11 Day Ecuador & Galapagos Islands 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 flight to the Galapagos 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 Cuenca
In the morning you'll fly to Cuenca, considered by many to be the country's most beautiful colonial city. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the historical city center to relax and explore your cobblestoned surroundings.
Day 4 - Cuenca City Tour
The site where Cuenca stands today once served as a center for the ancient Canari people, the Incas, and finally the Spaniards. You'll learn about this complex history during your Cuenca city tour. You'll also see several colonial buildings, including the main cathedral, and visit a Panama hat factory where nibble fingered experts weave the famous hats, which are actually an Ecuadorian craft.
Day 5 - Cajas National Park to Guayaquil
Travel through the scenic Cajas National Park en route to Guayaquil. You'll traverse several park trails, learning about the geology, flora, and fauna of the region. Continuing on to Guayaquil by private transport, you will drop from 13,100 feet to sea level in a matter of hours to enter the tropical world of Guayaquil.
Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - Galapagos to Guayaquil
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 Guayaquil.
Day 11 - International Departure
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 an exploration of Guayaquil.
Discover the delights of Ecuador´s interior before embarking on a Galapagos cruise to experience South America´s most remarkable wildlife.
3 nights in Quito, 2 nights in Cuenca, 1 night in Guayaquil, 4 nights on a Galapagos cruise
- Cruising through the magical Galapagos Islands
- Privately guided in-depth tours throughout mainland Ecuador
- Exploring the charming village of Cuenca with its 16th century era Spanish colonial architecture
11 Day Tour from $4,790 per person
- 6 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver in mainland Ecuador
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance in mainland Ecuador
- 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.
10 Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour
1 night in Quito/Guayaquil, 8 nights on Galapagos Islands
Experience the wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands while enjoying the benefits of an extended land-based program which provides more flexibility and spacious accommodation at charming Galapagos lodges