12 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

1 Guayaquil, 3 Galapagos, 2 Quito, 1 Otavalo, 1 Papallacta, 2 Amazon & 1 Banos
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  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Guayaquil
    • 3 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 2 nights Quito
    • 1 night Otavalo
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
    • 1 night Baños
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 26 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 5-11)
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

 

Special Features

  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Tour the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn about their preservation goals
  • Explore areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions
  • Visit the world-famous Galapagos giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • Stay in the heart of the Amazon
  • Visit Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
Day By Day Itinerary

This 12 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of Ecuador in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Perhaps, take time to explore the city’s many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Friday - Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Santa Cruz
Embark this morning on a journey to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Your flight from Guayaquil takes you to Baltra Airport; you’ll be met by your naturalist guides and transferred by boat to Santa Cruz Island. Here, you visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve and see their natural habitat - a once in a lifetime experience! Tortoises can be seen grazing on the vegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in the small red ponds. The area is teeming with wildlife - woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules. After a stop for lunch, on to Puerto Ayora, the most developed town in the Galapagos Islands, where you board the Finch Panga that takes you to Finch Bay, an eco-friendly resort-hotel in a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves, your home for the next three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's pool, natural spa, white coral beach or the vegetation view from the comfort of your hammock. Tonight, enjoy dinner highlighted by local delicacies
**Your Galapagos island itinerary is subject to change. Different islands and sites may be substituted
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Cerro Mesa Preserve, Charles Darwin Research Station
Cross Academy Bay to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Arrive at Cerro Mesa, a private preserve with a native and endemic forest, splendid birding area, a natural path of migrating giant tortoises and impressive volcanic formations. Explore the natural surroundings and the spectacular vistas. You may encounter giant tortoises, herons, gallinules and some of the rare Darwin finches. Continue on your walk down the path to the coast and the amazing white sandy beach. Time for a soothing dip in the waters, or perhaps a small trip on a tandem or, a sit-on-top kayak. Enjoy the scenery and the provided box lunch under the shade of the halophytic trees. In the afternoon, after freshening-up, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station; gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can also meet some tortoise celebrities like Diego (the world's most famous tortoise after 100-year-old Lonesome George died in recent years) and some friendly creeping land iguanas. Dinner tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - North Seymour Island
You’ll be transported on your yacht, The Sea Lion, to North Seymour Island, lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event. Cliffs that are only a few feet high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges and a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing. This island is teeming with life! You might have to give right-of-way to a passing sea lion or a marine iguana. Along the way, perhaps you may see the famous Galapagos blue-footed booby nesting beside the trail, or spot flocks of pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Keep on the lookout for the magnificent frigate bird, with its puffed- up scarlet throat sack, perched in low bushes watching over their chicks. After your enlightening walking excursion, you return to Finch Bay for leisure time. Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Port of Baltra, Flight to Quito
Depart the Finch Bay Hotel. On the way to Baltra, stop at the Twin Pit Craters to view the great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of the sinking ground, and the exceptional view of Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito. Arrive in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano; transfer to the hotel. Evening is at leisure in Quito
Overnight: Quito▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia Church or the Church of San Francisco**. Afterward, see the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Afterwards, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
**Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly based on local conditions and holidays, therefore La Compañia Church may be replaced with a visit to the Church of San Francisco
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for it’s beautiful waterfall situated in a protected forest important to the local indigenous people who still perform sacred rituals here. Then, visit the lively Otavalo market, one of the largest in South America, run by the local Otavaleño Indians; a great way to experience Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes. Local people use the market the same way today as their ancestors did during Ecuador's pre-Columbian period. Time to browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry, fruits and more. Embark on a scenic drive through small towns and villages to Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, known for its many hot springs and spas. After settling in, the remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to the Termas de Papallacta Spa. Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering and unwind in one of the thermal hot pools, the refreshing cold pool or opt for a facial or body massage
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Amazon Lodge, Meet a Quechua Indian Family
A contrast in scenery as you reach La Punta Ahuano, a tiny port on the north bank of the Napo River, where you board a motorized canoe that takes you to the lodge on the Amazon River where you'll spend the next two nights. Enjoy the sounds, the serenity and the magnificent foliage as you begin the exploration of the unique Amazon region. You may be able to spot many different species of birds and monkeys along the way. After lunch at the lodge, a fascinating visit to Ahuano, a small river side Quechua village. Meet a local Quechua Indian family and learn about daily life, education and survival in the Amazon. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Nature Trail Hike, Leisure Time at the Lodge
Arise early this morning for a hike along the flourishing nature trail to view the gorgeous flora and fauna up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the many different species of tropical plants and flowers, insects, and butterflies. Enjoy spectacular vistas as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, enjoy a fun-filled rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft that winds slowly along the river's bend.** Time to relax this afternoon at the lodge, or perhaps visit the nearby Butterfly Farm before dinner
**Please note this is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - El Pailon Del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano and then drive to El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron"***, one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel in the Valley of Patate. Balance of the day is at leisure
***Please note that it is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Hacienda La Cienega
Today enjoy a visit to the Hacienda La Cienega, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in Ecuador, belonging to the descendants of Marques of Maenza dating back to the 17th century, with spectacular views to the Cotopaxi National Park and volcano, in the background. After lunch, tour a local rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation, and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation you'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. Return to Quito for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
*Please note: Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 12 and will require a transfer on Day 11. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Notes :
  • Save $800 per couple from our regular rate for booking by or before Monday Apr 24, 17 (Promo Code DLGLEC400)
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Quito-Baltra & Baltra-Quito.
  • It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 12.
  • Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
  • The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.
  • Oct 9, Oct 30 & Dec 25 departures will be accommodated at the Puertolago Country Inn in Otavalo.
  • Triple Rooms at the Finch Bay will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
  • Triple Rooms at Termas de Papallacta consist of 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. In the Galapagos, expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. This trip combines an escorted portion with the services of a Tour Manager and an independent portion with services that include Local and Naturalist guides.

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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