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Classic Safari (5d/4n)

per person, from $3610

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Classic Safari - 5 Days / 4 Nights

DAY 1 - In search of the giant tortoise Galapagos Safari Camp Turtle
Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises’ natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

DAY 2 & 3 - Explore neighboring islandsGalapagos Safari Camp Explore neighboring islands
Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Isabela. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended.

Day 4 - Experience the eastGalapagos crater view
A morning drive takes you to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.

Day 5 - Sunrise walk and departureGalapagos Safari Camp observatory
Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. (Here’s where you’ll wish you had extended your journey!).

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport VIP services
  • Transfers & ground transportation
  • Boat excursion with snorkeling on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
  • English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

Not Included:

  • Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)
  • Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)
  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities

Family Safari (6d/5n)

per person, from $4650

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Family Safari - 6 Days / 5 Nights

Galapagos Safari Camp Family Excursions

Our family safari is diverse in activities and engaging educational experiences for both parents and children. We work with knowledgeable guides to lead your safari, many of whom have their own families and understand the need for flexibility, patience, and downtime. This program is operated as a private safari and there is plenty of flexibility on most of the excursions.

Slightly more adventurous families, or families with older children, might prefer to stay in our tented accommodation, while those who prefer more private and cohesive lodging can opt for our three-bedroom family suite.

During school holidays after the day’s activities, your children can enjoy our Kid’s Club for a series of creative activities.

DAY 1 - Land of the giant tortoiseGalapagos Safari Camp Turtle
Your family’s naturalist guide meets you at Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture your children’s imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore our 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, and spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to GSC.

DAY 2 - Activity dayGalapagos Safari Camp walking
After breakfast, visit a neighboring organic coffee plantation to learn about responsible small-scale farming in the Galapagos, and the children have a chance to pick coffee beans if season allows. Then drive to the enormous Cerro Mesa crater for a short walk in the wetlands that is home to a wonderful variety of birds and the occasional bathing tortoise. After lunch at a local restaurant, jump on bikes for a downhill ride to Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Explore the bay in sea kayaks, accompanied by marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and countless shorebirds. In the evening, back at GSC, parents can relax while the children take a private art class with a local artist.

DAY 3 - Explore an uninhabited islandGalapagos Safari Camp cruise based safari
Spend the day spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a day-yacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe, and Bartolomé, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note this is a shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise. Destination will depend on your dates.

DAY 4 - Fishing AdventureGalapagos Safari Camp cruise frigate birds
An excursion with local fishermen is a favorite among children visiting us. This excursion is both a wildlife experience and a cultural exchange opportunity. We are involved in a program with the National Park Service that aims to engage local fisherman in tourism activities as an alternative means of income, with the added benefit of protecting local fisheries from depletion. The fishermen have very safe and modern speedboats, which we charter privately for the day. With your guide acting as translator, the fishermen share anecdotes from a lifetime at sea, and the children learn local fishing tricks. After fishing, you’ll land on a deserted beach and may snorkel in a spot known only to locals. If you prefer to limit fishing and enhance the snorkeling or beach experience, your guide is there to adapt the day to your preferences.

DAY 5 - Charles Darwin Research Station and bay tourGalapagos Safari Camp baby sea lion
Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about its preservation efforts and scientific research. The children will have an up-close experience with the tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. Parents can enjoy free time to wander around Puerto Ayora, while your guide takes the children to a local playground or on a tour of the local fish market on the waterfront. After lunch, take a speedboat to Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with basking marine iguanas, and shallow turquoise waters teeming with white-tip reef sharks and fish. Or you can join a snorkeling boat that will take you to frolic with sea lions.

Day 6 - Sunrise walk and departureGalapagos Safari Camp Santa Cruz view
Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination.

