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Galápagos – where the animal kingdom doesn’t get any closer… Photo courtesy of S. Zylkowsky

 

Enchanting Galápagos Islands
fascinating History
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Ecuador, a small country of striking geographical and cultural contrasts, rises up to the Andean highlands and flows down to the coastal plains. It crosses the untamed Amazon jungle and sails over to the Galápagos Islands. Located on the Pacific coast of South America, straddling the equator, Ecuador is a country of many contrasts.

A sample of our Ecuadorian Experiences:

Galápagos FAQs:

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We’ve been there: Ask Christine Boecker about her recent Ecuador exploration, which included a Galápagos cruise, an Amazon adventure and a cultural experience in the Andean Highlands.
Our first-hand experience makes all the difference when planning your journey of discovery!

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Our client’s BLOG Posts:
Galápagos – Nature at its Best
Memories of my Galapagos Eco Tour

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About Ecuador:
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The Mainland appeals to many travellers with varied interests and offers archeological ruins, colonial cities and architecture, indigenous markets, handicrafts and art, mountain trekking, bird watching and train rides through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, jungle trekking and thermal springs and beach resorts.
For the professional and amateur photographer this region offers diversity of landscapes and cultures unseen anywhere else in the world.

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About Galápagos Archipelago – Earth’s Great Wildlife Extravaganza!

Follow in Darwin’s footsteps and experience the thrill of unmatched exploration, just like Charles did in 1835 when he first set foot on the Galápagos Islands. Discover the diverse, spectacular islands in this volcanic archipelago — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Marvel at the unique wildlife and otherworldly landscapes, observe Galápagos tortoises, blue and red-footed boobies, waved albatross, marine and land iguanas, Darwin’s finches, penguins, and bachelor colonies of sea lions, all unafraid of humans.

The rich marine life is fascinating for those who like to snorkel – a wonderful world full of colorful fish, manta rays, sea turtles, hammer head sharks, whale sharks, and magnificent reefs.

All are unrivaled opportunities and make for unforgettable experiences.

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Official Name: Archipelago de Colón
Capital: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, located on San Cristobal Island. Galapagos is the 22nd province of Ecuador, located in the Pacific Ocean, 960 km west of continental Ecuador.
Area: The archipelago consists of 19 large and 200 small islands and rocks and has a land area of about 5.000 square miles, although the Galápagos Marine Reserve covers about 50.000 square miles.
History: The Galápagos Islands were discovered in 1535 by Fray Tom ás de Berlanga, enroute to Peru.

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Planning a Galápagos Cruise?
Under water, on land and in the air, the Galápagos Islands present a simply staggering portrait of nature at its greatest. See giant tortoises, walk amongst innumerable marine iguanas, share a beach with sea lion colonies,watch the courtship rituals of the beautiful albatross.
Swim in the waters with penguins, sharks and a rainbow of tropical fish, while sea lions dart towards you, hoping to play.
Back on the boat, dolphins surf the bow waves while blue-footed boobies make their plummeting dives into the waters and red-breasted frigate birds wait, ready to commit their spectacular acts of aerial piracy.

There are many small ships, yachts and catamarans to choose from, each departing on different days and with varied classes of service. Each ship follows a slightly varied itinerary, as approved by Galápagos National Park authorities. This prevents overcrowding and controls human access to certain sensitive areas. We are happy to arrange a Galápagos cruise for you and provide you with many unbiased choices.

