8 Day Quito to Galapagos Tour
Day 1 - Arrival in Quito, Ecuador
You will be greeted at the airport by our representatives and taken to your Quito Hotel to settle in and prepare for your tour the following morning.
Day 2 - Otavalo Market Tour
After breakfast, you'll set off on a full-day tour to the famous Otavalo Market, the best place in Ecuador for authentic Andean handicrafts. En route, you'll make several stops at small villages and natural highlights, such as the stunning San Pablo Lake, before enjoying a guided tour of the market and plenty of personal perusing time.
Day 3 - Arrival in Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Your exploration of the Galapagos Islands begins! Upon arrival in Baltra, 600 miles off the coast, you will be met by your guide and taken on a short bus ride to the harbor to board your vessel. After lunch, you will embark on an excursion to Dragon Hill, made famous for its numerous land iguanas.
Day 4 - Galapagos Cruise: Rábida Island
Land on the red sands of Rábida Island, which is small but full of wildlife. Along the shore you can find sea lions and nesting pelicans. A short inland trail takes you to a salt water lagoon where you're likely to see flamingos and finches. Then, in the afternoon, you'll learn about Galapagos geology on the tiny island of Sombrero Chino.
Day 5 - Galapagos Cruise: Genovesa Island
Discover Genovesa Island, often called Bird Island for its abundance of avian species. In the morning you'll ascend Prince Philip's Steps, a rocky inclined path surrounded by boobie colonies. Spend the afternoon at Darwin Bay among Galapagos sea lions, red-footed and masked boobies, and great frigates.
Day 6 - Galapagos Cruise: Bartolome Island
Enjoy a morning at Bartolome Island. From here, at an elevation of almost 400 feet, you will have breathtaking views of the lunar-like craters, volcanic cones, lava fields, and beaches of the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon you will explore the still active volcanic island of Santiago, one of the best places for observing fur seals in the Galapagos.
Day 7 - Galapagos to Quito
During your last day in the Galapagos you'll explore the highlands of Santa Cruz where the scenery changes dramatically to lush forest. You'll have the opportunity to explore a lava tunnel and see enormous crater-like sink holes before heading to the airport for your flight to Quito.
Day 8 - Depart Quito
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your journey back home. Depending on your international flight departure and your interests, we can arrange further explorations of colonial Quito and its surroundings.
Experience the cultural treasures of Quito and its surroundings before embarking on a Galapagos cruise to witness the wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
3 nights in Quito, 4 nights on Galapagos cruise
- Cruising through the magical Galapagos Islands
- Privately guided in-depth tours throughout mainland Ecuador
- Walking about the historical center of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
8 Day Tour from $3,980 per person
- 3 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver (outside Galapagos Cruise)
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance (outside Galapagos Cruise)
- 4 nights aboard a Galapagos cruise
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Naturalist guide and crew support
- Daily excursions to the Galapagos Islands
- All required entrance fees
- All breakfasts
- 24hr support
- All taxes
When to Visit the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are dominated by two seasons: the foggy garua season (June to November) and the sunny season (December to May). During the garua season, the air and sea temperature drops about 5-10 degrees cooler and a steady wind blows from the South. This can mean slightly rougher seas for those exploring the Galapagos by yacht. The sunny season (as the name suggests) is gifted with more hours of sunshine, with the exception of the occasional rain shower, and light to no wind, making for much smoother sailing.
Islands of the Galapagos
Baltra - Used as a military base during WWII, and currently site of the primary airport in the Galapagos, Baltra has a desert-like climate due to its location; the Santa Cruz highlands block the moisture from the southerly winds. Bartolome - Boasting one the most dramatic viewpoints representing the Galapagos, Bartolome is a notably volcanic island. Relatively young in age, the landscape has not begun producing much vegetation, but is perfect for understanding the geological variations in the volcanic rock. The Galapagos penguin and the green turtle are two of Bartolome\'s commonly seen residents.
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