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Rano Kau, Orongo Vlg. & Ana Kai Tangata

We will take a flight to Easter Island. In the afternoon, we will start exploring the town of Hanga Roa, encountering spectacular ‘moais’ at every turn; famous human figures carved on rock between the years 1250 and 1500. Then, we will hike to the shocking 3000ft. crater of Rano Kao, which has a lagoon in its interior. Following a short Orongo Village visit, our expedition continues to the cave Ana Kai Tangata, famous for its ancient representations of Manutara (terns) and the painted walls.

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Arrive in Guayaquil

Arrive in Guayaquil.

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Arrive In Guayaquil

Arrive in Guayaquil.

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ARRIVAL TO GUAYAQUIL

Upon arrival in Ecuador, one of our local staff members will meet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage and your transfer to the hotel.

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Transfer in

Today a South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage and transfer to the hotel.

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Transfer-in

Today a South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage and transfer to the hotel.

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City Tour, Cooking Class & Pumapungo

Cuenca is a beautifully preserved colonial city nestled in the lush hillsides of the Andes. Although it is Ecuador’s third largest city, Cuenca exudes a predominantly small town feel, boasting a distinctive Spanish architectural style sprinkled with French influences. For lunch, locals will impart their knowledge of Ecuadorian cuisine—a fusion of traditional ingredients, colonial Spain, and Andean fare. We will learn how to rustle up some exquisite Ecuadorian culinary creations! Later, we will visit Pumapungo, an archaeological site that used to be part of one of the most imposing and beautiful cities of the ancient Inca Empire.

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Arrive in Guayaquil

A South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport and bring you and your luggage to the hotel.

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El Cajas and horseback ride Tarqui

Our first stop will be El Cajas National Park, a stretch of protected land home to an incredible 230 glacial lakes. We will hike through the lush Tushipungo Valley, meandering through cattle farms and beautiful highland scenery. Afterwards we will take a 30-minute drive towards our equestrian center. We will horseback ride overlooking the valley of Tarqui.

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Santiago Mountains

We will explore a mountain reserve for some bird watching and picture taking, then continue onto a winery for a tour and wine tasting.

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Arrive in Quito

Arrive in Quito

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Fly to Easter Island-Rano Kau- Orongo

Once arriving in Easter Island, we will hike the Rano Kao crater to see the famous Totola Isles that are located inside the interior lagoon. Then, hike down the volcano to see the painted walls of the Ana Kai Tangata cave.

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Santiago

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel

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Fly to Quito

A South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage to the hotel.

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Arrive in Guayaquil

A South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport to assist you with your luggage to the hotel.

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Arrive in Santiago

A South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage to the hotel.

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Arrive In Guayaquil

A South Expeditions team member will meet you at the airport and bring you and your luggage to the hotel.

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Santiago, Mountains, and Bike

Start your adventure with some excellent bird watching and photography at the Rio Clarillo Reserve in the pre-Andean Mountain range. In the afternoon, visit a winery where it’s wine vaults have been declared a national heritage.

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Santiago Mountains and Wine

We will hike through several trails that provide excellent bird watching and photography on our way to one of the best-known wineries in the world. Once here, we will take a tour and do some wine tasting

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Arrive in Guayaquil

Today a member of our staff will assist you with your luggage and transfer to your Hotel.

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Travel to the Chilean Patagonia

We will fly for about 4 hours from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Then, we will drive north towards Torres del Paine National Park, an iconic natural reserve of the Patagonia. Fantastic mountain peaks, long stretches of rural farmland and fjord lands will characterise the drive. It’s an incredible display of natural beauty that should not be missed.

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Fundación Origen & Viña Santa Rita

We will visit the Agro-Ecological School of Pirque, a sustainable educational project that assists in rehabilitating vulnerable teens. After a brief introduction, we will engage in various workshops, from apiculture and ceramics to woodcrafts and organic vegetable garden, making it a very hands-on experience and a great opportunity for cultural immersion. After lunch, we will then drive to nearby Santa Rita winery for a wine tour and wine tasting session. The soil is of volcanic origin of granite rocks from geological formations such as glaciers, volcanic eruptions and local chemical reactions. This, in addition to their careful production process makes extraordinary red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Carménère.

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Atacama Desert & Valley of the Moon

Today, we will take a flight and travel to San Pedro de Atacama. It holds some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. In the afternoon, we will head to the Valley of the Moon where we will find sand and stones carved by water. Its name comes from its extraordinary resemblance to the surface of the moon. The Valley of the Moon has dry lakes where its salt composition leaves a beautiful white mantle and escarpments of green, blue, red and yellow colors during different times of the day. We will visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", salt caverns and, in the evening, enjoy the sunset from a large sand dune.

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Transfer-In Villa Virginia, Casa Origen

Upon arrival, a representative will meet us and assist us with our luggage and transfer to our hotel. Villa Virginia, Casa Origen was originally a patrimonial mansion built in 1883 and later acquired by Fundación Origen as part of their sustainability strategy. After check-in, we will have time to rest and unwind before dinner.

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Fundación Origen & Viña Santa Rita

We will visit the Agro-Ecological School of Pirque, a sustainable educational project that assists in rehabilitating vulnerable teens. After a brief introduction, we will engage in various workshops, from apiculture and ceramics to woodcrafts and organic vegetable garden, making it a very hands-on experience and a great opportunity for cultural immersion. After lunch, we will then drive to nearby Santa Rita winery for a wine tour and wine tasting session. The soil is of volcanic origin of granite rocks from geological formations such as glaciers, volcanic eruptions and local chemical reactions. This, in addition to their careful production process makes extraordinary red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Carménère.

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Puerto Varas

Today, we will take a flight towards Puerto Varas, founded in the 19th century and is known as the City of Roses. It is the access point to the Lake District. This attractive port and growing industrial center offers picturesque handicraft markets and great seafood restaurants. Germany, Swiss and Austria influence can still be seen in the architecture, the cuisine and the appearance of the small villages, which is why Puerto Varas is considered a small European oasis in Chile. After check-in, we will have lunch and stroll through the city enjoying the views of the lake, browsing and shopping at the local artisan stores.

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Transfer-In Quito

Upon arrival, a representative will meet us at the airport, assist us with our luggage, and transfer to the hotel.

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Transfer-In Quito

Upon arrival, a representative will meet us at the airport, assist us with our luggage, and transfer to the hotel.

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Transfer-In Guayaquil

Upon arrival, a representative will meet us at the airport, assist us with our luggage, and transfer to the hotel.

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Hike Cajas National Park & Horse-riding

‘El Cajas National Park’ is a stretch of protected land extending for 71,000 acres and home to an incredible 230 glacial lakes. We will traverse rolling paramo grasslands, along rippling brooks and lakes, and through fields of wild quinoa and rosemary. Then, we will embark on a horseback-riding journey overlooking the valley of Tarqui. Along the way, you can admire the local architecture, culture, and diverse ecosystem. Our horses are well trained and easy to ride.

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Transfer-In Guayaquil

Upon arrival, a representative will meet us at the airport, assist us with our luggage, and transfer to the hotel.

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Transfer-In Guayaquil

Upon arrival, a representative will meet us at the airport, assist us with our luggage, and transfer to the hotel.

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Travel to Baltra, Santa Cruz

Kayak along northern coast of Santa Cruz then get up close and personal with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise in their natural habitat. Finish the day exploring the lava tunnels.

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Travel to Baltra, Santa Cruz

Kayak along northern coast of Santa Cruz then get up close and personal with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise in their natural habitat. Finish the day exploring the lava tunnels.

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FLIGHT GUAYAQUIL - SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA

In the morning we will take a flight to the Galapagos Islands. Our first landing destination is the Island of Baltra, after 1.5 hour flight. Here we will catch our connecting flight in a small aircraft that will reach Isabela Island within a 45-minute flight. Upon arrival in Isabela our private transportation and driver will be waiting to greet us and take us in a twenty-minute transfer to our hotel where we will check in, rest and have lunch. In the afternoon our adventure starts. A boardwalk leads us over the marshlands or humedales—brackish lagoons that provide a habitat for four mangrove species, marine iguanas, flamingos, and numerous migratory birds. The wooden walkways lead to a tortoise-breeding center with interesting interpretive displays. The center has been responsible for the breeding and release to the wild of over 2,000 giant tortoises in the past few years alone. From the center, a walk along the beach takes you through town and back to the hotel, where you can take a swim or stop in town to get a taste of local life. OPTION: BIKE TO THE TORTISE BREEDING CENTER AND FALMINGO POOLS. If you prefer to start active then we have the perfect option. Leave the hotel by bike. The road is open and wide, mostly a gentle downhill that will lead us to the tortoise breeding center to meet up with the rest of our party.

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Isabela (Galapagos)

An early 1.5 hour flight will take us to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. From Baltra, we will catch our connecting flight to Isabela Island. The adventure starts in the afternoon. A boardwalk leads us over the marshlands—brackish lagoons that provide a habitat for four mangrove species, marine iguanas, flamingos, and numerous migratory birds. The wooden walkways lead to a tortoise-breeding center, responsible for the breeding and release to the wild of over 2,000 giant tortoises in the past few years alone. Noon option: biking - Tortoise Breeding Center If you prefer to start actively we will leave the hotel by bike. The road is open and wide, mostly a gentle downhill that will lead us to the tortoise breeding center. It’s an easy 3-mile bike ride.

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Hike from Pesillo to Hacienda Zuleta

From Quito we will drive north to the town of Guachala very close from here, the equatorial line crosses Cayambe Volcano’s highest point. We will continue our trip to Pesillo, a small village about an hour’s drive from Guachala, where we’ll begin our 3-hour hike through the high Andean grasslands at an elevation of 9.800ft., along an old “hacienda trail” linking Guachala with Zuleta. In the afternoon we’ll arrive at the luxurious Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working hacienda with general agriculture, trout farm, and dairy farming operations. The remainder of the day is free to relax or visit the hacienda’s beautiful surroundings.

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Cojitambo Mountain

A trip to Cojitambo Mountain will give us incredible views of Inca ruins while you rock climb, if you dare. After visiting Cojitambo, we will take a tour of the colonial city of Cuenca.

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Salar de Atacama & Toconao

We will start the day off by visiting Pukara de Quitor, a 12th century fortress built by the natives to defend themselves from other South American groups. Then, we will see ruins of Tulor, the oldest excavated village in the region. On our way back, we will stop by Ayllu Sequitor remains. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, which is the result of saturated groundwater upwelling (salt and minerals). Afterwards, we will take a stroll through the town of Toconao, visit Liparita stone quarry of the Jerez Valley and enjoy the scenery and flamingos at Lake Chaxa. We will wait to appreciate a unique sunset.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Introduction

Explore the lakes of the Andes Mountains is a way that has never been done before: from a stand up paddleboard or kayak, if you prefer! Along the way, we will meet some of the local indigenous people that live in the region.

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Rano Raraku- Anakena

This day will be spent learning more about the spectacular Moai by first observing the Ahu Tahira that rivals the walls of Machu Picchu. Next, learn about the process of creating one of these masterpieces.

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Santiago, Mountains, and Wine

Start your adventure with some excellent bird watching and photography at the Rio Clarillo Reserve in the pre-Andean Mountain range. In the afternoon, visit a winery where it’s wine vaults have been declared a national heritage.

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Hike Pesillo to Zuleta

We will go to the small town of Pesillo to hike through Andean grasslands to our beautiful Hacienda Zuleta.

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Fly to Isabela

We will take an early flight to Baltra then to Isabela Island. Once arriving in Isabela, we will walk or bike down a wooden pathway over brackish lagoons on our way to the Tortoise Breeding Center.

