Our Luxury Tours of Ecuador
Many people will visit the Galapagos Islands and they may include two nights on the mainland when they land in Quito. Mainland Ecuador has so much to offer and we would always encourage guests to add on some time to explore its volcanoes, rain forests and UNESCO World Heritage Cities.
Just two hours by car from Quito is the Cloud Forest, this high-altitude rainforest has incredible birdlife and tropical vegetation to explore. If you have the time, you can visit Yasuni National Park in the heart of the Amazon jungle. It is a two-hour flight from Quito followed by a boat transfer into the Amazon.
Luxury Ecuador Itineraries
Please take your time to look over the itineraries below, remembering of course that all of our trips are 100% bespoke and can be customized to suit – our aim is to curate the perfect itinerary for you, and with our friendly and knowledgeable specialists, we are confident we will.
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands12 NightsFrom $10,871 PPExplore Ecuador’s highlights on this 13-day trip, staying in luxury accommodation with expert guides. You will start your tour at the capital of Ecuador, Quito. Built by the Spanish in 1534 on the ruins of an Incan city, it is one of the best-preserved old towns in South America. You will continue your adventure by traveling to the Cloud Forest for two nights at Masphi Lodge, a luxury property in the forest with a wide range of activities available. Your tour culminates in a 7-night cruise in the Galapagos Islands on the luxurious Elite Yacht. Spend your days on the water visiting the islands and spotting the incredible wildlife. Your naturalist guides will accompany you as you explore on foot, by boat, or swimming taking in the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem.
Quito, Galapagos Islands6 NightsFrom $6,128 PPYour tour starts in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 1543 by the Spanish. One of the best-preserved examples of a historic colonial city in South America, you will spend two nights here and have a guided tour of the sights. You will then fly to the Galapagos Islands where you will board your yacht for four nights sailing around this unique ecosystem. The cruise focuses on the Central and Western Islands, including visits to Isabela and Fernandina Island, two highlights of the Galapagos Islands. There are expert guides on board to take you to explore the islands, there are opportunities to hike, swim, snorkel and kayak on your voyage.
Quito, Galapagos, Hacienda La Danesa8 NightsFrom $8,306 PPThe Galapagos Islands entice travelers from around the world as a bucket list destination with legendary, abundant wildlife despite being a small archipelago in the middle of the eastern Pacific some 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast. Everything from penguins and 24 species of whales to giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies can be encountered here. The species that arrived at these remote islands managed to survive not by diversifying but by evolving specific traits to suit the environment. An adventure that will provide memories of a lifetime, a trip here begins in Ecuador’s high-elevation capital city of Quito before island-hopping through the Galapagos. Learn about the geology, unique wildlife, and Charles Darwin as well as enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, and nature walks along the way. You’ll even get to learn about Ecuadorian chocolate production, make your own, and taste a sample.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Galapagos12 NightsFrom $7,430 PPVisit Ecuador and Peru on this tour that brings you to two amazing world wonders: the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. It all starts in Peru’s capital city of Lima followed by a flight to Cusco where you’ll explore the Sacred Valley and hop on the famous glass-ceiling trail to visit the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu and its remarkable Inca ruins, including the Temple of the Sun, with an expert private guide. Traveling to Quito, Ecuador, you’ll catch a flight to the Galapagos where an elegant motor yacht waits to bring you on an island-hopping adventure, complete with a naturalist guide (top-level 3 certified). There will be daily excursions, including opportunities to snorkel and hike, evening lectures, and more. Of course, the highlight is coming face-to-face with animals like the Galapagos tortoise, sea lions, marine and land iguanas, fur seals, penguins, and blue-footed boobies.
The Galapagos Islands9 NightsFrom $7,214 PPThis 10-day island hopping tour is perfect for people who do not want to sleep on board a boat. You will stay in hotels on three of the islands and explore the areas around them. Land-based highlights include the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, hiking up the Sierra Negra Volcano, exploring uninhabited islands and walking with iguanas. The snorkelling in the Galapagos is incredible due to the great visibility, you can swim with sea lions, penguins, rays and marine iguanas. There are plenty of opportunities to relax on idyllic beaches or take a kayak along the coastline to spot the many birds nesting on the shore. In the evenings you can walk through the small towns and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Maite our Latin America Specialist
Is Ecuador an expensive destination?
The Galapagos Islands are expensive due to their remoteness, but mainland Ecuador is one of the most affordable destinations in South America. The county has an extensive transport network that is inexpensive and if you are happy to eat like the locals, food is also cheap. The attractions are not overpriced and your money can go a very long way in Ecuador.
Do I need to be concerned about altitude sickness?
The capital, Quito is at an altitude of 9,000ft and some people find they suffer from a little bit of altitude sickness on arrival. For most people, the sickness is very mild and we recommend you spend a day or two resting to allow your body to acclimatise.
Can I whale watch in Ecuador?
Between June and September over 1000 humpback whales migrate to the Ecuador coast. You can take boat trips to spot the humpback whales, dolphins and other whales species from the town of Purto Lopez.
What is the food like in Ecuador?
The food changes depending on which region you are in, towards the East they eat a lot of soup like the Colombians over the border. To the South near Peru, there is a lot of ceviche on the menu.
The staples of the local diet include potatoes, fish, rice, beans, seafood and meat. They like to use a spicy chile hot sauce called aji on their dishes.
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