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ECUADOR & GALÁPAGOS LUXURY - 12 DAYS

Price per Person
2999 USD
Service Level
Luxury - 5 stars Htl. / Comfort Camping
Travel Style
Luxury Adventures
Activity Level
Level 3 COTOPAXI
Group Size
Under request
Minimum Age
12
Start / Finish
Quito - Quito
Season
Year around
Activities
Wildlife Trekking Hiking Biking Canoe Ride Cultural

A truly unique lifetime adventure blending the spectacular geography of Quito UNESCO city with the northwestern cloud forest and with the enchanted Galápagos Islands, the islands offer endless opportunities to witness a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on the planet. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such close and intimate contact with the wildlife. The Galápagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species; this allowed them to evolve their unique features for countless millennia. This vacation also provides flexible time to spend on your own and explore the sand beaches, trail in the Galápagos and the cloud forest, and share with lots of wildlife. Be part of an inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness’ in the world!


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ico1    Explore the unique wildlife in the Galápagos islands, snorkeling with sea turtles, rays and sea lions, visit highlands with the wild giant tortoises, explore lava tubes in Santa Cruz highlands, Visit Isla lobos, sea lions island.
ico1    Mashpi actually lies within the Metropolitan District of Quito – the capital of Ecuador. The lodge, which is only about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Quito as the hummingbird flies, was built at 950 meters (3,117 feet) above sea level.
ico1    Quito colonial churches, Equator line and colonial Quito .

Day 1: Quito Arrival Day

Day 1: Quito Arrival Day

Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.

Our AJ staff will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to the hotel for your welcome briefing Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours. At this time, we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an acclimation and information day.

Accommodation:  Casa Gangotena

Day 2: QUITO CITY TOUR

Day 2: QUITO CITY TOUR

After breakfast, we enjoy a local like city tour exploring the narrow streets of the UNESCO city in the old town, our visit includes important monuments such as: La Basílica church, La Compañia De Jesús Church, San Francisco church, the main independence square, the Cathedral church and el Panecillo natural lookout of the city.

Lunch at Pululahua Crater, view point.

In the afternoon we will visit one of the most iconic places in the world: the equator line and we will visit the Intiñan Museum.

Accommodation:  Casa Gangotena

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: CLOUD FOREST

Day 3: CLOUD FOREST

The adventure begins at around 08:30 am at one of the main hotels in Quito, when you will be collected by Mashpi transportation for your journey to the northwest corner of the Metropolitan District of Quito. The road passes along the western flank of the Andes next to the which marks the equatorial line. We then continue westwards, downhill, following the course of the Río Blanco, watching as the vegetation changes with every significant drop in altitude. After passing the town of Nanegalito, we head northwest, along winding country roads, passing the archaeological site of Tulipe and various farming communities. We arrive at the Lodge at noon.

On your arrival day, you will plan your activities with the team and receive a talk about Mashpi and all its wonders.

When darkness falls, a new troupe of creatures emerges: your guides will accompany you in search out tiny (and some transparent!) frogs, snakes, insects and even tarantulas during a Night Walk.

Accommodation:  Mashpi Lodge

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: CLOUD FOREST

Day 4: CLOUD FOREST

The day might begin at first light on the panoramic terrace, watching – and hearing – a menagerie of birds stirring around the Lodge. After breakfast, you could hike towards a waterfall, bathing in the tremendous crash of water, head to the Hummingbird Garden, or discover the winged wonders of the Life Centre’s butterflies.

After lunch, how about pedaling between two points of the forest around 200 m (655 ft) apart on the aerial Sky Bike, followed by a climb up the Observation Tower to take in the Reserve in its entirety and watch the sun go down behind the clouds...

For the evening, we have prepared a series of different lectures such as the “Secret Wildlife of Mashpi: The Camera Trap Project,” “The Choco: a Biological Hotspot” about the formation and diversity of the Chocó, or about our scientific research projects. The lectures will be given by one of our naturalists or our resident biologist at 7:30 p.m.

Accommodation:  Mashpi Lodge

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: CLOUD FOREST TO QUITO

Day 5: CLOUD FOREST TO QUITO

On your last day, there’s more time to explore the forest trails, head to a different waterfall or find a nook to let the whole experience sink in.

We return to the hotel for check out at 11:00 a.m. Our transfer leaves Mashpi Lodge at 11:30 a.m. During your trip back to Quito, you’ll get to enjoy a meal before arriving to your hotel.

