Travel to Ecuador and discover Quito, the oldest capital in South America, the waterfalls of Banos, the volcanos of Riobamba and the charm of Cuenca. Explore the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy its spectacular fauna and flora on the islands of Santa Cruz & San Cristobal. Relax on the paradise beaches and look out for rare blue-footed boobies and giant Galapagos tortoise.
Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains, and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the relaxed culture of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Overnight stay.
After breakfast, meet with a local guide who will take you on a fascinating guided tour of some most emblematic sights of Quito. Explore the Historic Center, declared a World Heritage Site for its great beauty, and also a discover the city's traditional market where you can taste a great variety of the tropical fruits grown in Ecuador. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Banos, a subtropical area close to the Amazon basin, known for its beautiful hot springs. On route, pass through the Cotopaxi National Park on a panoramic tour, where you can see a wonderful panoramic view of the active volcano Cotopaxi. Then, stop at the impressive volcanic lake of Quilotoa. The water is the lake is an amazing green colour due to the high mineral content of the volcanic terrain. After Quilotoa, stop in the small artisan town of Tigua and visit an artists workshop where you can discover the intricate and colourful art of the region. Continue to Banos, arrive and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an adventure to the stunning Banos Waterfalls on board a traditional Chiva, the typical transport of the Ecuadorian coast. In the afternoon, take time at your leisure to visit the waterfalls (entrance not included) or discover the city of Banos. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Journey through to the province of Chimborazo on route to El Chimborazo, the highest volcano in Ecuador standing at 6,310 meters. It was estimated that the last eruption was around 550 a.D. and therefore it is a dormant volcano. Enjoy the beautiful views of the volcano, the surrounding landscape and lush vegetation. Stop at the interesting "Palacio Real" community, a complex at the foot of the volcano before arriving at the city of Riobamba, which has a large indigenous popular and colourful culture, to enjoy an included lunch. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Riobamba.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the quaint towns of Guamote and Alausi, before heading for the fascinating ruins of Ingapirca, the largest and most well preserved Inca ruins in Ecuador. Discover the ancient city and wonder at the history behind the ruins. Continue to Cuenca, thought to be the most beautiful city in Ecuador, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, discovering the beautiful waterfront and old colonial plazas. Overnight in Cuenca.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning exploring Cuenca at your leisure. In the afternoon depart to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, located on the coast. On the way, stop in the impressive Cajas National Park, known for its glistening lakes and home to the mighty Andean Condor. Stop at a local cocoa community to discover how chocolate is made from the humble cacao tree and enjoy a tasting of the finished product. the process from the cacao tree to the chocolate bar and taste the chocolate. Continue towards Guayaquil, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Baltra, in the wonderful Galapagos Islands. From Baltra, transfer to the island of Santa Cruz by crossing the Itabaca channel on a ferry. Stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a lush, green natural habitat of the famous Galápagos giant tortoises. Visit a private ranch to enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, take a tour of the area and walk among the trees and look for the giant tortoises that prefer to stay near the small lagoons. Transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
* Note: The ferry ride from Baltra to Santa Cruz is not included and has an additional cost of £1.
Breakfast at the hotel. Take the day at your leisure or go to discover the delights of the Galapagos. Overnight in Santa Cruz.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning by exploring the beautiful island of Santa Cruz at your leisure. In the afternoon take the public speedboat to the island of San Cristobal, passing the island of Santa Fe on the way and taking approximately 2-3 hours. Arrive on the island of San Cristobal, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, we recommend discover the unique eco-system and wildlife on the Galapagos islands. Overnight in San Cristobal.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Quito. Arrive in Quito, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure, soaking up the unique atmosphere and enjoying the Ecuadorian cuisine. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board. *
* If your return flight departs in the morning, your arrival in the UK/Ireland will be the same day and the total duration of your trip will be 13 days.
Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.
14 days trip including flights*
13 days and 12 nights in destination
LON - UIO
Puerto Ayora - Isla Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora - Isla Santa Cruz
UIO - LON
UIO - LON
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Hotel Rio Amazonas.
Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Transit control card (TCC)* (US$ 20) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (US$ 100) and Taxi Boat service from Santa Cruz and for day tours ($1 per person).
* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.
From July 1st 2021, all passengers over 2 years old must fulfill one of the following requirements in order to travel to the Galapagos Islands:
- Proof of negative antigen or PCR test, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight to Galapagos
- Full COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate showing final vaccine was received at least 14 days before boarding the flight to Galapagos.
It is mandatory to send a copy of the valid passports of all passengers to email@example.com once you have made your reservation.
If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.
ESTA here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
** Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Galapagos transit control card (TCC) is mandatory and is checked at the airport in both Quito and Guayaquil before travel to the Galapagos Islands. Cost US$20 per person (subject to change) and made by cash payment. At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person.
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