8-Day Highlights of Quito and the Galapagos Islands

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Join to our small groups on a weeklong adventure through the ancient splendors of Quito and the colorful islands of the Galapagos! This 8-day active tour of Ecuador & Galapagos Islands will introduce you to the most beautiful historical town in Latin America the city of Quito mixed with the exotic islands of endemic animals of the Galapagos.

About

Our Galapagos Islands Tours from Quito, the breathtaking capital city surrounded by the Andes Mountains and flight to Baltra Island and sail to Santa Cruz, where you will search for the world-famous Giant Tortoises. Next, you will travel to Isabela, a mysterious island with flaming pink-flamingos, sea lions, sharks and sea birds and some rays.  This tour is perfect for travelers who want to explore the Galapagos and get a taste of Ecuadorian culture in a few days!

Duration:

8 Days
8 Days
8 Days

Operation:

March 06 - 13 2024
March 17 - 24 2024
April 08 - 15 2024

8-Day Highlights of Quito and the Galapagos Islands Tour Inclusions

It Includes:

  • Accommodation Mercure or similar one (Quito)
  • Accommodation Deja Vu Hotel or similar one (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Accommodation Cally hotel or similar one (Isabela Island)
  • Meals described at the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local tourist guide (Quito)
  • Naturalist guide certificated by the Galapagos national park
  • Local private transport
  • Guided tour and entrance to Giant Tortoise Reserve and Local Ranch
  • Round-trip boat ride between Santa Cruz and an uninhabited island (Santa Fe Island)
  • Visits according to the itinerary
  • Round-trip boat ride between Santa Cruz and Isabela Island
  • Boat ride Tintoreras islet
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, tube and flippers (Santa Fe & Tintoreras)
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Water taxis
  • National Air Ticket (UIO-GPS-UIO)

8-Day Highlights of Quito and the Galapagos Islands Tour Exclusions

It Does Not Include:

  • Tourist card (USD 20.00 per person)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100.00 per person (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel – Baltra USD 5.00 per person and per way. (Subject to change)
  • Isabela entrance fee USD 10.00 per person
  • Dinner
  • Extra beverages, gratuities/tips, laundry or valet services and additional items
  • Anything not specified in the program
  • Travel insurance

Recommendations:

For excursions, please take solar protection, cap or hat, bathing suit, long-sleeved shirt, water bottle, camera, appropriate shoes for wet landings and hikes on lava terrain (sneakers or similar) with thick soles. Expedition staff will give further details and recommendations, as well as more natural history background, the night before.

Lunch is served on board the yacht during excursions (Pinzon, Santa Fe or similar ones). Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.

8-Day Highlights of Quito and the Galapagos Islands Tour Itinerary

Minimum 2 Passengers

Day 1Welcome To Quito.

Welcome to Quito and private transportation to your hotel in Quito, from Quito airport is approximately an hour drive to the city. (No Meals)

Overnight: Quito

Day 2AM City Tour – PM Middle of the Word

Breakfast.

In the morning we pick you up from your hotel. This tour covers Quito’s two most important sectors: The modern and the old colonial section, we will visit is the imposing neo-Gothic church Basilica del Voto Nacional the Basilic of Quito , Then we walk around the independence square; the heart of Quito surrounded by the Government Palace The Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace , and the city hall.

Our next point is the Sagrario church, we visit the interior of the Church of la Compañia de Jesus which is full covered by gold leaf and then we continue to San Francisco square in where we can admire one of the biggest monasteries in South America. Then we continue to El Panecillo, a hill located at 3000m (10000 feet), where the virgin of Quito is waiting for us. From this hill you will get one of the best views of the old and new city.

Then we will drive 45 minutes to the Northwest of the city in order to go to the Middle of the World also called “equatorial” or” equator line “, where you can pose your feet in the North and South hemisphere simultaneously, we will visit the very interesting museum (Intiñan) where you can conduct scientific experiments and know more about the history of that place. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B -D)

Overnight: Quito

Remarks: Lunch is not included

Day 3AM Welcome to The Galapagos Islands – Twin Craters – PM El Chato natural reserve (Giant Tortoises) – Charles Darwin Station.

