|10 Days Classic Ecuador: Andes & Galapagos|
|Day 1:||Thu||Arrive in Quito. Transfer to your Hotel||Vieja Cuba||Nü House|
|Day 2:||Fri||Quito - City Tour - Equatorial Monument - Otavalo||Cabañas del Lago||Puerto Lago|
|Day 3:||Sat||Otavalo Indian Market - Cotopaxi||Santa Ana||Santa Ana|
|Day 4:||Sun||Cotopaxi Horse Back Ride - Papallacta||Thermas||Thermas|
|Day 5:||Mon||Papallacta Thermas - Quito||Vieja Cuba||Nú House|
|Day 6:||Tue||Quito - Galapagos: Baltra Island & Tortuga Bay||Pelican Bay||Mainao|
|Day 7:||Wed||Sail to Seyour Island||Pelican Bay||Mainao|
|Day 8:||Thu||Sail to Bartolome Island||Pelican Bay||Mainao|
|Day 9:||Fri||Galapagos - Flight to Quito||Vieja Cuba||Nü House|
|Day 10:||Sat||Quito - End of Tour / Flight Back Home|
|Price per person:||$2,793||$2,888|
Children under 12 eligible for 25% discount.
This year is special and our Classic Ecuador Trip gives you ten (10) full days of adventure and fun to experience, with touring dates every month! Choose from our multiple travel dates the one that best fits your agenda. From the Andes to the Galapagos, this trip has some of the most talked-about destinations in Ecuador. Best part is, Airfare to Galapagos Is Included!
Check our detailed Itinerary for a feel of what you'll experience on an adventure that you won't soon forget!
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Upon arrival to Quito and all entrance formalities are taken care of, we meet with our tour director, head on to the transfer vehicle and proceed to our hotel.
Fun Fact: Ecuador, South America's second smallest country is a vibrant indigenous culture with many natural and cultural wonders.
Day 2: Quito - Equatorial Monument - Otavalo
Day 2: Quito City Tour, Equatorial Monument & Otavalo
Pick up: 09h00
After a good night rest and early breakfast, we begin to explore Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The city is surrounded by various snow-capped Andes Peaks, yet is only 14 miles (22.5km) south of the Equator. Quito is known for its magnificent Spanish-Colonial architecture and colorful street life. Quaint family owned shops as well as open-air markets are just steps away from sky scrapers and Spanish Baroque Cathedrals, blending in old and new architectures.
Our tour begins by visiting the Guapulo Church, privileged with a fantastic view of the valleys. The colonial area of "Old Quito" is a United Nations World Heritage Site worth visiting. Here we will stroll down Independence Square where we'll be able to appreciate the Presidential Palace and Arch Bishop's Palace.
Soon after, we will visit La Compania Church, with its ornate facade and breathtaking golden altars, you'll appreciate the history of the land. Our next stops will be to the Monastery followed by the San Francisco Church, filled with examples of Spanish art and sculpture all around. We also pay a visit to the Impressive Parliament Building were Ecuador's history is recorded.
Just a little further is the Panecillo hill, offering a spectacular view of the city as well as an up close look of the Virgin of Quito. Time permitting, we will visit the artisans market (Mercado de los Artesanos).
At around noon we continue on to the "Equatorial Monument". At an impressive 10,000 feet above sea level, one can be in two hemispheres at the same time with one foot on the North and the other on the South and your heart on Latitude Cero!
We'll continue to a fun activity at the open air Inti-Nam Museum were we'll practice a few science experiments that can only be best appreciated at this location. Later in the afternoon we'll drive north on the Panamerican Highway onward to Cayambe, best known for its snow-capped volcano, their countryside dairy farms and plentiful flower plantations. We end our day by heading to the San Pablo Lake and to our hotel.
Enjoy a relaxing night at the Hotel and stay Overnight.
