Ecuador,

The Dazzling Diversity of Ecuador and the Galapagos for Families

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Family Holiday
14 Days
From £6715
GEOIP Not Available
Snorkelling and Diving

Tour Introduction

14 Days from £6715
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £5632 per child.

A perfect family adventure for older children, this compact itinerary uncovers two of South America’s greatest natural wonders: the species-rich rainforests of Amazonia and the enchanted isles of the Galapagos. Added into the mix are the colonial splendour of historic Quito and the perfect cone of Cotopaxi volcano to produce a tour of unrivalled variety with elements to suit all the family.

With your excellent naturalist guides, comfortable rainforest accommodation and a charming small ship in which to cruise the Galapagos islands, mental stimulation, natural history education, wildlife fun and wide-eyed wonder (for both parents and children) are assured.

Full Itinerary

Price from £6715
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £5632 per child. £5632 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Quito

Arrive in Quito. Evening arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Patio Andaluz. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2
Quito

Guided tour of colonial Quito. The capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with fascinating culture to see and the tour will include visits to museums, monasteries and churches and will highlight the artistic design found within the city. The tour will also include a visit to the Equatorial monument that marks the divide between the southern and northern hemispheres. There will be a visit to the Museo del Sitio Inti Nan which exhibits the cultures of the region’s indigenous peoples. Return to hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Staying at Patio Andaluz. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3
Cotopaxi province

Depart Quito and transfer south into the Cotopaxi province and the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Rest of the day is at leisure and to acclimatize to the altitude.

Staying at Hacienda Santa Ana. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4
Cotopaxi

Full day of Optional activities which might include zip lines ranging from 100 to 480 metres, mountain biking through volcanic landscapes, horse riding and hikes.

Staying at Hacienda Santa Ana. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5
Cotopaxi

Time for more Optional activities in the morning. In the afternoon transfer back to Quito.

Staying at Garden Hotel San Jose. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6
Sacha Lodge

Transfer to the airport and fly to Coca, transfer by boat to Sacha Lodge. Wildlife such as macaws, toucans, troops of monkeys and caiman may be encountered on the river journey – an adventure in itself.

Staying at Sacha Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Sacha Lodge

Full day of guided activities at Sacha. There is a 275-metre long canopy walkway that gives a unique view of the Amazonian rainforest from above. There is also a nearby parrot clay lick, butterfly house, treetop tower, and excursions by canoe and hikes along trails to enjoy. The variety of wildlife at Sacha is immense and many exciting birds, primates, reptiles and amphibians are often seen.

Staying at Sacha Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Sacha Lodge

Another full day of inclusive guided activities to enjoy.

Staying at Sacha Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Quito

Transfer to Coca and fly to Quito, met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Garden Hotel San Jose. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
San Cristobal

Transfer to the airport and fly to San Cristobal, Galapagos.

Staying at La Pinta. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
On board Ship

Explore the Galapagos Islands above and below the water (snorkelling) on board La Pinta, a very comfortable, family friendly vessel with trained staff who will enhance the experience and learning for children as well as adults. Above water there are plants and semi-tame animals. The geographical isolation and necessary adaptation to the harsh conditions have led to the evolution of many unique natural histories, including those of marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous Darwin finches. Under the water, cool currents have introduced otherwise cold water species to these tropical seas: penguins, orcas and fur seals happily rub along with parrot fish, turtles and manta rays. Visit a number of different islands and enjoy unique experiences on each one.

Staying at La Pinta. Includes All Meals.

Day 14
Depart Guayaquil

Return to San Cristobal and fly to Guayaquil. Connect with your international flight home.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

Ecuador Galapagos Islands

La Pinta

Overview

La Pinta offers a relaxed yet luxurious expedition atmosphere with state of the art interpretation facilities. Interconnecting cabins and a ‘Young Pirates’ program make this ship an excellent option for families.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Capacity
48 passengers
Length
207 Feet
Class
Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
Cabins

24 outside cabins with twin or queen size beds including 6 interconnecting cabins for families

Facilities

Conference room, satellite internet, bar/salon, dining room, sky bar and sundeck, gym, jacuzzi, glass bottom boat, kayaks, infirmary.

Ecuador Amazon

Sacha Lodge

Overview

Sacha Lodge has a beautiful position overlooking Pilchicocha (oxbow) Lake with excellent swimming, piranha fishing and gentle wildlife viewing by dugout canoe. The surrounding primary rainforest has large concentrations of monkeys (including squirrel, red howler, brown capuchin, black mantled tamarin and pygmy marmoset), an incredible 587 species of birds (including hummingbirds, toucans, parrots and rainforest raptors), sloths and a huge variety of other rainforest mammals, insects and plants.

