Overview

Thanks to its extraordinary variety of ecosystems and species, Ecuador is also renowned as one of the hotspots for biological diversity in the planet. Explore the Andes and their famous Avenue of the Volcanoes, green and gold valleys picturesque villages and majestic cities like Quito and Cuenca, World Heritage Sites full of history and colonial art and architecture. Venture into the magic world of the most remote, pristine and naturally awesome part of the Amazon rainforest. Relax and enjoy all the beauty of the Pacific coastline, its beaches, fishing villages, seaports, and ancient archaeology. Practice all kinds of watersports or visit the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador´s main seaport, full of history and tropical charm. Or..travel thousands of years back in time and wonder at the enchanting world of Galapagos islands with their unique species found nowhere else on earth.

What’s included

•    Arrival and departure transfers
•    3 nights in Quito at Grand Alameda Mercure Hotel or similar
•    4 nights in Galapagos at Fiesta Hotel or similar
•    15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches,  and 4 dinners
•    Entrance fees: Panecillo Hill, Compania Church, Equator Line Monument, Ethnographic Museum, and cable car
•    Visit Galapagos National Park with English speaking guide
•    Quito City Tour
•    Visit the famous Equator and The Middle of The World
•    Go up on the Cable Car “Teleferico”
•    Educational visit to Charles Darwin Stable
•    Snorkeling and swimming at Punta Carrion
•    Full day tour of Floreana Island
•    Twin Craters in Santa Cruz
•    Private services including local English speaking guide

Not Included

• Galapagos National Park Tax: $100.00 (USD) to be paid only in cash in Galapagos.
• Domestic flights: Quito – Galapagos – Quito
• Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
• Tips
• Snorkeling Equipment

Details

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights

Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full itinerary
Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.

Accommodations

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) Quito

Upon arrival in Quito, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.

| Overnight in Quito
DAY 2 | Quito

Today, you are going to visit the capital’s colonial downtown. Declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, Quito invites you to visit its historic and modern treasures. Walk around the Independence Plaza, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipality, and the Carondelet Government Palace. Due to its various temples and cloisters, Quito is known as “America’s Cloisters.” You will visit La Compañía Church and the San Francisco Convent. Later on, you will be taken to El Panecillo, a small hill in the middle of the city with a fabulous view of the 45 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide city and the snow-capped volcanoes. In the afternoon, you will visit the world’s famous Equator, “Mitad del Mundo” is located only 30 minutes from Quito. From here, you can jump from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. In the 18th century, the French Geodesic Expedition arrived here to perform important researches and investigate the Earth’s actual form. You will also visit the interesting Intiñan Museum where you learn about all the different cultures of Ecuador. The teleferico is an installation of transport that works according to the principle of the sway; it was constructed in the skirts of the Ruccu Pichincha. It is located in the city of Quito to be able to enjoy the beauty of the city, the valleys, the snow-capped mountains, and its entirely natural and ecological environment. Here you will find zones of scattering and amusement, as a park of mechanical attractions, commercial area, small restaurants, amusement, and in general, a site of familiar integration, a place that will be of great attractiveness for both the national visitors and for foreigners.

| Overnight in Quito
|  Breakfast
DAY 3 | Galapagos

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will have the transfer to Quito airport to take Galapagos flight (not included to be booked by agent). Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Lunch will be served at noon. You will participate in dry landing, hiking, and an educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station. Ecuadorian and foreign scientists work constantly on research and projects for conservation of the Galápagos terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

| Overnight in Galapagos
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 | Galapagos

The visit to South Plaza begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent Sesuvian. These succulents with almond-shaped leaves are green during the rainy season December-May and become red during the dry season giving the island an unusual appearance. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. The iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land. These larger than average yellow-brown land iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to snorkel and swim at Punta Carrion.

| Overnight in Galapagos
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | Galapagos

After breakfast, you will take a speedboat to Floreana Island. It is one of the oldest islands which allows it to illustrate the aging process of a volcanic island. Unlike the younger western islands, Floreana’s volcano extinct for a long time and is in the advanced stages of erosion. The erosion process gave the island the nutrients and soils need to sustain plant life. The combination of this rich soil and a good water supply have given the highlands of Floreana a diversified landscaping of native and introduced flora. Floreana is best known for its history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and colonists. In 1793, British whalers established the Post Office Barrel to send letters to and from England. The tradition has continued over the years, and even today visitors may drop off and pick up letters, without stamps, to be carried to far destinations. In the 1930s, Floreana was the setting for intrigue and mystery. A German dentist and his mistress, a young family (the Wittmer family who still live on the island), and a self-styled baroness with three men came to settle on the island. Shortly after the Baroness and her lovers arrived, chaos began. The Baroness and her entourage terrorized the other inhabitants while planning to build a luxury hotel. Eventually, the Baroness, two of her lovers, and the dentist all went missing or dead. There has been much investigation searching for what really happened on Floreana, but there have never been any hard answers. You will return to Santa Cruz Island for overnight

| Overnight in Galapagos
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 | Galapagos

After breakfast, you will embark to North Seymour Island. The island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing at North Seymour Island, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom. Prickly pear cacti are also very common on the edges of cliffs and shores. Lunch will be served at noon. Following lunch, you will go to Mosquera for wet-landing. The islet is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. The islet has one of the largest populations of sea lions. There have been occasional reports at this site of orcas. Dinner will be served in the evening.

| Overnight in Galapagos
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 | Quito

After breakfast, you will discover the Twin Craters on a short stop before heading to Baltra’s airport for your flight to Quito (not included, to be booked by agent). Upon arrival in Quito, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

| Overnight in Quito
|  Breakfast
DAY 8 | (DEPART)

Have breakfast before being transferred at the appropriate time to the international airport for your departure.

 
|  Breakfast
Departures
Hotels
Hotel Fiesta

Featuring a restaurant, Hotel Fiesta also has free Wi-Fi and breakfast in Santa Cruz. The diving centers are 500 feet away and Tortuga bay is a quarter mile from the hotel.

The rooms in Hotel Fiesta feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, and balconies with views. Room service is provided.

Guests can order snacks at the bar or relax in the game room.

Baltra airport is a 45-minute drive from Fiesta hotel.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Puerto Ayora, according to independent reviews.

MERCURE Hotel Alameda

Mercure Hotel Alameda is located just steps away from the Artisan Market on Quito’s showcase shopping street, Avenida Amazonas, within the district of Mariscal Sucre.

All guest rooms at Mercure Hotel Alameda feature a satellite TV and an private bathroom with a bathtub. In addition, the bedrooms all have WiFi connectivity, free bottled water and a safety-deposit box.

The property starts breakfast service at 06:00 and offers a coffee station throughout the morning. Restaurant Spicy is the hotel’s elegant dining establishment, serving a varied menu of local and international cuisine. A French bakery is also available. There are also many restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.

Guests can make use of Mercure Hotel Alameda’s 24-hour business center, 8 event halls or leisure facilities, which includes a fitness center. The hotel is local close to many sites of cultural interest, including the Casa de Cultura Ecuatoriana which is 5 minutes’ walk away.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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