Discover the unique and diverse culture, flora and fauna of awe-inspiring Ecuador

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Enjoy a stunning hike near the Cuicocha crater in Otavalo
  • Embark on a privately guided tour of mystical Quito
  • Marvel at the incredible biodiversity of the magical Amazon
  • Snorkel in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands
  • Get up close to many inhabitants of the islands, including seals and tortoises

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private tour options in displaying the very best of the culture, history and wildlife of Ecuador
  • Luxury seven-night Galapagos cruise and excursions lead by naturalist experts
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Assistance with restaurant reservations
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At a glance

Providing a comprehensive, diverse and unforgettable impression of all the true highlights of Ecuador, this private trip samples the huge variety of traditional culture, exotic wildlife, unique flora and physical wonders of this country, and all with plenty of time to explore and make the most of each location.

Though relatively small, Ecuador packs a huge punch with its distinct geography of mountains, highlands, Amazon rainforest and tropical lowlands, providing a microcosm of South America in just one country. And then, of course, there are the iconic Galapagos Islands with their incredible biodiversity.

You’ll begin your adventure in the Andean region of the Otavalo, staying in an authentic hacienda and exploring the area on privately guided excursions before heading to the beautiful colonial capital, Quito. While here, you’ll discover everything from the city’s markets and churches, to its cuisine and museums.

Next, you’ll head to the teeming wildlife and winding waterways of the Ecuadorian Amazon, spending your time based at a remote eco lodge deep in the forest. You can spend your time choosing from a host of activities which will allow you to marvel at the incredible biodiversity of this magical area.

Lastly, in a fine finale for your luxury discovery of Ecuador, you’ll embark upon a seven-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands, getting up close and personal with its fascinating wildlife, both on land and underwater, enjoying the likes of hiking and snorkelling throughout your adventure across the islands.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Otavalo

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Quito airport to your hotel in the Otavalo

Accommodation in Otavalo

Two nights in the Otavalo region Two nights 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.

'Cuicocha hike, Indian market and community project' '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.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your Otavalo hotel to Quito

Days 3-5

Quito

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.

Quito 'Mystical City' Tour Quito 'Mystical City' Tour

The tour starts with a panoramic overview of the city and its surrounding volcanoes from one of the city’s viewpoints. Then stop at a local food, fruits and vegetables market. This is one of the oldest markets in the city and during the visit you will be able to enjoy the smells and colours of the fruits and vegetables and learn more about the history of this ancient market and the local products as well as some secrets of the local natural medicine.

Then continue to the Independence Square which is the centre of the political life of the country due to the presence of the President’s Palace. In the afternoon visit La Compañia church, known as the best example of baroque style in the country, and San Francisco Church, the first Catholic church built by the Spaniards in Quito. The tour ends with a visit to the museum Casa del Alabado, a Pre-Columbian art museum that owns more than 5,000 archaeological pieces from most of the communities living in Ecuador before the arrival of the Spaniards.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your Quito hotel to Quito airport

Flight

Flight from Quito to Coca

Days 5-8

The Amazon

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Coca airport to your lodge in the Amazon

Accommodation in The Amazon

Three days exploring the Ecuadorian Amazon Three days exploring the Ecuadorian Amazon

During your time in the Amazon you will be able to choose from a host of activities which will allow you to marvel at the incredible biodiversity of this magical area, which will allow you to experience nature at it's best.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer from your Amazon Lodge to Coca airport

Flight

Flight from Coca to Quito

Flight

Flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands

Days 8-15

Galapagos

Accommodation in Galapagos

Seven night Galapagos cruise Seven 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.

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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

Flight from Galapagos to Guayaquil

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