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Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Ecaudor

Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day itinerary from £5,660 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

An exploration of Ecuador's history, wildlife & natural wonders

Highlights

  • Explore Peru's unique biodiversity with a stay at Mashpi Lodge
  • Swap jungles for ocean as you cruise the spectacular Galápagos
  • Delve into Ecuador's colonial past on a guided tour of Quito

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Quito
  • 2 Nights Chocó Bio Region (Mashpi Lodge)
  • 1 Night Quito
  • 4 Nights Galapagos Cruise (Yacht Isabela II)

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | City | Exploration cruise | History & culture | Natural world | Wildlife

This tour begins with a two-night stay in Quito's Patio Andaluz located in the capital's historic Old Town. Next you'll experience the spetacular nature and wildlife of Mashpi Lodge, a luxury hideaway in a protected cloud forest reserve and biodiversity 'hotspot' that is globally recognized as one of a dozen locations with the highest concentration of plant and animal species on the planet. It is thought that Mashpi Reserve is home to some 500 species of birds and 4,000 species of orchid. And the excitement doesn't end there as you finish your holiday with an unforgettable expedition-style cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard Yacht Isabela II - an expedition yacht packed full of top-class facilities including comfortable cabins, a jacuzzi, fitness room, a cosy bar and outside deck, which is perfect for soaking up the South American sun and viewing the unique wildlife and landscapes of the spectacular Galapagos.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Quito

Relax in your included VIP airport lounge before departing the UK on an overnight flight to Quito.

Days 2-3
Quito

Upon arrival in Ecuador's capital you'll be met and transferred to your hotel; the boutique Patio Andaluz located in the heart of the historic old town. Spend the following morning exploring the historical highlights of Quito in the company of a local guide on a half day private city tour before heading to the line of the Equator, 16 miles north of the city. Here, you'll visit the Ethnographic Museum to further explore Ecuador's Native American heritage while souvenir certificate will serve as a reminder of the day's cross-hemisphere adventure.

Stay: Patio Andaluz (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 4
Mashpi Lodge

Today you will travel to Mashpi Reserve and the impressive Mashpi Lodge. Set in the heart of the Chocó Bio Region just 2.5 hours from Quito, Mashpi Lodge is a luxury hideaway surrounded by lush cloud forest filled with mountains, waterfalls, plants, orchids and hundreds of endemic birds and butterflies.

Stay: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Mashpi Lodge

Local guides and resident naturalists will help you plan your days in the Mashpi Reserve. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the area; guided nature walks through the forest to hidden waterfalls, nocturnal hikes and visit local communities. An aerial tram affords excellent access to the impressive forest canopy.

Stay: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Quito

Spend the morning at leisure or enjoying a final flurry of forest activities before embarking on the journey back to Quito where you'll spend the night.

Stay: Patio Andaluz (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 7
Galápagos Islands

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos. Upon arrival you will be met and taken directly to the dock to board Yacht Isabela II for an introductory briefing and lunch. In the afternoon you will head out on a shore excursion for your first encounters with the fearless resident wildlife.

Stay: Isabela II (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 8-10
Galápagos Islands

Your Galápagos adventure continues with daily shore excursions led by expert naturalist guides who will be on hand to explain the fascinating geology, history and natural phenomena of the Galápagos archipelago. Here, you can snorkel with sea lions; watch giant tortoises lumbering through cactus forest and catch the courtship displays of blue-footed boobies and red-throated frigate birds.

Stay: Isabela II (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 11-12
Galápagos/UK

Disembark and transfer to the airport in time for your overnight flight home via Guayaquil, arriving on day 12.

Meals: B

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

12-day itinerary from £5,660 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £5,660 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £5,825 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Quito and from Guayaquil to London
  • Return flights between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos islands
  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel (Superior) on a B&B basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 5* lodge (Deluxe) on a full-board basis including all activities
  • 4 nights accommodation aboard Isabela II (Galapagos cruise) on a full-board basis
  • Shared land and sea based excursion in the Galapagos and tourist control card fee
  • Private tour of Quito & Centre of the World


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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