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The holiday of a lifetime for nature lovers as you explore Ecuador’s cloud forest and stay on three of the Galapagos Islands.
Today you’ll fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. On arrival we will transfer you to your hotel for a three-night stay.
Quito is located high in the Andes, 9,000 feet above sea level. You may need a little time to acclimatise, so today you’re free to relax and explore at leisure.
Day 3: Otavalo
Your explorations begin with a trip to the market in Otavalo, which is considered to be one of the biggest and best in South America. It’s a couple of hours drive from Quito, so en route we’ll stop at Mira Lago to admire stunning views of San Pablo Lake and the nearby volcanoes.
Today you’re heading to the Mindo cloud forest, an area of spectacular scenery and wildlife. Our first stop will be at a butterfly garden and orchid park. Here you’ll have a chance to see striking owl eye and blue morpho butterflies, and more than 200 different species of orchid.
This morning we’re going to go on a hike through the cloud forest and enjoy more of the spectacular scenery and wildlife on foot. Then we’ll travel to Mitad del Mundo, where you can pose for a photo on the Equator line!
Today’s the day you fly to the Galapagos Islands. A Local Guide will meet us when we arrive on Santa Cruz, and the sightseeing starts straight away. We’ll make our way to a private ranch in the Highlands, where giant tortoises are free to roam.
After some free time this morning, we’ll transfer by boat to Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago. We’ll make our way to the little town of Puerto Villamil, where a beautiful white-sand beach lies just a short walk from your hotel. Later, you’ll visit a nearby wetland which is home to pink flamingos and pintail ducks, before walking a short distance to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre.
Today you’re going to visit The Wall of Tears, a poignant reminder of the penal colony which once existed on Isabela Island.
This morning you’re free to do just as you please. However, if you enjoy snorkelling our optional excursion to Los Tuneles is a must. You’ll head to one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos for a chance to explore underwater lava tunnels teeming with marine life. Look out for reef sharks, sea turtles, sea horses and more.
Your adventure continues with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we’ll learn more about efforts to conserve several species of the giant tortoise. Lonesome George was perhaps the most famous Galapagos tortoise.
You’re going to take a cruise along the coast and hopefully catch a glimpse of San Cristóbal’s fabulous marine life today. Keep a lookout for birds including the great frigate and blue-footed booby, before the captain drops anchor for your first snorkel of the day.
It’s your final day in the Galapagos and you’re free to spend it at leisure. Perhaps head to the beach for one last swim, or shop for some last-minute souvenirs.
Today we will transfer you to the airport ready for your flight back to the UK.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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