Day 3: Otavalo - Cotopaxi
Day 3: Otavalo Indian Market - Cotopaxi
After breakfast we enter the city of Otavalo and visit their famous Indian Market. The Otavalo Indians are considered to be the most dedicated and prosperous craftsmen/merchants of Ecuador. This "Market" is one of South America's most important centers of ethno-tourism, featuring a dazzling array of textiles and crafts. Here you can find Ponchos, wooden good and indigenous jewelry; perfect for gifts or keepsakes from the city.
After the market we go to the Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve where we will see one of the most amazing sceneries of Ecuador at the Cuicocha Lake. Soon after, we enter the City of Cotacachi, famous for their leather market. You can enjoy an hour of shopping before heading to our next destination.
At the end of the day, we drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the base of the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world at 5,897 meters (19.437ft) of altitude. Overnight stay.
Day 4: Cotopaxi - Papallacta
Day 4: Cotopaxi - Horse Back Ride - Papallacta
After breakfast, the adventures begins by choosing our equipment, Andean Poncho and our horse for a full cowboy experience. We will ride our horses in to the Cotopaxi National Park, where we will have the opportunity to see the highest active volcano in the world. Fun fact: The Cotopaxi Volcano was established as an ecological sanctuary with unusual opportunities for the Love of Nature and know about the importance of the Paramo Ecosystem.
Once we arrive to the Limpiopungo parking area, our bus will take us down a scenic stretch of road out to the "Majestic Andes Highlands". We'll head down to Thermas of Papallacta soon after reaching the most elevated spot on the road (4.000m/13,120ft asl).
Day 5: Papallacta - Quito
Day 5: Papallacta Thermas - Quito
After breakfast we enjoy the amenities this place has to offer, like their SPA, hot spring swimming pools and gorgeous views. These Thermas are the most attractively developed set of hot springs in Ecuador. The hot volcanic water is channeled into three pools large enough for swimming, three smaller shallow pools and two tiny family-size pools. There is also access to the river.
We return to Quito in the afternoon.
Day 6: Quito - Galapagos Baltra Is.
Day 6: Quito - Galapagos - Baltra Island & Tortuga Bay
Enjoy your breakfast in the morning at the hotel. Soon after we will head to the airport and fly to the Enchanged Galapagos Islands with plenty of time to handle all formalities and baggage checking.
Upon arrival on the Galapagos Islands and right after all migration formalities are completed, one of our representatives will be waiting for you with transportation to your hotel to get settled in. After lunch we will take an excursion to one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos: Tortuga Bay. This is a short 30 minute walk on a marked path west of Puerto Ayora. On this route we will have chance to connect to nature.
Tortuga Bay gets its name from the Sea Turtles that come here to lay their eggs. This island features white sand beaches, pelicans and marine iguanas, as well as plenty of other flying species making it ideal for birth-watching.
After the fun we will return to the hotel for an overnight stay (Breakfast and Lunch included).
Day 7: Galapagos Seymour Is.
Day 7: Galapagos - Sail to Seymour Island
Enjoy an early breakfast and sometime between 7:50 - 8:00 we will be transferred to the Itabaca Channel, where we will get on board a yacht to start the day with an hour long sail to Seymour Island.
North Seymour Island is a spectacular place to enjoy the scenery while hiking. On this island you can find unique plants such as incense trees, cacti, sesuvium, escalecias to name a few; and animals like the blue-footed boobies, gulls sitting on the edge of cliffs and frigate birds on their nests. Depending on the season, you'll also be able to see land iguanas. On the opposite side of the island we are greated with crashing waves against the rocks and mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the sea.
A special circular trail that crosses the islands interior leads exploring travelers to the rocky coast. Along this path we'll witness some of the largest colonies of sea birds of the Galapagos Islands. We will also have the opportunity to see the nesting sites of the fascinating blue-footed boobies and colorful frigates.
After lunch you can snorkel, swim or take a sunbath on las Bachas Beach or Mosquera Islet (depending on the sail day). Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure (Breakfast included).
