Go exploring and try chocolate-making in Quito
Enjoy canopy cycling above the Cloud Forest at Mashpi
Head on a night safari searching for insects, owls, bats and night birds
Go horse riding through the Andes, and visit local communities, waterfalls and the Condor project
Sail around the Galapagos looking for sea lions, rare penguins and giant tortoises
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Day 2 Full Day Tour of Quito
Head on a tour of the city with your guide. Take in the views and the local markets before visiting Independence Square.
After lunch see La Compañia church, San Francisco Church, and the museum Casa del Alabado.
Children will especially love the museum, cable car, La Ronda Street, and joining a chocolate-making workshop.
Day 3 Mashpi Lodge
This morning you’ll be driven over the Andes mountains towards the cloud forest and your accommodation. On the way you’ll stop at the Equator Line – Latitude 0 0 0.
After settling into your lodge you’ll embark on the Napa Trail which is great for bird watching.
In the evening, sit back and relax as one of the resident naturalists or biologists gives a talk.
Day 4 Mashpi Lodge
Rise early for some bird watching.
After breakfast, head to the Sky Bike and Observation tower for some thrilling canopy cycling suspended above the forest. If heights aren’t your thing, hike the limones trail to the San Vicente´s waterfall.
In the afternoon you’ll explore the forest with your guide, looking for Howler Monkeys and colourful birds before stopping at the Life Centre to see all manner of wildlife, from rodents to butterflies.
After dark, embark on a night safari searching for insects, owls, bats and night birds before returning to the lodge via cable car.
Day 6 - 7 Hacienda Zuleta
Take time to explore this historic retreat in the Andean cloud forest.
Go horse riding through pine and eucalyptus forests, or hike or cycle to nearby villages. Learn about the condor rehabilitation project, join a hand-embroidery workshop, or visit the trout farm and cheese factory.
Day 8 - 11 Northern Galapagos Itinerary Monday to Friday
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport to take the plane to Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival you’ll be escorted to your vessel, La Pinta (other options include Galapagos Sea Star Journey / Origin / Oceanspray).
For the next four days you’ll follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin visiting untouched beaches, looking for sea lions, giant tortoises and rare penguins, and learning about this fascinating natural habitat.
Kids can snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, go kayaking, nature walking, or explore with a dedicated guide.
Day 13 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.