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Ecuador in 14 Days

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Tropical Discovery & Galapagos Dreams

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Baños
Cotopaxi National Park
Cuenca
Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Quito
Ruins of Ingapirca
The Devil's Nose
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Travel to Ecuador and discover Quito, the oldest capital in South America, the waterfalls of Banos, the volcanos of Riobamba and the charm of Cuenca. Explore the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO and enjoy its spectacular flora and fauna on the islands of Santa Cruz & San Cristobal. Relax on the paradise beaches and look out for the giant Galapagos tortoise.

1st Day: US - Quito

Arrive at the airport to board the 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 spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the relaxed culture of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Overnight stay.

 

2nd Day: Quito

After breakfast, meet with 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.

3rd Day: Quito - Quilotoa - Baños

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Banos, a subtropical area close to the Amazon basin, known for its beautiful hot springs. On route, pass through the Cotopaxi National Park on a panoramic tour, where you can see a wonderful panoramic view of the active volcano Cotopaxi. Then, stop at the impressive volcanic lake of Quilotoa. The water is the lake is an amazing green colour due to the high mineral content of the volcanic terrain.  After Quilotoa, stop in the small artisan town of Tigua and visit an artists workshop where you can discover the intricate and colourful art of the region. Continue to Banos, arrive and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay. 

4th Day: Baños

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an adventure to the stunning Banos Waterfalls on board a traditional Chiva, the typical transport of the Ecuadorian coast. In the afternoon, take time at your leisure to visit the waterfalls (entrance not included) or discover the city of Banos. Overnight stay.

5th Day: Baños - Chimborazo - Riobamba

Breakfast at the hotel. Journey through to the province of Chimborazo on route to El Chimborazo, the highest volcano in Ecuador standing at 6,310 meters. It was estimated that the last eruption was around 550 a.D. and therefore it is a dormant volcano. Enjoy the beautiful views of the volcano, the surrounding landscape and lush vegetation. Stop at the interesting "Palacio Real" community, a complex at the foot of the volcano before arriving at the city of Riobamba, which has a large indigenous popular and colourful culture, to enjoy an included lunch. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Riobamba.

 

6th Day: Riobamba - Guamote - Alausi - Inca Pirca - Cuenca

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the quaint towns of Guamote and Alausi, before heading for the fascinating ruins of Ingapirca, the largest and most well preserved Inca ruins in Ecuador. Discover the ancient city and wonder at the history behind the ruins. Continue to Cuenca, thought to be the most beautiful city in Ecuador, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, discovering the beautiful waterfront and old colonial plazas. Overnight in Cuenca.

7th Day: Cuenca - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning exploring Cuenca at your leisure. In the afternoon depart to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, located on the coast. On the way, stop in the impressive Cajas National Park, known for its glistening lakes and home to the mighty Andean Condor. Stop at a local cocoa community to discover how chocolate is made from the humble cacao tree, the process from the cacao tree to the chocolate bar, and then taste the chocolate. Continue towards Guayaquil, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.

8th Day: Guayaquil - 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 to enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, take a tour of the area and walk among the trees and look for the giant tortoises that prefer to stay near the small lagoons. Transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

*Note: The ferry ride from Baltra to Santa Cruz is not included and has an additional cost of $1.

9th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Take the day at your leisure to discover the delights of the Galapagos. Overnight in Santa Cruz.

10th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz - San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning by exploring the beautiful island of Santa Cruz at your leisure. In the afternoon take the public speedboat to the island of San Cristobal, passing the island of Santa Fe on the way and taking approximately 2-3 hours. Arrive on the island of San Cristobal, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay. 

11th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, or we recommend taking an excursion of your choice. Overnight in San Cristobal.

12th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal) - Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Quito. Arrive in Quito, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure, soaking up the unique atmosphere and enjoying the Ecuadorian cuisine. Overnight stay.

13th Day: Quito - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the U.S. 

Note: Depending on the flight departure time you may arrive back in the U.S. today, or tomorrow. 

14th Day: US

Arrive to the U.S.

14 days trip including flights*

13 days and 12 nights in destination

1

NYC - UIO

Quito

2

Quito

3

Baños

4

Baños

5

Riobamba

6

Cuenca

7

Guayaquil

8

Santa Cruz

9

Santa Cruz

10

San Cristobal

11

San Cristobal

12

Quito

13

UIO - NYC

14

UIO - 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: 12 Nights

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  • Departures from main U.S. airports.
  • International flights U.S. - Quito - U.S.
  • Domestic flights Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito. *
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  • 12 nights accommodation in classic category hotels.
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  • 12 Breakfasts and 2 lunches.
  • Transfers.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • Excursion on a Traditional Ecuadorian Chiva.

Not included

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

* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.

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

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.

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/

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 20 USD 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:100 USD per person.

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. 

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

 

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