Jet Set Pet
Family Vacation Packages
Romantic & Honeymoon Packages
Spa & Wellness Packages
Hot Hotel Openings
Beach & Island Resorts
5-Star City Hotels
Adventure & Eco Lodges
Boutique City Hotels
Country House Hotels
Safari Camps & Lodges
Golf Resorts & Lodges
Spa Resorts & Wellness Retreats
Ski Resorts & Lodges
Wine Country Getaways
Cruises & Yachting
Private Jet Travel
Bars & Nightclubs
Spa & Wellness Retreats
Beach and Resortwear
Beauty and Fragrance
Luggage and Handbags
Watches & Jewelry
Wine and Spirits
World's Most Expensive
Adventure Operator INCA Expands Galapagos Program with Luxury Hideaway
December 23, 2016
Tucked away in the spectacular Andes at 9,600 feet – only two hours from Quito – lies a charming 16th century hacienda owned by a former president of Ecuador.
has created a new 12-day
Islands and Highlands
program that pairs its popular Galápagos cruise with a three-day, two-night stay at
Guests will spend the first night in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and then fly to the Galápagos, overnighting on Santa Cruz to visit the Darwin Research Station and hike to see giant tortoises in the wild. The next day, guests board the 141-foot Integrity, known as the "finest yacht" in the Islands to follow INCA's carefully-crafted eight-day itinerary. With only 16 passengers, Integrity guests have the opportunity to get up close to observe rare animals and birds in action including albatrosses "fencing" with their beaks, Blue-footed Boobies sitting on eggs, sea lions somersaulting and during breeding season, male great frigate birds romancing the females with their oversized throat pouches.
The current owners of Hacienda Zuleta, descendants of Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, play host. Set in farmland and surrounded by gardens, the 4,000-acre working farm offers an authentic colonial experience and plenty of interesting activities. A horse-drawn carriage takes guests to observe the livestock, farming activities and surrounding mountain landscape. Cooking and embroidery classes are offered. Each of the Hacienda's 14 guestrooms is beautifully decorated with antiques, historic photographs and memorabilia from past political campaigns. After a day hiking, bird watching, mountain biking or horseback riding, guests will enjoy sitting in front of a fire in the Lounge, the Library or in their own room.
With fruits, vegetables and herbs from the Hacienda's organic garden, homemade butter and cheese from its cows and fresh cheese from its Creamery, Zuleta's cuisine personifies farm-to-table. Guests will enjoy just-caught trout and Ecuadoran and Andean specialties whose recipes have been handed down from the family's great-grandmothers.
One of the high points of a stay at the Hacienda is a visit to its Andean Condor Huasi Project, the only government-licensed reproduction and liberation site. With its 10-foot wingspan, one of the world's largest flying birds weighs in at up to 33 pounds and is considered "near threatened." Zuleta has been nationally and internationally recognized for its work with the Andean Condor.
INCA's new 12-day
Islands and Highlands
program starts at $9,295 and includes all yacht and hotel accommodations in Quito, Santa Cruz and at Hacienda Zuleta; all meals, non-alcoholic beverages and draft beer while on the yacht; also meals as specified on itinerary, all guides, activities, tours and sightseeing arrangements; use of kayaks and snorkel equipment on yacht, roundtrip airport transfers and all arrangements as specified on the itinerary. Not included are airfare, airport taxes and fees; Galápagos National Park fee; Galápagos yacht fuel surcharge; tips for yacht crews, guides or naturalist; wet suits, and other items of a personal nature.
For further information, contact
or call 1-510-420-1550.
Sign-up for Our Email Newsletter
FIND A LUXURY HOTEL & BOOK WITH EXCLUSIVE PERKS!
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Papua New Guinea
St Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Kitts & Nevis
Turks & Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Food & Wine
Shopping & Fashion
Spa & Wellness
Wineries / Wine Tasting
Polaris Slingshot - A three-wheeled sensation that re-ignites your love for driving
JUP - Personal Service for Buying and Selling Real Estate in Jupiter, Florida
Villa Lala — Romantic Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Culture, Spirituality, and Wellness in Japan's Tochigi Prefecture
Tuscan Dream - Immerse Yourself in the Tuscan Villa Vacation Experience
Blue Waters Resort & Spa - Antigua - A hidden gem nestled in a private bay on Antigua's northwestern coast with sunset views
Grand Hotel Portovenere - Cinque Terre - Discover this beautiful region of Italy!
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun, Mexico - Adults Only, All Inclusive
Dude Ranchers Association - An all-inclusive vacation experience like no other
Luxo Italia - Curated Luxury Travel in Italy
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa - Rancho Santa Fe, California - One of the West’s most sought-after five star resorts
The Ranch Italy at Palazzo Fiuggi - The Ranch Malibu brings its award winning wellness program just 50 minutes from Rome.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii - Beachfront Resort
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel - Santa Barbara, California - Experience timeless Californian glamor.
A.M.A Selections - Luxury Villa Rentals throughout Europe
Come Together Wellness - Rest, Restore & Explore on Kauai
Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort - Porto Ercole, Tuscany, Italy
The Kayon Jungle Resort - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia - a sanctuary of tropical indulgence.
Red Savannah: Luxury Villas and Tailor-Made Holidays
Porto Zante Villas & Spa - Zakynthos, Greece - The leading villa resort in Europe
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac - Quebec City, Canada - Breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the UNESCO Old fortified city