The Best of Ecuador & Galapagos Luxury Travel 12 days
Discover the Galapagos Islands through an active land tour that will deliver the most extraordinary of this world-class naturalist heaven. As you kayak, mountain bike, trek or snorkel you will experience incredible close encounters with sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, boobies, rays, a myriad of tropical fish! This is a socially and environmentally responsible tour that provides many benefits to local island communities. Learn and enjoy from top adventure and naturalist guides that will immerse you in the realm of natural history and evolution.
- Stop at a hummingbirds sanctuary in the heart of the cloud forest and look for a hummingbird with the beak two times larger then its body (sword-billed hummingbird)
- Snorkel through lava formations with sea turtles, penguins, sea horses, sea lions and sharks at Lava Tunnels
TREKKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
BIKING IN THE CLOUD FOREST
PARROTS CLAY LICK
KAYAKING IN THE ARAJUNO RIVER
AMAZOONICO RESCUE CENTRE & ANACONDA ISLAND
MISAHUALLI MONKEY TOWN
PAPALLACTA VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
HUMMINGBIRDS SANCTUARY IN THE CLOUD FOREST
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION IN SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
ENCOUNTER WITH WILD GIANT TORTOISES
TINTORERAS AND LAVA TUNNELS IN ISABELA ISLAND
SNORKELING WITH SEA TURTLES, RAYS, PENGUINS AND SEA LIONS
RELAX ON THE WHITE SAND BEACHES
Day 1: Quito
Day 2: Cotopaxi
Day 3: Amazon Rain Forest
Day 4: Amazon Rain Forest
Day 5: Misahualli monkey town & Papallacta spa resort
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island
Day 8: Isabela Island
Day 9: Isabela Island
In the morning we will head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the '50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced.
Day 10: Isabela Island
After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we will have a short flight to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.
At night, and after you recover your energy, we will take you to a great restaurant to enjoy our last meal together.
Accommodation: Iguana Crossing
Day 11: Quito
Day 12: Departure
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
- Activities: Trekking in Cotopaxi National Park, Road of Waterfalls in Baños, hiking to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, hiking in the amazon rainforest, encounter with local communities, explore the Amazon rescue center, hiking in the cloud forest with toucans, hummingbirds, parrots, etc, volcanic hot springs, biking to breeding center and flamingo laggon, snorkeling in Tintoreras, explore and snorkel Lava Tunnels best site for marin wildlife in the Galapagos, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking with giant turtoises in Santa Cruz highlands
- Accommodations based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, First Class hacienda in leito, luxury eco-jungle lodge in Tena region in Amazon Rainforest, luxury Spa Resort Papallacta, Luxury lodging in Isabela, luxury lodging santa Cruz island in the Galapagos
- Transportation: Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip, airport transfers (national flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land and sea transportation.
- Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunchs and 4 Dinners
- Gear: Hiking sticks, cross-country bikes (disc brakes and front suspension), helmets, life vest, snorkeling mask and fins.
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
- My Own Room supplement cost $ 1320 USD
- International flights
- Airport transfer (international flights)
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $240 USD
- INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
- USD $10 pier-use fee at Puerto Villamil
- Snorkeling gear (mask and fins) for optional activities: USD $8 per day per person
- Wetsuit for rent: USD $10
- Travel insurance,
- Airline tickets,
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money),
- Quick dry clothing,
- Fleece top,
- 4 shirts/t-shirts,
- 2 pairs of shorts,
- 2 pairs of long trousers,
- 2 pair hiking pants/track pants,
- Rain jacket,
- Rain pants,
- Sun hat or cap,
- 2 swimming suits,
- Sport sandals,
- Hiking shoes,
- Tennis shoes,
- Day backpack 20L. (with rain cover)
- Water bottle 1L. or camelback 1L.
- Watch or alarm clock
- Waterproof binoculars (if possible),
- Insect Repelent
- Sun Screen 60 SPF,
- Waterproof camera (if possible),
- Money belt,
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, altitude medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT' !
NOTE: IMPORTANT LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHT FROM ISABELA TO BALTRA (25 lb.)
NOTE: IMPORTANT LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHT FROM ISABELA TO BALTRA (25 lb.)
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2:45 hours each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers.
45 mins one way from Isabela to Baltra. Small size aircraft. 9 passengers.
Pichincha, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo, Galapagos.
Andes highlands, Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
2 hours one way from Santa Cruz to Isabela
45 minutes each way - Lava Tunnels
15 minutes each way – Tintoreras
2 - 3 hours a day while in mainland
45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito
45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos
Tintoreras: 1 hour.
Lava Tunnels: 2 times of 1 hour each.
Mainland: 1 hour moderate uphill; 2 hours downhill (terrain: cobblestone, dirt, muddy and asphalt)
Galapagos: 3 hours flat terrain
Quilotoa crater lake: 1 hour downhill from 13,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. and 1 hour and 20 minutes uphill same way back.
Cloudforest: 2 hours easy uphill; 1 hour downhill same way back.
El Chato Tortoises Reserve: 1 hour total
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
Quito: 2800 m (9,186 ft.)
Baños: 1820 m (5,971 ft.)
Amazon: 510 m (1,640 ft.)
Papallacta: 3300 m (10,827 ft.)
Galapagos: Sea level
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.