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Activities & Transport

  • Cycling
  • Bird Watching
  • City Tour
  • Hiking
  • Meet the Locals
  • Boat | Sailing Boat
  • Plane
  • Car with driver

Main travel focus

Cultural visits
Nature & landscapes
Animals & wildlife

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From the Andes to the Galápagos Islands

Galapagos Islands - Otavalo Indigenous Market - Cotopaxi National Park - Baños de Agua Santa
Unique about this tour:
  • Day 3: Hike in the most iconic snow-capped volcano of Ecuador, the big Cotopaxi
  • Day 6: Visit the Gateway to the Amazon - Baños de Agua Santa
  • Day 8: Swim with Sealions in Seymour North
  • Day 10: Snorkel with penguins in Isabela

This tour gives you the opportunity to see some of the world's most unique places in a mere 12 days! The wonderful experience starts right after your landing at Quito airport, where you'll be met in person taken to the Mitad del Mundo, to stand simultaniously in the northern and southern hemispheres. On the next day you will visit the Otavalo market, the biggest artesian market in Ecuador. Further on, you'll spend time in the Cotopaxi National Park and see the highest snow-capped, active volcano in the world! The following days will be then spent visiting the Quilotoa Lagoon, with its emerald sparkling lake, and Baños de Agua Santa, before moving on to the amazing and breathtaking islands of Galapagos to observe unique animals, relax at the beach or snorkel and discover the underwaterworld.

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Services

Included
  • 9 x Breakfasts, 4 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner
  • Private Service
  • Bilingual guide, comfortable transportation
  • Entrance Fees: Mitad del Mundo, and the Intiñan museum; Quitsato; Pailón del Daiblo y Tarabita
  • Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight tickets: Quito - Galápagos - Quito (or Guayaquil)
  • Galápagos Cruise 5 days / 4 nights (Millennium, First Class Catamaran)
Excluded
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee $100
  • Ingala Transit Card $10
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Wet suits
  • Airlines/Local taxes updates
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Dinner
  • Hotel upgrade
  • Spe treatments
  • Extra visits

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Quito  

Welcome to Ecuador!

After being picked up from the airport you will start your tour at the perfect place, on the Equator! Take your picture at the Mitad Del Mundo as you stand simultaneously in both the Southern and the Northern Hemispheres. Learn about the rich culture of Ecuador with a visit to the national museum. During your stop at Museum Intiñan you can see for yourself the uniqueness of this midpoint - watching the water swirl down the drain clockwise and counter-clockwise, or defy gravity by balancing an egg on the tip of a nail. It's then on to relax at your hotel in Quito for the night, and prepare for your adventure!

Day 1
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Boutique La Marquiz

Comfort Accommodation

Nü House

Luxury Accommodation

Radisson

Quito - Mitad Del Mundo - Quito  

Otavalo Indigenous Market

Your first stop today will be in Cayambe where you will taste the town’s famous bizcochos (biscuits cooked on an open fire) and admire the beautiful scenery of El Lechero, Otavalo and Lago San Pablo. Discover the most famous artesian indigenous market in Ecuador, the Otavalo, where you will have free time to explore and purchase local handicrafts, and where your guide will provide an explanation about the local indigenous culture. You'll then continue to the town of Cotacachi, then onward to beautiful Laguna Cuicocha.

Day 2
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Boutique La Marquiz

Comfort Accommodation

Hosteria Papagayo

Luxury Accommodation

Hosteria La Cienega

Quito - Otavalo - Quito  

Cotopaxi National Park

Today you will visit one of the highest active, snow-caped volcanoes in the world. Cotopaxi’s symmetric cone rises from a vast plain that is home to lamas, condors and herds of wild horses. This amazing adventure includes hiking and scenic drives through the park’s majestic landscape. You'll also receive information about the different fauna, flora and history of the park. Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate and the weather in the area is very unpredictable, so please be prepared with warm clothes.

Day 3
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Boutique La Marquiz

Comfort Accommodation

Hosteria Papagayo

Luxury Accommodation

Hosteria La Cienega

Quito - Cotopaxi - Limpiopungo  

Quilotoa Lagoon

You begin the day with a visit to a local market at Saquisili / Pujili (Thursday/Sunday). Enjoy beautiful views of the Andes on the drive to Quilotoa lagoon, where you’ll pass through the ancient canyon of Zumbahua as well as many towns and farmlands. You'll then continue on to visit an indigenous home where you have the opportunity to interact with the local people. The tour concludes with an optional hike down into an extinct volcano crater to Quilotoa Lagoon, a unique sparkling emerald lake. The return hike is steep and takes approximately one hour with the option of renting a mule.

After the tour, you'll make your way to the unique town of Baños de Agua Santa, near the active volcano Tungurahua!

