14 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador
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14 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

Starting at $4,869

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals

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Destination & Sightseeing

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 4 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 2 nights Quito
    • 1 night Otavalo
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
    • 1 night Baños or Patate
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 31 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 7-13)
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Explore Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the nation’s largest port
  • Visit Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region
  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Travel along the coast on a panga while Naturalist guides explain the area's dramatic geology
  • The unique environment encourages sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls
  • Walk in an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas
  • Snorkel on magnificent white sand beaches with plentiful marine life
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Discover Quito’s colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Sunday - Guayaquil City Tour & Parque Historico
Begin your tour of Guayaquil by visiting el Parque Centenario, home of the Monument of the Independence Heroes. Continue to Seminario Park, or Parque de las Iguanas as it is popularly known, a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo-Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower, and La Rotonda Monument, which portrays Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin shaking hands. Departing from the banks of the river, the bus will take you to admire the beautiful Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill, the area where the city Santiago de Guayaquil was founded in the 16th century. Continue to Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure Overnight: Guayaquil Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday - Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Santa Cruz
Embark this morning on a journey to the Galapagos archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Your flight from Guayaquil takes you to Baltra Airport; meeting and transfer by boat to Santa Cruz Island. Here, visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve and see their natural habitat - a once in a lifetime experience! Tortoises can be seen grazing on the vegetation or wallowing in muddy banks or in small red ponds. The area is teeming with wildlife - woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons, and gallinules. After a stop for lunch, on to Puerto Ayora, the most developed town in the Galapagos Islands, where you board the Finch Panga that takes you to Finch Bay, an eco-friendly resort-hotel in a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves, your home for the next three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's pool, natural spa, white coral beach or admire the stunning views from the comfort of your hammock. Tonight, savor dinner along with a briefing by your naturalist guide on the adventures that await you in the Galapagos Islands Overnight: Galapagos Islands Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Punta Carrion, South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island
Cross Santa Cruz Island to board the Sea Lion yacht that takes you on your journey today. Your first stop is at Punta Carrión at the north-eastern tip of the island, where you snorkel at an idyllic spot. Continue sailing to South Plaza, on the eastern part of the island, one of the most impressive sites in the Galapagos. This small island is abundant with fascinating wildlife at the seaside and along the cliffs including sea lions, land iguanas, and swallow-tailed gulls, along with many species of cacti and vegetation that changes colors according to the season. See the spectacular panorama as you land in the channel. The turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks are thick with green seaweed, speckled with bright orange Sally lightfoot crabs. Further up the shore, a carpet of scarlet succulents serves as a ground cover for a grove of luminescent green prickly pear cactus with land iguanas sitting beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Follow the trail to the cliffs that overlook the ocean where swallow-tailed gulls nest and red-billed tropicbirds, masked and blue-footed boobies ride the windy currents. The surf pounds an inlet at the western corner of the island, where colonies of sea lions make their home. After an exhilarating day of discovery, return to Finch Bay Overnight: Galapagos Islands Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Divine Bay, Punta Estrada, Charles Darwin Research Station
This morning, explore the wildlife-rich Divine Bay by boat. This magnificent cove is protected from the swells by natural volcanic reefs and a gallery of mangrove trees. Every morning, hundreds of herons cross on their daily foraging trips, returning before sunset to perching trees. Galapagos brown pelicans hover in the evergreen mangroves under the surveillance of blue-footed boobies perched along the cliffs. Under the sea, sea turtles graze on seaweed, while hundreds of reef fish swim about the lava crevices and young reef sharks and rays use the streams to hide from large predators. Next, tour Punta Estrada Island's small beach, a great place to see intertidal organisms and learn about marine iguanas in their nesting site. Return to Finch Bay for lunch, followed by a fascinating visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station's giant tortoise breeding center, situated within an impressive prickly pear cactus forest home. This is the world-renowned headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. Time to linger on your own in town, or, return to the hotel Overnight: Galapagos Islands Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe offers some of the most beautiful sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets forming an ideal anchorage. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz within sight of Puerto Ayora. A wet landing on the sandy white beach brings you into contact with one of the many sea lion harems and views of the giant prickly pear cactus that live up to their name, with tree-sized trunks! Look out for the large species of land iguana native to Santa Fe. These huge chocolate brown iguanas have dragon-like spines, and truly resemble dinosaurs. After the hike, an inviting swim in the crystal clear calm waters of the bay with great snorkeling opportunities. Lunch at Finch Bay with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy all of the hotel's great facilities. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner together on your last night in the Galapagos Islands Overnight: Galapagos Islands Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Baltra Island, Flight to Quito
Depart the Finch Bay Hotel. On your way to Baltra, stop at the Twin Pit Craters to view the great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of the sinking ground, and the exceptional view of Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito through Guayaquil. Arrive late afternoon in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano; transfer to the hotel. Evening is at leisure in Quito Overnight: Quito▲ Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner Overnight: Otavalo Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. Then, take a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry, and more. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM) Overnight: Papallacta Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Transfer to Amazon Resort
After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge*. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano and a local Quechua community interpretation center to learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel *Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry on luggage Overnight: Amazon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Hike in a Private Nature Reserve
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up-close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and insects. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft*. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park *This is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Optional: Canopy Adventure Park Overnight: Amazon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - El Pailon del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron"*, one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, check into your resort hotel in Baños. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy all the amenities offered by your hotel or, explore the town of Banos, a short walk away. *It is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall Overnight: Baños Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Visit to a Rose Plantation, Lunch at Hacienda La Cienega
Today, enjoy a tour of a beautiful rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation, you'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. Continue to Hacienda La Cienega for lunch, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in Ecuador, belonging to the descendants of Marques of Maenza dating back to the 17th century, with a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, in the background. After lunch, time to wander around the grounds of the Hacienda. Continue to the hotel in Quito for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" Dinner with your group Overnight: Quito Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight *Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 14 and will require a transfer on Day 13. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time Meals: Breakfast ▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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