Duration: 17 Days & 16 Nights
Location: Ecuador
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The Ultimate Experience visiting Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

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  • Upon arrival to Quito, private transfer to your hotel.
  • Shared Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World. Visit the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas, a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Later, visit the “Middle of the World” Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) situated at 0°0’0” latitude.
  • Visit the well-known indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure.
  • Visit Peguche, known for its weavers, visit a wind instruments workshop, and Cotacachi known for the manufacture of leather goods.
  • Visit the Magdalena community.You will have a series of activities: horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking for you to try. Then drive, to Ibarra and catch the “Liberty Train,” landscapes provide a magical setting as you pass through mysterious tunnels, cross bridges spanning canyons and gullies, and admire a unique biodiversity.
  • Take a shared drive to Baños admire highest active volcano on Earth, Cotopaxi, while in Baños admire its beautiful scenery of waterfalls and vistas.
  • Drive through Riobamba,  one of the most picturesque indigenous areas of the country. Take the Devil’s Nose train ride, continue your way south to the Ingapirca Ruins, then to Cuenca.
  • City tour of Cuenca before driving to El Cajas National Park. This area is known for its beautiful landscapes with at least 200 lagoons, like the famous La Toreadora.
  • Flight from Quito to Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands. Check into cruise and sail to Santa Cruise Island.
  • See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants, beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones, and magma flows. Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
  • Visit Santa Fe Island: Santa Fe land iguana unique in Galapagos, Galapagos hawk, mockingbirds, sea lions.
  • Visit South Plaza – Plazas: Large colony of sea lions, unique landscape of a cactus forest, land and marine iguanas, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.
  • Visit Mosquera Islet – Mosquera: White sandy beach, large colony of sea lions.
  • Visit North Seymour – North Seymour Island: Unique place for two types of frigate: magnificent and great; swallow-tailed gull, nesting colony of blue-footed boobies.
  • Visit Cerro Colorado Reserve – San Cristobal: Giant tortoises in semi-captivity, beautiful landscape on the way to the reserve La Galapaguera, miconia plants zone.
  • Visit Cerro Brujo – San Cristobal: Eroding tuff cone, beautiful white sand beach, impressive landscape, sea lions, Ruddy turnstones, lava gulls.
  • Visit Pitt Point – San Cristobal: Magnificent viewpoints, sea lion colony, 3 booby species and 2 of frigate birds.
  • Visit Suarez Point – Española: Largest colony of waved albatross, Nazca and bluefooted boobies, marine iguanas, landscape El Soplador (the blowhole).
  • Visit Gardner Bay – Española: Hood mockingbird, marine wildlife, sea lion, and marine turtles.
  • Visit Champion Islet – Floreana: Sharks & sea lions viewing.
  • Visit Cormorant Point – Floreana:White and black mangrove, flamingoes, sea turtles, sea lions.
  • Visit Highlands – Santa Cruz: Giant tortoises, lava tubes, scalesia forest, Chato Reserve.

(Sunday or Wednesday) Day 1:

USA to Quito flights

Private transfer upon arrival this evening to your hotel.

Overnight: Swissotel Quito. (Premier Room | BL)

 

(Monday or Thursday) Day 2:

Quito – Shared Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World.

Visit the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas, a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Stop for lunch on your own account which will be recommended by your guide. Later, visit the “Middle of the World” Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) situated at 0°0’0” latitude.

Overnight: Swissotel Quito. (Premier Room | B)

 

(Tuesday or Friday) Day 3:

Otavalo Market & Magdelena Community.

Visit the well-known indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure.  Stop for lunch on your own account which will be recommended by your guide. Visit Peguche, known for its weavers, visit a wind instruments workshop, and Cotacachi known for the manufacture of leather goods. Next Arrive at Magdalena Community overnight at one of the community houses. Home of Atahualpa, the last of the Inca Emperors, Karanki Magdalena is at approximately 9,842 feet above sea level with a privileged location surrounded by valleys and lagoons

Overnight in Magdalena Community House (B,D)

 

(Wednesday or Saturday) Day 4:

Magdalena Karanki Community Train Ride & Salinas

The Magdalena Community has discovered a hidden mountain niche through a series of activities; horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking for you to try. Then drive, to Ibarra and catch the “Liberty Train,” landscapes provide a magical setting as you pass through mysterious tunnels, cross bridges spanning canyons and gullies, and admire a unique biodiversity. Then arrive in the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Salinas, well known for its agricultural activities. Head back to Quito.

Overnight: Hotel Quito. (Executive Room | BL)

 

(Thursday or Sunday) Day 5:

Quito – Cotopaxi-Baños -Riobamba

On the shared drive to Baños admire highest active volcano on Earth, Cotopaxi, while in Baños admire its beautiful scenery of waterfalls and vistas. Then drive south to Riobamba for overnight.

