Ecuador and Galapagos Travel

Highland Romance
A FAIRY-TALE START TO YOUR LIFE TOGETHER

This trip combines charming colonial splendour with the relaxing nature of the cloudforest and idyllic mountain spa and hotsprings. The perfect combo of romance, intimacy, natural beauty, relaxation and pampering.

Be swept away by the romantic colonial settings of Patio Andaluz in Quito and Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo and play your part in the centuries of history that these places have seen - take your time to explore the labyrinth of terracota tiles, cobblestone pathways, fountain courtyards and picture-perfect gardens.

Be at one with nature in a secluded cabin at the heart of the prisine cloudforest - hummingbirds and colourful butterflies share this incredible paradise with you both.

Sit back and relax at the reknowned health-spa resort of Papallacta - rejuvenating hot springs and heavenly massages await you as do splendid mountain views and clean air.

The perfect romantic getaway for a fairy-tale honeymoon that you will never forget!!!
ITINERARY
Day Activities Meals
1 Arrival Quito - our driver will meet you in airport arrivals and transport you to the majestic Hotel Patio Andaluz in the historic old town district of Quito. Patio Andaluz is an exquisitely-renovated old colonial house located just 1 block from the central plaza of Quito that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978, and is the only hotel in Quito to hold the Smartvoyager sustainable tourism certificate. Free time to relax and acclimatise to your new surroundings. -
2 Quito citytour - a full day to aquaint yourselves with the best sites of the city of Quito. In the morning a tour of the beautiful colonial plazas and churches as well as panoramic city views atop the Panecillo. After lunch a trip north to the equator - stand literally on the middle of the world! In the evening a horse-drawn carriage ride through the romatically-lit cobbled streets of the old town area. B
3 Otavalo market and hacienda - transfer north of Quito to visit the indian market at Otavalo, famous across the Americas for it's fine handicrafts and colourful locals. In the afternoon and evening there is freetime to explore the beautiful grounds of Hacienda Cusin - a charming 17th century estate steeped in history and tradition where you can enjoy a peaceful overnight stay. B
4 Bellavista cloudforest Lodge - morning transfer to the west, deep into the lush cloudforest reserve. This is a unique stay in paradise above the forest canopy, surrounded by myriads of hummingbirds! On arrival a sumptious lunch followed by afternoon trekking with a naturalist guide on the network of safe forest trails. Overnight in a secluded private cabin in the forest. BLD
5 Bellavista to Quito - more trekking opportunities in the morning to discover the ecology of this mysterious forest; this is flexible to your desires - the guides can help you to select the best trail option based upon your energy levels. After lunch there is time to explore the self-guide trails or take a short siesta before returning to Hotel Patio Andaluz at Quito. BL
6 Papallacta spa & hotsprings - transfer out to the stunning mountain setting of Papallacta. This is the real chill-out section of your journey - time to soak in the relaxing hotsprings and enjoy the spa services. Included in your 2 days here are: overnight in a double room with jacuzzi, an aromatherapy massage, unlimited access to the thermal pools, and half a bottle of champagne to welcome you. BLD
7 Papallacta to Quito - freetime on the morning to enjoy the hotsprings and take optional extra spa treatments (not included in tour price). Return trip to Quito and a final night at Patio Andaluz to reminisce about your magical week together. B
8 Tour end - after breakfast our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out. B

This tour can run starting on any day of the week, however if you would like to visit the Otavalo market on official "market day" when there are more sellers then the market visit should be scheduled for a Saturday.

Past Clients Feedback

"A honeymoon is once in a lifetime so we were looking for a trip that would last in our memories forever. This tour and our Galapagos cruise certainly fitted that bill - we adored the charm of the hacienda and staff there, and the spa was just what we needed to finish the trip off - so thankyou Happy Gringo for all of your hard work in the trip preparation that took some of the stress out of our wedding planning & made our trip so special!" (Ken and Carrie Dodds, UK)
PRICES 2011
2013 PRICE PER PERSON
$1475

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

RECOMMENDED ADD-ON TOURS

Clients on this tour may also be interested in the following add-on trip options:

Galapagos cruise - many past honeymooners have recommended a visit to the Galapagos islands as part of their trip. The islands are perfectly suited for a honeymoon trip because they are such a unique world destination and offer the combination of a relaxing yacht cruise with unforgettable wildlife. We offer a great range of luxurious motor-sailing yachts and modern catamarans for the perfect add-on trip.