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Andes and Iguanas

Andes and Iguanas

Andes and Iguanas Overview

An exciting Ecuador holiday taking in the diversity of this charming country, from cloudforest to Andes to the Galapagos Islands. You'll get a real feeling for authentic Ecuador on this trip.

On this holiday you’ll see contrasting areas of Ecuador including the teeming cloudforest, the mighty Andes mountains and the fascinating Galapagos Islands. All this is just 12 days. It promises to be a trip to remember.

From Quito you head into the highlands, just in time to visit Otavalo’s famous market where you can find some great gifts for friends and family back home. You’ll also have a free day here with options to go hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. On to the cloudforest, with its gorges, streams and cascading waterfalls. You can explore on your own, following walking trails, or with a naturalist guide. Horse riding is a popular way to enjoy this area, too.

It’s time for the Galapagos. You’ll visit several islands on your cruise with ample time to observe their unique wildlife. The scenery is stunning, too, and there will be opportunities for walking, swimming and snorkelling. Your time here is bound to be a highlight of your holiday.

We’ve selected some wonderful places to stay. In the highlands your home is a 17th century hacienda on an Andean estate where you can make yourself at home in the library, enjoy a game of billiards in the games room and savour tasty home-made food. In the cloudforest you’ll be at Bellavista Lodge set in a 700 hectare private reserve. You’ll be busy exploring by day but in the evening you can enjoy sociable drinks and meals with the other guests. In the Galapagos you’ll be aboard Anahi, a comfortable motor catamaran with air conditioned en-suite cabins, a large sundeck where you’ll enjoy al fresco meals, and a Jacuzzi.

Summary Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN QUITO
DAY 2: TO OTAVALO
DAY 3: OTAVALO
DAY 4: TO CLOUDFOREST
DAY 5: CLOUDFOREST
DAY 6: TO QUITO
DAY 7: QUITO
DAY 8: TO THE GALAPAGOS
DAYS 9-11: CRUISING IN THE GALAPAGOS
DAY 12: TO GUAYAQUIL, DEPART

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