Ecuador Discovery

Ecuador Discovery

Awaken your soul and your sense of adventure on this 13-day journey through the Galápagos Islands, the streets of historic Quito and Otavalo, the rolling hills of the Ecuadorian Andes, and the wild Ecuadorian jungles at the eco-friendly jungle hideaway, Mashpi Lodge.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Quito / Casa Gangotena

  • Day 2:

    Galápagos Islands / Galapagos Safari Camp

  • Day 3:

    Galápagos Islands / Galapagos Safari Camp

  • Day 4:

    Galápagos Islands / Galapagos Safari Camp

  • Day 5:

    Galápagos Islands / Galapagos Safari Camp

  • Day 6:

    Cuenca / Mansión Alcázar

  • Day 7:

    Cuenca / Mansión Alcázar

  • Day 8:

    Otavalo / Hacienda Zuleta

  • Day 9:

    Otavalo / Hacienda Zuleta

  • Day 10:

    Quito / Casa Gangotena

  • Day 11:

    Mashpi Reserve / Mashpi Lodge

  • Day 12:

    Mashpi Reserve / Mashpi Lodge

  • Day 13:

    Departure

Itinerary Description:

The journey begins in Quito as you arrive and are transferred to your accommodation at Casa Gangotena. Your next four nights will be full of adventure in the Galápagos Islands. Here you'll interact with Darwin's findings like the tortoise, the pink flamingo, and the blue-footed booby. Experience the islands from the unique confines of Galapagos Safari Camp. Day trips to nearby islands and visiting conservation projects on Santa Cruz are all possible.

Next, transfer to Cuenca for a walking tour in colonial downtown. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of its people, the colorful parks and plazas, religious monuments, and handcraft shops. Lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in the area, and in the afternoon, you'll take a drive up to the hill of Turi to admire the city and learn about Cuenca's geography and history. Continuing on, visit the quaint town of Otavalo for shopping within the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, and other fine woven goods.

Head into the Ecuadorian Andes next for a visit to Hacienda Zuleta. This working farm and ranch and its historic hacienda are your home for two magical nights. Daily outdoor activities include hiking and horseback riding with some of the 100 horses that live on the ranch.

Return to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, for an astounding exploration of the city center. The first city declared a Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito represents a unique blend of Amerindian ancestry and Spanish influence. Drive up to an observation point for a bird’s-eye view of the city’s layout; and then stroll along downtown Quito, founded by the Spanish on the ruins of an Inca settlement, the best preserved colonial historic center in Latin America.

Spend the last two days of your journey in the Ecuadorian cloud forest at the eco-friendly Mashpi Lodge. This unique lodge is blissfully secluded in a protected reserve exclusive to lodge guests and hosts great activities like rainforest walks, visits to local indigenous villages, and sailing over the lush canopy in an aerial tram.

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