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Galapagos Solaris + A Taste of Ecuador

Galapagos Solaris
Galapagos Wildlife, Ecuador
Dolphins, Galapagos Islands
Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands Wildlife, Ecuador
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   A$7449 A$6949
14 days

Holiday highlights

  • Visit Quito, the elegant capital of Ecuador surrounded by volcanoes.
  • Discover the Galapagos Islands, earth's most exceptional wildlife destination.
  • Sail aboard the comfortable 16-berth Solaris motor yacht on an 8-day cruise.
  • Visit Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city in the sultry tropical lowlands.
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  • Arrive in Quito, the elegant capital of Ecuador situated high in the Andes at 2,800m, close to the famous ‘middle of the world’ equatorial line. You are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel.

  • Spend the day getting to know Quito. See the best of this fascinating city on our half-day optional Colonial Quito excursion, which takes you from the summit of Panecillo Hill, where there are magnificent views of the city, to the iconic main square and Plaza San Francisco. Also visit the church of La Compañia, with its ornate gold-leaf interior.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Further explore Quito or leave the city behind on our optional full-day Otavalo excursion, which takes you two hours north of Quito, past volcanoes, lakes and mountains, to the old market town of Otavalo, where you can shop for crafts in the colourful market. The excursion also includes a visit to a bird sanctuary, where you can see condors and different species of birds of prey, and to a workshop in Peguche where traditional Andean instruments are made. Return to Quito in the late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included if you take the Otavalo excursion.

  • Spend a further day taking in the delights of Quito, or venture out into the beautiful countryside on our optional Bellavista Cloud Forest excursion. The full-day excursion begins with an early two-hour drive from Quito to the Bellavista Lodge, stunningly located high in the lush Ecuadorian cloud forest. Spend the day exploring the trails around the lodge, where you can see waterfalls and hummingbirds. Arrive back in Quito in the late afternoon.

    The Bellavista Cloud Forest excursion can be extended to two days, allowing you more time to explore the area. To do this you may need to extend the length of your holiday.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included on the Bellavista excursion.

  • Fly to the Galapagos Islands, famous as inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This archipelago off Ecuador’s west coast is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, as your cruise will help you discover. Board the Galapagos Solaris motor yacht, your home for the next seven nights. In the afternoon, set out for your first excursion to the beautiful Bachas Beach. The sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. You can sometimes swim off the beach here.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Start the morning with a visit to the Tintoreras, a group of small islands in front of Puerto Villamil, the capital of Isabela Island. Galapagos penguins and sea lions can often be seen on the shore and white-tipped reef sharks are common in the area. After lunch, explore the wetlands close to Puerto Villamil, known for swamps and mangroves which support migrant bird populations. End the day at the giant tortoise breeding centre in Puerto Villamil.

    Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Explore Punta Moreno, a desolate and pristine landscape of impressive black lava flows with great views of Alcedo and Sierra Azul volcanoes. You can sometimes swim and snorkel here. This area is home to Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds and there is a lagoon with flamingos. In the afternoon, take a tour by zodiac along the cliffs at Tagus Cove, an old pirate hideaway where flightless cormorants and other sea birds are often present, before walking up to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking Darwin Lake and several volcanoes.

    Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and Espinoza Point is located at the northeastern tip of the island. As you disembark on the dried lava, be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. This area is rich in wildlife with sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins, herons and Sally Lightfoot crabs living side by side. After lunch, return to Isabela Island and take a panga ride to Punta Vicente Roca, during which you will see impressive geological formations including a large cave and volcanic tuff cones. The cliffs are home to a variety of nesting birds, including blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and noddy terns. The calmer waters near the cave are a popular area for sea turtles so this is a great place for snorkelling.

    Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Visit Espumilla Beach, home to a palo santo forest and a popular site for nesting marine turtles. There is also a large population of Sally Lightfoot crabs, which attract hunting herons. There is a great place for snorkelling nearby with an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks. After lunch, continue to Puerto Egas, a long, flat, black shoreline where eroded shapes form caves, lava pools and inlets which are home to a large variety of wildlife. It is a great place to see colonies of basking marine iguanas and fur sea lions can often be seen in the inlets.

    Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Start the day with a visit to Rabida, a unique island with red rocks and sand. The beach is often full with sea lions, and there are good snorkelling opportunities. Follow a trail to a coastal lagoon which is home to a colony of flamingos. For your afternoon excursion, navigate to Chinese Hat, a little island shaped, as its name implies, like a Chinese hat with fascinating lava tunnels and flows. Sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins make their home here.

    Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos, to see the work done in the conservation of the islands. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands and also the final resting place of the late Lonesome George, the very last of his species. Land Iguanas are also bred here. Continue to the highlands of Santa Cruz, driving across the island past beautiful scenery of rolling hills, extinct volcanoes and lush greenery. Visit the Gemelos Craters and a ranch where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat.

    Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

  • Make the most of your last day in the magical isles with a visit to North Seymour, an unusually flat and boulder-strewn island that is home to a large colony of magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, noddy terns and land and marine iguanas, who can regularly be found lazing in the sun. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city located in tropical lowlands.

    Meals included: Breakfast on the Galapagos Solaris.

  • Perhaps spend a pleasant morning strolling across the riverfront promenade or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping in the artisan markets. If you are flying out of Guayaquil today, a transfer to the airport is included.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

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Accommodation

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Accommodation in Quito

Reina Isabel

Included
Reina Isabel, Quito
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
80%
80%
Location
64%
64%

Standard Hotel: This 100-room hotel is centrally located close to the main tourist area of Quito, with many restaurants and bars nearby. There is a restaurant, a bar, a small gym and sauna. The rooms are spacious with good en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here: This hotel is a good base from which to explore Quito, close to lots of restaurants. The rooms are large and attractive.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar/lounge area, gym and full spa service.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning/heating, a TV, a telephone, a coffee maker (on request), a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Casona de la Ronda

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Casona de la Ronda, Quito
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
89%
89%
Service
90%
90%
Location
88%
88%
Llama favourite accommodation

Boutique Hotel: This 22-room hotel is well located on the pedestrian La Ronda street in the historic centre. The hotel is located in an old colonial house, with a good restuarant and great views of the old town. The rooms are comfortable with good en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here: This is a very well-restored colonial house, with a lovely wooden central patio. The rooms are beautiful and, unusually for colonial buildings, the rooms are outward facing rather than into the central patio, so are bright. The location of the La Ronda street is great as there is often lots going on.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar, an outdoor terrace area and a cosy lobby with a fireplace.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, shops on site and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Swiss Business Advantage room
 

Swissotel

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Swissotel, Quito
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
89%
89%
Service
89%
89%
Location
78%
78%

Superior Hotel: This 250-room hotel is one of the top hotels in Quito, with five restaurants, a spa, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a fitness centre and 13 treatment rooms. The large, comfortable rooms are well appointed with good en-suite bathrooms and WiFi is available for a fee. The hotel is located in one of Quito’s most prestigious areas with excellent shopping nearby.

Why stay here? This is an excellent hotel with all the comfort you would expect from a top city hotel.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas for a fee.

