Get ready to experience one of the premier Ecuador nature expeditions on this 10-day safari tour, perfect for honeymooners and anyone looking for relaxation and adventure at the same time. Explore colonial cities and famous markets, experience a Mindo bird adventure, and indulge in a luxury cruise around the famous Galápagos Islands for a trip of a lifetime.
The fun begins in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, filled with colonial influences and unique historical sites. Tour the colonial town center, including its first building, the San Francisco Monastery. Learn how the finest Ecuadorian chocolate is made and enjoy tasting it. You’ll also have a chance to visit the equatorial line just north of the city.
Cloud Forest and Mindo Bird Adventure
Leaving Quito, we venture further north to the Andean cloud forest and the village of Mindo. After settling into the lodge here, you’ll experience one of the most incredible Ecuador nature tours for bird lovers available anywhere. Various species of butterflies are found here as well, along with over 370 types of orchids, so you’ll have plenty to experience during your time here.
Trekking comes next, with the purpose of spotting the famous Andean cock-of-the-rock birds, usually found nesting in rocky ledges. Along the way, and while returning to the lodge, you may also see Choco toucans, Golden-headed Quetzals, and Crimson Rumped Toucanets. Hummingbirds are another treasure found here, and we’ll take the opportunity to spot them on our way out of Mindo.
Before heading back to Quito, you’ll have a day in Otavalo, a destination known for its gigantic, colorful marketplace – the largest in South America. Explore the market at your leisure, discovering the many fine fabrics, clothing, traditional wooden carvings, crafts, and various other offerings.
Safari Ecuador-Style in the Galápagos
Soon it is time to leave the mainland behind and fly to Baltra Island in the enchanted isles of Galápagos. By far one of the best safari tours Ecuador has to offer, you’ll immerse yourself in the wildlife found on these remarkable islands and soon learn why they are so incredibly special.
Once you land, you’ll be transported to your awaiting accommodations aboard the Alya catamaran. Settle into your air-conditioned cabin, complete with private bathroom with hot shower, spacious closets, and comfortable beds for restful nights while aboard. Both locally-influenced and international meals will be prepared by professional chefs and served in the cozy dining area throughout your cruise.
With daily island visits on the itinerary, you can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking the many breathtaking sites on the different islands. Roam through mangroves, and explore shallow coves, sheltered bays, pristine beaches, and cliff tops for spectacular views. Walk along volcanic landscapes and see lava tunnels formed during past eruptions. Everywhere you turn there’ll be wildlife in view. Spot red and blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins, frolicking sea lions, and more.
A visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station brings the chance to learn about the crucial conservation work being done to preserve these magical islands and their inhabitants, and an end to your Galápagos journey. The experience, however, will last long in the memory.