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Amazing Ecuador – Galapagos 15 Days

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Amazing Ecuador – Galapagos 15 Days

Amazing Ecuador – Galapagos 15 Days

23 reviews

Overview

The Galapagos Islands are a unique destination in the world. To get here is to be transported, in some way, to the origin of origins. Who visits the archipelago is amazed by the particular worlds that unfold on each island.

 

Highlights

  • Walking alongside the mythical giant tortoises, swimming with the curious sea lions and exploring spectacular volcanic landscapes are just a few memorable activities that this natural heritage offers its visitors.
  • Each of these islands, due to its particularities and singularities, inspired the scientist Charles Darwin in the postulation of his Theory of Evolution.
  • There is no explorer who is not dazzled by the landscapes and abundant wildlife of this earthly paradise.

Trip Details

  • 1Transfer in – hotel Quito
  • 2 Full Day Quito
  • 3 Full Day Otavalo – Cuicocha
  • 4 Quito – Cotopaxi – Latacunga
  • 5 Latacunga – Quilotoa – Baños
  • 6 Full Day Baños
  • 7 Baths – Ingapirca – Biblian – Cuenca
  • 8 Full Day Cuenca
  • 9 El Cajas National Park – Guayaquil
  • 10 Guayaquil – Galapagos
  • 11 Gps: Bartolome Island
  • 12 Gps: North Seymour Island
  • 13 Gps: Santa Cruz
  • 14 Gps – Quito
  • 15 Transfer out – return to country of origin

Itinerary

Day 1 .Transfer in Apto/ Hotel -Quito

 Reception at the Mariscal Sucre airport in Tababela, transfer to the hotel
Accommodation in Quito – Ecuador

Day 2. Full Day Visit to Historic Center of Quito and the Middle of the World

We start the day visiting the Basilica  where we will go for a walk through the best preserved historic center of Latin America.

the best preserved Historic Center in Latin America, we will see iconic places such as: Independence Square, Sagrario Church, Company Church and  Church of San Francisco de Quito.

We will also visit one of the most beautiful structures of the Capital, the Panecillo. You will have nice view and of Quito City and its surroundings.

In the afternoon we will begin our tour of the half city of the wold  we will visit the Ethnographic Museum and all its attractions. Visit to the Intiñan Museum. Return to the hotel.

DAY 3: Full day at Otavalo with visit to Cuicocha Lagoon.

After breakfast we start the day in our way to Cayambe, where we will be able to appreciate this colorful city and the volcano in all its splendor.

colorful city and the volcano in all its splendor. We will make a stop in Miralgo to admire the San Pablo Lake and the majestic

Imbabura Volcano. We continue to the market of Otavalo,  big the market  in America, where the indigenous people of the area, known as “Otavalos”, who are one of the most recognized ethnic this groups make  manufacture and sell their colorful textiles and handicrafts.

We will  have a hike to visit the Peguche Waterfall. Then we continue  to the Cuicocha

Cuicocha where is it  beautiful lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi volcano, which originated after a volcanic explosion.

originated after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. We will be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery and take pictures for reminder.

finally return to the hotel.

DAY 4: Full day Cotopaxi.

After our breakfast, we take the road to the province of Cotopaxi, this route is ideal to take good pictures of the ecuadorian highlands.

Our visit to  Cotopaxi National Park is one of the most extraordinary of the route.

Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 masl), this is the highest active volcano in the world.

Once inside the National Park you will be able to observe and buy the handicrafts made by the indigenous people of the area.

This will help us to combat the strong cold of the volcano. We will have technical stops for visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon. then we wil have to hike to the refuge (4800 mts), where depending on the season you can see and catch snow. Depending on the time conditions we will be continue our way up to 5000 m.a.s.l. where the Glacier is located.

Where the glacier is located. After this adventure we will head to Latacunga to enjoy this small and picturesque town.

Where we have Overnight in Latacunga.

