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Taste of Ecuador & Galapagos - 10 Days

Taste of Ecuador & Galapagos

Ecuador · Private Tour · 10 Days
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Open your eyes to the fascinating nature and wildlife of Ecuador. Visit the sublime landscapes of Quilotoa Volcano, the indigenous town of Otavalo, and a 5-day cruise at the Galapagos Islands. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito
Day 2 - Quito
Day 3 - Quilotoa Lake
Day 4 - Quito → Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 - South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island
Day 6 - San Cristobal Island & Lobos Island
Day 7 - Espanola Island
Day 8 - Santa Cruz Island → Otavalo
Day 9 - Otavalo → Quito
Day 10 - Quito

What is included

  • Ground transfers in private transportation, including to and from the airport
  • Domestic flight Quito-Galapagos-Quito
  • 5 day Galapagos Islands expedition on board Nemo II Catamaran
  • 5 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation on the Nemo II Catamaran in double cabins with private bathroom and AC
  • Full board meals during entire Galapagos Expedition
  • Snacks during excursions
  • Visits and excursions specified in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all visiting sites
  • Bilingual guide in mainland tour, naturalist guide in Galapagos

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Entrance to the National Park US$100 per person
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1
Quito

Arriving in Quito, our guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Quito

After breakfast, we will pick you up to visit the historic center to visit the Basilica of the National Vote where we will make a brief stop and explain the history about this church.

After that, admire the beautiful Independence Square, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the Palace Of Government, the Archbishopric Palace and the Church of the Company, recognized by its adornments and gold altars. 

The tour will continue to the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. Then we will visit Lookout of Panecillo, a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful colonial and modern landscape of Quito. 

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Plaza Grande Restaurant, then in the afternoon we are going to enjoy a tasting of our typical Ecuadorian chocolate.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Quilotoa Lake

After breakfast, we will have one of the most beautiful adventures. We will continue our journey to the town of Zumbahua, we will arrive to the viewpoint of the Quilotoa Lake where we can begin our photographic session. From there, we will appreciate its wonderful environs, turquoise waters surrounded by Pajonales, that will be unforgettable landscape experience.

To descend to the lake, we will make a walk that lasts between 30 to 40 minutes, when we arrive we will relax and observe its wonderful waters that reflect the sky, we will walk around, and then we return either on a mule or on foot, depending on its physical condition will be about 45 minutes. 

Once again at the climb we will take a break and enjoy an exquisite lunch. Here you can also buy some handicrafts in the artisan market of the community. After a rewarding day, we will return to Quito to rest and prepare for our visit to the beautiful islands.

Overnight at the hotel.  

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Quito → Quilotoa Lake129 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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4
Quito → Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast we will leave for the airport to take our flight to Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative of the vessel then board the Nemo II, enjoy a welcome drink, and have lunch. 

In the afternoon, we will visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. The name is Spanglish for barges which were wrecked offshore during the World War II. A common first landing site, there is a delightful swimming beach here, with a lagoon behind, and a longer beach for a stroll and wildlife‐ watching. The lagoon often in the back has large blue herons and small birds. 

On both beaches you can observe that some sea turtles are nesting, leaving footprints in the sand at the back of the beach, especially for the months of November to February. A wet landing and open area on the beach means that the tourist can explore at will.

Overnight on board Nemo II.   

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Quito → Galapagos Islands 2h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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5
South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

After breakfast, our discovery of the beautiful South Plaza begins with a dry landing. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas in the Galapagos. The Iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land. These larger than average Yellow‐Brown Land Iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the Prickly Pear Cactus. 

South Plaza is also home to Marine Iguanas living along the coast and a Hybrid Iguana whose fathers are Marine Iguanas and Mothers are Land Iguanas. As the walk continues along the sea cliffs Swallow‐Tailed Gulls, Frigate birds, Audubon Shearwaters, Red‐Billed Tropicbirds, Brown Pelicans, Blue‐Footed and Masked Boobies are frequently seen. Beneath along the shore a colony of Bachelor Sea Lions can be seen. 

