Amazing Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands - 14 September 2020

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Please RSVP to register your interest in this trip. Once we reach minimum numbers you will be invited to attend a free presentation in Birmingham to hear all about the trip. You will then be able to reserve a place on the trip. Once you are booked onto the trip you will then be invited for a further meet up in Birmingham to meet your fellow travellers before the trip departs.

Date of departure - 14 September 2020
From Heathrow
£6739 per person

Day 1 UK to Quito

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

Day 2 Quito

​On arrival in Quito we will transfer you to your hotel. You'll probably need a little time to acclimatise, so today has been left free for you to relax.

Day 3 Quito

​Our explorations begin with a trip to Mercado Iñaquito, one of the city's most popular markets, where a Local Guide will show us around.

Day 4 Mindo

Today we're heading to the Mindo cloud forest, an area of spectacular scenery and wildlife. Look out for varieties such as owl, blue morpho and mariposa.
We'll also visit an orchid park, where 200 different types of these stunning exotic blooms are on display. After an included lunch we'll head to El Quetzal de Mindo to see cocoa trees and visit a working chocolate farm. Next we're off in search of hummingbirds.

Day 5 Quito

​Our adventure continues with a morning hike through the cloud forest, a great way to enjoy more of the spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island

​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. We'll make our way to a private ranch in the Highlands, where giant tortoises roam free.

Day 7 Isabela Island

​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.

Day 8 Isabela Island

We set off on a hike up the Sierra Negra volcano.
As we make our way around the rim of the volcano we'll experience a landscape of volcanic vents and tunnels, and rocks glistening with colourful minerals.

Day 9 Santa Cruz Island

​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. Look out for reef sharks, sea turtles, sea horses.

Later we'll travel back to Santa Cruz by boat and after dinner, you might want to stroll down to the waterfront.

Day 10 San Cristóbal Island

​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.

We'll travel to another island, San Cristóbal, by boat this afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we'll walk to the Interpretation Centre.

Day 11 San Cristóbal Island

​We're going to take a cruise along the coast and hopefully catch a glimpse of San Cristóbal's fabulous marine life today.

Day 12 Quito

​You're free to spend your final morning in the Galapagos at leisure.
Later, we'll drive to the airport for our flight back to Quito.

Day 13 Otavalo

​Your holiday ends with a trip to the market in Otavalo, considered to be one of the biggest and best in South America. This evening we’ll get together for a farewell dinner.

Day 14 Quito to UK
Day 15 UK

Payment plan:
Deposit to book £1000 (non refundable)
Part payment £2500 due on 27 February 2020
Balance £3239 due on 31 May 2020
Terms and conditions provided at the time of booking.

Whats Included:
Return flights from Heathrow

12 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight

29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 6 dinners

Specialist Local Guide

Overseas transfers & other transportation

Porterage

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