DAY 5: Visit to Quilotoa

Our tour to Quilotoa starts early in the morning. We will explore a native market  if coincides with the fair days in Zumbahua. We will pass for Tigua, a small village of where you can find beautiful paintings with geometric shapes, some of them are “naïf” paintings, made in”naïf” paintings, made in dry sheep skin.

when we arrive at our destination we will walk for 40 minutes approx.  to the Quilotoa lagoon . The turquoise color of these waters is due to the accumulation of sulfur.  If time permits, we can enjoy a kayak ride in the waters of the lagoon (optional).

the waters of the lagoon (optional). After enjoying this wonderful lagoon we start our return trip, , is an hour and a half, you can also do it on horseback (optional).
After we take the road to the city of Agua Santa Baths.
Arriving in Baños we will ascend to the viewpoint “El café del cielo” to observe the city and the volcano Tungurahua.  Where we have overnight.

DAY 6: Excursion a baths of water Saint

After breakfast, we will start to visit this beautiful city, we will visit the world famous Tree House and the swing at the end of the world, on the way we will visit one of the biggest swings in Ecuador called “Fantasies of flying”

Visit one of the biggest swings in Ecuador called “Fantasies of Flying”. The adventure
the adventure continues along route of the waterfalls where you will be able to observe and take impressive pictures with the waterfall.  the Agoyán waterfall, the Bride’s Mantle  where we will also take a tour in the Tarabita and in  green river we will Tarabita and green river where we will hike along the long route until we reach the Pailon del Diablo waterfall.

Overnight in the city of Baths.

DAY 7: Visit the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex.

after Breakfast and departure to the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex. This is one of the most recognized the name “Ingapirca” comes from a Quichua word that means “Inca Wall. means “Inca Wall.” But there is much more to this complex than a wall. Cañari, there is an elliptical archaeologists believed the Incas used as a Temple to the Sun, it is also known as The Castle as El Castillo. your trip to Ingapirca will include stops in some of the charming villages of the area. The next stop will be in Biblián
Stop will be in Biblián to learn about the history, crypts, museum, tower and gallery of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Sun. After finishing our tour, we take the road, where we will stay and enjoy the beautiful architecture of this city. And enjoy the beautiful architecture of this city.

DAY 8: Tour in Cuenca:

After breakfast, transfer from Cuenca to Cajas National Park, where we will visit the lower part of the park (altitude 3100 m.a.s.l.) called Lluviucu. Then we have toHike in a flat area for about 1 hour, about 1 hour. Then we will continue our visit to the highest part of the park: Morador de Tres Cruce (4.160 m.a.s.l.) time for pictures and explanation of the guide. We will visit the Toreadora Lagoon where we will visit the Interpretation Center. Then we continue with the hike to the Polylepis San Luis Forest.

We return and begin our visit to the beautiful city of Cuenca, which is full of picturesque and traditional places such traditional places and San Sebastian neighborhood, the Calderon Park (central park), the Sagrario church (Old church), Immaculate Conception church (New church) considered the largest in Latin America. the big in Latin America. Also included is a visit to a famous Toquilla Straw Hat Factory, where you can see the famous Paja Toquilla Hat Factory, where we will observe the elaboration of the finest hats and charm of the Barranco where the architecture and the natural environment are united.
Finally, we arrive at the “Mirador de Turi” where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and blue domes is framed by imposing blue domes is framed by imposing mountains.  Then we return to the hotel.

DAY 9: Cuenca – Guayaquil:

After breakfast we will go to the beautiful city of Guayaquil, known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”.

of the Pacific. Here we will visit the Iguanas park , the church ,the Mariscal Sucre Monument, the  the tower Mariscal of the Malecon 2000, the Rotonda, we will have spectacular ride over the Guayas River in the cable car and finally we will visit and admire Las Peñas..

Overnight in Guayaquil.

DÍA 10: Guayaquil – Galápagos:

Transfer to take your flight to Galapagos. After check in  the hotel and  afther lunch we will visit  giant tortoises.

DAY 11: Galapagos - navigable tour to Bartolome Island.

This day you can go hiking and snorkeling. The young Bartolome Island has an area of 1.2km,

is listed among the 10 most beautiful islands in the world for having a great variety of red, black, orange, green and volcanic formations,

black, orange, green, and volcanic formations, its most famous point is the famous Pinnacle.

Return to the hotel.

DAY 12: Galapagos - navigable tour to the North Seymour Island.

In a 45-minute walk to the Itabaca dock on Santa Cruz Island. The hike on Seymour Island

takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, the best part  the trail leads you to the heart of the bird life such like the heart of bird life such as: frigate birds with their puffy red chests, land iguanas, blue-footed boobies and other and other inhabitants of the island. You will visit Bachas Beach and Mosquera Islet, where you can practice snorkeling.

