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Activities & Transport

  • Wildlife Watching
  • City Tour
  • Boat | Sailing Boat
  • Private Bus
  • Plane

Main travel focus

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Nature & landscapes
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17 Day Hidden Treasures Of Ecuador

Snorkeling at Kicker Rock - Cloud Forest hike - Cotopaxi horseback riding - Cuenca city tour
Unique about this tour:
  • Local villages: visit Guamote local market and the Tigua community
  • Cloud forest in Maquipucuna: here you can enjoy the amazing nature and different animal species.
  • Snorkel at Kicker Rock: one of the most spectacular places of the Galapagos.
  • Visit one of the uninhabited in the Galapagos Islands: Bartolomé, Santa Fe or Seymour.

Explore Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands through a combination of organized day tours with an English-speaking guide and by yourself. Kick it off in Quito, where the gorgeous historic center will leave you breathless. Next, head out to the closest tropical forest to Quito, Maquipucuna and discover the stunning nature, waterfalls and multiple medicinal plants.

Then, make your way south to Cotopaxi along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Visit the national park, Quilotoa Lake and the interesting villages of Guamote and Tigua. Proceed south and ride the Devil's Nose train, before reaching charming Cuenca and touring its colonial gems.

You can also relax at one or two hot springs. Explore the unique Cajas National Park on your way to Guayaquil, from where you will fly to mesmerizing Galapagos for 6 days of once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

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Services

Included
  • 16x nights accommodation in a single, double or triple room
  • Return flights from Ecuador mainland to the Galapagos Islands
  • Private bilingual guide during the activities
  • Private transportation
  • Free entrance to: museums in Quito, Piedra de Agua Spa in Cuenca
  • Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels
  • Helmets
  • Flight from Isabela island to San Cristobal
  • Bicycle rent for 7 hours
  • Snorkel gear
  • Kayak / Stand up Paddle
  • Transfer from Baltra airport and transfer out of San Cristobal airport
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D= dinner)
  • All the activities and excursions as described in the itinerary
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English, and Spanish
Excluded
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park: $100/per person
  • Migratory Control Card: $20/per person
  • Isabela dock fee $10/per person
  • Water taxi $1/per person (each way)
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel fee -$5/per person (each way)
  • Personal travel & health insurance (mandatory)
  • Required immunizations (mandatory) – Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Optional mules rental ($10) at Quilotoa
  • Optional 30 min kayak trip in the lagoon ($5) at Quilotoa
  • Wet-suit rental ($5)

Fixed Departures

Trip Dates Days Min/Max Passengers Price (p.p.) Single Room Supplement   Status  
Dec 26, 2018 until Jan 11, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Jan 09, 2019 until Jan 25, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Mar 06, 2019 until Mar 22, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Jun 12, 2019 until Jun 28, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Jul 03, 2019 until Jul 19, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Jul 10, 2019 until Jul 26, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Aug 07, 2019 until Aug 23, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Aug 14, 2019 until Aug 30, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Nov 06, 2019 until Nov 22, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Dec 04, 2019 until Dec 20, 2019 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request
Dec 18, 2019 until Jan 03, 2020 17 4/16 $ 5,382 $ 6,144 Bookable Request

Itinerary

Mariscal Sucre International Airport  

Welcome To Ecuador!

Welcome to diverse Ecuador!



You will be picked up at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport and taken to your hotel, which is located in the center of Quito.



Depending on the time of your arrival at the airport, you will have the chance to explore Quito by yourself and taste the local dishes and drinks. Of course, it is also possible to rest, since you might be tired after the long flight.

Day 1
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Historical City Center - Cooking Class - Cepilla Del Hombre  

Discover The Gorgeous Quito Historic Center

After breakfast in the hotel, you will go to the historic center of Quito to explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



After getting an impression of this beautiful city you will take a cooking class, where you will learn how to cook local dishes. In the afternoon you will visit the Capilla del Hombre, from where you have an amazing city over the city. 

Day 2
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Intinan Museum - Pululahua - Cloud Forest  

Make Your Way To The Cloud Forest

In the morning, start off by visiting the Intiñan Museum and the Pululahua crater. After that, you will be transferred to a beautiful place in the cloud forest. Before lunch, you will take a guided short walk to learn about some of Maquipucuna’s medicinal and useful plants.



The medicinal properties of Maquipucuna plants are endlessly fascinating. After lunch, you will walk on the Bear trail and part of the Palmito or River trails in search of spectacled bears or their traces.



This is a moderate hike through secondary and some primary forest. A local guide is mandatory during the spectacled bear season. There is also the chance to do an optional guided night hike.

Day 3
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Bird Watching - Hike To Waterfall - Self Guided Walk  

Enjoy Being In The Best Of Nature

Wake up to a concert of birds and get ready for an early start. After enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee you'll go on the first birding hike to enjoy the sounds and sights of dawn in the forest. This is when most birds are active and calling.



Before lunch, you will take the Humedal trail learning more about plants and watching birds as you progress into the pre-Inca trail used by the Yumbos. As a reward, you will reach the Yumbo waterfall or swimming hole, where you will have the opportunity to take a swim.



After lunch, visit the coffee plantation, orchid garden, and organic garden. Alternatively, after breakfast, you could take a half-day or full-day tour to the ziplines, Tulipe archeological site or Mindo butterfly garden. You can also do an optional guided night hike.

