Ecuador and Galapagos Explorer
If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos and the natural wonders of the Galapagos, then this is the adventure for you. Jaunt through the Amazon jungle, soak in soothing hot springs, and observe unparalleled wildlife in the Galapagos. Throw in unique accommodations at a historic hacienda and luxury catamaran, and you'll have made a month's worth of memories in two glorious weeks.
Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta. Arrival transfer. Visit the community of San Clemente and enjoy a local lunch. Overnight in an historic hacienda. Explore the Otavalo handicraft market. Relax at Papallacta hot springs. Two nights at an Amazon lodge with jungle walks and canoe excursions. Flights to and from the Gala¡pagos Islands. Certified Gala¡pagos National Park Service guide and all landings, excursions, and transportation. Snorkelling equipment. Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide, be surrounded by towering volcanoes, learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans, meet the locals on San Cristobal Island, explore the Gala¡pagos National Park aboard the Queen of Gala¡pagos
Private van, boat, flight, walking.
Comfort hotels (7 nts), historic hacienda (1 nts), luxury jungle lodge (2 nts), hot springs resort (1 nt), aboard the Queen of Gala¡pagos motorized catamaran in twin-share or double cabins or suite (3 nts).
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Quito/Otavalo (1B, 1L)
Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.
Day 3 Otavalo/Papallacta (1B)
Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for onsite hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.
Day 4 Papallacta/Baa±os (1B)
Take one last dip in the hot springs before continuing along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' to Baa±os where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking.
Day 5 Baa±os (1B)
Free day to explore Baa±os.
Day 6 Baa±os/Yasuni National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Early start in the morning. Drive to Coca, the gateway to the Amazon. Continue by motorized canoe to the luxurious La Selva Lodge. Explore the Amazon jungle with a local guide. Activities can include jungle walks, a canopy tower visit, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and photography. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a drink by candlelight, listening to the sounds of the jungle, before retiring to stylish cabanas.
Day 7 Yasuni National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies, just a short walk or canoe ride away. Overlooking the lake, the recently remodelled lodge is a perfect base for exploration. Relax in the lounge with a cocktail and dine by candlelight. Enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared by a gourmet chef. Sleep well in stylish cabanas. Let the sounds of the rainforest sing you to sleep, and the call of birds wake you in the morning.
Day 8 Yasuni National Park/Quito (1B)
Travel by boat back to Coca and catch a flight to Quito.
Day 14 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B)
Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Gala¡pagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito.
Day 15 Quito (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 9 Quito (1B)
Enjoy free time and spend the day exploring the city of Quito.
Day 10 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B)
Early morning, fly to San Cristobal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for a first night's stay in the Gala¡pagos Islands. Following lunch, begin exploring San Cristobal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the islands. After, visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the islands, explore the paths near the centre for beautiful views.
Day 11 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Isla Lobos (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a morning snorkel excursion at Kicker Rock and visit a nearby beach. In the afternoon, transfer to the boat and head to Isla Lobos to visit a sea lion colony.
Day 11 San Cristobal Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Before transferring to the boat, visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see giant tortoises.