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Extra Island Hopping in the Galapagos

11 Days/ 10 Nights

Package Overview

For the traveler that can't get enough of the Galapagos, we've created a wonderful trip that allows you to experience the sites of Quito as well as the beauty of the Galapagos Islands.

Agent Commission Starting At: $428.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $4285.00 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 CRISTOBAL ISLAND – INTERPRETATION CENTER +

FRIGATE HILL (B, L, D)

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

After arriving at San Cristóbal we will visit the Interpretation Center, where we will learn more about the origin of the archipelago, its fauna and flora, as well as the history and its first inhabitants. After that, we will hike for about 2 hours until Frigate Hill where we will enjoy the endemic vegetation and a beautiful view of the island and its surroundings. The main attraction here is the frigate birds. Later we will visit Frigate Bay and do some snorkeling. Return to the hotel. Accommodation at the selected hotel.

Day 5

KICKER ROCK & BEACH (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will leave early in the morning to take the boat and visit the Kicker Rock, which is known as one of the best places to do snorkeling and diving in Galapagos, because you can see sharks, rays and different types of fish. We will end this trip, visiting Lobos Island, where we can swim with sea lions. Box Lunch on board and in the afternoon we will visit the highlands of the island. We will visit the Galapaguera, a Tortoise breeding place of the "Geochelone chatamensis" (the islands own species). We will learn about the history of this kind of turtle. Afterwards, we will continue to the Junco Lagoon, which is located in the middle of a volcanic caldera. Afterwards, we will take a short walk around the lagoon enjoying the vegetation of Miconia and then we will return to the hotel.

Dinner and accommodations at the selected hotel.

Day 6

TRANSFER TO SANTA CRUZ - HIGHLANDS & TORTUGA BAY (B, L, D)

Transfer to Santa Cruz. Arriving in Baltra we will take a shuttle to Santa Cruz Island, journeying across the island into the highlands, the visitors will be amazed by the island’s variety of wildlife and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling north along the road to Puerto Ayora, the road climbs through the agricultural zone and into the mist-covered forests of the highlands. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present on the archipelago, with wonderful birding opportunities. Whether it’s the bright red feathers of a Vermilion Flycatcher or one of Darwin’s finches almost every land bird present on the islands can be found here. Continuing we will stop at one of the ranches; lunch will be served at this ranch and the best part is that passenger will be able to explore the grounds in search of tortoises. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. After lunch we’ll continue to Tortuga Bay.

TORTUGA BAY

In the afternoon, the trail to Tortuga Bay starts from the main street in Puerto Ayora and takes about an hour walking. The trail goes through the arid zone and many land birds can be seen along the way. Arriving to Tortuga Bay beach you will find the first beach “Playa Brava” this beach is with open waters and strong under currents not recommendable for swimming, if you continue walking to the right side (15 minutes) you will arrive to “Playa Mansa” ideal for sun bathing, swimming and photo shooting, you will also find marine iguanas along the shore.

Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 7

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 in 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 8

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 in 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 9

CHARLES DARWIN STATION – TRANSFER TO ISABELA ISLAND (B,L,D)

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. In the afternoon, we will take a speedboat and transfer to Isabela Island where you will have accommodation.

Day 10

LOS TÚNELES – CAPE ROSE AND TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER (B, BL,D)

After breakfast, we will visit a unique place in the islands, “Los Tuneles”. Our trip starts on board a speedboat for a 45 minutes drive. Our experienced captain will securely lead us across the waves that normally hide this treasure. The Tunnels were formed millions year ago when rivers of liquid lava ran across the island reaching the coast shore. The cold water froze their superficial layer isolating the interior while liquid lava kept flowing into the sea. When the eruption finished, a hollow structure was formed and its wall later broke allowing water to come inside and creating tunnels. Our guide will join us along hundreds of tunnels while we snorkel and discover the marine life such as sharks, lobsters, penguins, sea lions, boobies, marine turtles among other endemic species from Galapagos. A snack will be served on board. If lucky enough, we will have the chance to witness giant manta rays feeding in open waters. Back to Isabela. In the afternoon, we will also visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, at this place you will learn more about the breeding and reproduction of the Tortoises. Return to the hotel.

Day 11

AIRPORT TRANSFER – FLIGHT BACK (B)

Transfer to the port to take an approximate two and a half hour boat trip early in the morning. Once arrived at Santa Cruz, a tour guide will be waiting for you to take you to the airport. Arrival to the airport, check-in assistance and flight back.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transfer Airport – Hotel – Airport
  • Accommodation in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Meals noted (as per the program – depending of the meal it can be at the hotel, onboard your boat or at a local restaurant)
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions / (English – Spanish).
  • Private speed boat for the passengers
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • 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 excursions mentioned in the itinerary as a supplement
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • 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

  • Quito and Middle of the World Tour
  • Otovalo Market
  • Santa Cruise Island to See Giant Tortoises
  • Bartolome Island to see the Galapagos Penguins and Pinnacle Rock
  • Land Iguanas, Sea Lions & Frigate birds on North Seymour Island