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Avenue of The Volcanoes and Galapagos

10 Days/ 9 Nights

Package Overview

This ten day travel package to Ecuador includes visits to the Capital City of Quito, The Galapagos and surrounding islands. Drive along "The Volcanoes Avenues" towards the world's highest active volcano, visit The Chimborazo Nature Reserve and Canari ruins. Cruise the Galapagos Islands on a beautiful ship and experience the amazing wildlife of Ecuador.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $4969.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer in to Quito. Accommodations in Quito.

Day 2

Drive along "The Volcanoes Avenues" towards the world's highest active volcano, Cotopaxi (5,897 meters). Drive on a gravel road through a Pine forest to Limpiopungo Lake located 3,800 meters above sea level along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano (It is also possible to hike towards the Rivas Refuge, if desired). Lunch in a nice Colonial Hacienda.

In the afternoon drive to Riobamba for a visit and overnight accommodations.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 3

After breakfast, drive to Chimborazo Reserve. You will enjoy the drive, passing through rural areas. Chimborazo Reserve boasts Llamas and Vicunas. Drive up to 4,800 meters above sea level and hike up to the Refuge at 5,000 meters or just take your time and enjoy the impressive landscape at this altitude. (On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday it is also possible to enjoy a train ride to "The Devil's Nose"). Later, we will drive to Ingapirca Ruins, an Inca Complex built over the ruins of a Canari settlement, an important native culture of southern Ecuador.

In the afternoon, we will continue to Cuenca for overnight accommodations.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Cuenca, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Trust site. Visit the downtown, where during a short walk, we will visit the Old and the New Cathedrals, the flower market where you can appreciate the different kinds of flowers that grow in this region, and the Rotary market where you can find many different handicrafts.

Afterwards, we will visit a Panama hat factory. We will finish this city tour by enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Tomebamba River, which divides the modern and the old cities. We will enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant.

After lunch, we will drive to Guayaquil through the spectacular Cajas roads. After four hours of driving you will be delighted with the change of altitude and landscape. The road reaches an altitude of 4,000 meters and is surrounded by a beautiful Paramo landscape of lakes. This adventure ends at sea level, where the agriculture of the coast plays an important role in the landscape.

Arrive in Guayaquil for overnight accommodations.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5

You will fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, your guide will assist you in the transfer to your ship. After lunch, we will take an afternoon visit to Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island. The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been repopulated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Dinner and overnight accommodations on board the ship.

Day 6

In the morning after breakfast, we visit Black Turtle Cove. This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. This is a red mangrove lagoon, which is very calm and quiet and makes an ideal place as a nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters allow you to observe large groups of white tipped reef, black tipped reef and hammer head sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays. There are no landing sites, so the visit is done by panga or kayak. Sea turtles are frequently discovered and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area.

In the afternoon, we will visit Chinese Hat. This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north side. On the west, we can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upward. This is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lion colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Return back to the ship for dinner. Overnight accommodations on board the ship.

Day 7

After breakfast, we will make a visit to Darwin Bay, on Genovesa Island. This bay was formed when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff, seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end of the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

In the afternoon, we will make a visit to El Barranco. El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the trees; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found in Genovesa lava flows the ideal place for nesting.

Return back to the boat for dinner. Overnight accommodations on board the ship.

Day 8

Following breakfast, we will visit Bartolome Island. Bartolomé Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, so we can observe some of the most beautiful views of the Galapagos Islands, such as volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist, and at the base of the pinnacle lives a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Next, we will visit Sullivan Bay, on Santiago Island. Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last two centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

Return back to the ship for dinner. Overnight accommodations on board the ship.

Day 9

In the morning, we will visit the Highlands, on Santa Cruz Island. The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zones. With clear weather (unpredictable) this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.

Fly to Guayaquil or Quito and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10

Transfer out for your international flight home.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours as described in itinerary
  • All meals are included on the cruise.
  • Meals on land as detailed in itinerary
  • English Speaking guides

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Domestic air to Galapagos
  • Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
  • Airport Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fee & INGALA migration card for the Galapagos Islands

 Package Notes

  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Cotopaxi National Park
  • Chimborazo Rserver
  • Cuenca UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Galapagos Islands