• There are two bar and lounge areas, five different restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines, an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym, a full working spa with a steam bath and jacuzzi.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. There is also an ATM/cash machine on site.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Accommodation in Guayaquil

Hotel Unipark

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Unipark Hotel, Guayaquil
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
74%
74%
Location
87%
87%

Standard Hotel: This well-located hotel looks onto a park, and is one block from the cathedral and 3 blocks from the promenade on the river. There are eateries in the hotel, a gym and the comfortable rooms have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? This hotel has a great location and very comfortable rooms, making it a perfect base for exploring Guayaquil.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, cafe and sushi bar, and a gym.

• The hotel offers room service and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a safety deposit box, a mini bar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil

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Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
75%
75%
Service
76%
76%
Location
84%
84%

Superior Hotel: Situated minutes from the Santa Ana Hill and the Malecon 2000 promenade, this modern high rise hotel overlooks the River Guayas. Accommodation is modern and spacious, and all rooms are en-suite with wifi, digital safes.

Why upgrade: This hotel boasts extremely comfortable rooms in a modern style. There are complimentary perks and the location is very convenient.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available free of charge

• Restaurant and a bar

• 24 hour front desk with bilingual staff

• Rooftop pool, as well as a spa and fitness center on site

About the room

All rooms are ensuite with free wifi, digital safes, mini-bars and satellite television. Most rooms have river views.

Room types available

Deluxe room

Accommodation in Bellavista cloud forest (optional excursion)

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Optional Excursion
Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge, Bellavista & Papallacta
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
85%
85%
Service
94%
94%
Location
94%
94%

Standard Lodge: The 21-room Bellavista Lodge is located high in the cloud forest at 2,200 metres, from where there are amazing views. The lodge is in the Tandayapa Valley, where over 330 species of birds have been identified. Accommodation is in either the dome or in one of the attractive adjacent buildings. Rooms are simple, but have electricity and hot showers. All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the second day are included at the lodge.

Why stay here? The cloud forest is beautifully atmospheric and a great place for bird and nature enthusiasts. Spending a night here allows you to explore more of the trails surrounding the lodge, which range from easy to challenging. You also have a better opportunity to spot the 16 species of hummingbird which visit the lodge and can be seen at close range at the feeders.

Lodge facilities

• Meals are served in the lodge restaurant, which has panoramic windows.

• Drinking water is provided.

• The lodge offers a laundry service.

About the room

Heaters and extra blankets are available and rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers.

Room types available

Standard room

Upgrading to a suite room is possible for an extra cost

Accommodation in Mashpi Lodge (optional excursion)

Mashpi Lodge

Optional Excursion
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
86%
86%
Service
93%
93%
Location
90%
90%

Superior Lodge: The Mashpi Lodge is a sleek, modern hotel designed to make you feel like you are one with the tropical cloud forest surroundings. En-suite rooms all boast floor to ceiling windows, with views of the cloud forest and mountains. There is WiFi, and all meals and soft drinks are included at the on-site fine dining restaurant, and tasteful lounge and bar areas, as well as a spa. There are also numerous activities available at the lodge, from the intriguing sky bike, where you pedal your way across the top of the forest on a cable, to the dragonfly, a relaxing cable system that allows you to enjoy the forest from above.   

Why stay here?  The setting here is second-to-none, with the lodge immersed in the tropical cloud forest, and rooms boasting great views. Furthermore there are so many ways to get to know the forest from the guided nature walks to the unique sky bike.

Hotel facilities

• All meals and soft drinks included

• Fine dining restaurant

• Spa

• WiFi

• Observation tower

• Sky bike & Dragonfly open-top cable car

About the room

All rooms boast fantastic picture windows, en-suite bathrooms with luxury amenities, WiFi and safe deposit boxes.

Room types available

Wayra room

Upgrading to a Yaku Suite is also possible for an extra cost

About the vessel: Solaris motor yacht

  • A spacious comfortable motor yacht
  • Great value for an 8-day cruise
  • No single supplement for single cabins

The Solaris is a spacious tourist superior class motor yacht carrying 16 passengers in eleven cabins on the upper and main decks. There are good sized social areas with an indoor dining area, a passenger lounge with a TV, a bar and a sundeck with reclining chairs. The comfortable cabins have lower berths, a desk, air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot showers. All cabins have a sea-facing window so you can enjoy ocean views. On the main deck there are five single cabins and one suite with a queen size bed and single bed, and on the upper deck there are two double suites and three suites with a queen size bed and single bed. Double suites have a queen size bed and a double sofa bed. The queen beds are fixed and cannot be separated, so twin arrangements are with one queen bed and one single bed. As there is no single supplement for the single cabins, the price is the same if you have a double suite and single cabin rather than a triple cabin, or even a twin rather than two single cabins. There is an eight-man crew and an experienced naturalist guide.

Cabins

  • 11 cabins (5 suite cabins on upper, 5 single cabins & 1 suite on main)
  • 4 suites have a queen bed and a single bed, so can be triples
  • 2 suites have a queen bed and a sofa bed so can be used for a family of 4 with 2 beds
  • All cabins have a window with a seaview
  • All beds are lower berths
  • Private bathroom with hot water
  • Air conditioning
  • 110V sockets

Social Areas

  • 1 uncovered sun deck and 1 fully shaded outdoor deck with loungers
  • Indoor dining area
  • Lounge with flat-screen TV
  • Bar

Crew

  • 8-man crew
  • English-speaking certified naturalist guides

Snorkelling equipment and kayaks

  • Snorkelling equipment is included
  • Wetsuits available for hire (US$25 per person on the 5 day cruise, US$40 per person on the 8 day cruise)

Technical Specifications

  • Fiberglass construction
  • 34 metres (109ft)length
  • 7.6 metres (24ft) beam
  • 1.45 metre (4.75ft) draft
  • 10 knots cruising speed
  • 3 x 420 HP Hyundai marine motors engines
  • 2 Deus generators 75 KVA each
  • 110V electric power
  • VHF & HF radios
  • Eco Sonar
  • Radar with a 24 mile reach
  • Satellite navigation system
  • 2x 2 way radios
  • 3 internal communication radios
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • 2 fully equipped rubber life rafts
  • Alarm system with fire and smoke detectors
  • Anti-fire system
  • Life jackets and fire extinguishers
  • Satelite telephone

Life On board

A buffet breakfast is served from about 7am, before you prepare for your first excursion of the day. As the yacht sails at night, you are already close to the island that you will be visiting. At about 8.30am, the passengers on board will gather with the guide and board the pangas for the short trip to the island. You will have either a wet or a dry landing, and then explore the island. The guide will explain the flora, fauna and geology of the island as you walk. As each island is different, each excursion will focus on different aspects of the Galapagos Islands. After you have explored the island, you will sometimes have an opportunity to snorkel off the beach, depending on the visitor site. This may be snorkelling with sea lions, tropical fish, or even with marine iguanas and penguins.

You return to the Galapagos Solaris in the late morning, for a shower and change before a buffet lunch is served. After lunch, you will sail to the next island, and you will have time for a rest, or maybe to look out for dolphins or frigate birds from the deck.

At around 3pm, you will again take a panga ride for your second excursion of the day. You return to the yacht in the late afternoon, where you have time for a drink before dinner as the guide explains the itinerary for the next day. After a buffet dinner, you can relax in the lounge or on deck. The yacht will usually sail at night to make sure you arrive at the next island early the next morning.


What's Included

All our holidays include transfers and hotels in Quito and/or Guayaquil; flights to the Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100; Galapagos transit card fee of US$20.

