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Amazon & Island Hopping in Galapagos

Ecuador in 13 Days, 11 Nights in Destination

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Get to know the beauty of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in this journey that will take you from the country’s capital city to some of the world’s most pristine beaches before unearthing the impressive Amazon Forest.

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    Amazon
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    Galapagos Islands
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    Quito
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    San Cristobal Island
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    Santa Cruz Island

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Accommodation: 11 Nights

Itinerary

Explore Ecuador and all its natural wonders. Jump from the island of San Cristobal to Santa Cruz to fully immerse yourself in the treasures of the Galapagos; from rare marine wildlife to some most of the beautiful landscapes and beaches in the world. Next, uncover the secrets of the Amazon forest before treating your senses to an explosion of colors in Quito.

1st Day: US - Quito
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Arrive at your US departure airport*, ready for a flight to Quito. Arrive in the capital of Ecuador, a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains and its ancient Incan history. 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.

**If you want to have the hotel room available before 2:00 p.m., you can add early check-in at an additional cost. In case you are interested, you will be able to see the price and do the upsell in the next step of the purchase process.

Please note: The transfer from the airport to the hotel is a shuttle with a Spanish-speaking driver.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Holiday Inn Quito Airport... or similar
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153 Reviews

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2nd Day: Quito
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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, a local representative will relay all the information regarding the next few days of your trip to you. Afterwards, the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure; take this time to start exploring Quito at your own pace. Alternatively, we recommend you take part in our optional Middle of the World Monument excursion*. Overnight stay in Quito. 

*Optional Middle of the World Monument Excursion: Take a photo with one foot in each hemisphere against the backdrop of a mesmerizing mountain landscape. Visit the Museo Solar Intiñán, which features an interactive tour, and then enjoy a chaguarmishqui tasting at the Museo de la Experiencia del Agave to learn about the versatile and delicious plant used to make this ancient drink.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Holiday Inn Quito Airport... or similar
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153 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Half-Day Excursion to the Middle of the World Monument

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3rd Day: Quito - San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, transfer to the airport in Quito to board a flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arriving at San Cristobal Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You will then meet with one of our staff members to get briefed on the next few days of your trip including a quick description of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital city of the Galapagos province.

The rest of the day is yours to spend as you see fit; take this time to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
hotel Casa Opuntia or similar
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309 Reviews

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4th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, begin your adventure visiting the stunning Loberia Beach for a relaxing start to your day*. To get to the beach, you will first be picked up by a taxi and then hike to your destination where you'll encounter land iguanas, various birds and flora typical of the region. Once at the beach, you can enjoy the view, swim/snorkel among sea lions, and if you're lucky, also spot marine iguanas and turtles.

Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure exploring the island at your own pace. Alternatively, we recommend you take part in our optional half-day tour snorkeling in Isla Lobos*. Overnight stay in San Cristobal. 

*Optional Half-Day Tour with Snorkel in Isla Lobos: Board a boat to visit Isla Lobos where you will encounter blue-footed boobies, sea lions, sea turtles and rays before getting to snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters of this island. From here, make your way to Ochoa Beach to relax, swim and take in the beauty of this stunning landscape. Lunch is included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
hotel Casa Opuntia or similar
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309 Reviews

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Activities

included
Excursion to Loberia Beach with Snorkeling

Light

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Half-Day Tour with Snorkeling in Isla Lobos

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5th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy the beautiful island at your leisure. Alternatively, we recommend you take part in one of our two optional excursions of the day: either a visit to Kicker Rock for some snorkeling* or a visit to San Cristobal’s highlands**. Overnight stay in San Cristobal. 

*Optional Excursion to Kicker Rock with Snorkeling: Early in the morning sail to the lava formation in the middle of the sea where you will walk around to observe different species of birds that use this rock as a resting place for nesting. From here, enjoy some leisurely time to snorkel and try to catch a glimpse of different shark species (including hammerheads!), turtles, rays and more.

After this, continue to Manglecito Beach, a white coral beach offering the opportunity to walk and swim in its shallow waters and take in the beauty of this stunning location. Lunch is included.

