Forest Excursion

Walking With Natives: Inca, Huaorani & Galapagueños

Quito, Ecuador

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Cultural study of three of South America's native peoples

Peru and Ecuador are two of the most fascinating countries in the world. Home to incredible wildlife, pristine landscapes, and an extremely rich cultural heritage, a visit to this part of the world offers everything a traveler could want!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito Arrival

Welcome to Quito! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You'll have the remainder of the day to relax at leisure.

The Hostal La Rabida is one of our favorite Quito hotels, a charming bed and breakfast style hotel located in the heart of Quito. The hotel's location in the Mariscal district is convenient for eating out, sightseeing, shopping, and walking around. The hotel has just 11 rooms, and maintains a very personalized atmosphere. It is housed in an old traditional Quito home, and contains elements of traditional Quito life.

Overnight: Hostal La Rabida

Day 2 - Quito - Galapagos

This morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Baltra.

Welcome to the Galapagos! Arrive on the tiny island of Baltra at the world's first ecological airport. You will be met by your expert local guide who will give you useful background information before you transfer to Santa Cruz via public transport and ferry (No private vehicles permitted). Enjoy a tasty specially prepared boxed lunch en route to the town of Puerto Ayora where your private speed boat will be waiting to take you on a two hour ride to the island of Floreana.

Floreana is home to the Galapagos’ smallest population, only 150 people, and is also the least developed and most natural of the four inhabited islands. Here you'll be hiking, learning about the fascinating history of the local people, and seeing some of the Galapagos special wildlife (giant tortoises, frigate birds, Darwin's finches, sea lions, and petrels).

Check in at our lodge overlooking the Galapagos’ most beautiful and secluded bay. A 30 minute walk brings you to La Loberia (a sea lion breeding ground) and then for your first marine encounter, snorkeling and swimming in the warm bright water with sea turtles, sea lions, spectacular rays and lots of shimmering fishes.

Overnight: Lava Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Floreana Island

After breakfast you will leave to explore the Floreana highlands on your open-air bus (chiva), an unbeatable, historic, and comfortable way to see the island. On the way our Naturalist Guide will point out the wildlife and give you an idea of the colorful history of some of Floreana's first inhabitants, such as the Wittmers (whose descendents still live on the Island), the ‘Baroness’, and the pirates that once visited here. They will also tell you about the "Enigma of Floreana", involving the mysterious deaths of several of the Island´s inhabitants, a riddle that has never been solved.

After driving into the highlands, you will reach Asilo de la Paz (Peace Haven) where your hike begins. You will walk up to this historic site, explore pirate caves, and visit the freshwater spring that provides water for the entire Island. Along the way, you can expect to see giant tortoises lumbering around in the vegetation or even on the trail. You'll leave Asilo de Paz walking down through a rural area where the local people grow produce for their own consumption: this is a fascinating example about how these island people survived in this remote place and over the years were able to develop an understanding of the local environment and now work to preserve their unique agricultural knowledge. Once back on the coast you'll be able to watch the extraordinary behavior of the frigate birds who ‘dance’ as they wash their salty wings in the fresh water. With a little bit of luck, you may be able to see males puffing up the red pouches on their chests in an attempt to attract females.

From La Primavera we continue by Chiva down towards Las Palmas, where the Island’s first permanent inhabitant, the eccentric Dr Ritter, lived and is buried. Arriving in 1926, this German physician believed that with a combination of exercise and the right vegetarian diet he would live to be 150 years old. He didn´t, but his story is one of the many strange episodes that still abound on the island. On the way we will see spectacular views of the Floreana shoreline, and on arrival sit down to a special BBQ. In the afternoon, back at the lodge, we do more marine exploration, snorkeling, kayaking and stand up paddling.

Overnight: Lava Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Floreana - Isabela Island

Today you'll take an early morning speed boat and transfer to Isabela Island where you will check into your hotel.

