to Chiclayo “The Friendship City” you will be taken on a tour of Tumbas Reales & Tucume an imposing archaeological site composing of 26 mud brick pyramids.

Day 4: Depart Chiclayo

Half day tour of Lord of Sipan + Pampa Grande Tour, where its possible to see the ancient mud brick burial platform where the fabulous tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered in 1987. Then visit the Pampa Grande, also known as Capilla and considered the largest pyramid in South America. Afternoon transfer to airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Trujillo daily:$1,070.00$1,720.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport:Airport transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 3 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Epic Colca Canyon

Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and once thought to be the deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon is an area of astounding beauty. Explore he town of Chivay, which boasts a Pre-Incan bridge, a small 18th century colonial church and a lively market and visit the Cruz del Condor, a natural lookout and the perfect spot for watching the world’s largest bird, the majestic Andean condor.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arequipa – Colca Canyon

Visit one of the world’s deepest canyons – the Colca Canyon. Along the way, pass through Pampas Cañahuas, a plain in the midst of the Aguada Blanca y Salinas National Reserve. The route continues to the town of Chivay, which boasts a Pre-Incan bridge, a small 18th century colonial church and a lively market.

Day 2: Colca Canyon

A free day to further explore Chivay.

Day 3: Colca Canyon – Arequipa or Puno

Visit the Cruz del Condor, a natural lookout and the perfect spot for watching the world’s largest bird, the majestic Andean condor. Return to Arequipa or continue to Puno.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Arequipa daily:$955.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners,
Transport:Transfers Arequipa or on to Puno & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Experience Cusco

Tour the incredible colonial city of Cusco, enjoy the Temple of the Sun and see the exquisite stone work carved by the Incas. Explore the Cathedral and the Church of La Compania de Jesus and then head up to a fortress located high above the city.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cusco

Arrive at Cusco Airport and transfer to your chosen hotel.

Day 2: Cusco

This afternoon tour this incredible colonial city. Begin at Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to see the exquisite stone work carved by the Incas. Next stop is the Main Square for a tour of the Cathedral and the Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ). Following that, head to Sacsayhuman, a fortress located high above the city. You will also visit other archaeological complexes, including Kenko and Tambomachay, and enjoy panoramic views of Puca Pucara

Day 3: Cusco

Today is free to discover Cusco on your own.

Day 4: Depart Cusco

Transfer to the airport or train station

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Quito on selected dates:$679.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 3 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Experience Lima

Discover historic downtown Lima and the modern district of San Isidro where you will tour a Pre-Incan adobe pyramid. Enjoy incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from “Parque del Amor” in Miraflores.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive at Lima airport and transfer to your chosen hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Discover historic downtown Lima. Visit the Main Square of Lima, upon which sits the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the City Hall and the Santo Domingo Convent. After this, it’s off to the modern district of San Isidro where you will tour Huaca Huallamarca, a Pre-Incan adobe pyramid. Afterwards, head to Miraflores and stop off at the ‘Parque del Amor’ with its incredible view of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3: Depart Lima

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Lima daily:$385.00Price on Application

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

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Ecuador Adventure

Discover a treasure trove of natural and cultural wonders in Ecuador, on South America’s Pacific coast. Immerse yourself in its soaring capital city and stroll through the cobblestone plazas. Wander through nature’s playground in the rainforest at Mashpi. Stay awhile to meet Andean villagers in markets and workshops, and delight in the traditional life of a hacienda. There’s a whole world to explore in these Andean peaks.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Quito

Touchdown in Quito, the second highest capital in the world at 2,850 metres, after La Paz Bolivia, and one of the most endearing. Receive your A&K welcome and enjoy a private transfer to your boutique accommodation in the historic centre. After time to relax and refresh, take a short private visit to nearby Carmen Alto cloister, which dates to the 17th century. Spend time with the Carmelite nuns who still live there and sample their traditional sweet treats before returning to the hotel.

Hotel: Casa Gangotena, 2 nights

Day 2: Quito

Delve deeper into Ecuador’s captivating capital and learn first-hand how it earned its status as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meander through colonial streets and cobblestone plazas amongst flowering balconies and intricate woodcarvings. Linger in the San Francisco Church, the bustling Independence Plaza and La Compañía, where seven tonnes of gilded shimmering walls will take your breath away. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Head to the hotel’s terrace and enjoy a drink as you soak up the views across San Francisco square. Alternatively explore more of the city brimming with friendly locals, hearty foods, colonial architecture.

Day 3: Quito – Mashpi Reserve

A private journey north to the Equator at the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) and experience the bizarre sensation of standing in both hemispheres at once. Spend some time learning about the unique astrology and science of the Equator in the Intiñan Museum. Continue over the pass towards the Pacific Ocean and arrive at Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, one of the world’s most important biodiversity hot spots, home to thousands of plant species and more than 500 species of bird. Be hypnotised by the lively flying machines at Hummingbird Viewpoint before arriving at your luxury hideaway. Following lunch, meet your expedition leader and discuss the menu of unique eco-adventures led by expert naturalist and local community guides. Pedal over gorges and treetops on a sky bike. Meander through forest trails. Or take a dip in the nearby waterfalls. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the wilderness by night on a guided walk.

