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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Holidays

Primavera Tour

19 Night Itinerary from £6,457

Private Individual Tour

 

Experience close encounters with friendly wildlife on a Galapagos Islands cruise, fascinating cultures in the Amazon rainforest and awe-inspiring volcanoes in the Andean mountains.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Enjoy our most comprehensive tour of Ecuador
  • Get closer to nature and mind-boggling wildlife on a 7 night Galapagos Cruise
  • Stay 4 nights in a remote Amazon lodge with daily excursions in the rainforest with expert guides
  • Drive through the cinematic Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Explore the charming colonial centres of Cuenca and Quito
  • Visit a local Indian market in the Andes
  • Ride the Devil's Nose Railway and marvel at the lagoons of the Cajas National Park

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

1675 Quito

Quito & Otavalo Market - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly from London to Quito

Day 2 - Otavalo and guided tour of Quito

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Day 1

Fly from London to Quito

Take a daytime flight to Quito, arriving the same evening, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel. This is also the opportunity for our guide to provide you advice, explain your programme and answer any questions you may have.

 


Day 2

Otavalo and guided tour of Quito 

We take a trip to the Andean town of Otavalo to visit its magnificent market, where men and women with long plaited hair, dressed in their traditional clothes, sell all types of weavings, handicrafts and homegrown produce. We return to Quito to explore the colonial quarter with its narrow cobblestone streets and many beautiful churches. We also visit the Archaeological Museum. 

Rincon Puembo

Quito - Tourist Hotel

The Rincon de Puembo is located 20 minutes from Quito's new airport, in the small town of Puembo, making it ideal for travellers having to overnight in between flights. The accommodation is all found in a replica colonial-style street, with wonderful traditional touches. Perfect for relaxing by the pool and taking a rest stop from your Ecuadorean itinerary.

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Casa San Marcos

Quito - First Boutique

Almost hidden away in the Old Town of Quito, this restored mansion houses a hotel which is part art gallery, part antiquarian, part restaurant. Its spacious gallery has many pieces by national and international artists. The six rooms are comfortably and stylishly furnished, all with private bathroom. the hotel also commands excellent views of the "Panecillo" one of Quito's great landmarks. The hotel restaurant serves Ecuadorean delights as well as Mediterranean cuisine.

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Casa Gangotena

Quito - Deluxe Hotel

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the Old Town, the three-story Casa Gangotena has 31 luxury rooms: a showcase of eye catching style, contemporary design, antiques, furnishings, fine dining, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.

The hotel includes several 'experiences' for its guests at no extra cost, including San Francisco’s courtyards & Brewery, Museo del Carmen Alto, San Fransisco Choir & Bell Tower and Chocolate Quiteno tasting.

Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Amazon - 4 Nights

Day 3 - Fly to Coca, transfer to your Amazon Lodge

Day 4 - Amazon lodge and excursions 

Day 5 - Amazon lodge and parrot clay licks 

Day 6 - Amazon Lodge and canopy observation tower

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Day 3

Fly to Coca, transfer to your Amazon Lodge

Our day starts with a flight into the Amazon and a trip up river to our Amazon lodge located in the peace and tranquility of virgin rainforest, overlooking a lagoon. Choose from either the tourist class Yasuni Lodge or the first class Napo Wildlife Centre, both located about 2 hours downriver from Coca airport. Each lodge is on a full board basis with included walks and excursions with expert guides every day. Other optional activities are available, such as fishing and kayaking, at the lodge. 

 


Day 4

Amazon Lodge and excursions

Today your resident naturalist guides take you on a variety of hikes, both by night and by day, canoeing trips up creeks and exploring the rainforest to observe the exuberant vegetation and the vast, dense tree canopy. 


