12 Day Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands in Luxury
With its wonders split between land and sea, exploring Ecuador often involves hard choices. Not anymore. This unique adventure blends the natural delights of the Galápagos Islands with Quito’s architectural treasures and some of the mainland’s most stunning cloud forests and nature reserves into a convenient and handsome package tied together with a lavish twist.
It begins in Quito, Ecuador’s lively UNESCO-protected capital. After getting settled, you’ll step out to explore this infinitely photogenic city and its inexhaustible supply of preserved architecture with the guidance of a professional photographer before dining at chef Álvaro Reinoso Carvalho’s esteemed Elements Restaurante. But don’t put your camera away just yet; later, you’ll head deep into the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve on a privately guided birding expedition for the chance to spot hummingbirds, tanagers, plate-billed mountain-toucans, and dozens of other birds.
The adventure continues to the south in Cuenca, a city that can trace its historical roots from the Spanish conquest through the Inca all the way back to the indigenous Cañari civilization. In the Andean villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, you’ll witness the Cañaris’ enduring traditions on a privately guided tour of artisan workshops, jewelers, and an orchid farm on the Craftsman Trail. Later, delve further into the Andes at Parque Nacional Cajas, a stunning park blessed with an abundance of wild creatures (llamas, pumas, toucans, and condors, to name a few) and a variety of staggering landscapes. Finally, spend a few nights at an exclusive hacienda getaway near Guayaquil before leaving the mainland behind for your next stop: the magical Galápagos Islands.
The Galápagos Islands are, to put it bluntly, unlike anywhere else on earth. Aboard the luxuriously appointed M/T Camila, you’ll cruise this captivating chain of volcanic islands for four incredible days. Highlights of your experience at sea include Rábida Island (home to flamingos, pelicans, and sea lions), Puerto Egas (famed for its volcanic coast and colonies of sun-worshiping marine iguanas), Darwin Bay (a hotspot for frigatebirds and red-footed boobies), Santa Cruz (domain of the fabled giant tortoises), and so much more.
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