Return to the hotel.

DÍA 13: Galápagos – Santa Cruz: Playa Tortuga Bay.

We visit one of the best places to have views and wildlife animals in the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands. We  walk for 40 minute to get this magical place, one of the most beautiful beaches of the islands, and we take some time to swim and enjoy the beach.

Free afternoon.

DÍA 14: Galápagos – Quito.

After breakfast we will go to Baltra airport to take our flight back to Quito.

Our driver will be waiting for us at the Mariscal Sucre airport to transfer us to the hotel.

DÍA 15: Back to your Country .

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer  out to the airport  for to take the flight back to your country of origin.

Included

  • Reception In and Out of the
  • Tourist transportation throughout the tour in Ecuador.
  • Lodging in selected 3* and 4* hotels according to the city visited.
  • Daily breakfasts from the second day.
  • Bilingual tour guide (Spanish-English) for the tour in Ecuador.
  • Local guide for Cotopaxi, Cuicocha and El Cajas National Park.
  • Navigable tour to Bartolomé Island (includes lunch on the boat).
  • Navigable tour to Seymor or Plaza Island (includes lunch on the boat)
  • Tour to Santa Cruz:
  • Visit giant tortoises
  • Tortuga Bay Beach
  • Guides authorized by the Galapagos National Park in English.

No Included

  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Entrance to tourist sites
  • PNG entrance fee: Foreigners: Adults $100.00 Children $50.00
  • Tourist Transit Card TCT: $20 per person.
  • Internal Transportation in Baltra – (Airport – Itabaca Channel – Airport) $ 10.00.
  • Santa Cruz Island Wharfage Tax ($1.00 per pax for each time you use it for to travel to other islands or bay tour)

Recommendations:

Book your flight in advance

Flights to visit the Galapagos Islands depart from Guayaquil or Quito. It is not exactly a cheap trip, but sometimes you can find discounts if you book in advance. If you are going to make a trip on your own to several islands, a good idea is to arrive at one of the airports (Baltra or San Cristobal) and depart from another.

Do not worry about the entrance to the park

You do not have to make any preparations when purchasing the entrance fee to the Galapagos Park. When you arrive at the departure airport you will pay a $20 transit fee at the INGALA booth. Without this document you will not be able to board. Then, upon landing, you will have to pay the $100 park entrance fee to continue your trip.

Choose between cruise or self-drive

The most popular option to visit the Galapagos Islands is aboard a cruise ship that stops at different islands. These usually last between 4 and 7 days. Although it is the easiest option, it is also the most expensive.

If you opt for the second option, you will basically make a base on the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela and from there you can hire excursions to nearby islands. The trips between these 3 islands are made in the so-called fibers. They cost about 30$ and leave early in the morning and at 14:00 or 15:00.

Take into account the weather

There is no bad season to travel to Galapagos (although between January and April there is more chance of rain), but the season does influence the fauna and flora you can see when visiting the Galapagos Islands. If you are looking forward to diving with hammerhead sharks, for example, a good time is in April or June. There are mating seasons for animals such as blue-footed boobies or marine iguanas that are also impressive, so it is important to be informed beforehand.

Booking accommodation is not so important

If you think that sleeping in Galapagos is expensive, in the islands we have mentioned you will find accommodation from 30$ a double room. If you do not go during high demand periods such as Easter, Christmas or summer vacations, you will have no problem booking when you arrive. In fact, this way you can get some discounts.

Choose your excursions wisely

Don’t panic, if you decide to visit the Galapagos Islands on your own, you should know that the normal price of a daily excursion is around $150. Therefore, if you do not want to spend your entire budget, choose well which excursions you want to do. We highly recommend the Túneles y Tintoreras in Isabela, León Dormido from San Cristóbal and Santa Fe, Bartolomé and Plaza Sur from Santa Cruz.

Don’t worry, there are also accessible places where you will see a lot of wildlife without paying too much. For example, the Lobería, Tortuga Bay or the Manzanillo farm are impressive and visiting them is free or costs less than $30.

Respect nature

These islands are a natural paradise that we have the duty to preserve. Therefore, follow the rules of the park and do not touch or feed the animals, do not introduce food that is not allowed, do not take anything from the park… In short, practice responsible tourism

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