This luxury Ecuador vacation is an excursion to some of the most incredible natural habitats on our planet. This journey begins with a step back in time to colonial Quito and then six-hundred miles of Pacific Ocean to reach the archipelago of the famed Galapagos Islands. Any visit here is life changing. Charles Darwin contemplated the enormity of his learning for over twenty-three years before publishing his seminal work “On the Origin of the Species” in 1859. Your naturalist guides will educate you on the eco-systems at work but each voyage here is deeply personal. You will treasure time alone to contemplate where we all fit into this grand scheme of mother nature. The final visit to Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest is a befitting epilogue. Three-thousand two-hundred acres of predominantly prime growth cloud forest. Here, resident naturalist guides and scientists lead you on deeply immersive journeys through the Chocó Reserve to the burgeoning habitats of this newly appointed UNESCO site. A perfect luxury Galapagos and Ecuador vacation in tune with mother earth.
Explore the natural wonders of Ecuador, and gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful, but fragile natural diversity of our planet…
QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:
- Day 01 – Arrive Quito
- Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Colonial Quito
- Day 03 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 04 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 05 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 06 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 07 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise & Flight to Quito
- Day 08 – Quito to Mashpi Lodge
- Day 09 – Mashpi Lodge
- Day 10 – Mashpi Lodge
- Day 11 – Mashpi Lodge to Quito
Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Ecuador Vacations expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:
- US$ 750+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)**
- US$ 700 – 750 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)**
- US$ 600 – 700 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)**
**NOTE: The price of the trip varies greatly depending on the level of cruise and hotels that are included in your trip. Talk to a travel expert about the a cruise and hotels that best meets your budget expectations.
Included in the Price:
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
- Hotel nights + breakfasts.
- Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Domestic flight package. Flights needed Quito – Galapagos – Quito/Guayaquil. Approximate cost US$ 460 – 600. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- INGALA Transit Control Card – US$ 20 pp (subject to change at any time).
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: US$ 100 pp (adult) / US$ 50 pp (child) (subject to change at any time).
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
You can travel to the Galapagos anytime of the year. There isn’t really a good or bad time to travel, simply different times. When you travel could depend on the wildlife that you want to see, breading patterns or when the water is warmer for snorkeling. There are many considerations! December – February offers a warmer climate, and sea temperatures also start to increase meaning that you’ll probably not need a wet suit for snorkeling come February. Over Christmas and New Year hotel and cruise prices are usually higher availability is often challenging (often booked up 12-16 months in advance). March – April: These are the warmest months of the year and an increasingly popular time to travel. During these months you’ll want air-conditioning in your hotel/cruise to offset the scorching sun. May – July: Temperatures in the Galapagos start to cool off, so a great time for exploring the islands. This is a popular period to travel, so booking with lots of anticipation is important during this period. Towards the end of these months, nighttime temperatures can get a little nippy, so you’ll need to be prepared with a light jacket or jumper. August – November: These are the coolest months in the Galapagos. This period is known as the “garua” period as the islands and seas are encapsulated in a light mist. If hiking in the highlands you may require a light water-proof jacket. August and September are known for having choppier seas. These months are good for snorkeling as the water is clearer, but due to the lower sea temperatures a wetsuit is usually required. This would be considered low season in the Galapagos.
For the Mashpi Lodge, you can travel anytime of the year. From December through until April, this is considered the wet season, so you’ll need to be prepared with water-proof clothing. Remember can rain any time of the year, but from May through until November the chances of torrential rain for long periods of time is less.
Booking With Anticipation
We highly recommend that you plan this type of vacation with as much anticipation as possible. It is not uncommon over holiday periods and during high-season (April – July) that hotels and cruises are booked up 12- 16 months in advance.
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
This Galapagos & Mashpi Lodge vacation package is suitable for people looking for an active trip that includes light-adventure. It is suitable for all ages but consider carefully taking young children or babies to the Galapagos and the Amazon. We recommend a minimum age of 8 years for children.
Easy – Moderate: This Galapagos & Mashpi Lodge travel package is suitable for most people. It is recommended to have a good level of fitness and mobility as excursions can include moderately-challenging hikes of 1-2 hours. Some Galapagos island excursions require wet landings, meaning that you’ll be taken close to the shore in a zodiac boat, and you’ll disembark in shallow water.
- Galapagos Islands
- Choco Andino de Pichincha
- Mashpi Lodge
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