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Honeymoon Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands New

An all-inclusive Deluxe Romantic Honeymoon across the beautiful Ecuador mainland culminating in a beautiful cruise around the Galapagos Islands. All meals, deluxe suites and all private services are offered in this outstanding honeymoon getaway.
Quito - Cotocachi - Cuenca - Ingapirca - Guayaquil - Galapagos - Española - Punta Suarez - Isabela Island - Santa Cruz
16 days / 15 nights.
Honeymoon Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands New
ITINERARY
Day 1: Quito

Arrival in Quito, reception and transfer to the Mansion del Angel Hotel; a beautifully restored mansion house dating from the 19th century. Accommodation in a suite complete with antique furniture and turn of the century furnishings. A complimentary bottle of chilled champagne will be waiting for you

Day 2: Quito

After breakfast, a half day visit of colonial Quito, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1978.

A visit to the Old Town, including the Plaza de la Independencia; as the President still conducts business here, access to the inside may be limited. It is also the home of the tomb of Sucre and houses interesting 17th and 18th century paintings.

A visit to the Parque Alameda that houses the oldest astronomical observatory in South America, as well as an impressive monument of Simon Bolivar.

The Plaza de San Francisco which was constructed by the Spanish in 1553 has a high altar made of gold and beautifully carved ceilings. You shall also visit La Compañia, the finest of all Jesuit churches, which although damaged through the years by fires and earthquakes, has since been restored and has a richly sculptured facade and interior. If time permits, we shall also visit some of the markets including the Indian market at Avenida de 24 de Mayo at the base of El Panecillo and the Ipiales market. These are best visited on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the main market days. Lunch at the Patio Andaluz restaurant before a visit to the middle of the world monument concludes the day. Return to your hotel.

Meals: B

Day 3: Quito - Cotocachi

After breakfast, we leave Quito and head north towards Cotocachi, and the marvellous La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa, the only Relais & Chateux group member in Ecuador. Accommodation in a suite. After lunch at the hotel, you will have an option to visit Cotocachi, the leather capital of Ecuador to purchase many fine products. If you prefer, you may wish to stay at La Mirage; with its elegant and unique covered Pool and Spa Area, decorated in Roman Style, La Mirage Spa offers 11 different types of massages and treatments, including reflexology and aromatherapy. Choose among the many spa treatments or just relax and enjoy the setting of the spa. Dinner and overnight accommodation.

Meals: B & L

Day 4: Cotocachi

After breakfast, a visit to the condor reserve at Espejo. You may choose to play around of golf at the 9-hole course at Yaguacocha or if you prefer, a little horse riding. Or why not simply enjoy more treatments at the Spa. Lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 5: Cotocachi - Quito - Cuenca

After an early breakfast, return to Quito for the flight to Cuenca , the most beautiful city in Ecuador. Transfer to the beautiful Santa Lucia Hotel, a turn of the century Mansion. Accommodation in a beautifully adorned suite. After lunch at the hotel, a guided sightseeing tour through colonial Cuenca. Founded by the Spanish in 1557, the old centre has many churches and homes dating from the 16th and 17th centuries lining its cobblestone streets. Many of the buildings also have neo classical French style facades. With many beautiful churches and handicraft stalls as well as the famous flower market, Cuenca is also the cultural and arts centre of Ecuador, a UNESCO world heritage site. A visit to a museum of your choice concludes the day. Dinner at Villa Rosa, the finest restaurant in town.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 6: Cuenca - Ingapirca

After breakfast, we continue the journey to the famous Inca ruins of Ingapirca, the most important and the finest preserved Inca ruins of Ecuador. Cuenca was the second most important city in the Inca Empire after Cuzco and was known as Tumipamba. The site of Ingapirca is widely regarded as another temple of the sun or Qoricancha, similar to the more famous site in Cuzco. Visit of the entire complex before lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Cuenca and your hotel. Romantic candlelit dinner at the hotel.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 7: Cuenca - Guayaquil - Galapagos

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil and your connecting flight to the Galapagos. Arrival to San Cristobal, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the National Park entrance fee of USD100 (unless prepaid). Your Guides will meet you, collect your luggage and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbour. Motorized rafts, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the Motor Sailor Alta, which will be anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The Alta sailing yacht is one of the most beautiful yachts cruising in the Galapagos Islands and is characterized as a three masted Staysail Schooner, 46 m / 140 ft long and capable of 10 knots under power and 14 knots under sail. Alta is fitted with 8 tastefully decorated cabins that accommodate up to 16 passengers. All cabins have ample hanging locker and drawer space. Each cabin has its own private facilities with fresh, hot and cold water showers. The main salon is very elegant and inviting. A curving banquet and coffee table stand opposite a cabinet holding the TV/Video system. At mealtimes, there are two alternatives: inside, in the dining salon, which seats sixteen in four tables, or "al fresco", on the foredeck. The gourmet galley is equipped to prepare the finest dishes. Motor Sailor Alta offers many spots for relaxing including a sundeck with lounge chairs just forward of the bridge, and another with cushions on the bow of the yacht. When the conditions are appropriate, the sails are hoisted making Alta the most beautiful yacht in the Galapagos. Naturalist's briefing on the next day's Cruise followed by a welcome cocktail offered by the Captain and dinner.

Meals: B & D

Day 8: Española - Punta Suarez

One of the oldest of the islands, Hood is small and flat with no visible volcanic crater or vent. Punta Suarez is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Hood Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the brilliantly colored marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Punta Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air.

