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9 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador


Independent Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 4 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 2 nights Quito
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 16 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • City Tour of Guayaquil
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Historic Quito City Tour

DAY 1, Monday - Depart the USA/Guayaquil
Depart the USA for Ecuador. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Tuesday - Guayaquil City Tour
Begin your tour of Guayaquil by visiting el Parque Centenario, home of the Monument of the Independence Heroes. Continue to Seminario Park, or Parque de las Iguanas as it is popularly known, a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower, and the Rotonda Monument, which portrays Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin shaking hands. Also stop at the Mercado Plaza del Sur, or Crystal Palace, a metallic structure designed by Gustave Eiffel in the early 1900's. Departing from the banks of the river, the bus will take you to admire the beautiful Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill, the area where the city Santiago de Guayaquil was founded in the 16th century. On the way back to the hotel, pass by the second largest cemetery in South America that contains remarkable mausoleums and sculptures that harken back to Guayaquil's wealth over the last century
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - Fly to the Galapagos Islands
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive at Baltra Island, and then cross the Itabaca Channel to the island of Santa Cruz. Via coach, travel to the Santa Cruz highlands with your Galapagos naturalist guide to visit the Rancho Primicias reserve, where you will see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. A stop will be made to view Los Gemelos (Spanish for "The Twins"), great depressions of sunken lava formed thousands of years ago. Afterwards, enjoy a box lunch en route to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel, where you will spend your next four nights. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Sail to Santa Fe Island
Visit Santa Fe Island (Barrington), one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. Enjoy a short trek through the island's shrubby terrain where it is possible to sight land iguanas (endemic to Santa Fe), lava lizards, and other land-dwellers native to the island. Enjoy time to swim or snorkel from the beach*
**Alternatively, some passengers may visit North Seymour Island on this day
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Sail to Plaza Island
After breakfast, travel by yacht to Plaza Island. Full of fascinating wildlife along the shores and rocky cliffs, this small island is home to Opuntia cacti and other types of vegetation which change colors with the seasons. Enjoy time at leisure on the island. There will be time for snorkeling along the shoreline or in the nearby bay*
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Sail to Bartolome Island
Today, visit Bartolome Island, whose 350-foot peak offers 360ยบ views of five other islands in clear weather. A steep climb up wooden steps leads to the summit, where you can observe the island's unique lava formations and tuff cones. Afterward, continue to the beach to see the Galapagos Penguins, the only penguins north of the Equator, fishing near Pinnacle Rock. Here you will have free time to swim or snorkel from the beach*
Overnight: Galapagos Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Charles Darwin Research Station
Early morning departure to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a specialized breeding and rearing center for the endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The Darwin Station is a working branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation which works to protect and maintain the Galapagos' precious ecosystems. Following your visit, transfer to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Historic Quito City Tour
Depart from your hotel to begin your tour of historic Quito. Start by visiting the Plaza Grande, where a large monument dedicated to the independence fighters from 1809 resides. Admire the numerous historic buildings such as the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace, all of which reside around the plaza. Continue on to visit the Metropolitan Cultural Center to gain a new appreciation for Ecuadorian culture and its rich history. Finally, visit the Compania of Jesus Church and the San Francisco Church, the former of which is one of UNESCO's 100 most important World Heritage Site Monuments in the world. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

* Weather and ocean conditions permitting

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.

    It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 9.

    Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.

    Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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