Welcome to Ecuador!! A private transfer will take you into the historic center of Quito. We recommend taking it easy the first day to acclimatize to the altitude.
An expert local guide will show you Quito’s main sights, such as the Compañia Church with its opulent gold leaf altar, Panecillo Hill, with sweeping views of Quito and, of course, La Mitad del Mundo at latitude 0. In the evening, dine on some sumptuous Ecuadorian cuisine; be sure to try Canelazo to help fight of the evening chill, or cuy, Ecuador’s best-known dish.
Take a day trip outside of Quito to explore some of Ecuador’s unique landscape. Cultural and outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the indigenous area around Otavalo, while the cloud forests of Mindo is sure to attract bird and butterfly enthusiasts.
Fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, where you will be met by your local guide and taken to your ship. Once aboard, the ship departs for your multi-day cruise (note: ship itineraries vary based on season, tides and governmental regulations). Over the course of the next several days, you’ll explore a number of islands, where you can hike, snorkel and see wildlife. The first stop is the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Tortoise Breeding Center
Continue your exploration of the islands. Cruise to North Seymour Island, stopping for a visit at La Mosquera Inlet, which is a good place to see Sea Lions and even Orcas. At North Seymour, explore the arid island, inhabited by the famed Blue Footed Boobies as well as Frigate Birds, and go snorkeling with rays and sharks.
Today you’ll visit Santa Fe Island, a pair of trails leads either to a cactus forest or an impressive lookout. Later visit South Plaza Island, home to a large iguana colony as well as numerous baying sea lions.
Wake up at Kicker Rock, a small outcrop which is one of the best places to kayak or snorkel to see tropical fish, Sea Turtles, sharks and, if you’re lucky, Manta Rays. Make your way to San Cristobal Island where your Galapagos cruise sadly comes to an end with a transfer to the airport to catch your onward flight. Want More? Consider a 5 or 7-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands or combine your Quito and Galapagos tours with Peru and Machu Picchu.
South American Specialist for Travel4Real & Italy4Real
Our staff includes Blake Lieberman who is a specialist in travel to and within South America.
Blake began his travel career while living in Argentina and has worked and lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
Blake first visited South America in 1990 and has traveled extensively throughout the continent. Blake currently is an expert in travel to Europe and South America.