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Itinerary map of Ecuador & Galápagos Islands: Quito, Otavalo Valley 2019

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

ARRIVE IN QUITO Welcome to Quito, also known as "The Center of the World"! Upon arrival at the Quito Airport, an Adventures by Disney representative meets you and escorts you to your awaiting transportation. Relax as the driver assists you with your luggage and drives you to the hotel. JW MARRIOTT HOTEL View magnificent, snow-capped volcanoes from this luxurious modern hotel located in the bustling capital of Ecuador. Sit back and stretch your legs while your Adventure Guides check you in. DINNER ON YOUR OWN Enjoy a family dinner on your own in the hotel. Or ask your Adventure Guide to recommend restaurants in Quito that would fit you and your family's needs.

Day 2: OTAVALO VALLEY, ECUADOR

WELCOME BREAKFAST Meet your fellow Adventurers and Adventure Guides at an exclusive breakfast at the hotel. Say Buenos días! as you get ready for a day of excitement. QUITSATO EQUATOR SUNDIAL On a privately guided tour, visit this giant sundial with a diameter of 177.64 ft. (54 m.). Placed precisely on the equator, it tells time by the shadows its gnomon casts. A local expert introduces you to the monument, its history and that of Quito, the city standing at the "Center of the World". ROSE PLANTATION TOUR Visit this fragrant plantation that grows colorful roses in greenhouses that stretch for many miles. With the perfect climate and humidity for growing roses—and with fertile soil in the highlands region—Ecuador now counts on roses as a major export. LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT Savor a traditional lunch in a delightful, local restaurant. FLUTE-MAKING AND MUSIC DEMONSTRATION Make a wooden Andean flute with a famous musical family—and take it home with you! Then enjoy a musical demonstration. Learn about the variety of pan flutes and other instruments that create the joyful music of Ecuador. EXCLUSIVE WEAVING DEMONSTRATION Discover the art behind the woven handicrafts of Ecuador, world-famous for their bold colors and dazzling craftsmanship. Learn from expert artisans how diverse dyes are created and other age-old secrets of weaving. WELCOME GREETING AT THE PUERTOLAGO COUNTRY INN Be greeted by the inn's friendly staff. As your Adventure Guides check you into this stunning resort overlooking the Imbabura volcano on the shore of San Pablo Lake, learn about the fascinating history of the Andean Highlands. ON YOUR OWN TIME AT THE PUERTOLAGO COUNTRY INN Explore the beautiful gardens in this lakeside setting, surrounded by the striking landscape of Imbabura Volcano. FOLK DANCE SHOW Thrill to traditional Ecuadorian dancers in their brilliantly hued costumes as they entertain you with vibrant dancing—and then draw you into the joyous swirl! WELCOME DINNER AT THE INN Welcome to the charming restaurant at the Puertolago Country Inn. Spend time with your fellow Adventurers as you dine on a meal featuring. Ecuador's robust cuisine! EXCLUSIVE DISNEY MOVIE NIGHT Junior Adventurers can enjoy a Disney movie with snacks and soft drinks. Grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun. If you prefer, visit the games room or read a book by the fire.

Day 3: Otavalo Valley, Ecuador

BREAKFAST AT THE INN Have a leisurely breakfast at the inn before you board the motor coach heading to Parque Condor. PARQUE CONDOR AND KITE FLYING Learn about the history and important work-in-progress at Parque Condor, a refuge devoted to saving the Andean condor from the threat of extinction. Afterwards, if weather permits, join your Adventure Guides as you take a kite and fly it above the lush grasses that blanket the hillsides of Otavalo. LUNCH AT A HACIENDA Share stories about your morning's travels with your fellow Adventurers as you delight in a traditional lunch at a historic hacienda in Otavalo. OTAVALO MARKET Lose yourself in this magnificent market filled with vivid art and colorful woven textiles. Practice your bartering skills as you interact with the sellers—and unearth great finds! ON YOUR OWN TIME AT THE PUERTOLAGO COUNTRY INN Rent a boat and either row, pedal or motor across the lake. Enjoy the tennis and volleyball courts and the games room with its pool table, card table and indoor football. Or relax in the reading room that contains daily papers and magazines. For the kids, there's a fun play area. EXCLUSIVE WOOD PAINTING ACTIVITY Brush up on your creative skills. Follow the lead of local artists and paint on wood using the traditional, vibrant colors of the area. COOKING LESSON AT THE INN Attend an exclusive culinary demonstration and create a rich, homemade ice cream as well as empanadas! DINNER AT THE INN Relax with the other Adventurers while you share a meal as well as stories from the day. EVENING ACTIVITIES AT THE INN Play pool and other games in the game room. If you prefer, relax by the fire at this comfortable retreat.

Day 4: Galápagos Islands

FLY TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS Eat an early breakfast at the inn before your Adventure Guides take you to Quito International Airport for your flight to Baltra. ARRIVE AT BALTRA AIRPORT Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! After arriving at Baltra Airport on the island of Baltra, take a motor coach to the Itabaca Channel and then board a small ferry that takes you to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, board a bus to the forested highlands of Santa Cruz Island to learn about the geology and biodiverse ecosystem of this mountainous region. LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT Taste the flavors of Santa Cruz at a local restaurant. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – LAS BACHAS Take a privately guided tour of this glorious white beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island—with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Take this opportunity to get acquainted with snorkeling gear and techniques for an afternoon of fun in the sun! WELCOME COCKTAIL & DINNER ABOARD THE SANTA CRUZ II SHIP Take a bus ride to Puerto Ayora and board Santa Cruz II. After a warm welcome and introductory briefing, enjoy a cocktail with your fellow Adventurers prepared just for you. Swap stories in the dining room while enjoying a delicious meal. STARGAZING See the night sky like never before. Identify the stars that are often obscured by city lights from the deck of this exclusive ship anchored in the waters of the Galápagos Islands.

Day 5: Galapagos Islands

Breakfast on the Yacht Begin the day with a hearty breakfast and get ready for a day of adventure. GUIDED TOUR OF BUCCANEER COVE After breakfast onboard, explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove and learn about the area's distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions and intertidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the "Elephant Rock", "The Bishop" and an impressive nature cave. This is a great site for snorkeling or a panga ride. Lunch on the Yacht Gather together onboard to dine on a delicious buffet lunch. GUIDED TOUR OF PUERTO EGAS ON SANTIAGO ISLAND Once we disembark at the beach, enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline—usually in the company of marine turtles! From here, head for a fascinating walk, which provides a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, you might see marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and a colony of fur-sea lions. Non-snorkelers can enjoy a longer walk. DINNER ONBOARD THE SHIP Join your fellow Adventurers for a fantastic family meal in the ship's dining room. SHIP ACTIVITY Enjoy the game rooms and movie rooms on the ship.

Day 6: Galapagos Islands

BREAKFAST ONBOARD THE SHIP

Day 7: Galápagos Islands

BREAKFAST ONBOARD THE SHIP Enjoy an early breakfast on the ship before your day of exploration begins. GUIDED TOUR OF GENOVESA ISLAND – PRINCE PHILIP'S STEPS Disembark the Santa Cruz II at Prince Philip's Steps for a guided tour of this dramatic island. Panga-ride along the cliff paths and perhaps catch a glimpse of great frigate birds, Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, storm petrels and more. Walk along a trail of volcanic rock and climb 90 feet (27.4 meters) on a series of steep steps along the rocky path carved directly into the island's volcanic walls for a magnificent view. Swim or snorkel in the bay as you like, with a chance to spot lots of fish, including hammerhead sharks. LUNCH ONBOARD THE SHIP Relax with your fellow Adventurers over lunch and share stories of your adventure. GUIDED TOUR OF DARWIN BAY Enjoy a privately guided tour of Genovesa Island. One of the best bird watching areas in the archipelago, it is home to thousands of birds including red-footed and Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, herons, finches, Galápagos doves, great frigate birds and Galápagos mockingbirds. In addition to birds, there are California sea lions, fiddler crabs and an occasional waved albatross or shark. Hike along the uneven lava terrain to get spectacular views. Swim and snorkel in the cool waters—or else take a stroll along the beach or enjoy a panga ride. DINNER ONBOARD THE SHIP Savor this dinner prepared by the ship's chefs and served to you and your fellow Adventurers in the dining room. EXCLUSIVE FAREWELL TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS DRINK & DESSERT Gather with your fellow Adventurers for an exclusive farewell drink and a scrumptious dessert. Toast the times you've shared on this unforgettable journey into Darwin's paradise.

Day 8: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

DISEMBARK THE SANTA CRUZ II After breakfast, say goodbye to the Santa Cruz II. GUIDED TOUR OF SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND AND TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER If you like, after your last breakfast on the Santa Cruz II, you can enjoy a guided tour of San Cristóbal Island, which includes the capital of Galápagos Province, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Head over to Cerro Colorado and visit the forested breeding ground of of giant tortoises. Learn about this endangered species and the programs in place that facilitate its promising recovery. JOURNEY BACK TO GUAYAQUIL Take a plane from Baltra Airport to the vibrant city of Guayaquil on the mainland, the most populous city in Ecuador. Enjoy a bag lunch on the plane. HILTON COLON GUAYAQUIL HOTEL

Day 9: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

BREAKFAST AT HILTON COLON GUAYAQUIL HOTEL Enjoy one final breakfast in Ecuador before your departure. TRANSFER TO GUAYAQUIL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Board your pre-arranged transportation to Guayaquil International Airport and say adiós to Ecuador—until you return again!


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