Spend a few days discovering Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before or after your Galapagos Cruise. Spend a day with your guide exploring the Colonial Quito, a city of narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls and, rising high, the steeples and cupolas of the city’s many spectacularly decorated historic churches. The city has one of the best preserved colonial centers in all South America and its integrity was assured in 1978 when Quito was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the Main Plaza, where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the monastery of San Francisco which was started five days after the founding of the city in 1534. Then visit the Panecillo hill, where you can admire the famous Panecillo’s Virgin and spectacular views of the city.

Quito is a wonderful place to head out on your own one day as well and get a true feel for the cultural in the markets, small shops and simply sitting back and taking it all in at one of the restaurants on the square.

Quito, Ecuador

La Casona de la Ronda

La Casona de la Ronda is a boutique hotel located in Quito's picturesque Old Town and was originally built as a colonial style home in 1783.

Ecuadorian Amazon

After your amazing time in the Galapagos, catch a short flight over the eastern Andes to the jungle town of Coca where a small motor boat awaits on the Napo River to take you deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon to the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge. This incredible lodge has just 16 spacious cabins, all of which boasts private decks with views out onto the river and thick, lush jungle. Spend your time in this amazing eco-system cruising the Napo, exploring the Amazon on foot with guided walks, discovering the incredible plant, bird and wildlife species and visiting with the local communities to truly get a feel for life in the jungle.

Ecuadorian Amazon

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge

The Napo Wildlife Center Lodge is located deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian amazon, and has just sixteen spacious cabins looking out onto the Napo River.

Galapagos Cruise


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