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals: our chef has a substantial repertoire of kid-friendly meals, and plenty of healthy snacks are prepared for each day’s outings
  • Airport VIP services
  • Transfers & ground transportation
  • Boat excursion with snorkeling on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
  • English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Chartered fishing experience
  • Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

Not Included:

  • Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)
  • Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)
  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities

Dive Safari

per person, from $3600

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Dive Safari

Scuba diving in Galapagos is considered to be one of the world´s best. Designed for dive enthusiasts, this program includes two dives per day and a land excursion on arrival.

Full Safari Itinerary

Scuba diving in Galapagos is considered to be one of the world´s best due to its strategic location between the Humboldt and El Niño currents. Experience close encounters with large manta rays, green turtles, sea lions, and formidable schools of sharks!

During the warmer months (December to May), the chances of seeing whale sharks around the northern islands are very high, and they can also be spotted around the central islands.

During the colder months (June to November), the chances of seeing whale sharks are reduced, but there is a higher density of rays, since it is mating season.

Diving in the archipelago is for intermediate and experienced divers only, due to strong currents, surges, and eddies.

DAY 1 - In search of the giant tortoise Galapagos Safari Camp giant tortoise
Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises’ natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

Days 2, 3 & 4Galapagos Safari Camp diving
Diving – two daily submersions

Day 5 - Sunrise walk and departure

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport VIP services
  • Transfers & ground transportation
  • Boat excursion with snorkeling on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)
  • Wetsuits and diving equipment
  • English-speaking dive guide
  • Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

Not Included:

  • Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)
  • Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)
  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities
  • Dive computer
Extend Your Journey Optional Extras

Cruise Options

Galapagos cruise

For those who consider a Cruise paramount to their Galapagos experience, we are delighted to help with vessel and itinerary selection.

Please contact us for assistance.

Pre & Post Cruise Options

Relaxing Cruise Extension (3d/2n)

per person, from $1070

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Relaxing Cruise Extension (3d/2n)

Galapagos diving with shark

Before or after you cruise, relax with us for a couple of nights. Includes full board and transfers. No scheduled activities.

Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers in & out with Spanish speaking driver
  • VIP airport service in or out

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)
  • Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)
  • Any activities
  • Naturalist guide
  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities

Active Cruise Extension (3d/2n)

per person, from $1755

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Active Cruise Extension (3d/2n)

Galapagos beach

Before or after your cruise, add a land activity package to complement your journey. Includes full board, transfers, and privately guided activities from our A-La-Carte Activities menu.

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport VIP services
  • Transfers in & out
  • VIP airport service in or out
  • Transfers & private ground transportation
  • Naturalist guide

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)
  • Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)
  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities

A-La-Carte Activities menu on Santa Cruz island

Add one or more of these individual experiences to your pre- or post-cruise active extension

Tour of the farm (2.5 hours by foot)Galapagos Safari Camp gate
GSC has a circuit that takes you up two natural volcanic formations and viewpoints, where you’ll appreciate much of the native flora of the area, including scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo, and get acquainted with the finches, warblers, fly-catchers, Galapagos Doves, and with any luck, the Galapagos Rail. Afterwards, visit the barn owls’ cave where you might spot them in their natural habitat. For a more hands-on experience, you have the option of planting a tree, one of our initiatives to continue reforesting the land with endemic species, and giving you the satisfaction of making a physical contribution to this fragile environment.

Exploring the Tortoise Reserve (2-4 hours)Galapagos Safari Camp happy tortoise
In addition to visiting the lava tunnels and the ponds, where you can observe giant tortoises, explore “El Chato,” or one of the working farms in the area. You can visit their various plantations and spot giant tortoises during the excursion. Walk, mountain bike, or drive to a wonderful point with expansive views of the southern part of the island.

The Twin Craters (2 hours)
This walk takes you around part of the rim of a couple of craters in the highlands. This is a good opportunity to observe the vermillion flycatcher and endemic flora. There are shorter trails if you prefer.

