11 Day Ecuador & The Galápagos
11 Day Ecuador & The Galápagos
Ecuador may be small, but its size is not in proportion with the sheer number of wonders throughout the diverse, culturally rich landscape. Blaze a trail all the way from the colonial streets of Quito, down the majestic Avenue of Volcanoes, and around the magnificent waters of the Galapagos Islands.
Tour highlights
  • Visit the Equatorial Monument in Ecuador’s capital, Quito.
  • Enjoy lunch in full glory of the active Cotopaxi Volcano.
  • Tour Riobamba, a city under the shadow of Chimborazo Volcano.
  • Ride aboard a 100-year old restored train down the renowned Devil’s Nose.
  • Cruise along the icy waters that surround the legendary Galapagos Islands.
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Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel.
  • Standard: Dann Carlton
  • Deluxe: Swissôtel Quito
Day 2: Quito & The Middle of the Earth
Explore the fascinating capital of Ecuador in the morning on a guided tour through the colonial quarter, starting with La Plaza de la Independencia’s historic buildings before moving on to see the intricate designs within the temple of La Compania de Jesus. Traverse the cobble-stone streets, heading for the Monastery of San Francisco to conclude the tour, after which you will head over to the Equatorial Monument, the division mark between the northern and southern hemispheres.
  • Standard: Dann Carlton (B)
  • Deluxe: Swissôtel Quito (B)
Day 3: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park - Patate
Depart Quito today for the Cotopaxi National Park via the stunningly majestic Avenue of Volcanoes and the shifting landscape of the Andes. Make a stop en route to visit the Yanapi Hat Shop to learn of the wool and fur hat making process by hand. Enjoy lunch at a quaint hacienda beneath the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the tallest active volcanoes on Earth.
  • Standard: Hacienda Leito Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Deluxe: Hacienda Leito Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4: Patate – Banos - Riobamba
Embark on a beautifully scenic sojourn to Banos, renowned for its thermal waters, at the base of the looming Tungurahua Volcano. Drive along the Route of the Cascades to visit the thundering waters of the El Pailon del Diablo waterfall, among subtropical flora and verdant vegetation. Continue to the foot of Chimborazo Volcano, home to the historic city of Riobamba.
  • Standard: Hacienda Abasprungo (B,L,D)
  • Deluxe: Hacienda Abasprungo (B,L,D)
Day 5: Riobamba – Devil’s Nose - Cuenca
Continue today, along the flanks of the Andes, past Indian villages and fields, arriving eventually at the town and station of Alausi. Journey aboard a restored century old train down the Devil’s Nose, zigzagging down the rock wall. Take a look around a local museum before returning to Alausi and departing south for Cuenca via the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca.
  • Standard: Hotel Santa Lucia (B,L,D)
  • Deluxe: Mansion Alcazar (B,L,D)
Day 6: Cuenca - Guayaquil
Enjoy a tour through the artistic and religious city of Cuenca, visiting a museum, market place and flowery plaza. Marvel at the overhanging houses, visit a ceramics handicraft ship and see how the renowned Panama Hats are made before transferring to the airport for a flight to Guayaquil.
  • Standard: Hampton Inn (B)
  • Deluxe: Hotel Oro Verde (B)
Days 7-10: Guayaquil - Galapagos Cruise
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Baltra Island where the cruise adventure aboard the M/V Santa Cruz through the Galapagos begins. Spend the next several days exploring the sights and sounds of the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s greatest wildlife locations, filled with rare marine iguanas, Blue-footed boobies and giant Galapagos tortoises to name but a few.
  • Standard: (B,L,D)
  • Deluxe: (B,L,D)
Day 11: Depart Galapagos
Your adventure ends with a transfer to the airport for a flight back to the mainland.
  • Standard: (B)
  • Deluxe: (B)
  • 10 nights accommodation including a 4 night Galápagos Cruise
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Services of qualified English speak guide throughout
  • Transfers and sightseeing as detailed
  • Internal flights
  • US$110 Galápagos National Park & Transit Card fees (per person & subject to change without notice)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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