Explore the amazing natural wonders of Ecuador in this 14-day Galapagos & Cotopaxi Expedition tour. Adventurous excursions take you to the Andean highlands, misty cloud forest, and to the famed Galapagos Islands, all filled with unique landscapes and opportunities to observe exotic wildlife while also staying in upscale comfort.
Cotopaxi Expedition in the Andes
Your adventure begins from the capital city of Quito, with our expert guides leading you on incredible hikes to nearby valleys, mountains, and canyons. To start, you’ll be transported to the highest cable car in South America, and from its last stop, you’ll take your first hike up Rucu Pichincha for incredible views.
A hike to the Chilcabamba Lodge, an ecolodge located on the edge of the famous Cotopaxi National Park, is to follow. Adventure soon heats up as you make your way closer to Mt. Cotopaxi, learning about the history of this volcanic area and catching glimpses of llamas, wild deer, and breathtaking scenery along the way.
After days of mountain trekking, you’ll head to the gorgeous spa city of Baños and enjoy its many waterfalls, natural beauty, and mineral-rich hot springs. A journey into the clouds is next, as you enjoy the ride to the cloud forest of Mindo, famous for its orchids, butterflies, and bird population. Your accommodations await here in the El Monte Ecolodge, which is surrounded with numerous hiking and birdwatching opportunities, as well as opportunities to go rafting or horseback riding.
After a relaxing night in Quito, it’s time to head into the second part of your adventure tour. A short flight lands you on Baltra Island to begin your spectacular Galapagos expedition. At the harbor, you’ll find the Treasure of Galapagos waiting for you to board.
This twin-hulled, first-class catamaran offers luxury accommodations during your island explorations. All cabins include air-conditioning, hot showers, and private balconies. For additional space to spread out, you might want to reserve the one Master Suite onboard for additional comfort.
The highlights of this expedition are the islands themselves and the various unique landscapes and exotic wildlife that inhabit them. For the next five days, excursions to the differing islands of the archipelago will amaze and intrigue.
Marvel at the volcanic scenery of the islands, including lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the volcanoes themselves. Stroll along breathtaking beaches, some with marine turtles, Galapagos penguins, or sea lions. Admire the blue-footed boobies, various frigate birds, land and marine iguanas, and many others. You’ll also have opportunities to swim or snorkel the waters surrounding the islands.
As your 2 weeks in Ecuador and Galapagos comes to a close, and before you fly back to the mainland, a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Center provides you with one last opportunity to learn even more about these enchanting islands.