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Hummingbirds, Haciendas and Galapagos


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A journey that will take you from tropical forests literally buzzing with hummingbirds, onto the high Andes and the beautiful Hacienda Zuleta then Galapagos for an 8-days on board one of the best wildlife cruises.

  • Experience pristine tropical forest and some of the best and easiest bird watching in the Americas
  • Visit Hacienda Zuleta one of National Geographic’s favourite hotels in the world in Ecuador’s northern Andes
  • 8-days cruising the Galapagos Islands on board one of our hand picked selection of the best yachts
  • Boutique hotel in Quito
  • Private transfers – someone there to meet you off the plane and take care of you every step of the way
  • 15-day trip starts and ends in Quito

Please contact us for a quote.

Price based on two people sharing a double room.

Day 1 Arrive in Quito. You will be met off the plane and taken to your hotel in Quito. Casa Aliso.

Day 2 Cloud forest - Where rainforests meet mountains a type of ecosystem known as cloud forests prevail, so rich is the profusion of plant life that cloud forests can seem more lush than rain forests. Less than two hours drive from Quito is the Mindo area, with pristine tropical forests home to beautiful tropical birds.

Day 3 Cloud forest Full day to explore the reserve.

Day 4 Cloud forest – Zuleta After breakfast and you will be picked up from the lodge and driven back towards Quito and across Ecuador’s northern Andes, through beautiful scenery to Hacienda Zuleta.

Zuleta is an Andean Shangri-La, described by National Geographic Traveller as one of the top hotels they ‘Love’ in the world, the hacienda itself is exquisite, each room is individually styled, with fabulous food, the option of horseback back riding, easy trails through the Andean countryside on the estate, visit the heartland of a pre-Incan civilisation and one of the few places in the world where you are virtually guaranteed to see wild Andean Condors. You will arrive in time for lunch on day 4.

Day 5 Zuleta Full day to explore the hacienda.

Day 6 Zuleta – Quito After lunch you will be picked up by one of our team and driven back to Quito and your hotel Casa Aliso. Overnight Casa Aliso.

Day 7-14 Galapagos Islands The next morning you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. Upon arrival in Galapagos you will be met by the crew and taken to your yacht. The next glorious 8-days will be spent cruising the Galapagos visiting some of the most spectacular islands in this remarkable archipelago. On day 14 you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador where you will be met by one of our team and taken to your hotel in Quito for the night.

Day 15 Zuleta Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the times or nature of your visits. Your guide will always endeavour to have the best itinerary for you within these constraints.

Land cost includes:
  • 8-days full board on Galapagos yacht with services of Galapagos Naturalist Guide,
  • 2 nights Bellavista Cloud forest lodge full board,
  • 2 nights Hacienda Zuleta full board with extra lunch on day 6,
  • 3 nights at Casa Aliso in Quito bed and breakfast,
  • private transport to Bellavista on day 2, to Zuleta on day 4 and to Quito on day 6,
  • return flight from Ecuador to Galapagos,
  • $10 Galapagos migration card.
Land Cost Does Not Include:
  • International flights,
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee,
  • personal expenses and tips,
  • lunch and dinner in Quito,
  • alcoholic drinks and bottled soft drinks.

*Yacht included in this price illustration is the Angelito the hotel is Casa Aliso and the cloud forest lodge is Bellavista and the hacienda is Hacienda Zuleta.

Taillor Made HolidaysThis is just a taste of what Ecuador and Galapagos can offer.
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If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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Luxury Yachts

A Galapagos cruise offers one of the most outstanding wildlife experiences in the world. A living laboratory of evolution, where the wildlife has no fear of humans, the Galapagos Islands not only inspired Charles Darwin’s famous theory, but have been a source of inspiration for fortunate visitors ever since.

Small yachts, for up to a maximum of 22 guests are the best way for you to experience the Galapagos Islands, sailing gently between the islands, they bring you closer to nature, providing a much more authentic and intimate experience. The 13 Galapagos wildlife cruises that we work with have been carefully selected for their individual qualities, which make them stand out from the competition.


True five star luxury. Superb service, beautiful and spacious interiors and excellent itinerary.
The best yacht in Galapagos.....


She is the sleekest, fastest and longest of all the catamarans in Galapagos, and travelling on this yacht, is like being in a sea-going boutique hotel....


One of only three yachts offering true 5 star facilities in Galapagos, this is a beautiful vessel which is very spacious, light and airy....

First Class Yachts

Mary AnneMary Anne

A beautiful and truly classic sailing ship, which is very spacious and enchantingly romantic. A great option for true sailors at heart and an exhilarating experience....