Day 5

Amazon Lodge and parrot clay licks

Today we experience the parrot clay licks to observe flocks of brightly-coloured macaws, parrots and parakeets as they descend to feed on the soil, extracting vital minerals to help them digest the fruit and seeds found in the jungle. At some, sightings have also been reported of tapirs, ocelots, owls and others animals. Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit a local community learning about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. Then we take a 30 minutes walk through the forest and enjoy lunch. We return to the lodge by riverboat. 


Day 6

Amazon Lodge and canopy observation tower

Today, we visit the canopy observation tower, a high platform 36 metres high from which you will get a close up view of the most amazing views of the jungle. Here, birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right past you. Flocks of vibrantly coloured tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, trek deep into a rain forest to discover the mysterious wildlife hiding in the interior. Observe the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare insects and snakes! We also visit the black water Añangu Lake and streams home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter. 

Yasuni Kichwa Lodge

Ecuadorian Amazon - Tourist Lodge

Local English speaking guides take you on excursions, showing a faschinating knowledge, which is practical and empiric, rather than academic. You can also interact with the people going on excursions in the jungle, rivers and stream, and viditing the canopy observation tower and clay lick where macaws and parrots congreagate. The lopdge is located two hours by canoe downriver from Coca airport. It is a hotel within the community and take a maximum of 40 guests in comfortable, spacious cabins with private facilities and balconies with a hammock, safe deposit box, hot water, ventillation and plugs to charge baterries. The beds are comfortable with sheets, blankets and mosquito nets. There is also a large dining room with thatched roof: the feedback is that the food is excellent.

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Napo Wildlife Centre

Ecuadorian Amazon - First Lodge

This ecotourism project includes the conservation of over 53,000 acres of the most pristine Amazon Rainforest within the Yasuni National Park, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador. You will be met at Coca airfield and taken to the bank of the river Napo for the two hour journey by motorised canoe to the Lodge. Once you arrive and settle into your room you will have a programme of daily guided excursions and walks to experience the exuberance of the Amazon rainforest.

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Quito - 1 Night

Day 7 - Return to Quito

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Day 7

Return to Quito

Transfer by riverboat to Coca airport for your flight to Quito for a 1-night stay.

Rincon Puembo

Quito - Tourist Hotel

The Rincon de Puembo is located 20 minutes from Quito's new airport, in the small town of Puembo, making it ideal for travellers having to overnight in between flights. The accommodation is all found in a replica colonial-style street, with wonderful traditional touches. Perfect for relaxing by the pool and taking a rest stop from your Ecuadorean itinerary.

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Casa San Marcos

Quito - First Boutique

Almost hidden away in the Old Town of Quito, this restored mansion houses a hotel which is part art gallery, part antiquarian, part restaurant. Its spacious gallery has many pieces by national and international artists. The six rooms are comfortably and stylishly furnished, all with private bathroom. the hotel also commands excellent views of the "Panecillo" one of Quito's great landmarks. The hotel restaurant serves Ecuadorean delights as well as Mediterranean cuisine.

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Casa Gangotena

Quito - Deluxe Hotel

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the Old Town, the three-story Casa Gangotena has 31 luxury rooms: a showcase of eye catching style, contemporary design, antiques, furnishings, fine dining, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.

The hotel includes several 'experiences' for its guests at no extra cost, including San Francisco’s courtyards & Brewery, Museo del Carmen Alto, San Fransisco Choir & Bell Tower and Chocolate Quiteno tasting.

Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Avenue of the Volcanoes - 1 Night

Day 8 - Experience Cotopaxi Volcano

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Day 8

Experience Cotopaxi Volcano

Your journey continues as we head for the hills to explore the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes' and most particularly, the perfectly formed cone-shaped Cotopaxi Volcano which rises to a height of 5,897 metres. The volcano is set in the wild treeless páramo of the Cotopaxi National Park with stunning views. We stop at an Indian village where local weavers demonstrate their skills on the traditional shuttle looms and continue to Riobamba to enjoy its thermal springs surrounded by stunning scenery. Lunch is included today.