Lava Java Organic Coffee Plantation Tour (2 hours)
Our neighbor Scott Henderson is an American who has lived in the Galapagos for many years. He worked for Conservation International and married a Galapagos native. Scott purchased an abandoned highland farm many years ago and found a neglected coffee plantation, which turned out to be of very high quality. Scott turned his plantation into a flagship project on sustainable farming practices, where he helps locals grow coffee alongside endemic plants, and keeps the market for such crops local.

A visit to “Lava Java” and meeting Scott is an insightful, educational experience encompassing local economics, land conservation, and sustainable community farming initiatives – plus a chance to drink some sublime coffee. This visit can be made by vehicle for a quarter-day excursion or in combination with biking in the highlands.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Station (half a day)
Discover the vibrant town of Puerto Ayora, including the ceramic garden, and tour the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station.

Naturalist Walk (all day but can be divided into shorter segments)Galapagos Safari Camp landscape
Spend the day walking with your guide. An uphill 5 km trail to Media Luna begins at the village of Bellavista, where you walk through the Miconia zone, a virtual monoculture of Miconia Robinsonia over the hillside—a fantastic success story after the near-destruction of this habitat by the invasive Quinine tree. There is a variety of ferns, including the lovely Galapagos Tree Fern. From there you continue another 3 km up hill to Puntudo, a pointy volcanic cone, or to the highest point on the island. You go a further 3 km to Cerro Crocker (864 mts). Ornithologists and bird watchers will take pleasure in this area; a sharp eye might catch several interesting species such as rails, finches and petrels.

Exploring the East (all day but can be divided into two segments)Galapagos Safari Camp Cerro Mesa walk
In the morning you drive to the eastern part of the island. At 490mts. above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers dramatic views, has the largest crater on Santa Cruz and numerous endemic plants as well as finches and the Vermillion Flycatcher. After lunch you visit the Garrapatero pristine beach where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, in addition to the busy coastal bird life and the small pink flamingo lagoon is sensational. Kayaking and mountain biking are available upon prior request.

Tortuga Bay (half a day or full day)Galapagos Safari Camp iguana
You can spend as long as you want enjoying Tortuga Bay, a two-kilometer white sand beach ideal for walking and surfing. The trail to get there gives an opportunity to explore the arid zone without struggling over broken lava. Alongside some very impressive cacti, there are other interesting arid zone plants. At the far end of the bay there is a large, calm mangrove lagoon, rich in wildlife and perfect for resting and swimming.

Extend Your Journey Optional Extras

Stay Longer With Us

per person, from $870

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Stay Longer With Us Extention

Extend your core journey and let us help you select more boat excursions and/or Santa Cruz Island activities, it’s up to you! Extend from one to 3 nights.

Boat Options - Explore neighboring islandsGalapagos Safari Camp relaxing on boat
Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Isabela. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended.

Land Options
Decide what activities on Santa Cruz Island you want to add. Your private guide and driver will accompany you.

Note: Inclusions and exclusions to be determined by your choice

Isabela Island

per person, from $1785

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Isabela Island Extention

Galapagos Isabela island

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, and one of the most volcanically active places on earth. The Enchanted Islands are seldom seen from above, but as an extension to your selected trip, we fly you to Isabela Island on a small propeller plane that gives you a bird’s eye view of the archipelago’s stunning volcanic formations. The semi-submerged craters, turquoise waters, rocks and islets are breathtaking. Spend a couple of nights exploring this attractive island.


Itinerary

DAY 1Galapagos Isabela island tunnels
After landing, settle in to your selected hotel and enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon visit Tintoreras, a rock formation that is home to a great variety of wildlife with crystalline waters inhabited by white tip reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, turtles, blue footed boobies, and sea lions that are a joy to snorkel with. You may also tour the Tortoise Breeding Centre, exhibiting the different stages of development for the Galapagos tortoise.

DAY 2
Spend the day exploring Sierra Negra, a large shield volcano at the southeastern end of the island and one of the most active of the Galapagos volcanoes. Hike the extraordinary 16 km trail to the caldera over petrified lava flows with impressive views of the island.

