Ecuador Extend Your Stay

 

 

Quito City Extensions

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After staying a night in Quito, have a full day tour of Ecuador’s capital city surrounded by volcanoes.  With a private guide and driver, choose from among several possibilities to suit your interests and the weather.  Most common: a morning tour of Quito’s historic Old Town: visit La Campañia, Basillica, Museo del Alabado and Panecillo.  Afternoon ride up the cable car to a spectacular panoramic view of Quito, then visit the museum installation of Ecuadorian artist Guayasamín.  Or head to the Equatorial monument to straddle two hemispheres.  Lunch is on your own to maximize Quito’s dining options.

Extension Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Quito, Ecuador.  Transfer to Hilton Colón, Casa Gangotena or ILLA Experience for overnight.

Day 2: Full day private, guided tour of Quito.  Lunch and dinner on your own.  Overnight at Hilton Colón, Casa Gangotena or ILLA Experience. Transfer to airport the next morning.

2019 Extension Price*

2 guests, double-occupancy, per person:         Hilton Colón Quito $515 | Casa Gangotena / ILLA Experience $835
4 guests, double-occupancy, per person:         Hilton Colón Quito $300 | Casa Gangotena / ILLA Experience $700
Single Supplement (odd number in party):  Hilton Colón Quito $185 | Casa Gangotena / ILLA Experience $515
Solo Traveler:                                                         Hilton Colón Quito $960 | Casa Gangotena / ILLA Experience $1595
*Rates reflect upgrade from Wyndham Quito Airport

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Quito Private City Tours

With a private guide and vehicle, tour Ecuador’s capital city.  Includes all admissions. Half-day is 3.5 hours and full-day is 8 hours.  Lunch is on your own to maximize Quito’s dining options.

Half Day           Explore Quito’s Old Town. Visit La Campañia, Basillica, Museo del Alabado and Panecillo.

Rate                  1 guest $200 | 2 guests $120 per person | 3 guests $95 per person | 4+ $80 per person

Full Day            Explore Quito’s Old Town, then spend the afternoon in extended Quito. Select from cable car ride, museums,
                           Equatorial Monument visit (see City Stay description above).

Rate                   1 guest $380 | 2 guests $225 per person | 3 guests $165 per person | 4+ $140 per person


 

Otavalo Full Day Tour

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A visit to Otavalo village and market provides a unique and rewarding cultural extension to any Galápagos tour. Otavaleños have maintained a strong identity throughout Ecuador’s history and are easily identifiable from their distinctive dress. While visiting the famed Otavalo Plaza de los Ponchos market, you will be awash in artisan stalls selling colorful handmade textiles and paintings, beautiful jewelry, and skillfully-crafted leather goods. Many of the artisans displaying their wares have worked for years to master and preserve traditional crafts and production techniques. The market is open every day, with the biggest vendor turnout on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Be prepared to bargain!

In the verdant Avenue of Volcanoes between Quito and Otavalo, you will visit several villages known for a distinctive craft or natural feature: Cotacachi for leatherwork, Cayambe for their famous bisccochos salt biscuits and cheese, Peguche for music, weaving and waterfalls, San Pablo for lake views. If there is time, a visit to scenic Lake Cuicocha will be included.

Extension Itinerary

Depart 8:00 am for the drive north to Otavalo. The road winds up and down river valleys cut into the rich volcanic soils. Pass greenhouses where the world’s long-stemmed roses are grown. Stop to sample biscochos in Cayambe.

Visit Lake San Pablo with spectacular views of Imbabura, Cotacachi and Pataquí volcanos.  Weather permitting, you might glimpse mighty Cayambe Volcano towering off in the distance.  Wander through the Plaza de los Ponchos artisan craft market in Otavalo.

Walk to a waterfall in Peguche and visit Artesanía el Gran Cóndor weaver’s cooperative and Nanda Mañachi Andean musicians workshop.  Depending on interest, you may choose to visit the hat factories in the nearby village of Iluman or the leather shops across the valley in Cotacachi.

Time and weather permitting, visit scenic Lago Cuicocha. Return to Quito or the airport. Approximate return time back to Quito is between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Lunch included.