Your Isabela adventure begins with a tour of the Tintoreras, a group of small islands near the village of Puerto Villamil, that are named after the white tipped ‘Tintoreras’ reef sharks that swim in these calm waters. A Galapagos in miniature on the Tintoreras you will see almost all of the archipelago’s iconic wildlife: white tipped sharks, sea lions, turtles, rays, penguins, and of course pelicans and blue footed boobies. You will have a chance to snorkel in the bay – and don’t be surprised if some of the penguins or sea lions jump in to play alongside you in the water.

In the afternoon you'll walk from your hotel to the local giant tortoise-breeding center and on the way you might catch a glimpse of pink flamingos feeding in a lake. Once at the Center, our guides will explain the process of breeding and then releasing into the wild, these giant slow moving creatures whose Spanish name (meaning saddle) gave the Islands their present title. The breeding center is an important conservation tool and it is here that the islands’ giant tortoise population is presently recovering.

Overnight: Hotel Albemarle (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 5 - Isabela Island

You have the whole day to explore the Isabela highlands, and you'll start by hiking up to the crater of the Sierra Negra volcano, and then to the rim of the Volcan Chico. This fascinating walk usually begins with some morning fog and drizzle which sometimes persists in the shadow of the volcano, adding to its mysterious character. But when you reach the rim of the Sierra Negra crater, the second largest in the world after the Ngorongoro in Tanzania, you will see why it has been worthwhile. The crater is so large, and the views so expansive, that photos don’t even do it justice, but you should bring your binoculars and camera anyway!

Later, as you head towards Volcan Chico, you may get the feeling you are walking on Mars, but while the landscape appears desolate, a closer look reveals small lizards, scurrying about amongst the rocks.

After Volcan Chico, under the shade of a lovely “jaboncillo” tree, you'll enjoy a well prepared picnic lunch with the chance to enjoy some spectacular views over the central and northern parts of Isabela Island. In the distance, you will be able to see Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands. You will then head back down to complete your day of hiking (16 km in total) and relax on the beaches of Puerto Villamil.

Overnight: Hotel Albemarle (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 6 - Isabela Island

This morning you'll leave from the Villamil dock and the white sandy beaches of Isabela and paddle to Island Bay. En route you will be looking for turtles, rays, penguins, and blue-footed boobies; sea lions will probably paddle along with you as well. After watching the wildlife in the Bay, you will paddle back to the Villamil dock.

In the afternoon, you'll bike the Wetlands Trail where you can see marine iguana colonies and a number of different types of mangroves trees (all four can be seen here) as well as enjoying the network of trails, beaches and historic sites. At the end of the trail is the Wall of Tears, built in the late 1940’s by Second World War prisoners held at the US base on the islands. Your guide will explain the importance of the Wall of Tears, giving you a glimpse into the lives of the island’s previous inhabitants. On this network of trails you will catch some beautiful views of the village below and you will have the chance to see birds and possibly wild giant tortoises.

You'll stop at the local swimming hole where you can take a refreshing dip. When you get back to town, there will be time to relax and enjoy some swimming or snorkeling or if you prefer, just sit and relax on the beach.

Overnight: Hotel Albemarle (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 7 - Isabela - Santa Cruz Island

Today you'll start early, catching a speedboat in the morning and heading to Santa Cruz Island. From May to November, a flight is recommended rather than transfer by speedboat due to the possibility of rough seas. When you arrive at Santa Cruz, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast close to the docks before heading up to the highlands for a busy day of multi sport activities.

You will be driven to an off-the-beaten-path area of Santa Cruz Island, and when you reach a high point on the road you'll switch to mountain bikes for a long downhill glide on freshly paved roads to Garrapatero Beach. On the ride, you will pass small farms and enjoy views of the ocean and the distant islands.

Once you are on the beach at Garrapatero you may see a few local families, but few, if any, tourists. You will paddle the bay in sit-on-top sea kayaks, enjoying your last day on the water in the Galapagos, while looking for sharks, rays, turtles, and sea birds. Later you will have a specially prepared lunch before heading back to Puerto Ayora and your next adventure. Once back in the town, you will have the option of staying and shopping for souvenirs, or (if time allows) walking the 3 km boardwalk to Tortuga Bay. At Tortuga Bay you can walk on the beach, swim, or even snorkel at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos.