Additional day: Tunnels and Wall of tearsGalapagos Isabela island tunnels
The Tunnels are one of the most spectacular snorkeling sites in Isabela. This marine sanctuary is characterized by its unique geologic formations. Lava flows have produced a number of arches and tunnels both under and above water, filled with marine life. Entry into this site is shallow and the waves can be quite strong. The Wall of Tears is a historic site that was built by prisoners between 1945-1959, thousand died during its construction. Please note that these visits are subject to weather conditions.

Included:

  • Internal flight Baltra-Isabela-Baltra
  • Private English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers & ground transportation
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
  • Activities and visits detailed in your chosen itinerary

Not Included:

  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities

Diving Extention

per person, from $840

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Diving Extention

Galapagos diving with shark

Scuba diving in Galapagos is considered to be one of the world´s best due to its strategic location between the Humboldt and El Niño currents. Experience close encounters with large manta rays, green turtles, sea lions, and formidable schools of sharks!

Extend your adventure with a dive experience or create a customized dive-focused Galapagos itinerary. Contact us to help you design the Galapagos diving adventure of a lifetime. Scuba diving options

Each extended dive day will include two submersions.

Extension Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers & ground transportation
  • Boat excursions with two submersions each day on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)
  • Wetsuits and diving equipment
  • English-speaking dive guide
  • Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

Extension does not Include:

  • Beverages
  • Laundry service
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Gratuities
  • Dive computer

Mainland Ecuador

Sacha Lodge (3n/4d)

per person, from $1125

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Sacha Lodge (3nights/4 days) Amazon Extention

Sacha Lodge

In addition to your adventures with Galapagos Safari Camp, we encourage you to explore the beauty of mainland Ecuador with extensions to the Andes, Amazon, Cloud Forest and more. We are happy to make suggestions according to your preferences as well as take care of any transit services you might need in Quito or Guayaquil. Please contact us for further information.

Services Upon Arrival/Departure

The two points of entry into Ecuador are Quito, the capital, or Guayaquil, the main port. We can provide transfers, hotel, and tour services in both cities upon arrival, before departure, or in between segments of your trip in Ecuador.

Combine your experience at Galapagos Safari Camp with a three-night stay at Sacha Lodge. Located in a 5,000 acre private ecological reserve inhabited by spectacular wildlife, Sacha Lodge is an accessible yet pristine rainforest sanctuary where you can experience the jungle in safety and comfort.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Into the Amazon
A scenic 35 minute flight takes you over the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and down into the Amazon basin. You arrive in Puerto Francisco de Orellana, otherwise known as El Coca, where a light lunch awaits you before embarking on a two-hour canoe ride down the Napo River to Sacha Lodge. After settling in to your room, you may go for a walk or swim, followed by dinner.

DAYS 2 & 3 - Rain forest exploration
Guests are divided into small groups, each with an English-speaking guide, in order to tailor itineraries to each group’s specific interests and physical abilities. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise, to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active. In the afternoon, excursions begin at around 3pm and often continue into the evening, when the frog chorus commences and the nocturnal insects start to stir. Activities extend over a wide area, allowing exploration of several different habitats.

One of Sacha’s highlights is the 275 meter-long canopy walk, hanging 36 meters above the forest floor. The lodge also boasts three observation towers for bird watching and enjoying the spectacular views. A popular activity is paddling in dugout canoes along creeks and lakes, through luxuriant vegetation, on the lookout for monkeys, sloths, and anacondas.

For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner: night walks and canoe trips often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight.

DAY 4 - Return to Quito
After breakfast, you begin your return journey to Quito. If you do not have a same-day flight to your next destination, you may request another night at your hotel in Quito.