(Afternoon) Española - Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay is on the eastern shore and has a magnificent beach. This beach is frequented by a transient colony of sea lions, and is a major nesting site for marine turtles. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. On a trail leading to the western tip of the island, you will pass the only nesting sites in the Galapagos of the waved albatross, huge birds with a 6-foot wingspan. These huge birds nest here from April to December and represent the majority of the world's population of this species.

Day 9: Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora

Santa Cruz is the only inhabited island to be visited during this Galapagos cruise. Puerto Ayora, with a population of about 10,000 people is the location of the Charles Darwin Research Station, world famous for its tortoise breeding programs. After touring the Station, journey by bus into the highlands to Los Gemelos the two deep pit craters situated in the Scalesia forest with lots of interesting bird life. Go for a walk through the giant lava tubes; visit the Tortoise Reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. There will be some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora on your own.

(Afternoon). PUNTA CORMORANT - FLOREANA
Punta Cormorant offers two highly contrasting beaches; the landing beach is of volcanic origin and is composed of olivine crystals, giving it a greenish tinge. At the end of the short trail is a carbonate beach of very fine white sand, formed by the erosion of coral skeletons; it is a nesting site for green sea turtles. Between these two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds. An old eroded volcanic cone called Devil's Crown is a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigates and it is not uncommon to see red-billed tropicbirds in rocky crevices. The center of the crown is an outstanding snorkeling spot teeming with sea lions and colourful fish.

Day 10: Isabela Island - Punto Moreno

The forces of the Galapagos volcanoes can be easily witnessed here. Afternoon outing (dry landing) for a medium length walk at Punta Moreno (west of Isabela Island) to observe unique lava flows and small lagoons with bird life. Those who do not wish to take the shore excursion may enjoy a panga ride along the shoreline to observe birds and marine iguanas. Evening conference and dinner. Weather permitting, stargazing on deck.

(Afternoon) ISABELA ISLAND - URBINA BAY
Urbina Bay is an easy wet landing on a gentle sloping beach. This area is very interesting in that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. In 1954 over 3 miles (5 kilometers) of the marine reef at the edge of the shore were uplifted by 13 feet (4 meters).

Meals: D

Day 11: Fernandina Island - Punta Espinoza

Fernandina is the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos with eruptions taking place every few years. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape, but here flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and marine iguanas dot the sand.

(Afternoon). ISABELA ISLAND - TAGUS COVE
On the towering cliffs of Tagus Cove, 19th and early 20th century ships' graffiti can be seen. After hiking beyond Darwin Lake, a saltwater lagoon above sea level, you will be rewarded with extraordinary views of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes.

Day 12: Santiago Island - James Bay

This island has several sites to visit at the western end of James Bay. Puerto Egas with its black sand beaches was the site of small salt mining industry in the 1960s and a hike inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to sight land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk down the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will turn up many marine species as iguanas basking on the rocks and sea lions lazing in the tide pools. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are found resting on shady ledges. Just north of James Bay is Buccaneer Cove, a particularly scenic area of steep cliffs and dark beaches.

(Afternoon). BARTOLOME ISLAND
Bartolome is a small island that has beautiful white sand beaches, luxuriant green mangroves and a colony of penguins. Activities will include swimming and snorkeling and a climb to the summit of the island for one of the most breathtaking views in all the Galapagos. From the summit you will have the best view of the often-photographed Pinnacle Rock.

Day 13: North Seymour

North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found together with marine iguanas.

(Afternoon). SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND
Located on the east of Santa Cruz, the main characteristics on the small island of South Plaza are the Opuntia cacti and the carpets of red sesuvium, a succulent plant that turns green in the rainy season. The cactus is the main food of land iguanas, which are usually, found resting at the cacti's shade. The island contains one of the largest sea lion colonies of the Galapagos, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds nesting, and boobies roosting on the south cliff of the island.

Day 14: Kicker Rock - Lobos - San Cristobal - Santa Cruz

Isla Lobos means Sea-Lion Island, and the name is certainly appropriate because of the numbers found here. Isla Lobos is located north of San Cristóbal, and takes 1 hour across a small channel. It is also a nesting place for blue-footed boobies and a good place for snorkeling; an early paga ride will be offered. Kicker Rock is a magnificent rock in the middle of the sea, rising 500 feet straight from the ocean, this giant uplifted rock has the shape of a sleeping lion. It has a split with towering vertical walls on either side, forming a narrow channel through which small vessels can navigate. Transfer to the harbour Baquerizo Moreno to drive to the airport for your short flight to the island of Santa Cruz. Arrival and private transfer to the 5* deluxe Royal Palm Hotel and accommodation in a villa, complete with its very own private Jacuzzi and sauna. Free day to enjoy the incredible service and hospitality of the best hotel in Ecuador. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Meals: L & D

Day 15: Santa Cruz

Free day to enjoy the spa, a romantic dinner or just idling by the pool.

Meals: D

Day 16: Santa Cruz - Quito

After breakfast, private transfer to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuador mainland and your connecting flight home.

Meals: B

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Honeymoon Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands New Itinerary Overview:
Day 1. Quito
Day 2. Quito
Day 3. Quito - Cotocachi
Day 4. Cotocachi
Day 5. Cotocachi - Quito - Cuenca
Day 6. Cuenca - Ingapirca
Day 7. Cuenca - Guayaquil - Galapagos
Day 8. Española - Punta Suarez
Day 9. Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora
Day 10. Isabela Island - Punto Moreno
Day 11. Fernandina Island - Punta Espinoza
Day 12. Santiago Island - James Bay
Day 13. North Seymour
Day 14. Kicker Rock - Lobos - San Cristobal - Santa Cruz
Day 15. Santa Cruz
Day 16. Santa Cruz - Quito
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