Honeymoon in Ecuador

Ecuador & Galapagos

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Honeymoon in Ecuador

Honeymoon holiday in Ecuador is ideal for nature and wildlife lovers. Here nature can be seen from the luxury of your resort such as the Mashpi Lodge in a cloud forest. In the Amazonian jungles are luxury lodges with high canopy walkways and near clay licks where you can see parrots and macaws, toucans as well as spider and howler monkeys. The adventurous can trek in Andes Mountains and watch condors soaring above.

Galapagos Island are the highlights, with options to take a cruise or stay in a luxury hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Adventure activities include kayaking, scuba diving, biking, and hiking as well as daily excursions to nearby islands and swimming with sea lions. End tour in Quito, the old Spanish city with ornate cathedrals and Baroque architecture buildings and enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains from the top of Panecillo Hill.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY HONEYMOON IN ECAUDOR…
And, experience the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes.
 

What We Love
  • In Quito, stay at the luxurious boutique Casa Gangotena hotel. 
  • San Agustin de Callo in Cotopaxi is built on the site of an Inca palace in imperial style.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a medium active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Begin in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, one of South America’s best-preserved colonial cities. Explore the lavishly decorated monasteries with rich interiors, that are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. The beautiful Quito town abounds with chic hotels, contemporary restaurants and cool bars.

Next, transfer to a historic hacienda built on Inca ruins near Cotopaxi, an iconic snow-capped volcano and national park. En route, visit Antisana Ecological Reserve to see the beautiful highland paramo landscapes and look for rare animals such as the Andean condor. Around Cotopaxi, visit scenic attractions and local markets in indigenous villages. If desired, also enjoy privately guided horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking through the countryside.

Continue by private car and driver along the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes to Riobamba and Cuenca. Riobamba takes its name from a combination of the Spanish word for ‘river’ and the Kichwa word for ‘valley.’ An ideal starting point for many mountain excursions, Riobamba is a small, charming Andean city with colonial architecture, cobble-stone streets, impressive plazas, and a fascinating market.

Cuenca is a charming colonial city, rich in history and architecture. You will discover heritage buildings, cobblestone streets, an excellent archaeology museum and beautiful blue-domed cathedral that have earned this city a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Return to Quito for a final night before your return or onward flight.

How to get there

Ecuador: There are no direct flights to Ecuador from Britain and Ireland, but there are plenty of indirect flights to both Quito and Guayaquil involving a change of plane in either a European or American city. The US airlines fly via their respective hubs. Approximate flying times from the US to Quito without stops are four hours from Miami, and around five hours from Houston and Atlanta.

Iberia and Air Comet offer services via Madrid, and KLM via Amsterdam (stopping at Bonaire, in the Dutch Antilles). Other possibilities include taking a flight to South American hubs, such as Bogotá or Caracas, from where connections to Ecuador can be made. Typical journey times are between fifteen and seventeen hours, with Iberia and American Airlines offering marginally faster services.

Galapagos: There are daily flights to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil. Our ground staff will offer assistance with the check in procedure and help with payment of park tax and transit card. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger.

We recommend that all passengers travelling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection.  This is particularly important for passengers travelling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.
 

 
Honeymoon in Ecuador Ecuador & Galapagos

Discover Ecuador

Quito, Cotopaxi, Riobamba, Cuenca
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Quito On arrival in Buenos Aires you will VIP airport assistance and private transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena.

Day 2 – Private Touring
Quito

Full-day private touring: With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests. Perhaps also shop for a high-quality Panama hat—an Ecuador original.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 3 – Antisana Ecological Reserve
Cotopaxi Private transfer to a historic hacienda for two nights near Cotopaxi, an iconic snow-capped volcano and national park. En route, visit Antisana Ecological Reserve, home to a world of unique flora and fauna and a paradise for bird watchers. The beautiful place includes wide grasslands, mountains, rainforest and icy lagoons. The Micacocha Lake is the largest, surrounded with grassland with magical and unique landscapes. If desired, also enjoy privately guided horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking through the countryside.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: San Agustin de Callo (B)

Day 4 – Privately Guided Activities
Cotopaxi Full-day privately guided activities and excursion to local markets
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: San Agustin de Callo (B)

Day 5 – Private Transfer
Riobamba Continue by private car and driver along the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes to Riobamba. Pass by Ecuador’s highest volcanic peaks and the beautiful landscapes surrounding them, and tour villages, markets and the important Inca fortress of Ingapirca en route.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hacienda Abraspungo (B)

Day 6 – Private Transfer
Cuenca Private transfer to Cuenca for 2 nights. Touring en route
In Cuenca, tour the historic centre and visit the most interesting sites, such as the cathedral, the flower market and the ruins of the pre-Columbian Canari people. Also, stop at a local workshop to see Cuenca’s most famous export—Panama hats—being woven by hand.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Mansion Alcazar (B)

Day 7 – The Surrounds
Cuenca Full-day touring in the region. Located in the Ande’s mountain range, Cuenca sits at the cross-roads of four major rivers and is surrounded by mountains. The yearlong weather averages in the mid-70s Fahrenheit, just perfect for nature lovers to enjoy the surrounding walking trails and breathtaking scenic mountain scenery. To put it mildly, Cuenca is where; everything really associated with quality of life is more abundantly available.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Mansion Alcazar (B)

Day 8 – Transfer
Quito Private transfer and flight to Quito. On arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 9 – Depart
Quito Private airport transfer to the airport for your connecting flight (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


General Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, yet despite its size, it holds one of the greatest amounts of plant and animal species in the world. It is home to rain forests, jungles, mountains, islands, deserts, valleys, and snowcapped peaks. One of its main attractions is the Galapagos Archipelago and its marine reserve, which contain endemic species unique to the area.

With more bird species per area than any other country in Latin America, Ecuador is a paradise for bird watching and research. Some 17% of the world's endemic species are found here making it the densest bird population in the world.

Where to go Cotopaxi is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of just below 6,000 mtrs. Its snow covered peak is clearly visible from Quito. Cotopaxi is also one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, although its present activity is limited to a few steam fumaroles.

Take a short train journey between the towns of Sibambe and Alausi. A series of switchbacks along the way makes it possible for the train to slowly climb the steep ascent to Alausi and offer visitors sweeping panoramic views of the countryside. But the astounding engineering project undertaken in the rugged Andes mountains was completed at a high cost human lives that gave its name the “Devil’s Nose”.

Situated in the Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador, for tourists, Tena serves as a launching point for jungle adventures. The Tena River joins with the Masahualli River, and then with the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon. Adventure enthusiasts cite Tena as one of the best places in the world for whitewater rafting and kayaking.

The colonial city of Cuenca is the third largest in Ecuador, popular for its year-round temperate climate. The New Cathedral of Cuenca, built over a century, is the city’s most-recognizable landmark. With a façade crafted from alabaster and marble, the New Cathedral is most notable for the its three immense domes, each covered in blue glazed tiles.

When to go The Galapagos have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. The coastal areas are arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions.  The highland areas receive moisture almost all year round, which support lush vegetation.  Temperatures are determined almost entirely by ocean currents, which are influenced by the trade winds.

There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. Galapagos gets an average of ten inches of rain per year, it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is referred to as the “garua” season, meaning mist in Spanish.

Visa UK nationals can visit Ecuador without a visa, but you may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket when you arrive. On arrival in the country, you’ll normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days per year.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry; this is a strict legal requirement from the Ecuadorean government. Without this minimum validity entry to the country will be denied.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk