Highlights

Map 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.

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
  • Countries: Ecuador
  • Category: Guaranteed Departures
  • Minimum Passengers: 2
  • Starting Point: Quito
  • Ending Point: Guayaquil
Introduction

Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.

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Upon arrival in Quito, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.Welcome to the international airport, assistance, and transfer to hotel.

  • Overnight in Quito
  • None

After breakfast, we will go back in time a couple of hundred years while driving around the colonial section of Quito and admire architectural monuments, la Compañia Church, Independence Square, with the Presidential Palace. Take the Teleferico (cable car) down offering a spectacular view of the whole city of Quito. If the weather is good, you will be able to see the main elevations of the Andes Mountain chain such as Cayambe, Antisana, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, etc. Then, head up to the “Middle of the World City” to see the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line.

  • Overnight in Quito
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Mariscal Sucre International Airport to take your Galapagos flight (not included, to be booked by agent). The passengers are greeted by guides at Baltra’s airport and transferred to the Santa Cruz Island by bus. En route, you will visit Rancho Primicia, a giant tortoise reserve on private property in the Galapagos. The tortoises migrate here in search of the cooler shaded area, water holes, and places to lay their eggs. You will have the opportunity to get up close to these incredible reptiles. Primicia is an excellent opportunity take some amazing photos of these gentle giants.

  • Overnight in Galapagos
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel at 8:00 am. We will take a speed boat and arrive to the “haunted” part of the Island, Puerto Velasco Ibarra. Visit top of the island; Visit Remanso de paz & Cueva de Sucre. Stop at Playa Negra for lunch at local restaurant. Snorkel in Lobería where you can see sea lions; marine iguanas on the shores and reefs of the bay. Return to Puerto Ayora. Terrestrial Wildlife: Galapagos racers (snakes), hawks, barn owls, rails, and three species of finch, and most notably, the Floreana Mockingbird were indigenous to this island. The Floreana Mockingbird is now only found on two small islets of the main island.

  • Overnight in Galapagos
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will pick you up at 7:00 am. We will take a speedboat to the Isabela Island, where we sail to Tintoreras Islet, it is named after the white-tip sharks known as “Tintoreras” which come daily to rest on the bottom of the clear water. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas and go snorkeling with sharks as well as other colorful tropical fishes while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. Lunch at a local restaurant. We will have an opportunity to visit El Centro de Crianza. Return to Puerto Ayora.

  • Overnight in Galapagos
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will depart to visit North Seymour Island. To explore the island, follow a circular trail roughly 2 km long leading inland and along the rocky coast that will take you through some of the biggest sea bird breeding colonies in the entire Galapagos. Here, you will find birds nesting, mating and rearing their chicks all year round. Blue-footed Boobies and Frigatebirds are the main attractions here. Since most of the wildlife and birds in the Galapagos Islands are quite fearless, it is possible for visitors to get an up-close view of the nests of many of the birds here, including the lovely Swallow-tailed Gulls and bright Yellow Warblers. Lunch at a local restaurant.

  • Overnight in Galapagos
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, transfer to Baltra’s airport for your flight to Guayaquil (not included, to be booked by agent). En route, visit Los Gemelos formed by a series of eruptions when the islands were still active. It is the only place on the island where you can observe some species of finches and some endemic plant to this area. In the afternoon, head to a city tour of Guayaquil; traveling along the main streets and avenues of the city we will visit the Simon Bolívar Park, the Guayaquil embankment, La Rotonda with the statues of Bolivar and Saint Martin. We will then visit the colonial neighborhood of Las Peñas, where we can admire the magnificent wood architecture where every house is a work of art. From there, you can take a panoramic view of Guayaquil and the Guayas River.

  • Overnight in Guayaquil
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the international airport for your flight home.

Tour Accommodation

What's included

•    Arrival and departure transfers
•    15 meals: 7 breakfast,4 lunches, and 4 dinners
•    2 nights in Quito at Grand Hotel Alameda Mercure hotel or similar
•    4 nights in Galapagos at Solymar Hotel or similar
•    1 night  in Guayaquil at Palace Hotel or similar
•    City Tour of Quito
•    Visit the famous Equator and The Middle of The World
•    Go up on the “Teleferico” – Cable Car
•    Visit Rancho Primicias (Santa Cruz Island )
•    Visit Floreana Island and Mockingbird
•    Visit Isabela Island, observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas
•    Visit North Seymour  Island, Nesting Blue-Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds
•    Visit Craters Gemelos
•    City tour in Guayaquil  El Malecon
•    Naturalist guide certified by the Galapagos National Park for the excursions
•    Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel)
•    Ingala Card
•    Tax spring to enter Isabela Island
•    All entrances included
•    Transfers throughout the itinerary
•    English speaking guides and representatives

Not Included

• Galapagos National Park Tax: $100.00 (USD) to be paid only in cash in Galapagos
• Domestic flights: Quito - Galapagos - Guayaquil
• Soft drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
• Tips

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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