Classic: Ecuador Mainland & the Galapagos Islands (SEQG)
Countries Visited: Ecuador Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Information Not Available
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Get your adrenaline pumping in adventurous Banos, feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, soak in the hot springs at Papallacta, explore colonial Quito, three nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard the Xavier, snorkelling excursions searching for sea turtles and rays, hiking through the lava fields of Bartolome to get an amazing view, learning more about the ecology of the Galapagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, one night in Santa Cruz with included visit to see the giant tortoises
If you're already exploring Ecuador on terra firma you're this close to the eco-lovers paradise: The Galapagos, so we've brought both together in one 14-day tour. Start with all the on-land highlights like the Amazon, the stunning landscapes in the Ecuadorian highlands, and get an unforgettable experience at a jungle homestay. Experience the Galapagos aboard the Xavier III where comfy cabins, giant tortoises, and sea lions will have you wanting to jump ship - but only to go snorkelling, of course.
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|Offer valid through 12/31/2017|
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Banos||Day 2 Quito/Banos (1B)|
Travel to Banos and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in the hot springs. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Banos||Day 3 Banos|
Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
|Day 4||Tena||Day 4 Banos/Tena (1L, 1D)|
Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Local Experience Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 5||Tena||Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Local Experience
|Day 6||Papallacta||Day 6 Tena/Papallacta|
Take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views. Transport: Local bus
|Day 7||Quito||Day 7 Papallacta/Quito|
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 8||Quito||Day 8 Quito|
Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the many sights Quito has to offer.
|Day 9||Puerto Baquerizo Moreno||Day 9 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Isla Lobos, a small island home a friendly population of sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters watch as the curious pups blow bubbles, swim in circles and frolic in the waves. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). Please note: The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuadors other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the national park system are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage. Included Activities: Isla Lobos Visit Snorkelling (Isla Lobos) Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Xavier III
|Day 10||Mosquera Island||Day 10 North Seymour/Mosquera Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Snorkelling (North Seymour Island) Mosquera Island Excursion Transport: Xavier III
|Day 11||Bartolome Island||Day 11 Santiago Island/Bartolome Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolome Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Included Activities: Sullivan Bay Visit Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay) Bartolome Island Landing Snorkelling (Bartolome Island) Transport: Xavier III
|Day 12||Puerto Ayora||Day 12 Puerto Ayora (1B)|
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galapagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear salt water lagoon. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Academy Bay Tour
|Day 13||Quito||Day 13 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B)|
Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city. Included Activities: Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion Transport: Flight (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Quito||Day 14 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights to and from the Galapagos are included in the cost of your tour. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening.
Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refuelling stop in Guayaquil.
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