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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands 8 days

Posted in Ecuador, Ecuador, Trips, Women's Destinations

Highlights

  • Discover the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands
  • Cross the Equator line
  • Hike through the Andean countryside and visit the condor restoration project
  • Visit Otavalo, an indigenous market and UNESCO world heritage site
  • Visit the leather town of Cotacahi
  • Watch local weavers as they demonstrate artistic weaving techniques used for centuries
  • Enjoy deluxe historic accommodations and traditional local food.

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Departure dates

Booking now until December 2018

Year Round
All trips customized*

Trip Length 8 days/7 nights
Start/Finish Quito or Guayaquil
Walk Rating Moderate to rugged
Included All breakfasts, six lunches, five dinners, full time guide, land transfers, van support during hikes, Galapagos cruise, hotels, trip insurance. **
Hotels Deluxe
Price upon request
Single Supplement (upon request)

PLAN A TRIP

DAY 1 QUITO

Fly from your home city to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. Upon arrival,  you will be greeted by our guides for a private transfer to your hotel. the evening is on your own to relax and catch your breath after your long journey.

Suggested Accommodations Quito: Luxury | Hotel Casa Gargotena, Deluxe | Hilton Colon Quito or Swissotel. (Other properties available).

DAY 2 QUITO AND THE EQUATORIAL MONUMENT

Begin with a comprehensive city tour of Quito and its residential neighborhood. Continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue to the Basilica Church for a perfect view of Colonial Quito. Visit the Independence Plaza and admire the architecture of the Government’s Palace and the Archbishop’s palace. Our guides will take you into the Compañia Church with its adornments and gold altars. Visit the Equatorial monument.

Suggested Accommodations Quito: Luxury | Hotel Casa Gargotena, Deluxe | Hilton Colon Quito or Swissotel. (Other properties available). (B, L)

DAY 3 QUITO/OTAVALO/HACIENDA COMPAÑIA

We have an early morning departure from Quito through the Panamerican Road to the Northern Andes.  Pass through beautiful valleys and fields and next to Cayambe volcano (5,790 m / 18,997 ft). Stop at hacienda La Compañía, one of the oldest haciendas in the area and still a private property. Visit the hacienda house, the chapel and the roses’ show room, where you will be able to see some of the most magnificent Ecuadorian roses. Then continue North up to the ancient market of Otavalo; hundreds of years old and famous throughout the Andes for its handcrafts, textiles and tapestries. Visit the food, fruits and craft markets. Lunch will be served at a local hacienda. Return to Quito in the afternoon. Evening on your own to relax, Our guides and drivers are available to assist with restaurants and transfers.

Suggested Accommodations Quito: Luxury | Hotel Casa Gargotena, Luxury | Hilton Colon Quito or Swissotel Deluxe, Casa Andina, Boutique (Other properties available). (B, L)

DAY 4 GALAPAGOS ISLANDSGalapagos Odyssey

Today there is an early morning transfer to the Quito airport in time for the 8:30 a.m. Aerogal Airlines flight #32 to the Galapagos. Transfer to your cruise through Darwin’s “Enchanted Islands.” All cabins feature a private shower and air-conditioning. All meals, lectures, and shore excursions are include. Excursions and cultural programs are led by category “3” naturalist guides.

Accommodations: 16 Passenger first-lass Galapagos Odyssey Yacht (Galaxy or other similar yacht) All meals while cruising.

To learn more about the Galapagos Odyssey click here.

DAY 5, 6, 7 GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE CRUISING

Visit the Galapagos Islands, including Santa Fe Island, Caleta Tortuga, Bartolome Island and more. See the famous blue-footed booby, Darwin finch, penguins, sea lions, and many other animals of the Galapagos Islands. Learn about the unique ecosystem of these Islands.

Accommodations: Deluxe Options: 16 passenger Cormorant

First Class options: 16 Passenger Galapagos Odyssey (B, L, D)

DAY 8 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

In the morning we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before transferring to the airport for Aerogal Airlines flight #33 to Quito or a flight to Guayaquil. For those continuing back to Quito we recommend extending your trip with a stay in the Andes Mountains at the Hacienda Zuleta or at Mashpi, an exceptional Eco resort to the south of Quito. (B)

INCLUDED: All hotel accommodations, full time guide/driver in Quito and the surrounding areas, 4 nights aboard a Galapagos Island boat, full time guide/naturalists while in the Galapagos Islands, all breakfasts, all meals while on board your boat, consumer protection (OPC).

NOT INCLUDED: Air transportation, internal flights to the Galapagos Islands, travel insurance, guide gratuities, airport taxes and entrance fees to Ecuadorian National Parks. The fee for entrance to the Galapagos Islands is $120.00 U.S. verified June 2019 and is subject to change by the Ecuadorian government. It must be paid locally in cash by each visitor/passenger.

B= breakfast included, L=lunch included, PicL=picnic lunch included, D=Dinner included
All bookings through Voyages GAMSPS Travel, Quebec Licensee.

PLAN A TRIP

* Personalized Departure Dates: We can customize any of our trips to begin on a date that is convenient to you. Supplemental charges may apply.

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