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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ecuador

Cities Visited

Galapagos , Guayaquil , Quito

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, Ecuador's capital city; transfer to your hotelPlease note flights may arrive in the very early morning of day 2
Overnight: Quito

DAY 2, Saturday - Full Day in Quito
Spend the day at leisure or join the optional Full Day Quito City Tour & Middle of the World with Lunch. 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
Optional: Full Day Quito City Tour & Middle of the World with Lunch
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Charles Darwin Research Station
Embark this morning on a journey to the "beginning of time" as you transfer to the airport for the flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport, meet your naturalist guides and transfer by ferry to Santa Cruz. Continue by bus to El Chato Tortoise Reserve and see their natural habitat. Tortoises can be seen grazing on the vegetation, wallowing in muddy banks or in the small red ponds. The area is teeming with wildlife, including woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons, and gallinules. After lunch, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - North Seymour Island
Head by boat to North Seymour Island, that was 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 the 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. Head to an isolated beach for a refreshing swim or, snorkel along the coast
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Bartolomé Island
Travel by boat 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. View an astonishing array of wildlife including Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles and a huge variety of fish. After snorkeling and swimming, option for a steep hike to the summit of this diminutive island with fantastic panoramic views of the archipelago
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Guayaquil
This morning, on your way to Baltra, stop at Los Gemelos (twin sinkholes) 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 your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city. Transfer to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight* *Some flights depart in the very early morning of day 7 and will require a transfer on day 6. 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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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Independent Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Quito, Guayaquil-Miami
  • All intra-flights: Quito-Baltra & Baltra-Guayaquil
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Quito
  • 3 nights Galapagos Islands
  • 1 night Guayaquil
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore excursions
  • Galapagos National Park fee of $100 (Jan - Jul), $200 (Aug - Dec)
  • 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
  • View the iconic Pinnacle Rock, a towering lava structure in Bartolomé Island
  • Explore areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions
  • Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    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.

    Some flights depart in the very early morning of day 7 and will require a transfer on day 6. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.

    Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.

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    Accommodations

    Hilton Colon Quito
    This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of Ecuador's capital with easy access to the financial district and the colonial sector of the city.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Grand Hotel Leon Marino Galapagos
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora, in the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Mainao Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Unipark Hotel
    This first class hotel overlooks Parque Seminario, which is also known as Iguanas Park for the large population of iguanas that live there.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    2.6
    Accommodations
    1
    Itinerary
    3
    Professional Staff
    3
    Repeat with Operator
    5
    Value for Money
    1

    Ratings based off 1 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

    We could not operate the phone from the first hotel where we stayed (the Hilton) and the 2nd hotel in on the island did not have an English speaking clerk at the office counter, the third hotel in which we stayed did not have hot water

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