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Avenue of Volcanoes, north of Quito. Photo Nicole Churchill

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Galápagos with
Ecuadorian Countryside

13-day adventure

Galápagos and the Avenue of Volcanoes. A cultural adventure that includes a 3-day/2-night exploration of the verdant countryside north of Quito plus an 11-day Galápagos adventure! Visit indigenous villages, artisans and markets. Luxuriate for two nights in an elegant suite at the La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa, known for fine dining, a lovely spa and excellent service.

This cultural journey highlights crafts people, markets and villages in the Avenue of Volcanoes north of Quito. We visit a selection of villages, each known for a particular craft: Calderón for hand painted ornaments of dough, Peguche for traditional backstrap weaving and musical instruments, Cotacachi where leather goods are the specialty, and San Antonio de Ibarra, known for its wood and stone carving.

Of course no Countryside visit is complete without experiencing the fabled Otavalo market. We spend the morning exploring and bargaining .

We also visit one of the rose farms that dot the lush region north of Quito growing thousands of exquisite long-stemmed roses in greenhouses for daily shipment to the USA.

La Mirage, our ultimate destination, is set in a five-acre herb and flower garden at the base of Volcan Cotacachi just north of Otavalo. On the grounds of a 200-year old hacienda, it was designed, built and tastefully appointed by the owner, Jorge Espinoza, who personally attends to every detail. Excellent cuisine and exceptional service are well-appreciated highlights.

Each of the 23 large exquisitely furnished rooms and suites is unique. Thanks to a bit of architectural wizardry, and lavish landscaping, each of the twenty three unique rooms and suites - no two alike - is laid out so that you gaze at the gardens.

The La Mirage team takes great effort to grow, raise or procure the highest quality ingredients for the kitchen to achieve an unparalleled level of dining in highland villages. Each night of your stay includes a four-course a la carte dinner of local and international specialties.

 

 

Dining in the Garden Room at La Mirage Hotel & Spa. Photo Nicole Churchill

Top: Avenue of Volcanoes, north of Quito, where most of the world's long-stem roses are grown in the rich volcanic topsoil.
Above: Dining in the Garden Room at La Mirage Hotel & Spa.

 

Highlights

Exploration of the Avenue of Volcanoes with overnights at La Mirage video

La Mirage Suite upgrade

Walking tours of Colonial Quito and Otavalo market

8 Day/7-night Galápagos Islands cruise aboard the yacht Integrity or Reina Silvia


Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Overnight in Quito.

Day 2

Fly to Galápagos Islands. Visit Santa Cruz Island's lush highlands en route to lunch. After lunch, search for giant tortoises in the wild and learn about the endemic plant species. Welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Visit lava tunnels en route to the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the conservation and hatching programs. Lunch in Puerto Ayora. Board the yacht at dinner time. Start our Island cruise!

Day 4-9

Live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. We have at least two shore visits each day. We have several chances to swim and snorkel during our week. Each night we travel on to another unique island.

Please see Our Galápagos Cruising Routes for a list of islands visited on the Western and Eastern routes.

Day 10

Have breakfast on board the yacht, then disembark and fly back to Quito. Transfer to La Mirage for dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Explore the gardens and grounds of La Mirage. Indulge in the spa. Explore and bargain in the Otavalo crafts market, then lunch in the village. Dinner and overnight at La Mirage.

Day 12

En route back to Quito, visit Peguche for traditional back-strap weaving and one of the region's rose farms and possibly Cuicocha for a hike around the lagoon that provides spectacular views of the valley. Overnight in Quito.

Day 13

Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

For a deeper look into this adventure, please see the Detailed Itinerary.

