Galápagos Highlights 2021 - 8 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil
Monograms Tours is a tour company where guests can plan their vacation locations, hotel stays and all of their excursions. Monograms Travel has a following by families seeking escorted short vacation and also having time on their own. With Monograms you can travel independently but have a local expert guide assist you in your planning. Monograms travel allows you to either go it alone in a venue or ask you local expert guide for those favorite places and restaurants are located. This type continues to increase with family travel who value the time to be on their own with the family versus always being on a motorcoach. Pavlus Travel is a major retailer of Monograms and offers discounts on all packages for 2021.

Galápagos Highlights 2021

8 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Starting at $4,319


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Want a mind-blowing experience? The Galápagos Islands—with the help of Charles Darwin—revolutionized scientific thinking and changed the world’s view on long-held beliefs. If they could do that to the world, just imagine what they can do to you! And to help you have that mind-blowing experience, Monograms will handle the details and make it easy for you! On this 8-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, and meals (daily breakfast, four lunches, and four dinners). You’ll also have the services of a Monograms Local Host®, a local who is there for you in Quito to ensure your vacation runs smoothly and is everything you want it to be. Plus, on this vacation, a special feature is your stay at the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos, offering a private, seaside location, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling, and boat excursions to the various Galápagos Islands.

Your vacation begins in Quito, where your Local Host will welcome you and provide a set of materials to help you get settled. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your selected hotel for a private sightseeing tour with a local expert, someone who will share insider stories and make sure you see the must-see attractions, including Independence Square and the Basilica of San Francisco Plaza Church. Then you’re off to the Galápagos Islands, where sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, tortoises, and more await you.

Visit North Seymour Island, with the largest nesting site of the “magnificent frigate birds” in the Galápagos; the highlands of Santa Cruz, where tortoises can be seen grazing in the wild and where you’ll visit a local coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa bean farm; Santa Fé Island, where you’ll see California sea lions and a large species of land iguanas; Divine Bay on Santa Cruz, where we’ll keep an eye out for sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and more; the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to conserve the natural habitats and protect the famous giant tortoises; and the Twin Pit Craters, geological depressions of volcanic material where Scalesia trees, ferns, orchids, and mosses can be seen. And don’t forget, throughout your stay you’ll be accompanied by Naturalists, experts who know the native flora and fauna and who help make the experience magical.

Don’t forget your Monograms vacation includes arranged sightseeing and transfers! Think about all the time you save and the headaches you avoid and you’ve got yourself the perfect vacation!

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Destination & Sightseeing

Transportation:
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary below and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; Galápagos intra-vacation flights and taxes are not included.

MEALS

Buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 4 three-course dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in Quito

Day 2
Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach
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Day 3
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises
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Day 4
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR

Day 5
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS

Day 6
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY

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Day 14 ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR.
Arrive in Quito

Day 15 QUITO.
Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows
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Day 16 QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ.
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D) SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches that are abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool—and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy daily boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna
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Day 17 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS.
Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach
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Day 18 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ.
Board a yacht bound for Santa Fé, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles
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Day 19 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY.
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises
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Day 20 SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL.
Depart the hotel this morning and visit the Twin Pit Craters en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador
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Day 21 GUAYAQUIL.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

QuitoQuitoQuitoSanta Cruz IslandSanta Cruz IslandGuayaquil
Hilton Colon Quito
Superior First-Class



Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1 Quito Ecuador

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.
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