Flagship Ecuador & the Galapagos

Ecuador & the Galapagos in Exsus Signature Style

Central & Southern Ecuador, Ecuadorian Amazon, Galapagos Islands, Quito & Northern Highlands

Duration: 15 nights

Price: From £13,250 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, Amazon and Galapagos cruises, experiences as stated and taxes

This luxury holiday sees you exploring Ecuador and the Galapagos in signature Exsus style, staying in the very finest hotels and boats and enjoying exclusive, unforgettable experiences. Beginning with a private walking tour of the colonial old town of Quito, you’ll then board the luxurious MV Anakonda for a cruise down the Amazon River, spotting piranhas, pink river dolphins, and the incredible parrot clay licks. After s stopover in Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, your wildlife adventure continues with the cruise of a lifetime in the Galapagos, spotting giant tortoises, frigatebirds, marine iguanas and many more distinctive species. Your journey ends with a taste of traditional ranch life at Hacienda Zuleta, a beautiful hotel set on a working cattle farm and condor reserve in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Perfect forCouples looking to experience Ecuador and the Galapagos in the very finest style.
In the knowAdd some time at Mashpi Lodge to experience the birds & butterflies of the cloudforest.

Best for

  • Adventure
  • Multi-activity
  • Water activities
  • Wildlife & Nature

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Itinerary details

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2 nightsQUITO

Your signature Ecuador experience begins in the capital, Quito. With a beautiful position high in the Andes, this World Heritage City is home to an abundance of well preserved Spanish colonial architecture. On a private walking tour of the old town you’ll visit some of the churches and monasteries for which Quito is famous, including the green-domed Iglesia de la Compana de Jesus and the 16th-century Monastery of Saint Francsico. Your home for two nights is in the heart of the old town and fits right in with its historic atmosphere: the Plaza Grande is housed in the former mansion of a Spanish conquistador, and has been lovingly restored to its colonial glory.
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3 nightsAMAZON CRUISE

A short flight from Quito will take you to Coca, where you’ll board a luxury cruise ship for a three-night cruise down the mighty Amazon River. Your vessel, the MV Anakonda, is a beautiful ship with stylish, spacious cabins and great facilities for guests – it’s up to you whether you take in the view from the observation deck, the outdoor Jacuzzi or the solarium. In the Panayacu River delta, you’ll disembark for a canoe trip on which your expert guides will help you spot pink river dolphins and squirrel monkeys; continuing to Panacocha Lake, you’ll find fearsome critters such as piranhas and caiman. You’ll also experience one of the Amazon’s most startling natural phenomena in the form of the parrot licks, where thousands of the tropical birds descend on mineral-rich pools of clay. A visit to the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center will give you a unique opportunity to meet indigenous Kichwa people, learn about their rich culture, and buy handicrafts and souvenirs.
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1 nightGUAYAQUIL

Disembarking the MV Anakonda back at Coca, you’ll board a flight to your next stop, the city of Guayaquil. Ecuador’s most populous city, Guayaquil is the city’s commercial heart, and while it doesn’t offer Quito’s historical and cultural treasures, there are still a few curiosities here to interest tourists. The Parque Historico is home to a sanctuary for endangered wildlife as well as exhibitions of traditional culture, while the Botanical Gardens make for a pleasant afternoon’s stroll. Your home for a night is the Hotel del Parque, a luxurious, traditional property set in a restored 19th-century building and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Parque Historico.
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7 nightsGALAPAGOS

The next leg of your journey sees you departing the Ecuadorian mainland and flying to the Galapagos Islands, one of the most extraordinary ecosystems in the world. The islands’ unique volcanic landscapes and vast number of endemic species were key to Charles Darwin’s development of the theory of evolution, after he visited in the 1830s. You’ll explore the islands with seven nights on the MV Origin, a luxurious ship which has raised the bar for cruising in the Galapagos. The islands’ most knowledgeable guides will lead you on one of two itineraries, which will see you meeting iconic Galapagos wildlife, such as marine and land iguanas, giant Galapagos tortoises and red-footed boobies, in their natural habitat. On the Southern Central Cruise, you’ll begin on San Cristobal, where you’ll find nesting colonies of red-throated frigatebirds, and lava lizards scurrying over the rocks. You’ll then go ashore at Punta Pitt, where blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies nest alongside a multitude of other seabirds. On Espanola, you’ll walk up the beach to the welcome of barking sea lions, spot hawks and mockingbirds, and explore the local islets and caves in kayaks. The island of Floreana is home to the Devil’s Crown, where you’ll snorkel with white-tipped sharks, sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. On Santa Cruz, the most populated of the islands, you’ll disembark for a trip to the highlands, where you’ll visit a reserve dedicated to the protection of the iconic Galapagos tortoise. The Northern Western Cruise similarly begins in San Cristobal, before heading to Genovesa, one of the Galapagos’ bird hotspots, home to short-eared owls, boobies, and red-billed tropicbirds. At Darwin Bay, you can lounge on the beach or swim with sea lions in the bay. On Santa Cruz, you’ll visit flamingos feeding in saltwater lagoons, before you spot dolphins, whales and mola-mola en route to Isabela, home to lounging iguanas, giant tortoises, and flightless cormorants. This cruise also takes in Tagus Cove, where the presence of pirates is recorded in graffiti dating from the 1800s; Rabida, where marine iguanas laze on a blood-red beach; and, again, a trip to the giant tortoise reserve on Santa Cruz. The itineraries follow different routes in the interest of conservation, in order to give the wildlife a break from human interaction. Whichever cruise you choose, you’re guaranteed to spot iconic Galapagos species, with the experience enhanced by the passion and expertise of the Origin’s guides. In between the excursions and activities, you’ll stay in supreme comfort in the boat’s spacious, stylish cabins, enjoy freshly-sourced gourmet cuisine, and relax in the comfortable lounge, cosy library, and outdoor Jacuzzi.
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2 nightsIMBABURA

Your journey ends with a trip into the Ecuadorian Andes, to experience a taste of traditional life on a 16th-century cattle and dairy farm. A flight from the Galapagos to Quito, followed by a private road transfer to Imbabura, will take you to Hacienda Zuleta, possibly the finest hacienda in Ecuador. Zuleta combines authentic, comfortable accommodation with opportunities for natural and cultural adventures in the Andes. On the property is a condor reserve dedicated to the reintroduction of the Andean condor to the wild; you’ll get the chance not only to observe the eight captive birds, but to spot the wild condors who are attracted here by their presence. You can also traverse the Andes in time-honoured style on horseback, and meet local people on a visit to skilful Zulatena weavers.
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