Climate:
Equatorial climates usually show little seasonal variations, but complex oceanic currents around Galápagos Islands drive weather and rainfall patterns into two recognizable seasons that influence vegetation and wildlife.
The warm waters of El Niño move south in December or January. By April the southeast trade winds start to push up the Humboldt’s colder, but rich waters, bringing vast food resources to the Galápagos.
The wet season from December – May has average daily temperatures ranging from 22ºC – 35ºC and occasional heavy showers or thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. The wet season usually means calm seas, clear skies and warmer water.
The dry season generally lasts from June to November, has average daily temperatures ranging from 19º C to 28º. The dry season is characterized by the ‘Garua’ and water is cold for snorkeling at most sites and seas can be rough at times.
May and December are the months of transitions between seasons.
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Best of Galápagos

Catamaran Cruises – 5 & 8 Day Sailings (GC-A)

Our 8 day Cruise features:
San Cristóbal | South Plaza | Santa Fé | Floreana | Santa Cruz | Tintoreras | Isabela |Fernandina | Baltra
Cruise fare: from US$4,350 per person

Or choose a 5 day Cruise from San Cristóbal to Santa Cruz or from Santa Cruz to Baltra
Cruise fare:
from US$2,695 per person

DETAILED ITINERARY:

MONDAY: San Cristóbal: La Galapaguera
Our guide will be waiting for you at San Cristobal Airport and accompany you to our Catamaran, anchored at Baquerizo Moreno harbor. After check in and lunch, start with your first excursion to the giant tortoises at Galapaguera in the northeast of San Cristobal Island.

TUESDAY: South Plaza and Santa Fé Islands
South Plaza
has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cacti scattered across the landscape. Land iguanas are frequently waiting under the shade of cacti, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.
Santa Fé is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos, while the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be found. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sea lions will be pretty tempting.

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WEDNESDAY: Floreana: Peace Asylum – Loberia
P
eace Asylum’s spring, one of the very few year-round sources of fresh water in the Galapagos, attracted pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana Island.
La Loberia, a small beach is home to a colony of sea lions, as well as some marine iguanas. Fortunate snorkelers may spot a ray or a shark, and the sea lions may join you.

THURSDAY: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station – Highlands
Charles Darwin Research Station
features an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which get prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. This was the home to the famous Lonesome George turtle.

5 DAY Monday – Friday cruise:
Disembark and check into your hotel in Puerto Ayora for the night. You will be transferred to Baltra airport on Friday morning for your flight to the mainland.

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5 DAY Thursday – Monday cruise:
Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and accompany you to our Catamaran which is anchored in Puerto Ayora harbor.

THURSDAY (continued): Santa Cruz Island – Highlands
The Highlands
of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. Visit the private farm “Las Primicias” and observe giant turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat.

FRIDAY: Isabela Island: Tintoreras – Humedales
Isabela Island
is the largest island in the Galapagos making up more than half of the land area of the archipelago. Reach the small island of Tintoreras and walk across the bizarre lava landscape with its huge colonies of sea lizard and sea lion colonies. Often you can observe white tip sharks, resting in the flat water near the shore.
Humedales (the wetlands) is a 6km walking trail on the south of Isabela Island. It has a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as a breathtaking scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets, and rocks.

SATURDAY: Isabela Island: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay
Punta Moreno
is a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh- water pools and lagoons, home to flamingos, Bahama ducks and other birds. Later take a zodiac ride through the mangrove woods of Elizabeth Bay, where you can see herons, flightless cormorants, dwarf penguins, brown pelicans, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, sea lions, turtles and whale-sharks.

SUNDAY: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove – Fernandina: Espinoza Point
Explore Tagus Cove in a zodiac to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. It is a 30 minute hike along a trail to the top of the cliff to view Darwin Lake, an ultra saline lake. You can also see several volcanoes from this spot.
Espinoza Point is one of Fernandina’s highlights, with fascinating lava scenery, Lava-Cacti and lava mangroves. Wildlife viewing includes sea lions, penguins, flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of the Galapagos. Don’t miss a snorkeling opportunity to explore the beautiful underwater world.

MONDAY: Las Bachas Beach – Baltra Airport
Las Bachas
is a beautiful white-sand beach on the northeastern coast of Santa Cruz Island and is one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island. It is a good place to see flamingos, as well as migratory and aquatic birds.
Disembark and transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to the mainland of Ecuador.

