Day 1: Arrive Quito

Welcome to Ecuador! You will be met after passing through customs and immigration and transferred to Casa Gongotena for overnight.

Casa Gangotena

Two nights Casa Gangotena in a Plaza View Room. Breakfast.

Day 2: Quito

This morning your private guide will pick up for a full day exploration of Quito. You will begin with a scenic drive around the residential part of Quito, passing several of the city’s beautiful parks and modern cultural highlights. Then head to the old city center to begin a walking tour that will take you to the highlights of Quito’s beautiful colonial town, including Plaza de la Independencia, also known as Plaza Grande, the heart of Quito’s old town, and La Compañia, regarded by many as the most beautiful church in Latin America. Only two blocks away is San Francisco, another 16th century church. Although far less lavish than its neighbor, San Francisco is notable for its beautiful plaza and the Spanish architecture of its adjacent monastery, which we enter and tour briefly.

After visiting a few more sites, you will drive up to the Panecillo to enjoy a panoramic view of Quito and view the famous “Virgen de Quito” statue. Make a quick stop at a fair trade artisan shop for souvenir shopping before heading 30 kilometers north of the city to the Equatorial City Complex, a collection of monuments and museums built around Latitude Zero. Here visit the complex called Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, with its main attraction the Equatorial Monument. As well, you will be able to stand on the “real equatorial line” and do all sorts of magical equator-like things such as balancing an egg on the head of a nail, do a strength test trying not to fall sideways as you attempt to walk the line with your eyes closed, see how the Coriolis effect works in both hemispheres, and many more. Late this afternoon you will return to Casa Gangotena for overnight.

Day 3: Quito to Galapagos

This morning you will be transferred about an hour (depending on traffic) to you the Quito Airport, where you will be assisted with luggage check in and the Galapagos quarantine inspection before you board your flight to Baltra.

Your private naturalist guide will meet you at Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture the children’s imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore the 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, and spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to Galapagos Safari Camp.

Galapagos Safari Camp

Four nights Galapagos Safari Camp. All meals. Three bedroom family tents available.

Day 4 & 5: Galapagos Islands

You have two days spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a dayyacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe, and Bartolomé, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note these are shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise, however your private guide will accompany you.

Day 6: Eastern Santa Cruz Island

A morning drive takes you to the eastern part of the island. At 490 meter above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water - including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are more optional activities - please let us know if you would like to book either.

Day 7 & 8: Hacienda Zuleta, Highlands

After a leisurely morning at Galapagos Safari Camp, you will be accompanied by your naturalist guide to Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito a 2-hour drive through the Andes will lead you towards Hacienda Zuleta. Once you settle in Zuleta, you can explore the property, relax by the fire, or browse through the impressive library. A delectable Andean dinner is served, made with local organic produce.

The following day is yours to explore this beautiful part of Ecuador! Miles of meandering roads through lush pastureland, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking in Ecuador. The hotel has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area. Hacienda Zuleta’s grounds are full of beautiful and interesting sites to visit. As a internationally-recognized South American ecolodge, Zuleta is proud of the full biodiversity surrounding the farm and Ecuador hotel. Guests are invited to explore the grounds and to visit the on-site museum of Ecuadorian cheese, farm operations, archaeological sites, among others.

Zuleta has been internationally and nationally recognized for its work with the Andean condor of Ecuador. Many of our guests ride or hike to Condor Huasi, our Andean condor rehabilitation project. Located about 5 km from the house in a valley surrounded by native forest. At Condor Huasi you will be able to observe the eight condors we have in captivity and with some luck you might see wild Andean condors of Ecuador flying above you or even landing on the aviary.

Hacienda Zuleta

Two nights Hacienda Zuleta. All meals.

Day 9: Visit the Zuleta Farm & Depart

After breakfast, explore the organic garden, feed the calves, watch vaqueros in action, visit the embroidery museum, take a tour of the cheese factory, or relax in the garden before your transfer back to Quito to meet your departing flights for home. Breakfast.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
2017 $6,980.00 $1,620.00
Prices based on two travelers sharing. Does not include regional flights (approx. $600 per person), Galapagos National Park Entrance fee ($100 per person), Galapagos Tourist Card ($20 per person). Please call for an international flight quote from our air partners!
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