La Selva Lodge (3n/4d)

per person, from $1389

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La Selva Lodge (3nights/4 days) Amazon Extention

Mainland Equador Waterfall

In addition to your adventures with Galapagos Safari Camp, we encourage you to explore the beauty of mainland Ecuador with extensions to the Andes, Amazon, Cloud Forest and more. We are happy to make suggestions according to your preferences as well as take care of any transit services you might need in Quito or Guayaquil. Please contact us for further information.

Services Upon Arrival/Departure

The two points of entry into Ecuador are Quito, the capital, or Guayaquil, the main port. We can provide transfers, hotel, and tour services in both cities upon arrival, before departure, or in between segments of your trip in Ecuador.

Combine your experience at Galapagos Safari Camp with a three-night stay at la Selva Lodge. 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 here.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival at the Lodge
In the morning it is a short 35 minute flight from the Quito airport to Coca. La Selva Lodge is located about two hours from Coca by motorized canoe. The canoe is covered, in case of inclement weather such as rain or strong sunshine. A box lunch is provided for guests on the ride. The motorized canoe cannot enter the lagoon where the lodge is located, so you will disembark on the river for a short walk and a ride in another, smaller canoe. Your luggage will be handled for you.

Once you reach the lodge, there is a welcome cocktail and brief orientation meeting. Then you’ll be shown to your rooms and given the chance to rest and explore before dinner at 7:30. During dinner, your group and guide will discuss activities for the following day. Depending on the weather, you may join a night wildlife walk or a canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife.

DAYS 2 & 3 - Exploring the Amazon Rainforest
Breakfast is served early to maximize the day. There are a number of activities possible, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. What activity you choose will depend on many factors, including the weather and what the group is interested in. If you do not wish to participate in the morning activity, you are under no obligation to do so. Many guests prefer to remain in our comfortable lodge and simply relax.

Lunch is served in our dining room at 12:30. After lunch, guests can try their hand at fishing for piranhas, take a nap, or read a book during the hottest hours of the day.

Afternoon activities tend to be more low-key than morning ones. Take a canoe ride around the lagoon, or a short trail where pygmy marmosets might be seen; or if it is raining hard, visit the nearby butterfly farm. The activity will be decided at the last moment by the guide, depending on conditions. A gourmet dinner awaits as afternoon turns into evening. You may join any available night activity.

DAY 4 - Return to Quito
Although you must depart the lodge early in order to get to Coca in time for your flight, breakfast will be served before you leave. You’ll depart the way you came: a canoe ride, followed by a short walk, and then a two-hour ride on the motorized canoe to Coca. An English-speaking representative will accompany you. Once you reach Coca, you will be taken to the airport, checked in, and directed to the waiting room for your return flight to Quito.

Hacienda Zuleta (2n/3d)

per person, from $940

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Hacienda Zuleta (2nights/3 days) Andes Extension

Hacienda Zuleta

In addition to your adventures with Galapagos Safari Camp, we encourage you to explore the beauty of mainland Ecuador with extensions to the Andes, Amazon, Cloud Forest and more. We are happy to make suggestions according to your preferences as well as take care of any transit services you might need in Quito or Guayaquil. Please contact us for further information.

Services Upon Arrival/Departure

The two points of entry into Ecuador are Quito, the capital, or Guayaquil, the main port. We can provide transfers, hotel, and tour services in both cities upon arrival, before departure, or in between segments of your trip in Ecuador.

Combine your experience at Galapagos Safari Camp with a two-night stay at Hacienda Zuleta, just two hours from Quito, Ecuador. Dating from the late XVI century, Hacienda Zuleta is a 4,000 acre colonial working farm that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador. The hacienda features 15 beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with their own fireplace, as well as cozy living rooms and wonderful grounds. Delicious Ecuadorian cuisine is prepared with organic vegetables, dairy products, and trout from the hacienda.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - A piece of Andean history
Drive through the Andes for 2.5 hours to Hacienda Zuleta (or take a 20-minute helicopter ride, available on request). If you have a full day you may visit the Otavalo market. Once you settle in Zuleta, you can explore the property, relax by the fire, or browse through the impressive library. A delectable Andean dinner is served, made with local organic produce.

