14 Day Ecuador with 4 Day Northern Galapagos Cruise

1 Guayaquil, 4 Cruise, 3 Quito, 1 Otavalo, 1 Papallacta, 2 Amazon & 1 Banos
Round trip airfare from MIA, 11 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 4 nights M/V Santa Cruz II
    • 2 nights Quito
    • 1 night Otavalo
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
    • 1 night Baños
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 31 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 7-14)
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos (Days 3-6)
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Discover Guayaquil, a sprawling and vivacious city with striking architecture
  • Visit Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region
  • Journey to the "beginning of time" as you travel to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago
  • Snorkel/Swim on magnificent white sand beaches with astounding marine life
  • Observe areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, Galapagos penguins and sea lions
  • Visit Buccaneer Cove, once an important site for 17th and 18th century sailors
  • Visit Colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem
Day By Day Itinerary

This 14 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.

DAY1, Saturday - Depart for Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city's many museums, botanical gardens or stroll along the lively riverfront promenade
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Sunday - Guayaquil City Tour & Parque Historico
Your discovery of Guayaquil begins at the main square, with its stirring memorial to the Heroes of the Independence, symbolizing the triumph of the Republic against the Spanish. Continue to Seminario Park (Parque de las Iguanas), a favorite place for bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo-Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower, and La Rotonda Monument. Continue to the lovely riverside Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill where the city was founded in the 16th century. Continue to Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region. Evening at leisure to savor your first taste of delicious Ecuadorian food
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday - Baltra, Las Bachas - Santa Cruz Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the "beginning of time" as you transfer to the airport for the 600-mile flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport and proceed to the pier for embarkation on the M/V Santa Cruz. After warm greetings and lunch on board, time to settle in before the afternoon excursion to Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island's north shore. Here, enjoy the delightful white sand beach with briny lagoons just a few steps from the sea, a feeding ground for various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Tonight, a welcome cocktail on board with a briefing by a naturalist guide on tomorrow's exciting activities followed by dinner
Overnight: Northern Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Buccaneer Cove, Puerto Egas (James Bay) - Santiago Island
Awake early and get ready for the thrilling explorations that lie ahead on Santiago Island. Discover the extraordinary cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, once an important site for 17th and 18th centuries sailors, now home to large numbers of marine birds, sea lions, and adorable Galapagos fur seals. View the amazing natural formations including Elephant Rock, the Bishop, and a remarkable natural cave. Swim along the rocky shoreline or snorkel in the company of friendly marine turtles. Later, on the trails at Puerto Egas, you view land and marine birds in this landscape of tuff-stone layers with Sally lightfoot crabs roaming the lava rocks. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds next to colonies of fur sea lions. Enjoy dinner and evening at leisure
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Rábida and Bartolomé Island
A morning panga ride takes you along the jagged shores to Rábida Island with its volcanic rocks surrounding a striking red sand beach. Your walk brings you close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and several species of Darwin's famous finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond seasonally hosts migrating flamingos. Try snorkeling at this beach, a perfect place to learn! Experienced snorkelers will appreciate the exceptional combination of underwater marine life and submarine landscapes. After lunch, travel to the golden beaches of Bartolomé Island, dominated by the iconic Pinnacle Rock, an impressive towering lava structure that rises from the ocean's edge. After snorkeling and swimming, a chance to ride on a glass bottom boat with incredible views of the underwater life. Later, option for a steep hike to the summit of this diminutive island with fantastic panoramic views of the archipelago. In the evening, dinner and briefing by a naturalist guide
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Prince Philip's Steps, Darwin Bay - Genovesa Island
Start the day with a steep hike (90 feet) up Prince Philip's Steps, named in recognition of Prince Philip's visit to the Galapagos in 1964. Atop the flat rocky plateau, observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. Alternatively, panga rides are available along the cliffs (conditions permitting). After relaxing on board, afternoon visit to Darwin Bay, a coral beach that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted along with tidal pools where sea lions swim. An easy stroll takes you to an observation area to view hundreds of birds, including gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Tonight, a fond farewell to your newfound friends on this last night on board your Galapagos Cruise
Overnight: Northern Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Disembarkation, Balta Island, Flight to Quito
Disembarkation at Baltra Island. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight through Guayaquil to Quito. Arrive late afternoon in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this charming city independently
Overnight: Quito▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - 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 de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit 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. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for it’s beautiful waterfall. Then, enjoy a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleño Indians. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry, fruits, vegetables and more. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Transfer to Amazon Resort
After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge*. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano, a small riverside Quechua village. to have the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel
*Please note: Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Hike in a Private Nature Reserve
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up-close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and insects. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike*, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center  or Canopy Adventure Park
*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
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - El Pailon Del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful 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: It is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Visit to a Rose Plantation, Lunch at Hacienda La Cienega
Today enjoy a tour of a beautiful 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. Continue to Hacienda La Cienega for lunch, 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 a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, in the background. After lunch, time to wonder around the grounds of the Hacienda. Return to the hotel for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" Dinner with your group
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - 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 14 and will require a transfer on Day 13. 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 :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito.
  • Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 14 and will require a transfer on Day 13.
  • Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
  • 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.
  • Dry landing: Passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
  • Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.
  • Jan 6, Mar 31, Jul 7, Aug 4 & Dec 8 departures will be accommodated at the Puerto Lago Country Inn in Otavalo.
  • 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
Not Included
Optional tours and gratuities

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.