Duration: 15 Días
Departures: Programado
Difficulty: Moderato

15 Days in Ecuador – Andes, Amazon and Galápagos Islands

Description

In just 15 days, Ecuador provides travelers with the amazing chance to see a wide range of tourist destinations by fusing natural, cultural, and exciting marvels. You’ll explore the Equator line and learn about the Volcanoes Route after taking a Quito city tour, all while taking in breathtaking views of Ecuador’s most notable altitudes.

Discover fascinating indigenous cultures and gain more knowledge about wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest. Lastly, take a trip to the Galápagos Islands, which are the best place to interact with Ecuadorian wildlife.

 

Included
  • Tourist land transportation for 8 days in the Continental Region of Ecuador
  • Lunch for 8 days in the Continental Region of Ecuador
  • Certified Bilingual Tourist Guide Andes / Galapagos
  • Accommodation for 14 days in a single, double or triple room
  • Activities and transfers according to the Itinerary
  • Meals as described in the Itinerary
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport - Itabaca Canal
  • Tickets to the mentioned activities
Highlights

Andean Region 

From the city of Quito to Chimborazo Volcano

Quito City Tour

Cotopaxi National Park

Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon

Baños de Agua Santa (The Devil’s Cauldron)

Tour to Chimborazo Volcano

Amazon Region (Baños, Ahuano)

 

Transfer to Casa del Suizo, Amazon

Upper part of the Amazon, La Isla

Upper part of the Amazon, Cosano Reserve

Island Hopping in the Galápagos

 

Transfer. Santa Cruz Island Tour, Galápagos

Bartolomé Island Tour, Galápagos

North Seymour Island or South Plaza Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Tintoreras

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 - Quito City Tour and The Middle of the World

    quito-middle-of-the-world-tourQuito is famous for its colonial architecture. During the City Tour, you will be able to explore emblematic places such as Independence Square, Government Palace, Basilica of the National Vow. Enjoy the spectacular view of Quito at the Panecillo viewpoint. Get to know the cable car and Mitad del Mundo city, proclaimed cultural heritage of Ecuador. Finally, visit the Intiñan museum to observe rituals, dances and ancestral traditions.

    Overnight: Hotel Mercure  

  • Day 2 - Cotopaxi Volcano

    In the Cotopaxi National Park we will visit the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano with its snow-capped peak that reaches 5,897 meters high. We will also visit the beautiful Limpiopungo Lagoon and enjoy stunning views of wildlife that will leave you in awe. We will return to our accommodation in the province of Cotopaxi.

    Overnight: Hacienda la Ciénega

  • Day 3 - Quilotoa Lagoon

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    Get to know one of the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Andes, on a tour to Quilotoa. First we will make a brief stop to visit a local Indigenous Family.
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    Overnight: Hotel  Alisamay

  • Day 4 - Baños de Agua Santa

    Enjoy the Tour to Baños de Agua Santa. Located at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano, 1820 meters high.

    The name Baños de Agua Santa comes from the hot springs within the city as they have temperatures of up to 55ºC. Although Baños is also called the gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon, due to the paradisiacal environment full of green mountains. The crystalline waterfalls form a stunning landscape. In this place, we also find the devil's cauldron waterfall, which you can visit on this 1-day tour to Baños.

    Overnight: Hotel Alisamay

  • Day 5 - Upper part of the Amazon, Transfer to Casa del Suizo

    La Casa del Suizo is located 2 hours from the city of Baños and 15 minutes by boat upriver, it has a primary forest. When we arrive at the reserve and after a short walk we can rest in a native cabin. The walk is a unique experience, as we are going to travel through streams and mud under the natural umbrella of the trees. During this journey, the local guide will share his experience on the use of plants and secrets of the Ecuadorian jungle.

    After the walk we will take a boat made of balsa wood and return downriver to the Hotel in half an hour.

    Overnight: The House of the Swiss, Ahuano la Punta

  • Day 6 - Upper part of the Amazon (The Island), Casa del Suizo

    When we are ready after breakfast, we will go out through the forests to observe birds and insects. The guide will explain to us the importance of the great variety of plants that we will see. We will pass through hanging bridges and vines. At the end we will build a raft with the help of the Guide to go to our accommodation.

    After having lunch we will continue this day with a visit to "the Island". We will go through a river island for about an hour to observe plants and insects. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit the Butterfly House to witness the life cycles of the Butterflies.

    Overnight: The House of the Swiss, Ahuano la Punta

  • Day 7 - Upper part of the Amazon, Cosano Reserve, La Casa del Suizo (Noon)

    A 20-minute boat ride takes you to Cosano, a private property with a primary forest of the Arajuno River. You can take walks of different degrees of difficulty ranging from 1 to 3 hours in duration. From various angles you can see the native town of Ahuano and the confluence of the small rivers that flow into the great Napo. During the tour, the local guide will share with you about the mysterious world of plants and animals.

