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Arrive early or stay and linger in Ecuador with these hotel and excursion options to add time in Quito or Guayaquil before or after your Galápagos expedition. Call an Expedition Specialist for details.
From $265 per person
Spend the day in the tropical lowlands at a traditional working dairy, teak and cacao farm, founded in 1870. By special arrangement, we are welcomed into the home of the Olsen family, the third-generation owners of this historic estate. Lunch is al fresco and delicious, featuring traditional Ecuadorian dishes with international flair. The relaxing day at the hacienda—with bar-to-bean chocolate making and optional activities including horseback riding option (at additional cost), mountain biking and even tubing on a river—celebrates life in the countryside on the Ecuadorian coast.
From $265 per person
Travel from Quito north across the Equator through the captivating highlands to Otavalo, one of South America’s largest and most celebrated markets. With visits to the bustling market, local weavers and handicraft studios in a local village, and lunch at a gracious nearby hacienda. Apart from the cultural attractions, this full day out of Quito showcases Andean scenery of patch-quilt fields, lakes and mountains. Surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, Otavalo is set in a valley below Quito at a moderate 8,200-feet.
From $85 per person
Tour the plazas, churches and cobbled streets of Quito’s Centro Histórico, a living neighborhood at the heart of the city that showcases both the colonial legacy of Ecuador’s capital city and thriving contemporary Andean culture. Learn about the revitalization of the colonial heart of the city at a tour of one of the original local markets. Founded in the 16th century on the foundations of an Inca city, Quito’s historic center—largest and best preserved in Spanish America—was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, second in the world after Galápagos.
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