Classic Ecuador & Galapagos

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Ecuador & Galápagos, Ecuador, Galápagos

Best time to go: January to March, June to AugustDecember

12 Nights | from £7,220pp

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Classic Ecuador and Galapagos

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the cobbled streets of UNESCO-listed Quito
  • Cruise around the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands aboard one of the region's best vessels
  • Snorkel with sea lions, walk with giant tortoises and watch boobies dance
  • Stay in a 16th-century hacienda-turned boutique hotel in the Andean mountains
  • Trace Darwin's footsteps cruising the Galapagos Islands


Day 1 UK / Quito
Maximise your holiday time by flying overnight to Quito

Day 2 Quito
Arrive at one of Latin America's most impressive vital-stat-wrapped city;Quito - the world's highest capital at 9,350 feet, perched just 12 miles north from the middle of the world and UNESCO stamped for having the best-preserved and least altered historic centre in Latin America. Buzzing with brightly dressed women its central plaza definitely offers up an exotic introduction to the country. Don't be tricked though this timeless heart hides sophisticated night-life and a vibrant culinary scene.
Casa Gangotena

Day 3 Quito / Galapagos Islands
You leave the cultural delights of Quito behind this morning to fly to Baltra Island –your hop off point to a startling showcase of biodiversity, an isolated group of wild and wildlife laden volcanic islands, The Galapagos.
The Petrel I Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 4 - 9 Galapagos Islands
Cruising the famous waters is undoubtedly the best way to explore the splashing and stomping ground of the animals;these 13 volcanic islands scattered across nearly 30,000 square miles of ocean are populated by extraordinary and beautiful creatures, some of which are found nowhere else on our planet, spurring Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution. It is the scientists holy grail even now, it's draw however is the islands coquettishly charismatic animals, unafraid of humans, allow you approach so closely that to they become as thrilling for tourists as scientists.
Every day offers a different island, bay or cove to explore and different species to discover. Watch blue-footed boobies prance around statuesque rocks, snorkel with sea-lions or maybe even a shark or two. Don't be scared, these creatures are more interested in playing than feeling threatened. Sublimely ignorant that you aren't just another happy sea-dweller they play and blow bubbles around you. Taking a stroll across the moon like landscape you will wait for the ginormous tortoise to trundle across your path and on some of the beaches you will confuse crustated iguanas for rocks scattering the sand.
The Petrel I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Galapagos / Otavalo
Your sea adventure must come to an end and as you swap the sea for the air your head will be filled with the mysteries of the islands. You will fly back Quito to zipped away to the highlands to experience and relax in hacienda life.
Hacienda Zuleta I Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Otavalo
Today is at your leisure to admire the surrounding hills and try hand at farm life. Gallop down the lush green valley's hopefully spotting condors while you explore these lush green pastures.
Hacienda Zuleta I Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Otavalo / Quito
It's time to don your bargaining hat as today you will head off to the busy town of Otavalo, home to a large indigenous population and one of the most important markets in the Andes. For thousands of years traders have come to sell their dizzying array of textiles. Bargain for the exceptional weavings and tapestries the region is famous for before heading off to the song-filled home of a traditional musician in the village of Peguche, try your hand at locally made instruments, slurp on the countries delicious hot chocolate before returning to Quito in time for a sundowner in the picture postcard square.
Casa Gangotena I Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Quito / London
Make certain that all your souvenirs are packed and ready to go before you catch your late morning flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 13 day suggested holiday will cost from £7,220 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

Best time to be there

The Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
 


Best time to be there

June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes whilst the Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


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