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Island Hopping in the Galapagos

6 days / 5 nights

Package Overview

It really doesn't get much better than this. We've created a package that includes all the tremendous sites of the Galapagos Islands as well as the cultural and historical sites of Quito.

The real decision is just choosing which option to select. This option is a magnificent 8 Day / 7 Night Tour with a primary focus on Santa Cruz Island.

Agent Commission Starting At: $198.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1989.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He will be able to assist you in anything you may need.

Accommodations in Quito at your selected hotel.

Meals included: none

Day 2

The tour begins with a great view of Orellana's way and Guapulo Sanctuary (XVII Century) Later see the stone carved façade of Ecuador's House of Congress. Afterwards, walk in the old city visiting the Independence Square, surrounded by historically important buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century). The Church of San Francisco and Monastery were built a few months after the Spaniards arrival (XVI Century).

We will drive 15 Km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. We will visit the main Monument built in honor to the French Scientific Expedition that arrived to Ecuador in the XVIII century to define the correct location of the equator. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument, which shows a display of the main cultures of Ecuador. Or, visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum, located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses.

Accommodations in Quito at your selected hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

We will drive to the North towards the Province of the Lakes, Imbabura. Enjoy an exciting trip by visiting Guayllabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe and taste its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese. At the foot of Imbabura Mount enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador's biggest lake, San Pablo. Also, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market. In the afternoon, visit Cotacachi Village, well known for its leather, and Cuicocha Crater Lake.

Return to Quito. Accommodations in Quito at your selected hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos.

Santa Cruz Island - Primicias Farm - Tortuga Bay
Arrival in Baltra. A guide will be awaiting us for a transfer to Primicias Ranch in the island highlands where we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. We will get to know "Geochelone nigrita" who is usually eating or taking a bath. Another attraction is a walk through the dark lava tunnels, which helps create a better understanding of the origin of this island. Afterwards, we arrive in Puerto Ayora, have lunch, and in the afternoon visit Tortuga Bay whose entrance is only 15 minutes away from the town. From there we take a 40 minute trek to the beach. Once we have arrived, there will be two beaches, one rough beach where we can watch marine iguanas entering and leaving the sea (this beach is not appropriate for swimming) and one calmer beach where we will be able to relax and swim.

Return to Puerto Ayora, enjoy dinner and accommodations in the selected hotel.

Day 5

After breakfast, we will transfer to Baltra in order to start our first navigable tour of Bartolome Island. This small island, located opposite Santiago Island, covers a total area of 1.2 km² and a maximum altitude of 14 meters. One of the main attractions of this island is the famous Pinaculo rock. Lunch on board.

Before returning, we will do some snorkeling at one of the coral beaches of the island, where we can see Galapagos penguins, submarine turtles, sea lions and multi-colored fish. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel.

Dinner and accommodations at the selected hotel.

Day 6

After breakfast, we will enjoy a navigable tour to North Seymour Island. This is a small island located at the north of Baltra, which covers a total area of 1.9 km², and has a maximum altitude of 30 meters. The main fauna species of this island are land iguanas, frigate bird, blue-footed boobies and sea lions. Lunch on board.

In the afternoon we will return to the hotel. Dinner and accommodations at the selected hotel.

Day 7

After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station, where we can see the breeding center of the turtles of the other islands. We will also meet the famous Lonesome George which is the only one of his kind and comes from Pinta Island. Afterwards, transfer to the airport in order to take your return flight to Quito/Guayaquil.

Overnight accommodations in Quito/Guayaquil.

Day 8

A guide will pick you up from the hotel and transport you to the airport in order to take your international flight.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers and tours as detailed in itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in Itinerary

 Package Does Not Include

  • International Air
  • Domestic Air
  • Meals not described in itinerary
  • Airport fees & Taxes
  • Gratuties

 Package Notes

  • Price Subject to Change
  • Subject to Availability and sequence change
  • Pricing based on 6 passengers - e-mail or call for pricing if less than 6
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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6 days / 5 nights Ecuador Vacation Package

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

  • Otovalo Market
  • Santa Cruz Island to see Giant Tortoises
  • Bartolome Island - to see the Galapagos Penguins
  • North Seymour Island to see the Marine Iguanas
  • Charles Darwin Station