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Light on your pocket but long on authentic experiences, these tours are based in simple, sometimes local-style accommodation. If your idea of adventure travel is to experience real, everyday life then you will enjoy our Authentic style of tour. You will have the chance to stay at simple, family-run hotels and guesthouses where the lack of luxury is more than compensated for by the warm welcome and genuine insight into local life.
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Hacienda Pantavi is a delightful retreat. The property and rooms are traditionally decorated and the on-site spa offers a range of different treatments – a perfect opportunity for relaxation. There is also a bar and restaurant offering local cuisine.
The lodge offers a unique stay above the forest canopy in the valley of Tandayapa, only 70km from Quito. The reserve has its own network of trails, over 10km in its 700 hectare property, along with four stunning waterfalls. The property has a number of houses that are built from wood in a rustic design. The rooms feature home comforts of hot showers, comfortable beds, plenty of room for relaxation and some excellent food from the kitchen.
Located a few minutes from Mariscal Sucre area in Quito, Villa Nancy provides a cosy and homely place to stay. The terrace area has views over Pichincha volcano and the rooms are simple but comfortable.
The Guantanamera is a small vessel, accommodating only 16 people. Cabins are en-suite and air-conditioned. The Guantanamera will get you closer to the islands, and prides itself on its social atmosphere when back on-board; it has a spacious sun deck. Accompanying passengers are six crew, including a naturalist guide who will explain all about the unique species you’ll see on your Galapagos explorations.