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, arrive the following morning in Quito (immediate occupancy). (B)
Scenic tour of the old colonial centre of Quito, followed by a visit to the equatorial line monument, 'Middle of the World'. (It is possible to add in an extra night and stay at a hacienda in the region of Otavalo. This verdant countryside north of Quito is home to a colourful market, San Pablo lake and small surrounding villages where weavers and craftsmen work.) (B)
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 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
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CLE2018: 9 Nights
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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...