The Golden Triangle: Best Places to Visit in Ecuador

Ecuador’s Golden Triangle

All the stunning destinations Ecuador offers in one amazing deal!

This package gives you the most complete Ecuador experience.  This tour starts in Quito’s historic center, then takes you to enjoy some thrilling adventures in the cloud forest, and finally to the incredible Galapagos islands! Each stop along your journey offers the highest quality service and attention in one-of-a-kind destinations with luxury accommodations and knowledgeable staff. All of this plus up-to-date biosafety protocols, provides the peace of mind necessary to enjoy a fantastic vacation.



 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Luxury accommodations in every destination
  • Relais & Châteaux experience (Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel)
  • Two National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™ (Mashpi Lodge and the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel)
  • Native and endemic fauna from our Galapagos Big15 list of iconic species
  • Fine cuisine in the heart of Quito’s Historic Center
  • Guided rainforest exploration and Dragonfly cable ride experience
  • Exciting day tours and activities in the Galapagos National Park

Available for 2021

 9-DAY / 8-NIGHT PROGRAM

STARTING AT $3,806.76 * PER PERSON REQUEST THIS PROGRAM

*Accommodations include a Luxury Room at Casa Gangotena, a Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge, and a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
*Rates based on double occupancy
*For upgrade options or a solo traveler quote, please contact our Destination Experts
*Taxes not included


  • ITINERARY
  • AVAILABLE DAY TOURS ABOARD THE SEA LION YACHT IN GALAPAGOS
  • INCLUDED
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • CONDITIONS
  • GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS
ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive in Quito
  • Shared transfer* service from the airport to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity in the hotel, followed by a 4-course Mestizo Menu dinner for two
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

*If you wish to hire a private transfer service from the airport, please contact our Destination Experts.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Shared transfer to Mashpi Lodge
  • Lunch at Mashpi, followed by guided exploration activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Accommodations in a Wayra Room

Wondering what to do with a little downtime? Take a look at Mashpi’s Spa!


Day 3

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast followed by guided activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Lunch at the lodge followed by afternoon activity in the rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Accommodations in a Wayra Room

Day 4

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast followed by a guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Shared transfer from Mashpi to Casa Gangotena in Quito
  • Early evening activity at Casa Gangotena followed by a 7-course meal for two
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

Day 5

  • Early morning breakfast at Casa Gangotena
  • 8:30 a.m. checkout followed by a shared transfer to Quito’s Airport
  • Arrival in the Galapagos Islands
  • Shared transfer across Santa Cruz Island, with nature visit and lunch in the highlands
  • Arrival at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Ceviche cooking class for two
  • Dinner à la carte
  • Accommodations in a Finch Bay Room

Day 6

  • Early morning breakfast at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Full Day tour aboard the Finch Bay’s Sea Lion Yacht
  • Exploration in the Galapagos National Park
  • Return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel followed by dinner à la carte

Day 7

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • Half-day tour of Divine Bay, includes guided kayak activity
  • À la carte lunch at the Finch Bay Hotel
  • Half-day visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel followed by dinner à la carte

Day 8

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:30 a.m. checkout followed by shared transfer to the airport
  • Return flight to Quito
  • Shared transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity at the hotel
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

Day 9

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout and transfer to the airport
AVAILABLE DAY TOURS ABOARD THE SEA LION YACHT IN GALAPAGOS

North Seymour Island and Las Bachas Beach

North Seymour is teeming with life! Cliffs that are only a few meters high form the shoreline and serve as the spot where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks accompanied by playful sea lions. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom.

Available on Mondays (Las Bachas/North Seymour) and Sundays (North Seymour/Las Bachas)

Read more about this day tour!

Bartolome Island

Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering and spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best-known landmark in the islands. Galapagos penguins — the only species of penguin found north of the equator — walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers.

Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Read more about this day tour!

South Plaza Island

South Plaza is a small island full of fascinating wildlife, both along its shore and along its dramatic, wind-swept cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors according to the season. South Plaza is one of Galapagos’ most impressive visiting sites.

Available on Wednesdays and Fridays

Read more about this day tour!

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets that form an ideal anchorage spot. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz and sits within sight of Puerto Ayora. Like North Seymour, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically, and you can see underwater lava formations out in the open.

Available on Thursdays

Read more about this day tour!

