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Location: Quito

Day 1 - 11 Dec 2019

Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Content: We took a 8 hours American Airlines flight from JFK Airport to Mariscal Sucre International Airport via Miami. Flight was extremely comfortable, well designed airport located far from city.

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Quito, JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Quito, JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Quito, JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Content: Rented a car from airport rental services and took a 30 min drive to our hotel. Rooms were big enough and clean loaded with all amenities and hospitality was fabulous. We didn't had dinner at the hotel as it was served on board.

Location: Quito

Day 2 - 12 Dec 2019

Basilica of the National Vow

Quito, Basilica of the National Vow
Quito, Basilica of the National Vow
Quito, Basilica of the National Vow

Content: Started our morning with a delicious buffet breakfast. Taking a 10min drive from hotel we reached Basilica of the National Vow, which is a biggest neo gothic church in South America. Stunning architecture loaded with history, walking to tower is steep but its worth the view.

Independence Square

Quito, Independence Square
Quito, Independence Square
Quito, Independence Square

Content: Taking a short drive after exploring the cathedral we reached Independence Square also known as Plaza Grande which is symbol of the executive power of the nation. Amazing place with some great buildings around the square, best preserved town with lot of culture.

La Briciola

Quito, La Briciola
Quito, La Briciola
Quito, La Briciola

Content: While heading towards "Middle of the world" we took a stop at a Italian restaurant and had lunch, ordered two types of pasta and lasagna both were incredible and service was great. Worth trying this place.

Middle of the World

Quito, Middle of the World
Quito, Middle of the World
Quito, Middle of the World

Content: After lunch took an hour's drive towards Middle of the World also known as mitad del mundo which means The Equator. It consists of a planetarium, a monument and museum, the best thing is it is located on 0 degree. Spent our evening and returned back to our hotel.

Location: Mashpi

Day 3 - 13 Dec 2019

Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi, Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi, Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi, Mashpi Lodge

Content: Checked-out from hotel and took 2 hours drive to The cloud forest in the immediate surroundings of Mashpi Lodge, place consist of birds and other wildlife. We saw the various wildlife species there and the view were amazing.

Mashpi restaurant

Mashpi, Mashpi restaurant
Mashpi, Mashpi restaurant
Mashpi, Mashpi restaurant

Content: Dropping off our luggage walked towards the Mashpi restaurant where we had our lunch. The ambiance was beautiful with good service but the food was average.

The Life Center

Mashpi, The Life Center
Mashpi, The Life Center
Mashpi, The Life Center

Content: In the evening headed towards The Life Center. It is a place to know about and explore in Mashpi lodge itself. Seating on the wooden deck we admired the scenery and spotted species of butterflies and moth.

Location: Mashpi

Day 4 - 14 Dec 2019

Mashpi waterfall

Mashpi, Mashpi waterfall
Mashpi, Mashpi waterfall
Mashpi, Mashpi waterfall

Content: After a buffet breakfast started hiking towards Mashpi waterfalls passing through Mashpi Reserve we saw many beautiful forming small waterfalls, cascades and pools. Highly recommended to explore the beauty.

Hummingbird Garden

Mashpi, Hummingbird Garden
Mashpi, Hummingbird Garden
Mashpi, Hummingbird Garden

Content: Walking through Mashpi reserve we reached Hummingbird Garden. There are many inhabiting species of humming birds, we saw many hummingbirds feeders and fruit feeders. This is a paradise for photographers.

Panoramic terrace

Mashpi, Panoramic terrace

Content: After exploring Hummingbird Garden, with a short walk reached Panoramic terrace. Enjoyed first light on the terrace, watching and hearing a menagerie of birds stirring around the Lodge.

Mashpi restaurant

Mashpi, Mashpi restaurant
Mashpi, Mashpi restaurant
Mashpi, Mashpi restaurant

Content: Returned back and had our dinner at a restaurant located in the lodge itself, Ordered steak which was average in taste and service was okay.

Location: Mashpi

Day 5 - 15 Dec 2019

Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi, Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi, Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi, Mashpi Lodge

Content: Started our morning with a delicous scrambelled egg omlette and a coffee enjoying the beauty of the nature and observing various species of birds chirping.

Location: Quito

Day 5 - 15 Dec 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Quito, JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Quito, JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Quito, JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Content: Later we took 2 hour drive returning back to Quito. Checked-in to a hotel where the rooms were big and clean with a great hospitality.

URKO Cocina Local restaurant

Quito, URKO Cocina Local restaurant
Quito, URKO Cocina Local restaurant
Quito, URKO Cocina Local restaurant

Content: Spending our day relaxing at a pool side bar, in the evening taking a short drive reached a Ecuadorian restaurant for our dinner. Had dinner at the chef's table where the chef decided what to offer. Food was delicious and well presented, staff was polite and attentive.