Extension price:

1guest $640 | 2 guests $380 per person | 3 guests $290 per person | 4-5 guests $240 per person


 

Guayaquil City Extensions

Guayaquil City Tours

Enjoy a full day tour of Ecuador’s coastal port city. With your private guide and driver, you can choose from several possibilities to suit your interests and the weather. Tours can be tailored towards art, culture or history. Tour historic colonial Guayaquil, see iguanas up-close in the famous Iguana Park, walk the Malecón 2000 boardwalk, visit the Museum of Art and Anthropology, climb the 444 steps through Las Peñas neighborhood to the top of Santa Ana Hill. Visit Parque Histórico colonial buildings, botanical garden and wildlife. Dinner is on your own so you may select for your personal dining preferences—we will gladly make reservations. NOTE: one of the nights in Guayaquil is already included at Oro Verde in your Galapagos package.

Extension Itinerary

Day 1      Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Transfer to Oro Verde Guayaquil or Hotel del Parque.

Day 2      Full day private, guided tour of Guayaquil. Join your scheduled Galápagos adventure with overnight at Oro Verde Guayaquil or Hotel del Parque. Transfer to the airport the next morning.

Extension Prices

2 guests, double occupancy, per person:            Oro Verde $375 | Hotel del Parque $630
4 guests, double occupancy, per person:            Oro Verde $315 | Hotel del Parque $570
Single Supplement (odd number in party):  Oro Verde $110 | Hotel del Parque $290
Solo Traveler:                                                            Oro Verde $615 | Hotel del Parque $1145
                                                                                    Hotel del Parque rate includes upgrade for first/last Galapagos trip night

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Guayaquil Private City Tours

With a private guide and vehicle, tour Ecuador’s port city. Includes all admissions. Half-day is 4 hours and full-day is 7-8 hours and includes lunch.

Half Day                Explore Guayaquil’s colonial town, visit Malecón 2000 boardwalk, climb Santa Ana Hill

Rate                        1 guest $180 | 2 guests $115 per person | 3 guests $85 per person | 4+ $70 per person

Full Day                 Enjoy a full exploration of Ecuador’s port city. Includes a visit to Parque Histórico* as well as your choice of
                                other local attractions (see City Stay description above). * Weds-Sun for Parque

Rate                        1 guest $370 | 2 guests $240 per person | 3 guests $200 per person | 4+ $180 per person


 

Amazon Jungle:  6-Day / 5-Night Extension

Wildlife viewing and exploration in the Amazon Jungle

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INCA’s Amazon option is an ideal complement to your Galápagos experience. This extension blends adventure with education, pristine wilderness with creature comforts, and global perspective with local expertise for a truly unique journey.

In the Amazon Basin, you will explore a complex and unique ecosystem while being treated to a luxurious stay at Napo Wildlife Center*. Nestled among the rainforest’s dense vegetation, Napo Wildlife Center is home to a truly mind-boggling array of wildlife, including over 1,450 species of birds – many of which exist nowhere else in the world.

You will spend five days experiencing this diverse and exciting wonder-of-the-world, accompanied by highly-qualified English-speaking guides. You may choose to explore the jungle from the lodge’s miles of pristine hiking trails, a dugout canoe, a canopy walk situated high above the rainforest floor, or even from one of the lodge’s scenic balconies.

Extension Itinerary

Day 1: A day of leisure to explore Quito area on your own. Overnight at Hilton Colón Quito. 

Days 2-5: Flight to Ecuador’s Upper Amazon Basin. Travel down the Rio Napo by canoe to Napo Wildlife Center*. Spend the next four days taking in sights and sounds of the jungle.

Day 5:  Return canoe trip up the Rio Napo for your flight back to Quito Airport where you connect to your homeward bound flight.

Extension Price

2 guests, double-occupancy, per person:     $2100 per person, Standard Double | $2395 per person, Suite.
Single Supplement (odd number in party):  $1055 Standard Double | $1220 Suite
Solo Traveler:                 Call for rates
Coca Flights: $265 per person, subject to change

* Sacha Lodge and La Selva Lodge may also be arranged in place of Napo Wildlife Center—please inquire.


 

Hacienda Zuleta: 3-Day / 2-Night Extension

 A Stay at an Enchanting Hacienda in the Avenue of Volcanoes: May be added before or after Galápagos

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Hacienda Zuleta is a stunning and historic luxury country inn situated on a 4,000-acre working farm. Once the private home of Ecuador’s most colorful president, the hacienda sits in the heart of a breathtaking valley, and features 15 beautifully decorated rooms. Guests are treated to a serene atmosphere, lush gardens, and rich cultural experiences along with delicious home-cooked Ecuadorian cuisine. All meals are prepared with organic ingredients produced within the hacienda’s grounds.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to explore Zuleta’s extensive estate by taking part in a variety of activities including hikes and garden strolls, as well as tours of the Hacienda’s historic buildings, embroidery workshop, and traditional dairy. The Hacienda also offers guests the opportunity to take part in mountain biking, horseback riding, embroidery classes, and cooking classes for an additional cost.  

