Overview

Begin this journey in one of the first cities to be given the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site – Quito, Ecuador! Here, you’ll stay at the supremely elegant Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel, a majestic and restored mansion in which you’ll find the best combination of history and modern luxury. Afterward, just a few hours away, you’ll head down into the lush cloud forests that surround Quito to experience Mashpi Lodge – a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. This one-of-a-kind place opens its door for you to live an unbeatable experience of both nature and luxury. Following that, you’ll finish this journey with the magnificent, finishing touch that is the Galapagos Islands aboard the fantastic Yacht Isabela II!

What you get

  • Airport transfers in Quito
  • 3 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • Scenic Tour of Quito (3 hours, private)
  • 2 nights at Mashpi Lodge
  • 5-day/4-night Central Galapagos Islands aboard Yacht Isabela II

A Sneak Peek

 

Scenic Tour of Quito - La Ronda Street
Central Galapagos Islands - Rabida Island
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito - Courtyard
Mashpi Lodge - Viewpoint
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Historic Center
  • Independence Square
  • La Compañía Church
  • San Francisco Church and Convent

Mashpi Lodge:

  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Specialized lectures
  • Shared Guided visits (English/Spanish) within the Reserve
    • Sky Bike
    • Observation Tower
    • Life Center
    • Hummingbird Garden
    • Healing Waterfall
    • Capuchin Monkey Trail

Central Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza
  • North Seymour
  • Bartolome
  • Santiago

Quito & Central Galapagos Islands Map

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive to Quito/Transfer to Hotel

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport you will be greeted by a member of our staff who will assist you with your luggage. You’ll take a transfer all the way to your hotel (Casa Gangotena). During the transfer, you will also be given a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Scenic Tour of Quito

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Quito Old Town

Quito’s Historic Center – the largest and best-preserved Colonial Quarter in South America – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this day, we will take stroll through the Independence Plaza, which itself is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we will visit the La Compañia de Jesús Church and admire its gilded interior before continuing onwards to the San Francisco Church and Convent – one of the largest architectural structures within a historic center in the Americas. Its impressive façade and atrium lead into its equally impressive Baroque interior. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito and then your transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3: Mashpi Lodge

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Mashpi Lodge view

Rise and shine for the next part of your adventure! Guests will be picked up and taken to the Mashpi Reserve – a 1,300 hectare (3,200 acre) swath of cloud and rainforest that is located within the Metropolitan District of Quito. Upon arrival, Mashpi’s staff will take your luggage to your room. Shortly after that, you’ll be invited to Lunch followed by an introductory briefing regarding the Lodge. After that, it’s time to head out and explore!

Throughout the following days at Mashpi Lodge, you will get to have a guided experience of the natural wonders of the Mashpi Reserve while staying at the spectacular, National Unique Lodge of the World that is Mashpi Lodge.

Day 4: Mashpi Lodge Exursions

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Mashpi Lodge

The sweet songs of the birds around the Lodge in the early morning will help you start this new day with a smile! On this morning, you’ll have different options for how you wish to begin: you can either start at the crack of dawn for a hike around the surrounding forest with your guide. Alternatively, you can choose to have a relaxing morning and sleep-in for a little longer, enjoy breakfast at the restaurant and treat yourself to a relaxing massage at our Samay Wellness Center. After that, you can head out into the forest with you your guide.

Following lunch, you and your guide can choose what to do throughout the remainder of the day.

Day 5: Mashpi Lodge Excursions

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Mashpi Lodge Torrenteer Lagoon

Open your eyes to a brand new day! In the morning, you’ll be invited to head up to the rooftop terrace, from which you’ll get to enjoy early morning snacks, hot beverages, and some incredible birdwatching.

Afterward, you’ll enjoy a full and complete breakfast downstairs, be it our restaurant area or while exploring the forest outside. Throughout the remainder of the day, you’ll keep exploring and unraveling the mysteries of the Mashpi Reserve in the company of your guide!

Day 6: Transfer to Airport/Arrive in Galapagos/Transfer to Boat/Santa Cruz Island

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Charles Darwin Research Station

Transfer from Mashpi to Quito Airport and catch your flight to the Galapagos!

Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

A brief transfer will take us up to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch. Afterward, we will continue down to the town of Puerto Ayora.

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

After driving down from the highlands, we will get the chance to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the numerous giant tortoises that reside there. Afterward, we will take a stroll down the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking Yacht Isabela II. After checking in, you’ll be invited to the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and then dinner.

Day 7: Santa Fe Island/South Plaza Island

Luxury on Land and at Sea: South Plaza

Santa Fe Island

Explore the idyllic white-sand beach of Santa Fe Island, which itself is populated by colonies of sea lions. The brilliantly yellow Santa Fe land iguana, which is exclusive to just this island (in the whole world!), might also be spotted during the walk. Swimming and snorkeling are available here.

South Plaza Island

The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand beach and volcanic rocks that make up the shoreline. Crawling around this entire scene are the yellow-greyish land iguanas. Along the coastline, we’ll walk right by sea lion colonies while seabirds play along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Day 8: North Seymour Island/Santa Cruz Island

Luxury on Land and at Sea: North Seymour Island

North Seymour Island

Enjoy a walk along the coast and inner area of this beautiful and relatively flat island. Throughout the excursion, you will get to observe numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkeling, dinghy coastal exploration or a glass-bottom boat ride for great views of the underwater world.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)

Las Bachas, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, comes complete with a glorious white-sand beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea, where flamingos are sometimes found. You are welcome to swim or snorkel from the beach here.

Day 9: Bartolome Island/Santiago Island

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Bartolome island

Bartolome Island

This island is home to Pinnacle Rock and is a great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. Guests will get to go for a hike to the summit of Pinnacle Rock on this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

After lunch, we will board the dinghy to disembark at Sullivan Bay over on the east coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site comes complete with a white coral-sand beach, which is great for swimming and snorkeling. Additionally, there’s a trail that goes over a lava field that once flowed here less than 100 years ago.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport/Farewell!

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Baltra Airport, Galapagos

Baltra Island Airport Transfer

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and catch your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on double accommodation in a Classic Twin Cabin
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Rates valid for 2019: except Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 06, 2020)
  • Restrictions apply
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • *Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.
  • *Subject to availability – Luxury double room

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights to/from Galapagos (approx. $500)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Spa services
  • Dragonfly at Mashpi Lodge ($49 USD per person per ride)
  • Wi-fi onboard ( due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth, fee of $40+taxes per device)
  • Wetsuits
  • Personal expenses (Late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

 Magical Experience of Nature & Hospitality

“…what surpassed my expectations was the level of hospitality and guest service.”

Staying in Mashpi Lodge is a magical experience. There are so many aspects that were wonderful but I think what surpassed my expectations was the level of hospitality and guest service. The entire staff is full of smiles and always seeking to provide you with whatever you need. This is done with great efficiency and communication. […]

I was impressed by the knowledge and safety considerations of all of the guides. […] The private reserve is stunning and the sky bike, dragon fly and various hiking trails and waterfalls allow one to enjoy it all in such a special way. It was convenient to book my stay at Casa Gangotena in Quito in conjunction with Mashpi as it is the same tour group. The Mashpi experience is amazing and unique and has been, without a doubt, the highlight of my vacation in Ecuador. Mil gracias.

zingara_gypsy – London, United Kingdon