Day 4
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Cotopaxi Volcano - Ruminahui Volcano  

Navigate The Avenue Of The Volcanoes To Cotopaxi

After breakfast, you will drive to the Cotopaxi Volcano area.

Start your tour with a very nice car ride from Quito along the Avenue of the Volcanoes; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illiniza, and others.



When you get there you will have lunch and afterward, you will go on a horseback riding tour on the slopes of the Rumiñahui Volcano. 

Day 5
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Cotopaxi National Park - Limpiopungo Lagoon - Insilivi  

Explore Cotopaxi National Park

After breakfast in the morning, you will visit the Cotopaxi National Park and the Limpiopungo Lagoon. After that, you will depart for Isnilivi and you will have lunch there.



In the afternoon, go on a trekking exploration around the Isinlivi mountains. In the evening you will have a nice local dinner.

Day 6
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Quilotoa - Tigua - Chimborazo  

Go Down To The Shores Of The Quilotoa Lake

In the morning, visit the Quilotoa Loop and hike down to actually feel the temperature of the lake. If the weather allows it you can even go kayaking on the lake.



After that, you will go to Tigua, where you will visit the local community.



In the afternoon, drive to Guamote. On your way there you'll have the chance to take some amazing photos of the Chimborazo volcano.

Day 7
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Guamote - Cuenca  

Ride The Devil's Nose Train

Today you will go on the Devil’s Nose train ride.



Learn about one of the greatest rail engineering feats worldwide while passing through the beautiful Andean scenery.



In the afternoon, visit the Ingapirca ruins, after which you will be transferred to your hotel in Cuenca.

Day 8
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Cuenca  

Delve Into The Charms Of Beautiful Cuenca

Today you will have a very relaxing day. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador, Cuenca.



Cuenca won South America’s Leading City Break Destination of 2018 and you will discover the reason on this tour. Cuenca is an amazing city with many UNESCO world heritage sites. Start this day with a Cuenca city tour, and then visit the hot springs at ‘Baños de Cuenca’ where you can relax and unwind.



Later you will go to the Piedra de Agua Spa Circuit, where you will enjoy several other hot springs.

Day 9
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Cajas National Park - Guayaquil  

Visit The Stunning Cajas National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, you will spend half a day at Cajas National Park. In this park, you will spot many beautiful lakes. It is also home to many wild animals such as Andean condors, giant hummingbirds, and coatis.



After exploring the great wildlife and nature, you will continue to Guayaquil, where you will enjoy the city by night and enjoy its beautiful panoramic views. Visit the most beautiful areas and buildings of Guayaquil.

Day 10
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Baltra Airport - Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station  

Fly To The Gorgeous Galapagos Islands

Depending on the time of your flight bound for Galapagos you will be transferred to Guayaquil Airport.  Upon your arrival at Baltra Airport, your guide will take you to the Santa Cruz Highlands for a closer contact with the giant Galapagos tortoises, as well as many kinds of birds, like the wizard and finch.



Here you’ll also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where more than 100 scientists, educators, and volunteers provide scientific knowledge and assistance to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity of Galapagos. The guides will explain more about the famous giant tortoises and you will have a local lunch here.



Then you will be taken to your hotel, where you have some time to relax until the delicious welcome dinner is served.

Day 11
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Uninhabited Island  

Visit An Uninhabited Island In The Galapagos

Today you will go to one of Galapagos’ uninhabited islands. What island you will visit depends on what day of the week you will depart.



Examples of islands you might visit are Santa Fe Bartolome or North Seymour island. Spend the day snorkeling and discovering the island and its flora and fauna.



In the afternoon you will return to your hotel.

Day 12
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Isabela Island  

Enjoy The Sights Of Tortuga Bay

After breakfast at the hotel, take some time to discover Santa Cruz island by yourself. You should visit Tortuga Bay, where you will be able to spot a huge marine iguana colony.



Enjoy a local lunch, after which you will be dropped off at the pier. Take a boat to Isabela island. You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Day 13
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Los Tuneles  

Dive And Snorkel At Los Tuneles

After breakfast at the Wooden House Hotel, you will go to Los Tuneles.



This is one of the most spectacular places to go diving or snorkeling in Isabela Island because the water is calm and very clear and shallow.



After visiting Los Tuneles you will have time to go on a self-guided bike tour to the Isabela Breeding Center, the Wetlands, or the Wall of Tears.  This takes you to amazing places on the island.

Day 14
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Tintoreras Bay - San Cristobal  

Kayak In Tintoreras Bay

Early in the morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel. After that, you will have the chance to go on a kayaking or SUP tour in Tintoreras Bay.



When you finish relaxing on the water you will be picked up to be transferred to the Isabela Airport. From there you will take a flight to San Cristobal.



Here you can visit the Interpretation Center and Tijeretas on your own. A great thing is that San Cristobal Airport is very well located, so it does not take too long to get to the places mentioned above.

Day 15
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Kicker Rock  

Head To An Underwater Paradise At Kicker Rock

Have breakfast at the hotel before going to Kicker Rock. This is one of the most spectacular landmarks in the Galapagos Islands.



Two 140 meter volcanic rocks located off the coast of San Cristobal Island forming a magnificent tiny island make it the favorite place for an array of marine birds. But it's in the sea where you see the great underwater life this place is famous for.



The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provide the ideal habitat for a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos sharks and Hammerheads!

Day 16
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Baltra Airport  

Farewell, Ecuador!

Depending on the time of your flight back to the mainland, you will be taken to the airport.



Safe travels, and visit again soon!

Day 17