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Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Quito
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until December 2022
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Travel to Ecuador, discover Quito, the oldest capital in South America and uncover Andean Highlands of Otavalo. Explore the Galapagos Islands and enjoy its spectacular flora and fauna on the island of Santa Cruz. Relax on the paradise beaches and look out for the giant Galapagos tortoises before ending your adventure in vibrant Guayaquil. 

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Quito

Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains, and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the relaxed culture of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Overnight stay in Quito.

* Important: If your outbound flight leaves at dawn (before 04:00) you must arrive at the airport the night before the selected departure day.

2nd Day: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, meet a local guide who will take you on a fascinating guided tour of some most emblematic sights of Quito. Explore the Historic Center, declared a World Heritage Site for its great beauty, and also discover the city's traditional market where you can taste a great variety of tropical fruits grown in Ecuador. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

3rd Day: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. We recommend enjoying our excursion to Quilotoa.* Overnight stay in Quito.

* Optional Quilotoa Excursion: Set off through the Andean Mountains, passing by the snow-capped peaks of Tungurahua and Chimborazo. Stop at a local market for a taste of the local culture and visit Quilotoa Crater Lake, known for its everchanging colour, depending on the sun and clouds.

4th Day: Quito - Otavalo

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Otavalo in the Andean Highlands. On the way, visit the experiential Inti Nan Museum, to learn about the history and heritage of the different tribes of Ecuador and their relationship with the equator. Here you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere! Arrive in Otavalo and take a walking tour of the village where you can enjoy the local market, the largest in the region. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Otavalo.

5th Day: Otavalo

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure in Otavalo, relaxing at your own pace or exploring the surrounding highlands and volcanic walking trails. Overnight stay in Otavalo.

6th Day: Otavalo - Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Early morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Baltra, in the wonderful Galapagos Islands. From Baltra, transfer to the island of Santa Cruz by crossing the Itabaca channel on a ferry. On the way to the hotel visit Finca El Chato where you can see the mighty Galapagos Tortoise in their natural habitat. Arrive in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Centre to learn more about the significance of the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay on Santa Cruz.

7th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches or the wonderful wildlife. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

8th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the morning with a tour of Academy Bay discover the abundance of wildlife. Take a boat across the small channel to Academy Bay, also known as La Loberia. You may even be lucky enough to sight sea turtles and the famous Blue-Footed Boobies along the way. Enjoy a guided walk along a path to 'Playa de Los Perros', known for its amazing marine iguanas who rest on the rocks on sunny days. Admire the impressive flora of the bay and enjoy a snorkelling excursion along the shoreline before walking to Las Grietas. Return to Puerto Ayora and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

9th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches or the wonderful wildlife. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

10th Day: Santa Cruz - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from Baltra. Arrive in Guayaquil, and transfer to your hotel in the city center Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and is located on the coast. Later, enjoy a 2-hour walking tour, visiting the Malecon and Las Peñas neighborhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

11th Day: Guayaquil - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

12th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive to UK or Ireland and end your trip.

12 days trip including flights*

11 days and 10 nights in destination

1

LON - UIO

Quito

2

Quito

3

Quito

4

Otavalo

5

Otavalo

6

Santa Cruz

7

Santa Cruz

8

Santa Cruz

9

Santa Cruz

10

Guayaquil

11

GYE - LON

12

GYE - LON

* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 10 Nights

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Included activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
Included

Quito City Tour

A guided city tour to get to know Quito's most emblematic sights. Visit a local market, a number of picturesque squares and the narrow streets of the city centre.
Included activity for day 2
Included

Otavalo Tour

Included activity for day 4
Included

Santa Cruz La Loberia Bay Tour

From Puerto Ayora take a boat trip along the canal to La Loberia, a bay known for its large population of blue-footed boobies and sea lions.
Included activity for day 8
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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Quilotoa Excursion

Stop at a local market for a taste of the local culture before visiting the amazing Quilotoa Crater Lake, known for its everchanging colour, depending on the position of the sun and the clouds.
Suggested activity for day 3

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Quito and Guayaquil - UK/Ireland.
  • Domestic flights: Quito - Galapagos and Galapagos - Guayaquil. *
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 9 Breakfasts.
  • Transfers.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection. **
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Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Transit control card (TCC)* (US$ 20) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (US$ 100).

* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.

From July 1st 2021, all passengers over 2 years old must fulfill one of the following requirements in order to travel to the Galapagos Islands:
- Proof of negative antigen or PCR test, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight to Galapagos
- Full COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate showing final vaccine was received at least 14 days before boarding the flight to Galapagos.

If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.

ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** You will have the option to purchase travel insurance in the final stage of the booking. Please note that travel insurance is mandatory for trips to the Galapagos.

We strongly recommend you consult your doctor regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.

  • Entry requirements
    Minimum of 6 months validity with one passport page. Mandatory travel insurance.
  • Visa
    No visa required for stays of up to 90 days
  • Currency
    US Dollar
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Electricity
    Types A and B, 110 V North American type plug
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
  • Time zone
    UTC -5
  • Other useful information
    It is mandatory for tourists to carry a valid health insurance policy.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://ecuador.travel/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

Children aged 2-11 years old must share a room and bed with their parents.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Galapagos transit control card (TCC) is mandatory and is checked at the airport in both Quito and Guayaquil before travel to the Galapagos Islands. Cost US$20 per person (subject to change) and made by cash payment.

At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person.

If you book a triple room with a child, you will be required to share one bed.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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