Ecuador’s Unique Destinations Tour

A One-of-a-kind Journey through Ecuador

The best way to explore Ecuador is to do it in style!

Three unique destinations, three singular hotels, one spectacular journey through Ecuador! Visit Quito’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; stay at the renowned Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. Explore the lush and magical rainforest of the Andean Choco bioregion; relax and recharge at the modern and stylish Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Finally, fly to the paradise that is the Galapagos Islands and stay at another award-winning National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World – the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel on Santa Cruz.

Casa Gangotena and each of our sister hotels, Mashpi Lodge and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, feature up-to-date biosafety protocols for your peace of mind as you embark on this fantastic vacation.

View Casa Gangotena’s Safety Protocols.


Family at Plaza San Francisco in Quito

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Luxury accommodations in every destination
  • Relais & Châteaux experience (Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel)
  • Two National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™ (Mashpi Lodge and the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel)
  • Native and endemic fauna from our Galapagos Big15 list of iconic species
  • Fine cuisine in the heart of Quito’s Historic Center
  • Guided rainforest exploration and Dragonfly cable ride experience
  • Exciting day tours and activities in the Galapagos National Park


Available for 2021

 10-DAY / 9-NIGHT PROGRAM

STARTING AT $5,137.00 * PER PERSON REQUEST THIS PROGRAM

*Accommodations include a Luxury Room at Casa Gangotena, a Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge, and a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
*Rates based on double occupancy
*For upgrade options or a solo traveler quote, please contact our Destination Experts
*Taxes not included



  • ITINERARY
  • AVAILABLE DAY TOURS ABOARD THE SEA LION YACHT IN GALAPAGOS
  • AVAILABLE LAND-BASED ACTIVITY OPTIONS ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
  • INCLUDED
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • CONDITIONS
  • GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS
ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive in Quito
  • Shared transfer* service from the airport to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity in the hotel
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

*If you wish to hire a private transfer service from the airport, please contact our Destination Experts.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Tour of Quito’s Historic Center, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit to lookout point with spectacular views of Quito
  • Overnight at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

Day 3

  • Shared transfer to Mashpi Lodge
  • Lunch at Mashpi, followed by guided exploration activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Accommodations in a Wayra Room

Day 4

  • Early morning activities, such as bird-watching on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast followed by a guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Lunch at Mashpi, followed by guided exploration activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge

Wondering what to do with a little downtime? Take a look at Mashpi’s Spa!

Day 5

  • Early morning activities, such as bird-watching on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast at the lodge followed by a guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Checkout followed by a shared transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • Enjoy your afternoon and evening at your leisure.
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

Day 6

  • Early morning breakfast at Casa Gangotena
  • Early checkout and transfer to Quito’s airport
  • Flight to the Galapagos Islands
  • Shared transfer across Santa Cruz Island, with nature visit and lunch in the highlands
  • Arrival at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Dinner à la carte
  • Accommodations in a Finch Bay Room

Days 7, 8, & 9

  • Breakfast at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Activity options on days 7, 8, and 9 include:
    • Full-day Guided Island Exploration in the Galapagos National Park aboard Finch Bay’s Sea Lion Yacht (with snorkeling):
      • [Please see AVAILABLE DAY TOURS below for detailed descriptions of each tour.]
    • Land-based activity options on Santa Cruz Island
      • [Please see AVAILABLE LAND TOURS below for detailed descriptions of our tours.]
  • Return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel followed by dinner à la carte

Wondering what to do with a little downtime? Take a look at Finch Bay’s Spa!

Day 10

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout and transfer to the airport
  • Flight back to the mainland.
  • Safe Travels!
AVAILABLE DAY TOURS ABOARD THE SEA LION YACHT IN GALAPAGOS

North Seymour Island and Las Bachas Beach

North Seymour is teeming with life! Cliffs that are only a few meters high form the shoreline and serve as the spot where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks accompanied by playful sea lions. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom.

Available on Mondays (Las Bachas/North Seymour) and Sundays (North Seymour/Las Bachas)

Read more about this day tour!

Bartolome Island

Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering and spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best-known landmark in the islands. Galapagos penguins — the only species of penguin found north of the equator — walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers.

Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays

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South Plaza Island

South Plaza is a small island full of fascinating wildlife, both along its shore and along its dramatic, wind-swept cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors according to the season. South Plaza is one of Galapagos’ most impressive visiting sites.

Available on Wednesdays and Fridays

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Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets that form an ideal anchorage spot. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz and sits within sight of Puerto Ayora. Like North Seymour, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically, and you can see underwater lava formations out in the open.

Available on Thursdays

Read more about this day tour!

AVAILABLE LAND-BASED ACTIVITY OPTIONS ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

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

The Highlands of Santa Cruz Island are a fascinating spot. This guided tour takes you to see Giant Galapagos Tortoises in their element. You’ll also get a chance to explore the wonders of the Island’s curious lava tunnels. After building up a bit of an appetite, relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy a delicious lunch.

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

The white sand of Tortuga Bay is truly picturesque. Enjoy this delightful stretch of coastline, considered by many visitors to be the most beautiful beach in the Galapagos. Afterward, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station is an opportunity to visit their exciting tortoise breeding program. Lunch is included in this program.

INCLUDED

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

  • Transfer service between the airport and the hotel
  • Breakfasts
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room
  • Evening activities
  • Wi-Fi

Mashpi Lodge

  • Shared transfer service between Casa Gangotena and Mashpi Lodge
  • Activities at Mashpi Lodge
  • Dragonfly cable ride
  • Accommodations in Wayra Room
  • Guided activities throughout Mashpi Reserve
  • Use of rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Wi-Fi

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • Shared transfer service between the airport and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Accommodations in a Finch Bay Room
  • Day tours aboard the Sea Lion Yacht
  • Santa Cruz day tours to Divine Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Ceviche cooking class
  • Wi-Fi
NOT INCLUDED

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

  • International airfare
  • Taxes
  • Lunch/Dinner at the hotel
  • Any additional purchases
  • Dinner on the final evening of the itinerary

Mashpi Lodge

  • Taxes
  • Treatments and services at Mashpi’s Spa
  • Purchases at Mashpi’s Bar
  • Purchase from Mashpi’s Boutique

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • Domestic airfare
  • Taxes
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Treatments and services at Finch Bay’s Spa
  • Purchases at Finch Bay’s Bar
  • Purchases from the Finch Bay’s Boutique
CONDITIONS
  • Package does not include international airfare to/from Ecuador or domestic airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands.
  • $500 deposit, per person, is required to confirm your reservation.
  • In order to make each of your scheduled transfers between the airport and the hotel in the Galapagos, we recommend that you take particular flights between mainland Ecuador and the archipelago, please review details with your destination expert.
  • This program (and its accommodation options) are subject to availability.
  • Payments made with a credit card do not incur additional charges.
  • Galapagos itineraries 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.
  • Offer valid for travel between: January 01, 2021, through December 31, 2021.
  • The Galapagos National Park entrance fee may vary according to guest’s nationality, while the INGALA Transit Control Card currently costs USD 20.00 per person; both are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Activities in the Galapagos that may incur an additional cost include kayaking, cycling, and paddleboarding.
  • COVID-19 insurance coverage applies only within the territory of the country of Ecuador.
  • Upgrade at Casa Gangotena available for $150 per person
  • Upgrade to Yaku Suite at Mashpi Lodge available for $286 per person
  • Upgrade to Finch Bay Suite available for $326 per person
GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS

Baggage:

Check out the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel’s handy packing list and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

  • Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. The current limits are 50.6 lbs (23 kg) for checked items, 17 lbs (8 kg) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.) Please keep in mind that airlines are strict with their baggage limitations.
  • All baggage must be securely packed, and be properly, clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and/or other items that are not packed as such will be transported at the guests’ own risk.
  • We are not liable for loss or damage to baggage and/or any other personal item during air travel. We are not liable for baggage stored in shore-side facilities.
  • We recommend that you keep important travel documents (passport, visa, Galapagos transit control card), important medication and/or valuables on you at all times. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times.
  • We are not liable for the loss of, or damage of, of any aforementioned personal items. We reserve the right to charge for the return of personal items left at the hotel.

Important:

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products, other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.


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