Cruise price includes: accommodation on the main deck, sharing a twin or double cabin, all meals, snacks, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water, excursions with English speaking Naturalist guide, snorkel equipment.

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Monohull Yacht Cruises – 5 & 6 Day Sailings (GA-01)

5 day Cruise Highlights:
San Cristóbal | Espanola | Floreana | Santa Fé | South Plaza | Santa Cruz
Tuesday – Saturday from US$2,575 per person

6 day Cruise Highlights:
Santa Cruz | Isabela | Fernandina | Santiago | Santa Cruz
Saturday – Thursday from US$2,785 per person

6 day Cruise Highlights:
Santa Cruz | Rabida | Sombrero Chino |  Seymour | Mosquera |Santiago | Bartolome | Genovesa | San Cristóbal
Thursday – Tuesday from US$2,785 per person

Summarized Itinerary:

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Cruise price includes: accommodation on the main deck, sharing a twin or double cabin, all meals, tea, coffee and purified water, excursions with English speaking Naturalist guide, snorkel equipment.Galapagos

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About our First Class 16 passenger Yachts:

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About our Monohull Yacht:

Our first Class Monohull Motor Yacht boasts 9 comfortably appointed double cabins, all with lower beds and outside views.

There’s a dining room, bar and lounge, coffee station with tea, coffee, herbal infusions, and fresh water, TV and DVD, library and sundeck with ‘chill-outs’.

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The yacht is operated by a sustainable shipping company involved with conservation on the islands. With over 10 years experience in this area we have many satisfied customers, who highly recommend the quality of expertise and service on board.

Facilities & Accommodations:

Guest accommodations: The 3 cabins each on upper, main and lower deck have private bathrooms with hot & cold water, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, and intercom system.

You will find a bottle of water in your cabin the first day, which can be refilled with fresh water from the dispenser in the lounge, where you will also find a variety of games, videos and books for your enjoyment.

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Bar service includes a variety of sodas, cocktails, and liquors. Your tab can be settled at the end of the cruise.

Safety Box: Each cabin contains a safe deposit box for your valuables.
Payment on board: Cash only – credit cards are not accepted during the cruise.
Quito Airport service: Our representative will assist you with the check-in procedure at the Quito Airport.

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Technical Specifications:

Type: First class steel – hulled motor yacht
Construction: Guayaquil 2006 – 2007
Length: 35 m
Beam: 7.60 m
Draft: 1.80 m
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 9 members + 1 bilingual guide
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 Caterpilar Motors 440 HP
Water capacity: 4.000 gallons
Diesel capacity: 6.000 gallons
Electric power: 110V and 220V

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About our Catamaran:

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This first class catamaran has 8 large, beautiful, spacious double cabins on the main deck with ocean views, private bathrooms, hot water and closet; comfortable dining room and two bars, library, air conditioning, TV, DVD, stereo, mobile, safe deposit box, first aid equipment, ice maker, two double kayaks, snorkeling equipment, water purifier, large sundeck with deck chairs for relaxing.

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Technical Specifications:
Type: First Class Motor Catamaran
Length: 26,80m
Beam: 10,80m
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Engines: 2 Cummins 240 HP motors,
2 generators aids for 110 and 220 Voltage
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 9 members + 1 Naturalist bilingual guide
Snorkel equipment: Mask, tube and fins are free to use
Wet suit: for rent $5 per day | Diving: Not available
Sea Kayays: 2 double sea-kayaks are free for use
Navigation and Safety equipment:
24 miles Furuno Radar GPS, Satellite Navigator, Depth finder, HF- VHF, Valise satellite radio, depth sounder, cell phone, smoke and fire detectors, ABC fire control system, zodiacs and life jackets.
Environmentally friendy:
Recycling Program with the Galápagos National Park (Organic and inorganic products)

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Escorted Galápagos Eco Tour

Explore the Galápagos Islands by land and sea
Escorted by Langara College biologist, Anoush Dadgar
11 day Small Group Educational Tour

Learn about the flora and fauna, and experience first-hand why Darwin was so inspired by these magical islands. Discover pristine white sandy beaches and tropical rain forests and observe wildlife up close and personal in their undisturbed natural environments.