Overnight: Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo. (Deluxe Room | B)

 

(Friday or Monday) Day 6:

Riobamba – Devil’s Nose train ride – Ingapirca Ruins – Cuenca

Start your day with a drive through some of the most picturesque indigenous areas of the country. Take the Devil’s Nose train ride, continue your way south to the Ingapirca Ruins, then to Cuenca.

Overnight: Hotel Carallo Cuenca. (Deluxe Room | B,BL)

 

 

(Saturday or Tuesday) Day 7:

Cuenca – El Cajas National Park

City tour of Cuenca before driving to El Cajas National Park. This area is known for its beautiful landscapes with at least 200 lagoons, like the famous La Toreadora. After lunch on your own account, drive to Guayaquil.

Overnight: Guayaquil Hilton. (Deluxe Room | B)

 

(Sunday or Wednesday) Day 8:

Flight from Quito to Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands

Check into cruise and sail to Santa Cruise Island.

 

All-inclusive Galapagos cruise aboard top quality M/V Coral II (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil and continuing to Baltra Island. On arrival, Meet and greet and bus transfer to the port, check-in on board the M/V Coral II.

 

Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass, featuring ample outer decks, sea-view cabins and suites, Jacuzzi, pool, bars and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants, beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones, and magma flows. Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues.

 

In the afternoon – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center – Santa Cruz Island.  See Giant tortoises, Darwin finches, prickly-pear, cactus forest, interpretation center.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Monday or Thursday) Day 9:

 

AM: Mosquera Islet – Mosquera

White sandy beach, large colony of sea lions.

PM: North Seymour – North Seymour Island

Unique place for two types of frigate: magnificent and great; swallow-tailed gull, nesting colony of blue-footed boobies.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Tuesday or Friday) Day 10:

 

AM: Santa Fe – Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe land iguana unique in Galapagos, Galapagos hawk, mockingbirds, sea lions.

PM: South Plaza – Plazas

Large colony of sea lions, unique landscape of a cactus forest, land and marine iguanas, Nazca      and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Wednesday or Saturday) Day 11:

AM: Interpretation Center San Cristobal

Learn about the history of the islands, San Cristobal mockingbird.

PM: Cerro Colorado Reserve – San Cristobal

Giant tortoises in semi-captivity, beautiful landscape on the way to the reserve La Galapaguera, miconia plants zone.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Thursday or Sunday) Day 12:

AM: Cerro Brujo – San Cristobal

Eroding tuff cone, beautiful white sand beach, impressive landscape, sea lions, Ruddy      turnstones, lava gulls.

PM: Pitt Point – San Cristobal

Magnificent viewpoints, sea lion colony, 3 booby species and 2 of frigate birds.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Friday or Monday) Day 13:

AM: Suarez Point – Española

Largest colony of waved albatross, Nazca and bluefooted boobies, marine iguanas, landscape El Soplador (the blowhole).

PM: Gardner Bay – Española

Hood mockingbird, marine wildlife, sea lion, and marine turtles.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Saturday or Tuesday) Day 14:

AM: Champion Islet – Floreana

Sharks & sea lions viewing.

Cormorant Point – Floreana

White and black mangrove, flamingoes, sea turtles, sea lions.

PM: Post Office – Floreana

Darwin finches, green pacific sea turtles, historical place since 1793.

Overnight: M/V Coral II- Earth Deck or Sky Deck. (B,L,D)

 

(Sunday or Wednesday) Day 15:

AM: Highlands – Santa Cruz

Giant tortoises, lava tubes, scalesia forest, Chato Reserve.

PM: Check-out of the ship and take a shared transfer to airport.

Fly back to Quito via Guayaquil and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Swissotel Quito. (Premier Room | BL)

 

(Monday or Thursday) Day 16:

Transfer to airport

Flights Quito to USA

Overnight: En Route (B)

 

(Tuesday or Friday) Day 17:

Arrive home

PLEASE REQUEST A QUOTATION.

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  • Accommodation in Hotels as stipulated in the Itinerary.
  • Tours transportation included  as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking guide, park entrance fees and point of interest as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner)
  • Train transfer between different cities as schedule in itinerary.
  • Transfer to/from Hotel and accommodation.
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Gratuities and Tips to Hotels/Lodges/Camps staff and Driver/Guide(s).
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
  • Any local or international flight/s and departure taxes and other taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Flights – National or International – (Local flights – Subject to your program)
  • Concession fees (In case of any new fees introduce by parks and/or atractions  without our knowledge).
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
  • Visa fees and visa processing (Information available at time of reservation).
  • Travel Insurance – We highly recommended you to have your personal travel insurance.
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