Quito, Cuenca, Guayaquil And Galapagos
08 Days, 07 Nights
Start your Ecuador experience by exploring Quito, the second highest capital city in Latin America. The city is blessed with one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world. Continue to Cuenca, located in thehighlands of Ecuador at about 2500 meters above sea level. The center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many historical buildings.
Finally enjoy visiting Galapagos islands, The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of theBeagle. If you have ever been interested in seeing the unbelievable waters that surround the legendary islands of the Galapagos and view the amazing wildlife on visits ahore, now is your chance to take advantage of this Galapagos trip package.
Transfer Airport / Hotel in Quito. Accommodation.
CITY TOUR AND MIDDLE OF THE WORLD. (Wednesday)
Breakfast. Touristic route along the most important areas of the city, shopping centers and Zona Rosa "La Mariscal" (bars and restaurants), where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Continue towards the historic center to visit its churches and major landmarks, explore each of its corners at your own pace from the door of your hotel , enjoying deeply those topics that are of interest: music, architecture, living cultures, gastronomy, handicrafts, photography, shopping, watching tourist attractions and unique landscapes, but above all, feel the local vibe and flavor of our unique city. (Tickets not included). Extension included continues towards the northern part of the city heading up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. At the end, optional visit either to Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).
EXCURSION THROUGH THE AVENUE OF THE VOLCANES. (Thrusday)
Depart from Quito where you enjoy the journey to the highlands of Ecuador admiring the beautiful view, ideal for taking pictures, brief stop Cotopaxi National Park (entrance not included), lunch included, arrival at Riobamba city, and accommodation in one of the typical ranches in the area where you will enjoy a dinner that is included.
ALAUSI – DEVILS NOSE - CUENCA (Friday)
After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From here we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours), box lunch is included. Continue to Cuenca visiting the Inca ruins in Ingapirca (does not include entrance), arrival and accommodation in Cuenca.
** Operation of the train is subject to modifications with our previous notice.
CUENCA CITY TOUR ( Saturday)
Drive through the city, wwe will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat
factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca.
In the afternoon, transfer hotel/airport in Cuenca. Transfer from airport/ Hotel in Guayaquil. Accommodation.
GUAYAQUIL /GALAPAGOS (Sunday)
Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport for your flight to Galapagos.
Welcome at the Baltra airport and free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by a public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels are located on the Island. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of Evolution, the conservation programs, and observe some Giant Turtles in captivity. Accommodation.
BEACH TORTUGA BAY & TOUR ON YACHT (Monday)
Breakfast at Hotel
In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after 40minute walk (approx.) we will arrive to this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with white sand and green mangroves. “Playa
mansa” is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to “La Lobería”, named because of the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then we proceed with our tour to the “Canal del Amor”, a marvelous site where nature gives us an unforgettable view; at the end of this channel, just a few meters
forward, a viewpoint where we can observe reef sharks; from here we continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit in “Playa de los Perros”. Punta Estrada will also be visited. Return to Puerto Ayora.
*Note: shipping used in this excursion is a boat engine with capacity for 12 people.
PORT AYORA/BALTRA/GUAYAQUIL( Tuesday)
Breakfast at Hotel
Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. At the port you will board a bus of your airline that takes you to the airport. En route you are going to visit a coffee plantation which is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism.
Arrive to Guayaquil, welcome in the airport, and traveling along the main streets and avenues of the city we will visit the Seminario Park, The Guayaquil embankment, La Rotonda; the colonial neighborhood of Las Peñas, where we can admire the magnificent wood architecture. From here we can take a panoramic view of Guayaquil and the Guayas River. Finally drop off in the airport.
PRICE PER PERSON IN AMERICAN DOLLAR
ROOM Twin or
|STANDARD||HOTEL VIEJA CUBA O CASA SOL (Quito)
HOSTERIA LA ANDALUZA (Riobamba)
LA POSADA DEL ANGEL (Cuenca)
HOSTAL MACAW (Guayaquil)
HOTEL GALAPAGOS INN (Galapagos)