arrival in Quito (1 night). A guided walk around the colonial centre
gives us an excellent introduction to Ecuador.
Day 2: Drive to
Cotopaxi National Park (2 nights). Our lodge is at an altitude of
Day 3: Walk in Cotopaxi National Park with wonderful views of
a snow-capped volcano.
Day 4: Fly to the
Galapagos, and the island of Baltra, from where we take a short
ferry journey to Santa Cruz (1nt). After lunch visit the Charles
Darwin Research Centre for an introduction to his theory of
evolution, and the ecology of the islands. We take a short walk to
the white sand beaches of Tortuga Bay, where we can snorkel, swim or
walk amongst marine iguanas, sharks, and sea turtles.
Day 5 6 :
By boat to Floreana (2 nights) for an introduction to the island's
Day 7- 8: By boat
to Isabela (3 nights) Walk to the giant tortoise
breeding centre and a spectacular walk to Sierra Negro, the largest
crater of the Galapagos volcanoes.
Day 9: Explore
the Tintoreras Islands, known as Galapagos in miniature. Here we've
the chance to snorkel in the clear, turquoise waters accompanied by
turtles, rays, penguins, and sea lions. After lunch we walk from the
white sandy beach of our hotel, towards the Wetlands Trail, where we
wind our way through the mangroves and marine iguana colonies, to
the Wall of Tears. These are the most extensive wetlands in the
archipelago and have been recognised as a globally important site.
(Return to Isabela)
Day 10: we say
goodbye to the Galapagos and take a flight from Baltra
to Quito (1nt)
Day 11 : time to
explore Quito a little further before transferring to the airport