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Island Hopping in the Galapagos

8 days / 7 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.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2579.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN QUITO – TRANSFER IN*

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

Day 2

City Tour & Middle of the World(B)

The tour begins visiting the Quito`s downtown, one of the biggest in South America, our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda, that used to be the home of musicians, poets and politics back in time. Here we will encounter with the traditions of the city first by stopping in the gastronomic capsule, to have an explanation of the different local spices that are used for the typical Ecuadorian gastronomy. Continuing we will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood most of them designed for the traditional churches and made by hand for furniture decoration (Tasting costs and tips are not included). After we are done with la Ronda we will visit the Independence Square, surrounded by important historical buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, Not to be missed are the Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally we will drive to the viewpoint at the Panecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito, the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcanos. We will drive 30 km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to Quito.

Day 3

OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET (B)

Drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayllabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese.

At the foot of Imbabura mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador's largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market the famous Indian market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings - such as the famous ponchos - among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work.

If the time permits, we will visit Cotacachi Village known for its leather products and the Cuicocha Crater Lake. Return to Quito. Accommodation.

Day 4

TRANSFER OUT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – HIGHLANDS (B, L, D)

Breakfast and Transfer to the airport to take your local flight.

Arriving to Baltra we will take a shuttle thought out Santa Cruz Island where we will reach the highlands of the Islands with its green vegetation where we will stop to visit a Ranch, here we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. Lunch at the ranch.

After this visit we will head to Puerto Ayora to check-in in a selected hotel.

Day 5

NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO ANOTHER ISLAND (B, L, D)

This day you will have the opportunity to do a navigable excursion to another Island, in order to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour consists a hike around the island and afterwards you can snorkel, swim or just relax. Based on availability we can confirm one of the following tours:

Bartolome Island: Discover amazing landscapes, and fascinating geological formations, here you will have great opportunity for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate bird with their incredible scarlet regular pouch, blue-footed boobies and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: Small island but outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.

Santa Fe: This Island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.

Day 6

NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO ANOTHER ISLAND (B,L,D)

This day you will have the opportunity to do a navigable excursion to another Island, in order to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour consists a hike around the island and afterwards you can snorkel, swim or just relax. Based on availability we can confirm one of the following tours:

(You can choose a different Island of the one picked in day 2)

Bartolome Island: Discover amazing landscapes, and fascinating geological formations, here you will have great opportunity for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate bird with their incredible scarlet regular pouch, blue-footed boobies and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: Small island but outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.

Santa Fe: This Island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.

Day 7

CHARLES DARWIN STATION – TRANSFER AIRPORT FLIGHT BACK - QUITO (B)

After breakfast, we will head to the Charles Darwin Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos clicked with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds. After that transfer to the airport.

Day 8

TRANSFER OUT (B)

Breakfast and Transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transfer Airport – Hotel – Airport
  • Accommodation in Santa Cruz in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Meals noted (as per the program – depending at the meal it can be at the hotel, onboard or at local restaurant)
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions
  • Contribution to the local community

 Package Does Not Include

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 per person)
  • Galapagos Migration Card (US$ 20 per person)
  • Optional activity : ( 5$ Net price per person)
  • Optional excursions as supplement
  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (it is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses

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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

  • 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