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Ecuador Mainland & the Galápagos Islands

Ecuador Mainland & the Galápagos Islands
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14 Days

Highlights

Get your adrenaline pumping in adventurous Baños, soak in the hot springs at Papallacta, spend four nights cruising through Galápagos National Park, snorkel to search for sea turtles and rays, hike through Bartolomé's lava fields, see giant tortoises in Santa Cruz

What's included

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If you’re already exploring Ecuador on terra firma you’re this close to the eco-lover's paradise: the Galápagos, so we’ve brought both together in one 14-day tour. Start with all the on-land highlights like the Amazon, the stunning landscapes in the Ecuadorian highlands, and get an unforgettable experience staying right in the Amazon jungle. Experience the Galápagos aboard the Xavier III where comfy cabins, giant tortoises, and sea lions will have you wanting to jump ship — but only to go snorkelling, of course.
Ecuador Mainland & the Galápagos Islands
Starts
Quito
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14 Days
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Quito

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time.
  • Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
  • Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community. Enjoy nature walks and learn about local culture.
    Meals: LUNCH, DINNER
  • Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Later, take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the many sights Quito has to offer.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear saltwater lagoon.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Depart at any time.
    Meals: BREAKFAST