The Hacienda is home to a variety wildlife, including the Andean condor and giant hummingbird. Guests may even catch a glimpse of a Spectacled Bear, South America’s only bear species. For an up-close look at one of the world’s largest flying birds, be sure to make a visit to Condor Huasi Project, Hacienda Zuleta’s celebrated Andean condor rehabilitation program.

Extension Itinerary (may also be added before Galápagos)

Day 1: Private transfer from the airport to Hacienda Zuleta for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Explore the miles of trails around Zuleta by horseback, mountain bike, or foot. Visit the women's community embroidery project and the Condor Huasi Project. Tour the working farm and learn about cheese making at the dairy, or fishing at the trout farm. Or relax by one of the fire places with a glass of wine.

Day 3: Spend the morning at Hacienda Zuleta. After lunch, visit Otavalo town en route to Quito airport for either overnight or your flight home.

2019 Extension Price 

2 guests, double-occupancy, per person:     Standard Room $1130 | Deluxe Room $1395 | Junior Suite $1500
Single Supplement (odd number in party):  Standard Room $  175 | Deluxe Room $  240 | Junior Suite $  280
Solo Traveler:                                                     Standard Room$1895 | Deluxe Room $2195 | Junior Suite $2350
Add additional nights at Hacienda Zuleta from $298 Double per person | from $388 Single

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Hacienda La Danesa: 3-Day / 2-Night Extension

An active adventure into the lush coastal forests just one hour from Guayaquil

Hacienda La Danesa

Hacienda La Danesa is a family-owned lodge situated on a working dairy farm, cacao and teak plantation offering gracious hospitality and active adventures.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities including cacao and chocolate making, cooking classes, hikes into the cloud forest, horseback riding, tubing in the nearby rivers, as well as tours of the hacienda’s dairy operations. For those seeking a little relaxation, consider a in room massage or spa treatment.

Extension Itinerary (may also be added before Galápagos)

Day 1: Private transfer from your hotel or airport in Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa. Brief orientation of lodge and grounds, chocolate and cacao workshop, followed by three-course farm to table lunch. Following lunch, try your hand at milking at the working dairy, then head to the river by bike and relax tubing in the river. Join other guests for drinks on the terrace before dinner.

Day 2: After breakfast, head to Esperanza Cloud Forest for a hike through pristine woodlands dense with bromeliads, orchids, ferns and elusive wildlife to a series of three waterfalls where you can take a dip in the refreshing waters and book an optional rappel down the falls, followed by a visit to local sugar cane farmer to produce your own sugar cane juice. Return back to the hacienda in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, wandering the gardens, go horseback riding or book a rejuvenating in-room massage. In the early evening, join other guests for drinks on the terrace before enjoying a three-course farm to table meal.

Day 3: Enjoy breakfast in the gardens before returning back to Guayaquil.

2020 Extension Price 

2 guests, double-occupancy, per person:     $1190
Solo Traveler single supplement:                      $964

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Mashpi Cloud Forest: 4-Day / 3-Night Extension

A journey to Ecuador’s Cloud Forest:   May be added before or after Galápagos

Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

Mashpi Lodge is a luxury retreat in Ecuador’s unique cloud forest. At Mashpi, you can find 400 species of birds, endemic trees, frogs and ferns, crashing waterfalls, howling monkeys and mysterious puma. You will also find contemporary ecological design, fine dining, spa treatments and breathtaking views of the surrounding forested mountains through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows. 

Mashpi is located on a 1,200-hectare private reserve in the rare Chocó-Andean forest, one of the most diverse tropical forests in the world. About a 3-hour drive from Quito, Mashpi offers guests an unprecedented opportunity to explore both cloud and rainforest, rich in species and biodiversity, from every angle, from the roots of the trees all the way up beyond the canopy, always accompanied by experienced guides who likely grew up among those very same trunks and branches.

Explorations, activities and facilities: you may enjoy walking maintained jungle trails, hiking to waterfalls, birding, visiting the hummingbird garden, climbing the observation tower, riding the Sky Bike, gliding on the Dragonfly gondola ride, learning at the Butterfly Life Center, doing yoga in the forest, getting spa treatments, and watching the mist drift among the peaks through the sky-high windows. All activities (except spa treatments and Dragonfly) and meals are included in your stay.

Extension Itinerary

Day 1     Overnight in Quito.

Day 2-3    Depart Quito in the morning for the drive to Mashpi. Enjoy an all-inclusive experience at Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador’s cloud forest. Additional days may be added as desired see below.