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Ruta del Carbon

Known as the best “wine route” of Chile, we will hike along “Ruta del Carbon” and see some of the most beautiful vineyards and estates in the area.

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Santiago, Mountains, and Wine

We will explore a mountain reserve for some bird watching and picture taking, then continue onto a winery for a tour and wine tasting.

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Ruta del Carbon

Known as the best “wine route” of Chile, we will hike along “Ruta del Carbon” and see some of the most beautiful vineyards and estates in the area.

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Fly to Isabela

We will take an early flight to Baltra then to Isabela Island. Once arriving in Isabela, we will walk or bike down a wooden pathway over brackish lagoons on our way to the Tortoise Breeding Center.

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Ruta Del Carbon

To start the day, we will visit one of the most interesting destinations of the XXI Century, “Valley of the Little Lagoons,” also known as the best “wine route” of Chile and hike by some gorgeous vineyards.

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Travel to Baltra, Santa Cruz

Kayak along northern coast of Santa Cruz then get up close and personal with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise in their natural habitat. Finish the day exploring the lava tunnels.

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Fly to Isabela

We will take an early flight to Baltra then to Isabela Island. Once arriving in Isabela, we will walk or bike down a wooden pathway over brackish lagoons on our way to the Tortoise Breeding Center.

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Torres del Paine National Park

It is of extreme relevance to our planet as it is the third largest fresh water reserve on earth. UNESCO declared it “Biosphere Reserve” in 1978. The natural beauty of its landscapes and the remoteness of the Park makes it one the most important attractions for nature lovers. During our stay in Torres del Paine we will take every opportunity we get to be outside, explore the paths and take in inspiring landscapes and pictures.

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La Ruta del Carbón & Viña Casa Silva

Near San Fernando we will hike along the route known as La Ruta del Carbon, aptly named after the adobe kilns, still used by the local people in their attempts to produce charcoal. During our walk, we will pass by some of the most beautiful vineyards and estates in the area, and afterwards drive to Casa Silva winery. It recently refurbished to offer all comfort and history of this centennial building and winery. We will take a special tour through the winery, at the end of which we will have the opportunity to taste some of their best wines.

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Rano Raraku & Calypso Anakena Beach

Today, our expedition begins at the Vinapu ceremonial center, where the Ahu Tahira, a large stone platform was built with perfection similar to that of Machu Picchu. We will learn about the moais’ construction process and transportation. We will then visit the impressive Rano Raraku quarry, where the Rapa Nui people carved the giant statues. Here, we will also appreciate various unfinished ‘moais’. We will then drive to Calypso Anakena beach. On the way, we will see more petroglyphs, moais that were left under construction or in transit, caves and many shrines of the Rapa Nui culture. Anakena is the most important beach of Eastern Island with its white sand and clear turquoise water.

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Fundación Origen & Viña Santa Rita

We will visit the Agro-Ecological School of Pirque, a sustainable educational project that assists in rehabilitating vulnerable teens. After a brief introduction, we will engage in various workshops, from apiculture and ceramics to woodcrafts and organic vegetable garden, making it a very hands-on experience and a great opportunity for cultural immersion. After lunch, we will then drive to nearby Santa Rita winery for a wine tour and wine tasting session. The soil is of volcanic origin of granite rocks from geological formations such as glaciers, volcanic eruptions and local chemical reactions. This, in addition to their careful production process makes extraordinary red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Carménère.

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La Ruta del Carbón & Viña Casa Silva

Near San Fernando we will hike along the route known as La Ruta del Carbon, aptly named after the adobe kilns, still used by the local people in their attempts to produce charcoal. During our walk, we will pass by some of the most beautiful vineyards and estates in the area, and afterwards drive to Casa Silva winery. It recently refurbished to offer all comfort and history of this centennial building and winery. We will take a special tour through the winery, at the end of which we will have the opportunity to taste some of their best wines.

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Hike Osorno Volcano & Saltos de Petrohue

Today, our day will begin earlier than usual; as we will drive enjoy a scenic drive towards Vicente Perez National Park. We will go around the edge of the Llanquihue Lake towards the Osorno Volcano for our four-mile walk. It will take us through the most amazing natural surroundings and pine forests, offering wonderful views of the volcano. After our walk, we will visit Saltos de Petrohue, a beautiful waterfall in the upper reach of the Petrohue River, which is supported by basaltic lava from the Osorno Volcano.

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Quitsato Sundial – Hike to Zuleta

Today, we will visit the Quitsato Sundial, a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, the actual Middle of the World. We will continue our trip to Pesillo, from where we will take a 3-hour hike through the high Andean grasslands along an old hacienda trail. We will arrive at Hacienda Zuleta, an authentic XVI century property that belongs to the family of a former president.

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Kayak/SUP Lago San Pablo - Artisans

Today, we will kayak/SUP in San Pablo Lake, one of Ecuador’s biggest lakes. Then, we will visit Huarmi Maqui (Hands of Women), a project that promotes traditional customs and skills within local women artisans. We will have a cooking and weaving demonstration. Later, we will visit the weaving village of Peguche, the main producers of Ecuadorian woven cloth and fabrics. We will meet and interact with local weavers and craft makers, and learn about local traditions, legends, and history.

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Cojitambo School Visit & Ingapirca Ruins

Today, we will visit the elementary school, “Dr. Angel Enrique Montalvo” in Cojitambo. During the visit, we will exchange stories with local kids and faculty. This is important feedback and helpful in improving the conditions of the school. We will conclude our visit with a fun activity such as a competition, a dance, or a quick soccer match. Very close by lies the Cojitambo Archaeological complex, strategically placed by the Incas back in the day. From here, we will enjoy spectacular views. Then, we will visit the Ingapirca Ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in all of Ecuador. The most impressive structure is the elliptical ‘Temple of the Sun’—a significant ceremonial and ritual spot for the Inca-Cañari, who worshipped the sun and moon.

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Wetlands & Tortoise Breeding Center

In the morning, we will fly from Guayaquil towards Baltra Island from where we will connect with our small aircraft for an inter island flight towards Isabela Island. This seahorse-shaped island is the largest in the archipelago, 80 miles long. After lunch, we will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, an initiative of the National Park for the conservation of Isabela’s tortoises. Then, we will visit the marshlands or humedales, where elevated walkways take us over tidal lagoons that include four mangrove species and provide habitat for flamingos and numerous migratory birds. We will walk along the beautiful white-sanded beach of Puerto Villamil in order to get back to our hotel.

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Rock Climbing, Bike to Cuenca, City Tour

Breathtaking Cojitambo Mountain is considered the most famous climbing spot near Cuenca. With more than one hundred routes spanning this marvellous volcanic formation, it is a rock climber’s paradise. Afterwards, we will set out on a bike ride though corn, fruit, and wheat fields during which we will admire the region’s picturesque scenery. Once back in the colonial city, we will take a city tour to appreciate the distinctive Spanish architectural style sprinkled with French influences, and visit Cuenca’s main buildings and colourful markets.

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Wetlands & Tortoise Breeding Center

In the morning, we will fly from Guayaquil towards Baltra Island from where we will connect with our small aircraft for an inter island flight towards Isabela Island. This seahorse-shaped island is the largest in the archipelago, 80 miles long. After lunch, we will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, an initiative of the National Park for the conservation of Isabela’s tortoises. Then, we will visit the marshlands or humedales, where elevated walkways take us over tidal lagoons that include four mangrove species and provide habitat for flamingos and numerous migratory birds. We will walk along the beautiful white-sanded beach of Puerto Villamil in order to get back to our hotel.

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San Cristobal - Hike Tijeretas

In the morning, we will take a boat ride to San Cristobal and stop at Cerro Tijeretas Environmental Center. Here, we will learn how exactly is it that volcanic activity has led to the formation of the spectacular rocks all around the Galapagos Islands. On top of Cerro de las Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill), we will enjoy breathtaking coastal views characterized by frigate birds—“the pirates of the seas”— that often steal food from unassuming boobies. As we come down, we will have enough time for a short snorkel session at Darwin’s Bay to swim with sea turtles and sea lions. Our day’s excursion will culminate at Carola Beach where we will arrive in time for sunset.

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Terevaka, Ana Kekenga Cave & Ahu Te Peu

Today, we will explore the west coast of the Island, going to the Ana Kakenga Cave; on the way here we will find caves, petroglyphs, ‘ahus’ (shrines) where ‘moais’ stand and also different types of ‘vaka’ or Polynesian houseboats. The cave is known as the Cave of the Two Windows because there are two natural made windows made of stone. Later, we visit the ancestral village of Ahu Te Peu, where people built houses shaped like boats. We will continue towards Puna Pau quarry, where reddish Pukaos – hat-like structures carved from scoria (red volcanic rock), were produced and placed on top of the ‘moais.’ We will end the day at the lava tunnels and caves, used by ancient Rapa Nui, to guard in time of war.

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VISIT AND SNORKEL LOS TUNELES

A leisurely one-hour boat trip will transport you from Puerto Villamil to Los Tuneles. A spot traditionally frequented by fishermen, Los Tuneles is a remarkable natural lava formation consisting of arches and underwater caves caused by the drastic change in lava temperature when it clashed with ocean water around one million years ago. Galapagos penguins, sea birds, eagle rays and sharks can be admired from aboard our vessel as we slowly crisscross through the labyrinth of rocks and tunnels before disembarking for a stroll along the shore to watch the sea birds peacefully resting on the rocks and take in the striking surroundings, dominated by opuntia and candelabra cacti and red mangroves. From here, it’s a five-minute ride to the snorkeling part of the trip, where crystal clear waters will usher you into an underwater paradise. OPTIONAL: SURF LESSONS The most famous beach break of the Archipelago is located few minutes away from Puerto Villamil in Isabela Island. Here our instructor will help us find the best board for us depending on our experience and level. Then we will have a practice on the beach to learn all the technical details of this fun activity. Thew we will have tie to practice in the waves of this break always supported by the instructor and our team.

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Sierra Negra Volcano- Snorkel Tintoreras

The path we will hike today will lead us to the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano, an active volcano towering overhead 4,888 feet (1,489 meters) above sea level. Its caldera is the second largest in the world spanning approximately 6.5 miles (10km) where birdlife is abundant. In the afternoon we will share a panga (small boat) that will take us to Tintoreras Island, a unique volcanic formation and a perfect hiking and snorkeling destination. The islet is inhabited by young marine iguanas (the only sea-going lizard in the world), small colonies of sea lions, and white-tipped reef sharks—which can occasionally be spotted taking a well-earned nap among the nooks and crannies of the volcanic formation. From here it’s a 40-minute hike back to the pangas, which will then transport us to Loberia Chica, a sea lion haven and the perfect spot to take a refreshing dip, snorkels and all, alongside these creatures including colorful tropical fish and stingrays. Noon option: surfing lessons – Puerto Villamil Our instructor will help us find the best board for us depending on our level and experience. Then we will practice on the beach to learn all the technical details in order to hit the waves afterwards.

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Cubilche Volcano

Today we will hike from Zuleta, 3 to 4 hours to the top of a young volcano called Cubilche at 15833ft. above sea level. The summit has stunning views of the nearby Cayambe Volcano and the surrounding valleys. This volcano has 3 craters one of which forms a small lake. We will head back to the Hacienda for a delicious rewarding lunch. In the afternoon a 1.5-hour walk will lead us to the Condor Reintroduction Project. The Condor Huasi project has been created to accomplish the conditional reintroduction of captive condors into the wild. It also includes an educational objective of ‘páramo’ (high-altitude grasslands) conservation for the communities living in the area. Afternoon option: Horseback riding – Condor Huasi Project Maybe you are tired from this mornings’ hike and prefer to horseback ride towards the Condor reintroduction project.

