Quito, Haciendas & Galapagos

15 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

3-4 star
(on board the Archipel)
4-5 star
(on board the Treasure)


(Based on two people travelling. Low season can be a lot cheaper, and peak season or 5* hotels can be substantially more expensive.)


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Day 1
Fly to Quito. You will be greeted and transferred into the city.
Day 2
Your guided Quito tour will focus upon the impressive historical plazas and cobbled streets of the Old Town. You will continue north to visit the equator line, where you can straddle both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Day 3
You will travel through a range of microclimates to reach the Otavalo region. You will stay in a remote hacienda.
Day 4
Visit the impressive bustling Otavalo market town. Learn about the history, culture and colourful range of produce on offer.
Day 5
You will be transferred back to Quito for a stay near to the airport.
Day 6
Your Galapagos adventure begins today. Get ready to be impressed by what you are about to see! Keep your camera to hand and get ready to spot lazing land iguanas, diving blue footed boobies and rambling giant tortoises! You will arrive into either San Cristobal or Baltra, and will be transferred to your waiting cruise for the next seven nights.
Day 7
Exploring the Galapagos with your naturalist guide. Your itinerary will take in a variety of the most interesting islands, including boat trips, snorkelling and occasional hikes. All food and excursions are included during your time on board.
Day 8
Exploring the Galapagos with your naturalist guide. In the evenings guides often give the opportunity to discuss what you have seen in more detail, and it can be a great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating set of islands.
Day 9
Exploring the Galapagos with your naturalist guide. The rich underwater world has so much to offer, often giving the chance to see swimming turtles and even meandering sharks below.
Day 10
Exploring the Galapagos with your naturalist guide. See the vibrant sally light-foot crabs scuttle nervously over the rocks.
Day 11
Exploring the Galapagos with your naturalist guide. Every time of year is a good time to visit the Galapagos, and you are likely to see lots of wildlife activity during all months.
Day 12
Exploring the Galapagos with your naturalist guide. Ancient giant tortoises ramble through several of the most important Galapagos islands - these iconic species are some of the Galapagos Island's most famous residents.
Day 13
You will disembark and fly to balmy Guayaquil for your final night in mainland Ecuador.
Day 14
You will meet your guide for a tour of Guayaquil, taking in the most impressive areas of the city. This evening you will fly back home.
Day 15
Welcome home!

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Ecuador has a rich cultural heritage throughout the Andean highlands that encompass the capital, Quito, as well as lush valleys, famous market towns and traditional communities. This itinerary has so much to offer; from colonial Quito through to the culturally rich Otavalo market. These wonderful destinations could only be topped by a full week in the astounding Galapagos Islands! This itinerary includes unbelievable wildlife, dramatic scenery as well as an abundance of history and culture.

Arrive in the beautiful historic centre of Quito, beautifully restored with UNESCO funding and a pleasure to explore on foot. Then delve into the central highlands just north of the city to explore traditional villages that specialise in artisan crafts such as wood carving, woven textiles and more, from a delightful rural hacienda and working farm. The climax of this wonderful trip is, of course, a week long cruise around the Galapagos Islands – observing sealions, birds, iguanas, tortoises and a myriad of marine life in their natural habitat.

2 nights Quito – 2 nights Otavalo – 1 night Quito – 7 nights Galapagos cruise – 1 night Guayaquil – 1 night on plane

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