Hacienda El Porvenir

The Avenue of Volcanoes, Cotopaxi & Riobamba - Tourist Hacienda

Only one and a half hours drive from Quito, Hacienda El Porvenir is the ideal spot to explore Cotopaxi Volcano and its surroundings. Located in Cotopaxi National Park, the farmhouse is 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) above sea level surrounded by four volcanoes. El Porvenir is a working ranch with local produce  served in the dining room. Other public facilities include a spa, stables and many activities to enjoy.

El Porvenir has 22 suites and rooms of three different types: suites, traditional and low cost glamping. The heated rooms have king, queen or twin beds, private bathroom, minibar, FREE WI-FI (the internet coverage is not reliable) - and breakfast is included. Glamping rooms are simple and with shared bathrooms.

Activities/tours available:

General tours: 3 summit volcano challenge, 4 nights/5 days; Cotopaxi National Park Full day tour.

Mountain Biking: full day tour; Volcano ride, 4 nights/5 days; Volcano advanced, 3 nights/4 days; Volcano  2 nights/3 days.

Horse riding: full day tour;  Chagras Way horse riding tour 4 nights/5 days.

Multi adventure (combination of trekking, horse riding and mountain biking): Cotopaxi exploration 3 nights/4 days; Highland family, 4 nights/ 5 days; The Condor Path, 1 night/2 days; Volcano, 2 nights/3 days; Volcano, 2 nights/3 days.

Trekking and climbing: 3 summit challenge, 4 nights/5 days; Lodge to lodge trek, 3 nights/4 days; Volcano trek, 5 nights/6 days.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis or choose an all-inclusive activity package - please ask us for details.

 

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Cuenca - 3 Nights

Day 9 - Devil's Nose Railway, Ingapirca and Cuenca

Day 10 - The Gualaceo Valley

Day 11 - Guided tour of Cuenca 

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Day 9

Ingapirca and Cuenca

Today we journey south to Cuenca, a charming colonial city, embraced by silent mountains. On the way ride on the jaw dropping Devil's Nose Railway through the most spectacular scenery and we stop at the small Inca archaeological site of Ingapirca. We also enjoy an included lunch.


Day 10

The Gualaceo Valley

A full day of exploration to the fertile Gualaceo Valley and Chordeleg, passing remote villages and farmsteads amidst quite beautiful gently rolling hills. Lunch is also included today.


Day 11

Guided tour of Cuenca 

Morning guided tour of Cuenca including a visit to a Panama Hat factory and the elegant La Inmaculada Cathedral. After an included lunch, the rest of the day is at leisure enjoying this charming colonial town. 

Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel

Cuenca - Luxury Hotel

The Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel is quite simply the best hotel in Cuenca. Located in the historic centre, it is one of only a few hotels that retain private gardens. The building has a rich history and was beautifully renovated in 2001 by the present owners.

Public facilities include a bar, lounge and the elegant Casa Alonso Restaurant offers the best Ecuadorian and International Cuisine. The exclusive spa is the ideal place to relax, rest and enjoy a selection of massages and skin-wellness treatments. The gardens are beautifully kept and a super place to relax.

There are 23 rooms and suites, either garden or patio facing. Each room and suite is individual and decorated differently. They are equipped with comfortable and colonial-style furnishings, TV, digital telephone system, safe deposit box, elegant bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, quality amenities and accessories.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis including afternoon English tea. 

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Guayaquil - 1 Night

Day 12 - Cajas National Park and Guayaquil

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Day 12

Cajas National Park and Guayaquil

We drive through evergreen cloud forests to Cajas National Park, with many lakes, lagoons and rich wildlife including Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and raccoon-like coatis. After an included lunch, we continue to Guayaquil where we check into our hotel for a 1-night stay.

Hacienda La Danesa

Guayaquil - First Hacienda

Located an hours drive from Guayaquil, Hacienda La Danesa is an excellent way to begin or end your journey in Ecuador if you prefer the untamed countryside to staying in Guayaquil. Owned by the Olsen Peet family, the Hacienda has many lovely touches including a relaxing spa, beautifully designed rooms and many rural activities to enjoy.