Location: Quito

Day 6 - 16 Dec 2019

Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Content: With a pleasant sunrise started our morning with an hour drive to Mariscal Sucre International Airport from where we boarded a 3 hour Tame Airlines flight to Seymour Airport. It is the Only airport which serves as entrance to the Galapagos island, airport is small and has lot of shops.

Location: Puerto Ayora

Day 6 - 16 Dec 2019

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Puerto Ayora, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Puerto Ayora, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Puerto Ayora, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Content: Taking 1 hour drive from airport we checked in to the hotel. It had Great ambiance, cozy rooms, relaxing and soft bed.

Location: Baltra

Day 6 - 16 Dec 2019

Santa Cruz

Baltra, Santa Cruz
Baltra, Santa Cruz
Baltra, Santa Cruz

Content: Dropping off our luggage and with a short drive passing through the highlands visited a ranch to see the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in its natural environment.

Charles Darwin Station

Baltra, Charles Darwin Station
Baltra, Charles Darwin Station
Baltra, Charles Darwin Station

Content: After exploring the tortoises, we headed towards Charles Darwin Station where we took a part in a national park’s breeding program and learnt about how the tortoise breeding is done.

La Garrapata Galapagos Restobar

Baltra, La Garrapata Galapagos Restobar

Content: While returning back to our hotel we took a stop at a local restaurant for our dinner. Ordered octopus which was well cooked and taste was amazing, presentation was decent and service was top notch. Highly recommended for sea food lovers.

Location: Baltra

Day 7 - 17 Dec 2019

South Plaza Island

Baltra, South Plaza Island
Baltra, South Plaza Island
Baltra, South Plaza Island

Content: After breakfast boarded a yacht and sailed towards South Plaza Island, which is a small island in Galapagos Islands formed by lava up streaming from the bottom of the ocean. Spent some hours walking and watching the bird life where a guide provided us lot of information about flora and fauna grown here.

Bartolome Island 

Baltra, Bartolome Island 
Baltra, Bartolome Island 
Baltra, Bartolome Island 

Content: Later with a short boat ride visited Bartolome Island, which is a volcanic islet in the Galapagos Islands. Saw various types of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations and returned back to our hotel.

Kiosko de Renato

Baltra, Kiosko de Renato

Content: Had some rest and in the evening visited a local restaurant for our dinner. Sea food was well displayed from which we choose lobsters for our dinner, great taste and price was reasonable.

Location: Baltra

Day 8 - 18 Dec 2019

Las Grietas

Baltra, Las Grietas
Baltra, Las Grietas
Baltra, Las Grietas

Content: As it was our leisure day. Walking by the hotel we planned to visit Las Grietas which is a swimming basin and enjoyed our morning in the pool and returned back to our hotel.

Camino a las grietas

Baltra, Camino a las grietas
Baltra, Camino a las grietas
Baltra, Camino a las grietas

Content: Later taking a water taxi visited Camino a las grietas which is a scenic spot. Passing through the beach on rocky hard pathway we reached the spot which was a quiet beautiful site. Snorkeling is highly recommended and need some skills and shoes to climb.

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Baltra, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Baltra, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Baltra, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Content: After a relaxing evening at the hotel, we had dinner at a pool side restaurant. The restaurant had wide range of vegan food and food was also delicious, with a fabulous hospitality by the staff.

Location: Baltra

Day 9 - 19 Dec 2019

North Seymour Island

Baltra, North Seymour Island
Baltra, North Seymour Island
Baltra, North Seymour Island

Content: Started our morning with a short boat ride to North Seymour Island, it is a small island formed with submarine lava formation. Walked around wandering bird nesting and watching yellow land iguanas.

Rabida Island

Baltra, Rabida Island
Baltra, Rabida Island
Baltra, Rabida Island

Content: Rabida Island also known as Isla Rabida which is one of the Galapagos Islands. A unique place with red sand with some great scenery and cute birds. Need walking shoes and water.

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Baltra, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Baltra, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Baltra, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Content: Returned back to our hotel and had our dinner with a glass of wine. Chef's special dish was served to us which was very delicious and juicy. Loved the taste and gesture.

Location: Baltra

Day 10 - 20 Dec 2019

Seymour Airport

Baltra, Seymour Airport
Baltra, Seymour Airport
Baltra, Seymour Airport

Content: Checked out of hotel and took 1 hour drive to Seymour Airport from where we boarded a 8 hours American Airlines flight to JFK Airport. Flight was extremely comfortable and crew provided the best service.