Land iguana, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Ecuador holiday: Andes & Iguanas Itinerary

Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, cloudforest and Andean scenery. Twelve exciting days you'll never forget!

12 days from £5400pp plus international flights.

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Day 1

Quito

Arrive at Quito airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Iguana in Ecuador

Day 2

Quito To Otavalo

Depart Quito with your driver guide for Otavalo where you have a guided tour. This small town in the highlands of northern Ecuador is surrounded by huge volcanoes, but its main attraction is the market and today is market day! You'll have lunch before checking into your hotel for a two night stay.

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Day 3

Otavalo

Free day. Your 17th century hacienda is set in three hectares of lush gardens with many species of orchids and over 50 species of birds - all yours to explore. The hacienda offers a variety of activities including hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horse riding. It is also possible to visit local villages.

Breakfast, dinner

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Day 4

Otavalo To Cloudforest

Transfer from the hacienda to Bellavista Cloudforest Lodge which is about three hours drive. The lodge is in a private reserve formed by sharp and deeply forested mountains, descending to gorges with rushing waterfalls and streams.

Breakfast, dinner

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Day 5

Cloudforest

A free day at Bellavista. The lodge has resident naturalist / birder guides who accompany guests in their exploration of some of the 13km of trails around the lodge. There is a self-guided trail if you prefer to explore on your own, and hiking the roads through the reserve is also a good way to spot the wildlife. Horse riding is also offered, from short rides around the lodge to full day rides.

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Iguana in Ecuador

Day 6

Cloudforest To Quito

The morning is free at Bellavista for further exploration. In the afternoon you are transferred back to your Quito hotel.

Breakfast, lunch

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Day 7

Quito

This morning you have a guided tour of Quito's old and new towns. The city's colonial past is very much in evidence and as it is now a UNESCO world cultural heritage site with new building is very restricted. In the afternoon you are free to wander round the streets and plazas at your leisure and enjoy the vast array of shops and restaurants and cafes.

Breakfast

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Day 8

Quito To Galapagos

Today you fly from Quito to Baltra in the Galapagos. It is about a four hour flight. On arrival you will be transferred to your yacht, the Anahi. She is a fast, comfortable catamaran with en-suite accommodation for up to 16 passengers. This afternoon we will visit Bachas Beach in Santa Cruz. Your Galapagos adventure starts here!

Breakfast, dinner

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Day 9

Genovesa

Today you will visit Genovesa island to see Darwin Bay and Prince Philips Steps. Genovesa is particularly known for its large colony of red-footed boobies, but it also has a lot of the gorgeous red-throated frigatebirds, lava gulls and many more species. It is one of the most northerly islands in the archipelago.

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Day 10

South Plaza & Santa Fe

Today you visit the islands of South Plaza and Santa Fe. South Plaza was formed by uplifted lava and is like a huge tilted plate with one side dipping into the water. It has tall tree-like opuntia cactus, plus land iguanas, sealions, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropic birds. Santa Fe has a well-protected cove with a white sandy beach and blue waters - wonderful for swimming and snorkelling! Often curious sealions come swimming too.

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Day 11

San Cristobal

You have reached San Cristobal island and head for the visitor sites of Punta Pitt and Kicker Rock. Kicker Rock is a dramatic marine site with two sheer rocks jutting from the sea. Birds such as frigatebirds, boobies and tropicbirds fill the air and tropical fish swarm below. It's quite a sight. Punta Pitt is the eastern-most site in the Galapagos and special due to having all three types of boobie (blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca) in the one place.

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Day 12

Galapagos To Guayaquil

This morning you visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal before heading for the airport and your flight to Guayaquil. This exciting trip ends on arrival at Guayaquil airport.

Breakfast

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