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Bahia Ballena

Take a short boat ride to Bahia Ballena for a unqiue snorkel amongst tropical marine life, lava rocks, and small reefs. You will have the afternoon to explore the island as you wish.

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Sierra Negra Volcano

We will hike up to the top of the Sierra Negra Volcano and take in the amazing views and bird watch. Then, we will take a boat to Tintoreras, which is the perfect place to see marine iguanas, sea lions, and white-tipped reef sharks. We will then hike to Loberia Chica to snorkel with the sea lions, tropical fish, and stingrays.

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Hike Tolapaloma

Today will be spent hiking through ancient forests and valleys, which will allow you to see the remarkable rolling hills and canyons of the area. After the hike, you will be able to relax in the volcanic hot springs.

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Fly back to Santiago

According to flight departure time, morning will be free to explore. We will then drive to the airport and return to Santiago.

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Discover more Andean Lakes

We have the opportunity to practice our already learned stand up paddle boarding or kayaking skills when we explore more Andean lakes, while also viewing the many volcanoes in the area. Later, we can bargain with the locals for fine hand-made leather goods in Cotacachi and other crafts at the infamous market in Otavalo.

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West Coast- Terrevaka

Going to the west coast of the island will allow us to discover more caves, one of which is known as the Cave of the Two Windows due to the two natural windows made of stone that give you an incredible view of the ocean.

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Calama: The Driest Place On Earth

Fly to the city of Calama, where you will get some incredible views of the highest summits of the Andean and Salt Mountain ranges. Then, you will discover the “Valley of the Moon” and see its resemblance to the surface of the moon.

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Los Tuneles

A boat will take us to Los Tuneles, lava formations of arches and underwater caves home to an abundance of sea life like Galapagos penguins, sea birds, eagle rays, and sharks. Then a short ride will take us to crystalline water for snorkeling or, if you want to be more adventurous, take surfing lessons.

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Ninquen

We will travel to Yaquil and walk to a mountain top, which has incredible views of the Andes and several wineries. We will visit one of the most modern wine making wineries in the world.

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Calama

A morning flight will take us to the city of Calama, where we will visit the Valley of the Moon. The name is due to its’ uncanny resemblance to the surface of the moon.

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Ninquen

We will travel to Yaquil and walk to a mountain top, which has incredible views of the Andes and several wineries. We will visit one of the most modern wine making wineries in the world.

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Sierra Negra Volcano

We will hike up to the top of the Sierra Negra Volcano and take in the amazing views and bird watch. Then, we will take a boat to Tintoreras, which is the perfect place to see marine iguanas, sea lions, and white-tipped reef sharks. We will then hike to Loberia Chica to snorkel with the sea lions, tropical fish, and stingrays.

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Ninquen

An early departure will allow us to get some incredible views of the Andes as we hike the “Canal Route.” After taking in the views, we will tour of the most modern wine making facilities in the world.

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Cubilche Volcano and Condor Project

We will hike up the Cubilche Volcano, which will view us unbelievable views of the Cayambe Volcano and surrounding areas. Later, we will horseback ride towards the Condor Huasi Project and learn about their reintroduction to the wild.

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Bahia Ballena

Take a short boat ride to Bahia Ballena for a unique snorkel amongst tropical marine life, lava rocks, and small reefs. You will have the afternoon to explore the island as you wish.

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Bahia Ballena

Take a short boat ride to Bahia Ballena for a unique snorkel amongst tropical marine life, lava rocks, and small reefs. You will have the afternoon to explore the island as you wish.

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3

Horseback riding along Lake Nordenskjold

At the bottom of Almirante Nieto Mount lays the Lake Nordenskjold, an impressive landscape dominated by dramatic hills, the lake and the nearby glaciers. We will explore the pampas around the lake for about 3 hours. Later in the day, we will have the chance to relax in the lodge or go for another hike in the trails of this one of a kind National Park.

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3

Hike Canal Route & Make Your Own Wine

The ‘Canal Route’ offers incredible views of the Andes, the valley below and beyond to the MontGras, Bisquertt, and Siegel wineries. Afterwards, we will go to MontGras Winery for a short tour with the opportunity to taste some of their best wines. MontGras winery is one of the most modern wine making facilities in the world. It is at MontGras that we will have the chance to create our own blend with up to 3 red varieties, bottled, corking and labeling it to take it home with us. The best souvenir will always be the one you created yourself!

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3

Atacama Desert & Valley of the Moon

Today, we will take a flight and travel to San Pedro de Atacama. It holds some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. In the afternoon, we will head to the Valley of the Moon where we will find sand and stones carved by water. Its name comes from its extraordinary resemblance to the surface of the moon. The Valley of the Moon has dry lakes where its salt composition leaves a beautiful white mantle and escarpments of green, blue, red and yellow colors during different times of the day. We will visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", salt caverns and, in the evening, enjoy the sunset from a large sand dune.

DAY

3

Hike Canal Route & Make Your Own Wine

The ‘Canal Route’ offers incredible views of the Andes, the valley below and beyond to the MontGras, Bisquertt, and Siegel wineries. Afterwards, we will go to MontGras Winery for a short tour with the opportunity to taste some of their best wines. MontGras winery is one of the most modern wine making facilities in the world. It is at MontGras that we will have the chance to create our own blend with up to 3 red varieties, bottled, corking and labeling it to take it home with us. The best souvenir will always be the one you created yourself!

DAY

3

Lake Todos Los Santos - Hike & Kayaking

We will cross the Lake Todos Los Santos by boat to Playa León. From here, our hike will take us through creeks and winding trails through small gorges that lead to the river. We will reach the fabulous valley of native millenary trees called Alerce trees. The Alerce tree, which is about to become extinct, has been declared a National Monument of Chile. We will have the choice of kayaking towards “Long Beach,” a black-sand beach considered one of the finest spots for kayaking. We will have great views of the city of Osorno.

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3

Cubilche Volcano & Andean Condor Huasi

We will go for a 3 to 4 hour hike to the top of a young volcano called Cubilche. The summit has stunning views of the nearby Cayambe Volcano and the surrounding valleys. In the afternoon, we will visit and learn about the Andean Condor Huasi Project, a rehabilitation program for Andean Condors. On our way, we will have the opportunity to observe the largest and best-preserved archeological sites of the ancient Caranqui culture.

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3

Kayak/SUP Cuicocha Crater Lake - Otavalo

Laguna de Cuicocha is a deep-blue crater lake where we will SUP/kayak, cradled by the volcano walls while taking in beautiful Andean views and engaging in some bird watching. Next, we will visit Cotacachi’s renowned, high-quality, handcrafted leather goods market. And then, one of the most famous and largest handicraft fair in South America: the Otavalo market. We will learn about the Otavaleno culture, their costumes, language and cuisine.

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3

Andean Arts, Crafts & Cuisine

Today, we will drive to San Bartolomé, a town with an agricultural vocation, which is now known as the “Land of Guitars and Apples”. We will walk for around this traditional, picturesque little town before stopping at an artisan guitar workshop where we will learn how these instruments are made. We will continue to Chordeleg, a town filled with artisans who showcase their arts, crafts and silver and gold designs. Then, we will head to Gualaceo to experience a local food market that offers regional foods and dishes, such as hornado and “cuy,” the famous roasted guinea pig. After lunch, we will visit back strap loom artisans where textiles are dyed and woven. At the end of our day, we will drop in a show room and orchid farm, where we will learn about the diversity of orchids in Ecuador and admire the most beautiful flowers.

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3

Volcan Sierra Negra & Surf Lessons

In the morning, we will drive, for about an hour, to the highlands of Isabela where you will notice a big difference between one environment and the other as vegetation and weather vary significantly. Just as the environment changes, so does the animal species present. So, you will spot varying species of animals. The path leads you to the edge of the Sierra Negra volcano, which is still active. Its most recent eruption was in 2005, which deposited a dramatic new layer of volcanic lava on the landscape. Currently, it has the second largest caldera in the world (spanning approximately six and a half miles). In the afternoon, our instructor will prepare us for surfing in one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.

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3

Hike the Highlands & Thermal Bath Spa

Today, we will take a 10-mile drive to the start for our hike, in the middle of a typical forest landscape, up in the highlands. We will walk along highland moors from where we will admire the views of a ravine below, nearby valleys, local vegetation, and a wide variety of hummingbirds. Initially we won’t encounter many houses or locals, which will enhance the our experience of nature. But, as we reach our destination, we will see houses each with their own small scale agricultural plots. Afterwards, we will head out for a relaxing evening at Piedra de Agua, a thermal bath Spa.

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3

Los Tuneles, Snorkel & Surf Lessons

In the morning, we will head to Los Tuneles, a spot frequented by local fishermen. Los Tuneles is a remarkable natural lava formation made of arches and underwater caves caused by the drastic change in lava temperature as it clashed with ocean water, around one million years ago. From our boat, we can see from penguins, sea birds to eagle rays and sharks as we slowly crisscross through the labyrinth of rocks and tunnels. We will then go to our snorkeling spot, where crystal clear waters and schools of tropical fish will lead us into an underwater paradise. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a family friendly surf lesson.

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3

Snorkel Kicker Rock - Manglecito Beach

On this day, we will sail for thirty minutes to the spectacular Kicker Rock, also known as the Leon Dormido (Sleeping Lion). The history behind this formation is intriguing: the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea to form two vertical rocks rising a staggering 500 feet from the ocean. That, plus the huge variety of vibrant-colored fish, makes this the best spot for snorkeling. Afterwards, we will stop at Manglecito beach, the perfect spot to relax. If we choose to stroll along the beach, we will be able to see blue footed boobies diving for food, pelicans, boobies and sea lions relaxing under the tropical sun, and finches and warblers going after salt flies.

DAY

4

Fly back to Santiago

According to flight departure time, morning will be free to explore the island at leisure. We will then transfer to Mataveri Airport to return to Santiago.

DAY

4

BOAT RIDE ISABELA TO SANTA CRUZ - GIANT

To cross from Isabela to Santa Cruz we will board a private speed motor boat. Upon arrival in Santa Cruz we will check in our hotel, take a short rest and get ready for our next adventure. In order to get up close and personal with the giant Galapagos Tortoise, we will take a 40-minute journey from Puerto Ayora to private farms that conserve pristine native and endemic vegetation for the the habitat of these magnificent creatures. As we follow the trail winding through this landscape, you’ll get plenty of chances to marvel at the Galapagos Tortoise in all its splendor—just don’t forget your camera! These majestic giant tortoises of Santa Cruz—part of a family best known for their dome-shaped shell and gigantic form—are often found partly submerged in mud ponds to combat skin parasites or to regulate their body temperature on warm and sunny days. After becoming acquainted with your new hard-backed friends, continue to explore the volcanic origins of the island by journeying through the intriguing 1,312 foot (400 m) long Lava Tunnel to the other side.

DAY

4

Fly to San Cristobal – snorkel IslaLobos

We will spend the morning enjoying the white sand beach, hammocks or a simple walk in town. In the afternoon we will take a flight to San Cristobal Island for our next adventure. A 20 minute boat ride from Puerto Baquerizo will take us to Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island). As we slowly ride along the coast of the small islet you can observe marine iguanas basking on lava rocks or swimming for sea weed to feed from or pelicans and boobies diving in search of their food. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with the playful sea lions. Do a somersault and they will follow suit; in no time you will have a host of your new found friends entertaining you while you enjoy the calm, crystalline water.

