This trip offers a fascinating insight into a country which is not only blessed with breath-taking scenery and beautiful colonial cities, but which is also the world's foremost destination for wildlife viewing. The standout experience is an 8-day cruise of Darwin's 'living laboratory', the Galápagos Islands. Also included is a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Quito.


  • Chocolate-tasting in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Quito
  • 8-day cruise of the Galápagos archipelago
  • Iguana spectacle in Parque Seminario
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Destination Expert Charlie Lockwood


Latin America Specialist


  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrival into Quito. This vibrant capital city sits in the foothills of the Andes and is home to your colonial hotel. Situated just off of the Plaza Principal (main square), in the heart of Quito's old town, the Hotel Patio Andaluz is the perfect place to relax after a long journey.

    Overnight: Hotel Patio Andaluz

  3. Day 2 Quito

    Built on the site of an ancient Incan city, Quito has one the best-preserved colonial centres in South America and is well worth exploring. You will also have the chance to sample some of the country's most delicious chocolate – Spanish explorers loved the cacao from Ecuador so much they called it the 'Food of the Gods'.

    Overnight: Hotel Patio Andaluz

  4. Day 3 The Galapagos Islands

    Catch an early flight to the majestic Galápagos Islands. On arrival, meet your fellow guests and expedition crew and transfer to your vessel. The MY Letty will be your home for the next seven nights, while you discover Darwin's 'living laboratory'.

    Overnight: MY Letty

  5. Day 4 - 9 Days exploring the Galapagos Islands

    Spend the next six days exploring this extraordinary volcanic archipelago, island-hopping from ancient lava fields to craggy cliffs where prehistoric reptiles such as the giant Galapagos tortoise and land and marine iguanas roam. These islands surpass any TV documentary you might have seen, bringing natural history to life in the most life-enhancing, unforgettable way imaginable.

    Overnight: MY Letty

  6. Day 10 Guayaquil

    Board your flight back to the mainland, leaving these incredible islands behind you. Spend a night in the port city of Guayaquil at your hotel on the water's edge.

    Overnight: Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil

  7. Day 11 Guayaquil and departure

    Highlights today will include the Parque Seminario, where you can view the comical antics of the hundreds of iguanas that live here. You will also explore the picturesque neighbourhood of Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded. Depart from Guayaquil International Airport.

  8. Depart


  • Transfers and tours in Quito and Guayaquil by English speaking private guide with vehicle
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • The service of a English-speaking guide
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast and all meals on board the ship
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos as well as the Ingala card and Galapagos entrance fee


  • International flights
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary)
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included
  • Travel insurance or visa fees

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