Overview

Prepare yourself for the epitome of adventure and prestige with not one but two National Geographic Lodges in Ecuador, back-to-back! Following a brief visit, you’ll head down from the historic highlands of Quito into the lush and captivating, nearby cloud forest to discover Mashpi Lodge – a cocoon of luxury planted amidst it all. After that, prepare yourself for the wonders that await right at your doorstep over at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel – a wholly enriching land and sea experience of Ecuador and the Galapagos islands!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights at the Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
  • Half-day Quito City Private Tour
  • 2 nights at Mashpi Lodge
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • 4 nights at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

A Sneak Peek

 

Hilton Colon Hotel Quito
Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
Quito City Tour
Half-day Quito City Private Tour- San Francisco Plaza
Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi Lodge - Panoramic view
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Garden
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Historic Quarter
  • Independence Square
  • La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • San Francisco Church and Convent
  • El Panecillo Viewpoint

and…

The following at Mashpi Lodge:

  • Wayra Double room
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Specialized lectures
  • Shared tours (English/Spanish) within the Reserve with Naturalist Guides
    • FREE Dragonfly Canopy Gondola
    • Sky Bike
    • Observation Tower
    • Life Center
    • Hummingbird Garden
    • Healing Waterfall
    • Capuchin Monkey Trail

The following at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel:

  • Shared ground transfers from airport to the Finch Bay (and vice-versa)
  • 4 nights of accommodation in a Finch Bay double room
  • All meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • 2 full-day Island Excursions aboard our Sea Lion Yacht (North Seymour, South Plaza, Santa Fe, and/or Bartolome)*
  • 1 full-day Land Exploration with lunch*
  • Arrival day visit with lunch
  • Snorkeling and kayak equipment
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Luggage handling
  • Internet/Wi-Fi

*Please note: Exact islands and excursions will be confirmed by your Destination Expert.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of Ecuador

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in 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 team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to the Hilton Colon Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Luxury on Land and at Sea: Quito Old Town

On this day, you’ll visit the Historic Center of Quito. This marvelous place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. On this day, we will stroll through Independence Plaza where we’ll see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we visit La Compañia de Jesus and San Francisco Church and Convent with their impressive, gilded and baroque interiors, respectively. The tour ends at a lookout point with a spectacular view of Quito.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to the Hilton Colon Hotel. Overnight in Quito.

Days 3: Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge from the distance

Rise and shine for the next part of your adventure! Guests will be picked up at approximately 8:00 a.m. 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 Reserve while staying at the spectacular, National Unique Lodge of the World that is Mashpi Lodge.

Day 4: Mashpi Lodge Excursions

Mashpi Lodge Explorations

The sweet songs of the birds around the Lodge in the early morning will help you begin 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 your guide, where an exciting day of discovery in the forest awaits!

At the end of your excursions, you’ll head back to the Lodge in time for dinner. Overnight at Mashpi Lodge.

Day 5: Mashpi Lodge Excursions

Dragonfly-canopy-mashpi-lodge

On this day, you’ll partake in one last early-morning excursion before getting ready to take your transfer back to Quito. Lunch will be provided on the way back.

Upon arriving in Quito, you’ll be dropped off at the Hilton Colon Hotel to spend the rest of your day as you see fit.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 6: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Finch Bay

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Finch Bay

On this day, you’ll take a transfer to Quito’s airport in time for you to catch your flight to the Galapagos.

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel – Complete Program

Upon arriving in Galapagos, you’ll receive your airport transfer to the Hotel. Once there, you’ll get settled in, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, and enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Days 7 to 10: Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel Excursions / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Biking

Throughout the next three days, you’ll be free to choose from a plethora of Finch Bay’s daily activity options. These include: visits to nearby islands, visits to the Highlands of Santa Cruz, and visits to Tortuga Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

For more information on these activities, be sure to view the “Full-day Land Activity Options” and “Yacht Exploration Options” tabs below!

On the final day, you’ll enjoy breakfast and hop on your transfer to the airport, from which point you’ll take a flight to the mainland and connect to your international flight home! Farewell!

Full-day Land Activity Options

Santa Cruz Highlands in Galapagos, Ecuador

Option 1 – Highlands: Giant Tortoises, Lava Tunnels & Lunch (guided)

Enjoy the gentle Giant Galapagos Tortoises as slowly make their way through the dense foliage and bush of the highlands of Santa Cruz. The area is teeming with life and spectacular lava tunnels.

Option 2 – Tortuga Bay, Charles Darwin Research Station & Lunch (guided)

The stunning, white sand beach of Tortuga Bay is considered by many to be the most beautiful stretch of coast in the Galapagos archipelago. The Research Station is an interpretation center open to the public where you may also view their tortoise breeding program as well as giant tortoises in captivity.

Island Yacht Exploration Options

Bartolome Island in the Galapagos Islands

Option 1 – North Seymour

Experience a live biology lesson with land and marine iguanas, Nazca- and blue-footed boobies, frigates, sea lions and fur seals.

Option 2 –Santa Fe

Walk along rocky terrain to find the island’s highlight: the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, patiently waiting under the enormous and giant cacti for falling fruits and pads.

Option 3 – Bartolome

Here, you will get to enjoy one of the Galapagos’ most famous views: the tilted Pinnacle Rock, the golden beach of Bartolome and the impressive lava fields of Santiago Island.

Option 4 – South Plaza

Admire the vast volume of dozens of frolicking sea lion pups, patrolling alpha male sea lions, basking marine and land iguanas, stunning red crabs and various Darwin finches.

Conditions

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 06, 2020)
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability
  • $500 deposit per person is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Quito Hotel
  • Rates based on double occupancy, for a single quote please contact your destination expert.
  • Rates listed are for adults. Please ask your Destination Expert for rates for children under 12 years old.
  • Galapagos excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Upgrades to Casa Gangotena Hotel in Quito are $150 per person.
  • Upgrades to Yaku Suite (Mashpi Lodge) are $286 per person.
  • Upgrades to Finch Bay Suite are $326 per person.

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD per person – subject to change without prior notice)
  • INGALA Migration Control Card ($20 USD per person – subject to change without prior notice)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities (extra cost): mountain biking, diving, and surfing
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc.)
  • Spa services

Testimonial

A lovely few days

We stayed at Finch Bay for 4 nights, having chosen to do one of the all-inclusive packages. I organized everything by email with Victor, who was extremely helpful, and everything went perfectly, including the rather complicated transfer process on arrival! We didn’t want to do a cruise and thought that the combination of land and sea activities that Finch Bay offered would work well for us.

Our guides were excellent.”

Our guides were excellent. Henrique met us at the airport and took us to the highlands to see the tortoises, and we had a very pleasant lunch with him. We went to North Seymour Island on the resort’s yacht with Soto. The day included snorkeling with turtles and small rays. The yacht crew were really good too […] Our other land day was to Tortuga Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Centre with Valentin, it was very relaxed and a good change of pace.

[…]Breakfast was great, dinners were very good – limited choices due to the package but we had no issue – and Sabrina who was our waitress on a couple of nights was exceptional.

Breakfast was great. Dinners were very good.”

We had a drink at the bar by the pool every evening – amazing passion fruit daiquiris, thank you Jorge! It is quiet at night, but it would be easy enough to go into Puerto Ayora if you chose. We were tired after the day’s activities, and happy to stay at the hotel.

The ladies at the front desk were so helpful, and we were very well prepared by them every night for the next day’s activities. For us, Finch Bay was a great way to get a taste of the Galapagos.

deb_k63 – Adelaide, Australia