Hotel: Mashpi Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4: Mashpi Reserve

Discover, experience and cherish the wonders of Mashpi. Rise early to hear the choir of birds welcome the day. Venture into the forest and navigate trails of wondrous wildlife, with ferns towering above and a carpet of mushrooms underfoot. Seek out waterfalls and wade through refreshing rivers, all while learning the secrets of the forest. Visit the Life Centre to discover more about your surroundings, or simply laze in a hammock with a cup of locally-grown java, mesmerised by the vivid butterflies and birds. Climb the observation tower for a birds-eye vista.

Day 5: Mashpi Reserve – Otavalo

Enjoy a final activity this morning before leaving this secret wonderland and heading north into the dizzying heights of the Andes, to a family-run hacienda and your home for the next two nights. Hear stories of this 1600-hectare farm, which has been in the family of the late Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. Then, seek out your favourite spot for a glass of wine before dinner.

Hotel: Hacienda Zuleta, 2 nights

Day 6: Otavalo

Rise early to glimpse rare species of birds on a gentle walk around the property. Take a hike on any of the self-guided paths around your hacienda. Visit the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation, which has set up a wild condor rehabilitation project on the estate, or you may enjoy exploring the hacienda’s organic garden and cheese factory, with an opportunity to even try your hand at milking a cow.

Day 7: Otavalo – Cotopaxi National Park

Depart for the bustling small town of Otavalo. Meet the friendly Otavaleños and discover strange-looking produce at the world-famous market (Saturday is the main market day) that’s been gathering since pre-Incan times. Continue your morning filled with talent and artistry in the small mountain village of Peguche. Step inside a music-filled home where your talented hosts craft and play traditional instruments, then learn the ancient art of weaving. Enter a world of delicate colour in the rose plantation of Hacienda La Compañía which originally belonged to the Jesuit order and is now home to one of UNICEF’s Flowers for Kids educational initiatives where you will enjoy a delicious local lunch. Continue your journey south along the aptly-named Avenue of Volcanoes to Cotopaxi, the highest of Ecuador’s volcanoes at almost 6,000 metres. Arrive at your historic hacienda for an unforgettable stay.

Hotel: Hacienda San Agustin del Callo, 2 nights

Day 8: Cotopaxi National Park

Spend time today in the park on a gentle walk to the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo, at the base of Volcán Rumiñahui, home to local and migrating waterfowl. Return to the hacienda and enjoy the afternoon at leisure soaking up the splendid views of the perfectly cone-shaped Cotopaxi. For the more active, head out on a horse ride, explore by mountain bike or visit nearby rose plantations.

Day 9: Cotopaxi National Park – Riobamba

Journey this morning along the mountainous spine dotted with villages and farms to the Andean crater lake of Laguna Quilotoa. Visit the nearby villages of Tigua and Pujili and browse artisan crafts. Continue to Riobamba, once the capital of Ecuador and now a vibrant town brimming with colonial treasures. Meander through the old town, enjoy religious art in the Concepción Convent and expand your knowledge in the Natural Science Museum.

Hotel: Hacienda La Andaluza

Day 10: Riobamba – Alausí – Cuenca

Rise early for the iconic rail journey down the Devil’s Nose, an incredible feat of engineering. Head first to the city of Alausí to board your train. Drink in the Andean peaks from your carriage as you climb up the cliffs. Then, descend the Devil’s Nose, a series of switchbacks designed to let the train traverse a 45-degree rock slope. Stop awhile to explore the charming museum, before riding back to Alausí. Following a simple lunch at a local restaurant, head to the complex Inca ruins of Ingapirca, a place of extraordinary historical significance and a site that was originally used as a political and religious centre. Later continue your adventure to historic Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site and your boutique colonial hotel.

Hotel: Mansion Alcazar, 2 nights

Day 11: Cuenca

Immerse yourself in the “Athens of the Andes” and discover why it’s hailed the hidden treasure of Ecuador and considered the most beautiful city in the country. Meander along cobblestone streets and through flowery plazas to the striking cathedral with three blue domes. Be sure to peek inside at the jaw-dropping gold altar. Later, enjoy the quirky Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory before swapping the city charm for the creative villages of Santa Ana Valley. Meet the guitar-makers of San Bartolomé, visit jewellery workshops in Chordeleg and seek out gems in the colourful markets of Gualaceo.

Day 12: Cuenca – Depart Guayaquil

Begin the day with a private journey over the continental divide to the El Cajas National Park, a UNESCO-protected site on Cuenca’s doorstep. Take some time to explore the park, with its rolling lakelands, ancient woods and sprawling cloud forest set against a jagged skyline of rocky peaks. Continue to Guayaquil, the nation’s principle port and gateway to the Galapagos Islands. End your journey here or continue to the Galapagos Islands.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Quito daily:$14,555.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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