Ecuador's natural playground provides an ideal base for indulgence and romance. The Andes mountains on the mainland are speckled with thick forest, snow and majestic valleys. The Galapagos Islands itself has an endearing sense of escapism with resplendent landscapes. A hand-in-hand walk at this mystical playground will be a unique experience which honeymooners like you will relish for your whole life. Exotic volcanos, the realms of wildlife, indigenous forests and resplendent Pacific islands are some of the striking features of Galapagos. You can indulge yourself in once-in-a-lifetime activities like riding presidential horses, swimming with sea lions and discovering unexplored beaches. You can begin your honeymoon from Hacienda Zuleta which was once the weekend home of Ecuadorian presidents. Below is a detailed itinerary for a honeymoon at the Galapagos.
Day 1: Enjoy the splendid décor of presidential suites and the natural beauty of Andes Highlands
Day 2-3: Visit Zuleta's private reserve
Day 4: Explore the highlands of Santa Cruz along with a visit to Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 5-6: Explore Espanola and San Cristóbal island (Bird Sighting, Sea turtles and Galapagos Penguin)
Day 7-8: Explore the islands of Santa Fé, South Plazas, and Genovesa
Day 9-10: Explore the islands of Santiago, Bartolomé, Rábida, and Chinese Hat
Day 11-13: Spend your time between the white sand beaches and majestic views of Isabela Island
Trip At A Glance:
Start the day with majestic views of the Andes and splendid presidential suites
Explore the open playground at Zuleta's private reserve
Start the Galapagos Cruise from the highlands of Santa Cruz and visit unique places like Charles Darwin Research Station
Explore the Islands of Espanola and San Cristóbal which are famous for unique species such as Galapagos sea lions, Española Mockingbird, Galapagos Hawk
Explore Santa Fé, South Plazas, Genovesa, Santiago, Bartolomé, Rábida, and Chinese Hat Islands
Try activities like swimming and snorkeling
Explore the natural charm of Isabela Island
Places To Visit:
Quito, Hacienda Zuleta, Santa Fé Island, South Plazas Island, Genovesa Island, Santiago Island, Bartolomé Island, Rábida Island, Chinese Hat Island, Isabela Island
Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.
After you arrive at Quito International Airport, it will be a 2-hour journey before you reach Hacienda Zuleta which has a rustic charm. It is not a typical hotel or lodge, but it is an exclusive escape to something that truly reflects the discerning presidential tastes. The paintings, furniture, wine & cheese tasting along with a sense of privacy will be an excellent start for your honeymoon. Take proper rest before you indulge yourself in activities on the next day.
Day 2-3: Zuleta's private reserve
After the breakfast, you can enjoy the majestic views of the Andes and the array of walking trails. It will be like an outdoor playground where alpacas and llamas graze on flat green pastures. There will be many rides for both guided and unguided trips which are available as per your requirement. You will find a stable with a paddock of horses which have been selectively bred for more than 100 years. You can enjoy a picnic on the open-ground along with completely harmless animals around you.
Day 4: Galapagos Cruise (walk amidst Giant Tortoises)
Your time at Galapagos will be split between a small boat cruise and 7-nights at the oceanfront. After you fly from Quito, you can have your lunch in the Highlands of Santa Cruz. You will be amazed by the size of the tortoises that surrounds the charming dining area. After the lunch, you can have a hand-in-hand walk and explore the habitat of giant tortoises. You can also visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora. This is just a start of the adventurous wildlife at the Galapagos. Thereafter, you can board the yacht with amazing ocean views and a master's suite with all world class facilities.
Day 5-6: Bird Sighting, Sea turtles and Galapagos Penguin
In these two days, you will experience a different life in the middle of the ocean. There are different Islands which are famous for a different type of activities. You can start with Espanola with a visit to Gardener Bay. The gardener is on the north side of the Island and it has white sand beaches where you can tame the Galapagos sea lions and you can also find Española Mockingbird which is one of the most curious bird in the world. You may also find the Galapagos Dove, Gray Warbler-Finch, and Galapagos Hawk. On the next day, you can move to San Cristóbal island which offers endemic species San Cristóbal Mockingbird. Some of the visitor sites include Punta Pitta, Isla Lobos, and Kicker Rock. This island is also famous for excellent snorkeling activities which you can enjoy with your partner.
Day 7-8: Santa Fé, South Plazas, and Genovesa
Santa Fé and South Plazas has a striking scenery and are known as the islands of the reptiles. You will find the local residents within the forest with giant Opuntia Cacti. At the south plaza, you can enjoy the view of breeding seabirds like red-billed tropicbird and swallow-tailed gulls. The island Genovesa is also known as the Bird Island. You can take a stroll on the island along with nesting Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls and Great Frigatebirds. It is also an excellent site for Night-Herons that sometimes gather in order to hunt.
Day 9-10: Santiago, Bartolomé, Rábida, and Chinese Hat
The Santiago island has some of the extraordinary volcanic activities and you can enjoy a bird photography on this island. You will also enjoy Iguanas, Sea-lions, and marine life that offers a splendid overall view. In the afternoon, you can visit Bartolomé which will impress you with Pinnacle Rock. Couples can also enjoy swimming and snorkeling along with Galapagos penguins. On the next day, you can visit Rábida Island which is located off the coast of Santiago. The red color rocks and sand are unique features and you will find the American flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, common Cactus Finch, Galapagos dove, and Frigatebird.
Day 11-13: Isabela Island
Isabela Island is a beach getaway and there is an intense and exclusive sense of seclusion which is ideal for honeymooners like you. 3 days on this island will be a paradise and prefer to enjoy at your own pace. You will have a number of options like hiking, Sierra Negra excursion, stroll at wildlife sites, and several other activities. On the last day of your trip, you can take a flight back to the Balta Airport which will mark an end to your amazing and unpredictable journey.
The above itinerary is ideal for honeymooners with a lot of activities which will give you time to discover the different aspects of your partner.