INCLUDED

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

  • Transfer service between the airport and the hotel
  • Breakfasts
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room
  • Evening activities
  • Wi-Fi

Mashpi Lodge

  • Shared transfer service between Casa Gangotena and Mashpi Lodge
  • Activities at Mashpi Lodge
  • Dragonfly cable ride
  • Accommodations in Wayra Room
  • Guided activities throughout Mashpi Reserve
  • Use of rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Wi-Fi

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • Shared transfer service between the airport and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Accommodations in a Finch Bay Room
  • Day tours aboard the Sea Lion Yacht
  • Santa Cruz day tours to Divine Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Ceviche cooking class
  • Wi-Fi
NOT INCLUDED

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

  • Taxes
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Any additional purchases
  • Dinner on the final evening of the itinerary

Mashpi Lodge

  • Taxes
  • Treatments and services at Mashpi’s Spa
  • Purchases at Mashpi’s Bar
  • Purchase from Mashpi’s Boutique

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • Taxes
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Treatments and services at Finch Bay’s Spa
  • Purchases at Finch Bay’s Bar
  • Purchases from the Finch Bay’s Boutique
CONDITIONS
  • Package does not include international airfare to/from Ecuador.
  • In order to make each of your scheduled transfers between the airport and the hotel in the Galapagos, we recommend that you take particular flights between mainland Ecuador and the archipelago, please review details with your destination expert.
  • A deposit may be required to confirm your reservation.
  • This program (and its accommodation options) are subject to availability.
  • Payments made with a credit card do not incur additional charges.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Offer valid for travel between: January 01, 2021, through December 31, 2021.
  • The Galapagos National Park entrance fee varies according to guest’s nationality, while the INGALA Transit Control Card currently costs USD 20.00 per person; both are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Activities in the Galapagos that may incur an additional cost include: kayaking, cycling, and paddleboarding.
GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS

Baggage:

Check out the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel’s handy packing list and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

  • Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. The current limits are 50.6 lbs (23 kg) for checked items, 17 lbs (8 kg) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.) Please keep in mind that airlines are strict with their baggage limitations.
  • All baggage must be securely packed, and be properly, clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and/or other items that are not packed as such will be transported at the guests’ own risk.
  • We are not liable for loss or damage to baggage and/or any other personal item during air travel. We are not liable for baggage stored in shore-side facilities.
  • We recommend that you keep important travel documents (passport, visa, Galapagos transit control card), important medication and/or valuables on you at all times. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times.
  • We are not liable for the loss of, or damage of, of any aforementioned personal items. We reserve the right to charge for the return of personal items left at the hotel.

Important:

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products, other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.


Available for 2021

 11-DAY / 10-NIGHT PROGRAM

STARTING AT $4,973.38 * PER PERSON REQUEST THIS PROGRAM

*Accommodations include a Luxury Room at Casa Gangotena, a Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge, and a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
*Rates based on double occupancy
*For upgrade options or a solo traveler quote, please contact our Destination Experts
*Taxes not included


  • ITINERARY
  • AVAILABLE DAY TOURS ABOARD THE SEA LION YACHT IN GALAPAGOS
  • INCLUDED
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • CONDITIONS
  • GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS
ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive in Quito
  • Shared transfer* service from the airport to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity in the hotel, followed by a 4-course Mestizo Menu dinner for two
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

*If you wish to hire a private transfer service from the airport, please contact our Destination Experts.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Shared transfer to Mashpi Lodge
  • Lunch at Mashpi, followed by guided exploration activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Accommodations in a Wayra Room

Wondering what to do with a little downtime? Take a look at Mashpi’s Spa!

Day 3

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast followed by guided activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Lunch at the lodge followed by afternoon activity in the rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Accommodations in a Wayra Room

Day 4

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast followed by guided activities in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Lunch at the lodge followed by afternoon activity in the rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Accommodations in a Wayra Room

Day 5

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast followed by a guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Shared transfer from Mashpi to Casa Gangotena in Quito
  • Early evening activity at Casa Gangotena followed by a 7-course meal for two
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

Day 6

  • Early morning breakfast at Casa Gangotena
  • 8:30 a.m. checkout followed by a shared transfer to Quito’s Airport
  • Arrival in the Galapagos Islands
  • Shared transfer across Santa Cruz Island, with nature visit and lunch in the highlands
  • Arrival at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Ceviche cooking class for two
  • Dinner à la carte
  • Accommodations in a Finch Bay Room

