Amazon Rainforest & the Galapagos Islands
Upon arrival in Quito, you will be transferred to Swissôtel Quito. Depending on your arrival time, either spend the day at your leisure or explore the Old Town before having a welcome briefing from your trip leader at the hotel in the evening.
After breakfast, you will spend the day at Banos de Agua Santa town, which is located on the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, active since 1999. Here, you will visit the second highest waterfall in Ecuador, the Pailon Del Diablo before arriving at another waterfall called El Manto de la Novia where you will ride in a cable car traversing the canyon of the Pastaza River. You will then have time to explore the town before being transported to your hotel, Hotel Alisamay
After breakfast, the morning will be spent exploring the beauty of the Amazon Rainforest while travelling along a river in the heart of the jungle. Upon arrival at the Amazon Eco-Lodge, you’ll enjoy a tropical snack before being briefed by a naturalist guide and enjoying lunch. In the evening, you’ll embark on a night walk to capture the nocturnal sounds and movements of many animals.
After breakfast, you’ll spend the morning with an Amazonian Kichwa community to learn about their way of life. You’ll sample the famous “chicha” beverage as well as traditional dishes before returning back to the lodge.
After breakfast, take the canoe to visit the “Anaconda Island” where you’ll observe a variety of wildlife. Then, you’ll visit a family in one if the indigenous communities to observe their traditions and cultivation habits. After lunch, you’ll visit the Amazonian, which is a rescue centre protecting a number of different animals, including a range of endangered species.
After breakfast, you’ll visit the Guango Lodge, a paradise for hummingbird lovers. You’ll have the chance to observe the bits and admire the scenic vistas on a hike in the forest-covered mountains. In the afternoon, you’ll return back to Quito and have the rest of the day at your leisure.
After breakfast, enjoy the city of Quito at your leisure or opt for a number of optional tours (extra charge) including a walking tour, a Mindo Cloud Forest tour or exploration of the Otavalo Indigenous market.
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to Santa Cruz to visit the highlands, which are home to the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Enjoy lunch before searching for the tortoises and visiting the lava tubes. You’ll be transferred to Hotel Fiesta where you’ll have a briefing about the following day from your local guide. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a half-day tour of Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with a range of exotic fish and marine life as well as the famous sea lions. You can then climb to a nearby viewpoint to see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean before taking a walk along the Playa de los Perros, where you’ll see many sea iguanas basking in the sun.
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a guided visit to the Charles Darwin research station to learn about the efforts done by the national park for conservation. In the afternoon, you will take a boat from Santa Cruz to San Cristóbal where you will be transferred to Hotel Blue Marlin for a briefing with a local guide. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the dock for a short boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. Here, you will embark on a guided tour to observe marine life and land animals before relaxing on one of the many white coral beaches on the island. In the afternoon, you’ll go on a guided walk to the interpretation centre and the frigate hill to admire the beautiful landscapes.
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at your leisure before being transferred to San Cristóbal airport for a flight back to Quito. Enjoy an overnight stay at Swissôtel Quito.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
Located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito, Swissotel Quito is an elegant, five-star establishment within close proximity to the thriving old city. Guests can expect to be within walking distance from plenty of shops, restaurants, museums and cultural landmarks while the hotel offers comfortable rooms and a spa for the ultimate unwind. There are also three on-site restaurants serving the likes of Ecuadorian cuisine and Japanese fare.
The ideal rest stop for relaxation and unwinding during your Ecuadorian adventure, Hotel Alismay is a four-star hotel located in Baños. Each room is spacious and comfortable, and offers guests a balcony, a private bathroom, a television, Wi-Fi and a telephone. Additionally, other services at Hotel Alisamay include a swimming pool for adults and children, a whirlpool, a sauna and a Turkish bath along with a 24-hour front desk and cafeteria serving daily breakfast.
Suchipakari Ecuadorian Jungle Lodge
Immersed in the compelling natural world of the Amazon rainforest, the Suchipakari Ecuadorian Jungle Lodge is in the perfect location for guests to admire the incredible biodiversity of the River Napo. The accommodation options at the lodge are second to none, providing comfortable beds and a number of modern amenities to enhance your stay. Guests can also expect a restaurant, a bar and a spa for the ultimate unwind.
With the style of service described as ‘handmade hospitality’, a stay at Hotel Fiesta ensures that you’re taken care of from check-in to check-out. Hotel Fiesta provides ample and comfortable space to relax and unwind after a day excursions, offering well-equipped rooms with amenities and private bathrooms. Guests can expect to be just steps away from a number of diving centres while the hotel itself offers a bar, a restaurant and a games room.
Hotel Blue Marlin
A quaint hotel located just 350 yards from the picturesque seafront promenade; Hotel Blue Marlin goes above and beyond when it comes to personalised guest hospitality thanks to the small collection of 14 rooms and the 24-hour reception desk. Guests are invited to enjoy a refreshing cocktail by the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy a delicious American-style breakfast at the on-site restaurant. For those who want to explore the surrounding area, the resort is within walking distance from local restaurants, the beach and even a local market.
A capital city that knows no boundaries, Quito sits high in the Andean foothills and is the largest metropolis in Ecuador. The Old Town is something straight out of a storybook and has been named a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site thanks to its stunning colonial squares and vibrant architecture scattered throughout the beautiful cobbled streets. Don’t leave the area without visiting the cathedrals and taking a ride on the Quito cable car, which will raise you 12,000 feet in the air for views that have to be seen to be believed.
Observe incredible animals such as squirrel monkeys and prehistoric birds on the Amazon Rainforest’s Anaconda Island before visiting a family in one of the indigenous communities to learn their traditions and cultivation habits. The island itself spans a beautiful 27 hectares located between the Napo and Arajuno Rivers in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, surrounded by a truly breath-taking variety of flora and fauna.
A beautiful cluster of volcanic archipelagos that are home to an uncountable amount of various wildlife species, the Galapagos Islands is a location full of breath-taking biodiversity that needs to be seen to be believed. Ecuador lies approximately 926 kilometres to the east of the islands, making it the ideal multi-centre adventure to both explore the mainland the tropical paradise. The islands have an exceptional range of must-see areas and attractions including San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and the Mindo Cloud Forest. No trip is complete without admiring the giant native tortoises, swimming with the majestic sea lions and snapping pictures of the iguanas basking in the sunshine. There are several volcanoes in the area too, including Cotopaxi, an active stratovolcano known for its near-symmetrical cone, which is located in the Andes Mountains and is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world at a staggering 5,897 metres. It is also known as being home to one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, attracting mountaineers and climbers from all over the world.