Day 8: Galapagos Bartolome Is.
Day 8: Galapagos - Sail to Bartolome Island
Early in the morning at 6:00 we will be transferred to the Itabaca channel. Here we will take the yacht embarking us to the first leg of our journey. Breakfast will be served on the boat.
Bartolome Island has some of the most beautiful landscapes throughout the archipelago. It is very well known for its famous rock formation, the Pinnacle Rock, which resembles an obelisk raised to the edge of the ocean. Upon arrival to the island, we are presented with a wooden stairway of approximately 600 meters in length. Make sure you have comfortable shoes for this part of the day. Once we reach the summit (about 30 to 40 minutes), we are rewarded with a gorgeous view of the landscape with two beautiful bays. The fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones give this area an out-of-this-world aura, giving you the feeling of walking on the moon.
The Bartolome Island is the perfect place to observe the Galapagos penguins swimming in the tropical waters. One the south part of the island you can also find marine turtles, stingrays and Galapagos sharks, among other unique marine species. We will take a relaxing afternoon with 45 minutes of snorkeling at Sullivan Bay. We'll return to Puerto Ayora for an overnight stay at our hotel (breakfast included).
Day 9: Galapagos - Quito
Day 9: Galapagos - Flight to Quito
Rise and shine early in the morning at 05:45 to take the 6:00 speedboat from Puerto Velasco Ibarra to Puerto Ayora and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. After a 2 hour sail, we arrive at Santa Cruz Island. Our guide welcomes us take us to Il Giardino Restaurant for a delightful breakfast. Soon after, our driver will take us to Baltra Airport for our flight back to mainland. There may be a $5usd per person cash fee for the bus from Baltra Island pier to the airport. Flight details will be provided with your package, but feel free to ask your guide for any assistance (breakfast included).
Day 10: End of Tour / Extensions
Day 10: Quito - Flight back home / Continue Extended Tour
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport in order to take your flight back home. If you opted for an extended trip the moment of booking, arrangements will be presented to you by our agency at your hotel or upon first arrival.
We look forward to hearing about your experience during your trip. Don't forget to leave your feedback on our comments section, trip advisor or by email. Your feedback helps us to provide you with better service.
Itinerary Prices Include:
- All Transfers: Airport - Hotel - Airport
- Overnight Stay in Choice of 3 or 4 Star Hotels
- Daily Breakfast
- Quito City Tour & Equatorial Monument. Entrances Included
- Otavalo Indian Market Tour
- Horse Back riding in Cotopaxi
- Entrance for the Thermas of Papallacta
- English Speaking Guide(s)
- Private Transportation
- Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito
- 3 Nights accommodation in Puerto Ayora
- 1 Lunch in Puerto Ayora
- Tour of Tortuga Bay
- Sail tours to Bartolome Island and Seymour Island
- Snorkeling Equipment for sail tours (Only in the places assigned to do this activity)
- English Naturalist Speaking Guides
Itinerary Prices do not Include:
Rates do not Include:
- Entrance Fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 per person - Payable at Galapagos Airport - Cash Only)
- Ingala Transit Card: $20usd per person (Payable at Quito Airport)
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Special Services not described above
- Lunches and Dinners in Mainland
- Dinners in Galapagos
Note: Please make sure to have cash on hand for both the Transit Control Card and National Park fees for every member in your travel party. There are no ATMs at the arriving Airport of Galapagos, so please make sure to ask your guide or at your hotel's lobby about an ATM machine if you need one. While this may change without prior notice, presently credit cards are not accepted for the migration fee at the Galapagos Airports.
You will be required to have your passport on hand in order to receive the transit control card to the islands.
Remember: you may not take on the flight any seeds, animals, plants or fruits with you. This is to help protect and preserve the Galapagos ecosystem.
If you have any questions not present here, we encourage you to contact us and we'll gladly assist you.
|October 12||October 21|
|November 16||November 25|
|December 14||December 23|