    Overnight: Hosteria La Andaluza

  • Day 8 - Chimborazo Volcano Tour

    chimborazo-tourWe will travel for approximately 1 hour and a half from our hotel to the Chimborazo volcano, the farthest point measured from the center of the Earth. It is also the home of vicuñas. We will take a walk to the Condorcocha lagoon, passing through two Refuges: Carrel and Whymper, with luck we will see some wild animal such as the wolf or the moor deer. After lunch we will return to the city of Quito to take a flight the next day to the Galapagos.

    Overnight: Hotel Mercure

  • Day 9 - Arrived in Quito - Transfer Santa Cruz Island / Upper part

    This day starts early to leave for the Mariscal Sucre Airport. We will travel between 2 and 5 hours depending on the flight to Baltra Island and we will cross by sea transport for 1 hour to Santa Cruz Island, which has a height of 864 meters above sea level.

    Before arriving at Puerto Ayora we will visit a Ranch with Giant Galapagos Tortoises that roam and sleep freely. One of the most memorable moments of your trip. If the day is not over yet, we will go to a lava tunnel to see lava stalagmites and reddish or whitish walls due to the minerals formed by volcanic eruptions. Upon completion, you will be transferred to Puerto Ayora to your hotel.

    Overnight: Hotel Acacia 

  • Day 10 - Bartolome Galapagos Island Tour

    We will take a boat for approximately 2 and a half hours to Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos, which has an altitude of 114 meters above sea level. Upon arrival we will take a walk until we reach the top of the island where you will see landscapes of recent volcanic eruptions. We will also do snorkeling in the Galapagos, a type of surface diving perfect for places with a large number of underwater formations. In addition, we can observe penguins, sharks, rays, starfish and a variety of colorful tropical fish.

    Overnight: Hotel Acacia 

  • Day 11- North Seymour Island or Plazas

    Seymour Island - 45 minutes from Santa Cruz Island is this beautiful island at an altitude of 28 meters above sea level where we will have a walk to witness the way seabirds eat. Many travelers and ornithologists come to this place for this reason, this place is fascinating to see blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. Even if you're lucky you'll see a Galapagos snake.

    Plazas Sur Island - Known for being one of the smallest and most colorful islands with an altitude of 23 meters above sea level, it is located 45 minutes from Santa Cruz Island. The walk begins in a cactus forest where we can find sea lions and land iguanas. Its population reaches approximately 300 individuals. Due to its proximity to marine iguanas, it is the only place where we find them in the Galapagos.

    Overnight: Hotel Acacia

  • Day 12 - Isabela Island and tour to Tintoreras Galapagos

    This day begins by leaving from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island for approximately 2 hours to take photographs, observe penguins and blue-footed boobies. Isabela Island has an altitude of 1707 meters above sea level.

    Then we will go down for a walk with the guide through the interior of the Island to reach the Tintoreras, which is a small arm of warm sea where the tintoreras or whitetip sharks seek rest. On this same route we found groups of adult marine iguanas and sea lions with their babies. Finally, we prepare to snorkel and see the incredible marine fauna.

    Overnight: Hotel Wooden House 

  • Day 13 - Day trip to the Galapagos Tunnels

    We will arrive in 45 minutes from the Villamil port to the Tunnels to cross the lava arches and photograph the landscape. Without a doubt a habitat for many local species that was formed thanks to lava flows. Creating arches, tunnels under and over the water. We will snorkel with the guide to observe rays, turtles, fish and, if we are lucky, we will see seahorses. In the afternoon we return to the hotel in Puerto Villamil.

    Overnight: Hotel Wooden House

  • Day 14 - Sierra Negra Volcano - Return to Puerto Ayora Galapagos

    Adventure lovers cannot miss a visit to the Sierra Negra Volcano just 40 minutes from Puerto Villamil. We will take an excursion along lava trails where we can take 2 different paths. Towards the viewpoint of the Sierra Negra Volcano and towards the Chico Volcano where we observed an obvious change in panorama. From volcanic dryness with black soil to a humid forest. This place is perfect for observing birds such as finches and curacas.

    In the afternoon we return to Puerto Ayora.

    Overnight: Hotel Acacia

  • Day 15 - Day 7: Transfer to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island to Quito or Guayaquil

    We start the day with breakfast at the Hotel and with our luggage ready. Your driver will pick you up to take you to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island for your return flight.

Rates Tour 15 days in Ecuador and Galapagos

$4860  USD  Price per person from 2 Visitors.

 

Does not include

- Lunches in Galapagos

- Round trip air ticket Quito - Galapagos

- Tourism card USD $20 p.p.

- Immigration Control Card in Galapagos USD $20 p.p.

-  Entrance to the Galapagos National Park USD $100 p.p.

- Dock use fee on Isabela Island USD $10 p.p.

- Other meals

- Extra food and drinks

- Personal expenses

- Tips

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