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Luxury in Ecuador

15 days and 14 nights

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Quito Airport - Quito Historic Center

Reception at the airport and transport with an english-speaking driver-guide to your hotel. Free time for the rest of the day.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Plaza View Room.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Quito - Quito Historic Center

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a real treasure between the volcanoes of Pichincha, Cayambe and Antisana. At an elevation of 2830 meters, it is the second highest capital in the world.. It was the first city classified by the UNESCO in 1978 and its historic centre is the biggest and best maintained in Latino America. To get a good idea of the city, we will firstly go to the Panecillo, a small hill over the city with a statue of the Quito'Virgen at the top, for a superb view. You will then have a complete visit of Quito's colonial centre: the cathedral, the church of the Compañia de Jesus, the church of San Francisco and its garden and as many baroque art pieces.
You will continue with the visit of the "Alabado" museum showing the country's prehispanic history through numerous archeological pieces (more than 5000 pieces for 6000 years of history). It also offers a structured visit allowing to undestand the cosmological vision of the andean cultures.


Discover the "Man Chapel" from the Eacuador's artist Oswaldo Guayasamín. This painting of the chapel was designed and partly realised by Guayasamín to honnor Mankind. Several of his art pieces are exhibited there.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Plaza View Room.
Included : entrance fees, room & breakfast, private transport, guide expenses, english-speaking driver guide

Day 3: Quito - Mashpi Lodge

Departure from Quito to follow a scenic road through the Equatorial cloudy forest to the Mindo area, and more precisely the private reserve of Mashpia unique place for its biodiversity.
You will arrive at the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, which extends over the surrounding 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres) – a haven for wildlife and biodiversity. Once reached the lodge, you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and checked into your room. The activities will depend on factors such as group size, physical abilities and weather conditions, as well as your arrival and departure hours.
You will have the choice between: ballad in rainforest with guide, by day or night, visit of the butterflies farm, exploration of the canopy from a tower of observation either a suspended basket, visit by the 2 km cable railway or still many more things which you can discover on the spot. Before the dinner, you can meet the naturalistic guides for a short information session on the activities of the next day.

Night in Mashpi Lodge in Wayra suite.


Included : excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), excursion (shared)

Day 4: Mashpi Lodge

Today, you can do the options not done the day before.

Night in Mashpi Lodge in Wayra suite.


Included : excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), excursion (shared)

Day 5: Mashpi Lodge - Mindo - Otavalo - Cochasqui - Cotacachi



Trip to Otavalo, famous for its handcrafts.
Visit of the Cochasqui pyramids, classified as World Heritage and considered as the most important archeological site North of the Equatorial Andes. The site is composed of 15 pyramids and 20 funeral mounds built by the Quitus Cara Indians in the IXth century. There are different interpretations concerning the function of the pyramids: ceremony places, houses for important people or even astronomical observatories. The site still keeps many mysteries... which we will try to learn more about.

You will spend the night at La Mirage hotel in Otavalo.
Night in Suite.
Included : entrance fees, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), private transport, guide expenses, english-speaking driver guide

Day 6: Cuicocha Lake - Otavalo - Peguche - Quitsato - Otavalo - Quito - Quito Historic Center

Visit of the Cuicocha lake in the ecologic reserve of "Cotacahi - Cayapas" , one of the most beautiful in Ecuador with a shiny blue water.
At the centre of a former crater at 3064 meters, the nature lovers will enjoy a very various vegetation (orchids, "elephants ears"...) with more than 400 species identified there.
Visit in the morning the famous Otavalo's Indian market, the most important in the Ecuador's Andes, where you can meet the Otavaleños Indians with their espadrilles, their brown felt hat and blue ponchos. They are the wealthiest indians in Ecuador and excellent sellers.
The main market is on Saturdays with the cattle market just outside town, but others markets are hold on the Los Ponchos square every days.
You will visit the village of Peguche, where you will discover the Andean music instrument fabrication workshops. You may attend to a local music session and the weaving process, an old art well established in the area.
Meal at restaurant Balcon 2 Hemisferios, almost on the Ecuador line.
You will stop at the latitude 0º, where a circular platform of 54 meters of diameter materializes a huge sundial and the equator line. The phenomena observed in the place will be explained to you, as well as how the local peoples used to integrate them in their dayly activities. An opporetunity to reconnect with what is an agriculture agenda, and what it means, between the sky and nature.

Gourmet menu with typical flavors of Ecuador.
You will return to Quito from Otavalo through this magnificent mountain scenery. You will see the habitants of this region, with their traditional dress or in their daily activities in the edge of a path that is a symbol of modernity in contrast to practices inherited from the pre-Inca civilizations.
Dinner at Vista Hermosa restaurant.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Plaza View Room.
Included : private transport, guide expenses, english-speaking driver guide, lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, dinner (no drinks), room & breakfast

Day 7: Quito - Quito Airport - Coca - La Selva Lodge

Transport with an english speaking driver-guide from your hotel to Quito's airport.
Domestic flight Quito - Coca (around 40 minutes).
Reception at the airport of Coca, in private transportation, you will be taken to the boat and go down the Napo River (2H a 3h ), where you will observe different species of birds and monkeys. You can enjoy a picnick and a bottle of water during the tour.
Reception with a welcome cocktailm, you will install in your room at La Selva Jungle Lodge where you can relax for the ride.
Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), domestic flight, transfer arrival, box lunch, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide , english speaking guide

Day 8: La Selva Lodge


After breakfast the guide of the lodge will make a brief introduction about the ecosystem of the region. You can enjoy various activities proposed by leaving the lodge. These are organized according to the weather, the season and the number of participants. You can hike through the jungle, bird watching, canoeing, see a butterfly garden and meet the natives of the region

Day 9: La Selva Lodge

New day to enjoy the beautiful Amazon region. The details of the activities carried out are given in the same place.

