Day 1: Quito
Arrival any day - transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Quito (B)
Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World: bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas, a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Visit the “Middle of the world” situated at 0º0’0” latitude. Overnight.
Day 3: Quito - Otavalo - Cotacachi - Magdalena Karanki Community (B,D)
Visit the well-known indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure. Visit Peguche known for its weavers, visit a wind instruments workshop, Cotacachi known for the manufacture of leather goods, Cuicocha crater lake. Arrive to Magdalena Community overight at one of the community houses.
Day 4: Magdalena Karanki Community Train Ride Salinas (B,L)
Magdalena Community discover this hidden mountain niche through a series of activities; horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking. Then drive to Ibarra and catch the “Liberty Train”, landscapes provide a magical setting as you pass through mysterious tunnels, cross bridges spanning canyons and gullies, and admire a unique biodiversity. Then arrive in the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Salinas, well known for its agricultural activities. Overnight in Quito.
Day 5: Quito - Cotopaxi - Riobamba - Baños (B)
On the way to Baños admire highest active volcano on Earth, Cotopaxi, in Baños admire its beautiful scenery of waterfalls. Then drive south to Riobamba for overnight.
Day 6: Riobamba-devil’s nose Train Ride Ingapirca Ruins-Cuenca (B,BL)
Start your day with a drive through some of the most picturesque indigenous areas of the country. Take the Devil’s Nose train ride, continue your way south to the Ingapirca Ruins, then arrive to Cuenca for overnight.
Day 7: Cuenca - El Cajas National Park (B)
City tour of Cuenca before driving to El Cajas National Park. This area is known for its beautiful landscapes with at least 200 lagoons, like the famous La Toreadora. After lunch, drive to Guayaquil for overnight.
Day 8-11: All-Inclusive Galapagos Cruise aboard top quality M/Y Coral I & Coral II or M/V Galapagos Legend (B,L,D)
Domestic flight to Galapagos. All-inclusive 3-night top quality cruise. Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass, featuring ample outer decks, sea-view cabins and suites, jacuzzi, pool, bars and more.
See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man.
Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues. Back to Quito or Guayaquil. Overnight.
Day 12: Quito or Guayaquil (B)
Transfer out. End of services.
B: Breakfast BL: Box lunch L: Lunch D: Dinner.