The Galapagos Solaris cruise includes all transfers in the Galapagos; all meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), drinking water, tea, coffee; all excursions in the islands led by an English-speaking certified naturalist guide. There are zodiac boats for wet and dry landings.

Snorkelling equipment is included. Wetsuits are available for hire. Alcoholic and soft drinks are available for sale on board. Tipping the boat crew and guide is usually well deserved, and expected. About US$18-23 per passenger per day is suggested (approximately US$12-15 for the guide and US$6-8 for the crew).


Excursions

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Excursions Package

Ecuador Bellavista Cloud Forest 3 Excursion Package Save A$61

Take the Colonial Quito, Otavalo and Bellavista Cloud Forest excursions together for a discounted price.

from A$519

Colonial Quito

A$130
Colonial Quito excursion, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
81%
81%

Discover Quito's colonial heritage on this half day excursion through the city’s most historic sites. Stroll through the Plaza San Francisco, admire the gold leaf interior of La Compañia church and stand alongside the famous statue of the virgin atop Panecillo hill, and take in the wonderful views of the city and surrounding volcanoes.

Full Description:

This half-day guided excursion begins in the morning with a trip to the 3,016 metre-high Panecillo hill (little sugarloaf), which offers fantastic views of Quito stretched out below, gloriously bordered by rising volcanoes. Then descend into the city and visit Quito’s main square, where you can admire the cathedral with its striking sugar white tower, the former archbishop’s palace and the historic arcade of the working presidential Carondelet palace, with the Ecuadorian tricolour proudly waving on top. After exploring the square, the tour moves to the church of La Compañia; Quito’s most impressive church with an overwhelmingly ornate gold-leaf interior and an elaborate façade carved out of volcanic rock. This church is the first and best example of Latin American baroque architecture. Next visit Plaza San Francisco, another landmark of Quito, which has been a regional market since pre-Columbian times; nowadays it houses flocks of city pigeons. The square takes its name from the Church and Convent of St. Francis, one of Quito’s most iconic buildings. Moving from a former market to a current one, visit La Ronda, perhaps the most authentic and representative street of the historic centre. In this narrow pedestrian street with its galleries, bars and local flavour you can find a selection of traditional market stalls and visit artisanal workshops.
 
Please note on Sundays, this excursion takes place in the afternoon.
 
Read our blog for a first-hand account of what to expect on the Colonial Quito excursion. 

Otavalo

A$250
Otavalo excursion, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
81%
81%

Visit a traditional crafts market and learn more about Ecuadorian life away from the city on this full-day excursion from Quito. Buy souvenirs in the market town of Otavalo amidst beautiful countryside, see behind the scenes at a local workshop which makes Andean instruments and visit a bird sanctuary home to condors and birds of prey.

Full Description:

The tour begins with a drive north from Quito, making a brief stop as you cross the equator, and continuing to a bird sanctuary, where you can see majestic condors and various raptor birds. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Peguche before visiting  an artisan project in the town which provides an insight into the culture of the Otavalo people. Otavalo is known for its tapestries and here you can learn about the weaving process from start to finish, as well as seeing a typical indigenous house, complete with a medicinal plant garden. The next stop is the Andean instrument workshop, followed by a drive to the Otavalo market, commonly known as the best indigenous market in all of Ecuador. Officially known as the Plaza Poncho daily crafts market, you can pick up souvenirs like pan flutes and the iconic, traditionally woven textiles. The town of Otavalo is not particularly attractive in terms of its architecture, but it is set in beautiful countryside close to San Pablo Lake and overlooked by the Imbabura volcano, which is affectionately known as ‘Taita’ ('Holy Father mountain') by the indigenous people, and plays an important role in many local legends. After exploring the market and browsing for souvenirs, you take a 90 minute journey back to Quito, arriving in the evening.

Bellavista Cloud Forest

A$200
Bellavista cloud forest excursion, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
87%
87%

The spectacular private reserve of Bellavista Cloud Forest protects several hundred hectares of mysterious fairy-tale cloud forest; full of ferns, lichens, bromeliads, orchids, waterfalls and hundreds of species of birds. Hike through the myriad nature trails and watch as tiny hummingbirds gather at the feeders and flutter through the landscape on this beautiful full-day excursion.

Full Description:

You leave Quito early and are driven through spectacular scenery. After two hours, you arrive at the Bellavista Lodge, high in the cloud forest at 2,200 metres, from where there are amazing views. After breakfast, take a guided walk to explore the forest and look for birdlife. You then have the rest of the day free to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the area around the lodge, where the feeders attract up to 16 varieties of hummingbirds, which can be seen at close range. Alternatively, follow the self-guided trails, which offer the chance to get to know the ecology and birds of the cloud forest. You leave Bellavista in the afternoon, getting back to Quito in the late afternoon. This excursion includes breakfast and lunch at the lodge. Note: heavy rain is not unusual and the paths around the lodge can be slippery. The last part of the drive to Bellavista is on a bumpy, unmade road.

Bellavista Cloud Forest (Two Days)

A$340
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Bellavista cloud forest excursion, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
81%
81%

Spend an unforgettable night at the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve on this two-day excursion, staying in a rustic lodge at the very edge of the cloud forest. Hike through the nature trails that crisscross the reserve and watch the sunrise and the mist lift from the valley below as the magical forest comes to life. You are in the cloud forest at dawn and dusk, the best times for bird watching.

Full Description:

If you would like to explore the cloud forest further, our two-day excursion includes a night at the Bellavista Lodge. You leave Quito after breakfast, getting to Bellavista mid-morning. As you have almost two full days at the lodge, you have more time to explore some of the longer, more adventurous trails, perhaps visiting one of the four beautiful waterfalls at Bellavista. One guided walk is included on each day, and you can then follow the self-guided trails from the lodge. Horse riding in the area is also available for an extra cost.

You return to Quito in the evening of your second day at Bellavista. All meals from breakfast on the first day to lunch on the second day are included at the lodge. You will check out of your hotel in Quito for this night. On some occasions, this excursion will extend your itinerary in Ecuador: an extra cost will apply in this case.

 

Mashpi Lodge (Two days)

A$999
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Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
90%
90%

This Mashpi Lodge excursion provides a luxurious alternative to the two day Bellavista Cloud Forest excursion and takes you deeper into the cloud forest. Located on the Mashpi Reserve, 110 kilometres north of Quito, the Mashpi Lodge is nestled amongst tropical rainforest. During your stay all meals, guided activities, like birdwatching, nature walks and rain gear are included. Spend one night and two days getting to know the forest and its inhabitants.

Full Description:

Set off on a transfer from your hotel in Quito in the morning, and travel approximately 3 hours north to the 1300 hectare Mashpi Reserve. Once there, settle into the incredible lodge surroundings and explore the forest.

Mashpi allows you to aquaint yourself with the tropical cloud forest at all levels. The observation tower provides a magnificent bird's eye view of the reserve, while the unique sky bike gives you the oppportunity to pedal your way along a cable suspended above the trees. There is also the option to take a ride on the Dragonfly open air cable car, an experience which is available at an extra cost. Getting to know the cloud forest at ground level is just as intriguing as it is from above, and guided nature walks will introduce you to the life forms which call the forest home.  There are also lectures - particularly interesting as Mashpi is a conservation research organisation too. At the end of a hard day exploring, enjoy a meal of Ecuadorian influenced cuisine, in the chic on-site fine dining resaurant. 

