Location: Galapagos and Ecuador Duration: 7 nights Price: From £4,100 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes.

The Galapagos Islands are a must-see, from rugged mountains to mighty volcanic craters and stunning beaches. They are also home to some of the most incredible wildlife on earth, many species of which can only be found here, such as the marine iguana, the only iguana in the world that can live in the sea. Get a taste of the historic cities of Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador, either side of your land-based Galapagos adventure.

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Those who are short on time or prone to seasickness

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Add on a short boat trip to Los Tuneles, an intriguing network of underwater volcanic tunnels off Isabela Island

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GUAYAQUIL- 1 night

Arrive in Guayaquil, where you will spend a night at the luxurious Hotel del Parque, from where you will get a taste of Ecuador's largest city which has a rich heritage and fascinating history and is home to Ecuador's natural port. Wander the streets and you’ll find a melting pot of ancient and modern, from classical mansions and sprawling markets to a contemporary cafe and restaurant scene. Don't miss the buzzing atmosphere of the Malecón, the riverside promenade that is the city’s heart, where you’ll find some excellent fish restaurants. You wouldn't think it at first glance, but this metropolis is home to some amazing wildlife: land iguanas living around the plazas and gardens. 

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GALAPAGOS- 5 nights

GALAPAGOS- 5 nights
After your flight to Baltra Island in Galapagos,you'll be treated to a scenic transfer to Isabela Island. For the first two nights, you will be staying at the renowned Scalesia Lodge which offers a wildlife glamping experience. Discover the National Park, located on the youngest side of the archipelago where you'll find wetland lagoons, a giant tortoise-breeding centre and beautiful white-sand beaches like Puerto Villamil. You'll also catch a boat to the Tintoreras islets (which means 'reef sharks' in Spanish). There, you'll find reef sharks – unsurprisingly – and also marine iguanas, sea lions and a colony of penguins. 

You will spend the rest of your time in the Galapagos at Finch Bay Eco Hotel on South Plaza Island. On the way there, you will drive through El Manzanillo at the northern edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. This is where wild tortoises trek biannually on their way to higher moist locations between June and September or to the warmer lowlands during the wet season. If you're lucky you'll get to see them graze on the vegetation or wallow in the muddy banks (sometimes they like to hang out in a pond, which is red due to the algae that grows in it). You'll also get to visit the lava tunnels nearby.

South Plaza Island has more to it than fascinating cliffs jutting out at every angle and beautiful beaches. It is a wildlife haven with sea lions, iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as a host of incredible flora like the Opuntia cactus. Visit Tortuga Bay – where you'll find sea turtles along a pristine white-sand beach – and the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you'll learn more about the island's iconic animal.

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QUITO- 1 night

Fly back to Ecuador’s mainland, then check into Casa Gangotena, a boutique mansion in the heart of Quito’s historic and picturesque old town, where you can relax on the roof terrace overlooking the city. There are plenty of opportunities to buy some unique arts and crafts to take home, and you can refuel at one of the many cosy cafes. Keen foodies will enjoy dinner at Theatrum in the Plaza del Teatro or lunch at one of the many restaurants along the picturesque streets of the Old Town.

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