Tonight you'll stay in Santa Cruz’ largest town, the small picturesque port of Puerto Ayora. Although it has the largest population in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora is still a small, intimate place where you will find friendly local bars, shops, and restaurants, as well as places to stroll along the water´s edge. There is everything you need for a mellow night in the Galapagos.

Overnight: Villa Laguna (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Galapagos - Quito

After a morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center, we finally transfer back to Baltra for our return flight to mainland Ecuador.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred back to your familiar hotel. You'll have the remainder of the evening free.

Overnight: Hostal La Rabida (Breakfast included)

Day 9 - Quito - Huaorani Ecolodge

Your journey to the Amazon begins early in the morning after being picked up at your hotel. Leaving the bustling metropolis of Quito, you will be treated to the beautiful scenery of the Ecuadorian countryside as transportation heads south, transitioning from the Andes to the Amazon (locally known as the Oriente).

The excursion winds along the impressive Avenue of Volcanoes—a strip of 14 active, semi-active and dormant volcanic mountains—passing traditional haciendas, indigenous villages and protected natural areas, giving you a taste for the local culture. With luck and clear weather, you’ll be able to see the remarkably steep peaks in all their glory, including the cone-shaped Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, and Tungurahua, which has ongoing eruptions. Baños (bah-nyos), named for its thermal baths that draw thousands of visitors per year and known for its adrenaline-pumping adventure sports and melcocha taffy, will be the first major town on the way. Your journey will continue into its surrounding green landscapes punctuated by beautiful cascading waterfalls, riding adjacent to the Agoyan River (which changes name to Pastaza once it crosses into the province of the same name) while passing under several tunnels. Heading onward to the jungle, you’ll start to notice changes in vegetation, with Spanish moss, bananas and tropical palms beginning to dominate the countryside.

About 4-5 hours later, you will arrive to the town of Shell, named after the oil company. This hosts the third busiest airport in Ecuador, with frequent flights in and out of the Oriente to facilitate easier travel to the region for military personnel, missionaries, various aid groups and charter companies. Around noon, you will depart in a light aircraft to the Huaorani community of Quehueri’ono (keh-werioh- noh), only to be warmly greeted by your guests after a short 35-minute flight. From here, you will start your expedition downstream in a shallow dugout canoe called a quilla (kee-yah). Your luggage will be taken ahead separately, so be sure to keep your camera, binoculars, sunscreen and hat on-board with you. Rubber boots and rain ponchos will be distributed at this point.

Immediately, you will begin to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon. The entire paddle downstream will be filled with amazing wildlife viewing, and you’ll likely catch a glimpse and photo of the many riverside birds, including the Yellow-rumped Cacique, the Greater and Lesser Kiskadees, and any of the four Amazonian kingfishers. You won’t want to put your camera down as you traverse the mighty Shiripuno River (shire-puno) sandwiched between thick tangles of rainforest vegetation on either side. Finally, you will arrive at Huaorani Ecolodge, your intimate and comfortable home for the next few days. You’ll have the chance to settle in, have lunch listen to an introductory briefing about the Huaorani culture and their relationship with the rainforest at the discovery trail. After dinner, feel free to rest up for day two of your Amazonian adventure, or if you have an urge to start exploring, ask your guide to lead you on a night walk.

Overnight: Huaorani Ecolodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 10 - Huaorani Ecolodge

Today is hunting day! And you thought this was an environmentally friendly project? Well, it is! Huaorani are hunters and gatherers and their main sources of protein are mammals (yes, including monkeys), fish and birds. The goals of this project are to preserve the traditional practices of the Huaorani culture and to protect the tropical rainforest. After breakfast, a Huaorani guide will accompany you on a long nature hike into the forest. The local guides are also experienced hunters and they will teach you the secrets of rainforest survival without killing any of the creatures that live there. You’ll learn how to set traps, make fire without matches, build a shelter in minutes, use a blowgun, practice the perfect swing of the machete and catch fish in small creeks. Your guide may also point out and let you taste edible insects, identify and explain the uses of medicinal plants, and show you which clay is used to make pottery. The trail has two overlooks as it winds toward the community. There are tree trunk seats for some much-needed rest and will allow you to enjoy the view over the forest canopy, where you may see vultures soaring and trees in bloom.

