Natural Wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos

Classic Touring

15 Days from £6,699

Mar 2019 - Nov 2020 Departures

​This holiday of a lifetime is a must for lovers of nature. Explore Ecuador's incredible cloud forest, before discovering remarkable landscapes and unique wildlife when you stay on three of the UNESCO-listed Galapagos Islands.

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Your holiday at a glance

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What's included

Just You Tour Manager as your host

Return flights from Heathrow with Avianca

12 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels

29 meals:  12 breakfasts. 11 lunches and 6 dinners

PLUS...

Specialist Local Guide

Overseas transfers & other transportation

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Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

Please note: Island Taxes including the Galapagos National Park entrance fee are not included in the price of your holiday, these are payable upon arrival in the Galapagos and will approximately cost $130.

Included excursions

​Visit Mercado Iñaquito & sample the local produce

Tour of Quito

Visit a butterfly garden & orchid park

Visit a working chocolate farm

See hummingbirds & listen to the frog symphony

Hike in the Mindo cloud forest

Mitad del Mundo, the Equator line

See giant tortoises at a farm on Santa Cruz Island

Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre & a wetland on Isabela Island

Hike up the Sierra Negra volcano

The Charles Darwin Research Station 

San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre 

Snorkelling at Kicker Rock

Otavalo Market 

Optional excursions

​Tintoreras snorkelling & hike

Los Tuneles snorkelling

Your itinerary

​Today you'll fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

​On arrival in Quito we will transfer you to your hotel. Located high in the Andes at 9,000 feet above sea level, Quito is one of the highest capital cities in the world. You'll probably need a little time to acclimatise, so today has been left free for you to relax.

​Our explorations begin with a trip to Mercado Iñaquito, one of the city's most popular markets. A Local Guide will show us around and we'll see everything from local fruit and vegetables, to speciality meats.
After this, a sightseeing tour will introduce us to Quito's highlights. We'll see Independence Square and the cathedral before heading up to El Panecillo for sensational views across the city. Our tour ends at the Church of San Agustin, where we'll see more local food and snacks. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure with your travelling companions.

​Today we're heading to the Mindo cloud forest, an area of spectacular scenery and wildlife. We'll make a stop at a butterfly garden, where we'll see species such as owl and blue morpho, and an orchid park with 200 different varieties. After an included lunch we'll head to El Quetzal de Mindo to see cocoa trees and visit a working chocolate farm. We'll learn how Ecuadorian chocolate is made and here's the best bit, you'll get to taste a few samples! Next we're off in search of hummingbirds. The Alambi cloud forest is home to a number of different types and we'll have a chance to see them up close.
Finally, as darkness falls we'll head to Lago Mindo. It may not be easy to see the frogs, but hopefully we'll hear their mesmerising sound. We'll also have an opportunity to learn about the different types of amphibians that live here.

​Our adventure continues with a morning hike through the cloud forest, a great way to enjoy more of the spectacular scenery and wildlife. Then we'll travel to Mitad del Mundo, where you can pose for a photo on the Equator line! Later this afternoon we'll arrive back in Quito, and there's time to relax before we get together for dinner and a briefing about tomorrow's journey to the Galapagos Islands. You may be provided with a duffle bag for your belongings, all luggage is inspected on arrival at Galapagos, and duffle bags make this process easier.

​Today we're going to fly to the Galapagos. This archipelago of islands is home to an astonishing array of wildlife and the landscapes range from black volcanic rock to glorious white-sand beaches. A Local Guide will be waiting for us on Santa Cruz and the sightseeing will start straight away. We'll make our way to a private ranch in the Highlands, where giant tortoises roam free. Whilst we enjoy lunch, you'll want to keep an eye on the birds. Many species can be spotted in the Highlands, including the Galapagos mockingbird.