After breakfast, early in the morning we will take private transportation to take our Galapagos flight (~3 hour flight).

Our staff will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport, after landing we’ll take public transportation to Itabaca channel to cross the neighboring Santa Cruz Island with a quick local ferry.

We’ll star our adventure jump right in with a stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a local Giant Tortoise reserve, observe these huge, magical creatures in their natural habitat and have the opportunity to explore some nearby lava tunnels while you gain a better appreciation of the natural forces that created these islands.

Enjoy lunch at a local ranch in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

After lunch, we’ll continue to Puerto Ayora-the main town in Santa Cruz island to Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, dinner and overnight. (B-L-D) 

Overnight: Puerto Ayora

Day 4AM/PM Full day tour to Santa Fe Island or similar one.

Breakfast

We will have a full day excursion on yacht (capacity 16 pax) to an uninhabited island for a hike where you’ll get to experience spectacular panoramic views of the island.

Get acquainted with the local wildlife as you walk with Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Frigates, and more.

This excursion on board is ideal to see the marine life, here you can snorkel among a wide variety of marine life including friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish that make this a fantastic place for nature enthusiasts.

In the afternoon The Yacht will bring you back to Santa Cruz, and you’ll take included transportation back to Puerto Ayora for some free time in this wonderful little town. – Dinner and overnight for the next adventure (B-L-D)

Overnight: Puerto Ayora

Day 5AM Tortuga Bay Beach Hiking – PM Navigation to Isabela Island.

Breakfast

Visit a scenic walk to one of the largest white sand beaches in the Galapagos. -Tortuga Bay is a gorgeous beach accessible only by foot and filled with a variety of activities. A leisurely 45-minute path leads to the beach and along the way you may spot lava lizards, native birds, and massive marine iguanas.

Here you’ll have the option to swim, snorkel, kayak, surf, or you can just hang out with your friends and the local marine life.

After lunch in Puerto Ayora, take a scenic public boat ride to Isabela Island (2 hours), the largest island of the Archipelago.

Arrival at Isabela Island and check into the hotel, enjoy a stroll through the picturesque town of Puerto Villamil. You’ll be able to find the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset at arguably the most beautiful white sand beach of all the islands.

Enjoy dinner by the beach of Isabela Island and reflect on the day’s adventures. (B-D)

Overnight: Isabela Island

Remarks: If you have a problem with motion sickness, we recommend you to take a pill 30 minute before the navigation.

Day 6AM Hiking Sierra Negra volcano & Chico volcano – PM Free afternoon.

Breakfast

Heading for one of the most impressive natural wonders on Isabela Island–Sierra Negra Volcano, strap on your hiking boots and get ready to hike on a volcano! Sierra Negra, which last erupted in 2018 is one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos.

Arrive at a viewpoint where you’ll get to enjoy the breathtaking view from the rim of one of the largest and most active volcanic craters in the world.

Afternoon head back to town for lunch at a local restaurant.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Puerto Villamil where you’ll have the opportunity to walk to Concha de Perla and practice snorkeling in the crystalline water, another option is ride a bike to the Wall of Tears, relaxing on the beach or taking a stroll to Poza de Flamingos and observe the local wildlife in their natural habitat.

Dinner and overnight. (B-D)

Overnight: Isabela Island

Day 7AM Tintoreras Islet (Snorkeling) – PM Navigation to Santa Cruz Island.

Breakfast

After breakfast, we will take a short boat ride toward Islote Las Tintoreras where we’ll look for the famous Galapagos penguin, white tipped reef sharks, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and more!

Get back in the water for a snorkeling adventure where you’ll have the chance to swim with sea turtles, colorful fish, and manta rays, among other marine life.

Lunch.

We will take a speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island (2 hours) where we’ll spend our final evening together.

Relax back at the hotel or get some last minute shopping in before heading out for the final dinner and night out on the Galapagos Islands. (B-D)

Day 8AM/PM Transfer out to the airport.

According to your flight, our staff will take you to Baltra Airport to take your flight back to Quito (B)

END OF SERVICES

B= Breakfast   L=Lunch   D= Dinner

* Program is subject to change without any notice according to the Galapagos National Park regulations.

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