Situated at an altitude of nearly 930 metres, the tropical cloud forest bursts with spectacular flora. Bromeliads, ferns and endangered orchid species are found in abundance, and with them a host of birds and animals. The reserve is home to over 400 bird species, 35 of which are endemic, as well as plenty of amphibian, reptile, and monkey species. 

Certain activities are included during your time at Mashpi, and all meals, served at the on-site fine dining restaurant, are also included. 

On your second day, you have an early start from the lodge to observe the different species of birds that flock close to the hotel in the early morning light. Enjoy a walk down the road looking out for the fascinating mixed-species feeding flocks, sometimes in a single flock you can see over 20 different species. After breakfast, perhaps take a hike to the 50-metre-high Copal waterfall on a beautiful trail surrounded by moss-covered trees, bromeliads and orchids. The walk takes 2 hours, after which you return to the lodge. You depart the lodge at approximately 11.30am and return to Quito, arriving mid-afternoon. A packed lunch is provided. 

It is possible to extend your stay to a 3 or 4 day programme, please ask us for details.

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Peru extension

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8 days Extension

Combining the natural wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with the majesty of Peru and Machu Picchu is a very attractive option, and we have put together a seven day extension to Peru that you can add to the end of your stay in Ecuador.

This combines two nights in Lima, on the Pacific coast, with five nights in Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire. From here, you can visit the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas and take a breathtaking trip to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas, set in stunning mountain scenery. Staying in Cusco, you can experience ancient cultures, wonderful scenery, lively festivals and colourful markets. There is also hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting and even hot air ballooning possible.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Flight from Guayaquil or Quito to Lima (1 night).

Day 2 Cusco Early morning flight to Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon free (5 nights).

Day 3 Cusco Join the optional Inca Cusco excursion to explore the Inca sites in and around this historic city.

Day 4 Cusco Take the optional Sacred Valley excursion, visiting the famous market in Pisac and the incredible Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo.

Day 5 Cusco or Machu Picchu Take the optional excursion to Machu Picchu, which starts with a magical train ride, followed by a guided visit to the ruins. Evening return to Cusco or spend a night here and return the following day. Alternatively, take the Short Inca Trail excursion to Machu Picchu.

Day 6 Cusco Free day in Cusco. Get to know Cusco better, revisit the Sacred Valley or perhaps try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

Day 7 Lima Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon free. Go shopping in fashionable Miraflores, visit the Archaeological Museum or try one of the city’s many excellent seafood restaurants (1 night).

Day 8 Transfer to the airport.

Your itinerary may vary from this suggestion, as some excursions are only available on certain days.

 

Hotels

Lima Hotels

Casa Andina Select - Standard Hotel
A well-located hotel in Miraflores with a restaurant, bar and gym. The comfortable rooms have air conditioning and good en-suite bathrooms.

Casa Andina Private Collection - Superior Hotel
This 148-room hotel, located in the centre of Miraflores, has good facilities, including a heated pool, a gym, spa, restaurant, café and a bar. The rooms are well appointed with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, and free wifi is available throughout the hotel.

Cusco Hotels

Los Portales - Standard Hotel
Located opposite the Inca Temple of the Sun, this comfortable hotel has a restaurant and bar. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms.

Libertador Palacio del Inka - Superior Hotel for 2017
The gorgeous hotel is in the centre of Cusco, in a mansion that dates back 5 centuries. Built around a central courtyard, the Libertador offers an on-site bar and restaurant, as well as a luxurious spa.

Casa Andina Private Collection - Superior Hotel for 2018
3 blocks from the main square, this beautifully restored colonial mansion has lovely public areas and a good restaurant. The comfortable rooms are around the 3 interior patios. Free upgrade to suites (limited availability).

Hotel Aranwa - Boutique Hotel for 2018
An elegant 16th century colonial house with a beautiful central patio. Good restaurant and bar. The 43 rooms are very comfortable and well appointed with oxygen systems.

Machu Picchu Hotels

Hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra - Standard Hotel
A good 48-room hotel, located on the main street of Aguas Calientes. The hotel reception is constructed from recycled materials. There is a restaurant, bar, a small garden and hot tub. Rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and free wifi.

Machu Picchu Pueblo - Superior Hotel
A beautiful, rustic-style hotel set in 5 hectares of tropical gardens and orchid trails. The 85 rooms are located in small clusters in the hotel grounds and have en-suite bathrooms. There is a small outdoor pool, spa and free wifi in the common areas. The price includes a good dinner and a guided nature tour.

Sanctuary Lodge - Superior Hotel
This 31-room hotel, located just outside the ruins, is the closest hotel to Machu Picchu. There is a small garden and the views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful. The rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, and free wifi. Mountain View rooms are available for a supplement. All meals are included.

See more of Peru. Llama Travel offers an extensive range of holidays in Peru. If you are interested in also visiting other parts of Peru, please ask us for details.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Peru, please get in touch with us for more details.

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Prices include

Flights within Latin America; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers in Latin America; service of guides and local reps; some excursions.

Prices do not include

Flights between Australia and Latin America; any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About your Holiday

  • Until July 2014, Australian consumers were protected by the Travel Agents Act and the Travel Compensation Fund, which ensured a refund of the consumer’s money in the case of a travel agent’s insolvency. In 2014, the Travel Agents Act was repealed, and it is no longer necessary for an Australian travel agent to hold a licence to operate.

    As a member of AFTA (member number: 13971), Llama Travel’s financial records are monitored, and our accreditation with ATAS is an assurance of our strong financial position.

    For further information, please visit www.afta.com.au or www.atas.com.au

Booking Conditions

    1. Agency booking conditions

      1. Your contract

        Your contract is with Llama Travel (Australia) Pty Ltd, registered in Australia, ABN 73 617 596 835. The following conditions will apply to your booking and form part of your contract. They cannot be varied and should be read carefully. A contract will exist when we accept your booking and issue our confirmation invoice. The contract and all matters arising from it shall be governed by Australian law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Australian courts. All correspondence will be sent to the lead passenger of the booking unless otherwise advised.

        In the following booking conditions, references to the ‘Tour Operator’ shall mean Llama Travel Limited, registered in England and Wales, number 4370517. The tour operator booking conditions can be found below the agency booking conditions.

        You must be over 18 to book a Llama Travel holiday. Llama Travel holidays are not for resale.

      2. Deposits and final payments

        A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost is required (15% for Brazil holidays). On some occasions a higher deposit is required, we will advise you if this is necessary. When this is received, we will issue a confirmation invoice. The balance of the payment must be paid 90 days before departure. If the booking is made less than 90 days before departure, full payment must be made when booking. On some occasions, earlier balance payment may be required to secure certain services. In order to secure your holiday arrangements in some cases, we may ask for a payment in advance before we can reserve the appropriate services. This payment is not refundable if you subsequently decide not to proceed with the booking. 

        You can pay by direct bank transfer (EFT), cheque, credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard). There is no charge for bank transfers or cheques. Please notify us when you have made a bank transfer. There is a surcharge of 1.4% for balance payments made by debit and credit card. No debit or credit card fee is charged for deposit payments. We are unable to accept cash.

      3. Prices

        All prices are in Australian Dollars unless otherwise indicated. Website and quoted prices are subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed. Before making a booking, please call us to check the correct, up to date price of your chosen holiday. Once you have made a booking and your confirmation invoice has been issued, your holiday price can only be varied due to a significant increase in the costs of the Tour Operator or an increase in charges, fees, taxes or similar items as a result of governmental action. No change in the price of your booking will be made less than 30 days before the start of your holiday.

