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Explore spectacular volcano-strewn landscapes, crater lakes, charming haciendas, a stunning lodge straight out of a design magazine in the middle of the forest, and one of the most biodiverse countries on the continent, with unique endemic flora and fauna on Galapagos.

11 DAYS CLASSIC ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

GUAYAQUIL

Visit Parque de Simon Bolivar, home to hundreds of Iguanas. Take a city tour exploring the historic La Rotonda area to the colonial neighbourhood of Las Penas before climbing up to Cerro Santa Ana for a panoramic view of Guayaquil.

2

DAY

GUAYAQUIL / BALTRA / SANTA CRUZ

Fly to Baltra, Galapagos. Arrive at Pikaia Lodge where you will spend the next 4 nights. 

3

DAY

SANTA CRUZ

Explore the Galapagos islands and meet the endemic wildlife while uncovering Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. 

4

DAY

SANTA CRUZ

Discover Los Gemelos in the beautiful Scalesia forest and the private estate of Rancho Chanto II where ancient reptiles such as the Giant Tortoises roam free. Walk through lava tunnels and explore a series of impressive underground channels. Visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Centre and do some shopping at Puerto Ayora.

5

DAY

SANTA CRUZ

Take a yacht excursion to observe more flora and fauna of the islands. 

6

DAY

SANTA CRUZ / BALTRA / QUITO / IMBABURA

Fly to Quito. Overnight for 2 nights at an award-winning luxury boutique hotel and former presidential home.

Optional Extension: 4 Days Crater Lagoon, Volcano & Hot Springs

7

DAY

IMBABURA

Hike on the self-guided trails on the property and sample fresh cheese from the creamery. In the afternoon, take a horseback tour to the Condor Huasi Project facilities in La Rinconada de San Pedro Valley and learn about the wildlife of Zuleta. 

8

DAY

IMBABURA / MASHPI

Drive to Mashpi. Take a hike through the forest and glide through its canopy atop the unique Dragonfly aerial cable car. When darkness falls, a night walk reveals the nocturnal species on the forest floors. 

9

DAY

MASHPI

Hike towards the waterfall and stop by the Hummingbird or Butterfly Garden. Pedal on the aerial Sky Bike for a different viewpoint before climbing up the Observation Tower for an amazing view of the sunset across the reserve.

10

DAY

MASHPI / QUITO

Drive to Quito. En route stop by the "Middle of the World" monument which marks the equatorial line. Enjoy lunch inside the crater of Pululahua Volcano. In Quito, visit Panecillo Hill for a view of the old city and explore the historic and colonial centre. Have a taste of exotic fruits and fresh local produce at Inaquito Market.

11

DAY

QUITO

Visit the estate of Hacienda La Compania  and its historical Museum of Roses. Stroll down the Rosadex Rose Farm where 38 rose varieties are grown

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil
Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos (Santa Cruz)
Hacienda La Carriona
Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, Lasso
Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta
Hacienda Zuleta, Imbabura
Mashpi Lodge, Mashpi
Casa Gangotena, Quito
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