Named after the HMS Beagle in which Charles Darwin made his famous voyage to the Galapagos, this is a magnificent 105 foot steel-hulled schooner with teak decks and real charm....


Galaxy is a beautiful new motor yacht, launched in 2007, excellent crew, good food and very spacious and comfortable interiors. Run by a local company...


A charming yacht that was originally designed and built in California in 1971 and was completely refurbished in 2002, the Cachalote has an excellent itinerary...

Tip Top IIITip Top III

The Tip Top III is owned by one of the oldest families in the Galapagos, which has a great reputation for good food, good service and a very helpful crew....

Reina SilviaReina Silvia

The Tip Top III is owned by one of the oldest families in the Galapagos, which has a great reputation for good food, good service and a very helpful crew....

Tourist Superior Yachts


Launched in 1992 and loving run by a Galapagos family, Angelito I is an excellent option within her price category. Tourist superior, but first class service....


A European classic yacht and the best in her class. Although a little smaller than other yachts we work with (which is reflected in the price) the Samba has a superb itinerary...


If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Choose Accommodation

Cloud forest


The accomodation itself is simple, but comfortable. The forest around the lodge is literally buzzing with hummingbirds, which you can observe from your private balcony...


The multi-award winning Napo Wildlife Center, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. The lodge, which is 100% owned...

BellavistaEl Monte Ecolodge

A fantastic riverside lodge set in lush Tropical Cloud Forest of Mindo, just 1.30 minutes drive from Quito. All built using local materials, with simple but elegant styling...


Hacienda ZuletaHacienda Zuleta

An Andean Shangri-La…we can’t recommend this place highly enough. Without a doubt our favourite place in Ecuador’s Andes, and a fabulous place to relax...

•	San Augustin del Callo  San Augustin del Callo

Built on the site of an Incan palace, later turned into an Augustinian Convent and also temporary home to the French Geodisic Mission whose visit to Ecuador...

Quito Hotels

Hotel Plaza Grande - QuitoHotel Plaza Grande - Quito

With its sumptious fabrics, fantastic views and intricate hand carved wooden furniture inspired by the Spanish Colonial era, Plaza Grande is Quito’s most luxuriant...

Hotel Le ParcHotel Le Parc

Hands down the most stylish of Quito’s hotels. The 30 suites in this boutique hotel which opened in 2008 are all exceptional in terms of décor and comfort – true 5-star luxury...

Hotel Casa AlisoHotel Casa Aliso

A boutique hotel which has all the style and comfort of a small luxurious home. Its secluded location, yet a short walk from the bussle of the town and 20 minutes from the airport...

Hotel El Relicario del CarmenHotel El Relicario del Carmen

A lovingly restaured house in the centre of Quito which offers great value and is a real oasis of peace in the bustle of the colonial quarter. The standard rooms are...

Hotel Patio AndaluzHotel Patio Andaluz

Designed to give guests a real sense of the colonial history of Quito. In the heart of the colonial centre, the hotel is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments...

Hostal La Casa del SolHostal La Casa del Sol

An intimate sunny atmosphere pervades this hostel which celebrates the city’s Andean identity. Centered around a sunny courtyard, leading to a living area and café...

Hotel QuitoHotel Quito

The Hotel Quito, has arguably the best location in town, with beautiful views across the city of Quito on one side, and across the valley of Tumbaco...

Hostal La Posada ColonialHostal La Posada Colonial

A family run hostel set in a 400 year old building in the heart of the old section with real colonial style charm, and representing great value...

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Think Galapagos

Rachel DexCall Rachel, Ecuador and Galapagos Specialist
on 01964 552292
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Quote "The holiday was wonderful; many thanks for all your work which made it all run so smoothly."

Joan Giles

Quote “We could not have asked for more in terms of the accommodation and facilities. Casa Alison is a lovely little hotel, El Monte was a wonderful experience and Hacienda Zuleta was superlative.”

Alan Bradley.

Quote “We all had a simply superb trip; every bit as memorable as we thought it would be, and were overwhelmed by Ecuador in general, the cloud forest in particular.”

David and Sarah Holt.

Hummingbirds and Haciendas

Hummingbirds and Haciendas

Hummingbirds and Haciendas

Hummingbirds and Haciendas

Hummingbirds and Haciendas

Hummingbirds and Haciendas

Santiago“Ecuador’s cloud forests, just 2 hours from Quito, are home to some of the most beautiful and easy to spot birds in the world,”

Call Santiago, Galapagos specialist and trip leader on 01964 552292
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