Afterwards, you’ll have time to change into your swimsuit and take a dip in the fresh river water, swimming beside the creatures of the Amazon. Do not worry, though, the animals won’t bite; humans are the only true threat in the jungle! Most likely, members of the Huaorani community will join you for the swim; the river plays a central role in their lives and they love to play in the water! Shortly after, you’ll fill up on a hearty lunch near the community.

The afternoon will be spent with the community, when you’ll get to know the members personally. The relaxed, informal visit may lead you to share a bowl of chucula (a sweet drink made of ripe bananas) under the filtered light of the thatched houses, or admire the beautiful handmade artifacts, including woven hammocks and bags, blowguns, traps and necklaces. You’ll also have the chance to visit the Bi-cultural Ecology Education project and learn how to harvest manioc, also known as yucca or cassava. Perhaps you will be invited to join in a game of ecua-volley! If you’d like, you can visit the community’s handicraft market and purchase some of the products. The production of crafts is one of the ways the Huaorani maintain their culture, and buying crafts is way to provide direct support the Huaorani families: it provides employment in the village and another reason to protect the natural areas around the community. You return to the lodge by canoe at the end of the afternoon to relax and have dinner, then your naturalist guide will offer a half hour discussion, or charla, on a subject of interest. Like the day before, if you’d like to extend your day and continue observing, ask your guide to bring you on a short night hike.

Overnight: Huaorani Ecolodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 11 - Huaorani Ecolodge

If you’d like to do some wildlife watching prior to breakfast, feel free to ask your guide. Otherwise, your day will start with the daily scheduled breakfast. After fueling up for another exciting day in the rainforest, you’ll embark on three-hour hike through the terra firme (never flooded whose composition is predominantly tall trees with little understory vegetation) and varzea (occasionally-flooded) forest. The trail winds through towering trees and across 10 different streams, following the Heliconia swamp to the summit of a small hill where a giant ceibo tree stands. This massive tree reaches 40 meters/131 feet high and has an equally impressive width around. Branching off the Ceibo Trail, you follow a path that parallels the Shiripuno River for some time, crossing several small tributaries, including one that some White-collared peccaries bathe in. Don’t be surprised if you come across their tracks and tusk marks, or if you catch a whiff of their distinctive smell. Continuing on through the open forest, you’ll climb over several gentle hills until you reach a lead-cutter ant metropolis on the edge of a small oxbow lake. There you’ll find a mirador, or viewpoint, where you can see the ants in action! From there, you’ll follow the lake back to the river, where the canoe will meet the group to take you back to the lodge. Expect to see some colorful aquatic birds and reptiles in their natural habitats on the way!

Lunch will be served at the lodge, and then you will canoe back downstream to an oxbow lake formed by the Shiripuno River (Cocha Pequeña). From there, you will walk inland for a few minutes, where you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary Hoatzin (one of the few birds that feeds almost exclusively on leaves), as well as anacondas, capybaras (world’s largest rodent) and caimans (types of alligator) with some luck. On the way back, you’ll be dropped off across from the lodge where you will begin to climb to the top of a hill to witness a frequently used salt-clay lick. Many animals gather here to feed off of the mineral-rich clay, and if the animals haven’t been scared away, you will get to see them in action. If it is inactive, you will still have the opportunity to see how the lick functions and its importance as a dietary supplement for rainforest creatures. The return trip is a brief night outing to see nocturnal animals. Most of the rainforest animals are actually nocturnal, so this is your best opportunity to see some of these elusive creatures, or at least hear them climbing through the trees or digging for food. The night comes alive with gigantic buzzing insects, shimmery-skinned snakes and beady-eyed caimans, and you’ll be able to see a sampling of these critters.

