11 Days Andes & Galapagos

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Tour Overview

 


DAY 1 Monday

ARRIVAL TO QUITO

Welcome to Quito you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Quito.


DAY 2 Tuesday

DAY 2 Tuesday

QUITO / OTAVALO / COTACACHI

After breakfast depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).  Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi.  On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments “Ñanda Mañachi” located in Peguche. In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch (not included). Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide).
** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.
Overnight in Quito


DAY 3 Wednesday

DAY 3 Wednesday

HISTORIC QUITO / EQUATORIAL MONUMENT

Today we will explore Quito city. We will begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Then we head to the historic center to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where we will make a brief stop and explanation to later reach the Plaza de la Independencia, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañia Church, recognized for its adornments and gold altars. Tour will continue towards the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. (Entrance to churches are not included). Then headed to the Mirador del Panecillo, a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, to have free time for lunch (not included), and then continue to the northern part of the city, heading up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. You can enjoy, for an additional cost, the different experiments situated in the middle of the world. Overnight in Quito


DAY 4 Thursday

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK / RIO BAMBA

Breakfast. Departure from Quito through the ¨Avenue of the Volcanoes¨ admiring the beautiful Andean landscape this is a great opportunity to take pictures, brief stop at the Cotopaxi National Park (entrance is not included), arrival to Riobamba and accommodation in a typical hacienda of the region.
*If it is not operating the Cotopaxi National Park due to volcanic activity, you will visit the Quilotoa volcano and the unique turquoise lagoon situated in his crater.
* Does not include access to the Cotopaxi National Park, neither viewpoint of Quilotoa = USD 2.00


DAY 5 Friday

DAY 5 Friday

ALAUSI / DEVILS NOSE / CUENCA

After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From here we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours). Continue to Cuenca visiting the Inca ruins in Ingapirca (does not include entrance). Overnight in Cuenca.


DAY 6 Saturday

CUENCA CITY

Breakfast at hotel before a city tour around Cuenca. We will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. Overnight in Cuenca.


DAY 7 Sunday

CUENCA / CAJA NATIONAL PARK / GUAYAQUIL

After breakfast, we travel to Guayaquil. We leave from Cuenca to “Cajas National Park” known for its glacial lakes and high mountain vegetation. Here we will walk through this beautiful place to see some of the lakes and primary forest. We will also visit “3 Cruses” which forms the continental water division. We will walk to observe this curious place. From this point we will begin a dramatic decline to reach the coast of Ecuador. Starting we will begin observing the Andean mountain scenery and then ending up seeing totally different vegetation of the Ecuadorian Coast with large plantations of bananas and cocoa beans. Overnight in Guayaquil.


DAY 8 Monday

DAY 8 Monday

GALAPAGOS - SANTA CRUZ / PUERTO AYORA / SCIENTIFIC CHARLES DARWIN STATION

Breakfast at Hotel before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. Welcome at the Baltra airport and free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by a public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels are located on the Island. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of Evolution, the conservation programs, and observe some Giant Turtles in captivity. Overnight in Santa Cruz


DAY 9 Tuesday

DAY 9 Tuesday

GALAPAGOS ISLAND

Breakfast at Hotel. Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands: Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar ones. Lunch included and return to Puerto Ayora to accommodation. Overnight in Santa Cruz ** Tour Operations in Galápagos, may change due to climate conditions, operations, and logistics and are also subject to availability and itinerary changes, days of excursions, etc. However, GRAY LINE Guarantees the number of excursions and visits to be met, but does not guarantee the itinerary or specific place to visit. 


DAY 10 Wednesday

DAY 10 Wednesday

SANTA CRUZ / TORTUGA BAY BEACH

Breakfast at Hotel. In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after 40minute walk (approx.) we will arrive to this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with white sand and green mangroves. “Playa mansa” is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach.  Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to “La Lobería”, named because of the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then we proceed with our tour to the “Canal del Amor”, a marvelous site where nature gives us an unforgettable view; at the end of this channel, just a few meters forward, a viewpoint where we can observe reef sharks; from here we continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit in “Playa de los Perros”.  Punta Estrada will also be visited. Return to Puerto Ayora. *Note: shipping used in this excursion is a boat engine with capacity for 16 people. 


DAY 11 Thursday

GALAPAGOS / QUITO

After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. At the port you will board a bus of your airline that takes you to the airport. En route you are going to visit a coffee plantation which is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism.


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
24 Dec 2018 24 Dec 2018 03 Jan 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
07 Jan 2019 07 Jan 2019 17 Jan 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
21 Jan 2019 21 Jan 2019 31 Jan 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
04 Feb 2019 04 Feb 2019 14 Feb 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
18 Feb 2019 18 Feb 2019 28 Feb 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
04 Mar 2019 04 Mar 2019 14 Mar 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
18 Mar 2019 18 Mar 2019 28 Mar 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
01 Apr 2019 01 Apr 2019 11 Apr 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
15 Apr 2019 15 Apr 2019 25 Apr 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
29 Apr 2019 29 Apr 2019 09 May 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
13 May 2019 13 May 2019 23 May 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
27 May 2019 27 May 2019 06 Jun 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
10 Jun 2019 10 Jun 2019 20 Jun 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
24 Jun 2019 24 Jun 2019 04 Jul 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
08 Jul 2019 08 Jul 2019 18 Jul 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
22 Jul 2019 22 Jul 2019 01 Aug 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
05 Aug 2019 05 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
19 Aug 2019 19 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
02 Sep 2019 02 Sep 2019 12 Sep 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
16 Sep 2019 16 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
30 Sep 2019 30 Sep 2019 10 Oct 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
14 Oct 2019 14 Oct 2019 24 Oct 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
28 Oct 2019 28 Oct 2019 07 Nov 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
11 Nov 2019 11 Nov 2019 21 Nov 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
25 Nov 2019 25 Nov 2019 05 Dec 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
09 Dec 2019 09 Dec 2019 19 Dec 2019 $2800 $3984 $1960 BOOK THIS TOUR
23 Dec 2019 23 Dec 2019 02 Jan 2020 $2800
$2600 (before Dec 12)
$3984
$3884 (before Dec 12)
$1960
$1560 (before Dec 12)
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* All prices in USD

Inclusions


Inclusions

  • Transfer Airport - Hotel – Quito Airport
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Quito
  • Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument
  • Excursión to Otavalo
  • Excursion by the “Avenida de los Volcanes” with a brief stop at the Cotopaxi national Park.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Riobamba (First Class****)
  • Train excursion to Alausí, passing through the Devil´s Nose. Continuation to Cuenca with ground transportation. On the way visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
  • 2 nights accommodation Cuenca
  • Daily Breakfast
  • City tour of Cuenca
  • Transfer Cuenca / Guayaquil
  • 01 night accomodation in Guayaquil
  • Transfer Hotel  - Airport in Guayaquil
  • Transfer Baltra / hotel in Puerto Ayora, visiting the highland part of Santa Cruz Island (Includes lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve) + Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station. (Transfer operates daily at 12h45pm)
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island) with breakfast
  • Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour
  • Full day Excursion in yacht to one the following islands Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar  ones (Lunch included)
  • Transfer hotel / airport & Finca de café (Transfer operates at 8h00 am, arrival at the airport at approximately 10h30 am)
  • Hotel taxes

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