7 Day Ecuador Tour to Quito, Galapagos Islands

OVERVIEW

Welcome to Ecuador!!

Outside of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is often overlooked by most travelers. Yet this small, Andean country, straddling the Equator has several interesting sights and is worthy of exploration. Quito, sometimes called the “Florence of South America,” is perched almost on the Equator, at 9000 feet, and beautifully framed by the Pichincha Volcano. Start your exploration in Quito, one of the first places designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in part because of its well-preserved historic center. With over 100 attractions, a guide is essential to make the most of your visit, including a visit to the Equatorial Monument where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere. Day-trippers can travel outside of Quito and visit the Otavalo District with its excellent handicraft markets as well as opportunities for hiking, horseback riding or biking. Bird watchers and hikers will want to head to the nearby cloud forests or visit local hot springs. On the other side of the mountains, in the lowlands, explore Ecuador’s Amazon basin based in a jungle lodge; guided hikes will take you to lakes and jungle trails for wildlife spotting. Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Cuenca, the city of eternal Spring, with consistent pleasant weather.

No trip to Ecuador would be complete without a visit to the iconic Galapagos Islands. Whether you choose a land-based or cruise-based visit you will see an amazing number of animals as well as a variety of landscapes. It’s no wonder why Charles Darwin chose this area for his studies on evolution.

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KEY DETAILS

  • PRICE
  • From $4,500 (USD)
  • TYPE
  • Escorted or Self Guided
  • DATES
  • Your Dates

ITINERARY

Day 01: Quito, Galapagos Islands

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.

Day 02: City tour of Quito.

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.

Day 03: Quito Day Trip.

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.

Day 04: Galapagos Islands.

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

Day 05: Galapagos Islands.

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.

Day 6: Galapagos Islands.

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.

Day 7: Galapagos Islands.

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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 3 nights Buenos Aires
  • 3 nights Puerto Iguazu
  • 3 nights Rio de Janeiro
  • Transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Tours as noted in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Park Entrance Fees (Paid Locally)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses Due to Mishaps
  • Tips/Gratuities

Meet Your South American Expert: Blake Leiberman

Blake Leiberman

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.

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