DAY 2 - The flight of the condor
Hacienda Zuleta offers a number of activities for its guests, including horse-riding, hiking, and mountain-biking. The Zuleteño horse is a unique combination of Andalusian, English, and Quarter horses; the outcome of this cross-breeding is a robust, noble, and smooth Andean horse with a perfect disposition for trail riding. Discover the Condor-Huasi route along grassy trails, with ancient pyramids along the way; visit the condor project, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of the majestic Andean Condor; or explore the hacienda by horse-drawn carriage, guaranteed unforgettable.

DAY 3 - The farm & return to Quito
After breakfast, explore the organic garden, feed the calves, watch vaqueros in action, visit the embroidery museum, take a tour of the cheese factory, or relax in the garden before your transfer back to Quito.

Mashpi Lodge (2n/3d)

per person, from $1685

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Mashpi Lodge (2nights/3 days) Cloud Forest Extention

Mainland Equador Andes

In addition to your adventures with Galapagos Safari Camp, we encourage you to explore the beauty of mainland Ecuador with extensions to the Andes, Amazon, Cloud Forest and more. We are happy to make suggestions according to your preferences as well as take care of any transit services you might need in Quito or Guayaquil. Please contact us for further information.

Services Upon Arrival/Departure

The two points of entry into Ecuador are Quito, the capital, or Guayaquil, the main port. We can provide transfers, hotel, and tour services in both cities upon arrival, before departure, or in between segments of your trip in Ecuador.

Combine your experience at Galapagos Safari Camp with a two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge, a nature sanctuary located in the spectacular Chocó, one of the most celebrated bioregions in the world known for record-high endemism, rainfall, and altitudinal range. 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 up-close on the other through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Mashpi Lodge
Drive three hours from Quito (110 Km, 70 miles), into the evergreen wilds of the Andes’ western slope. On your way you’ll discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape as you travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera’s western flank into a lush, misty cloud forest. Before the final one-hour descent into Mashpi Reserve, you’ll stop at the archaeological ruins of Tulipe, set in a magical forested location, said to have belonged to the ancient Yumbo civilization of pre-Inca Quito.

Once settled in, you will meet your naturalist guide, followed by lunch.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy a walk to get acquainted with the area`s flora and fauna. The trail requires some physical condition due to its steeper portions, but has been made less demanding thanks to recycled plastic crates that form steps to make paths firmer. At the end of the trail, find a large waterfall and rocky riverbed with beautiful ponds and smaller waterfalls. The excursion takes about 2 hours.

You may join another short evening walk before dinner.

DAY 2 - Exploring the Cloud Forest
The forest always rewards “early birds,” as the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food. Enjoy a morning drink on our terrace where guides help you spot and enjoy the wonderful birdlife.

After breakfast visit the Sky Bike and Observation Tower (a 15-minute walk from the hotel).

Looming above treetops, Mashpi´s observation tower allows you to enjoy from above the protected forest in all its glory. The aerial bicycle makes for an original and exciting way to visit the canopy. You will cross a gorge and river pedaling a silent, easy-to-use and fun aerial bike! Afterwards, walk back to the lodge along one of our many trails for lunch. Select which trail depending on your interest and physical inclination.

After lunch, from the comfort of an expansive wooden deck, visit the Life Centre for a great view of the forest with abundant wildlife. This is an ideal place for bird-watching. There is also a fascinating butterfly sanctuary for your enjoyment.

For those interested in learning more about the Ecuadorian cloud forest, we offer a variety of evening lectures.

DAY 3 - Mashpi Lodge and back to Quito
You may enjoy another early rise for bird watching, or relax until breakfast. After breakfast you may visit the Copal Waterfall. This beautiful 2-hour-long hike features a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromeliads, and orchids. The trail ends at a spectacular waterfall over 50 meters high. Return to the hotel by noon for lunch, and then make your way back to Quito.