After lunch, we will go to Santa Fe. Visit to Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos, Santa Fe is located in the southeastern part of Galapagos, two and a half hours from Santa Cruz and three hours from San Cristobal. 

Enjoy panga ride across the lovely turquoise lagoon. Once ashore you are brought into contact with of the many sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Bulls vie for the right of beach master while cows laze in the sun. Santa Fe is home to endemic Land Iguanas. These iguanas are the largest in the islands and they are beige to chocolate brown in color and resemble small dinosaurs. Reaching the summit there is a stunning view of the cove beneath.

Overnight on board Nemo II.   

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

day
6
San Cristobal Island & Lobos Island

Breakfast on board. One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white sand beach where brown pelicans, blue‐footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found. An onshore version of nearby Kicker Rock, Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone. Enjoy hiking and snorkeling at this mind blowing place.

We will then sail towards Kicker Rock. Also known as Leon Dormido these rocks are located off the coast of San Cristobal. It is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. 

This is amazing place for panga explorations and snorkeling. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropic birds, frigates and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates. 

Finally, we will visit Lobos Island, famous for its population of sea lions and fur sea lions. You will also encounter a nesting ground for the great frigate bird and a small number of blue footed boobies. 

We will continue on to the Breeding Center, where it is explained, in a simple manner, the natural phenomena that created the Galapagos Islands. They explain the series of natural processes, such as volcanic eruptions and marine current locations that have led to the amazing islands that you are now visiting.

Overnight on board Nemo II.     

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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7
Espanola Island

After breakfast, arrival to Espanola Island. In the morning visit Punta Suarez, found on the western tip of Espanola. Punta Suarez offers great wildlife such as Sea Lions, sea birds and the largest Marine Iguanas of Galapagos. This is one of the best sites in the Galapagos. The amount of wildlife is overwhelming. 

Along the beach there are many Sea Lions and large, colorful Lava Lizards and Marine Iguanas. As you follow the trail to the cliff edge Masked Boobies can be found nesting among the rock formations. 

As you follow the trail to the cliff edge Masked Boobies can be found nesting among the rock formations. After a short walk down to a beach and back up the other side Blue‐Footed Boobies are seen nesting just off the trail. 

Visit to Gardner Bay, this bay is a 45‐minute boat ride from Punta Suarez. It has a white sand beach and there is a small colony of sea lions. The possibilities for swimming or scuba diving are excellent here. 

Visitors find migrant, resident, and endemic wildlife including brightly colored Marine Iguanas, Espanola Lava Lizards, Hood Mockingbirds, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Blue Footed and Masked Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, a selection of Finch, and the Waved Albatross. Snorkel and go on a panga ride at Gardner Islet, and at Osborn Islet snorkel once ore.

Overnight on board Nemo II.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

day
8
Santa Cruz Island → Otavalo

After breakfast we will head for the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, which have incredible zones of vegetations. There you will visit the private farm Las Primicias. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from very close. 

Transfer to the airport. You will be assisted in the Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito where our guide will wait for us to move to an old hacienda where we can rest in an environment surrounded by nature.

Overnight at the hotel.   

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Galapagos Islands → Quito 2h 15min
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Quito → Otavalo110 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hacienda Cusin

Otavalo

day
9
Otavalo → Quito

After breakfast we will take the road that takes us to the city of Otavalo, the most important indigenous city in the country where people are blessed for their handicrafts. 

After returning to Quito, we will visit the Equinoctial Line. The French geodesic mission determined this line in the eighteenth century. Here you can visit the city of The Middle of the World, where you can travel from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere by jumping through the equator. After this visit, we finally return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.   

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Otavalo → Quito110 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Quito

After breakfast, our guide will pick up you from your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Quito
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Patio Andaluz

Galapagos Islands
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC
Otavalo
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Hacienda Cusin

Quito
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Wyndham Quito Airport

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2-3 pax
Double Sharing
4-5 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$4168$3815

Photos

Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands
San Francisco Square, Quito
Otavalo Market
Lobos Island, Galapagos Islands
Bachas Beach, Galapagos Islands
Patio Andaluz Hotel, Quito
Quilotoa Lake
Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands

Map

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