**Optional Full-Day Highlands & Giant Tortoises Excursion: Discover the wildlife-rich highlands or 'Altos' of San Cristobal island! Begin at the white-sand beach of Puerto Chino before taking a short nature hike to visit the sea lion colony and spot blue-footed boobies!

An uphill walk rewards you with excellent views of the surrounding landscapes before travelling to La Galapaguera, a Galapagos Tortoise hatchery where wooden walkways allow you to walk amongst these gentle giants.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
hotel Casa Opuntia or similar
tripadvisor rating

309 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Excursion Kicker Rock with Snorkeling

Moderate

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Full-Day Highlands & Giant Tortoises Excursion

Moderate

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6th Day: San Cristobal - Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, transfer to the dock to hop on a speedboat to take you to Santa Cruz Island. The duration of the transfer is approximately 2.5 hours. 

Upon arriving in Santa Cruz, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure; take this time to acclimate to your new surroundings. Alternatively, take part in our optional tour of Santa Cruz Bahia*.Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

*Optional Half-Day Santa Cruz Bahia Tour: Discover Santa Cruz and its bays during this incredible experience. Visit some of the most beautiful and important areas of the island and learn about the importance of the archipelago. Discover the beautiful seascapes with your knowledgeable guide.

Depending on the weather, the public ferry service in the Galapagos Islands can become quite choppy at times. If you suffer from seasickness, we recommend taking precautions to alleviate your symptoms in case of rough seas.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Albatross or similar
tripadvisor rating

49 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Half-day Santa Cruz Bahia Tour

Moderate

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7th Day: Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the entirety of the day at your own leisure; take this time to further explore the beauty of the island. Alternatively, we recommend you take part in our optional excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands*. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz. 

*Optional Full-Day Excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands: This day trip includes a visit to the El Chato Reserve, where you’ll observe the renowned giant turtles in their natural habitat. Discover the Lava Tunnels formed when a flow of lava quickly goes cold as it comes into contact with the cold atmosphere thus creating these interesting tube-like formations.

Following this, gaze at the incredible view of the Twin Craters, two mind-blowing volcanic material holes formed by a long process of slow subsidence of the land, where exceptional scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen. Lunch is included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Albatross or similar
tripadvisor rating

49 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-Day Excursion to Santa Cruz Highlands (Parte Alta)

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8th Day: Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands - Quito
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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, transfer to the airport in Baltra Island for a flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in the city of Quito, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Holiday Inn Quito Airport... or similar
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153 Reviews

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9th Day: Quito - Tena - Amazon
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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, start your guided adventure visiting the beautiful colonial center of Quito known as one of the best preserved in Latin America. Walk through its charming narrow streets, enjoy its beautiful squares (Plaza de la Independencia, Palacio de Gobierno) and taste typical Ecuadorian fruits in a local market.

After, continue to the Ecuadorian Highlands, the highest point of the road in the moors of Papallacta and down to the eastern jungle of the country, until you reach the Lodge.

To end the day, explore the Amazon at night walking around the gardens where you can catch a glimpse of the many toads, grasshoppers and various species of  insects. With a bit of luck, you might just come across bioluminescent mushrooms; a true feast for the eyes! Overnight stay in Tena.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Huasquila Amazon Lodge or similar
tripadvisor rating

319 Reviews

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Activities

included
Quito City Tour

Moderate

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Night-walk in Tena

Light

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10th Day: Amazon
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the entirety of the day at your leisure; take this time to further explore the Ecuadorian jungle. If you wish to use this time to relax, do so by taking advantage of the hotel facilities at your disposal.

Alternatively, we recommend taking part in our optional activities, which include; a walk along a waterfall*, a half-day Amazonian excursion** and/or a chocolate-making workshop***.

*Optional Waterfall Walk: Join this incredible walk where you will be guided to spectacular views of the Waterfall, and learn about the tropical fauna and flora along the way.

**Optional Half-Day Amazonian Excursion: Discover Paikawe Lagoon on a canoe ride, with curious large fish that you can see swimming and coming to the surface. Head to Misahualli Monkey Village, this sleepy jungle town where you can meet its most popular inhabitants, the monkeys! Finally visit the Amupakin community, to understand the traditional local way of life. Including lunch.