DAY

4

Hacienda Zuleta – San Pablo Lake

After a great breakfast at Zuleta we will walk through the valley to San Pablo Lake. Along we will pass through potato, corn and wheat fields. We can watch the locals still using the traditional plough with oxen. Our 10-mile walk will take us to another beautiful place, Hacienda Cusin at 9.500ft., a restored 17th-century estate surrounded by 7 acres of beautiful gardens and fountain courtyards. This hacienda lies in a lush green valley in the shadow of the Cotacachi and Imbabura volcanos. Free time to relax in the afternoon.

DAY

4

Travel to Isabela

We will travel to Isabela via boat. Once at Isabela, we will pass through the wetlands, home to indigenous wildlife, on our way to the tortoise-breeding center.

DAY

4

Fly to San Cristobal - Snorkel Isla Lobo

The morning will be yours to relax or explore as you wish. Then, we will take a flight to San Cristobal A boat will then bring us to Isla Lobos, which will give us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with and become friends with the playful sea lions.

DAY

4

Kayak Santa Cruz and Giant Tortoises

We will take an early morning flight to Balta in the Galapagos Islands. Once we arrive in the Galapagos, we will set off in our kayaks to explore the northern coast of Santa Cruz. After seeing the animal life from our kayaks, we will go see the Giant Galapagos Tortoise in its’ natural habitat.

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4

Free Morning- Fly Back to Santiago

Relax in the morning before your flight back to Santiago.

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4

Cerro Tijeretas

We will arrive in San Cristobal and hike Cerro Tijeretas to see the spot where Darwin’s HMS Beagle landed, while learning about Darwin’s theories and findings. At night, we will get the opportunity to experience a typical Ecuadorian New Year’s dinner and celebration.

DAY

4

Toconao

Our day will start with a trip to the colonial town of Toconao that was built out of volcanic stone. After seeing this charming town, we will continue on to some hot springs for some relaxing downtime.

DAY

4

San Pablo Lake

We will embark on our journey to another hacienda by hiking past potato and corn fields. On our way, we will stop to admire the beauty of the San Pablo Lake.

DAY

4

Fly to Santa Cruz

A short flight will bring us to Santa Cruz, where we will hike to have a personal meeting with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise. Next, we will explore volcanic creations by walking through the 400m lone lava tunnel.

DAY

4

Divisadero Hill

In order to visit another winery, we will hike through a unique nature trail to Divisadero Hill and see over 100 different species of endemic plants.

DAY

4

Toconao

We will visit the town of Toconao, a town made entirely of volcanic stone. From there, you will get to enjoy the hot springs that are formed by underground streams descending from the mountains.

DAY

4

Divisadero Hill

In order to visit another winery, we will hike through a unique nature trail to Divisadero Hill and see over 100 different species of endemic plants. Located in the Mediterranean region, in the central part of Chile, the forest is one of the most unique places in the world.

DAY

4

Fly to San Cristobal–Snorkel Isla Lobos

The morning will be yours to relax or explore as you wish. Then, we will take a flight to San Cristobal A boat will then bring us to Isla Lobos, which will give us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with and become friends with the playful sea lions.

DAY

4

Divisadero Hill

On our hike to Divisadero Hill, we will get beautiful panoramic views and see diverse vegetation in one of the unique places in the world. Then, we will visit a winery with fantastic views of the steep hillsides.

DAY

4

Travel to Isabela

We will travel to Isabela via boat. Once at Isabela, we will pass through the wetlands, home to indigenous wildlife, on our way to the tortoise-breeding center.

DAY

4

Fly back to Santiago

Today, we will drive to Punta Arenas in order to take our flight back to Santiago.

DAY

4

Hike & Wine at Viña Montes

We will go on a unique and unforgettable tour as we hike in the area of Viña Montes. Additionally we will visit a new winery in Apalta, which boasts highly sophisticated winemaking technologies. Inside the “bodega” of this winery, we will observe the gravitational system used to move the wines, while outside provides us with superb views of the steep hillsides of the vineyards with an incline of over 45-degrees. Here is where the magic happens, as this property produces the best grapes for popular wines such as Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly and Purple Angel.

DAY

4

Salar de Atacama & Toconao

We will start the day off by visiting Pukara de Quitor, a 12th century fortress built by the natives to defend themselves from other South American groups. Then, we will see ruins of Tulor, the oldest excavated village in the region. On our way back, we will stop by Ayllu Sequitor remains. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, which is the result of saturated groundwater upwelling (salt and minerals). Afterwards, we will take a stroll through the town of Toconao, visit Liparita stone quarry of the Jerez Valley and enjoy the scenery and flamingos at Lake Chaxa. We will wait to appreciate a unique sunset.

DAY

4

Hike & Wine at Viña Montes

We will go on a unique and unforgettable tour as we hike in the area of Viña Montes. Additionally we will visit a new winery in Apalta, which boasts highly sophisticated winemaking technologies. Inside the “bodega” of this winery, we will observe the gravitational system used to move the wines, while outside provides us with superb views of the steep hillsides of the vineyards with an incline of over 45-degrees. Here is where the magic happens, as this property produces the best grapes for popular wines such as Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly and Purple Angel.

DAY

4

Trekking Paso Desolación

An 8-mile trek will take us to Lake Todos Los Santos old entrance road and through Paso Desolación, between Osorno Volcano and Cerro La Picada. It will be filled with nature and breathtaking sceneries. On clear days, it is possible to enjoy beautiful vistas of Lake Todos los Santos, as well as the Calbuco, Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador volcanoes.

DAY

4

Hike and visit rural school of Angla

In the morning, we will take a walk to San Pablo Lake, one of Ecuador's biggest lakes. Along the way, we will pass through barley, corn, and wheat fields and will enjoy incredible Andean vistas. We will make a stop in the small town of Angla, as we will visit the rural school to spend some time with the local children and teachers, giving them a hand with their daily school activities. Then, we will continue to Hacienda Cusin, a restored XVII century estate surrounded by 7 acres of beautiful gardens and fountain courtyards.

DAY

4

Giant Tortoise Farm & Lava Tunnels

In the morning, we will catch our flight to the Galapagos Archipelago. Upon arrival in Santa Cruz Island, we will head to the highlands in order to get up close and personal with the giant Galapagos Tortoises. We will continue to explore the volcanic origins of the island by journeying through an intriguing Lava Tunnels.

DAY

4

Hoseback Riding & Black Ceramics Class

We will embark on a horseback-riding journey overlooking the valley of Tarqui. Along the way, you can admire the local architecture, culture, and diverse ecosystem. Our horses are well trained and easy to ride. Later, we will engage in one of the most authentic experiences, a visit to the Encalada Family Ceramic Shop. The owner, Jose Encalada and his four sons, have spent their lives creating a diverse variety of traditional style pottery, based on a unique technique called the “Black Ceramic”. Considered the only black ceramic shop in Ecuador, numerous ceramic designs of varying shapes and sizes are exhibited throughout the shop. After watching the entire process, we will be invited to create our own piece of art with the unique black ceramic.

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4

San Cristobal - Hike Tijeretas

In the morning, we will take a boat ride to San Cristobal and stop at Cerro Tijeretas Environmental Center. Here, we will learn how exactly is it that volcanic activity has led to the formation of the spectacular rocks all around the Galapagos Islands. On top of Cerro de las Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill), we will enjoy breathtaking coastal views characterized by frigate birds—“the pirates of the seas”— that often steal food from unassuming boobies. As we come down, we will have enough time for a short snorkel session at Darwin’s Bay to swim with sea turtles and sea lions. Our day’s excursion will culminate at Carola Beach where we will arrive in time for sunset.

DAY

4

Giant Tortoises & Kayak Punta Estrada

Once we arrive in Santa Cruz, we will head to the highlands in order to get up close and personal with the giant Galapagos Tortoise at the private farms that conserve pristine, native, and endemic vegetation for the habitat of these magnificent creatures. As we follow the trail winding through this landscape, we will get plenty of chances to marvel at the Galapagos Tortoise in its entire splendor. Later, we will set out to Punta Estrada, a calm and beautiful bay where we can kayak close to magnificent mangroves, home to golden cow rays, sally light foot crabs and lava herons.

DAY

4

Wetlands & Tortoise Breeding Center

In the morning, we will fly from Guayaquil towards Baltra Island from where we will connect with our small aircraft for an inter island flight towards Isabela Island. This seahorse-shaped island is the largest in the archipelago, 80 miles long. After lunch, we will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, an initiative of the National Park for the conservation of Isabela’s tortoises. Then, we will visit the marshlands or humedales, where elevated walkways take us over tidal lagoons that include four mangrove species and provide habitat for flamingos and numerous migratory birds. We will walk along the beautiful white-sanded beach of Puerto Villamil in order to get back to our hotel.

DAY

5

SNORKEL AT LOS TUNNELS-KAYAK

Take a short boat ride eight nautical miles from Puerto Ayora to the sandy beaches of Bahia Ballena—an ocean inlet where Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas bask on carpet weed and lava rocks. Here, you can snorkel through an underwater world of lava rocks and small reefs teeming with tropical marine life: king angel fish, barberfish, striped salemafish, damselfish, surgeonfish and gnarled sea cucumbers. Reaching depths of thirty feet, the sandy ocean floor is home to pacific green sea turtles and long tailed stingrays of different shapes and sizes. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glipmse of the leatherback sea turtle during their migratory stage. This spot is home to the predomanent Darwin’s finch as well as the yellow warbler, who spread their wings among candelabra and prickly pear opuntia cacti in search of food and nesting spots. When they aren’t trying to steal fish from blue-footed boobies, frigate birds keep a close lookout from the red, black, and white mangroves abundant in the lava field landscape. OPTIONAL KAYAK PUNTA ESTRADA After our snorkel day you will have the option to kayak Academy Bay to Punta Estrada in Puerto Ayora. Blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas can be observed resting as we drift past the cliffs before crossing to Angermeyer Point and paddling past the beach at Finch Bay to reach our final destination: Punta Estrada. Punta Estrada is a calm and beautiful bay where you can kayak close to magnificent mangroves, home to golden cow rays, sally light foot crabs and lava herons. The kayak trip will take you down a tranquil canal with prickly pear opuntia cactus sprawling from solid rock and common noddy birds nesting nearby.

DAY

5

Galapagos - Cuenca

Today we will take a flight to Guayaquil. As we drive from Guayaquil to Cuenca we will witness dramatic changes in temperature and humidity to give way to a very lush cloud forest and continue to 13,000ft (3,962mt) above sea level. From this point the drive will take us down to a valley formed by the rivers that descend from El Cajas National Park, one of the most important National Parks in Ecuador. As we drive down through the National Park we will discover Cuenca! From here a 45-minute drive will take us to Hacienda Uzhupud where we will check in, have dinner and rest for the night.

DAY

5

Hike on the foothills of Imbabura Volcan

After breakfast we will hike on the foot hills of Imbabura volcano locally known as Imbabura Urcu, with a great view of the San Pablo Lake, the Fuya Fuya Mountain, the Cotacachi Volcano, and the surrounding valleys. After a few miles we will start to descend to visit the small villages of Agato and Peguche and experience their local customs and then towards Hacienda Pinsaquí for lunch, from where we will drive back to Cusin to spend the night.

DAY

5

Los Tuneles

We will take a boat ride through a remarkable lava formation of arches and underwater caves, known as Los Tuneles, that are home to a diverse marine life such as the Galapagos penguin, sea birds, eagle rays, and sharks.

