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Destinations Offered > Ecuador > The Best of Ecuador and the Galapagos

A visit to the Galapagos is a delight but thinking of Ecuador as just a jumping off point is a decided mistake. While the islands themselves are indeed unique; so too is the diversity of cultures, climates and customs that are part of this relatively small country. Here you will find one of the highest mountains in the world, Amazon rain forest and delightful ocean beaches unspoiled by high rises and all-inclusive resorts. Let us show you a country that compliments its island sisters to the west.

14 Days:$5,623 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior hotels, deluxe outside cabin while cruising, most meals, personally guided sightseeing on land and small group excursions while cruising; Private car and driver while touring. Airfare is additional. Participation is limited to six guests.

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Days 1 - 2

Mansion del Angel
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An old Mansion built at the turn of the last Century has been completely restored in order to achieve the former splendor of the Ecuadorian Republican era. The property is part of the architectural historic Society of the downtown area of the Capital according to the World Heritage Foundation, which considered Quito to be the first city of the organization according to UNESCO. The building itself houses fifteen large, spacious and luxurious rooms and suites. No two are alike, each one different in size, color scheme and decoration. In addition to an inviting Reception Area, a beautiful and comfortable Salon for relaxation is available, where complimentary Afternoon Tea is served.
Days 3 - 4

Hacienda Abraspungo
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The wonderful Hacienda Abraspungo is located at 2,754 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador. Hacienda Abraspungo, with its comfortable, charming and high level installations offers a personalized service in the ideal spot to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Andes. The architectural style found here offers the best of traditional colonial design often used in the ancestral mansions and haciendas of Ecuador.
Days 5 - 6

Mansion Alcazar
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Located a quick walk from the famous square of Parque Calderon, Mansión Alcázar Boutique Hotel is located in a very vibrant area of the city. This republic style architectural adds the perfect element of elegance to this already refined structure. Guests of this Ecuador hotel can have a refreshing cocktail or glass of champagne out in the jasmine garden and enjoy the fantastic surroundings of our Hotel. Relaxing indoors is also an option, by the baby grand piano sipping a warm cup of tea. This hotel knows just how to pamper their guests. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city of Cuenca has everything you could want from it - beauty, nature, and a vibrant life. And when you are not exploring the area, you may want to sit and have a delicious meal at our restaurant Casa Alonso which serves international and local favorites.
Day 7

Oro Verde
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Hotel Oro Verde is the place where guests experience a winning combination of European expertise and warm Ecuadorian hospitality. Located in the most modern commercial and banking area of Guayaquil, the largest and most dynamic city in Ecuador. This fine and totally renewed hotel, provides excellent services in a friendly atmosphere and offers all the comfort of an international luxury destination.
Days 8 - 11
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Explorer
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The Galapagos island cruise offered by the M/V Galapagos Explorer II is drastically different from those offered by other ships, simply because it offers a unmatched mix between sustainable tourism, adventure activities, and discovery. You can now experience wildlife and geology of the islands in a luxurious vessel with all of the services that you would expect from a luxury cruise. The ship explores the most remote islands of the archipelago; it is one of the safest ships that navigate the waters of the Galapagos. Cruises are enhanced by the suites, all with a sea view and some with private balconies. Each one of them has a television, a minibar, a central air conditioning system that covers all the interior areas, and satellite communication.
Days 12 - 13

La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa
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La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa - the only Five Star Hotel in the Province of Imbabura and only member of the elite international Relais & Chateaux Chain in the entire country - welcomes you to step into a magic atmosphere and enjoy traditional Ecuadorian Hospitality.