***Optional Chocolate-Making Workshop: A foodie experience where you can make your own chocolate. Learn the entire process through practice, all the way from the seed until creating your own chocolate sauce.

Please note: None of these activities overlap, therefore it is possible to book all of them.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Huasquila Amazon Lodge or similar
tripadvisor rating

319 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Chocolate-Making Workshop

Light

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Optional
Waterfall Walk in the Amazon

Moderate

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Optional
Half-day Amazonia Excursion

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11th Day: Amazon - Papallacta - Quito
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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy some extra time exploring the jungle before visiting Papallacta*, en route to Quito. Papallacta is a town mostly known for its thermal waters said to have medicinal properties. The lagoon found in Papallacta supplies most of Quito’s drinking water with 80% of its territory belonging to the ecosystem of the moors. 

You will have time to admire the lagoon and, if you choose to, bathe in one of its hot springs for an additional cost (approx. 10 USD per person). Return to your hotel and overnight stay in Quito.

*Please note: Entrance to the thermal waters is not included; you will be able to pay on site. Please also note that this activity is subject to availability. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Holiday Inn Quito Airport... or similar
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153 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Papallacta

Light

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12th Day: Quito - Night on board
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Breakfast at the hotel. Sadly, 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.

13th Day: US
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Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Included activities

Included
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The beginning of the activity depends on the arrival time of the passengers.

Excursion to Loberia Beach with Snorkeling

Included activity for day 4 in La Loberia Beach

Enjoy some time at La Lobería beach on San Cristóbal Island to swim with sea lions, snorkel or simply admire the stunning natural beauty of the surroundings, accompanied by a guide.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 12:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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At 8am, before the start of the excursion, there will be a briefing session to explain the program.

Quito City Tour

Included activity for day 9 in Quito

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.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Night-walk in Tena

Included activity for day 9

Night-walk through the jungle to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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You can access the hot springs of Papallacta with an extra cost of 10 USD approx. This activity is subject to availability.

Visit to Papallacta

Included activity for day 11

Get to know the thermal waters of Papallacta, said to have medicinal properties, and explore the lagoon and hot springs of this beautiful location.

Duration 01:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Half-Day Excursion to the Middle of the World Monument

Suggested activity for day 2 in Quito

Visit the Intiñan Interactive Museum where you can perform experiments related to the equator and the Agave House for activities related to the Agave and its ancestral beverages.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 13:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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There is a second departure at 12:00 pm.

Half-Day Tour with Snorkeling in Isla Lobos

Suggested activity for day 4 in Galapagos Islands

Dive into the crystal clear waters of this stunning island to snorkel alongside blue-footed boobies, sea lions and other marine life.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Excursion Kicker Rock with Snorkeling

Suggested activity for day 5 in Galapagos Islands

Take part in an exciting snorkeling experience where you can snorkel around the rock formations and have the chance to catch sight of different species of sharks, turtles rays and more!

Duration 06:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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The duration will depend on weather conditions.

Full-Day Highlands & Giant Tortoises Excursion

Suggested activity for day 5 in Galapagos Islands

Head to Puerto Chino and take a short walk to observe sea lions and blue-footed boobies before visiting La Galapaguera, a Galapagos tortoise hatchery. Finish the day with a visit to the coffee farm "Voluntad de Dios".

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Quito - US.
  • Internal flights: Quito - San Cristobal, Santa Cruz - Quito. *
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  • 11 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 11 breakfasts.
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • English-speaking guide in the indicated activities.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Transit Control Card (TCC) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park. More information in "Offer Conditions". More information in "Offer conditions".

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

Please Note: Travelers with passports from the following countries are required to present a tourist visa in their country of origin:
 
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burma, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Senegal, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Vietnam, Myanmar and Yemen.

*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.

Included transfers are to be shared with other travelers. Please also note that drivers often only speak Spanish. 

Depending on the weather, the public ferry service in the Galapagos Islands can become quite choppy at times. If you suffer from seasickness, we recommend taking precautions to alleviate your symptoms in case of rough seas.

The itinerary is subject to changes and alterations due to weather conditions or force majeure.

For the flight to Galapagos we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours in advance in order to complete the required formalities.

  • 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 canceled 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 until July 31, 2024, and from August 1, 2024 US$200 for adults and US$100 for children.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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