Experience Ecuador & the Galapagos
Spectacular, isolated and home to the famed Galapagos giant tortoise, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands really do feel like another world
Jess recently returned from her first trip to South America and started off with an Ecuador and Galapagos adventure with Chimu; see her amazing experience below
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS BY LAND
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE
PLAYA EL GARRAPATERO BEACH
BOAT CRUISE & SNORKELLING AT BARTOLOME ISLAND
GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP
The Galapagos Safari camp is immersed in nature. It is unobtrusive in its architecture, designed with discreet luxury that is unpretentious and familiar. From the moment you walk in, your senses are awakened. The views are spectacular and the accommodations warm and welcoming. Their trips are tailored to your needs, whether you travel alone, as a couple or with your family.
The Family Suite
We say goodbye to the Galapagos and head off to the highlands of Ecuador, a 2hr drive from Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
Dating back to 1691, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 2,800 metres above the sea level.
Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. It was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine and named as one of the best Ecuador hotels by National Geographic Traveler.
The hacienda has 15 beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with their own fireplace; antique gardens and cozy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere. Delicious homemade Ecuadorian cuisine among other types of gastronomic adventures are offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda.
The Plaza family with their natural warmth and hospitality welcomes you to their country house and invites you to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.
Before dinner each night drinks are served in the lounge room, where we met the other guests as well as chat to the family. Dinner is a communal affair in a large dining room, where we were served hearty local cuisine. The meal includes cheeses made at the hacienda’s cheese factory.
Miles of meandering roads through lush pastureland, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking in Ecuador. The property has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes, hiking trails and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area.
Individually decorated with antiques, authentic family pictures and hand embroidered linens, the guestrooms transmit the feeling of a private home. The rooms have beautiful garden and mountain views and some provide access to private gardens, terraces or a courtyard where hummingbirds feed.
Contact Jess or Jos on 08 9321 1259 for more information regarding this special itinerary.