DAY

5

Travel to Cuenca

Our day will be spent taking a flight to Guayaquil, where we will then be escorted to Cuenca by car. Along the route to the hotel in Cuenca, we will drive through a lush cloud forest.

DAY

5

Bahia Ballena

Take a short boat ride to Bahia Ballena for a unique snorkel amongst tropical marine life, lava rocks, and small reefs. You will have the afternoon to explore the island as you wish.

DAY

5

Puerto Varas- Cooking Class

We will return to the capital city of Santiago and fly to Puerto Varas, where we will get a hands-on experience of cooking a traditional Chilean dish while learning about the cultures of the southern regions of Chile.

DAY

5

Imbabura Volcano

We will hike the foothills of Imbabura Volcano and be amazed at the views of San Pablo Lake, Fuya Fuya Mountain, and Cotacachi Volcano. Along the way, we will be able to meet some of the locals.

DAY

5

Puerto Varas and cooking class

We will fly to Puerto Varas, which is located at Lake Llanquihue. For dinner, we will have a hands-on experience cooking a traditional Chilean dinner.

DAY

5

Atacama Desert

A morning flight will take us to the city of Calama, where we will visit the Valley of the Moon. The name is due to its’ uncanny resemblance to the surface of the moon.

DAY

5

Santiago To The Driest Desert

We will fly to the desert city of Calama and observe some of the highest summits of the Andean and Salt Mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel, explore the “Valley of the Moon,” and see its resemblance to the surface of the moon.

DAY

5

Bahia Ballena

A short boat ride will take us to Bahia Ballena, a place where sea lions and marine iguanas are plentiful. You will be able to snorkel amongst lava rocks and reefs that are filled with tropical marine life. After snorkeling, if you choose, you can kayak to Punta Estrada and have an up close view of the famous animal life of the Galapagos Islands.

DAY

5

Travel to Cuenca

Our day will be spent taking a flight to Guayaquil, where we will then be escorted to Cuenca by car. Along the route to the hotel in Cuenca, we will drive through a lush cloud forest.

DAY

5

Los Tuneles

We will take a boat ride through a remarkable lava formation of arches and underwater caves, known as Los Tuneles, home to diverse marine life such as the Galapagos penguin, sea birds, eagle rays, and sharks.

DAY

5

Snorkel Kicker Rock the Sleeping Lion

Start your year off right by snorkeling the remains of an eroded lave cone known as Kicker Rock, which is famous for it’s marine life of sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks!

DAY

5

Puerto Varas

Today, we will take a flight towards Puerto Varas, founded in the 19th century and is known as the City of Roses. It is the access point to the Lake District. This attractive port and growing industrial center offers picturesque handicraft markets and great seafood restaurants. Germany, Swiss and Austria influence can still be seen in the architecture, the cuisine and the appearance of the small villages, which is why Puerto Varas is considered a small European oasis in Chile. After check-in, we will have lunch and stroll through the city enjoying the views of the lake, browsing and shopping at the local artisan stores.

DAY

5

Atacama Desert & Valley of the Moon

Today, we will take a flight and travel to San Pedro de Atacama. It holds some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. In the afternoon, we will head to the Valley of the Moon where we will find sand and stones carved by water. Its name comes from its extraordinary resemblance to the surface of the moon. The Valley of the Moon has dry lakes where its salt composition leaves a beautiful white mantle and escarpments of green, blue, red and yellow colors during different times of the day. We will visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", salt caverns and, in the evening, enjoy the sunset from a large sand dune.

DAY

5

Visit Frutillar

Frutillar is a fascinating lakeside retreat. We will visit the Museo Alemán (German Museum), the Teatro del Lago, an artisan chocolaterie, and admire its quaint pier, lengthy lakeside beach and picturesque German architecture. Küchen is the most popular pastry/tart in the region and it is filled with fruit sauce made out of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, plumps and myrtles; as well as dried fruits. The secret lies in combining them to achieve the right flavor. We will walk along charming pathways with adjacent teahouses and pretty cafes.

DAY

5

Peguche - Visit local weavers

Today, we will hike on the foothills of Imbabura volcano locally known as Imbabura Urcu, with great views of the San Pablo Lake, Fuya Fuya Mountain, Cotacachi Volcano, and the surrounding valleys and farmland. Our hike will lead us to the weaving villages of Agato and Peguche, the main producers of Ecuadorian woven cloth and fabrics. We will meet and interact with local weavers and craft makers, and learn about local traditions, legends, and history.

DAY

5

Snorkel Bahia Ballena

We will take a short boat ride to the sandy beaches of Bahia Ballena — an ocean inlet where Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas bask on carpetweed and lava rocks. Here, we will appreciate Darwin’s finches and snorkel through an underwater world of lava rocks and small reefs swarming with tropical marine life. Reaching depths of up to thirty feet, the sandy ocean floor is home to pacific green sea turtles and long tailed stingrays of different shapes and sizes.

DAY

5

Cajas National Park – Thermal Bath Spa

The pretty Tushipungo Valley sets the scene for this hike as you meander through cattle farms until your arrival at the spectacular ‘El Cajas National Park’, a stretch of protected land extending for 71,000 acres and home to an incredible 230 glacial lakes. Will traverse rolling paramo grasslands, along rippling brooks and lakes, and through fields of wild quinoa and rosemary. Afterwards, we will head out for a relaxing evening at Piedra de Agua, a thermal bath Spa.

DAY

5

Snorkel Kicker Rock - Manglecito Beach

On this day, we will sail for thirty minutes to the spectacular Kicker Rock, also known as the Leon Dormido (Sleeping Lion). The history behind this formation is intriguing: the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea to form two vertical rocks rising a staggering 500 feet from the ocean. That, plus the huge variety of vibrant-colored fish, makes this the best spot for snorkeling. Afterwards, we will stop at Manglecito beach, the perfect spot to relax. If we choose to stroll along the beach, we will be able to see blue footed boobies diving for food, pelicans, boobies and sea lions relaxing under the tropical sun, and finches and warblers going after salt flies.

DAY

5

Bahia Ballena & Dinner with Fisherman

We will take a short boat ride to the sandy beaches of Bahia Ballena — an ocean inlet where Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas bask on carpetweed and lava rocks. Here, we will appreciate Darwin’s finches and snorkel through an underwater world of lava rocks and small reefs swarming with tropical marine life. Reaching depths of up to thirty feet, the sandy ocean floor is home to pacific green sea turtles and long tailed stingrays of different shapes and sizes. In the afternoon, we will meet with Fabian, a local fisherman, visit his home and dine with his family.

DAY

5

Volcan Sierra Negra & Surf Lessons

In the morning, we will drive, for about an hour, to the highlands of Isabela where you will notice a big difference between one environment and the other as vegetation and weather vary significantly. Just as the environment changes, so does the animal species present. So, you will spot varying species of animals. The path leads you to the edge of the Sierra Negra volcano, which is still active. Its most recent eruption was in 2005, which deposited a dramatic new layer of volcanic lava on the landscape. Currently, it has the second largest caldera in the world (spanning approximately six and a half miles). In the afternoon, our instructor will prepare us for surfing in one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.

DAY

6

Boat ride to San Cristobal

We will arrive in San Cristobal and hike Cerro Tijeretas to see the spot where Darwin’s HMs Beagle landed, while learning about Darwin’s theories and findings. If you want, you can then snorkel with sea turtles and sea lions at Darwin’s Bay!

DAY

6

Fly to Cuenca

We will take a flight back to the mainland of Ecuador and land in Cuenca, one of the most cultural and historical cities in the country.

DAY

6

Colonial Hacienda - Hiking - Biking

Colonial Hacienda Cojitambo village is located 9,800ft (2,987mt) above sea level, nestled in the foothills of Cojitambo Hill. It is home to significant Inca ruins. From the uppermost point, Cojitambo offers spectacular views of Inca ruins and surrounding rolling valleys. It comes as no surprise that this strategically placed town was so significant to the Incas in previous times. Day option: rock climbing – Cojitambo Breathtaking Cojitambo Mountain is one of the most famous climbing spots near Cuenca. With over a hundred routes spanning this marvelous volcanic formation, it is a rock climber’s paradise, even for complete climbing novices, as our expert will teach you the skills you need—no previous experience is required. Just 30 minutes from Cojitambo, in the hills of the Andes is the Alta Flor Rose Farm. Walk through modern greenhouses and see first-hand the process of growing roses. Day option: hiking or biking – Alta Flor Rose Farm Maybe the best option for you will be to reach the rose farm by foot or bike, this is an easy to moderate activity. We will meet the rest of our party at the rose farm. For the rest of the afternoon we will enjoy our visit to Hacienda Burgay, built in the 1600’s. It is undoubtedly one of the most amazing haciendas in Ecuador. It has been in the hands of the same family since its construction and now, for the first time, its magnificent doors are opening exclusively for us at South Expeditions.

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6

Cuicocha Crater Lake

Today we we’ll drive to nearby Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve for a 3-hour hike to Cuicocha Lake 10.200ft. above sea level, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Cotacachi Volcano. We’ll be able to enjoy views of several nearby volcanoes, including Imbabura, Cayambe, and Cotacachi. After the hike we’ll stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leatherwork, and perhaps do some shopping. We will then visit the most famous and largest handicraft fair in South America, the market at Otavalo. Otavaleños are most famous for their weavings such as tapestries, sweaters, blankets, ponchos and other woolen goods. You will also find paintings, ceramics and jewelry. After our Otavalo Market visit, we will return to Quito.

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6

Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanoes

We hike through the highlands of Isabela as we head towards the rim of the active Sierra Negra Volcano. From here, you will be able to observe the abundant birdlife of the Galapagos.

DAY

6

Colonial Hacienda

We will visit Cojitambo and explore the Inca Ruins. If you are feeling adventurous, you can practice your rock climbing skills or learn how to rock climb from one of our experts. Later, we will go to a rose farm and a colonial Hacienda, which is opened exclusively to us at South Expeditions.

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6

Hike El Solitario-Satlos de Petrohue

You will be able to either drive or hike Vicente Perez Rosales Park, with each option giving you spectacular scenery of the Andean forest and snowcapped volcanoes.

DAY

6

Cuicocha Lake

To top off our hiking in the Andes, we will hike to Cuicocha Lake, which is a breathtakingly rare deep blue crater lake located in the Cotacachi Volcano. At the end of the day, we will return to Quito.

DAY

6

Salt Flat and Toconao

We will visit Salar de Atacama, which is the largest salt flat in Chile and the town of Toconao, which is made entirely of volcanic stone.

DAY

6

El Solitario – Satlos de Petrohue

A scenic drive will take us to El Solitario, where we will hike up a volcano.

DAY

6

Archaeological tour

A day of exploration will take us to the Ayllu Sequitor, known for its intricately long passages and tunnels made from the very tall trees. Next, see the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama.

DAY

6

Colonial Hacienda

We will visit Cojitambo and explore the Inca Ruins. If you are feeling adventurous, you can practice your rock climbing skills or learn how to rock climb from one of our experts. Later, we will go to a rose farm and Hacienda Burgay, which is opened exclusively to us at South Expeditions.

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6

Fly to Guayaquil

A 1.5-hour flight will bring us back to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s mainland. Time allowing, we will explore the city that is known as “The Pearl of the Pacific,” which served as the largest shipyard of the Spanish kingdom in South America.

DAY

6

Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanoes

We hike through the highlands of Isabela as we head towards the rim of the active Sierra Negra Volcano. From here, you will be able to observe the abundant birdlife of the Galapagos.

