Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Published on May 19, 2017 by IBMT

The Galápagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, 1,000 km from South American land. There are 19 islands in all, and the surrounding marine environment has often been referred to as a “living museum of evolution”. Quite the “melting pot” of marine life, the Galápagos are simply abounding with unusual animal species – all of which inspired Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. For seasoned tourists, the Galápagos Islands are on the so-called “bucket-list”.

The Galápagos are an archipelago of islands sprinkled some 1000 km from Ecuador’s west coast.  They are considered to be a DOUBLE World Heritage site because both the land and sea are protected equally. Each island is unique to itself, with a singular landscape, beautiful white sandy beaches, and turquoise-blue waters. For those who have never envisioned this type of destination, it may be time to reconsider, particularly with the expertise of IBMT Tours.

As one of the smallest countries in South America, Ecuador is natural, beautiful, and bio-diverse. With IBMT Tours, it’s easy to explore natural and historic sites in well-planned and organized fashion. Scenic walking tours include Quito City’s historic buildings, and a taste of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. And in Puerto Ayora (on Santa Cruz Island), visitors will learn about the huge contribution that Charles Darwin has made to science (Charles Darwin Research Station).

With IBMT Tours, the travel options are virtually endless – from rafting in the beautiful waters of Quito; to swimming with the sea lions in Tortuga Bay; to biking in the Cerro Mesa Ecological Area. This is truly an adventure that shouldn’t be missed.  Ecuador and the Galápagos are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of tourists, with the rich culture, breathtaking natural environment, and fabulous food. IBMT Tours offers three excellent touring packages.

11 Days – Andes and the Galápagos Islands

This tour package includes an exploration of Quito City and the “Middle of the World” (the spot dividing the Northern and Southern Hemispheres).  On the island of Santa Cruz, an opportunity to visit a scientific turtle reserve, as well as the Charles Darwin Research Station. Before returning to Quito, a visit to the Galápagos, for a yacht excursion to one of the islands.

7 Days – Ecuador Historic Touring

Arriving in Quito, this tour is full of historic travels, including a visit to Otavalo where the local Otavaleños sell their goods on a barter system. A guided tour of Quito includes the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, and La Compañia Church (recognized for its amazing gold altars). Also included is a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose” (encrusted in the Andes).

8 Days – Quito and the Galápagos

In addition to Quito, a visit to the village of Cotacachi (shopping for leather goods) and Peguche, to view a traditional workshop of Andean instruments. After a flight to the Galápagos, ferry service to the island of Santa Cruz. Truly remarkable, this is where the Theory of Evolution emerged, and where visitors can observe the world-renowned Giant Turtles.

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To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a ...

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