10 DAY TRAVEL PACKAGE ECUADOR ICONIC TOUR WITH GALAPAGOS
QUITO and SURROUNDINGS : The Historic Centre of the city of Quito, is considered one of the most iconic urban settings in the country’s capital. A jewel designated by UNESCO/UN as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
HOTEL CASA GANGOTENA : the award-winning Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel located on iconic San Francisco Plaza in Quito, the first-ever World Heritage Site.
WORKSHOPS AND MARKETS : an exploration of the life, beliefs, gastronomy and ancient traditions of Quito.
CASA DEL ALABADO MUSEUM : some of the most emblematic pieces of pre-Columbian art and the social developments of pre-Hispanic Ecuador.
MASHPI RESERVE : a 1,200-hectare (3,000-acre) conservation property located within the Metropolitan District of Quito, forms a part of the Ecuadorian Choco rainforest, known as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. EXPERIENCE THE ESSENCE OF LIFE ITSELF – Mashpi Lodge istheplace to encounter 500 species of birds, trees and frogs found nowhere else in the world, complete with crashing waterfalls and incredible flora. A COCOON OF LUXURY IN THE CLOUDS, WHERE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN MOVES IN HARMONY WITH NATURE.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS : A journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos aboard La Pinta to ensure your Galapagos experience is truly deeply moving and memorable. Yacht La Pinta boasts amongthe largest cabins of any Galapagos vessel. Thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows -located in all cabins- you’ll get mesmerizing views of the Enchanted Isles from the comfort of your own private space.
10 DAY QUITO AND SURROUNDINGS, MASHPI RESERVE AND GALAPAGOS
Departure from Quito
FROM $ 7,056 PER PERSON (2 pax)
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Day 1 Arrival transfer in Quito
Welcome to Quito and Ecuador!. At the airport you will be greeted by a member of our organization, we will escort you all the way to your hotel, giving you a short briefing about Quito and the country in general with valuable information you need to know. Enjoy scenic colonial and artistic Quito, visit museums, monasteries and the golden altars of its many churches. Stand with a foot on each hemisphere on the Middle of the World memorial.
Day 2 - Quito and Surroundings Cultural City Tour
EXPECTED SERVICE DURATION: 9 hrs. (12 components)
Day 3 - 5 Description
The adventure begins in Ecuador’s heritage capital, Quito, at our 8:30 a.m. pick-up time for guests staying in Quito’s main hotels (time will be confirmed by our Operations Department). Mashpi Reserve, a 1,200-hectare (3,000-acre) conservation property located within the Metropolitan District of Quito, forms a part of the Ecuadorian Choco rainforest, known as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. The sudden shift in altitude from 2,800 masl to 1,000 masl (9,200 to 3,300 feet above sea level) will allow us to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape as we travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera’s western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and enter the magical world of Mashpi.
DAY 5 – MASHPI RESERVE
Once again, our day begins early at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby and takes advantage of the fact that many bird species come to the hotel to feed. After a cup of coffee, we walk down the road seeking out mixed-species feeding flocks: these usually feature different insectivorous bird species that move together while foraging. In a single flock, we may see over 20 different species, making these more-or-less common encounters an undeniable treat for bird aficionados. The activity takes one hour; we return to the lodge for breakfast.
There is time for a short hike today or one of our other activities. Check with your guide for the best option.
We return to the hotel for check out at 11:00 a.m.Our transfer leaves Mashpi Lodge at 11:30 a.m. We will be given a complimentary box lunch to enjoy during our drive back to Quito for Overnight at Hotel Casa Gangotena.
We would like to remind our guests that on their arrival day to Mashpi Lodge they will need to wait until after lunch and a briefing for their room assignment since check-out times are fixed. We invite you to observe the magnificent view of the Reserve from the comfortable public areas of the hotel while you wait.
Day 6 – Galapagos
Departure transfer for flight to the Galapagos Islands. Assistance at the airport.
Day 6-10 Galapagos
We’re delighted to have you on board for this journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos. Our itinerary together begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous of the archipelago, where we meet giant tortoises in the wild and then venture to the shores of Eden Islet. From there, we hop over to the lovely crescent bay of Chinese Hat. On Wednesday, one of the iconic sites of the archipelago awaits: Bartolome Island, with its wooden walkway up to a panoramic viewpoint, golden sandy beach and great snorkelling opportunities. Close-by, Sullivan Bay gives us a great introduction to the volcanic origins of the islands. We end with an exciting visit to the sunken caldera of Genovesa, far up in the northeast of the archipelago, a privileged place to visit amid thousands of marine birds. The entire crew aboard La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure your Galapagos experience is truly deeply moving and memorable.
This tour is incredibly complete, full of activities and places to discover, and it is worthwhile to be reviewed in detail.
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