Crossing the Equator
Crossing the Equator
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
It's literally impossible to exaggerate the exquisite nature of the Galapagos Islands. Awe-inspiring adventures and wildlife are waiting to be found around every bend.
from $5,710 pp 9 Days/8 Nights $635/Day
ECUADOR: CROSSING THE EQUATOR
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS | IMBABURA
It's literally impossible to exaggerate the exquisite nature of the Galapagos Islands. In this magnificent marine environment, awe-inspiring adventures and wildlife are waiting to be found around every bend.
The Galapagos offer endless opportunities to investigate and explore a unique abundance of life in a natural setting unlike any other found on earth. This unique ecosystem forms a sanctuary preserving species that have evolved in isolation over countless millennia, and they've remained sacred to the scientific community ever since they gave Darwin the vision that sparked his world-changing epiphany. The Galapagos Islands are one of the most famous destinations for observing and interacting with a great diversity of marine and avian wildlife.
After enjoying your time at sea, head to Hacienda Zuleta, a 17th century colonial hacienda on 4,000 acres in the Andean foothills of Ecuador. Chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside Magazine, this little gem offers up an authentic retreat with no creature comforts spared and plenty of adventure for everyone.
Upon arrival in Quito you'll be met and transferred to your lodging for your first night in Ecuador. The true adventure starts bright and early the next morning so you'll need to relax. We can think of no better place than the luxury boutique hotel, Casa Gangotena. The newly restored historic mansion will be able to offer you every amenity required to ensure you are ready for the rest of your Ecuadorian experience.
Days 2, 3, 4, 5
GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP
The Galapagos archipelago is one of the last places on the planet to be relatively untouched by man. Only three percent of the landmass is inhabited by humans, and the islands support a number of remarkable ecosystems, including one of the planet's most important marine reserves. The Enchanted Islands, as they are known, lie at the crossroads of science, nature, exploration, and literature. We begin our trip at the Galapagos Safari Camp, the perfect place to experience this otherworldly destination. The eco-luxury tented camp is one of the first of its kind in Latin America, and it follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form. You'll spend your time taking yacht trips to uninhabited islands, learning from the local fisherman, and surfing Tortuga Bay.
The Galapagos Safari Camp is composed of nine luxury tents located below the main lodge. They each stand tall on wooden platforms and are composed of three protective layers: one to shield from the sun, another to ward off the rain, and finally an inner canvas shell. Custom-made furniture were designed with comfort, practicality, and elegance in mind. The interiors of the tent are spacious and there's room for the whole family to join - great news since the Galapagos are a popular destination for visitors of all ages.
Days 6, 7, 8, 9
Set amidst the giddy heights of the Andes at 9,600 feet, the Hacienda and working farm has been in the family of the late Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. Only two hours north of Quito, Hacienda Zuleta sits flanked by smoking volcanoes and rich fertile farmland; it is also the only spot on earth where a temperature of zero degrees Celsius coincides with latitude zero.
An equestrian lover's paradise, Hacienda Zuleta is renowned for their stable of horses fondly known as Zuletenos. Their stables offer a range of trusty steeds for every level of rider. Miles of meandering roads through lush pastureland, pine trees, and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities. Hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and trekking are all available to you. No matter how you choose to spend your stay in Ecuador, it is sure to be filled with rediscovered historical delights and the perfect amount of adventure. You'll leave feeling just like an original explorer of this incredible part of the globe.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- Stay at a 17th-century colonial establishment in the Ecuadorian foothills; Hacienda Zuleta
- Step back in history as you learn about the culture and experience of the Ecuadorian people
- Enjoy farm fresh cuisine straight from the 4,000-acres you're staying on
- Take a surfing lesson in Tortuga Bay
- Stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp in an African-style tent
- Pick which island you'd like to visit by yacht based on season and personal preference
- Learn from the local fisherman and catch your own dinner
- Mountain bike, bird watch, horseback ride, and more
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