Andean Highlands and Galápagos Islands
$6,835 per adult, $6,095 per teen, $5,795 per child when sharing with adult
Our journey begins in Quito, Ecuador, set spectacularly in the snow-capped Andes Mountains where we will tour the city's wonderfully preserved colonial sector, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Quito we'll travel north across the equator through dramatic mountain scenery to our next base, a historic 17th-century colonial hacienda. Here we will visit the famous Otavalo Indian market, hike in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, explore Cuicocha Lake and nearby volcanoes, and have an opportunity to go horseback riding. Upon our return we will fly to the Galápagos Islands for a four-night cruise aboard a beautifully appointed 40-passenger yacht, the Isabela II. Accompanied by a superb staff of resident naturalists, we'll observe Galápagos giant tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches and Galápagos penguins, colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, along with other fascinating sea life. We conclude with a tour of Ecuador's largest city— Guayaquil—and its lovely riverfront.