DAY

6

Hike Osorno Volcano & Saltos de Petrohue

Today, our day will begin earlier than usual; as we will drive enjoy a scenic drive towards Vicente Perez National Park. We will go around the edge of the Llanquihue Lake towards the Osorno Volcano for our four-mile walk. It will take us through the most amazing natural surroundings and pine forests, offering wonderful views of the volcano. After our walk, we will visit Saltos de Petrohue, a beautiful waterfall in the upper reach of the Petrohue River, which is supported by basaltic lava from the Osorno Volcano.

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6

Salar de Atacama & Toconao

We will start the day off by visiting Pukara de Quitor, a 12th century fortress built by the natives to defend themselves from other South American groups. Then, we will see ruins of Tulor, the oldest excavated village in the region. On our way back, we will stop by Ayllu Sequitor remains. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, which is the result of saturated groundwater upwelling (salt and minerals). Afterwards, we will take a stroll through the town of Toconao, visit Liparita stone quarry of the Jerez Valley and enjoy the scenery and flamingos at Lake Chaxa. We will wait to appreciate a unique sunset.

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6

Cuicocha Crater Lake – Otavalo Market

Once we arrive in Laguna de Cuicocha, a deep-blue crater lake, we will set out for a hike along the caldera's rim for approximately 4 hours. Next, we will visit Cotacachi’s renowned, high-quality, handcrafted leather goods market. And then, one of the most famous and largest handicraft fair in South America: the market at Otavalo. Nowadays, indigenous artist from all over the country bring their arts and crafts to the Market. One of the highlights of the visit will be provided by the Otavaleno culture, their costumes, language and food can be fully appreciated during this visit.

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6

San Cristobal - Hike Tijeretas

In the morning, we will take a boat ride to San Cristobal and stop at Cerro Tijeretas Environmental Center. Here, we will learn how exactly is it that volcanic activity has led to the formation of the spectacular rocks all around the Galapagos Islands. On top of Cerro de las Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill), we will enjoy breathtaking coastal views characterized by frigate birds—“the pirates of the seas”— that often steal food from unassuming boobies. As we come down, we will have enough time for a short snorkel session at Darwin’s Bay to swim with sea turtles and sea lions. Our day’s excursion will culminate at Carola Beach where we will arrive in time for sunset.

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6

Flight to Guayaquil - Drive to Cuenca

In the morning, we will fly to Guayaquil and take a scenic drive to Cuenca, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. During our drive, we will witness dramatic changes in temperature, humidity and scenery as we approach the southern Andes. Once we arrive, we will check in, rest and get ready for a relax dinner and evening.

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6

Travel to Guayaquil

Today, we will travel to back Guayaquil, fondly known as “The Pearl of the Pacific”. It has an intriguing as in the 16th and 17th centuries Guayaquil became the largest shipyard to belong to the Spanish kingdom in the South Pacific. As we walk along the River Guayas, we will become acquainted with Guayaquil’s rich and colorful past—its wonderful architecture and interesting people.

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6

Giant Tortoises & Kayak Punta Estrada

Once we arrive in Santa Cruz, we will head to the highlands in order to get up close and personal with the giant Galapagos Tortoise at the private farms that conserve pristine, native, and endemic vegetation for the habitat of these magnificent creatures. As we follow the trail winding through this landscape, we will get plenty of chances to marvel at the Galapagos Tortoise in its entire splendor. Later, we will set out to Punta Estrada, a calm and beautiful bay where we can kayak close to magnificent mangroves. In the afternoon, we will meet with Fabian, a local fisherman, visit his home and dine with his family.

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7

Santiago City

Once we arrive back in Santiago, you will be able to explore the city on your own.

DAY

7

Cuenca And Inca Ruins At Cojitambo

See the Inca Ruins from a different point of view-while rock climbing Cojitambo Mountain! Then enjoy your afternoon exploring the colonial city of Cuenca, with its distinctive Spanish architecture.

DAY

7

Markets and Artisans

The verdant valley of Gualaceo is located in the proximity of Hacienda Uzhupud in a basin surrounded by the Andes Mountains. One of the most impressive attractions is the central plaza’s open air organic market, where all kinds of local fruit, grains and vegetables are sold. Just a block away, there is a local food market where regional dishes, such as “hornado” (roasted pork), corn tortillas, tamales, and “cuy” (the famous roasted guinea pig), can be tasted. After visiting Gualaceo and its artisans, we will take a 40-minute drive to the City of Cuenca. Cuenca is a beautifully preserved colonial city nestled in the lush hillsides of the Andes. It exudes a predominantly small town feeling, boasting a distinctive Spanish architectural style dotted with French influences. Cuenca is steeped in rich Incan history, its people are warm and inviting, with their traditional outfits and Panama hats; Cuenca is the heart of Southern Ecuador. Its colonial charm and warmth will welcome us for a great city tour.

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7

Quito full day

Today after a short drive we will take the ‘teleférico’ (cable car) at the Pichincha Volcano where we will reach approximately 13.287 feet above sea level in less than 30 minutes. Here we can enjoy an incredible view of Quito and the avenue of the volcanoes such as Cotopaxi, Antisana and Cayambe. From this point we´ll walk for about an hour towards the Rucu Pichincha volcano crossing through the high páramo. Afterwards, we will visit colonial Quito for lunch. The afternoon we will spend visiting the churches and museums enriching our knowledge about this beautiful colonial city declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll have our farewell dinner at the Theatrum, a beautifully decorated restaurant located in the second floor of the Sucre National Theatre that was built in the late 19th century. Here we will enjoy a delicious new Mediterranean cuisine in perhaps one of the best and most exclusive restaurants in the whole capital

DAY

7

Fly to Cuenca

We will take a flight back to the mainland of Ecuador and land in Cuenca, one of the most cultural and historical cities in the country.

DAY

7

Markets and Artisans

Markets are a part of everyday life in Ecuador, so we will visit an open-air organic market to explore the many different types of local fruits and vegetables. Then, we will move onto a local food market, where you can try the traditional meal “cuy” (guinea pig). After experiencing the markets, we will drive to Cuenca to explore the colonial city that is nestled in the Andes.

DAY

7

Boat Ride Todos Los Santos Lake- Osorno

Either take a boat ride or kayak Todos Los Santos Lake, and take in the views of the snow-capped volcanoes and the landscape created by the emerald water and rain forest. After this adventure, enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

DAY

7

Snorkel Kicker Rock the Sleeping Lion

Snorkel the remains of an eroded lave cone known as Kicker Rock, which is famous for it’s marine life of sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks! Next, we will hop into our kayaks so we can get up close pictures of blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and brown pelicans.

DAY

7

Quito

In order to get a panoramic view the city, we will take the Teleferiqo up the Pichincha Volcano. Then, we will explore the historic center of the city and marvel at the elaborate churches that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY

7

Los Santos Lake

We will explore the emerald waters of the lake, which gives us incredible views of the snowcapped volcanoes of the Southern Andes

DAY

7

Calama-Santiago

Fly back to Santiago, and explore the city as you wish.

DAY

7

Markets and Artisans

Markets are a part of everyday life in Ecuador, so we will visit an open-air organic market to explore the many different types of local fruits and vegetables. Then, we will move onto a local food market, where you can try the traditional meal “cuy” (guinea pig). After experiencing the markets, we will drive to Cuenca to explore the colonial city that is nestled in the Andes.

DAY

7

Fly Home

The morning will be yours to relax before a South Expeditions team member takes you and your luggage to the airport for you flight back home.

DAY

7

Fly to Cuenca

We will take a flight back to the mainland of Ecuador and land in Cuenca, one of the most cultural and historical cities in the country.

DAY

7

Lake Todos Los Santos - Hike & Kayaking

We will cross the Lake Todos Los Santos by boat to Playa León. From here, our hike will take us through creeks and winding trails through small gorges that lead to the river. We will reach the fabulous valley of native millenary trees called Alerce trees. The Alerce tree, which is about to become extinct, has been declared a National Monument of Chile. We will have the choice of kayaking towards “Long Beach,” a black-sand beach considered one of the finest spots for kayaking. We will have great views of the city of Osorno.

DAY

7

Fly from Calama to Easter Island

Today, we will fly to Santiago in order to take our connecting flight to Mataveri Airport in Hanga-Roa city, capital of Easter Island province, the easternmost Polynesian Island and considered the most remote inhabited island in the world.

DAY

7

Visit Teleferico – Quito City Tour

Our day will begin with a visit to El Teleférico, a gondola lift in Quito, considered the highest in South America. We will appreciate unique views of the city cradled by the Andes Mountain range. Later, we will visit the colonial temples and monasteries of this urban jewel, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. We will admire St. Augustine Convent, the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, La Compania de Jesus, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the Church of San Francisco, one of the greatest religious buildings of the New World.

DAY

7

Snorkel Kicker Rock - Kayak Manglecito

On this day, we will sail for thirty minutes to the spectacular Kicker Rock, also known as the Leon Dormido (Sleeping Lion). The history behind this formation is intriguing: the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea to form two vertical rocks rising a staggering 500 feet from the ocean. That, plus the huge variety of vibrant-colored fish, makes this the best spot for snorkeling. Afterwards, we will paddle from Manglecito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Galapagos (where our hotel is located). As we cover 4 nautical miles for about 3 hours, we can get close-up photographs of blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and Galapagos’ lush flora and fauna.

DAY

7

Cojitambo Ruins, School & Rock Climbing

Today, we will visit the elementary school, “Dr. Angel Enrique Montalvo” in Cojitambo. During the visit, we will exchange stories with local kids and faculty. This is important feedback and helpful in improving the conditions of the school. We will conclude our visit with a fun activity such as a competition, a dance, or a quick soccer match. Very close by lies the Cojitambo Archaeological complex, strategically placed by the Incas back in the day. From here, we will enjoy spectacular views. Then, we will go rock-climbing on the breathtaking Cojitambo Mountain, the most famous climbing spot near Cuenca. With over a hundred routes spanning this marvellous volcanic formation, it is a rock climber’s paradise.

DAY

7

Transfer-Out

Today, one of our representatives will meet you, assist us with our luggage, and take us to the airport in time to catch our flight.

DAY

7

Travel to Guayaquil

Today, we will travel to back Guayaquil, fondly known as “The Pearl of the Pacific”. It has an intriguing as in the 16th and 17th centuries Guayaquil became the largest shipyard to belong to the Spanish kingdom in the South Pacific. As we walk along the River Guayas, we will become acquainted with Guayaquil’s rich and colorful past—its wonderful architecture and interesting people.

DAY

8

El Cajas National Park

Spend your day hiking through El Cajas National Park taking in the magnificent surroundings of glacial lakes, rolling grasslands, and diverse bird and mammal life.

DAY

8

Cuenca – Amazon

A 30-minute flight over the Andes mountain range will lead us to a bustling oil town called Coca, located in the Amazon Basin. From here we will board on a motorized canoe for a 2-hour journey down the Napo River to Sacha Lodges’ property. A 30-minute hike through the rainforest will lead us to Lake Pilchicocha. We will paddle a small dugout canoe across the lake to our final destination. At the Lodge, bird observation from the mini tower offers guests an excellent opportunity to view several species common around the area. It is also a beautiful place to watch the sun set. After dinner, we will take a night walk through the rainforest to view hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night, or maybe a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled black caimans with their glowing orange eyes as we silently paddle across the lake.

DAY

8

Flight back home

Today a South Expeditions team member will pick you from the hotel 3 hours before your flight back home.

