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THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE: BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN ECUADOR

The ideal way to see Ecuador’s natural treasures

If you wonder where you should you go to in Ecuador, this program is the solution. This package deal brings together the top 3 places to visit, and the best hotels in the country –the perfect combination! The Golden Triangle allows you to explore the very best of Ecuador through the ideal trio: Quito’s Historic Quarter, the Mashpi Rainforest and the Galapagos National Park!

Within a week, you will have seen two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a fascinating, protected, biological corridor in the Andean Chocó. Enjoy comprehensive activities that will have you exploring these dazzling natural reserves and learning to make signature Ecuadorian ceviche, all while staying at luxury accommodations.

Our hotel features up-to-date biosafety protocols, providing peace of mind for a fantastic vacation. Take a look!

OPTIONS: 9D | 8N 11D | 10N


Entrance to the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos

HIGHLIGHTS

  • One Relais & Châteaux Boutique Hotel and Two National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World™
  • Private yacht day tours to the Galapagos National Park
  • Immersive rainforest expeditions in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Cocina Mestiza culinary experience in Quito’s Historic Quarter
  • Ceviche cooking classes for two
  • Native and endemic fauna from our Galapagos Big 15 list of iconic species

  • 2021

ECUADOR’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS 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
  • DAY TOUR OPTIONS ABOARD OUR YACHT
  • INCLUDED
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • CONDITIONS
  • GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS
ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito
  • Shared transfer* to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity in Casa Gangotena
  • 4-course Mestizo Menu dinner for two at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant

Take a look at Casa Gangotena’s updated biosafety protocols.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer* to Mashpi Lodge
  • Set menu lunch at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided exploration activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Set menu dinner at Mashpi’s Restaurant

Take a look at Mashpi Lodge’s updated biosafety protocols.

Day 3

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Set menu lunch at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Afternoon activity in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Guided nighttime walk in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Set menu dinner at Mashpi’s Restaurant

Wondering what to do with your time at leisure? Why don’t you take a look at Mashpi’s Spa!

Day 4

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Shared transfer* from Mashpi Lodge to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity at Casa Gangotena
  • 7-course meal for two at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant

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

Day 5

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer to Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport
  • Arrive at Seymour Airport in Baltra Island, Galapagos
  • Guided visit to Santa Cruz Island’s highlands (Lunch included)
  • Shared transfer* to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Ceviche cooking class for two
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

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

Day 6

  • Breakfast at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Day Tour aboard our private Sea Lion Yacht in the Galapagos National Park (Hot lunch onboard)
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

Wondering what to do with your time at leisure? Why don’t you take a look at Finch Bay’s Spa!

Day 7

  • Buffet at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Guided kayak visit to Divine Bay*
  • Set menu lunch at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Half-day visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

*Kayak use will depend on the tide and weather conditions.

Day 8

  • Breakfast at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer to Seymour Airport in Baltra Island
  • Flight to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito
  • Shared transfer* to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity at Casa Gangotena

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

Day 9

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer* to Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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

DAY TOUR OPTIONS ABOARD OUR YACHT

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
  • Complimentary travel insurance, with COVID-19 coverage, during your stay at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (Ask your Destination Expert for more information).
  • Shared transfer service to/from airports and between hotels.
  • Accommodations in: a Luxury Room at Casa Gangotena, a Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge, and a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
  • Meals described in the program.
  • 1 full-day yacht explorations to a nearby island in the Galapagos National Park aboard the private Sea Lion Yacht.
  • 1 land-based Day Tour in the Galapagos National Park.
  • Ceviche cooking classes for two at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
  • 1 Dragonfly cable ride at Mashpi Reserve.
  • Use of rubber boots and rain ponchos at Mashpi Reserve.
  • Guided activities at all three hotels/destinations.
  • Use of hotel facilities.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
NOT INCLUDED
  • International airfare to/from Ecuador and domestic airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD per person) and INGALA Transit Control Card ($20 USD per person). Both are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Optional activities (at extra cost): scuba diving, biking, and paddleboarding.
  • Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, tips, spa treatments, boutique purchases, meals not described in the program, and any items not previously mentioned.
  • Taxes (VAT + service).
CONDITIONS
  • This program (and its accommodation options) are subject to availability.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • In order to take the Finch Bay transfer service, you are required to book the recommended flights. Ask your destination expert!
  • A deposit may be required to confirm your reservation.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Price validity: January 01 through December 31, 2021.
GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS

Baggage:

Check out our handy packing list and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
We have one for Mashpi Lodge and Casa Gangotena too.

  • Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. The current limits are 23 kilograms (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kilograms (17 pounds) 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.


  • 2021

ECUADOR’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS 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
  • DAY TOUR OPTIONS ABOARD OUR YACHT
  • INCLUDED
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • CONDITIONS
  • GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS
ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito
  • Shared transfer* service to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity in Casa Gangotena
  • 4-course Mestizo Menu dinner for two at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant

Take a look at Casa Gangotena’s updated biosafety protocols.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer* to Mashpi Lodge
  • Set menu lunch at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided exploration activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Guided nighttime walk in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Set menu dinner at Mashpi’s Restaurant

Take a look at Mashpi Lodge’s updated biosafety protocols.

Day 3

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Set menu lunch at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Afternoon activity in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Guided nighttime walk in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Set menu dinner at Mashpi’s Restaurant

Wondering what to do with your time at leisure? Why don’t you take a look at Mashpi’s Spa!

Day 4

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Set menu lunch at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Afternoon activity in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Guided nighttime walk in the Mashpi Reserve
  • Set menu dinner at Mashpi’s Restaurant

Wondering what to do with your time at leisure? Why don’t you take a look at Mashpi’s Spa!

Day 5

  • Early morning bird-watching activity on Mashpi’s outdoor terrace
  • Breakfast at Mashpi’s Restaurant
  • Guided activity in the Chocó Rainforest
  • Shared transfer* from Mashpi Lodge to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity at Casa Gangotena
  • 7-course meal for two at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant

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

Day 6

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer to Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport
  • Arrive at Seymour Airport in Baltra Island, Galapagos
  • Guided visit to Santa Cruz Island’s highlands (Lunch included)
  • Shared transfer* to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Ceviche cooking class for two
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

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

Day 7

  • Breakfast at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Day Tour aboard our private Sea Lion Yacht in the Galapagos National Park (Hot lunch onboard)
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

Wondering what to do with your time at leisure? Why don’t you take a look at Finch Bay’s Spa!

Day 8

  • Breakfast at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Guided kayak visit to Divine Bay*
  • Set menu lunch at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Half-day visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

*Kayak use will depend on the tide and weather conditions.

Day 9

  • Breakfast at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Day Tour aboard our private Sea Lion Yacht in the Galapagos National Park (Hot lunch onboard)
  • Set menu dinner at Finch Bay’s Restaurant

Wondering what to do with your time at leisure? Why don’t you take a look at Finch Bay’s Spa!

Day 10

  • Breakfast at Finch Bay’s Restaurant
  • Flight to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito
  • Shared transfer* to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
  • Early evening activity at Casa Gangotena

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

Day 11

  • Breakfast at Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
  • Shared transfer* to Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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

DAY TOUR OPTIONS ABOARD OUR YACHT

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
  • Complimentary travel insurance, with COVID-19 coverage, during your stay at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (Ask your Destination Expert for more information).
  • Shared transfer service to/from airports and between hotels.
  • Accommodations in: a Luxury Room at Casa Gangotena, a Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge, and a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
  • Meals described in the program.
  • 2 full-day yacht explorations to a nearby island in the Galapagos National Park aboard the private Sea Lion Yacht.
  • 1 land-based Day Tour in the Galapagos National Park.
  • Ceviche cooking classes for two at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
  • 1 Dragonfly cable ride at Mashpi Reserve.
  • Use of rubber boots and rain ponchos at Mashpi Reserve.
  • Guided activities at all three hotels/destinations.
  • Use of hotel facilities.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
NOT INCLUDED
  • International airfare to/from Ecuador and domestic airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD per person) and INGALA Transit Control Card ($20 USD per person). Both are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Optional activities (at extra cost): scuba diving, biking, and paddleboarding.
  • Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, tips, spa treatments, boutique purchases, meals not described in the program, and any items not previously mentioned.
  • Taxes (VAT + service).
CONDITIONS
  • This program (and its accommodation options) are subject to availability.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • In order to take the Finch Bay transfer service, you are required to book the recommended flights. Ask your destination expert!
  • A deposit may be required to confirm your reservation.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Price validity: January 01 through December 31, 2021.
GENERAL NOTES AND INFORMATION FOR GALAPAGOS

Baggage:

Check out our handy packing list and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
We have one for Mashpi Lodge and Casa Gangotena too.

  • Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. The current limits are 23 kilograms (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kilograms (17 pounds) 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.

NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF GALAPAGOS VACATION YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, OUR OPTIONS AT THE FINCH BAY ARE SURE TO BE THE PERFECT FIT.  VIEW ALL PROGRAMS

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