      4. Supplier alteration and cancellation fees

        Making alterations to your booking may incur additional costs from the Tour Operator. Supplier fees may apply when tickets or documents are re-issued. Cancelling your booking may also incur a fee, which can be up to 100% of the cost of the booking. Where Llama Travel (Australia) incurs any liability for a supplier fee for any booking you wish to change or cancel, you agree to indemnify us for the amount of that fee. Where you seek a refund for a cancelled booking for which payment has been made to the Tour Operator, we will provide a refund to you once we have received the funds from the Tour Operator where it is due.

      5. Agency

        We act as an agent for, and sell travel related products as agent on behalf of the Tour Operator and other service providers, such as transport and accommodation providers, airlines and cruise operators. Any services we provide to you are collateral to that agency relationship. Our responsibility is to make travel arrangements on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. We are not ourselves a provider of travel services and have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the booking conditions, including the conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by the Tour Operator and other service providers. We can provide you with the Tour Operator’s booking conditions upon request. Your legal rights in connection with the provision of travel services are against the specific provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, are not against us. Specifically, if for any reason (excluding fault on our part) any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted, your rights are against that provider and not against us.

      6. Our responsibilities and liability

        To the extent permitted by law, Llama Travel (Australia) does not accept liability for any illness, personal injury, death, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or other inconvenience caused as a direct result of the direct or indirect acts and/or omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over whom we have no direct control. Nor do we accept liability for force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control or which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part. Where illness, personal injury or death arises in the course of air travel, rail travel, sea travel or hotel accommodation, the amount of compensation you may receive is limited in accordance with the provisions of any International Convention. Under circumstances where our liability cannot be excluded and where liability may be lawfully limited, such liability is limited to the remedies required of us under applicable law (including the Australian Consumer Law).  This liability clause is subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law and nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to limit any rights you may have under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. 

      7. Your responsibilities

        Clients are responsible for ensuring that all immigration and health requirements are fulfilled, for obtaining travel documents, including passports, visas and vaccination certificates, and for ensuring that these are all in order, including for any intermediate stops on international flights. If the name on your airline ticket does not match that on your passport, you must inform us as soon as you receive the ticket.

        We require your passport details to issue some tickets. If these change after you have given them to us, you must inform us.

        Please bear in mind that when travelling in Latin America, minor inconveniences and delays may arise due to weather conditions, strikes, demonstrations, the poor state of roads or for other reasons. By booking a holiday through Llama Travel (Australia), you are implicitly accepting this part of the Latin American way of life.

      8. Travel insurance

        You must have adequate insurance provision to cover the cost of assistance, including emergency repatriation, in the event of illness or other problems occurring during your holiday. We strongly recommend arranging an insurance policy that includes cover for cancellation, medical expenses and repatriation, personal injury or accident, death, loss of personal belongings and money, and personal liability insurance. Please note that cover offered by credit card companies are not always comprehensive.

      9. Flights

        We have no control over international or national air carriers, and therefore schedules may change or flights be delayed due to no fault of our own. We will do all we can to ensure the smooth flow of all your transport connections for flights we have booked, but it is your responsibility to check exact times of flights and reconfirm these. This is particularly important for internal flights within Latin America, which can be rearranged at short notice. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the consequences of flights missed due to the client’s failure to reconfirm, or failure to arrive and check in at the departure airport at the appropriate time.

        When you travel with an airline, the Conditions of Carriage of that airline apply, some of which will limit or exclude liability. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements between countries.

        Flying to Latin America involves long flights and may require changes in other airports. It is your responsibility to arrive at the departure airport at the appropriate time and to check in for your international flight, and to change aeroplanes if necessary at intermediate airports. If you wish to sit in a specific seat or section of the plane, or wish to sit with other people on the flight, it is recommended that you check in early or check in online. It is sometimes possible to reserve seats directly with the airline by telephone or online prior to travel.

      10. Baggage allowance

        Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel (Australia) accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

      11. Data Protection

        The information we ask you to provide, including personal information about you and members of your party, is necessary for us to arrange and operate your holiday. By booking a holiday with us, you agree to our processing this information, including, where appropriate, its transfer outside of Australia.

      Tour operator booking conditions for Llama Travel Ltd, UK

    1. Your contract

      Your contract is with Llama Travel Limited, registered in England and Wales, number 4370517. The following conditions will apply to your booking and form part of your contract. They cannot be varied and should be read carefully. A contract will exist when we accept your booking and issue our confirmation invoice. The contract and all matters arising from it shall be governed by English law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. All correspondence will be sent to the lead passenger of the booking unless otherwise advised. You must be over 18 to book a Llama Travel holiday. Llama Travel holidays are not for resale.

    2. Deposits and final payments

      A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost is required. On some occasions a higher deposit is required, we will advise you if this is necessary. When this is received, we will issue a confirmation invoice. The balance of the payment must be paid 90 days before departure. If the booking is made less than 90 days before departure, full payment must be made when booking. On some occasions, earlier balance payment may be required to secure flight seats or other services. In order to secure your holiday arrangements in some cases, we may ask for a payment in advance before we can reserve the appropriate services. This payment is not refundable if you subsequently decide not to proceed with the booking.

    3. Our prices

      Prices are based on the latest known information at the time of preparation – 5 May 2019 (£1 = US$1.31, £1 = ZAR19 Brent Crude oil $71 per barrel) but can go up or down. Before making a booking, please call us to check the correct up to date price of your chosen holiday. Once you have made a booking and we have issued our confirmation invoice, your holiday price can only be varied due to a significant increase in charges, fees, taxes, or similar items as a result of governmental action. Air passenger duty (APD) for UK departures is £78. For business class, APD rates are higher.

      The following entrance fees are included in our prices. An adjustment will be made to the price of your holiday if any of these changes before your holiday:

      Entrance fees:

      • Galapagos National Park $120;
      • Machu Picchu $50;
      • Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail $80;
      • Cusco Tourist Ticket $45;
      • Perito Moreno US$30;
      • Iguazu Falls (Brazil) US$30;
      • Iguazu Falls (Argentina) US$30;
      • Torres del Paine US$35.

      We have been advised that the Galapagos National Park entrance fee may increase, but this has not been confirmed.

      The VAT rate for holidays outside the EU is zero. Except for increases in entrance fees or tax increases, such as in APD or VAT, we will not surcharge you.  

    4. Alterations or cancellations by you

      If you wish to alter your holiday arrangements before departure, we will do our best to help. An administration fee of £25 per passenger will be charged, together with any additional costs incurred as a result of the change. If you make any alterations within 60 days of departure, we may treat this as a cancellation, and apply cancellation fees. Scheduled airlines treat name changes as a cancellation and rebooking; any alteration is likely to incur a 100% cancellation charge. Please make sure that all names you give us are spelled exactly as they appear in passports.

      It is not normally possible to make alterations after commencement of travel. If you do wish to make alterations during your holiday, cancellation fees for services booked may apply. Refunds cannot be made for any unused accommodation, services or transport. We recommend that you take out full travel insurance with cover against cancellation penalties, including in the event of force majeure; see section 6 below.  

