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Ecuador: Volcanoes & Wildlife

Quito, Papallacta, Cotopaxi, Riobamba, Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands, Bellavista
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Included in this Holiday

  • Indirect international flights, departing London.
  • 13 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Quito city tour & Middle of the World visit
  • Papallacta thermal waters
  • Cotopaxi volcano hike
  • Santa Cruz highlands adventure
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Here’s What Your Amazing Holiday Could Look Like...

Craving adventure? Then look no further. Start your Journey sampling the cultural delights and attractions of Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Pull on your hiking boots and take a trek in the Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest volcanoes in the world. Carry on through the Andean countryside and witness the ancient turquoise awe of the Quilotoa Lagoon. Saving the best for last, you’ll head to the coast where you’ll catch a flight to the enchanting Galapagos Islands to discover the wonder of nature and encounter the incredible wildlife the islands are famed for…

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Day 1

Fly from the UK to Quito

Days 2-3

Quito

Gateway to Ecuador and the world’s closest capital city to the equator, Quito sits high and proud at a lofty 2,850m, surrounded by the mystical Andes Mountains. Spend your time here exploring the diverse neighbourhoods of the city, including the historic centre – one of the best preserved in the Americas. Your city tour will take in attractions like Independence Plaza, the Presidential Palace, La Basilica Church and San Francisco Square, not forgetting a visit to the Middle of the World!

Included Excursion:
Quito city tour and Middle of the World visit
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4* Reina Isabel Hotel (or similar)

Day 4

Papallacta

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading to the mountain village of Papallacta, where you’ll experience the steamy, healing waters of the village’s thermal pools and can dine on the local speciality of steamed trout. A well-deserved day to recharge your batteries!

Included Excursion:
Papallacta Thermal Waters visit
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3* Termas Papallacta Hotel (or similar)

Day 5

Cotopaxi

Spend the day exploring Cotopaxi National Park where you’ll be surrounded by incredible scenery, including Cotopaxi’s snow-capped peak. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as condors, foxes, deer and spectacled bears (to name a few), while you hike in one of the world’s highest volcanoes and take in the amazing views at the Limpiopungo Lagoon.

Included Excursion:
Cotopaxi Volcano hike
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3* Hacienda Hato Verde (or similar)

Days 6-7

Quilotoa - Riobamba

After an early departure, you’ll head to the oh-so-deep Quilotoa Lagoon –which averages a staggering depth of 240m. From a lookout on the crater rim you can take in the vistas of Laguna Quilotoa and its glorious emerald waters, along with the picture-perfect snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi and Iliniza. From here you’ll continue onto the town of Riobamba, where you will spend the night.

A morning transfer will take you to historic mountain town of Alausi, where you’ll board the famous Devil’s Nose Train before it starts the zig-zagging descent down the precipitous face of the mountain! Sit back and relax with a drink in hand, taking in the surrounding scenery as the train snakes through the narrow gorge of River Chanchán, on its way to the mountain’s base.

Included Excursion:
Quilotoa Lagoon sightseeing, Devil Nose Train
Included in this price:

4* Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar)

Day 8

Guayaquil

Leaving the Andes behind you’ll travel to Guayaquil – the nation’s main port and access point to the Galapagos – where you’ll spend the day exploring the coastal city, also known as the Pearl of the Pacific. Embark on a walking tour to take in the eclectic mix of colonial and modern architecture.

Included Excursion:
Guayaquil walking tour
Included in this price:

4* Wyndham Guayaquil Hotel (or similar)

Days 9-11

Galapagos

An early start beckons as you fly from Guayaquil to Baltra Island to start your Galapagos adventure. On arrival into Baltra you’ll meet your guide and head off to explore the highlands of Santa Cruz, playground of the Galapagos giant tortoise – the largest living tortoise species in the world weighing up to 250kg! After exploring the highlands and the wildlife that calls it home, you’ll visit one of the island’s lava tunnels – to learn how the Galapagos islands were formed from lava flows millions of years ago – and the Charles Darwin Research Station, which plays a vital role in the conservation of the islands. As your exploration continues, you’ll swap the highlands for the white sands of Tortuga Bay, considered to be the most beautiful stretch of coastline in the Galapagos archipelago and one of the sea turtles’ favourite places to lay their eggs! If you fancy a little kayaking or snorkelling, then this is the perfect spot. Your final day will be spent touring a new island in the archipelago, where you can further immerse yourself in the fascinating wildlife and natural beauty of the Galapagos.

Included Excursion:
Santa Cruz Highlands, Tortuga Bay
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4* Ikala Galapagos Hotel (or similar)

Days 12-13

Bellavista

Saying goodbye to the Galapagos, you’ll catch a flight back to Quito and from there a transfer will take you up to the cloud forest conservation reserve of Bellavista, nestled on the misty slopes of the Andean Mountains. Spend the next three days trekking the reserve’s forest trails and exploring the mysterious cloud forest. Discover waterfalls, experience the abundant bird life by joining the morning bird hike, and maybe even spot an olinguito or two!

Included in this price:

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge (or similar)

Day 14

Quito

Depart Bellavista after lunch and head back to Quito, where you’ll spend the final night of your Ecuadorian adventure.

Included in this price:

Rincon de Puembo or similar

Days 15-16

Transfer to Quito Airport and begin your journey home

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