- Discover the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands
- Cross the Equator line on this Galapagos boat tour
- Hike through the Andean countryside
- Visit Otavalo, an indigenous market and UNESCO world heritage site
- Visit the leather town of Cotacahi and watch master weavers demonstrate techniques that have been used for centuries to produce colorful cloths.
- Swim with seals, come face-to face with blue-footed boobies, and other animals that led Darwin to his theory of the evolution.
- In the Andes mountains, enjoy historic accommodations and traditional local food.
|Trip Length||9 days/8 nights|
|Walk Rating||Moderate to rugged|
|Included||All meals on board the Treasure of the Galapagos, all breakfasts, 1 dinner in Quito plus 1 dinner at La Mirage, 1 lunch at La Mirage, full time guide, land transfers, Galapagos cruise, hotels.**|
|Price based on double occupancy||$3,995 US|
DAY 1 QUITO
An English-speaking driver will greet you at the airport in Quito for your transfer to your hotel. This evening is on your own to relax and acclimate. We are happy to pre book a restaurant for your dinner, arrange a driver, or customize the day in any way that you choose. (B)
Accommodations: As this is a custom tour, we invite you to check out our list of preferred hotels for Quito
DAY 2 QUITO/OTAVALO/CUICOCHA LAKE/TEGUCHE
You will be picked up at your hotel by our English-speaking guide. For the next two days you will see the marvelous Andes Mountains, cross the equatorial line, visit Otavalo and the famed UNESCO heritage market. Those who enjoy physical activity can participate in a hike at Cuicocha Lake. Your accommodations is the incredible La Mirage hotel & Spa. We suggest that you leave enough time to enjoy the gardens and spa facilities. Dinner is included in the Andean setting. (B,D)
DAY 3 ANDES MOUNTAINS/QUITO
The morning is yours to enjoy at La Mirage. Take advantage of some of the trails that lead from the hotel, walk around, and marvel at the flora and fauna. After lunch there is a transfer back to Quito and to your hotel. The evening is yours to relax and dine at your leisure. (B, L)
DAY 4 QUITO
Our English-speaking driver will pick you up for the early morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. The flight path is Quito to Guayaquil and then Guayaquil to Baltra Island. Total flying time is about 5 hours. (B, D)
DAYS 5 to 8 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS BOAT TOUR
Set sail between for your Galapagos Boat Tour – a 5 days cruise on board the Treasure of Galapagos. This 16-passenger catamaran is one of the newest boats in the Galapagos Islands. All excursions with bilingual, English and Spanish speaking, guides. Walk on one of the Earth’s newest land masses, swim with friendly sea lions, visit the natural habitat of marine iguana, come face-to-face with blue footed boobies, and more.
DAY 8 RETURN TO QUITO
In the morning disembark the catamaran and return to Baltra Island for your return flight from the Galapagos to Quito. Once in Quito, our English speaking driver will pick you up for a transfer to Swissotel. Freshen up and get ready for an amazing night tour of Quito. This 5-hour adventure begins after sunset with a panoramic tour of the colonial city lit up with wonderful night lights. Walk through Independence Square, home to some of the city’s most important buildings, including the White house, the main Cathedral and the Archbishop palace which now holds a number of restaurants and cafes inside. Continuie your walk through La Compania church and will end up at San Francisco Square. The evening concludes with a dinner in the company of your guide at a traditional ‘Quiteño’ restaurant featuring live music.(B, D)
Accommodations: As this is a custom tour, see our preferred hotel list for Quito
DAY 9 HOMEWARD BOUND
Transfer out for your international flight. (B)
INCLUDED: Prices are quoted in US dollars and include all meals aboard the first class boat, unlimited coffee, tea and water on board, 5 days in standard cabin aboard the Treasure of the Galapagos, all transfers in the Galapagos, accommodation with private facilities, all excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide class 3, snorkeling equipment, kayak equipment. private services on the mainland including private transportation, English speaking guides, 3 nights at the Swissotel including breakfast and hotel taxes, 1 nights at La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa including breakfast and dinner, entrance fees where described, consumer protection fees.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, Galapagos National Park entrance fee (currently USD $110 pp), Transit Control Card (currently USD $10 pp); wet suit rental, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, tips to guides, Flight from Quito to the Galapagos (approximately USD $540 per person), trip interruption/cancellation insurance, medical insurance.
All bookings through Garth Allen Marsked Travel: Quebec License 701865