      We commit to and confirm services in advance. If you wish to cancel your holiday, you must let us know in writing. The following cancellation charges apply:

      Days before departure when you notify usPenalty
      90 days or more Loss of deposit
      61 to 89 days 25% of holiday cost, or deposit if higher
      31 to 59 days 60% of holiday cost (75% for Galapagos holidays), or deposit if higher
      30 days or less 100% of holiday cost

      If the balance payment is required earlier than 90 days before departure, this will normally be non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

      In addition, where one person in a party cancels and others still wish to travel, single room supplements will be payable if this results in single rooms being used.

      We recommend that you take out full travel insurance with cover against cancellation penalties, including in the event of force majeure; see section 6 below.

    5. Alterations or cancellations by us

      We make careful arrangements with airlines, hotels and service operators to ensure that we are able to provide you with the holiday as described. However, in exceptional cases, it may be necessary to make changes to your holiday arrangements (including airlines, flights, accommodation, transport or services) due to circumstances beyond our control. Flight times are given only as indications, and finalised times will be shown on your tickets.  

      When changes are necessary, we will do our best to ensure that they do not affect your holiday. If, before you depart, a major change is necessary (defined as a change of itinerary so that you are no longer able to visit a destination where you are scheduled to spend one or more nights or an appropriate alternative destination, or a change of accommodation to a lower standard or category affecting a significant part of your holiday) or if we have to cancel your holiday, we will contact you and offer you the choice of:

        • accepting the changes to your holiday;
        • purchasing another available Llama Travel holiday; or
        • cancelling your holiday with a full refund.

      If we have to cancel or make major changes to your holiday less than 60 days before departure, other than in the event of force majeure (see section 6 below), you will also be entitled to compensation at the following levels:

      When notifiedCompensation per person
      43 – 60 days before departure £50
      29 - 42 days before departure £100
      15 - 28 days before departure £150
      0 - 14 days before departure £200
    6. Alterations or cancellations by you or us in the event of force majeure

      If we have to make major changes to, or cancel, your holiday in the event of force majeure, we will contact you and offer you the above choices. However, compensation will not be paid.

      If, in the event of force majeure, we are still able to operate your holiday but you wish to cancel, please contact us to discuss the options. We will endeavour to recover from suppliers, and refund to you, monies paid for your holiday, but where we are unable to do so, you may be able to claim for irrecoverable costs from your travel insurance.

      Force majeure events include war, threat of war, civil unrest or strife, decisions by governments or governing authorities, epidemic, natural disasters, fire, bad weather, terrorist activity, nuclear disaster, industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, changes of timetables of airlines, or other causes beyond our control.

    7. Our responsibilities to you

      Llama Travel is dedicated to ensuring that your holiday is as described. If a part of your holiday is not provided as promised, please inform us at the time. If this affects the reasonable enjoyment of your holiday, we will pay compensation appropriate to the circumstances, limited to a maximum of three times the price of the service concerned. If you do not inform us at the time, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem.

      Llama Travel accepts responsibility for illness, personal injury or death caused as a direct result of the direct acts and / or omissions of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors while acting in the course of their employment to provide services or arrangements for your holiday that you have booked with us in the UK. We do not accept responsibility for illness, personal injury or death where there has been no fault of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors, or as a result of taking part in any activity which does not form part of the holiday booked through us in the UK. Where illness, personal injury or death arises in the course of air travel, rail travel, sea travel or hotel accommodation, the amount of compensation you may receive is limited in accordance with the provisions of any International Convention. If illness, personal injury or death is suffered as a result of taking part in an activity where a third party is involved, we shall, at our discretion, offer advice and assistance to aid in the resolution of the issue, provided you inform us within 90 days of the occurrence. Our costs in respect of the above on behalf of you and your party shall not exceed £5,000 in total. If you are able to make recovery of these costs whether from the third party or from a policy of insurance, you may be asked to refund our outlay.

    8. Your responsibilities

      Clients are responsible for ensuring that all immigration and health requirements are fulfilled, for obtaining travel documents, including passports, visas and vaccination certificates, and for ensuring that these are all in order, including for any intermediate stops on international flights. If the name on your airline ticket does not match that on your passport, you must inform us as soon as you receive the ticket.

      We require your passport details to issue some tickets. If these change after you have given them to us, you must inform us.

      It is your responsibility to behave in a responsible, restrained and sober manner when dealing with local authorities, fellow travellers and our representatives.

      By taking a Llama Travel holiday, you agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees and representatives. If, in the opinion of such people, your behaviour or health before the departure of a tour is likely to threaten the safety, comfort or progress of that tour, then you may be excluded from the tour without refund or compensation. It is your responsibility to obey local laws, otherwise you may be excluded from the holiday and we will cease to have any responsibility for you. 

      Please bear in mind that travel in Latin America and Africa is not the same as travel in the UK, and inconveniences and delays may arise due to weather conditions, strikes, demonstrations, the poor state of roads or for other reasons. By travelling with Llama Travel, you are implicitly accepting this part of the way of life in these countries. 

    9. Flights

      We have no control over international or national air carriers, and therefore schedules may change or flights be delayed due to no fault of our own. We will try to ensure the smooth flow of all your transport connections, but it is your responsibility to check exact times of flights and reconfirm these. This is particularly important for internal flights, which can be rearranged at short notice. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the consequences of flights missed due to the client’s failure to reconfirm exact details. 

      When you travel with an airline, the Conditions of Carriage of that airline apply, some of which will limit or exclude liability. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements between countries.

      Flying to Latin America and Africa involves long flights and may require changes in other airports. It is your responsibility to arrive at the departure airport at the appropriate time and to check in for your international flight, and to change aeroplanes if necessary at intermediate airports. If you wish to sit in a specific seat, or wish to sit with other people on the flight, it is recommended that you check in early or check in online where possible. It is sometimes possible to reserve seats directly with the airline online prior to travel.

      Airlines do not allow more than one booking per passenger on a flight and may cancel seats if they are held by more than one operator. Clients are responsible for ensuring they are not holding flights with another operator.

    10. Baggage allowance

      Most airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger. Carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage. 

    11. Insurance

      You must have adequate insurance provision to cover the cost of assistance, including emergency repatriation, in the event of illness or other problems occurring during your holiday.

    12. Complaints

      If you have any complaints about your holiday arrangements when you are abroad, please bring these to the attention of our local representatives who will do all they can to ensure a swift and satisfactory resolution. Problems can usually be sorted out by talking to the supplier concerned (e.g. hotel) and our local representatives or by informing us directly. If this is not done, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation, as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem. If you do not inform us, your consumer rights to compensation may be affected. If you have tried and failed to rectify the situation whilst abroad, please send us your complaint in writing within 28 days of returning to the UK. We will then follow up your complaint. Communication with destinations is often slow, so we may not be able to resolve the situation as quickly as you would like. 

    13. Financial protection

      When you buy an ATOL protected flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

      We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

      If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

    14. Brochure and website information

      The information in our brochures and on our website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of going to press. However, details of flights or hotels may vary during the lifetime of a brochure. These changes will be reflected on our website where possible.

      The copyright on all material in our brochures and on our website, including text, photographs, maps and layouts is held by Llama Travel Limited. No part of these publications may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any way without the prior written permission of Llama Travel.

    15. Data Protection

      The information we ask you to provide, including personal information about you and members of your party, is necessary for us to arrange and operate your holiday. By booking a holiday with us, you agree to our processing this information, including, where appropriate, its transfer outside of the EU.

