Ecuador in 12 Days

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Private Amazon & Galapagos Experience

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You'll love this trip if you prefer a personalized experience, with authentic local accommodation and cultural experiences.

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Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Quito
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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until March 2023
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Discover Ecuador on an unforgettable private journey from the tropical Amazon rainforest to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. Touch down in Quito, the historic Andean capital, before exploring the amazing Amazon in Tena. The island of San Cristobal is your gateway to the Galapagos Islands as you search for blue-footed boobies and sea turtles, before ending your adventure in Guayaquil. 

12 days trip including flights*

11 days and 10 nights in destination

1

NYC - UIO

Quito

2

Quito

3

Tena

4

Tena

5

Quito

6

UIO-SCY

San Cristobal

7

San Cristobal

8

San Cristobal

9

San Cristobal

10

SCY-GYE

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.

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. Private 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.

Optional Meal Package: Add 4 dinners and 1 lunch to your trip, so you can relax in the knowledge that you have a meal waiting for you! Includes: 2 dinners in Quito, 1 dinner in Galapagos, 1 dinner in Guayaquil and 1 lunch box for the journey from Galapagos - Guayaquil.

Please note: If you purchase the Optional Meal Package and your arrival flight lands late this evening you will be provided with a cold dinner box if the hotel restaurant is closed when you arrive. 

Optional
Meal Package (4 dinners & 1 lunch) 3*
2nd Day: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. We recommend enjoying our excursion to Otavalo* or booking our Pack of 3 Excursions**. Overnight stay in Quito.

* Optional Otavalo Tour: Otavalo is the capital of Cantón and is a predominantly indigenous city in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. The city has about 90,000 inhabitants and is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura, Cotacachi, and the Mojanda volcanoes. You will be transported by your private driver and will enjoy tasting custard apples and biscuits before heading to visit Cotacachi and Cuicocha.

** Optional Experience Ecuador - Pack of 3 Excursions: Experience Ecuador to the fullest with this pack of three excursions. Visit the famous Quilotoa Crater Lake on an excursion through the Andean Mountains to discover the local culture and natural wonders of the Andes. In the Galapagos Islands, enjoy an authentic cooking class on Playa Mann in San Cristobal, known for its population of sea lions, to learn the secrets of the local cuisine. Finally, take a tour of Puerto el Morro in Guayaquil to visit a natural dolphin reserve, accompanied by a professional biologist guide.

Optional
Otavalo Tour
Optional
Experience Ecuador - 3 Excursions Package (Limited Offer)
3rd Day: Quito - Tena - Amazon

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off into the Ecuadorian highlands and down into the rainforest, headed for Tena, in the Amazon. Continue through verdant landscapes towards the lodge, in the heart of the jungle. Along the way, you'll stop in Guango Lodge, where you'll see many species of hummingbirds. Arrive at the Amazon Lodge in time for dinner and enjoy a night-walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown. Overnight stay in the Amazon.

Note: Activities in the Lodge are shared with other guests.

Included
Wildlife walk in Tena
4th Day: Amazon

Seize the day and awake early for a short canoe ride upriver to visit the Parrot Saladero, a unique place where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that help them to digest the fruits or seeds they eat. Hundreds of parrots descend to the clay wall to eat the mineral-rich soil. Return to the lodge for breakfast before heading out for a nature walk through the rainforest. In the afternoon, after lunchvisit an Amazonian Kichwa community to learn about their way of life and the interaction they have with the forest. Try a traditional fermented cassava drink and some of their traditional dishes. The visit ends with a traditional dance performed by the children of the community. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Note: Activities in the Lodge are shared with other guests.

Included
Wildlife walk in Tena
5th Day: Amazon - Tena - Quito

After breakfast at the lodge, return to Tena and continue your journey, heading back towards the capital. At your arrival, 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 rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

6th Day: Quito - Galapagos (San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the airport this morning for a flight to the Galapagos Islands, a true wonder of nature known for its immense biodiversity! San Cristobal is the easternmost Galapagos island and is home to a rich array of unique wildlife, such as blue and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas and Galapagos sea lions. It's also the island that Charles Darwin first explored during his research into the islands. Upon arrival, private transfer to the hotel. Then, you'll have free time to explore the beautiful San Cristobal island on your own. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

7th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a private tour to the Interpretation Center & Tijeretas. There, you will get to know more about the formation of the islands, the arrival of humans and the importance of conservation. Then, during the 2 hours hike, you will find gorgeous views along the way and also a small cove in which you can snorkel. The rest of the day you be at your leasure. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

Included
Half-Day Tijeretas Nature Trail & Cooking Experience
8th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for you to explore the Galapagos at your own. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

9th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Time at your leisure to continue discovering the island. We recommend you to visit some of the unhabitated islands around, you can book it at destiantion. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

10th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal) - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from San Cristobal airport. Arrive in Guayaquil, and join a  private transfer to your hotel in the city centre. 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, Paque Iguanas and Las Peñas neighbourhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

Included
Walking Tour of Guayaquil
11th Day: Guayaquil - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, private 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.

Accommodation: 10 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 3

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Wildlife walk in Tena

Wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle.

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Included

Included activity for day 4

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Wildlife walk in Tena

Wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle.

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Included

Included activity for day 7 in Galapagos Islands

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Tijeretas Nature Trail & Cooking Experience

Visit the Interpretation Center before taking a guided walk along the Cerro Tijerates trail. Enjoy spectacular views from atop of the viewpoint and look out for frigatebirds before enjoying a beach cooking class at Playa Mann.

What's included: One-way transportation to the Interpretation Center, Bilingual naturalist guide, materials for the cooking class, ceviche prepared by you Not included: Beverages

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Included

Included activity for day 10

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Walking Tour of Guayaquil

Enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the Malecon, Paque Iguanas and Las Peñas neighbourhood.

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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.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 1

Meal Package (4 dinners & 1 lunch) 3*

Add 4 dinners and 1 lunch to your trip. Includes: 2 dinners in Quito, 1 dinner in Galapagos, 1 dinner in Guayaquil and 1 lunch box for the journey from Galapagos - Guayaquil.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 2

Otavalo Tour

Discover the indigenous town of Otavalo. Otavalo is the capital of Cantón and is a predominantly an indigenous city in the Imbabura province of Ecuador Visit the city and soak up the unique atmosphere and culture.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Quito, Guayaquil - US.
  • nternal flights: Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil. *
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 10 breakfasts and Full-Board in Amazon.
  • Private transfers.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • Private Tour
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

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.

* 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.

  • 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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