Galapagos Cruise and Ecuadorian Countryside Tour — Overview


Galapagos 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 Galapagos 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. 

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.

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.



  • 8 Day/7-night Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the yacht Integrity or Reina Silvia
  • Exploration of the Avenue of Volcanoes with overnights at La Mirage
  • La Mirage Suite upgrade
  • Walking tours of Colonial Quito and Otavalo market
  • 1 night Quito
  • 1 night Santa Cruz


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