Ecuador Revealed

This two-week Ecuador holiday visits some of the lesser known secrets of the Ecuadorian mainland and includes a short 5 day Galapagos cruise and a few nights at a colonial hacienda at the end of your stay.

Highlights: Quito – Mindo Cloud Forest – Galapagos Islands – Colonial Hacienda

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ITINERARY:

DAY 1:

Arrive in to Quito and transfer from the airport to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the city, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your city tour will take in the key highlights of the city, including the Plaza de la Independencia and the Basilica with its impressive gargoyles.

DAY 2:

Day at leisure in Quito. Please let us know if you would like us to book any additional excursions, for example a trip to the Equator monument and/or on the cable car (Teleferico) for spectacular views of the city. Other possibilities include a visit to the pre-Inca site of the Quitus people.

DAY 3:

Transfer from Quito to Mindo Cloud Forest (approx two and a half hours). Three nights’ accommodation at a cloudforest lodge.

DAYS 4 & 5:

Days at leisure in the Mindo Cloud Forest. Here there are trails to explore, waterfalls to be seen and an abundance of birdlife.

DAY 6:

Fly to the Galapagos Islands. We book a range of Galapagos cruises varying from luxury vessels made for up to 100 passengers to smaller yachts and catamarans with just 8 cabins and up to 16 passengers.

DAYS 7-10:

Sailing the Galpagos Islands. Marvel at The Galápagos’ incredible natural diversity and see a variety of unique plant life, animals and birds that you could not find elsewhere,  such as the famous Blue-footed boobies.

DAYS 11-13:

You will be met at Quito airport on your return from the Galapagos Islands and driven to a colonial hacienda for a few days of rest at the end of your journey.

DAY 14:

Transfer from your colonial hacienda back to Quito International Airport in time to check in for your transatlantic flight home or further afield. Farewell Ecuador!

The above sample Ecuador holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels & Galapagos Cruises

Ecuador has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Similarly, we offer a range of Galapagos cruises from small boats with perhaps 8 to 20 cabins to luxurious ships with up to 50 cabin, offering a choice of cabin types (according to deck, size of cabin and facilities such as panoramic windows rather than a porthole). Larger boats are more spacious and tend to be more stable in the water. They are also faster and therefore offer some of the most  extensive itineraries around the Galapagos Archipelago.

Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels and Galapagos cruise ships they would suggest for your tailor-made Ecuador holiday.

The best time of the year for visiting the Galapagos Islands is December to March, when the weather is warmest and the sea is calmest. September-October is best avoided.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Ecuador Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Ecuador holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Ecuador holiday.

Duration of your Ecuador Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Ecuadorholiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote for your tailor-made Ecuador holiday together with  links to hotel websites, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Ecuador holiday.