Latin America
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Ecuador & Galapagos Family Private

Lands of Lava

Beginning in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, you’ll explore the many charms of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before journeying into the majestic Northern Andes, past the Cayambe volcano and through the historic market of Otavalo. You’ll then board a flight bound for the Galapagos Islands: a modern-day Eden with an unmatched abundance of exotic, endemic wildlife. Spot sea lions sharing the beach with marine iguanas, explore archaic volcanic tunnels, and, like Darwin before you, cross paths with giant tortoises. This inimitable adventure is sure to provide your family with memories they’ll treasure endlessly.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally-supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Easygoing to Moderate
Quito to Quito
11 Days / 10 Nights


Price per person from: $8,995
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Best Time to Visit

  • Jan
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  • Dec

Day by Day

After being picked up from the airport and checking into the kingly Casa Gangotena hotel, you will have the first night to explore vibrant Quito on your own.

Check out the Art Workshop School, peruse La Ronda Street (considered the oldest in the city) and visit the house and private art collection of painter Oswaldo Viteri.

Enter the Northern Andes, passing by the valleys of the Cayambe volcano and visiting the ancient Indian market of Otavalo, famed for its textiles and tapestries.

Spend the day enjoying the Hacienda Zuleta and its surroundings: from a condor rookery, cheese factory and organic garden to onsite embroidery workshops and horseback riding.

Fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, where you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and unwind on Tortuga Bay's spectacular white sands.

Embark on a sweeping, full-day boat tour to the unforgettable islands of Bartolome, North Seymour and Bachas Beach, or South Plaza accompanied by your own certified naturalist guide.

Take a mid-morning tour of the Santa Cruz Highlands, explore the ancient lava tunnels beneath your feet, and and visit Garrapatero, a pristine beach offering buzzing wildlife.

Take in the local flora with a trip to a coffee plantation before boarding the ship to Las Palmas beach and La Fe to swim, snorkel, and play with the sea lions and iguanas.

Take a bike ride and explore the island and lava tunnels, or head out on the ship to another of the smaller outlaying islands. Tonight, celebrate your time spent in this magical land with a special festive event!

Fly from the Galapagos Islands back to Quito, Ecuador for a night on your own exploring the vibrant city.

Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel, soak in the Plaza Independencia, and board your flight home.

Hotels

Casa Gangotena, Quito

Glimpse the heart of old Quito as it was meant to be enjoyed, amidst the generous comforts of this handsomely restored mansion. Sumptuously appointed rooms bask in the warmth of natural light as towering windows overlook the Plaza San Francisco. Stately and sophisticated, yet perfectly intimate thanks to the Ecuadorean hospitality. View hotel website »

Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo

Boasting antique gardens, the Hacienda is beautifully decorated and every bedroom has a fire place. Delicious Ecuadorian cuisine is offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda. View hotel website » 

Galapagos Safari Camp, Santa Cruz Island

This eco-luxury tented camp borders the National Park in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island’s "transition zone" and is close to the tortoise reserve. Located on 55 hectares with magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean and the famous Western & Northern islands of Isabela, Santiago, Pinzón, Baltra, Rabida, Guy Fawkes & Daphne. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Easygoing to Moderate

This walking trip features plenty of uneven footing and dirt trails—but its focus is not on covering distance. Transportation to and from the day’s event is provided in most instances. The change in elevation (Quito is 2,800 metres above sea level) may interfere with the breathing of some travellers. The activities on this trip are geared for children 6 years old and up. If you will be travelling with smaller children, let us know and we can revise the itinerary to suit your group.

Gear

Walking Sticks &
Hip Holsters

Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.

What's Included

  • All accommodations on a shared twin/double room basis
  • Most meals
  • All entrance fees and tours
  • All transfers and baggage handling
  • All internal flights
  • All the local experts and specialists
  • Services of a local guide(s)
  • All special events and on-trip surprises
  • All gratuities to porters, drivers, restaurants and other service staff

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Learn more about our guides »

Accolades

“We had high expectations for this Galapagos trip and were blown away with how 'other worldly' and incredible it was. Cannot wait for our next B&R trip!”

— Donald Holzworth,
Galapagos By Sea 2010

Ecuador & Galapagos Family Private

Notes from the Road

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  • Colombia: An Explorer’s Paradise (Part I)My wife and I flew down to Colombia with a simple plan: spend a few weeks exploring Bogota, the coffee plantation region and Cartagena—three distinct regions, to give us a sense of place. We spent the first night in Bogota with plans to return at the …
  • Colombia: Undiscovered and EmergentFive years ago I started hearing rumblings of Colombia. I had heard Colombia described as “a dream state,” and what I found fit the bill. I was living in the ancient Inca city of Cuzco, Peru at the time and I would hear murmurings of secret jungles, …

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