16-day trip

Ecuador and Galapagos Explorer

From 16550 PP


Wildlife, culture and unforgettable landscapes

Discover the best of Ecuador on this 15-night luxury adventure from its beautiful capital and epic volcanoes to verdant cloud forests, ending with a weeklong cruise in the incomparable Galapagos islands.

Stay in cutting-edge ecolodges, a grand city-centre gem overlooking five centuries of history and one of the finest island-hopping luxury yachts, this trip blends breathtaking biodiversity and up-close wildlife encounters with Ecuador’s rich culture and incredible landscapes.

All to be experienced alongside expert guides on hikes, horseback, by snorkel and bike.


Trip highlights

  • A full week island hopping aboard a luxury yacht

  • Horse riding under Cotopaxi's peak

  • Quito's rich history and culture

  • A rich variety of wildlife between the Galapagos, Cloud Forest and Andes


What's included

  • 15 nights of luxury accommodation

  • Tours, experiences and wildlife activities

  • Internal flights and private transfers

  • Price per person based on two people sharing

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    Casa Gangotena, Quito

An unforgettable trip with a positive impact

Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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    Properties and experiences that uplift and empower local communities.

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    Supports wildlife projects, protected areas and ecosystem regeneration.

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    Lodges and yachts chosen for their sustainability credentials and initiatives.

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Days 1 — 3

Acclimatise in the Quito

In a green valley surrounded by Andean volcanoes at an altitude of 2,850m, Ecuador’s capital Quito is breathtaking in both senses of the word. Staying at a grand boutique hotel in the Historic Quarter, overlooking the UNESCO-protected Plaza San Francisco. Plaza San Francisco, you’ll have time to acclimatize before a private guide will show you around this handsome city.

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Rooftop view of Quito, Ecuador

Days 3 — 6

Adventure under a volcano

Next follow the Andes south into the Avenue of Volcanoes, a chain of eight towering snowcapped peaks, to the foot of the mighty (and still active) Cotopaxi which reaches up to 5,897m. Below, a landscape of grasslands, forests, rivers crater lakes and farms is home to proudly traditional indigenous cultures and high-altitude wildlife.

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Days 6 — 8

Immerse in the Cloud Forests

Between the Andes and the coastal plains, Ecuador's Chocó cloud forests are some of the most important and under threat ecosystems in Latin America. You'll discover a pocket of pristine habitat around Mashpi Lodge, a pioneering place just three hours from Quito that has been supporting research and championing this biodiversity hotspot for two decades.

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Mashpi Lodge

Days 8 — 9

Overnight in Quito

You'll be driven out of the cloud forests and back up to Quito for a relaxing evening at leisure back in the capital before your flight out to the Galapagos in the morning.

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Days 9 — 16

Cruise the Galapagos

Fly due west out to Galapagos where you'll be met and escorted on to your awaiting. Over the next seven nights, explore a selection of the Galapagos' islands with an exciting mix of shore excursions, snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and RIB boat trips accompanied by expert naturalist guides.

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Family observing marine life in Galapagos showcasing an idea for enriching multigenerational travel.

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Ecuador and Galapagos Explorer
16550 PP
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