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Ecuador in 12 Days

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Cities, Volcanos & Galapagos Discovery

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Baños
Cotopaxi National Park
Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Quito
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Begin in the Andean capital of Quito, known for its Inca ruins and colonial architecture before exploring Quilotoa Crater Lake. Enjoy the verdant landscapes of Baños the 'Gateway to the Amazon', before heading to Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands, where you can spot giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas. End your trip in Guayaquil, on Ecuador's Pacific coast.  

1st Day: US - Quito

Arrive at your US departure airport, ready for a flight to 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 overnight stay in Quito.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Quito - Quilotoa - Baños

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a 'meet and greet' at the hotel with your guide. Later, set off to the amazing Quilotoa Crater Lake, a vibrant, green-colored volcanic lake, thought to be 250-meters deep. Here, you have the opportunity to climb to the edge of the lake to enjoy beautiful views of the crater and its surroundings. Continue to the small town of Tigua, known for its traditional folk art paintings, before arriving in Baños, home to mineral hot springs and waterfalls and nestled within a verdant natural environment. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring this unique city, known as a gateway to the Amazon Basin. Overnight stay in Baños. 

3rd Day: Baños

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day in beautiful Baños, where there are plenty of opportunities to experience the rich natural environment. We recommend visiting the nearby Tungurahua Volcano, relaxing in the steaming hot springs, exploring the hills and waterfalls or heading into the Amazon Basin. However, you spend your day at leisure, be sure to make the most of these unique and breathtaking surroundings. We recommend an optional jungle tour as part of our Highlights of Ecuador excursion package.* Alternatively, opt for a little relaxation by trying a traditional Baño de Cajón as part of our Wow Experiences excursion package.** Overnight stay in Baños.

* Optional Highlights of Ecuador - Pack of 3 Excursions: Add a little extra to your Ecuador experience with this highlights package of three excursions. Discover the rainforest on a jungle tour from Baños which includes lunch and a canoe trip on the Puyo River and explore the colonial heritage of Quito with a half-day tour of the historic center and La Compania church. Finally, take a guided tour of Guayaquil Historical Park to discover more about the culture and natural environment of the Ecuadorian coast.

** Optional Wow Experiences - Pack of 3 Excursions: Head off the beaten path in Ecuador with this package of three inspiring experiences! Enjoy a traditional Baño de Cajón, or 'drawer bath' a type of thermal bath used to harness the healing powers of water in Baños and enjoy a guided fruit and food tasting tour at a local market in Quito. In the Galapagos Islands, take a day trip to one of the spectacular uninhabited islands such as Bartholomew, the Plaza Islands or Seymour Islands.

4th Day: Baños - Cotopaxi - Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Returning to Quito today, stop en-route at the Cotopaxi National Park, home to the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. Cotopaxi is 5897 meters high and is considered to be one of the highest active volcanos in the world. Look out for unique birdlife such as Andean Gulls and Hummingbirds as you take in the beautiful views of the snow-capped volcano at the center of this park. After exploring these unforgettable landscapes, continue to Quito, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

5th 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. Admire the eclectic architecture of the city's colonial center or perhaps take a trip to the famous Middle of the World Monument. Alternatively, discover the historic center on a guided tour as part of our Highlights optional excursion package* or enjoy a culinary tour of Quito Market as part of our Wow Experiences package.** Overnight stay in Quito.

* Choose our Highlights of Ecuador optional excursion package to add 3 optional excursions to your trip!

**Choose our Wow Experiences optional excursion package to add 3 unique and inspiring optional excursions to your trip!

6th Day: Quito - Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. 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. Stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a lush, green natural habitat of the famous Galápagos giant tortoises. Visit a private ranch, take a tour of the area and walk among the trees, looking for giant tortoises that prefer to stay near the small lagoons. Also admire the amazing lava tubes, created by ancient volcanic eruptions. Transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

7th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a half-day island 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. Disembark the boat and begin a guided hike through the protected area in the hope of spotting white-tip reef sharks from a lookout point. Continue to Playa de Los Perros, a favourite resting place for the fascinating marine iguanas, especially on a sunny day. Take in the unique wildlife and natural environment, with its bright red rocks, cacti and turquoise ocean. Take the opportunity to experience a snorkelling excursion along the bay before hiking on to Las Grietas, a beautiful rock formation and crystal-clear swimming area. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the local town or simply relax at your own pace. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

8th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches and wonderful wildlife. Why not look for sea turtles and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crab at Tortuga Bay or visit the volcanic calderas of Los Gemelos. We recommend an optional excursion to one of the many uninhabited Galapagos Islands as part of our Wow Experience package.* Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

*Choose our Wow Experiences optional excursion package to add 3 unique and inspiring optional excursions to your trip!

9th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz) - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from Santa Cruz airport. Arrive in Guayaquil, and join a shared transfer to your hotel in the city center. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and is located on the Pacific Coast. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the Malecon, Parque Iguanas and Las Peñas neighbourhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

10th Day: Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at your leisure to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or relax in the arty neighborhood of Santa Ana Hill. Why not choose our optional Highlights of Ecuador package to enjoy a guided tour of Guayaquil Historical Park today?* Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

* Choose our Highlights of Ecuador optional excursion package to add 3 optional excursions to your trip!

11th Day: Guayaquil - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your adventure through Ecuador and the amazing Galapagos Islands to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

Please note: Depending on the flight departure time you may arrive back in the US today.

12th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

 

12 days trip including flights*

11 days and 10 nights in destination

1

NYC - UIO

Quito

2

Baños

3

Baños

4

Quito

5

Quito

6

Santa Cruz

7

Santa Cruz

8

Santa Cruz

9

Guayaquil

10

Guayaquil

11

GYE - NYC

12

GYE - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 10 Nights

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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 color, depending on the position of the sun and the clouds.
Included activity for day 2
Included

Cotopaxi National Park Excursion

Discover the Cotopaxi National Park, located in the central highlands of Ecuador and famous for the stunning Cotopaxi volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Guided hike included
Included activity for day 4
Included

Visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz

The "Parte Alta", as the mountains are called in Spanish, are an area of lush greenery known as the natural habitat of the giant Galapagos tortoise. Visit a private ranch and take a tour of the area.
Included activity for day 6
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Quito, Guayaquil - US.
  • Internal flights: Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil. *
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 10 breakfasts.
  • Transfers.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • Boat trip along the bay in Santa Cruz.
  • English-speaking guide.

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

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

* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.

The new requirements will apply for all traveller arriving to the Galapagos as of September 1st, 2021.

  • All foreign travelers age 16 and older who are not residents of Ecuador must present a negative RT-PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel, counting from the time the sample was taken, AND present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.
  • Foreign travelers between the ages of 2 and 16, as well as residents of Ecuador age 2 and older, do not require a vaccine, but must present a negative RT-PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel, counting from the time the sample was taken.

* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered 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.

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

If you would like to travel with children, please contact Customer Services to find out the conditions.

  • 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.

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.

 

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