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 Indian 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.

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, and beautiful forests - good for hiking, horseback or simply chilling out.

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.  Machu Picchu and Cuzco

Heart of the Inca empire - these UNESCO World Heritage sites are well known places in Peru.    Typically, you'll need about 4-5 days to visit these places.   We can help you make all the necessary arrangements, including flights, hotels and transfers.

Machu Picchu

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We have to comment on what a wonderful trip it was. The hotel in Quito took our breath away and the Samba crew and guide couldn’t have been better. We also enjoyed the 2 days of down time in Puerto Ayorra. 

I wanted to mention that we were surprised at the very small number of people we would run into on our tours. We thought it would be crowded everywhere we went. We think the Ecuadorian Government has done an amazing job on handling the tourists so that it feels like you are alone in the Galapagos. We thought we would be surrounded by people and instead found ourselves surrounded by Sea Lions and other wonderful creatures. We were able to view these amazing animals very close without (it appears) any bother to them but amazing for us. I can only say it blew us away!!! 

Thank you so much!!!

Karen Bruce

Karen
Calgary Alberta

 

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