Departures • Galápagos with Ecuadorian Countryside


2014

Integrity

Mar 27 - Apr 9 w

Apr 3 - Apr 16 e

Apr 10 - Apr 23 w

Apr 17 - Apr 30 e

Apr 24 - May 7 w

May 1 - May 14 e

May 8 - May 21 w

May 15 - May 28 e

May 22 - Jun 4 w

May 29 - Jun 11 e

Jun 5 - Jun 18 w

Jun 12 - Jun 25 e

Jun 19 - Jul 2 w

Jun 26 - Jul 9 e

Jul 3 - Jul 16 w

Jul 10 - Jul 23 e

Jul 17 - Jul 30 w

Jul 24 - Aug 6 e

Jul 31 - Aug 13 w

Aug 7 - Aug 20 e

Aug 14 - Aug 27 w

Aug 21 - Sep 3 e

Aug 28 - Sep 10 w

Oct 2 - Oct 15 e

Oct 9 - Oct 22 w

Oct 9 - Oct 22 w

Oct 16 - Oct 29 e

Oct 23 - Nov 5 w

Oct 30 - Nov 12 e

Nov 6 - Nov 19 w

Nov 13 - Nov 26 e

Nov 20 - Dec 3 w

Nov 27 - Dec 10 e

Dec 4 - Dec 17 w

Dec 11 - Dec 24 e

Dec 18 - Jan 1 w Ω

Dec 25 - Jan 7 e Ω

2014
Reina
Silvia

Mar 27 - Apr 9 w

Apr 10 - Apr 23 w

Jun 12 - Jun 24 e

Jul 3 - Jul 16 w

Dec 25 - Jan 7 e Ω

2015

Integrity

Jan 1 - Jan 13 w

Jan 8 - Jan 20 e

Jan 15 - Jan 27 w

Jan 22 - Feb 3 e

Jan 29 - Feb 10 w Ψ

Feb 5 - Feb 17 e

Feb 12 - Feb 24 w

Feb 19 - Mar 3 e

Feb 26 - Mar 10 w

Mar 5 - Mar 17 e

Mar 12 - Mar 24 w

Mar 19 - Mar 31 e

Mar 26 - Apr 7 w θ

Apr 2 - Apr 14 e θ

Apr 9 - Apr 21 w

Apr 16 - Apr 28 e

Apr 23 - May 5 w

Apr 30 - May 12 e

May 7 - May 19 w

May 14 - May 26 e

May 21 - Jun 2 w

May 28 - Jun 9 e

Jun 4 - Jun 16 w

Jun 11 - Jun 23 e

Jun 18 - Jun 30 w

Jun 25 - Jul 7 e

Jul 2 - Jul 14 w

Jul 9 - Jul 21 e

Jul 16 - Jul 28 w

Jul 23 - Aug 4 e

Jul 30 - Aug 11 w

Aug 6 - Aug 18 e

Aug 13 - Aug 25 w

Aug 20 - Sep 1 e

Aug 27 - Sep 8 w

Oct 1 - Oct 13 e

Oct 8 - Oct 20 w

Oct 15 - Oct 27 e

Oct 22 - Nov 3 w

Oct 29 - Nov 10 e

Nov 5 - Nov 17 w

Nov 12 - Nov 24 e

Nov 19 - Dec 1 w

Nov 26 - Dec 8 e

Dec 3 - Dec 15 w

Dec 10 - Dec 22 e

Dec 17 - Dec 29 w Ω

Dec 24 - Jan 5 e Ω

2015
Reina
Silvia

Jan 1 - Jan 13 w

Mar 19 - Mar 31 e

Mar 26 - Apr 7 w

Apr 30 - May 12 e

Jun 18 - Jun 30 w

Jun 25 - Jul 7 e

Jul 9 - Jul 21 e

Nov 19 - Dec 1 w

 

Routes

e = Eastern Route - map and visitor sites - Eastern route video

w = Western Route - map and visitor sites - Western route video

Santa
Cruz
Hotels

Santa Cruz Island accommodations are at Galapagos Safari Camp, Finch Bay Eco Hotel or Royal Palm Hotel. Please inquire with the INCA office to find out which hotel has been confirmed for a specific trip date.

Prices & Supplements • Galápagos with Ecuadorian Countryside

2014

Integrity:

$7295

$7695 | Easter/Spring

Ω $8095 | Holiday

Reina Silvia:

$6395 double, $5195 triple

Ω $7195 double, $5995 triple | Holiday

2015

Integrity:

$7795

θ$8195 | Easter/Spring

Λ $8595 | Holiday

Ψ $8795 | Oceana departure

Reina Silvia:

$6795 double, $5995 triple

 

Suites

Integrity

Owner’s Suite:

$1800 per person

Reina Silvia

Main Deck Suite: $500 per person

Upper Deck Suite: $700 per person

Single

Land Single Supplement: 2014 $950 | 2015 $985

Integrity Single Stateroom (#2) Supplement: $1800

Triple option

The Reina Silvia has the option for a triple stateroom upon request. The triple price is for three people sharing a stateroom, and will apply only when there are three guests in the stateroom. Otherwise, the stateroom will be considered a double.

Notes • Galápagos with Ecuadorian Countryside

Included

Roundtrip airport transfers as specified in itinerary, all yacht and hotel accommodations (double occupancy, unless Single purchased) as specified in itinerary; all meals while on yacht and as specified in itinerary; all non-alcoholic beverages and all draft beer (Integrity only) while on yacht; all guides, activities, tours and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary; use of kayaks and snorkel equipment while on yacht as specified in itinerary.

Not Included

Not included are any airfare, airport taxes and fees; Galápagos National Park Fee; Galápagos yacht Fuel Surcharge; tips for yacht crews, guides or naturalists (at your discretion); wetsuits; excess baggage charges, or other items of a personal nature.

Price also excludes any insurance coverage for trip cancellation-interruption, travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or baggage theft (we recommend you obtain coverage for these items), medical or hospitalization expenses.