DAY

8

Cuenca And Inca Ruins At Cojitambo

See the Inca Ruins from a different point of view-while rock climbing Cojitambo Mountain! Then enjoy your afternoon exploring the colonial city of Cuenca, with its distinctive Spanish architecture.

DAY

8

Fly to the Amazon

Día: 8 Titular:Fly to the Amazon Texto: We will take a quick flight to the Amazon to continue the rest of our trip. Upon arriving in Coca, a boat ride and hike will lead us to our lodge. Once arriving at the lodge, you will be able to bird watch and have an unblocked view of the colorful sunset.

DAY

8

Fly To Quito

We will catch a flight back to the mainland of Ecuador. Once we arrive, you will have the remainder of the day to explore on your own.

DAY

8

Return to Santiago

Fly back to Santiago, where we will enjoy our farewell dinner.

DAY

8

Fly Home

A South Expeditions team member will assist you with your luggage to the airport for your flight back home.

DAY

8

Easter Island

We will fly to Easter Island and arrive in the town of Hanga Roa. The afternoon will be spent exploring the town and the architecture.

DAY

8

Fly to Santiago

We will fly back to Santiago

DAY

8

Land of the Moai

Fly to Easter Island, the most remote inhabited island on Earth, in the morning. Once arriving, we will explore the town of Hanga Roa and hike up the Rano Kao crater, where we will be able to see the village of Orongo close to the crater’s inner wall.

DAY

8

Fly to the Amazon

We will take a quick flight to the Amazon to continue the rest of our trip. Upon arriving in Coca, a boat ride and hike will lead us to our lodge. Once arriving at the lodge, you will be able to bird watch and have an unblocked view of the colorful sunset.

DAY

8

Cuenca and Inca Ruins at Cojitambo

See the Inca Ruins from a different point of view-while rock climbing Cojitambo Mountain! Then enjoy your afternoon exploring the colonial city of Cuenca, with its distinctive Spanish architecture.

DAY

8

Santiago City Tour

Santiago de Chile is a beautiful colonial city located in a privileged place close to the best ski resorts in the country, and near the beaches that inspired Pablo Neruda. First, we will start with a short visit to the Casa de la Moneda, which is a historic building that reminds us of the political turmoil of the 70’s. After the visit, we will go to the famous Paris–Londres district, which was built between 1920 and 1930. We will also make a stop at the Central Market, the most colorful market in the country where we will have an opportunity to witness the variety, and quality of seafood that Chile has to offer.

DAY

8

Rano Kau, Orongo Vlg. & Ana Kai Tangata

Ee will start by exploring the town of Hanga Roa, encountering spectacular ‘moais’ at every turn; famous human figures carved on rock between the years 1250 and 1500. Then, we will hike to the shocking 3000ft. crater of Rano Kao, which has a lagoon in its interior. Following a short Orongo Village visit, our expedition continues to the cave Ana Kai Tangata, famous for its ancient representations of Manutara (terns) and the painted walls.

DAY

8

Transfer-Out

Today, one of our representatives will meet you, assist us with our luggage, and take us to the airport in time to catch our flight.

DAY

8

Flight to Quito

In the morning, we will catch a flight to Quito and proceed to check in at our hotel, which is located only few minutes from the airport. The rest of the day will be for us to relax and get ready for the upcoming adventures.

DAY

8

City Tour, Cooking Class & Fly to Quito

Cuenca is a beautifully preserved colonial city nestled in the lush hillsides of the Andes. Although it is Ecuador’s third largest city, Cuenca exudes a predominantly small town feel, boasting a distinctive Spanish architectural style sprinkled with French influences. For lunch, locals will impart their knowledge of Ecuadorian cuisine—a fusion of traditional ingredients, colonial Spain, and Andean fare. We will visit a lively local market to pick up some fresh ingredients, after which we will learn how to rustle up some exquisite Ecuadorian culinary creations! In the afternoon we will catch a flight to Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

DAY

8

Transfer-Out

Today, one of our representatives will meet you, assist us with our luggage, and take us to the airport in time to catch our flight.

DAY

9

Fly Home

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight back home.

DAY

9

Canopy Walk

We will spend the day hiking through the Amazon. Our trail will lead us across the Canopy Walk, which is an unrivaled experience 114 ft above the ground, giving you a “bird’s eye view” of the Amazon and the animals that call it home. You will have the option of taking different trails depending on how challenging you want your hike to be.

DAY

9

Canopy Walk

Early in the morning we will walk on the Liana Chica towards the Canopy Walk (a ridged self-standing suspension), for outstanding views of the rainforest canopy and observation of many different species of vibrantly colored birds. The Canopy Walk is one of only a few in the world! It is 114 feet high (34 meters) and 902 feet (274 meters) long, presenting guests a “bird’s eye view” of the wonders and magnificence the Ecuadorian tropical rainforest has to offer. We will continue on to the Liana Grande trail, through the forest where our guides will explain and show us the many different species of curative plants that have been used in their culture for hundreds of years. After lunch, we may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo or select a more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo, to try to spot the elusive dusky Titi monkey. Either way, the trails will lead us back to the main boardwalk for our final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.

DAY

9

El Cajas National Park

Spend your day hiking through El Cajas National Park taking in the magnificent surroundings of glacial lakes, rolling grasslands, and diverse bird and mammal life.

DAY

9

Fly To The Amazon

We will take a morning flight to Coca in the Amazon Basin. Upon arrival, we will take a motorboat to the lodge and paddle through the rivers and creeks surrounding the lodge.

DAY

9

Transfer Out

You will be taken to the airport for your international flight back home.

DAY

9

Rano Raraku

We will take a path to the Vinapu Ceremonial Center to see the Ahu Tahira, which resembles Machu Picchu. Later, we will visit Rano Raraku to see the Moai statues up close.

DAY

9

Fly Home

A South Expeditions team member will assist you and your luggage to the airport for your flight back home.

DAY

9

Rano Raraku- Anakena

This day will be spent learning more about the spectacular Moai by first observing the Ahu Tahira that rivals the walls of Machu Picchu. Next, learn about the process of creating one of these masterpieces.

DAY

9

Canopy Walk

We will spend the day hiking through the Amazon. Our trail will lead us across the Canopy Walk, which is an unrivaled experience 114 ft above the ground, giving you a “bird’s eye view” of the Amazon and the animals that call it home. You will have the option of taking different trails depending on how challenging you want your hike to be.

DAY

9

El Cajas National Park

Spend your day hiking through El Cajas National Park taking in the magnificent surroundings of glacial lakes, rolling grasslands and diverse bird and mammal life.

DAY

9

Transfer-Out

According to flight departure time, morning will be free to explore Santiago further, before heading to the airport for our flight back home.

DAY

9

Rano Raraku & Calypso Anakena Beach

Today, our expedition begins at the Vinapu ceremonial center, where the Ahu Tahira, a large stone platform was built with perfection similar to that of Machu Picchu. We will learn about the moais’ construction process and transportation. We will then visit the impressive Rano Raraku quarry, where the Rapa Nui people carved the giant statues. Here, we will also appreciate various unfinished ‘moais’. We will then drive to Calypso Anakena beach. On the way, we will see more petroglyphs, moais that were left under construction or in transit, caves and many shrines of the Rapa Nui culture. Anakena is the most important beach of Eastern Island with its white sand and clear turquoise water.

DAY

9

Flight to Coca - Navigate Napo River

Once we arrive in the city of Coca, we will navigate on the Napo River to the Pañacocha Protected Forest and the Amazon Dolphin Lodge. During our trip, we will have lunch and visit an archeological museum where we will learn about the culture and history of the Amazon. We will arrive at lodge in time for dinner. Afterwards, we will head out for our first exploration, a night walk along a short trail to observe insects, nocturnal rodents, and reptiles, among other animals that come together to immerse us in the classical sounds of the jungle.

DAY

9

Flight to Coca - Navigate Napo River

Once we arrive in the city of Coca, we will navigate on the Napo River to the Pañacocha Protected Forest and the Amazon Dolphin Lodge. During our trip, we will have lunch and visit an archeological museum where we will learn about the culture and history of the Amazon. We will arrive at lodge in time for dinner. Afterwards, we will head out for our first exploration, a night walk along a short trail to observe insects, nocturnal rodents, and reptiles, among other animals that come together to immerse us in the classical sounds of the jungle.

DAY

10

Parrot Clay Lick

Our day will start by visiting Parrot Clay Lick to observe 4 different species of Parrots at the same time. Later, we will go to the butterfly house and be surrounded by beautifully colored butterflies, while taking a hike through the forest.

DAY

10

Fly Home

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight back home.

DAY

10

Sacha Lodge – parrot clay lick

The occasion to observe four different species of parrots at the same time is something that should not be missed. A 30-minute motorized canoe ride down the Napo River, towards the parrot lick is well worth it. After a short hike we will get close up views of the parrots eating the clay to neutralize the acids which they get from eating their many different types of fruits and leaves. After we get back to the Lodge we will have lunch and a short rest to continue to visit the butterfly house to see the beautifully colored butterflies and then continue to the Pantano trail that offers us several different types of rainforest habitats. We will be able to see secondary and primary forests as well as flooded forest and swampy areas. This is an excellent trail for monkeys and birds in the afternoon.

DAY

10

Paddle Indillana River

We will spend our day paddling either by stand up paddle board or kayak, down the Indillana River to the Napo River. Along the way, you will enjoy the breathtaking scenery that makes up the Amazon Jungle.

DAY

10

West Coast – Terevaka

This day will be for exploring the caves, especially the Cave of Two Windows, and the lava tunnels that the ancient Rapa Nui used.

DAY

10

West Coast-Terevaka

Going to the west coast of the island will allow us to discover more caves, one of which is known as the Cave of the Two Windows due to the two natural windows made of stone that give you an incredible view of the ocean.

DAY

10

Sacha Lodge – Parrot Clay Lick

Our day will start by visiting Parrot Clay Lick to observe 4 different species of Parrots at the same time. Later, we will go to the butterfly house and be surrounded by beautifully colored butterflies, while taking a hike through the forest.

DAY

10

Fly Home

Today one of our staff members will assist you at your hotel and take you to the Airport for your international flight back home.

DAY

10

Terevaka, Ana Kekenga Cave & Ahu Te Peu

Today, we will explore the west coast of the Island, going to the Ana Kakenga Cave; on the way here we will find caves, petroglyphs, ‘ahus’ (shrines) where ‘moais’ stand and also different types of ‘vaka’ or Polynesian houseboats. The cave is known as the Cave of the Two Windows because there are two natural made windows made of stone. Later, we visit the ancestral village of Ahu Te Peu, where people built houses shaped like boats. We will continue towards Puna Pau quarry, where reddish Pukaos – hat-like structures carved from scoria (red volcanic rock), were produced and placed on top of the ‘moais.’ We will end the day at the lava tunnels and caves, used by ancient Rapa Nui, to guard in time of war.

DAY

10

Kayak Panayacu River - Piranha Fishing

After breakfast, we will navigate along the Panayacu River before getting on our kayaks for a deeper exploration of the Amazon’s wonders. (Throughout our exploration, we will have plenty of opportunities to look for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin). In the evening, we will engage in a piranha fishing activity.

DAY

10

Kayak Panayacu River - Piranha Fishing

After breakfast, we will navigate along the Panayacu River before getting on our kayaks for a deeper exploration of the Amazon’s wonders. (Throughout our exploration, we will have plenty of opportunities to look for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin). In the evening, we will engage in a piranha fishing activity.