Overnight: Huaorani Ecolodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 12 - Canoe to Nenquepare

After breakfast, you set off canoeing down the Shiripuno River in traditional Huaorani style, or you can choose to kayak instead at an additional cost. Today the day starts extra early in order to catch a glimpse of the many different birds out at these hours. The tranquility of the morning will allow you to appreciate the true peace and calm of the rainforest, and is the perfect time to relax and engage in intimate conversations, reflect on the past few days of the journey, or to learn some Huaorani vocabulary.

Next up is a stop at the Apaika community, which lives inside the Yame Reserve, a 55,000-hectare protected area managed by the Huaorani Association, who leads the region’s ecotourism initiatives. Here you will enjoy a quick snack and visit Apaika’s mini interpretation center, where you can learn more about Yasuní National Park. To complete the afternoon, you’ll be able to join the community in some of its daily activities and share in its history, myths and magic.

Afterwards, the group continues a couple more hours downriver near the Huaorani village of Nenquepare. You will spend the night here, camping out along the Shiripuno River, sleeping with the sounds of the Amazon’s animals. The well-constructed and comfortable campsite is part of a community initiative, so you will really get to participate in and support community tourism at its finest.

Overnight Accommodation: Camping Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 - Coca - Quito

Before the return journey and after being treated to a delicious breakfast, you will have the opportunity to hike the community trail to visit an impressive waterfall, one that has special importance for the Huaorani. Once there, you can take a dip in the energizing waters to recharge for the trip back to Quito. The fairly easy walk is three hours altogether, and your naturalist guide will be sure to point out any special plants and animals you may come across. Once back at the campsite, the group will bid farewell and start the return journey downstream in canoe.

This will begin the “toxic tour,” an introduction to how the oil industry has impacted the Huaorani lands. The group will head to the border between traditional Huaorani territory and that of the petroleum companies, though it all used to belong to the Huaorani. Here you will see the road built by oil companies in the early 1970s, which crosses the river, and transitions from forest to “civilization.” Roads are symbols of modern deforestation, providing access and means for human populations to grow at a rapid rate. This affects indigenous peoples by displacing them from the best and most accessible agricultural soils (which aren’t particularly well suited to begin with), reducing the amount of land available for their hunting and gathering practices, and encouraging them via settler example and government policy to increase their reliance on agriculture and timber extraction. On this short tour, you will witness the crude reality of our collective thirst for oil as you ride alongside miles of pipelines, which go from the Huaorani community of Tihuino to Lago Agrio, the oil hub of el Oriente, to be pumped across the Andes to the port of Esmeraldas. This brief journey through oil territory illustrates the reality of the threat facing the rainforest and the Huaorani people. You will also realize why your visit to Huaorani Lodge was so important!

After a 2 hour overland ride on the auca road, you will reach the banks of the Río Napo and the town of Coca, where you will catch your flight to Quito. Enjoy your last night in Ecuador!

Overnight: Hostal La Rabida (Breakfast included)

Day 14 - Quito - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

This morning, after breakfast, you will be met and transferred to the airport to catch you flight to Lima, and connecting afternoon flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met at the airport and transferred straight from Cusco into the beautiful - and lower-elevation - Sacred Valley with the company of a guide and driver.

Upon arrival in the rustic Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo, you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore and relax at your leisure. Hotel Pakaritampu is located in Ollantaytambo, an hour and a half by car from the Cusco. The train station of Ollantaytambo offers easy access to Machu Picchu, an hour and fifteen minute ride away. The 37 guestrooms have spectacular views of the area, picturesque balconies, and private bath with hot water and shower. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens featuring a variety of flora typical of the region, and offers extraordinary views of the archaeological center and the nearby mountains.

Overnight: Hotel Pakaritampu (Breakfast included)

Day 15 - Sacred Valley: Pisac & Urubamba

Enjoy your first full day of exploring the Sacred Valley. You will have a guide and private car for your family - the best way to get around in the Valley.