Day 7

  • Early morning breakfast at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Full Day tour aboard the Finch Bay’s Sea Lion Yacht
  • Exploration in the Galapagos National Park
  • Return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel followed by dinner à la carte

Day 8

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • Half-day tour of Divine Bay, includes guided kayak activity
  • À la carte lunch at the Finch Bay Hotel
  • Half-day visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel followed by dinner à la carte

Day 9

  • Early morning breakfast at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Full Day tour aboard the Finch Bay’s Sea Lion Yacht
  • Exploration in the Galapagos National Park
  • Return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel followed by dinner à la carte

Day 10

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:30 a.m. checkout followed by shared transfer to the airport
  • Return flight to Quito
  • Shared transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity at the hotel
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room

Day 11

  • Early morning breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout and transfer to the airport
AVAILABLE DAY TOURS ABOARD THE SEA LION YACHT IN GALAPAGOS

North Seymour Island and Las Bachas Beach

North Seymour is teeming with life! Cliffs that are only a few meters high form the shoreline and serve as the spot where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks accompanied by playful sea lions. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom.

Available on Mondays (Las Bachas/North Seymour) and Sundays (North Seymour/Las Bachas)

Read more about this day tour!

Bartolome Island

Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering and spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best-known landmark in the islands. Galapagos penguins — the only species of penguin found north of the equator — walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers.

Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Read more about this day tour!

South Plaza Island

South Plaza is a small island full of fascinating wildlife, both along its shore and along its dramatic, wind-swept cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors according to the season. South Plaza is one of Galapagos’ most impressive visiting sites.

Available on Wednesdays and Fridays

Read more about this day tour!

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets that form an ideal anchorage spot. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz and sits within sight of Puerto Ayora. Like North Seymour, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically, and you can see underwater lava formations out in the open.

Available on Thursdays

Read more about this day tour!

INCLUDED

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

  • Transfer service between the airport and the hotel
  • Breakfasts
  • Accommodations in a Luxury Room
  • Evening activities
  • Wi-Fi

Mashpi Lodge

  • Shared transfer service between Casa Gangotena and Mashpi Lodge
  • Activities at Mashpi Lodge
  • Dragonfly cable ride
  • Accommodations in Wayra Room
  • Guided activities throughout Mashpi Reserve
  • Use of rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Wi-Fi

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • Shared transfer service between the airport and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Accommodations in a Finch Bay Room
  • Day tours aboard the Sea Lion Yacht
  • Santa Cruz day tours to Divine Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Ceviche cooking class
  • Wi-Fi
NOT INCLUDED

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

  • Taxes
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Any additional purchases
  • Dinner on the final evening of the itinerary

Mashpi Lodge

  • Taxes
  • Treatments and services at Mashpi’s Spa
  • Purchases at Mashpi’s Bar
  • Purchase from Mashpi’s Boutique

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • Taxes
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Treatments and services at Finch Bay’s Spa
  • Purchases at Finch Bay’s Bar
  • Purchases from the Finch Bay’s Boutique
CONDITIONS
  • Package does not include international airfare to/from Ecuador.
  • In order to make each of your scheduled transfers between the airport and the hotel in the Galapagos, we recommend that you take particular flights between mainland Ecuador and the archipelago, please review details with your destination expert.
  • A deposit may be required to confirm your reservation.
  • This program (and its accommodation options) are subject to availability.
  • Payments made with a credit card do not incur additional charges.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Offer valid for travel between: January 01, 2021, through December 31, 2021.
  • The Galapagos National Park entrance fee varies according to guest’s nationality, while the INGALA Transit Control Card currently costs USD 20.00 per person; both are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Activities in the Galapagos that may incur an additional cost include: kayaking, cycling, and paddleboarding.
GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS

Baggage:

Check out the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel’s handy packing list and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

  • Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. The current limits are 50.6 lbs (23 kg) for checked items, 17 lbs (8 kg) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.) Please keep in mind that airlines are strict with their baggage limitations.
  • All baggage must be securely packed, and be properly, clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and/or other items that are not packed as such will be transported at the guests’ own risk.
  • We are not liable for loss or damage to baggage and/or any other personal item during air travel. We are not liable for baggage stored in shore-side facilities.
  • We recommend that you keep important travel documents (passport, visa, Galapagos transit control card), important medication and/or valuables on you at all times. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times.
  • We are not liable for the loss of, or damage of, of any aforementioned personal items. We reserve the right to charge for the return of personal items left at the hotel.

Important:

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products, other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.


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