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Luxury Galapagos Islands cruise

11 days from £7,337pp

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Luxury Galapagos Islands cruise

11 days from £7,337pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip

 

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Galapagos on land - Finch Bay

4 days from £645pp

How do you round off a busy holiday in Ecuador, Peru or Colombia? You might think a trip to the Galápagos Islands a trifle ambitious – not to say costly. And a cruise may well be. But if you have a few days to spare you can stay at a congenial hotel on one of the larger, more interesting and varied islands, Santa Cruz, where in addition to a wide array of the famous trusting Galápagos wildlife, you can experience the verdant volcanic highlands, the white sand beaches and the shops and restaurants of the laid-back capital Puerto Ayora.

The property has a beautiful setting at Punta Estrada, across the bay from the town.

Day 1: Fly from the Ecuadorian mainland to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to your hotel Finch bay, on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora.

Days 2,3: You have two full days where your wishes are catered for individually. The hotel organises an impressive choice of activities and excursions including snorkelling, diving, sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and day trips by boat to surrounding islands. We recommend a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station which is home to 11 species of tortoise.

Day 4: Depart for the Ecuadorian mainland and connect with your international flight.

Breakfast only.
NB: the cost of flights from Ecuador, Peru or Colombia to the Galápagos Islands are not included in the price.


Adventures in the cloud forest: Mashpi Lodge

3 days from £1,498pp

The Mashpi experience goes beyond just offering a comfy lodge in the cloud forest.  You can be submerged within this dripping, primeval ecosystem by day, and yet come back to the most civilised of retreats. 

While Mashpi Lodge offers luxurious lodgings, the experience does not feel tame because being in a protected reserve, the diversity and quality of the forest and the birding is excellent. The lodge is indeed exclusive: there are no others around, and no-one lives here. The overall quality of the experience from all angles is first class.

On this three day visit, you will take advantage of imaginative and innovative ways of exploring the fantastically beautiful surroundings: from above on a suspended aerial bike, Dragonfly open-sided cable car or observation tower – or at ground level on traditional forest trails or a jungle waterfall. Each excursion is fulfilling and worthwhile - and fun! Whether or not you are a birding enthusiast (500 species including 36 endemics inhabit the forest here) it is a privilege to spend a couple of days in this magical and pristine cloud forest environment .

Day 1: Depart Quito and head north crossing the Equator and descend towards the Pacific, the vegetation becoming more verdant and abundant with every turn of the road. Arrive at Mashpi Lodge in a protected reserve in the cloud forest and begin exploring - there’s a menu of guided activities and excursions.

Day 2: Perhaps the highlight of your stay here is a ride on the unique 2km aerial open-sided cable car. You glide silently like a dragonfly through, above and below the lanky palms, moss-stifled deciduous and evergreen trees, flowering shrubs, twisted vines, giant ferns and orchids in the fairyland jungle environment. 

 Day 3: Return to Quito.

Breakfast daily; full board at the lodge.


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