The Old Pisac ruins have much to explore with a down-hill hike along a well-defined path through Royal buildings, tombs, look-outs, terraces, tunnels, irrigation channels and back down to Pisac Plaza. We can also visit a local bakery and learn about the guinea pigs of Peru.

After a picnic lunch, visit the quiet Sacred Valley town of Urubamba. This is a great example of real local life, and an insight into how modern culture in Peru integrates into its past.

Overnight: Hotel Pakaritampu (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 16 - Sacred Valley: Maras Moray & Chinchero

Enjoy another day exploring the Valley, and this evening take the short train ride to Machu Picchu's base.

As part of your visit today, we will take you to the striking Chinchero plains - with the Andes mountains as a backdrop - seemingly just a stone's throw away. Enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting Maras y Moray, a fascinating Inca site with a surprise purpose!

This afternoon you will be transferred to the train station in time to board your Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Check into your hotel here, and settle in for the night. Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.

(Your main luggage will be returned to Cusco, as the train has a strict weight limit).

Overnight: El Mapi Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 17 - Machu Picchu Day Tour - Cusco

First thing in the morning we head up the hill to the fabled "Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu" for a morning of guided exploration.

Enjoy learning about Machu Picchu's mysterious history as your private guide shows you the citadel's highlights and temples. You will also have time to wander the otherworldly ruins on your own.

In the afternoon, we head back to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board the train for an interesting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here our waiting bus whisks us back to Cusco and our hotel. Then, if we have the energy, we can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife.

(Please note Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain now require an extra, limited-availability permit. Please enquire at time of booking if you require one.)

Overnight: El Mercado Tunqui (Breakfast included)

Day 18 - Cusco: Local Ruins

Cusco is a fascinating city. It is also surrounded by beautiful ruins and landscapes. Today you will have a guide to show you around the best ruins in the surrounding areas of the city. These include Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Kenko, Sacsayhuaman and some lesser known ruins as well.

Overnight: El Mercado Tunqui (Breakfast included)

Day 19 - Cusco Free Day

Enjoy a free day in Cusco for some rest and recuperation. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bargain hunting in artisan markets, chocolate museums or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cusco has it all.

Overnight: El Mercado Tunqui (Breakfast included)

Day 20 - Cusco - Lima

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in good time to board your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be transferred to your city accommodations. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure here.

Overnight: Casa Andina Select Miraflores (Breakfast included)

Day 21 - Lima: Culinary & Shopping Tour

Today features a great culinary tour to learn about Peruvian gastronomy and popular art.

Together with your guide, you will test your senses by tasting the local products in a local market. Visit Chinatown, the largest in South America and taste some of the Peruvian-Chinese food, drive around the Historic Center of Lima observing its monuments. You will try the exquisite Peruvian Creole dishes of an award-winning local chef, and visit a restaurant where you will be able to go in the kitchen to observe the making of ceviche, a great gastronomic experience!

Finally walk around the streets of Barranco, visit a private collection of interesting Peruvian handicraft art pieces, and visit some shops nearby if you're looking for more options.

Overnight: Casa Andina Select Miraflores (Breakfast included)

Day 22 - Lima Departure

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in good time to board your flight out of Peru. We hope you had a great adventure!

Accommodation Information

Hostal La Rabida

The Hostal La Rabida is one of our favorite Quito hotels, a charming bed and breakfast style hotel located in the heart of Quito. The hotel's location in the Mariscal district is convenient for eating out, sightseeing, shopping, and walking around. The hotel has just 11 rooms, and maintains a very personalized atmosphere. It is housed in an old traditional Quito home, and contains elements of traditional Quito life.

Lava Lodge

Floreana island is the least populated of Galapagos Islands, a total of 150 inhabitants live mainly in Puerto Velasco Ibarra. Formerly the Red Mangrove Lodge, and located in Puerto Velasco Ibarra, the lodge is built entirely of pine wood from the mainland man made forests. This lodge is placed in front of the ocean on black lava surface. Ten independent small cabins each equiped with 1 twin size bed and a bunk bed can host up to 3 people each. Each cabin has its own bathroom, front porch, reading and shade area to allow you privacy and enjoyement of the outdoors as you observe the sea.

