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Birdwatching in the misty cloud forest. Meeting the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos. Horseback riding in the mountains. Ecuador offers discerning travellers a plethora of extraordinary experiences.
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From admiring the beautiful period architecture of Quito’s old town you’ll soon find yourself high up in the Mindo Cloud Forest, watching exotic birds and gazing at a profusion of vivid orchids

Then comes the Amazon Basin – unmissable for connoisseurs of wildlife – where you’ll hike through untouched jungle, visit butterfly farms and even fish for piranha. But the climax of your tour has to be an unforgettable Galapagos cruise that takes you to the islands that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. You’ll go snorkelling and kayaking amid dramatic landscapes, visit historic sites and meet some of the archipelago’s famously fearless wildlife.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

Quito | Ecuador | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 1-3

NORTHERN SIERRAS

Board a day flight to Quito, the Ecuadorian capital.

Note: There are no direct flights between the UK and Ecuador. The quickest connections are with KLM, via Amsterdam or Iberia via Madrid. There are also options via the USA, with British Airways and American Airlines.

You will arrive into Quito in the afternoon of day one. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred north to Otavalo and your charming, colonial hacienda.

A charming working farm set at the heart of the Avenue of Volcanoes, the property has been in the family of former president Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso for over a century.

Quito | Ecuador | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 1-3

NORTHERN SIERRAS CONTINUED

You will find at your fingertips a wide variety of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area. You could go hiking along winding mountain trails, explore the countryside on beautiful Zuleteño horses, ride mountain bikes through scenic valleys or take a bird watching excursion. Cooking and embroidery classes are also on offer, as well as complimentary cheese-tastings each evening.

Stay: Three nights at Hacienda Zuleta – full board

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DAY 4 – 6

AMAZON RAINFOREST

This morning you will begin your Amazonian expedition with a short flight to Coca. From there you’ll cruise down the Rio Napo in a motorised canoe, before branching off into a jungle creek in a traditional dugout canoe. Within 20 minutes you’ll arrive at your lodge on the edge of Lake Garzacocha, surrounded by dense tropical jungle.

This is the Amazon Basin, so you can expect to see – and hear – an incredible variety of wildlife. This includes 500 different species of birds including toucans and trogons, jacamars, tanagers, antbirds, hummingbirds and macaws, as well as rarities like the zigzag heron and around 20 different types of parrot.

Amazon Rainforest | Ecuador | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 4-6

AMAZON RAINFOREST CONTINUED

You’ll hike along jungle trails both in the day and at night, accompanied by expert naturalist guides who will share their vast knowledge of the rainforest with you. You’ll take canoe journeys into the interior, kayak across a stunning lagoon and watch wildlife from a 37 metre high canopy tower. Your lodge has its own butterfly breeding farm and you can even go with a local guide to fish for piranha.

Stay: Three nights at La Selva Amazon Lodge – full board (including activities in small groups).

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DAY 7

QUITO

Today you bid goodbye to the rainforest and take a motorised canoe back to Coca for your flight to Quito, where you will be spending one night.

Stay: One night at Illa Experience Hotel – bed & breakfast

Cloud Forest | Ecuador | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 8-9

CLOUD FOREST

From Quito you’ll set off to experience the riches of the Mindo Cloud Forest. A three hour drive takes you to your lodge, perched high on the western slopes of the Andes. Your cloud forest experience will include wandering through 1,200 hectares of untouched reserve; hiking along forest trails to discover a staggering variety of plants, birds and wildlife.

You’ll discover sparkling waterfalls and crystal clear rivers to bathe in. You’ll stroll through gardens full of orchids and take in the view from above the canopy on an aerial tram. Ecuadorian guides will show you cotinga, cock-of-the-rock and umbrella birds – plus numerous other species – from three different bird watching hides. And when you need to recharge, why not enjoy a specialist massage or make use of the spa and open Jacuzzi.

Stay: Two nights at Mashpi Lodge – full board (including activities in small groups)

Quito
DAY 10

QUITO

Transfer back to Quito. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour around the Old Town, a designated World Culture Heritage site filled with impressive churches, monasteries and mansions.

Stay: One night at ILLA Experience Hotel – bed & breakfast

DAY 11-17

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

On day eleven you will fly to the Galapagos Islands, where you will board your exclusive yacht for a seven-night expedition cruise of the archipelago. Throughout the journey, you will enjoy daily panga, snorkelling, kayaking and island excursions alongside experienced naturalists guides, who will give you a fascinating insight into the islands wildlife, history and geology.

ORIGIN and THEORY are two almost identical sister ships, both with capacity for up to twenty guests and are currently the only two ships in the Galapagos to be part of the Relais & Chateaux group. They’re also two of only a handful of boats which have an additional naturalist guide on board, which means group sizes for activities is never more than ten per guide (normally it is is sixteen per guide in the Galapagos).

Note: ORIGIN & THEORY operate weekly seven night cruises from San Cristobal Island, departing on a Sunday.

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DAY 11-17

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CONTINUED

Over the next week you will explore the unique landscapes and wildlife of the islands. See blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds, colonies of sea lions and giant tortoises and snorkel with turtles, inquisitive fur seals and possibly even hammerhead sharks and whales. Explore beautiful sandy beaches, lava-tunnels and giant craters, each day returning to the boat for delicious food and drinks.

Stay: Seven nights onboard ORIGIN or THEORY – full board (including activities in small groups).

Guayaquil | Ecuador | The Ultimate Travel Companion
DAY 18

GUAYAQUIL

Today you will fly back to Guayaquil on mainland Ecuador, where you will be transferred to your beautiful boutique hotel in the elegant Samborondón neighbourhood. You can choose to simply relax after your cruise, or enjoy experiences such as chocolate tasting, coffee roasting and wildlife walks in the tropical grounds.

Stay: One night at Hotel del Parque – bed & breakfast

DAY 19-20

FLY HOME

In the afternoon of day nineteen you will be driven back to Guayaquil airport for your flight home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
20 days from £13,946 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Domestic flights
  • All transfers
  • Bed & breakfast throughout
  • Full board at Hacienda Zuleta, La Selva, Mashpi Lodge and in the Galapagos (drinks also included in the Galapagos)
  • Activities in small groups in the Amazon, at Mashpi Lodge and in the Galapagos
  • All national park fees (including the Galapagos)

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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