15-Day Ecuador with 5 Day Galapagos Cruise

  • Tour code: 900-895
  • Available: Mon
  • Depart from: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 15 Days
From USD$5349

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Highlights:

14 nights accommodations. One way airport transfers. Special Features: City tours of Quito, Riobamba, Cuenca & Guayaquil; Pan-American highway; Inca fortress-temple ruins of Ingapirca; Galapagos Islands...

Pricing Details

Single: $10135
Double (/Person): $5349
Third Person Adult: $6940
Child (Age 2-11): $6940
Fourth Person Adult: $6940
Child (Age 2-11): $6940

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. Minimum age for European River Cruises is 12. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Guayaquil
  • Day 2 Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands(1241 km)
  • Day 3 Isabela Island - Fernandina Island(17 km)
  • Day 4 Isabela Island
  • Day 5 Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 6 Floreana Island
  • Day 7 Baltra Island - Quito(1393 km)
  • Day 8 Quito
  • Day 9 Quito - Otavolo(90 km)
  • Day 10 Otavalo - Papallacta(126 km)
  • Day 11 Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest(659 km)
  • Day 12 Amazon Rainforest
  • Day 13 Amazon Rainforest - Banos(631 km)
  • Day 14 Hacienda La Cienega(208 km)
  • Day 15 Quito
  • Note: Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
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Day 1 Arrival in Guayaquil

As guests arrive at the airport in Guayaquil, they will transfer to the local hotel and have the rest of the day free to spend at their own leisure.

Day 2 Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands(1241 km)

In the morning, we will embark on a journey back to the beginning of time. We will transfer to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. When we land, we will transfer to the pier to board the M.V. Santa Cruz ship. As we enjoy lunch onboard, we will make our way to North Seymour Island and explore for a few hours. When we return to the ship, we will have an evening briefing and welcome dinner.

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Day 3 Isabela Island - Fernandina Island(17 km)

We will get started early this morning as we explore the coastline of Isabela Island on a panga while learning of the dramatic geology of the area. Depending on weather conditions, we will have some time to snorkel along the cliffs in this area that is rich with marine animal life. In the afternoon, we will explore Fernandina Island, the youngest in the Galapagos archipelago. This unique environment features many crabs, hawks, penguins, iguanas, and more. Tonight, after dinner, our guide will give a presentation on tomorrow's adventure.
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Day 4 Isabela Island

Today, we will land at Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike will bring us to the rim of the crater and Darwin Lake, which is filled with saltwater. We will stop to get a magnificent panoramic view at this dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we will take a panga ride to spot local wildlife and have the chance to swim or snorkel. We will enjoy lunch onboard the ship before we disembark at Urbina Bay, where we will be able to admire the corals, shells, and other calcareous organisms exposed above the water while we snorkel on the beach. When we get back onboard, we will hear the plan for our next day of adventure and enjoy a leisurely dinner.
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Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

Today we will visit the giant tortoise Breeding Center at the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is situated within an impressive prickly-pear cactus forest. Following our visit, we will travel to the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. After lunch, we will have several options for activities, such as mountain biking, kayaking in Tortuga Bay, hiking, and much more. At the end of the day, we will return to Puerto Ayora to re-embark on our ship for dinner and an informative lecture.
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Day 6 Floreana Island

We will begin our day at Post Office Bay, where a short walk will lead us to the historic barrels where, traditionally, postcards are left for guests from other vessels. After exploring the north shore of Floreana Island, we will return to the ship. Following lunch (and, perhaps, a siesta), we will take pangas and a glass-bottomed boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct volcano shield. From there, we will move on to the olivine-crystal beach at Cormorant Point. When we get back to the ship, we will get ready for our last dinner on the Galapagos Islands.
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Day 7 Baltra Island - Quito(1393 km)

Today, we will disembark at Baltra Island. Then, we will go to the port village to shop for souvenirs, or just relax in a café before we proceed to the airport for our flight to Quito, a historic masterpiece in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. When we arrive, we will transfer to a local hotel and be able to spend the remainder of the day at our own leisure.
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Day 8 Quito

Guests will have this entire day free to explore Quito at their own leisure.
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Day 9 Quito - Otavolo(90 km)

In the morning, we will tour the colonial section of Quito, walking along the narrow cobblestone streets. We will see Independence Plaza, the local Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and either La Compania Church or the Church of San Francisco. Afterward, we will see the Middle of the World Monument, located right on the Equator. In the afternoon, we will take a bus to Otavolo, arriving in the evening with a brief orientation and welcome dinner. This is where we will spend the night.
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Day 10 Otavalo - Papallacta(126 km)

This morning, we will tour the local market in Otavalo, one of the largest in all of South America and run by the local Otavaleno Indians. Here, we can browse and shop for various goods including hand-woven clothes, jewelry, fruits, vegetables, and more. If time permits, we will also visit a local school. Then, we will visit the surrounding towns of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts, and Peguche, famous for its beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon, we will transfer to Papallacta, located in the heart of the Andes mountains. The remainder of the day will be free for us to spend at our own leisure. Alternatively, we may also take an optional tour to the regions spas and hot springs. This is where we will spend the night.

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Day 11 Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest(659 km)

After breakfast, we will transfer to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River, where we will board a canoe that will take us to our lodge in the Amazon rainforest. In the afternoon, we will visit Ahuano, where we will get the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life firsthand before returning to the hotel.
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Day 12 Amazon Rainforest

This morning, we will be able to hike along the Napo River for approximately 2 hours while viewing the diverse wildlife up close. The Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so we should be sure to keep an eye out for interesting flora and fauna. We will enjoy the views as we cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, we will take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. We will then be able to spend the afternoon at our own leisure. It is recommended that we visit the local Butterfly Farm. This is a very active day, so we should be sure to rest well the night before. Those who participate in the rafting trip will need to wade through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride. We will spend another night in the Amazon.
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Day 13 Amazon Rainforest - Banos(631 km)

In the morning, we will board a canoe bound for La Punta Ahuano before driving to El Pailon del Diablo ("The Devil's Cauldron"), one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. We will continue to Banos to see the magnificent Church and Plaza. We will also get to witness a demonstration on how to make vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, we will check into our local hotel before having the rest of the day free to spend at our leisure.
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Day 14 Hacienda La Cienega(208 km)

Today, we will visit Hacienda La Cienega, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in the country. It provides spectacular views of Cotopaxi National Park and the local volcano in the background. If time permits, we may be able to visit a local school in Patate. After lunch, we will visit a local rose plantation to see one of Ecuador's most aromatic exports. In the evening, we will return to Quito for an evening at leisure.
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Day 15 Quito

Today, guests will transfer to the airport for their flights out of Ecuador. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding when to schedule flights.
Note: Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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