DAY

11

Back to Quito

We will leave the lodge early in the morning for an easy walk on the boardwalk to watch monkeys one last time before our final departure. We will arrive to Coca and be escorted to the Coca airport to take a flight to Quito. Upon arrival to Quito we will drive to a local restaurant for lunch and then back to the hotel in time to catch your flight back home.

DAY

11

Paddle Panayacu River and Panacocha

Today, we will have another opportunity to practice our paddling skills as we paddle down a remote river to a pristine igapo-blackwater lagoon in the Amazon. While paddling, you will be able to see several species of birds, Charapa Turtles, Common Otters, and maybe freshwater pink dolphins.

DAY

11

Fly to Santiago

After a leisurely morning, we will fly back to Santiago.

DAY

11

Flight Back To Santiago

After relaxing in the morning, you will fly back to Santiago.

DAY

11

Fly Home

An early flight from Coca will take us to Quito, so you can catch your flight back home.

DAY

11

Fly Home

An early flight from Coca will take us to Quito, so you can catch your flight back home.

DAY

11

Fly back to Santiago

According to flight departure time, morning will be free to explore the island at leisure. We will then transfer to Mataveri Airport to return to Santiago.

DAY

11

Medicinal Plant Trail - Kayak Panacocha

Today, we will set out on a 3-hour hike. We will observe a huge variety of wild plants that are currently used by the local indigenous communities for medicinal purposes. For lunch, we will head back to the lodge before going on a kayak excursion across Panacocha Lake. We will also have the opportunity to learn about local weapons as our native guides share their knowledge and insight. After dinner, we will board rowing canoes (piraguas) for a nocturnal exploration along the Panayacu River and Pañacocha Lagoon. (We will have plenty of opportunities to look for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin)

DAY

11

Medicinal Plant Trail - Kayak Panacocha

Today, we will set out on a 3-hour hike. We will observe a huge variety of wild plants that are currently used by the local indigenous communities for medicinal purposes. For lunch, we will head back to the lodge before going on a kayak excursion across Panacocha Lake. We will also have the opportunity to learn about local weapons as our native guides share their knowledge and insight. After dinner, we will board rowing canoes (piraguas) for a nocturnal exploration along the Panayacu River and Pañacocha Lagoon. (We will have plenty of opportunities to look for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin)

DAY

12

Quito City Tour

Our day will start early with a ride to Coca in time to catch our flight back to Quito. After arriving in Quito, we will take a tour around the colonial city and discover the reasons why it was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

DAY

12

Kayak & Navigate to Yarina Ecolodge

We will kayak along the Panayacu River and then navigate on the Napo River towards Yarina Ecological Reserve, which has the highest diversity of microhabitats in the Napo area. Once we arrive, we will have time to relax and have dinner before going on a night canoe exploration across Sapococha Lagoon.

DAY

12

Kayak & Navigate to Yarina Ecolodge

We will kayak along the Panayacu River and then navigate on the Napo River towards Yarina Ecological Reserve, which has the highest diversity of microhabitats in the Napo area. Once we arrive, we will have time to relax and have dinner before going on a night canoe exploration across Sapococha Lagoon.

DAY

13

Fly Home

A South Expeditions representative will assist you with your luggage and transport you to the airport for you flight back home.

DAY

13

Navigate to Coca - Flight to Quito

After breakfast, we will return to the city of Coca in order to catch our flight back to Quito.

DAY

13

Navigate to Coca - Flight to Quito

After breakfast, we will return to the city of Coca in order to catch our flight back to Quito.

DAY

14

Transfer-Out

Today, one of our representatives will meet you, assist us with our luggage, and take us to the airport in time to catch our flight.

DAY

14

Transfer-Out

Today, one of our representatives will meet you, assist us with our luggage, and take us to the airport in time to catch our flight.

Hotels

Amazon Dolphin Lodge

It is located in the Pañacocha Protected Forest Reserve and it serves as a biological corridor linking Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to their central location in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, professional local guides, multilingual staff, and personalized service, they offer a hands-on experience of the jungle.

http://www.amazondolphinlodge.com/

Hotel Mainao

The hotel was originally a residence but was turned into a small friendly hotel for international travelers. It offers a comfortable stay with peaceful gardens and patios, in a privileged location.

http://www.hotelmainao.com/

Hotel Cabaña del Lago

This four-star hotel offers stunning views of the Llanquihue Lake and surrounding volcanoes. It has a warm, comfortable and trustworthy ambiance and it has been recognised both nationally and internationally.

http://www.hotelcabanadellago.cl

Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas

With dramatic views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, this five-star hotel artfully combines the intimacy and warmth of a Patagonian lodge with contemporary luxury and sophistication. It is the perfect reflection of its surroundings, with expansive windows and native wood and stone design elements, it offers guests a true connection with the breathtaking landscape of southern Chile.

http://www.cumbrespuertovaras.com/

Noi Blend Colchagua

Located 150 kilometers south of Santiago in the heart of Chile’s wine region, Noi Blend Colchagua offers a peaceful retreat surrounded by breathtaking scenery and world-class vineyards. Our boutique hotel lets you enjoy the comforts of the city while immersed in the tranquil beauty of the Colchagua countryside.

http://www.noihotels.com/hotel/noi-blend/default-en.html

Hotel Casa Origen, Villa Virginia

Hotel Casa Origen was originally a patrimonial mansion built in 1883 and later acquired by Fundación Origen as part of their sustainability strategy. It offers charming, warm and traditional lodging. Fundación Origen produces organic vegetables, honey and its derivatives, a great variety of goat cheeses, natural jams, homemade milk-based delicacies, blue eggs of Araucanian hens as well as baking and pastry products.

http://fundacionorigenchile.org/esp/villa-virginia/

EcoCamp Patagonia - Torres del Paine

EcoCamp is located in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park and provides the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. One wakes up in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy geodesic dome, with a panoramic view of the majestic Torres del Paine, ready to pick up the hiking trail!

http://www.ecocamp.travel/en

Boutique Hotel Mansión Alcazar

Mansión Alcázar is located in the heart of the city of Cuenca. It was once a colonial mansion but has now been transformed into a luxurious Boutique Hotel. The interior decoration evokes the style of the beginning of the century, with careful selection of fine furniture and objets d’art that embellished in earlier times, the most luxurious rooms in one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.

http://mansionalcazar.com/

Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano, with a unique design inspired in the style of an Altiplano village. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax under their private terraces and beautiful swimming pool, after a day exploring the driest desert in the world.

http://www.altiplanico.cl/en/altiplanico-san-pedro-de-atacama/

Petrohue Lodge

Petrohue Lodge is strategically located outside the city in order to allow for a full immersion in the region’s unique landscapes. It offers spectacular views of volcanoes and the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy close by rivers, glaciers, forests and mountains.

http://www.petrohue.com/

Hotel Puelche Puerto Varas

Hotel Puelche has combined elements of nature and comfort, gastronomic exclusivity and outstanding service, without neglecting technology and keen attention to detail.

http://www.hotelpuelche.cl/

Le Reve Hotel Boutique

Set in the tourist center of Santiago this French-style hotel features 31 rooms and quick access to Parque Bicentenario, Isidora Goyenechea and Barrio Lastarria. It is 20 minutes from Arturo Merino Benitez airport, 5km from the city center, and 0.8km from Providencia Neighborhood, Teleférico and Costanera Center.

http://www.lerevehotel.cl/

Altiplanico Easter Island Hotel

It was designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse and offers guests a panoramic view of the shoreline in addition to luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the enigmas of the island. The deep blue of the Pacific Ocean will permeate your stay as well as the warmth of the Easter Island culture, with its music, art, history and architecture.

http://www.altiplanico.cl/en/altiplanico-easter-island/

Scalesia Lodge

This eco-friendly lodge allows you to have luxury while still feeling like you are a part of nature. Located on the highlands of Isabela Island, the lodge offers an African safari style with luxurious tents.

All tents have en-suite bathrooms filled with all of the amenities you might need. The main area offers a pool, restaurant, terraces, and a conference room.

Hotel Boutique Patio Andaluz

An elegant, colonial style boutique hotel located a short distance from the main square and the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía.

http://www.hotelpatioandaluz.com/

Galapagos Suites

With its excellent location being close to town but far enough away that it is quiet, this quaint 6 room bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax after exploring Santa Cruz.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, biodegradable hair and beauty products, and excellent hospitality. There is also free WiFi in the common areas so you can communicate with your friends and family back home.

Galapagos Safari Camp

Feel like you are on an African safari but in the Galapagos instead! This unique eco-luxury tented camp is located away from the busy beaches in the highlands of Santa Cruz, giving you spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean being in nature.

All of the luxury tents offer private bathrooms and fans/heaters. There is an infinity pool, lookout point, restaurant, and a farm on the property for you to enjoy.

Hacienda Pinsaqui

Hacienda Pinsaqui is not only a hotel, but also a museum that is full of character and history. Each room has its own design and layout, and there are 30 suites on the property with fireplaces so you can enjoy a warm, peaceful, relaxing night in the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano.

With WiFi only available in the reception area and the décor, you will be able to travel back in time during your stay at this hacienda.

Garden Hotel San Jose

The hotel is a restored colonial building, Hacienda San Jose, which dates back to the XVIII century. It offers both, national and international cuisine.

http://en.gardenhotelsanjose.com/

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta is an authentic XVI century colonial working farm that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former Ecuadorian president. Bedrooms are beautifully decorated, each with its own fireplace, and antique gardens surround cosy living and reading rooms. It offers many culturally engaging and fun activities throughout the state and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine.

http://zuleta.com/

Hacienda Cusin

Hacienda Cusin, a restored XVII century estate, is surrounded by 7 acres of beautiful gardens and fountain courtyards. This hacienda lies in a lush green valley under Cotacachi and Imbabura volcanoes' shade.

http://www.haciendacusin.com/

Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil

Is a luxury hotel on the banks of the Guayas River in close proximity to the airport and near the Santa Ana hill and lighthouse. It promises a relaxing and unforgettable stay with personalised service from their team.

http://en.wyndhamguayaquil.com/

Mansion del Rio

Mansion del Rio was built in 1926 under the name of Villa San Antonio. . Each room is decorated with antique European style furniture and has a splendid view of the Guayas River.

In addition to LCD TV and wireless internet, each room includes a flower arrangement, afternoon tea, and laundry service.

Hotel Santa Lucía

The house, was built in 1859 by the governor of the province, Don Manuel Vega Dávila. In 1999, a thorough restoration and adaptation transformed it into Hotel Santa Lucía. During the process it preserved and rescued the architecture of this beautiful house as an example of traditional XIX century buildings.

https://www.santaluciahotel.com/

Hotel Casa de Aguila

Casa del Aguila is a restored traditional colonial house located in the historic center of Cuenca. Its name comes from the its street name "Calle del Aguila."

http://hotelcasadelaguila.com/

Sacha Lodge

At Sacha Lodge, guests are free to relax in the hammocks and watch the diverse fauna of the Amazon rainforest. The rooms have high thatched roofs and private shaded balconies to give the perfect combination of comfort and rainforest ambiance.

Sacha Lodge, constructed out of traditional rainforest materials, offers modern amenities such as ceiling fans and electrical outlets.

Blue Marlin Galapagos Hotel

The hotel was meant to provide an "at home" feeling through its interior design elements. The Blue Marlin Hotel features an outdoor pool and great service.

http://www.bluemarlingalapagos.ec/

La Casa de Marita

Is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Darwin’s inspiration. It is right on the beach and offers a unique and cozy environment, as the owner has put careful attention to detail, making each room unique.

http://www.galapagosisabela.com/home.html

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