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This tour will help you to see the esence of Ecuador. While you are in Ecuador, the places included in this itinerary are the ones that you must see before you leave this beautiful country. 

 

Suggested Itinerary* 

DAY 01.   FLIGHT TO GUAYAQUIL & ARRIVAL

Arrival to Guayaquil, transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

 

DAY 02.   GUAYAQUIL - BALTRA, GALAPAGOS

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take your flight to Galapagos Islands.

Arrival Baltra and transfer to your Yacht to start a 5 Day Galapagos Cruise. (Day 2 - 6) Overnight on board with full board plan and excursions included.

 

DAY 06.  BALTRA, GALAPAGOS - QUITO

After breakfast, you will have your last early morning visit in the Galapagos followed by a transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Ecuador mainland.

Arrival to Quito and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Quito.

 

DAY 07. QUITO CITY TOUR

After breakfast a visit to the best preserved Colonial Old Town in Latin America. The visit begins through the residential zone and the Congress. The main building of the Congress has a stone carved mural representing the history of Ecuador.  We will continue to the Colonial site where we will view the colonial churches and buildings of this urban jewel declared by the UNESCO as Cultural Patrimony of Humankind. The visit continues through the Independence Plaza, surrounded by the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the Archbishops.  We walk through the 7 Crosses street to get to San Francisco Church, considered one of the most important religious monuments of the new World. With amazing façade and courtyard the main altar gold panned holds the beautiful Winged Virgin or as it is better known, the Virgin of Quito, or Virgen del Panecillo.  Onward we will go for a short time to the remarkable baroque style Church of La Compania de Jesus.  These visits will be followed by a tour of the famous Middle of the World Monument located in the northern suburb of the city 1 hour ride from the Old town where you will have the opportunity to step on both hemispheres simultaneously.  We will then visit the Ethnographic Museum where we can learn about the different ethnic groups dwelling in Ecuador. The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, a replica of a colonial town with its main plaza, church and bullring, is located next to the Ethnographic Museum. Here you will find restaurants and handicraft shops. 

 

DAY 08 OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET

This day you will experience the diversity of the Ecuadorian countryside in a full day excursion of the famous Otavalo region in the north of Quito. After an early breakfast we will leave for Otavalo, which is considered the most important indigenous market in South America. Over here, the “Otavalenos” silently market in contrast to other noisy indigenous markets elsewhere in the world.  Heading north, we will have opportunity to observe magnificent Andean sceneries. Along the way we will visit a Solar Clock, a Rose Plantation and the San Pablo Lake.  At the bustling market you will have enough time to walk along the plaza and the small streets of the village strewn with locals with long braided hair and attired in blue ponchos and white trousers. Here everybody can try their bartering skills. Free time for lunch (not included) in this area. After lunch we will visit Cuicocha Crater lake and Cotacachi town for some leather goods shopping. Drive to Sangolqui Hacienda, south of Quito. Dinner and overnight. 

 

DAY 09  QUITO

Day at leisure to enjoy a relaxed day in Quito, go to the local artesanal market for some great findings or to enjoy any of our Daily Excursions in the surroundings of Quito. 

 

DAY 10  DEPARTURE 

Breakfast and end of services. Transfers to the International or National Airport to check in for your international flight back home.

 

General information

This itinerary has been designed paying special attention to changes in altitude. We recommend visiting first the sea level destinations before your Galapagos Cruise.  Please feel free to contact us for any question you have regarding the order of the tour.

Suggested tour above includes: Transfers, accomodation, breakfast, bilingual guided city tours, private or semi private transportation for daily tours.

Accommodations: Tourist Superior, First Class and Luxury hotels are available in Quito and Guayaquil.

Galapagos Cruise Tour includes all transfers, meals, daily excursions/visits, certified Naturalist Galapagos bilingual guide, domestic airfare.

Galapagos Cruise Tour does not include: Galapagos Entrance fee 100USD and Tourist Transit Card fee 10USD, these fees must be paid the 1st day of your tour in cash only at the airports of Quito and Baltra. Fees per person.

 

*Itinerary subject to change.

 

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