Experience the Mountains, Islands, and Jungles of Ecuador
Experience the Mountains, Islands, and Jungles of Ecuador
ECUADOR, SOUTH AMERICA
The ultimate two-week exploration of Ecuador, from a private estate in the Andes to tented safari camp in the Galapagos Islands to a grand finale in the treetops of the Amazon.
from $7,650 pp 15 Days/14 Nights $510/Day
EXPERIENCE THE MOUNTAINS, ISLANDS, AND JUNGLES OF ECUADOR
THE ANDES | THE GALAPAGOS | THE AMAZON
Split across the middle by the equator, Ecuador is one of our favorite South American countries for adventures of all shapes and sizes.
This small country boasts the Galapagos Islands, the Andes, and even a substantial portion of the Amazon. Incredible when experienced one at a time, it easily becomes the trip of a lifetime when you combine all three. This 15-day adventure does just that.
You’ll spend several days in each region experiencing the wildlife and landscapes with top-notch guides and kicking back with local cuisine and ultra-luxe base camps each night. Bookended with a couple days in Quito on each end, this is the perfect slow-paced South American safari that will leave you feeling like you’ve left a part of your soul in Ecuador, and it with you.
Days 1, 2
GET TO KNOW THE HEART OF ECUADOR IN QUITO
CASA GANGOTENA HOTEL
We kick this two-week trip off with a relaxing start in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Take a day to get acclimated (literally, the city is above 9,000 feet in elevation) and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this South American cultural hub. You'll be staying at the historic Casa Gangotena, a mansion that has been restored into an elegant boutique hotel. You'll be situated within a stone's throw from the gilt Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús, the Museum of the City, Plaza Santo Domingo, the Presidential Palace, and bustle of Quito’s Old Town—perfect for low-key walkabouts at your own pace before departing to your next destination.
Days 3, 4, 5
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A WORKING HACIENDA IN THE ANDES
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. Spend the first three days hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and trekking around this incredible property.
Days 6, 7, 8, 9
PRETEND YOU'RE ON SAFARI AT THE COOLEST CAMP IN THE GALAPAGOS
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. You'll spend four days 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.
Days 10, 11, 12, 13
ONWARDS TO THE WORLD-FAMOUS AMAZON RAINFOREST
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
The next portion of your Ecuadorean adventure will be spent in the Amazon. You'll be based out of an incredible thatched-roof base camp right on the glassy waters of Lake Garzacocha, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge. You'll feel as if you've settled right into the environment as birds flit by your open-air windows and monkeys of all shapes and sizes clammer through the treetops above. By day, go on excursions with a guide to spot parrots, boa constrictors, and other local wildlife that call this part of the Amazon home. At night you'll unwind with a fresh-cooked meal and cocktails followed by time spent in your luxurious private hot tub on the deck of your bamboo-crafted cabana. Fall asleep to the surround-sound of the rainforest before waking up to do it all over again.
Days 14, 15
FINAL EXPLORATION OF THE CAPITAL OF ECUADOR
The last day and a half you'll transfer back to Quito where there's plenty to do in a more urban setting. Explore the capital city of Ecuador on your own terms and do a little shopping, tasting of the local flavors, and photographing the historic churches and architecture in this 9,350-foot high city. You'll fly home feeling less rushed than when you arrived 15 days ago and like you've fallen in love with Ecuador inside and out.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- Hang out in the capital city of Ecuador, Quito on both the front and back end of the trip
- Spend time at a historical property, Hacienda Zuleta, in the Andes riding horses, hiking, and interacting with the local artisans and farmers
- Explore the Galapagos Islands from the land-based safari tent camp that is truly one of a kind for South America
- Journey on to the Amazon where you'll stay in a thatched-roof bamboo cabana with the sounds and sights of the jungle right out of your window
- Do it all with top-notch guides who know these regions like the back of their hands
- Get the whole family involved with activities that are great for all ages and can be customized for your group
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