Escape into the sublime natural realm of the Galapagos and enjoy near-exclusive access to its majestic world. Hopping red-footed boobies, endemic waved albatross, giant tortoises, curious sea lions, colorful marine worlds... your 13-day Galapagos and Ecuador tour for private small groups unveils the poetic wonder of the islands and the exemplars of evolution. Before following Darwin's footsteps, you indulge in the resplendent bliss of the Andes and Ecuador's ancient cities.
Standing in an Ancient Incan City
Quito's history is buried underneath late-16th century stone; the memoirs of Incas and conquered indigenous groups now lost under colonial city squares and broad conquistador palaces. But explore the first ever World Heritage site, and you quickly find a semblance of the distant past that mingles with the elegant display of colonial Latin America. Women in traditional tribal dress carry fruits to markets, ancient musical instruments are blown on city squares, and your local guide narrates stories of Quito that start long before the Spanish arrived. You'll be picked up at Quito International Airport and transferred to your hotel in the old city. After time to freshen up, your guide takes you for a welcome dinner and a first taste of Ecuadorian tradition. For the first six days, your trip is private and the guide is flexible in timing everything to your needs. Consider reading more about your travel agents for Galapagos Islands who strive to make your trip specialized and exceptional to the highest degree.
Discovering an Evocative World Heritage City
Through the Volcanoes and Markets of the Highlands
The Dramatic Devil's Nose Train Through the Andes
Leisurely Exploration of Another World Heritage City
A Relaxed Day Before Flying to the Coast
Cruising Off On a Nine-Passenger Boat
Beautiful Volcanic Remains on Santiago Island
The Mass Seabird Breeding Ground of Genovesa
Marine Delights on Eastern San Cristobal
Rare Waved Albatross and Great Diversity on Espanola
Kayaking with Sea Lions and Encounters with Giant Tortoises
- Cruise through the Galapagos for eight days on a luxury nine-passenger boat
- Explore the archipelago's most evocative islands, including Genovesa in the far north and San Cristobal to the east
- Seductively encounter the mystical wildlife of the islands, including red-footed boobies, manta rays, magnificent frigates, and huge land iguanas
- Marvel at endemic wonders that only exist on one Galapagos island, such as the waved albatross, giant tortoise, and Santa Fe iguana
- Being in a small group means that you're one of only nine people exploring these surreal wildlife sites
- Snorkel into the Galapagos' strange underwater world and get close to some of the ocean's pelagic giants
- Discover the Andean beauty of Ecuador with six days on the mainland, your private journey heading through the Andes to connect two World Heritage cities: Quito and Cuenca
- Zigzag your way up the Devil's Nose on one of the world's most dramatic train journeys
On a Galapagos and Ecuador tour for private small groups, you undertake an exclusive journey through the annals of natural history, marveling at the colorful snippets of evolution that distinguish the archipelago's endemic creatures. A bird's red feet, an inflated scarlet throat-sack, waved albatross, marine iguanas sneezing out salt...you're submerged in their world, exploring how nature's eccentrics have adapted to islands of volcanic fire. Man has never conquered these islands, and the numbers confirm that you're just a visitor. Your luxury boat has a capacity of only nine, and your group will have exclusive access on all the Galapagos tours to wildlife sites. Compare nine with two million birds on Genovesa, 25,000 endemic albatross on Espanola, thousands of giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, and the hundreds of endemic iguanas that flicker across the islands. There's nobody else in the frame. It's just you and these scenes that seemingly come from a farfetched nature documentary.
But before the Galapagos, there are the mountains, the resplendent Andes that hide treasures of nature and culture. Start with two days in Quito, the first ever World Heritage site and an iconic slice of colonial Latin America. On a private tour, you travel south, zigzagging through the mountains towards a second UNESCO city: Cuenca. Ascend on the Devil's Nose train, discover colorful village markets, learn about an ancient indigenous heritage and explore Incan ruins. Throughout these six days on the mainland there's always a view, always an effervescent vista over snow-capped peaks and lush languid valleys.
Fly to the Galapagos from Guayaquil, and the luxury nine-passenger boat is home for the next six nights. Lounge on the sundeck as dolphins follow the boat, watch the stars from the jacuzzi, and enjoy meals and snacks from the gourmet chef. Every day, you visit two iconic sites with many of these mixing land and marine exploration. Snorkel famous sites frequented by hammerheads, wander across red volcanic islands, and kayak in calm bays filled with fishing sea lions. The cruise connects many of the archipelago's most important islands, including North Seymour, Genovesa, San Cristobal, Espanola, and Santa Fe. It's an itinerary that ensures encounters with almost all of the islands' evocative species; in particular, it's rare to find a cruise that can offer Galapagos penguins, red-footed boobies, and waved albatross. It's a cruise itinerary for wildlife lovers who aim to intimately admire the finest of Galapagos' natural wonders.
$12,670 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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