Discover the expansive heartland and enchanted isles of this beautiful South American country during a 15-day Best of Ecuador & Galapagos luxury tour.
The Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise
From Quito, you’ll take a short flight over to Baltra Island to begin the exceptional Galapagos Islands adventure part of your tour. Here you will board the luxury yacht, the Infinity, for seven nights of expedition-style cruising.
The Infinity yacht offers spacious staterooms and suites, each with its own private balcony. You’ll enjoy meals in the indoor dining room, sip cocktails at the outdoor bar, relax on the spacious sundeck, and soak your cares away in the Jacuzzi while admiring spectacular one-of-a-kind views.
Daily island visits provide you with opportunities to experience all this famous archipelago has to offer and showcase the intrepid best of Galapagos offerings. Climb up rock cliffs for spectacular views, stroll along pristine white-sand beaches, trek through mangroves, admire lava fields, walk volcanic rims, swim or snorkel sheltered bays, and so much more.
Amazing wildlife sightings abound throughout the islands, including Giant Tortoises, red and blue-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, brightly colored flamingos, sea lions, and land and marine iguanas. Island visits also offer numerous opportunities to view the best of Galapagos exotic birdlife, including the Waved Albatross, Galapagos Hawk, and Red-billed tropicbirds.
Before disembarking and returning to the mainland, you’ll have a chance to spend some time learning about the many current conservation efforts to protect this incredible natural environment.
Best of the Ecuadorian Mainland
The second part of your luxury tour provides you with access to the best of the Ecuadorian mainland, including ancient archeological sites, infamous volcanos, cloud forests, beautiful historic cities, and colorful local craft markets.
After overnighting in Quito, you’ll be transferred to your accommodations at the Hacienda San Augustin, a former Inca fortress. Enjoy your choice of excursions here, such as biking or horseback riding, or relaxing and learning more about this unique destination.
In the days ahead, you’ll head into the highlands for your close-up visit to the most famous volcano on the mainland, Cotopaxi, its equatorial glacier, and the surrounding areas.
Explore more as you make your way to the city of Cuenca, visiting archaeological sites, marveling at the engineering feats of the Trans-Andean railroad, and enjoying a walking tour through the beautiful, historic city itself.
Opportunities abound for spotting unique wildlife throughout your heartland tour also, such as the wild llamas, toucans, and majestic Andean condors that can be seen in the Cajas National Park.
Towards the end of the tour, you’ll follow along the Craftsman’s Trail, learning about the local textiles, leatherwork, traditional jewelry, and musical instruments of the area. Also, a visit to a spectacular orchid farm with over 2,000 varieties will surprise and delight, leaving you with so many good memories of your time in Ecuador that you’ll want to return again and again.