​After some free time this morning, we'll transfer by boat to Isabela Island and make our way to the little town of Puerto Villamil. We'll visit a nearby wetland which is home to pink flamingos and pintail ducks, before walking a short distance to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. The centre houses almost 1,000 of these creatures in different stages of development and is helping to protect them from extinction. Our walk back into town takes us past mangroves and an area where the prickly pear cactus grows.
After a busy morning we'll be ready for some lunch and then you're free to relax at leisure this afternoon. Alternatively, you might want to join our optional excursion to Tintoreras. You'll be able to look out for pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins on a boat ride. Then, when we stop to snorkel, keep your eyes peeled for colourful fish, rays and sea turtles. This optional excursion also includes a hike into a lava field which is home to nesting marine iguanas.

​There's an exciting morning ahead, as we set off on a hike up the Sierra Negra volcano. It last erupted in 2005, and on our walk we'll keep our eyes peeled for birds such as the vermilion flycatcher and the elusive short-eared owl. Once at the crater edge, we'll continue on through lava fields and otherworldly landscapes, stopping now and then to take in spectacular views.
This afternoon you can join us for an optional kayak around the bay of Puerto Villamil and tonight is yours to do as you please.

​You're free to enjoy a lazy morning if you wish. However, if you enjoy snorkelling our optional excursion to Los Tuneles is a must. You'll head to one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos for a chance to explore underwater lava tunnels teeming with marine life. Look out for reef sharks, sea turtles, sea horses and more.

Later we'll travel back to Santa Cruz by boat and after dinner, you might want to stroll down to the waterfront with your fellow travellers. It's Friday night and the locals can often be found playing Ecua-volley, or Ecuadorian volleyball, which is always fun to watch.

​Today we're going to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we'll learn more about efforts to conserve several species of the giant tortoise. Lonesome George was perhaps the most famous Galapagos tortoise. His species, the Pinta Island tortoise, became extinct when he died in 2012 and after being preserved by expert taxidermists, he is now on display at the centre.

We'll travel to another island, San Cristóbal, by boat this afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we'll walk to the Interpretation Centre. Here you'll learn about the history of the archipelago, Charles Darwin's famous visit in the 19th century and today's work to protect the amazing landscapes. Afterwards you can explore the surrounding area at leisure. Hiking trails take you to Frigatebird Hill, there's Punta Carola, a wonderful beach and Darwin Bay, where a statue of Charles Darwin commemorates his landing on the island.

​We're going to take a cruise along the coast and hopefully catch a glimpse of San Cristóbal's fabulous marine life today. Keep a lookout for birds including the great frigate and blue-footed booby as we head to Kicker Rock, where the remains of a volcanic tuff cone rise from the ocean. Snorkelling a channel between the rocks, you might be lucky enough to see spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, sea turtles and Galapagos sharks.
After a busy morning you'll be ready for lunch on board. We're going to stop at a beautiful beach accessible only by boat – a little slice of paradise and the perfect place to relax.

​You're free to spend your final morning in the Galapagos at leisure. Perhaps head to the beach for one last swim, or shop for some last-minute souvenirs.
Later, we'll drive to the airport for our flight back to Quito. This evening we'll get together for a farewell dinner, a chance to reminisce about the wonderful experiences we've shared.

​Your holiday ends with a trip to the market in Otavalo, considered to be one of the biggest and best in South America. There will be lots of colourful textiles and handicrafts on offer, so you might want to have a go at bargaining for a few souvenirs. Next we'll head to Cotacachi, a town famous for its leather. The main street is packed with shops selling jackets, shoes, wallets and more, so be warned, you might be tempted to treat yourself!

