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 the Enchanted Isles!

What you get

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 nights at the Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
  • Scenic Tour of Quito (3 hours, private)
  • 2 nights at Mashpi Lodge
  • 4 nights at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

A Sneak Peek

 

Scenic Tour of Quito - San Francisco Plaza
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Garden
Hilton Colon Hotel Quito - Room
Mashpi Lodge - Spa
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Scenic tour of Quito

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

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel:

  • All meals (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 Excursion with lunch.*
  • Snorkel & Kayaking Equipment

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

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive to Quito/ Transfer to Hotel

Unique Lodges of the World Quito Cotopaxi Volcano

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you’ll be greeted by a member of our team who will help you with your luggage. You’ll take a transfer to the Hotel Hilton Colon. On the way, you’ll receive a brief introduction to Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

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 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.

Days 3 to 5: Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge, Unique Lodge NatGeo

 

Wake up! Time to continue your adventure! Guests are picked around 8:00 a.m. (the exact time will be confirmed by us the night before), from their main hotels in the city. From there, we begin our jaunt to Mashpi Reserve–a 1,300 hectare (3,200 acre) swath of cloud and rainforest, located within the Metropolitan District of Quito.

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

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

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Finch Bay

Bid farewell to Mashpi Lodge! 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

The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel enjoys a prime location beside the only public beach in the town of Puerto Ayora, over on the south side of Santa Cruz Island. Guests can enjoy the nature and tranquility that surrounds the hotel.

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.

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.

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!

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on double accommodation in a Finch Bay Room and Wayra Room
  • 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
  • Vessels available: M/Y Sea Lion and similar craft
  • The island visited during the day tour depends on the itinerary approved for each vessel by the Galapagos National Park Service.
  • 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.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flight to/from Galapagos (approx. $500)
  • 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
  • Tips
  • Spa services
  • Dragonfly at Mashpi Lodge ($49 USD per person per ride)
  • Optional activities with extra cost: kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving and surfing
  • Personal expenses (Late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)

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