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Highlights

  • Quito city tour and visit to ‘Middle of the World’ monument
  • 4 day oceanfront accommodations on beautiful Isabela Island, Galapagos Archipelago
  • 5 day Galápagos Cruise to the exotic islands of Santa Fe, San Cristóbal, Española, and Santa Cruz.
  • Snorkel with seals, penguins, stingrays and sea turtles
  • Observe giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and albatrosses

Detailed itinerary

Includes

  • Accommodation sharing double rooms on land and double cabins at sea
  • Private land transportation and public speed boat to/from Isabela
  • Cruise on a first class 16 passenger catamaran
  • Breakfasts whilst on land, 3 meals daily on the cruise
  • Bilingual English speaking naturalist guide (local guides) during the excursions
  • Snorkel equipment & sea kayaks

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: On arrival at Quito airport you will be met and transferred to a comfortable hotel, home base for the next 2 nights, breakfast included.

Day 2: Morning city tour of Quito followed by a drive to the Middle of the World monument, geographically located on the Equator at 0 degrees 0 minutes 0 seconds. Continue to a viewpoint overlooking the crater of the now extinct Pululahua volcano. Lunch included. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in a typical Ecuadorian restaurant and overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Flight to Galápagos Islands. Start 4 day/3 night land-based tour of Isabela. Visit to Flamingo Lagoon, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galápagos and is one of the main nesting sites for the majority of flamingos. Accommodation on Isabela Island.

Day 4: Hike to a spectacular viewpoint on Sierra Negra Volcano. In the afternoon visitTintoreras Islets for the colony of white tip sharks and snorkeling in Concha Perla, swim with sea lions and see a variety of colourful fish, starfish and sea urchins.

Day 5: Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, “The Wall of Tears”, and a small lava tunnel; p.m. sail to “Islote Tintoreras” to observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas and snorkel with sharks and tropical fish.

Day 6: Start of 5-day cruise of the Galápagos Islands by first class catamaran anchored in Puerto Ayora harbor, Santa Cruz. Depart for “Los Gemelos” (the twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers.

Day 7: We land on a green olivine sandy beach at Cormorant Point to observe a flamingo colony. Visit Post Office Bay. Continue on an easy walk to “Mirador de la Baronesa”, a viewpoint located on the north of the Floreana Island.

Day 8:  Visit Española Island (Hood), including the beautiful white sand beach at Gardner Bay; visit Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn and snorkel with tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles; visit Punta Suarez to view the Waved Albatross, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.

Day 9: Cerro Brujo is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. This fascinating lava landscape is located on the northeast coast of San Cristóbal. On the rocks you can observe boobies, sea gulls and some pelicans.

Day 10: Enjoy swimming and snorkelling with sea lions on Lobos Island, also a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds.
Disembark and return to Quito, and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Farewell dinner at a typical Ecuadorian restaurant.

Day 11: Enjoy a day at leisure in Quito and later transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Optional Tour Extentions:

About the tour leader – Anoush Dadgar, G.C.E., Diploma, B.Sc., M.Sc.

  • Instructor and Progam Leader, Educational Travel Program, Continuing Studies
  • Currently teaches full time at Langara College in the Biology Department.
  • Organized and operated Educational Travel program to Cuba (2002) and Galapagos Islands (1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2013).
  • Involved in the Rural Community Health Project in Mwanza, Tanzania, Africa (2004).
  • Instructed part of a field study course in Hawaii (1994).

Testimonials from our previous Galápagos Eco Tours:

“Our Galapagos/Quito tour was outstanding! The agents in Ecuador that Christine deals with were all top notch… I would not hesitate to use her services again.”