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

​You will arrive in the UK today.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Los Tuneles snorkelling

Los Tuneles snorkelling

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If you think sleeping sharks, sea horses, sea turtles and strange lava tunnel formations sound intriguing then you’re going to need your mask, snorkel, and flippers, because you get all that and more at Los Tuneles. Also called Cabo Rosa, this area about one hour from town was created when lava flows reached the ocean, forming tunnels, arches and sheltered bays perfect for snorkelling. They also happen to be perfect feeding grounds for sea turtles and resting places for other species like Galapagos sharks! Even the cute Galapagos penguins have been known to visit this area at times. It is one of the most diverse snorkel spots in the entire archipelago, and also home to some birds, such as nesting blue-footed boobies.
The ride to get here can be a bit rough, and because of the lava formations, safe access is only possible at certain tides. If you want to maximize the time you spend in the water in the Galapagos, Los Tuneles should be on your list! We haven’t even mentioned that sea lions, eagle rays, octopus and plenty of tropical fish, sea stars and sea urchins are also spotted in these crystal clear waters! One of our all-time top things to do in the Galapagos. It is at least a 1 hour boat ride to get here from the pier in town. Expect to have at least a few hours of time for snorkelling in the water.

Three quarter day – Moderate walking – Once in a lifetime

Tintoreras snorkelling & hike

Tintoreras snorkelling & hike

from £85

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An easy walk, around some lava fields and a fun snorkel with curious Galapagos creatures are in store at Tintoreras. We head over to Las Tintoreras, first enjoying a bit of a boat tour around the bay (30 min), searching for penguins!
Walking around Tintoreras, you're greeted by an abundance of marine iguanas. This is an important nesting site for them, so be sure to stick to the trail. Juvenile marine iguanas, as well as adults that are often brightly coloured, are seen here. In some of the calm channels, as we walk by we may also see sleeping sharks. Putting our fins and masks on, a dip in the water will have us snorkelling with a wide range of aquatic animals. Be on the lookout for things like sea cucumbers, chocolate chip sea stars and even Galapagos penguins.

Half day excursion – Minimal walking – Simply stunning

Accommodation

The Sebastian Hotel is a fantastic property – it has been rated as providing the best value for money in Quito, whilst also being situated in one of the City’s premier locations. The guest rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The Sebastian Hotel has excellent facilities which include a restaurant/bar and a superb fitness centre. Laundry, Free Wi-Fi and Room service are also offered by the Hotel.
Septimo Paraiso Lodge, ecological country hotel, is located just outside of the village of Mindo. All hotel rooms have en-suite facilities with hot water from hotel''s own hot spring. It offers rustic-style wooden interiors with elegant, wooden furnishing and canopy beds. Septimo Paraiso Lodge is surrounded by exotic and lavish cloud forest and offers an extraordinary experience of the amazing biodiversity of the area.
The Sebastian Hotel is a fantastic property – it has been rated as providing the best value for money in Quito, whilst also being situated in one of the City’s premier locations. The guest rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The Sebastian Hotel has excellent facilities which include a restaurant/bar and a superb fitness centre. Laundry, Free Wi-Fi and Room service are also offered by the Hotel.
On the picturesque island of Santa Cruz, the Red Booby Hotel is situated in downtown Puerto Ayora. Some of the great facilities this 3 star hotel provides its guests with include an outdoor pool as well as an in-house restaurant. Each air-conditioned room comes equipped with a TV, private facilities and complimentary toiletries. There is a 24 hour reception desk and free Wi-Fi is available.
Hotel Albemarle directly sits on one of the Galapagos’ spectacular beaches. A truly stunning location is complemented by the facilities and services this hotel has to offer. Guests can enjoy the fresh water swimming pool or choose to relax in a hammock or on a sun bed. The rooms are air-conditioned, have private facilities and electronic safes. Wi-Fi is also available for those staying at the Albemarle.
Hotel Miconia is a property which boasts a fantastic location and facilities that are unrivalled in San Cristobal. Guests are only a short walk from the beach and will have access to amenities that are unique in the area. There is a fully furnished gym, a restaurant/bar with a sea view and an excellent outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. All the rooms have air conditioning and are fitted with private facilities, a paid minibar, a TV and a safety deposit box.

Sebastian Hotel

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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Monday 16 September 2019

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Local Knowledge

Visit the fisherman’s market on Santa Cruz. You may have to haggle with sea lions and pelicans over the catch of the day.

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