    16. Package Travel Regulations
      Llama Travel Bookings comply with the UK Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. UK Package Travel Regulations

How to Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 0390 345 233. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay by bank transfer, credit card, debit card (Visa or Mastercard), or cheque. There is no charge for bank transfers or cheques. For deposits on debit and credit cards, there is no charge. For balance payments on debit and credit cards, there is a 1.4% fee. We are unable to accept cash or American Express.

Travelling in Galapagos & Ecuador

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$15 – 20 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive, as can meals in restaurants on the Galapagos Islands. Additionally, there are some upmarket restaurants in cities where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more. However, these still offer excellent value for money compared to equivalent restaurants in Australia.

    Bar prices on the mainland are cheaper than in Australia, and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive. On Galapagos boats, bar prices are usually higher than on the mainland, particularly for wine.

    We find that many people take advantage of the excellent crafts markets in and around Quito, so please allow for this if you are likely to buy such items. The prices vary significantly depending on the quality of the items, and detailed crafts can be expensive.

  • Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. If we have only one or two people booked on an excursion, the excursion may be operated together with people other than Llama Travel customers. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, such as treks in Torres del Paine, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be in a vehicle with more than 18 people.

  • Quito has many good restaurants with a wide range of national and international cuisine. Many of the best restaurants are located in the new town. Ingredients from the jungle, the Andes and the coast allow for an interesting mix of dishes. Sometimes, traditional restaurants are only open from noon to 3pm.

    Although it does not have as many options as Quito, Cuenca has a good variety of restaurants and cafes serving both local and international cuisine. The locals are fond of sweet food, particularly ice cream, and there are many good cafes near the main square catering for this market. There are also a number of restaurants in central Guayaquil and on the promenade, although many of the best restaurants are located in the malls and entertainment centres away from the centre.

  • The official currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Travellers should take US dollars and not Australian dollars, which are not widely accepted. Credit and debit cards (both Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can be used to withdraw money from cash machines. It can be difficult to use dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. Some places do not accept US$100 bills, so it is best to take smaller denomination notes. When travelling to some of the more remote areas (e.g, the jungle), it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged. Some hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop, therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary; however, we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    On most small boats in the Galapagos, you can only pay in cash. Some larger boats also take credit cards.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. As tipping is not necessarily normal in restaurants, please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

    Tipping your Galapagos boat crew and guides on board is expected and is usually well deserved. For yachts up to 16 passengers, and the Hotel Finch Bay tours, approximately US$15 – 20 per person per day is recommended. For larger yachts, US$23-25 is normal.

    If you would like to tip your guide in the jungle, approximately US$10 per person per day is recommended. This is divided between the guides and the staff.

  • Latin America is relatively safe to visit, and most people experience no problems during their stay. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem. Tourists are often seen as being wealthy, and can therefore appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk to yourself, use common sense. Do not walk around with obvious signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive looking jewellery or with cameras round your neck. Keep passports and valuables in your hotel safe. When in restaurants, always keep bags (especially if they contain valuables) close to your person and out of sight. Do not walk down empty streets, especially after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a completely trouble-free holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room to store your valuables, if this is available. If there is not a safe in your room, there will usually be a safe in reception where you can store valuables.

    Making sure that you stay safe during your holiday is very important. We bear this in mind when selecting hotels, but please understand that standards of health and safety in Latin America are often not as high as they are in Australia. Take extra care if you are travelling with children.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.

  • To phone Australia from Ecuador, dial the international dialing code for Australia (0061) and then the Australian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.

    To phone Ecuador from Australia, dial the international dialing code for Ecuador (00593) and then the Ecuadorian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Some Australian mobile phones do not work in Ecuador, as phones must be quad-band. Please ask your service provider to check if your telephone will work there.

  • Excursions are operated together with other holidaymakers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and Spanish or Portuguese speaking. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary.

About the Galapagos

  • The Galapagos Islands are in the Pacific Ocean 1,000km west of Ecuador. Flights to and from Quito take 3 hours, with a brief stop in Guayaquil.

  • The Galapagos can be visited year round and wildlife can be seen all year. Between January to May the weather is hotter, but wetter, and the sea temperature tends to be warmer. During this time the average daytime temperate is between 27-31°C and the sea temperature is around 25°C. June to December is drier, but cooler. The average daytime temperature ranges between 21-26°C and the sea temperature is around 21°C. It is often overcast at this time of the year, especially in July and August. The seas around the Galapagos tend to be fairly calm all year around, however the choppiest time to visit is around September. Some birds are only present at certain times of the year; if you would like to see a specific bird, please ask us for details.

  • •Lightweight clothing, including shorts and t-shirts. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are useful on board as there is air conditioning.

    •Swimming costume.

    •Sandals and trainers.

    •Prescription snorkelling mask if required.

    •A sun hat.

    •Waterproofs (a plastic poncho is often the best thing).

    •Sunglasses.

    •Binoculars/camera gear.

    •Water bottle.

    •Sun cream and insect repellent.

    •Day pack for island excursions.

    •Ear plugs for night-time sailing.

    •Biodegradable soap and shampoo are provided. If you would like to use your own, please ensure this is also biodegradable.

    Read our blog to find out what to pack for the Galapagos. 

  • The Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 and the transit tax of US$20 are included in all our holidays. 

  • All boats Llama Travel works with have excursions carried out in small groups (maximum 16 passengers) led by a naturalist guide.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining area, and drinking water, tea and coffee are provided. There is also a bar service available.

    Electricity onboard is 110V and plugs are of the flat two-pin type. There are small safes in each cabin or in the captain’s cabin. There are no hairdryers in cabins on most boats.

    Smoking is not permitted inside the boats and is only permitted on deck.

    Dress on board is informal on all boats.

  • Itineraries are fixed by the Galapagos authorities and usually cannot be varied. However, these are subject to change by the park authorities at short notice and can be affected by local conditions, airport closures or other factors. The activities at each site specified in the itineraries may vary and will be determined by the guide. Some longer cruise itineraries are made up of 2 shorter cruises, and so some guests may start or end their cruise on these changeover days. On all cruise itineraries, you visit a range of different islands, allowing you to see the land and marine animals and birdlife. The Finch Bay itinerary includes visits to several visitor sites in the central islands.

  • All guides in the Galapagos Islands are registered with the National Park. All Llama Travel holidays include experienced naturalist guides who speak English.

  • For many people, the highlight of the visit to the Galapagos is snorkelling among the sea life, including sea lions, turtles, penguins, rays and sharks. Snorkelling equipment is available for rent,
    or you can take your own. If you need a mask with prescription lenses, it is best to get this before you leave. Wetsuits are also available for hire. Please ask us if you are interested in hiring a wetsuit. If you do not want to snorkel, it is sometimes possible to remain on the beach on the island. However, at some sites visited on cruises this is not possible, in which case you will stay on board your boat.

  • You explore the visitor sites, seeing the wildlife, flora and geology at very close quarters. Most excursions require some walking, often on rocky and uneven surfaces, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. To reach the islands it is necessary to go from your boat in a panga, a small dinghy. On a dry landing, you will step out of the panga onto rock. On a wet landing, you will step out of the panga into about a foot of water, from where you will wade to land.

