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- Meet the Locals
- Wildlife Watching
- Bird Watching
- City Tour
- Car with driver
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
11 Day Ecuador Avenue of Volcanoes & Galapagos Adventure
- Discover volcanic formations and impressive wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.
- Ride the exhilarating Devil’s Nose train through the Andes
- Explore the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil
- Visit an indigenous market and Ecuador's highest volcano
This exciting adventure through mainland Ecuador and the enchanting Galapagos Islands lets you see numerous highlights in just 11 days. Begin your journey in Quito, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center and visit the Middle of the World monument.
Then, head south to the Avenue of Volcanoes where you can visit a traditional Andean market and Ecuador's highest volcano. Ride the Devil's Nose train for an exhilarating journey through the Andes, and visit Inca ruins.
Continue to Cuenca for a city tour of this colonial beauty, then drive to the coastal city of Guayaquil, stopping at Cajas National Park and a cocoa plantation on the way. The grand finale is a once-in-a-lifetime 5-day Galapagos cruise onboard the Archipel, where you can discover fascinating volcanic formations and amazing endemic wildlife.
- 10x breakfast, 5x lunch, 4x dinner
- Private transportation throughout your itinerary
- Accommodation in Quito, Riobamba, Cuenca, Guayaquil and Galapagos as specified
- Excursions & entrance fees as specified in the program
- English-speaking guide on excursions
- English-speaking naturalist guide during Galapagos cruise
- Airport transfer on first and last day
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Accommodation, excursions, meals, or entrances not mentioned in the itinerary
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Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Quito, one of the highest capital cities in the world!
At 2850 meters (9350 ft) above sea level, you will need to take it slowly, but the views surrounding this magical city will surely make you want you to start your holidays right away.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in the Andean capital, where you will enjoy a welcome drink.
Visit The Middle Of The World
Get ready to tour Quito, a beautiful city surrounded by volcanoes, most prominently by Pichincha Volcano (15,750 ft). Quito was founded by the Incas and extended during colonial times. Its UNESCO World Heritage historic center is a true architectural jewel, with stunning monuments, churches, and colonial convents.
Admire the Plaza de la Independencia, Quito's main square, and the Metropolitan Cathedral with its striking white tower. Visit La Compañia de Jesús, the first and best example of Latin American baroque architecture.
After this, travel to “The Middle of the World”, to the north of Quito, where the fictitious Equator line runs along the monument. Physics experiments explain the gravitational effects on the equator - try balancing an egg on a nail or miraculously lose your strength on the magnetic line!
Drive To Baños Along The Avenue Of Volcanoes
Today you will drive along the Avenue of Volcanoes to Baños, with an optional visit to an indigenous market in the Cotopaxi region such as Pujili, Saquisili, or Zumbagua. You can also choose to visit Cotopaxi National Park.
Continue to the beautiful town of Baños, famous for its hot springs and its location at the base of Tungurahua Volcano.
Here you can enjoy a guided walk around the town.
Ride The Thrilling Devil's Nose Train
After breakfast, travel to Alausi. Once there, board the famous train for the exhilarating journey down towards the Devil's Nose, an amazing feat of engineering zig-zagging through the Andes.
This part of the track drops dramatically in altitude, and the train descends on a series of switchbacks as you slowly leave the crisp mountain air and scenery for the warmer tropics of the lowlands. Continue by private vehicle to Cuenca, via Ecuador's main Inca ruins of Ingapirca. The remains date back to Pre-Columbian times.
Archaeologists believe that the main structure, known as the Temple of the Sun was used for religious and ceremonial purposes. Today, it provides shade for grazing llamas and the occasional tourist. Arrive in Cuenca and stay there for the night.
Tour Beautiful Cuenca
Visit Cuenca’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage, and visit a Panama hat factory. Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city built on the site of an ancient Inca settlement. Tour the city as you wander the narrow cobblestone streets marveling at the architecture.
The colonial center has been beautifully restored; colorful flowers tumble from ironwork balconies and the white-washed houses have grand wooden doors. Travel through the coastal region and arrive in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.
Here you can take an exciting night tour where you’ll visit the famous “Malecon 2000” (the waterfront promenade which stretches 2.5km along Rio Guayas, with viewpoints, monuments, gardens, bars, restaurants etc). Also visit the historic neighborhood “Las Peñas”, a picturesque area perched on Santa Ana Hill with colorful houses and a traditional aristocratic yet cozy ambiance.
Embark On Your Galapagos Cruise
Transfer to the airport and catch your flight to Galapagos. Upon your arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands.
A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. In the afternoon, visit the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre, which is close to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
The center explains a series of natural circumstances such as the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, their ocean currents, their special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment, among others.
Visit Gardner Bay And Punta Suarez
In the morning, head to Gardner Bay, located on the north-eastern coast of Hood. It boasts an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling, and the opportunity to observe sea lions.
Here you may also spot sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. In the afternoon, head to Punta Suarez.
This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of seabirds in the Galapagos. Along with its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea offering spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow hole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
See Flamingos At Punta Cormorant
In the morning, head to Punta Cormorant. This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands.
It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
Afterward continue to the nearby islet known as Corona del Diablo (Devil’s Crown), where you can enjoy some snorkeling.
Next stop in the afternoon is Post Office Bay.
We will continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view from the Baroness Lookout. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.
Tour Santiago And Bartolome
Today you will see Santiago and Bartolome. Santiago is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago.
It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay.
It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where you can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.
See The Black Turtle Cove On Santa Cruz Island
This little cove is located on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. This is a very calm and quiet red mangrove lagoon which makes it an ideal place as a nursery for many sharks and rays.
Its crystal waters permit to observe large groups of a white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammerheads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area.
After this visit, you will return to the yacht to get your luggage and be transferred back to Baltra Airport to catch your flight to Quito and be transferred to your hotel.
Today you will be transported to Quito Airport for your international flight back home.
Have a safe flight and visit Ecuador again soon!