“The trip has been great! We have been very lucky to see as much as we have. Weather has been great, animals cooperative, accommodation wonderful and the group has gelled wonderfully. Only problem is I think we have put on weight after the food on the boat! The chef was fantastic. We all wanted to stay longer! Guide was very good on the boat and went out of his way to locate things for us to see.”

“Unbelievable! One of my best adventure trips! Ground operator was excellent, the guides were very confident – can highly recommend them!

The snorkeling was unbelievable – I had to pinch myself! At one time I had 4 sea turtles and 4 sharks in my view – incredible!

In a way I’m glad I didn’t do any diving – I want to keep it for when I travel there with my wife.

I’m very impressed and will be going back there with TravelBoecker Adventures.”

“We saw everything we came to see and more….Thanks to our guide and boat captain. I think every one had a great time.”

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Best of Ecuador, Galápagos & Amazon*

16 days Colonial Highlands, Galápagos Islands & Amazon River (IT)
suitable for Cruisers and Landlubbers
*Optional PERU extension: 6 days Cusco & Sacred Valley of the Incas

Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Quito
Your journey begins with a 2 night stay at an elegant, colonial style boutique hotel in the historical centre of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Colonial Quito
A tour of Colonial Quito reveals a city of narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls and, rising above, the steeples and cupolas of the city´s many spectacularly decorated historic churches.
Quito has one of the best preserved colonial centres in all South America and its integrity was assured in 1978 when the United Nations declared Quito a World Cultural Heritage site.

Day 3: Quito – Galápagos
A 3-hour flight takes you to Galápagos, also known as the Enchanted Islands to embark on eight day cruise* aboard a catamaran or motor yacht, ranging from high-end luxury to more affordable options. Every yacht has its particular route, and we will arrange the cruise that meets your budget and your bucket list.
Settle into your cabin and enjoy lunch on board, followed by a safety briefing before your cruise begins. All meals, daily activities and an English speaking naturalist are included whilst on board.

For landlubbers we offer an island-hoping experience in boutique hotels and lodges, allowing you to discover a great variety of eco-systems and its wild inhabitants – above and below the water.

Days 4 – 9:  Discover the Galápagos Islands
Under water, on land and in the air, the Galápagos Islands present a simply staggering portrait of nature at its greatest.  Swim in the waters with penguins, sharks and a rainbow of tropical fish, while sea lions dart towards you, hoping to play.
See giant tortoises, walk amongst innumerable marine iguanas, share a beach with sea lion colonies, watch the courtship rituals of the beautiful albatross.
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Day 10: Galápagos – Quito 
Today your Galapagos cruise / tour comes to an end. Return to the airport and check in for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland, where you spend a night in a quaint colonial style hotel, adorned with Cuenca-style art and European finishes.

Day 11: Amazon
After a short flight and slightly longer drive to “El Puente” (the bridge), the journey continues by motorized canoe deep into the heart of the Amazon, enjoying the wide variety of flora and fauna along the Cuyabeno River before arriving at your lodge around dusk.

Days 12 & 13: Discover the Amazon
Discover the very essence of being in contact with the virgin forest by spending the next 3 days at a lodge built in partnership with members of the local community, who have kept their ancient customs, traditions and natural medicines. Travellers have the opportunity to visit and bake bread in the village, and the lodge employs community members and they share in the profits.
The lodge consists of 12 comfortable double rooms featuring private bathrooms with hot running water, bio-degradable soap and shampoo, purified drinking water and insects nets.
Facilities at the lodge include a dining room, a bar offering a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a lounge with comfortable sofas and hammocks, and the stargazing octagon.