  • Sailing between the islands is usually done in the early morning or late evening. However, for some of the longer distances, the journey can be made at night. In this case, there is usually more movement and the noise of the motor can be heard.

  • On the smaller yachts, you can only pay in cash. On the larger boats, you can usually pay by cash or credit card. Travellers cheques are not widely accepted on any of the boats. There are banks and cash machines in both Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal.

  • Tipping the boat crew and guides on board is usually well deserved, and expected. If you feel you have received good service, the following are the suggested tipping levels per passenger per day: San Jose and Galapagos Beagle, approximately $15 - 19. MV Santa Cruz II and La Pinta, approximately $25. Galapagos Odyssey, approximately $20 - $22. Hotel Finch Bay, approximately $19.

  • There is a small boutique shop on board the larger ships and there is also the chance to shop at Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. However, it is best to buy anything that you will need before visiting the islands.

  • Entertainment on board is quite limited, although the larger ships have bars and may have music at times. It is sometimes possible to disembark in Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where there are restaurants and bars.

  • Airport transfers are included to your Galapagos cruise. If you are landing at Baltra airport, an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands is often included. This is usually prior to boarding your boat, so we recommend having appropriate footwear and clothing handy for this excursion, as your main luggage will usually be taken straight to your boat.

    Transfers are also included for hotel stays in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. These are with a driver only, usually with limited English.

    It is sometimes possible to get a Galapagos stamp in your passport when you arrive at the Galapagos airport, so please ask for this if you would like this.

  • No specific vaccinations further to those required for Ecuador are required for visiting the Galapagos Islands. However, please consult your GP or a travel clinic for up-to-date medical advice. As you may feel the movement of the boat, we recommend you bring any sea sickness medication you will require. We recommend bringing any painkillers or medication for upset stomachs and rehydration sachets in case you have a problem on board, as these can be hard to get in the Galapagos Islands.

    Although the excursions are not physically demanding, they do require walking on uneven surfaces, and this can be under the hot sun. Therefore, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

    Larger ships (48 passengers and up) usually have a medical officer on board, although facilities and treatments are quite simple. Smaller boats have basic first aid. If you require more serious medical attention, there are hospitals on the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal.

     

Before you Go

  • Visas are not required in advance for Australian citizens visiting Ecuador. For Australian passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Ecuador: (02) 6286 4021.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to Australia. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in Latin America will give you your hotel and excursion vouchers when you arrive.

  • Some countries in Latin America have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

  • In Quito, daytime temperatures tend to be around 20°C and night time temperatures around 10°C. The weather in the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Riobamba and Cuenca is similar to Quito. Temperatures in the jungle and Guayaquil tend to be hot and humid year round, although cold snaps are also possible. Therefore, a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cooler weather is advisable. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended. Insect repellent is advisable, especially for the jungle, the Bellavista cloud forest and for the Galapagos Islands.

    Sturdy footwear is advisable for the Galapagos Islands, as some paths can be rocky and uneven. If you are visiting the Bellavista cloud forest, the trails can be muddy and sometimes they are slippery. Therefore, please take appropriate footwear.

    The hottest months in the Galapagos Islands are usually December – May, when temperatures can rise above 30°C, although it tends to be wettest then. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest, around 25°C (although the temperature can vary significantly between different islands). From June – December, temperatures are usually cooler (around 25°C), but it rains less. It is often misty at this time of year. Sea temperatures also tend to be cooler, around 20°C. Dress on board the cruise boats is informal, so formal dress is not required.

    Electricity in Ecuador is 110V, and plugs are of the flat two-pin type.

    Having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from Australia.

Health & Fitness

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The websites www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.smartraveller.gov.au give good advice about travelling in Ecuador.

    Yellow Fever and Malaria precautions are usually recommended when visiting the jungle in Ecuador. If visiting the jungle in Ecuador, your jungle lodge provides mosquito nets.

    Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. When re-entering Australia, you will be asked to present a yellow fever certificate if you have travelled to an at-risk country. People who are unable to provide a certificate will still be able to enter Australia.

    There have been reports of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, in various Latin American countries. Please check www.smartraveller.gov.au for the latest advice regarding this. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a medical professional prior to travel.

    When visiting Latin America, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    Much of Ecuador is at high altitude. Most people who travel to altitude do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day or so at altitude. If possible, rest for a couple of hours when you first get to altitude. Additionally, some Llama Travel customers have reported beneficial effects of the herbal remedy Ginkgo Biloba. Many of the places you visit require some walking uphill. Please bear in mind that the altitude means this is more strenuous than equivalent length walks at lower altitude. If you think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP before travelling.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. Illnesses caused by altitude can be serious. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

Getting there

  • Llama Travel holidays include all flights within Latin America, but do not include international flights between Australia and Latin America before and after your tour. You will need to arrange these yourself; however, we are always able to give advice and suggest the most suitable flights for your holiday. Please ask us if you need assistance with this.

    A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights. Most flights from Australia are operated by either Qantas or LATAM. There are direct flights from Sydney to Santiago in Chile, and from November 2017, there will also be direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago. Air New Zealand also operates flights connecting in Auckland.

  • There are direct flights between Sydney and Santiago in Chile. From November 2017, there will also be direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago. These are not daily flights, and on some days a connection is required. If you would like to depart from another airport, such as Perth or Brisbane, a connection in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland is required.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. If you have already booked your flights in economy class and are interested in upgrading, please contact the airline directly to ask whether this is possible.

    Information about the travel classes with Qantas can be found here: Qantas Travel Classes

  • Some airlines allow you to select your seat once you have made a flight booking. Depending on the airline and your ticket type, a fee may be charged. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room, this is usually possible for a fee. Please visit the airline’s website to purchase these seats directly with the airline.

    For flights within Latin America, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly.

  • In most cases, when travelling between Australia and South America, you will fly via Santiago in Chile, as there are direct flights between Santiago and Australia. If your Llama Travel tour ends in a destination other than Santiago, but you would like to break your journey with a stopover in Santiago, please let us know. This should be possible, depending on your international flight ticket.

  • In some cases, you may decide to book flights that travel visa the USA before reaching Latin America. This is not usually the most direct route, and if you are only travelling to South America we would usually recommend flying to Santiago in Chile.

    If your flight involves a stop in the US, even if only in transit to Latin America, must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the USA

    If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are an Australian citizen and have an Australian passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page.

    Additionally, if the passport was issued, renewed/extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 it must contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued, renewed/extended on or after October 26, 2006, it must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note that if you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.
    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy.

    Many European and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    ESTA Visa Waiver Program - **** Action by you may be required ****
    The US State Department has introduced a mandatory electronic system to help speed up the US immigration process for travellers on the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must fill in a form on the US State department website. This can be found at (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov). Please enter this into the address bar on your web browser. There is a $14 charge per person to apply for this. DO NOT search for this website via a search engine, such as Google, as it will take you to an incorrect website. Although this can be filled in up to 72 hours before travel, we recommend that you fill in this form as soon as possible so any issues can be identified immediately. To apply please scroll to the bottom of the green area and press the apply button on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure that this form is filled out for all the passengers on your booking. If you require more detailed instructions, please visit www.LlamaTravel.com/ESTA.

    If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or if your passport does not meet the relevant criteria, then you will require a US visa before you travel. Even if you are given authorization on the ESTA website, some travellers may not be eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, please consult the US embassy website.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger, especially when taking internal flights within Latin America. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.