Galapagos & Ecuador Luxury Adventure

Galapagos & Ecuador Luxury Adventure

Overview

FROM $7,625* 13 DAYS ECUADOR

Extensive and luxurious, this adventure highlights all the best. Stay in a restored colonial mansion in Quito, spot wildlife in the lush cloud forest canopy, island hop the Galapagos aboard a small-ship expedition, and finish at the former president’s cozy hacienda nestled in the highlands from where you’ll experience Ecuador’s fascinating indigenous cultures.

QUito 3 NIGHTs

Explore the history, architecture and sights and sounds of of the Spanish Colonial empire and the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and stay in a restored colonial mansion.

cloud forest / mashpi lodge 2 NIGHTs

Cable car through the clouds and lush canopy, walk to remote waterfalls and swimming holes, visit the hummingbird observatory and butterfly sanctuary and more in this lush temperate (higher altitude makes for much less heat and humidity then tropical rainforest) ecosystem of unparalleled biodiversity. Your home, Mashpi Lodge, is a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS  4 / 6 NIGHTs

Enjoy some of the world’s most unique wildlife experiences on a luxurious small-ship catamaran. Galapagos wildlife know no predators and are as curious about you as you are them!

HIGHLANDS / HACIENDA ZULETA 2 NIGHTs

Experience Ecuador’s indigenous cultures and heritage visiting South America’s largest market, hike to an Andean Condor rehabilitation project, or simply relax in quite possibly the world’s most charming hacienda.

*Price approximation reflecting seasonality and room category. All Knowmad trips are custom and quoted individually. 

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Itinerary

KEY B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Knowmad Travel Day

DAY 1 Quito

Fly to Quito arriving likely late evening where you’ll be met and taken to your colonial mansion turned charming hotel situated in historic Old Town Quito.


Quito Daniel Joseph Travel

DAY 2 Quito

Experience an insider’s look at Quito’s historic district, which was the epicenter of the Spanish colonial empire and also the first ever UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • B – Patio Andaluz

Cloudforest Mashpi Lodge Trips

DAY 3 Quito - Cloud Forest

Depart Quito venturing deep into the cloud forest, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, arriving to the remote and stylish Mashpi, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Here you’ll choose from a range of excursions to explore the bird (over 400 species), wildlife, and ecosystem that make this highland rainforest so special. Take a thrilling walk in the evening to experience the cacophony of sounds and animals only found at night.

  • B, L, D – Mashpi Lodge

Cloudforest Experience

DAY 4 MASHPI LODGE

Immerse yourself in the upper canopy spotting toucans and more on Mashpi’s Dragonfly, a mile plus cable car ride high above the rainforest, take light walks or strenuous hikes through lush streams to an abundance of waterfalls and swimming holes, and visit the hummingbird garden and butterfly sanctuary. You’ll also enjoy an unrivaled culinary offering and hospitality at this luxurious cloud forest oasis.

  • B, L, D – Mashpi Lodge

Cloudforest Custom Mashpi Trip

DAY 5 MASHPI LODGE - QUITO

After a final adventure in the forest, head back to Quito where you’ll enjoy a relaxing evening as you gear up for your flight to Galapagos the next morning.

  • B, L – Patio Andaluz

Galapagos Ocean Spray Cruise

DAY 6 - 10 QUITO - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Island hop aboard an intimate catamaran and get face-to-face with an incredible array of animal species. Whether walking, snorkeling, kayaking or in a zodiac, you will be overwhelmed with wildlife such as the giant Galapagos Tortoise, marine iguanas, albatrosses, blue-footed boobies and more. This 5-day Galapagos cruise takes you to some of the famed sites through the islands while stopping at a few lesser-known locations along the way. (Exact itineraries vary depending on the vessel and your available dates. We select partner ships based on expert naturalist guides, fantastic and diverse itineraries, comfortable cabins, food quality, and overall experience. Let us help pair you with your perfect Galapagos experience.)