Day 4
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hostería Papagayo South

Comfort Accommodation

Sangay Spa

Luxury Accommodation

Samari Spa

Machachi - Quilotoa - Machachi  

Baños de Agua Santa

Beautiful waterfalls and lush forests surround the tranquil town of Baños. Baños de Agua Santa, also known as Baños, is a city in eastern Tungurahua province, in central Ecuador. Baños is one of the most popular cities in Tungurahua for adventure and tourism. It is known as the “Gateway to the Amazon” as it is located on the Pastaza River in the High Amazon Basin. The city is a major religious center, as most Catholics believers say that the Virgin Mary appeared nearby the waterfalls to protect the city from natural disasters. The city itself boasts a beautiful central park and waterfalls that include the magical “Pailón del Diablo” and “Manto de la Novia”. It'll then be time to head back to Quito and prepare for the next amazing part of the trip.

Day 5
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hostería Papagayo South

Comfort Accommodation

Nü House

Luxury Accommodation

Radisson

Machachi - Banos - Quito  

Transfer to Galapagos Islands

Your flight from Quito arrives at noon at Baltra Island. After a nice lunch you board your yacht and head off to North Seymour Island. Here lives the biggest colony of frigate birds, together with swallow-tailed gully and pelicans. North Seymour Island is also home to a big group of old iguanas, which had been brought here from the nearby Baltra Island many years ago. Bursera malacophylla, a small endemic species of Palo Santo trees, only exist on this and three little neighboring islands. In the afternoon you witness a special spectacle: sea lions surf on big, from the west coming waves.

 

Standard level yacht routes

A2: Baltra- Dhapne Mayor/Caleta Tortuga negra

B2: Baltra airport, Santa Cruz – Playa Las Bachas

Day 6
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Boutique La Marquiz

Comfort Accommodation

Millennium First Class Catamaran

Baltra Island - Puerto Ayora  

Bartolomé, Bahía Sullivan

This morning you'll arrive to the small, east offshore Bartholomé Island, one of the most photographed places of the archipelago thanks to its striking rock needle. This young island offers a variety of dramatic volcanic formations and a moon-like landscape with tuff cones and small lava tubes. These different rocks even served US-Air-Force pilots as targets for shooting practice during the Second World War. A narrow mangrove line separates the island’s two beaches. While swimming and snorkeling at the north beach you often see penguins. Reef sharks and rays live at the south coast and from January to March green turtles nest here.

It's then on to Sullivan Bay in the East of Santiago Island, a bay famous for its distinctive lava formations. Toward evening you are given another opportunity to swim in the sea or snorkel with sea lions.

 

Standard level yacht routes

A2: Fausto Llerena/ Tortoises in wild & lava tunnels

B2: Santiago – Bahía Sullivan, Bartolomé    

Day 7
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Brisas Del Pacífico

Comfort Accommodation

Millennium First Class Catamaran

Santa Cruz Island - Seymour North Island  

Bachas, Cerro Dragón

Your morning visit brings you to the beach of Bachas at the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. It is one of the most important beaches where sea turtles nest. Behind the dunes, in the small lagoon, you can observe flamingos, blacked-winged stilts and bahama pintails. The wide beach invites you to swim or snorkel. After lunch the boat takes course west-southwest, and onto the next excursion at the dragon’s mountain, “Cerro Dragon”. Here you'll be able to view the land iguanas of Santa Cruz living in this unique vegetation.

 

Standard level yacht routes

A2: Santa Fe – Plaza Sur

B2: Santiago Caleta Bucanero – Playa Espumilla,  Puerto Egas 

Day 8
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Brisas Del Pacífico

Comfort Accommodation

Millennium First Class Catamaran

Santa Cruz - Isabela  

Islas Plazas, Santa Fé

At dawn you reach South Plaza Island, teeming with wildlife. Giant opuntia cactuses and bright orange sesuvium bushes make up this island, which is also home to very colorful land iguanas. A small sea lion colony lives near the cliffs at the southern coast. The island also boasts an amazing array of bird life, including brown pelicans, tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies. You will spend the afternoon on Santa Fe Island. This is considered one of the most picturesque moorings of the archipelago where you can swim with sea lions and ocean turtles

 

Standard level yacht routes

A2: Punta Pitt/Islote Pitt - León Dormido (Kicker rock)

B2: Rábida, Santiago – Sombrero Chino

Day 9
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Volcano

Comfort Accommodation

Millennium First Class Catamaran

Isabela - Tunnels Of Lava - Wetlands  

Transfer out

Your last excursion brings you to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is the archipelago’s administrative center on San Cristobal Island, where you visit the newly opened visitor center. It shows a great exhibition about the history of nature and settlement on the Galapagos.

At midday it will be time to bid adieu to the Galapagos, as you'll be transferred to the airport at San Cristobal Island for your flight back to the continent at Quito. From here, you will be able to connect on to your flight back home, or to your next adventure.

See you next time in Ecuador!

 

Standard level yacht routes

A2: Isla Lobos – transfer out

B2: Islote Mosquera, Baltra – transfer out

Day 10
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hotel Volcano