Hotel Albemarle

Located directly on the pristine white-sand beach of Galapagos' most beautiful and peaceful island, Isabela, Hotel Albemarle offers guests the chance to explore an array of natural wonders from the comfort of this family-run hotel.

Villa Laguna

Villa Laguna is a clean, modern hotel located in the pleasant town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. The hotel features a fresh-water pool, where you can swim and enjoy the relaxing Galapagos atmosphere. The hotel restaurant serves tasty food and you can easily venture out to Puerto Ayora's many little bars and restaurants.

Huaorani Ecolodge

The award-winning Huaorani Ecolodge is situated at the headwaters of the Amazon and is run by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth.

This is a life-changing experience where you will learn how to use a blowgun, climb trees, smear your face with red achiote, and take a two day meander down the Shiripuno river in kayaks or dugout canoes watching tropical birds and monkeys and listen to an indigenous leader relate the tribe's fight against oil exploration.

With luck, you may even meet tribe member Moi Enomenga, a conservation hero honored by National Geographic and the Buffett Foundation. The Huaorani are high energy, fun-loving people and they expect you to immerse in their culture and customs. Visit, learn, act, share and inspire!

Hotel Pakaritampu

Hotel Pakaritampu is located in the city of Ollantaytambo, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour and a half by car from the Cusco. The train station of Ollantaytambo offers easy access to Machu Picchu, an hour and fifteen minute ride away.

The 37 guestrooms have spectacular views of the area, picturesque balconies, and private bath with hot water and shower. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens featuring a variety of flora typical of the region, and offers extraordinary views of the archaeological center and the nearby mountains.

El Mapi Hotel

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective.

The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.

El Mercado Tunqui

El Mercado is a new boutique hotel with 32 rooms in the heart of Cusco. It boasts original and eye-catching interiors and exceptional customer service. This three story hotel is equipped with high speed internet. The central, open square integrates seamlessly into the cobblestone streets of Cusco while remaining private and cozy. Modern design meets traditional art in this, one of Cusco's newest and best accommodation options.

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Ideally located in Miraflores, Casa Andina Select - Miraflores is the perfect choice for sophisticated business and leisure travelers who expect efficiency, excellent service, and comfortable, contemporary styling, all at reasonable rates. This new, 11-story construction with 155 rooms is within walking distance (or a short taxi ride)of banks and offices, as well as top restaurants, attractions and shopping.

With a style that's urbane and warmly modern, androom décor inspired by the local environment, it's a touch more sophisticated than Casa Andina Classic, while more accessibly priced than top-of-the-line Private Collection hotels. Rooms come equipped with LCD TVs, writing desks, soundproof windows and blackout curtains, while suites feature comfortable separate sitting rooms.


Region: South America



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Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

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Wildlife Wildlife

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Meals as specified
  • Transportation as mentioned, including:
  • * All airport transfers
  • * Domestic flight to/from Galapagos
  • * Interisland transport in Galapagos
  • * All transport to/from the Amazon by land, air, water
  • * Regional flight: QuitoLimaCusco
  • * Domestic flight: CuscoLima
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary, with necessary equipment
  • Professional Englishspeaking Galapagos adventure and naturalist guide
  • Local Huaorani and bilingual naturalist guides
  • Use of rubber boots (Wellies) in the Amazon up to sizes: European 44; American M 10.5 / F 12; British M 10 / F 9.5
  • $20 entrance fee to Huaorani territory
  • Full support before, during, and after your trip

Price Excludes

  • Flights, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Travel insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Entrance visas and national entry/exit fees if applicable
  • Galapagos Airfare Taxes and Galapagos National Park entrance fees
  • Wetsuits in the Galapagos (available upon request)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (optional trek, must prebook)
  • Meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Other services not mentioned