9 Day Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil & Quito

2 Guayaquil, 4 Galapagos Islands & 2 Quito
Round trip airfare from MIA, 8 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 4 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 2 nights Quito
  • All transfers
  • 16 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

Special Features

  • Explore Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the nation’s largest port
  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Travel along the coast on a panga while Naturalist-Guides explain the area's dramatic geology
  • The unique environment encourages sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, penguins and flightless cormorants
  • Walk in an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies
  • Snorkel on magnificent white sand beaches with plentiful marine life
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Discover Quito’s colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Sunday - Guayaquil City Tour
Begin your tour of Guayaquil by visiting el Parque Centenario, home of the Monument of the Independence Heroes. Continue to Seminario Park, or Parque de las Iguanas as it is popularly known, a favorite place of 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, which portrays Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin shaking hands. Departing from the banks of the river, the bus will take you to admire the beautiful Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill, the area where the city Santiago de Guayaquil was founded in the 16th century. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday - 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; meeting and transfer by boat to Santa Cruz Island. Here, 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 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 admire the stunning views from the comfort of your hammock. Tonight, savor dinner along with a briefing by your naturalist guide on the adventures that await you in the Galapagos Islands
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Punta Carrion, South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island
Cross Santa Cruz Island to board the Sea Lion yacht that takes you on your journey today. Your first stop is at Punta Carrión at the north-eastern tip of the island, where you snorkel at an idyllic spot. Continue sailing to South Plaza, on the eastern part of the island, one of the most impressive sites in the Galapagos. This small island is abundant with fascinating wildlife at the seaside and along the cliffs including sea lions, land iguanas, and swallow-tailed gulls, along with many species of cacti and vegetation that changes colors according to the season. See the spectacular panorama as you land in the channel. The turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks are thick with green seaweed, speckled with bright orange Sally lightfoot crabs. Further up the shore, a carpet of scarlet succulents serves as a ground cover for a grove of luminescent green prickly pear cactus with land iguanas sitting beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Follow the trail to the cliffs that overlook the ocean where swallow-tailed gulls nest and red-billed tropic birds, masked and blue-footed boobies ride the windy currents. The surf pounds an inlet at the western corner of the island, where colonies of sea lions make their home. After an exhilarating day of discovery, return to Finch Bay
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Divine Bay, Punta Estrada, Charles Darwin Research Station
This morning, explore the wildlife-rich Divine Bay by boat. This magnificent cove is protected from the swells by natural volcanic reefs and a gallery of mangrove trees. Every morning, hundreds of herons cross on their daily foraging trips, returning before sunset to perching trees. Galapagos brown pelicans hover in the evergreen mangroves under the surveillance of blue-footed boobies perched along the cliffs. Under the sea, sea turtles graze on seaweed, while hundreds of reef fish swim about the lava crevices and young reef sharks and rays use the streams to hide from large predators. Next, tour Punta Estrada Island's small beach, a great place to see intertidal organisms and learn about marine iguanas in their nesting site. Return to Finch Bay for lunch, followed by a fascinating visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station's giant tortoise breeding center, situated within an impressive prickly pear cactus forest home. This is the world-renowned headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. Time to linger on your own in town, or, return to the hotel
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe offers some of the most beautiful sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets forming an ideal anchorage. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz within sight of Puerto Ayora. A wet landing on the sandy white beach brings you into contact with one of the many sea lion harems and views of the giant prickly pear cactus that live up to their name, with tree-sized trunks! Look out for the large species of land iguana native to Santa Fe. These huge chocolate brown iguanas have dragon-like spines, and truly resemble dinosaurs. After the hike, an inviting swim in the crystal-clear calm waters of the bay with great snorkeling opportunities. Lunch at Finch Bay with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy all of the hotel's great facilities. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner together on your last night in the Galapagos Islands
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Baltra Island, Flight to Quito
Depart the Finch Bay Hotel. On your 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 through Guayaquil. Arrive late afternoon 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 8, Saturday - Quito
Discover Quito today with its treasures of art and architecture. Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in Latin America is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior and the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive façade and atrium. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own, with its lovely markets, shops, cafes and excellent local food
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - 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 9 and will require a transfer on Day 8. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.
  • Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 9 and will require a transfer on Day 8.
  • Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
  • Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on this program.
  • 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
  • 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.
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