Humboldt’s Footsteps

Trace the route of the Alexander Von Humboldt as you discover all that Ecuador has to offer in this diverse and exciting itinerary. 

Start your trip with two nights in Quito in one of the city’s top hotels complete with a half day tour. From here, you will fly to the Amazon to board an exciting cruise along the Amazon river. Sail deep into the Amazon, spotting wildlife and visiting local communities. After a night back in Quito, you will continue in Humboldt’s footsteps as you start your journey along the Avenue of Volcanoes. Your private guide will take you down through beautiful scenery, travelling from Quito and finishing in Cuenca. Along the way you will stay in charming haciendas, visiting Cotopaxi, Quilotoa lake and, Riobamba and finishing in the pretty city of Cuenca. From here, continue to Guayaquil for one night before flying out to the Galapagos islands. Enjoy five nights exploring the Galapagos by boat and on land, staying in a luxury hotel and a luxury tented camp.

Trip highlights

  • 2 nights in Quito at Palacio Gangotena with a tour of the city

  • 4 nights sailing the Amazon on the Anakonda cruise with activities included

  • 1 extra night in Quito at Palacio Gangotena

  • 1 night near Cotopaxi with a tour of the national park

  • 1 night in Riobamba at Hacienda Abraspunga with a visit to Quilotoa Lake

  • 3 nights in Cuenca at Mansion Alcazar with a trip on the Devil’s Nose train

  • 1 night in Guayaquil at the Hotel del Parque

  • 5 nights exploring the Galapagos at Scalesia Lodge and Finch Bay Hotel

Map of your holiday

 

Day by Day itinerary

DAY 1

Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador

Arrive into Ecuador

Arrive in Quito and transfer straight to your hotel for the next two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Palacio Gangotena

DAY 2

Quito Ecuador

Explore Quito

This morning your guide will take on a private tour of the city.

DAY 3

Anakonda Amazon Boat Ecuador

Journey into the Amazon

This morning you will take a flight to Coca where you will board your cruise along the Amazon.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Anakonda Cruise

DAYS 4 – 6

Manatee Amazon Luxury Cruise, Ecuador

Soak in the Amazon Jungle

Venture into the Amazon along the amazing Napo River taking in the amazing natural paradise that surrounds you.

DAY 7

Casa Gangotena Quito

Return to Quito

Return to Quito for a night.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Palacio Gangotena

DAY 8

The volcano Cotopaxi in Ecuador

See the Cotopaxi volcano

Today your guide will accompany you to the Cotopaxi volcano and then on to your hacienda for the night.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hacienda San Agustin del Callo

DAY 9

Quilotoa crater lake, Ecuador

Travel south through the avenue of volcanoes

This morning you will depart for a tour of the Quilotoa lake before checking in to your hacienda for the night.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hacienda Abraspunga

DAY 10

Cuenca, Ecuador

Ride the Devil’s Nose train

Enjoy a ride on the famous Devil’s Nose train and then continue to the charming city of Cuenca for the next three nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Mansion Alcazar

DAY 11

Cuenca, Ecuador

Explore Cuenca

This morning your guide will take you on a private tour of Cuenca.

DAY 12

Mansion Alcazar Cuenca Ecuador

Day at leisure

Today is free for you to relax.

DAY 13

Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil - Luxury holiday to Ecuador

Spend the night in Guayaquil

Continue to Guayaquil for one night before your departure to the Galapagos.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel del Parque

DAY 14

Scalesia Lodge, Galapagos

Begin your adventure in the Galapagos

This morning you will fly to the Galapagos to start your stay in a luxury tented camp.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Scalesia Lodge

DAYS 15 – 16

Sea lion group, Galapagos Islands

Explore the islands

These days are free for you to enjoy the activities on offer at Scalesia Lodge.

DAYS 17 – 18

Giant tortoise in the Galapagos

Search for wildlife

Continue exploring a different part of the Galapagos, using the luxury Finch Bay as your base.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

DAY 19

Aeroplane home

Fly home

Today you will fly back to the mainland and connect on to your flight home.

The price for this itinerary is $16,510.

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.

What’s included

  • 18 nights in luxury accommodation as listed above

  • Private transfers and tours with an English speaking guide and driver

  • All internal flights in economy class seating

What’s not included

  • International flights (discuss your specific requirements with us)

  • Travel insurance

  • Any visas you may require

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalised quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

FEATURED HOTELS

Casa Gangotena Quito

Casa Gangotena

With a fabulous view over the Plaza San Francisco, this 3 story newly-restored mansion is in a great location. Sophisticated and eclectic, the hotel is passionate about providing good service and an unforgettable stay.

Anakonda River Cruise

The MV Anakonda is the only luxury boat in the Ecuadorian amazon rainforest. Experience the amazon in a most unqiue and luxurious way.

Abraspungo Banos Ecuador

Hacienda Abraspungo

This traditional colonial style hacienda is perched high in the Andes at 2754 metres above sea level and is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery.

Mansion Alcazar Cuenca Ecuador

Mansion Alcazar

Located in the heart of Cuenca, this colonial mansion will delight guests with its attention to detail and personalised service.

Scalesia Lodge

Stay in a luxury safari-like tented camp and experience the Galapagos in a unique way. With fabulous views over the island and a secluded location, Scalesia will allow guests to relax and enjoy these magnificent islands at their own pace.

Finch Bay Hotel Galapagos

Finch Bay Hotel

Finch Bay hotel is an award-winning boutique, eco-lodge on Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Named as South America’s leading green hotel three years running, Finch Bay perfectly captures the essence of the Galapagos and the importance of the natural surroundings, blending it with comfort and excellent service.