Arranging your extensions

Of course, you might have your own ideas - and we'd be pleased to help you make the necessary arrangements.  Just let us know.

Otherwise, here are some of the more fascinating opportunities for extensions that we've helped arranged in the past.  Though we are Galapagos experts, over the years, we've developed a certain knowledge over extension options such as those below.

1.  Otavalo Indigenous Crafts market and surrounding areas.

Catering to both visitors and locals, this market offers a vibrant display of day to day life in an important Andean town while at the same time offering little discoveries to day trippers.  The market can be visited as a long day trip from Quito, but preferably as an overnighter.  There are plenty of wonderful hotels in the region from which to choose. 

Otavalo beansOtavalo market - embroidery

2.  The Cloud Forest

We recommend spending 2 nights in the cloud forest - giving you at least one full day to explore this unique ecosystem (I'll never forget the 3 foot / 1 metre earthworm myself!).   Plenty of birds (hummingbirds are a local specialty), surreal forests - good for hiking, horseback or simply enjoying a bit of rest and relaxation.

3. Papallacta Andean hot springs

Very cozy cabins around a high altitude hot spring, and walks along trails in the paramo.  Perhaps you'll spot a condor?  We recommend 2 nights there to take the time to enjoy, and relax - though you could take it in on an overnighter.

Papallacta hot springs

4.  The Amazon basin

Ecuador boasts several fascinating jungle lodges.  Typically plan on at least 3 nights, preferable 4-5, to enjoy this experience to the fullest.

Amazon

5.  PERU:  Machu Picchu and Cuzco

Heart of the Inca empire - these UNESCO World Heritage sites are relatively nearby and well worth a visit if you can spare an additional 5-6 days.  We have been working closely with a local agency in Cuzco for over 10 years and can put you in touch if you'd like to get some help assembling an itinerary designed with your interests / needs in mind.  This could include flights, hotels, guides, culinary experiences, ground transportation and more.  

Machu Picchu

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This was truly a trip of a lifetime. One our family will never forget - from hanging out with sealions, snorkeling with marine iguanas, to hiking through boobies and flamingoes - we never knew what we were going to experience. Of course the moments we will remember forever were the moments in the water with the orcas. I’m still giddy.   (on the Samba)

Karen Celebuski
USA

 

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