There is a butterfly farm and a large network of rainforest trails. Across the Napo River is the Yasuni National Park with two spectacular clay licks where you can see large numbers of parrots, parakeets and occasionally macaws (additional charge to visit the clay licks). A highlight of the lodge is the 940-foot canopy walkway suspended 95 feet above the ground which, combined with the lodge’s 135 foot observation tower, gives unparalleled views over the rainforest and excellent chances of spotting monkeys, sloths and hundreds of canopy birds.

The large thatched wooden cabins blend perfectly with the surrounding forest but retain a high level of comfort including private bathrooms with hot water, well screened rooms and an excellent restaurant. All rooms are linked by raised, covered board walks keeping you a respectable distance from the surrounding forest.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
26
Facilities

Restaurant, bar and lounge with raised lookout overlooking the lake, laundry service, 24-hour electricity and private bathrooms.

Local Wildlife

587 species of birds, 8 species of primates including regular sightings of pygmy marmoset, black-mantled tamarin, common squirrel, red howler and white fronted capuchin monkeys. Black agouti, sloths and many fascinating reptiles, amphibians and butterflies frequent the lodge grounds.

Optional Activities

Visits to two parrot clay licks.

Ecuador The Andes

Hacienda Santa Ana

Overview

Located close to the northern entrance of Cotopaxi National Park, the hacienda originally belonged to a company of 17th Century Jesuits. There now are six individually decorated cosy ensuite rooms, a lounge area and restaurant. The views from the rooms of the mountains are sensational and the hotel has one of the best locations for accessing Cotopaxi National Park and enjoying the different activities on offer.

Services include room service (not 24 hrs), hot water bottles, oxygen (upon request) and laundry. The Hacienda can arrange various activities including biking, horse riding and zip lining.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
6
Facilities

Restaurant, private bathrooms, lounge and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Local Wildlife

Cotopaxi National Park supports an interesting paramo vegetation home to many high altitude bird species including the Andean condor. Mammals include guanaco, puma, spectacled bear, Andean fox and white-tailed deer although most are rarely seen.

Optional Activities

Horse riding, mountain biking, trekking and zip lining, technical climbing and exploration of the National Park.

Ecuador The Andes

Garden Hotel San Jose

Overview

The Garden Hotel San Jose, situated in the Puembo Valley just 20 minutes from downtown Quito, is built around a restored 18th century hacienda and set amongst 10 acres of beautiful gardens.

There are 37 en suite rooms with LCD TVs and Wi-Fi, 2 outdoor heated pools, a gym, restaurant and lounge/bar.

The hotel enjoys close proximity to the international airport and is an ideal base for travellers staying overnight before or after connecting to onward destinations.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
37
Facilities

2 outdoor heated swimming pools, a gym, restaurant, lounge and bar.

Optional Activities

Ecuador The Andes

Patio Andaluz

Overview

The 4-star Patio Andaluz is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the colonial centre of Quito within walking distance of the famous Independence Square. Its architecture dates back to the 16th century with grand archways and courtyards.

The central location is ideal for easy access to many of Quito’s museums and historical sights.

There are 31 stylish rooms and suites, all with private bathrooms, polished wooden floors, antique style furniture, warm Persian rugs, air-conditioning, cable TV, safes and free Wi-Fi. Facilities include laundry service, currency exchange, medical assistance, luggage storage, library, gardens and patio area.

The hotel’s elegant restaurant, set within the main courtyard, serves tasty Ecuadorian, Spanish and international cuisine. There is also a lounge and bar for relaxation.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
31
Facilities

Restaurant, lounge, bar, 24-hour desk service, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, luggage storage, medical assistance and laundry service.

Optional Activities

City tours of Quito.

Route Map

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Sacha Lodge: -0.471286, -76.459098
Patio Andaluz: -0.218548, -78.511232
Garden Hotel San Jose: -0.190641, -78.352083
Hacienda Santa Ana : -0.532463, -78.482710
La Pinta: -0.461421, -90.343323

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly from London to Quito and return from Guayaquil on Ibera Airlines via Madrid or KLM via Amsterdam.

Best Visited:

January to January

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

The trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos was excellent. The boat was very comfortable and well run and the jungle lodge was fascinating – we saw lots of wildlife, including a rainbow boa beneath our cabin. You were right to advise us to spend the whole week in the islands – any less would not have been long enough. We are certainly considering going to Peru with [our friends] next year, so shall be in touch.

Mrs J N - Jersey