Morning and afternoon excursions include:

  • Navigating upstream by motorized canoe towards “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake), while looking for monkeys, pink river dolphins, caymans, Morphos (giant blue butterflies) and many more species of flora and fauna. For the brave-hearts there is an opportunity to swim in the lake with Piranhas – a refreshing experience!
  • Trekking along the Palma Roja (Red Palm) path for an up-close encounter with primary rainforest.
  • Travelling downstream by motorized canoe and search for exotic birds such as Toucans, a variety of Macaws, blue-tailed Emeralds, Hoatzins and Amazon Kingfishers, to name a few.
  • Visiting the local village and the opportunity to make Bannock bread from the root of a plant and to meet the local Shaman and his family. If you like you can even participate in a healing ceremony.

Day 14: Amazon – Otavalo
Time to catch your breath and revitalize the senses. Enjoy the next 2 days at a restored 17th-century hacienda, located at an altitude of 8.500ft/2.600m in the Ecuadorian sierra. This very personal estate, surrounded by beautiful gardens is situated an hour north of Quito, near the Equatorial line and the market town of Otavalo.

Day 15: Relaxing at a Hacienda
A day at leisure to enjoy the typical life on a Hacienda. Guest rooms and garden cottages are furnished with antiques and Andean crafts, with log-burning fireplaces & beamed-ceilings, overlooking several acres of landscaped perennial gardens, ancient trees, and often snow-capped mountains.
Relax in the library, reading-room or exert some energy playing ping-pong or squash, take a swim in the pool or try one of many walks and self-guided tours to the surrounding volcanoes and crater lakes.
Of course every hacienda has horses, guinea pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and geese.
Afternoon tea is served in the garden to take in the sunset. Then enjoy a fireside cocktail before your candlelight dinner, and check out the night sky before falling into your comfortable bed, thoughtfully prepared with a hot-water bottle.

For the more energetic traveller we suggest:

  • A walk around Cuicocha Crater Lake – with prolific flora and panoramic views.
  • Climbing to the top of Fuyafuya, a volcano in the mountain range of Mojand. It’s a stiff uphill climb and you’ll be reward with spectacular views.
  • Visit the fine, partially excavated 9th century earth pyramids of Cochasqui

Day 16: Your Ecuador Adventure comes to an end
Enjoy your last morning in the Andean Highlands before being transferred to Quito airport for your onward flight.

Optional extension: Cloud Forest Retreat
You will be taken into the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Highlands to enjoy the vast views, hike the forest trails and immerse yourself in its mysteries. Bromeliads and orchids, hummingbirds and tanagers, toucans and ant pittas all vie for your attention.
Also termed the pre-montane/subtropical rainforests, these cloud forests cover the slopes of the Andean mountains from 900 meters to about 2500 meters. They are forests of high biodiversity, with a variety of little-studied wildlife and plants. Overnight in comfortable, rustic accommodation and relax here for the next 2 days.

Tour Dates: daily departures
Tour Price: on request
Type of Accommodation: Choice of Deluxe, First Class and Superior Tourist Class
Group Size: min. 2 passengers

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Ecuatoriana & the Galápagos
Land-based Exploration

15 day Discovery ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ in Ecuador & Wildlife in the Galápagos Islands (EX-GPS)

This trip takes in the main highlights of Ecuador as well as a visit to the ‘Enchanted Isles’ of the Galápagos, staying in hotels on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands, and still giving you the opportunity to snorkel and swim around the incomparable Galápagos Islands, searching for rare species of wildlife.

Tour the colonial capital Quito, visit bustling Indian markets in Otavalo and discover the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes.

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Tour Highlights:

Galápagos Islands – spend one week getting up close to the remarkable wildlife of Darwin’s unique islands
Quito – colonial Andean capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Otavalo – visit the fascinating Indian market and barter with the local traders
Volcanoes – with views of many picturesque volcanic peaks including Cotopaxi and Tungurahua
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Tour Dates: Saturdays February to November 2017

Tour Cost: from $5,740 per person sharing twin accommodation
Single Supplement from $1,660
Group Size: 10 – 15 passengers
Type of Accommodation: standard hotels, hacienda and guesthouse
Vehicles: bus, boat, flight
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches

 

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