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Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Day 1

Arrive in Quito. Walking tour of the Quito, Ecuador’s mountain capital, which has with a blend of colonial architecture, imposing churches and busy local markets.

Day 2

Drive to Mindo for bird-spotting, one of South America’s most diverse areas with over 400 species and amazing flora and fauna.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3

Drive to Otavalo via ‘the middle of the world’, where Ecuador cuts through the equator. Otavalo is a small market town surrounded by imposing mountains, in the afternoon there is a visit to Peguche whose villagers are famous for the Andean music.

Breakfast

Day 4

Visit Cuicocha crater lake and a walk through the alpine vegetation, hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous Andean eagle. Visit Otavalo’s craft market on the way to Machachi via San Pablo Lake. Stay the night at a family run Hosteria.

Breakfast

Day 5

Visit Cotopaxi National Park to see one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Take a walk around Limpiopungo, a glacial lake, before heading down the dramatic ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes.’

Day 6

Visit to Banos, built in the mighty shadow of the Tungurahua volcano, for the thermal baths and impressive Pastaza Canyon. Later in the day you would visit the Pailon del Diablo waterfall.

Breakfast

Day 7

Devil’s Nose - this famous railway is a triumph of engineering. From Alausí the track drops 800m down a ridge and into the gorge of the Río Chanchán. This almost sheer descent, known as the ‘Devil’s Nose’, was achieved by building a series of switch backs. The train is essentially a bus body mounted on train wheels, making it one of the most exciting train rides in the world.

Breakfast

Day 8

Visit the colorful local market of at Riobamba. Head back down the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ stopping at the spectacular extinct Chimborazo volcano. The jorney then continues back to Quito.

Breakfast

Days 9 - 12

Fly from Quito to the Galapagos islands of Baltra to spend 3 nights on board a boat. Travel aboard the chartered vessel from island to island. The itinerary is flexible and could include snorkelling, volcano ascents, visiting Darwinian Bay and Santa Fe or just watching giant tortoises, dolphins and sea lions frolic from the deck of your boat.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre before boarding a flight back to the mainland.

Breakfast

Day 14

Tour ends in Guayaquil.

Breakfast

 

Destination:
South America

Locations:
Quito, onto the Cloud Forest and Otavalo Market ending at the Galapagos islands via a Devil’s Nose railway journey.

Nights:
14

Type:
Group tour