Enjoy your afternoon with any of the activities Quito Polo Club offers: horse riding, watching a polo game, walking around and more...

Then prepare for an amazing dinner on one of the most iconic Ecuadorian fusion restaurants.

Accommodation:  Quito Polo Club

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: GALÁPAGOS - SAN CRISTÓBAL

Day 6: GALÁPAGOS - SAN CRISTÓBAL

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago on the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristóbal. Once arrived, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno and a short briefing about the next days, before the adventure begins. In the afternoon we will head to “La Loberia”, which is both a home beach and nursery for large Galápagos sea lions, we can spot them while snorkeling, as they are very curios and approach to swim next to you underwater. They may also be laying over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin’s finches along the beach. In between the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galápagos. We also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.

Accommodation:  Golden Bay

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: SAN CRISTÓBAL

Day 7: SAN CRISTÓBAL

In the morning, we will take a boat to Kicker Rock, located off the coast of San Cristóbal, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of some resemblance. This is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galápagos Island’s natural monument has become a spectacular site due to the many tropic birds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful fish, such as rainbow fish and sharks, like the hammerhead and white tip. After lunch, we will spend some time on the beach and travel back to the hotel.

Accommodation:  Golden Bay

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: SAN CRISTÓBAL – SANTA CRUZ

Day 8: SAN CRISTÓBAL – SANTA CRUZ

In the morning, traverse from San Cristóbal to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galápagos Islands.

We will take you to the hotel for check in and then you will visit one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches of the Galápagos Islands.

Accommodation:  Finch Bay

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: HIGHLANDS - GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE

Day 9: HIGHLANDS - GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE

We will head to the ‘El Chato’ reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galápagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigate birds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. In the afternoon we will visit the Garrapatero cove, considered to have the finest sand in all Galápagos! Enjoy a soothing dip in the waters; take a small trip on a tandem, sit-on-top kayak; lie on the beach; or walk a short distance to a brackish lagoon, home of stilts, plovers, pintails and flamingos.

Accommodation:  Finch Bay

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10:EXCURSION TO BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND

Day 10:EXCURSION TO BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND

Bartolomé is a small Galápagos Island located 18 miles northwest from the Itabaca Channel. It’s among the most famous of all the islands, due to its fascinating volcanic landscapes and the wildlife encounters it promises.

Bartolomé is considered one of the best snorkeling sites in the central islands of the archipelago. Here, we swim at the foot of the famous Pinnacle Rock and around its base, observing many species of parrot fish, marine turtles, sea lions and, if we’re lucky, Galápagos penguins.

After a lunch on board, we motor to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Sullivan Bay is the most interesting lava field in the Galápagos. A short walk on lava is a unique chance to experience the volcanic origins of the islands. “Pahoe hoe” and “AA” lava are the predominant shape in this moon scape. After a land visit we have time to snorkel and enjoy the amazing white sand beach, where it’s easy to observe many different species of fishes, some turtles, sea lions and hopefully Galápagos Penguins.

Accommodation:  Finch Bay

Meals : Breakfast

Day 11: GALAPÁGOS TO GUAYAQUIL

Day 11: GALAPÁGOS TO GUAYAQUIL

After our final breakfast on the Galápagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

You can spend the afternoon on the Parque Historico of Guayaquil.

Accommodation:  Hotel del Parque

Meals : Breakfast

Day 12: DEPARTURE

Day 12: DEPARTURE

Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you “buen viaje”!

Meals : Breakfast

INCLUDED (ALL EXPERIENCES BASED ON PRIVATE SERVICE)

Transportation: Domestic flights Quito-Galápagos-Guayaquil, airport transfers, Airfare to and from Galápagos, comfortable land transportation and sea transportation.
Accommodations based in double occupancy: Luxury hotels in Quito, Guayaquil, and Galápagos, Luxury Eco-Lodge in the cloud forest.
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 5 dinners.
Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking guide.

NOT INCLUDED

• My Own Room supplement cost.
• Travel insurance mandatory.
• Galápagos National Park Fee USD $100.
• Transit control Card USD $20.
• Pier use USD $10.
• Entrance fees not listed.
• International air (also applied to trans-border flights).
• Applicable tourist visas.
• Incidentals.
• Airport taxes.
• Tips or gratuities; recommended $15 to $20 per day for guides and driver.
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary; food budget USD $300.
• Optional tour or optional admissions.

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      Pichincha - Quito - Ecuador 
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      Santa Cruz Island - Ecuador
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