Classic Ecuador

15 days
FROM £ 10270
Countries Visited: ECUADOR

Classic Ecuador

See the very best of Ecuador including old-world Quito, the Ecuadorian cloud forest and the legendary Galapagos islands. End your trip with three nights at a typical Ecuadorian hacienda, relaxing in beautiful surroundings and enjoying some of the activities on offer. Accommodation is hand-picked throughout, ranging from a colonial mansion and remote jungle lodge to a contemporary Sea Star yacht, perfect for cruising the calm waters of the Galapagos.

Mashpi Lodge has been named Ecuador’s Leading Green Hotel and it is easy to see why. Guests are immersed in wildlife and nature on arrival at the hotel and the varied programmes provide unrivaled access. Activities include bird-watching, night safaris, visits to local communities and archaeological sites as well as various hikes spotting the varied flora and fauna. The Galapagos Islands have been protected under a national park status since 1961 - tourism is managed in the best way possible, with guides closely regulated, designated low-impact landing sites, visitors charged a $100 conservation fee and strict boundaries set within the park to preserve and protect the natural flora and fauna of the islands. Certified naturalists, with a wide experience and knowledge on Galapagos wildlife, geology and marine life will guide you throughout your stay in the Galapagos.

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1-2

Quito
Arrive in Quito and transfer straight to your hotel, the wonderful Hotel Illa in the neighbourhood of San Marcos for the next two nights. Enjoy a private guided tour of the world-heritage city of Quito the following day and soak up the ambience of this fantastic 18th Century mansion property.

DAY 3-5

Travel to the Cloud Forest
This morning you will take a transfer north to the cloud forest where you will spend three nights at Masphi Lodge located on a plateau in the heart of the Equatorial Chocó Bio-Region.The hotel has been designed to blend in with the surroundings. It is constructed using local materials and using clean lines and earthy tones. Glass features strongly here, allowing panoramic views of the surrounding forest. The 22 rooms include three suites and all have floor to ceiling windows. Activities include bird-watching, night safaris, visits to local communities and archaeological sites as well as various hikes spotting the varied flora and fauna.

DAY 6

Return to Quito
Today you will return to Quito for the night and a stay at Relais & Châteaux Palacio Gangotena, with a fabulous view over the Plaza San Francisco.
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Includes

  • 14 nights in luxury accommodation as listed above
  • Private transfers and tours with an English speaking guide and driver
  • All internal flights in economy class seating
Not Included: International flights (discuss your specific requirements with us); travel insurance; any visas you may require; meals/drinks or excursions not specified as included; tips and personal expenditure

Price Guide

From £10,270 per person (based on twin/double share). This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalised quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.ts so can be modified however you wish.

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