Explore the highlights of mainland Ecuador
and take a cruise to see the unique wildlife of
the Galapagos islands.
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Fly from the UK to Quito via Bogotá (N)
Morning arrival in Quito. Stay 1 night at Casona de la Ronda with immediate occupancy. Scenic afternoon tour of the old colonial centre of Quito, followed by a visit to the equatorial line monument, 'Middle of the World'. (B)
Full-day visit to the colourful Otavalo market and the verdant countryside north of Quito, including San Pablo lake and the small surrounding villages where weavers and craftsmen work. Enjoy lunch at a historic hacienda. (It is possible to stay overnight at a hacienda in this region - please enquire for more details). (B, L)
Transfers and excursions for the next two days will be on a shared basis. Private guide and transportation (except the train) can be booked at a supplement. Travel south into the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', with its fertile valleys, traditional villages, patchwork fields and soaring volcanic peaks. Explore the Cotopaxi National Park, a habitat for a variety of birds and Andean flora. Continue by road to Riobamba and spend a night at Hacienda Abraspungo or similar. (B, L, D)
Travel by winding and scenic roads to the town of Alausí. Board the train for a journey down the zigzag tracks of the famous Devil's Nose, a masterpiece of railway engineering. Continue by road through stunning mountainous scenery to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca and finally on to Cuenca. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Santa Lucia. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of Cuenca, Ecuador's beautiful southern colonial city. Explore the cobble-stoned streets, flower-filled plazas and historic churches. (B, L)
Drive via the moorlands of the Cajas National Park, down to the coastal region and the city of Guayaquil. Optional afternoon tour of Guayaquil, including the waterfront and the picturesque historic Barrio Las Peñas. Stay overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands for a 3-night cruise on board the Beluga, a comfortable motor cruiser with a capacity for 16 passengers. It is also possible to take a 5- or a 7-night cruise, sailing on an alternative small or medium sized boat. (B, L, D)
Shared excursions to the islands with a naturalist guide. (B, L, D)
Fly back to the UK via Guayaquil (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
It is possible to extend your time in
the Galapagos or the Cotopaxi area.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6780 or email email@example.com
The Hacienda Abraspungo is situated in a residential suburb of Riobamba surrounded by the mountain scenery. It is designed in the style of a local country house with Ecuadorian ranch decor. There are 26 comfortable rooms with private facilities and a traditional restaurant and...
Traditionally a gathering place for artists, writers and poets, the winding street of La Ronda is one of the oldest in Quito. The Casona de la Ronda boutique hotel is located in one of the historical houses on this charming street and offers 22 rooms located around a beautifully remodelled central courtyard. The decor respects the culture and traditional features of the building, while also providing modern comforts such as wireless internet. The hotel offers daily breakfast, a coffee shop and reading room with a fireplace. Its central location allows easy access to restaurants and many of Quito's...
Located in the centre of the picturesque city of Cuenca, the Santa Lucia is a lovingly restored 20-room hotel set in an old mansion. Guest rooms are furnished with dark wood furniture, and all have private bathroom, television, minibar, hair dryer and safe. On the second floor there is a huge private salon with a fireplace for guests to gather around; antiques adorn the hallways and fresh flowers are arranged daily. The airy Trattoria restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine while the cosy Bacus Cafe is very popular for its inexpensive Ecuadorian meals. There is a large enclosed courtyard containing a 100-year-old magnolia tree and beautiful baby...
The Wyndham Guayaquil is located just steps from the Santa Ana hill and its famous lighthouse, and not far from the river promenade. There are 179 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a heated outdoor...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Cuenca is tucked away in a southern valley on the site of a once important...
Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and is the focus of the nation's economy. Its...
Located in southern Ecuador, Riobamba lies in a valley at the foot of the...
Quito is the second highest capital in South America (2,850 metres) and lies in a narrow...