Day 4      Morning in Mashpi. Depart after lunch for return to Quito and arrive in the evening.

2019 Extension Prices

2 guests, double-occupancy, per person:     Wayra double $1500 per person | Yaku Suite double $1790 per person
Child                            $770 for child age 8-11 when sharing with adult
Single Supplement (odd number in party):  Wayra $1500 | Yaku Suite $1790
Solo Traveler              Call for pricing

Private Transfer   $400 to/from Quito City | $450 to/from Quito Airport (1- 9 guests).

Group transfers from select hotels in Quito City are included

Add additional nights at Mashpi for $690 double per person | $1380 single per person


 

Machu Picchu: 5-Day / 4-Night Extension

 A journey to the extraordinary ruins of Machu Picchu. This extension works best before Galápagos, but may also be arranged after.

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Enhance your Galapagos adventure with a visit to Machu Picchu. Begin with an overnight in Lima, Peru, then fly to Cusco and head to Urubamba Valley. En route to the Valley, visit Chincheros village. Explore ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. In the evening, relax at a contemporary hacienda-style hotel located in the heart of the Sacred Valley.

The next morning, catch the early train to Machu Picchu Pueblo for a two-day visit at Machu Picchu. During your stay, explore this famous site with the assistance of a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide. Contemplate the ruins at your own pace, take in the extraordinary views, visit the Inca Bridge, explore to the Sun Gate, and hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain with your guide

Extension Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lima, Peru.

Day 2: Fly to Cusco, drive to Urubamba Valley. Visit Chincheros village and Ollantaytambo ruins.

Day 3: Spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu for a two-day visit of the citadel. Here you will take in Machu Picchu’s extraordinary sights and history with the assistance of an expert guide. Option to hike up Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu.

Day 4: Morning in Machu Picchu. Return to Machu Picchu Pueblo in the afternoon for the evening train to Cuzco.

Day 5: Walking tour of Cuzco. Fly from Cusco to either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Extension Price 

2 travelers:                                          $3800 to $4600 per person double, depending on desired accommodation level
4+ travelers:                                           $3200 to $4000 per person double, depending on accommodation level
Single Supplement:                              $700 to $1400, depending on accommodation level
Solo Traveler:                                        Call for pricing
Hiram Bingham Train Upgrade: $350 per person
Sanctuary Lodge Upgrade:          additional $700 per person, double occupancy | $1300 single


 

Peru: 9-Day / 8-Night Extension

An Exploration of Both Historic and Modern-Day Peru: This extension works best before Galápagos, but may also be arranged after.

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This extended Peruvian adventure enables you to delve into the country’s multifaceted history and culture. You will explore the arts, culture, and legacy of pre-Incan, Incan, and Spanish colonial eras, as well as modern-day Peru. You will be able to truly take in the essence of the country and savor its vast and breathtaking landscapes.

On this journey, you will visit Lima’s esteemed museums and restaurants, walk Cusco’s ancient Incan roads, and explore indigenous villages nestled within the Sacred Valley. Your trip will culminate with two days and two nights of exploration at Machu Picchu.

Extension Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lima, Peru, overnight in Lima.

Day 2: Tour historic Lima.  Visit National Museum of Archaeology and Larco Museum.  

Day 3: Fly to Cusco. En route to Urubamba Valley, visit Awana Cancha. Explore Pisac market and Pisac fortress ruins.

Day 4: Visit to Chinchero market with a traditional weaving demonstration, explore Moray terraces and Maras salt mines. Visit Ollantaytambo ruins and village.

Days 5-6: Spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu for a two-day visit. Here you will take in Machu Picchu’s extraordinary sights and history with the assistance of an expert guide. Option to hike up Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu.

Day 7: Morning train to Cuzco. Walking tour of Cusco and enjoy a traditional Peruvian-style dinner.

Day 8: Visit Cusco’s central market, Inca Museum, and Archbishop’s Palace. Afternoon visit to Sacsayhuaman with a private ceremony with a shaman among the ancient ruins.

Day 9: Morning in Cuzco. Fly from Cuzco to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Extension Price 

2-3 travelers:                                $5600 to $6800 per person double, depending on desired accommodation level
4+ travelers:                                  $4800 to $6000 per person double, depending on desired accommodation level
Single Supplement:                      $1115 to $2100, depending on accommodation level
Solo Traveler:                                Call for pricing
Hiram Bingham Train Upgrade: $350 per person
Sanctuary Lodge Upgrade:          $1400 per person, double occupancy | $2600 single

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