Public facilities include a dining room, spa, bar and well kept gardens. The Hacienda also has its own 500 hectare working farm and uses the organic produce in the ingredients for delicious Ecuadorean dishes served every day. A swimming pool is opening in late 2019.

The 6 rooms are a mix of restored stables, heritage bedrooms, a garden cottage and a family garden cottage. Each air-conditioned has private bathroom, binoculars, private hammock, mini bar, coffee machine and a yoga mat. Fresh coffee and fruit juice is delivered to your room each morning.

Included activities to enjoy include tubing, guided walks, cycling and milking on the farm. Other optional activities include horse riding, chocolate making classes and a wellness programme.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis and include soft drinks.

 

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Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights

Day 13 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands for 7-night cruise

Days 14-19 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

Day 20 - Return to UK

Day 21 - Arrive in the UK

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Day 13

Fly to the Galapagos Islands for 7-night cruise

Take a domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands, where you transfer to your chosen ship, either the tourist class Cachalote Explorer or the superior first class Beluga. Both cruise ships include full board accommodation with daily excursions from knowledgable local naturalists. 


Day 14

Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

Enjoy the next 6 days exploring the incredible environment of the Galapagos. Observe basking marine iguanas, waved albatrosses, blue and red footed boobies, 500lb tortoises and friendly sea lions. The wildlife lives here without fear of humans; in fact you feel like you are a guest in their natural home. Every morning and afternoon enjoy guided excursions and activities including walking tours of each island visited, swimming with sea lions and snorkelling. Our expert naturalist will guide you to ensure you see as much friendly wildlife as possible and return home with unforgettable memories. 


Day 15

Daily guided excursions


Day 16

Daily guided excursions


Day 17

Daily guided excursions


Day 18

Daily guided excursions


Day 19

Daily guided excursions


Day 20

Return to UK 

Fly back to the mainland and connect with your return overnight flight home.


Day 21

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Cachalote Explorer

Galapagos Islands - Tourist Motor Yacht

Enjoy the small ship experience of cruising from island to island, getting close to the shore, feel the breeze and listening to the sea. After the morning and afternoon landings ashore, you can enjoy the spacious sundeck areas, sunbathe and admire the sea lions playing around you.

The Cachalote Explorer accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 air conditioned double cabins, all with private bathroom facilities. There is a crew of 9 including your Galapagos Naturalist Guide that will take you on daily excursions.

Special offer - 7- night cruises 2020/2021 - save up to 20% - £750 per person on following departures: 

2021 - 24 February, 17 and 24th March, 7th April, 19th and 26th May, 16th and 23rd June, 7th and 28th July, 27th October, 1st and 8th December.

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Beluga

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

The M/Y Beluga is a spacious and comfortable superior first class motor yacht accommodating up to 16 passengers in 8 double cabins. One of these has an additional berth which becomes a triple room which is ideal for families.

Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious social areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class Galapagos yacht, including panoramic windows in the lounge and dining area and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing.

Enjoy daily excursions ashore led by expert naturalist guides, fascinating evening talks and explorations by dinghy.

Special offer departures 2021 - save 20% - up to £1200 per couple

2021 - 26 February, 12th and 19th March, 9th, 23rd and 30th April, 14th and 28th May, 25th June, 2nd, 16th and 23rd July, 13th August, 22nd October and 19th November.

Please call for details and a quote. 

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Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 15 Dec 1 July - 5 Sep, 16 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £6,457 £7,589 £6,783 £7,915
Multiple Travellers - Own Room £6,780 £9,751 £7,106 £10,177
Single Traveller - Own Room £8,010 £11,523 £8,336 £11,849

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 21 Days / 19 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 19 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners 
  • 7-night Galapagos Islands cruise including daily excursions
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides

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