A journey to see Ecuador's rich wildlife and culture visiting Quito, the Galapagos and the beautiful highlands area around Otavalo

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Discovering the mystical city of Quito on a privately guided tour
  • Snorkelling in the beautiful waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands
  • Animal-focussed nature walks
  • Horseback riding in the Otavalo region

What's included

  • Luxury Galapagos cruise and excursions lead by naturalist experts
  • Private tour options in Quito and Otavalo
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Ecuador and the Galapagos have so much to offer in terms of nature and ancient culture and our expert travel designers have designed this trip to whisk you away on a discovery of such places.

Begin with two nights in the historic city of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, a charming place set surrounded by towering volcanoes, where a local with show you around the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet friendly artisans.

From here, fly out along the equator to the incredible Galapagos Islands. On a luxury six-day cruise, discover the archipelago’s fascinating landscapes, beautiful waters and, of course, its rich wildlife, on expertly guided nature walks, snorkelling excursions and boat trips.

Return to the Ecuadorian mainland and head north into the Otavalo region, a place where traditional culture runs deep. Staying at a centuries old rural hacienda, discover the mountains around you, visit a community project and head out on an unforgettable horse ride.

We have designed this trip to give you a well-deserved chance to relax in the highlands, after your expedition around the Galapagos Islands.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3


Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Quito airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Quito

Two nights in Quito Two nights in Quito

Enjoy Ecuador's capital, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this historical city and contemporary hub. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Talk to your travel designer about how you would like to spend your time here.

Full day Live Quito Like a Local tour Full day Live Quito Like a Local tour

This brings alive the capital’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, to go beyond the mere ‘bricks and mortar’ and allow guests to get a true feel for quiteños and the lives that make it such a fascinating place.

The first part of the tour includes a neighbourhood walk in the company of a local guide who will share their first-hand insights into the history, livelihoods, traditions, stories, beliefs and cuisine of their city. Experience the lively market of San Francisco and wander down to the restored and revitalised street of La Ronda, meeting artisans at work and find out more about the art of chocolate-making from a Swiss-Ecuadorian confectioner family.

A lunch of Ecuadorian specialities is served inside the elegant Casa Gangotena hotel dining room. The afternoon is divided between a visit to the Casa del Alabado archaeological museum and a trip up to one of the city’s viewpoints to fully appreciate its Andean setting from on high.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from your hotel to Quito airport


Flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands (via Guayaquil)

Days 3-8


Galapagos yachts and cruise ships

Five night Galapagos cruise Five night Galapagos cruise

Spend your time cruising and exploring the Galapagos Islands on your choice of Jacada's selected luxury expedition cruises. The exact itinerary will depend on which you choose, our travel designer will help you choose which suits you best.

Nature walks on the Islands Nature walks on the Islands

There will be a number of varied nature trails with your guides to the different islands on your itinerary to explore both the wildlife up close and the astonishing geology of the islands.

Two Galapagos Sea Lions Frolic Together Underwater
Panga rides and snorkelling Panga rides and snorkelling

Small group excursions by inflatable 'panga' zodiac boats to snorkel and see the dense marine wildlife.

Flights & transfers


Flight from the Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)

Days 8-11


Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Quito airport to your Otavalo hacienda

Otavalo Haciendas

Three days in the Otavalo region Three days in the Otavalo region

During your time in the beautiful countryside of the Otavalo region, simply enjoy the relaxed, bucolic pace of life here and we can arrange a number of our privately guided tours for you to enjoy some traditional Ecuadorian culture.

Full Day Otavalo tour with Cuicocha hike, Indian market and community project Full Day Otavalo tour with Cuicocha hike, Indian market and community project

Head to the Cuicocha crater lake to enjoy a short hike near the lake. Then continue to Otavalo to visit the famous Indian market, where people from the surrounding mountains come to buy and sell crafts, food and other goods. After lunch at a local hacienda, visit one of the community projects held in the area.

Horses Zuleta Otavalo Ecuador
Horse ride from your hacienda Horse ride from your hacienda

Explore the Andean countryside on horseback along high altitude trails (between 9,000 and 11,000 feet) that wind through valleys surrounded by mountains, bathed in green lakes on mountain tops, snow-capped Cayambe, ancient pre-Incan earth mounds, waterfalls, dramatic views in or above the clouds.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from your hotel in the Otavalo to Quito airport

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