  • B, L, D – Ocean Spray small ship catamaran or alternative vessel

Galapagos Swallowed Tail Gull Custom Trips

DAY 7 GENOVESA ISLAND

AM: Darwin Bay
Land on Genovesa Island at Darwin Bay, a beautiful beach formed by the rim of a sunken crater. Here you will walk a short trail that winds through the mangroves filled with nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools. Arriving at the cliff, enjoy one of the islands’ most spectacular views.

PM: Prince Phillip’s Steps
In the afternoon, you will arrive at a rockfall that forms a natural staircase up the cliffs known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, or the “Stairway to Seabird Heaven.” Here, a marvelous view from the lava ridge compliments the continued sightings of various tropical land birds.

  • B, L, D – Ocean Spray small ship catamaran or alternative vessel

Galapagos Snorkeling Trips

DAY 8 SANTIAGO ISLAND

AM: Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove
Spot pintail ducks and pink flamingos at Espumilla Beach before exploring Buccaneer Cove. Once a safe haven for pirates, sea turtles and other wildlife now take the pirates’ place near the mangrove trees. This is another great snorkeling spot and home to many marine birds and sea lions.

PM: Puerto Egas
Head to Egas Port, home to the curious Galapagos hawk. Enjoy exploring trails that lead to gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna, and snorkel nearby with the fur seals and marine birds.

  • B, L, D – Ocean Spray small ship catamaran or alternative vessel

Galapagos Tortoise Trip

DAY 9 NORTH SEYMOUR & SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

AM: North Seymour
Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity, and is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. Possible activities for this morning’s visit include snorkeling, a dinghy ride, or a hike.

PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz
Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz on the northern part of the island. Hike through agricultural lands and mist-covered forests, watch the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin’s Finches fly by, and track giant tortoises through the craters and volcanic lava tubes.

  • B, L, D – Ocean Spray small ship catamaran or alternative vessel

Galapagos Custom Travel Experience

DAY 10 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - QUITO - OTAVALO HIGHLANDS

Early this morning you will have a wet landing at Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions, and is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls.

After your morning with wildlife you fly back to Quito where you’ll be met and taken on a two hour scenic drive north into the rolling hills of the highlands where the indigenous Quechua speaking communities and their colorful traditional cultures thrive. Checking into the former president’s family hacienda, you’ll learn all the property has to offer before a meal that could only come from your Ecuadorian grandma’s recipe book and features mostly all onsite grown products.

  • B, box L, D – Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta Horseback Riding

DAY 11 HACIENDA ZULETA

Myriad hiking trails, visiting the condor rehabilitation project, horseback riding through the countryside, a guided exploration of Zuleta’s cheese creamery, visiting the Otavalo market, mountain biking, and relaxing in the many courtyards are just a few of the included and additional experiences on offer at Zuleta.

  • B, L, D – Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta Custom Trips

DAY 12 HACIENDA ZULETA - QUITO - ONWARD

After another day enjoying this colonial mountain paradise you’ll be taken to Quito airport for your late-night overnight flight home.

  • B

Knowmad Adventures Chile Travel

Day 13

Arrive home


AIR TRAVEL

Regional flights required for this trip are round trip flights to/from Galapagos which are not included in sample cost guidelines.

Knowmad has vast knowledge of and operations within Ecuador. This is a private trip, and during the planning stages, your Trip Specialist will collaborate with you in modifying excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests. The following are some ways to customize this Ecuador private tour:

DurationWith more time we absolutely love pairing a couple nights at Galapagos Safari Lodge with your expedition cruise for an even more extensive experience that also allows you to taste more of Galapageño culture as well as wildlife.

accommodation upgrades or AlternativesFrom backcountry camping in tents to luxury, boutique hotels, Knowmad handpicks accommodations based on our travelers’ desires. Talk with us about the nuances of the variety of properties featured in our trips to find the best fit for you.

Visit another regionMaybe wine country or an Andean pueblo has caught your eye, but it’s not in this itinerary. Knowmad Trip Specialists are experts at coordinating inter-regional travel, considering sequencing and the best duration to spend in each destination depending on your interests and travel style.

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