Day 10: La Selva Lodge - Coca - Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center

After breakfast you will by canoe to Coca. You will take a 40 minutes domestic flight from Coca to Quito.
Reception at the airport and transport with an english-speaking driver-guide to your hotel. Free time for the rest of the day.



And now, exclusively and just for you :


You'll participate to a PACARI chocolates tasting.



You will learn about the process of elaboration of a great cocoa. You'll know why Ecuador is the best country to produce a cacao fino and also learn about the cocoa history in the world. You'll have the privilege to taste 10 different types of PACARI chocolates.



PACARI works directly with small producers and assure a great remuneration for their hard work, in order to preserve the genetic diversity of ecuadorian cocoa.



This cooperative has been rewarded multiple times at an international levek for the quality of the products and the social hlp they have done.



You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Plaza View Room.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast

Day 11: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Santa Cruz

Transport with an english speaking driver-guide from your hotel to Quito's airport.
You will take a domestic flight for about 3 hours from Quito to Baltra in business class.

Morning check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international airports. The flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40-minute transit in Guayaquil Airport. Flight time from Guayaquil to the Islands is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
You will have access to the VIP Lounge at Baltra Airport. Our guides meet you and take you from the Itabaca Channel for a seven-minute ferry crossing to
Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 40-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge.
- Check-in at The Lodge.
- Light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace.
- Briefing with a complementary welcome cocktail is offered at DNA Bar.
- Guests are given a chance to relax and familiarize themselves with The Lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or a swim in the pool.
- Guests may participate in a land exploration on Santa Cruz Island.
- Dinner at Evolution Restaurant.

Night at Pikaïa Lodge.
Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival, equipment rental, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 12: Seymour - Las Bachas

ISLA SEYMOUR NORTE - PLAYA BACHAS
The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA Yacht. Private cabins are assigned and full American breakfast served. On arrival at the island, the morning offers hiking, or snorkeling activities, until early afternoon. A lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to the next point of visit, for an afternoon of hiking, or snorkeling. While sailing, our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe on the sundeck or look out for dolphins.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

NIght at Pikaïa Lodge.

Day 13: Santa Cruz

Each morning activity is planned according to satellite weather imagery and tide charts. Guest will join groups of maximum 16 people for a land tour.

LAND ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE : Gemelos & Scalesia Forest, Giant tortoise farm, Volcanic craters and giant tortoises at Cerro Mesa
Lava tunnels, Tortuga Bay Beach, Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center, Garrapatero Beach, Snorkeling at Pikaia II

ACTIVITIES NOT INCLUDED Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking , Mountain Biking , Catch & Release Fishing

Guests can relax and enjoy their days at The Lodge independently as well. Mountain bikes, helmets, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available without charge at the front desk or onboard our yacht. It is recommended to pre-book early to take advantage of any optional third-party activities not included in the package. All extra activities might have an extra cost (e.g. taxis, equipment, guides, depending on activity and time.) Please note that these optional programs are not carried out by the hotel. While we work with wellknown and specialized local tour operators, we cannot accept any responsibility for their activities or services.

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. : Full American breakfast
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. : Morning exploration program
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. : Lunch at The Lodge
2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. : Afternoon excursion
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. : Dinner

Day 14: Bartolomé - Santiago

ISLA BARTOLOME - SULLIVAN BAY
The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA Yacht.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

NIght at Pikaïa Lodge.

Day 15: Santa Cruz - Baltra - Guayaquil Airport - Baltra - Guayaquil Airport

Hotel check-out time according to flights. Transport to Baltra Island Airport and check-in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, assisted by our guides in private service.
Domestic flight Baltra - Guayaquil in business class

You could relax in a VIP lounge before boarding on your national flight to the continent

Free connection with your international flight.
Once realized the check-in and reached the international transit area you could relax in a VIP lounge 3 hours before boarding on your international flight.
Included : domestic flight, entrance fees, coffee break

Casa Gangotena   Quito Historic Center

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena harbours 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully- and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.

Option : Plaza View Room

Night in Mashpi Lodge (Wayra room)   Mashpi Lodge

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

The sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the biodiverse world of its reserve. A hideaway in the clouds only accessible to its guests and located on a high plateau, Mashpi Lodge features views of the forested mountains on one side and the forest right up close on the other through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The Lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building and employing hydroelectric power in the near future, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright colour, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amid the cloudforest with the natural world just beyond, ideal for contemplation and relaxation. Mashpi Lodge is intimate, accommodating a maximum of 44 guests in 22 understated yet luxurious rooms, including 3 "Yaku" suites and 19 "Wayra" rooms.

Le Mirage Hotel   Cotacachi

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Perched on an Andean Hillside a one and a half hour drive north of Quito, Le Mirage is a contemporary resort built on the grounds of 200 year old Hacienda.

Option : Suite room

Included :
room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Selva Jungle Lodge   Coca

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), domestic flight, transfer arrival, box lunch, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Located just outside the Yasuní National Park and within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, La Selva Lodge is perfect for all sorts of adventurous travelers. A luxury resort in the heart of the rainforest, everyone will find something to love.

Option : French speaking guide

Included :
english speaking guide

Pikaïa Lodge 5D-4N   Baltra

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival, equipment rental, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Pikaia Lodge is a new concept in luxury land-based eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands, offering the highest levels of comfort and a once in a lifetime experience to our guests. The design of Pikaia has been overseen by Swiss hospitality experts, for a world-class service for the discerning traveler. The Lodge will also be highly advanced in environmental management and the first 5-star facility in Ecuador to become carbon-neutral.

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