ITINERARY

Day 1: 01/09/2020 - Quito

Arrival at Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito. Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel 3+* 

Check in – 14:00

Day 2: 02/09/2020 - Quito City Line

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Coca.

Quito city tour is perfect for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, domes and roofs that have an important historical value. You will admire and learn about colonial art, architecture, culture, legends, and traditions. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 9.350 feet. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic Center in Latin America. The architecture and rich interiors, are pure examples of Quito School of sculpture, which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. After four incredible hours exploring the Old Town, you’ll understand why Quito was the world’s first city named to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage list.

At the afternoon, you will visit: “Cuidad Mitad Del Mundo” and Intiñan Museum
1.) “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo”
“Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” is the touristic, cultural, scientific and commercial smallest city of Ecuador. Its architecture is based on colonial style. An obelisk and a museum relevant to its geographical location were built at the Middle of the World site. All of this is found among the drastic landscape surrounded by nature and modern buildings. The monument is crowned by a metallic sphere that represents the Earth. It is named Equatorial Monument and it geographical orientation coincides with the four cardinal points and is located precisely at Earth’s midpoint — 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds.

2.) Intiñan Museum
Since the year 1960, the Intiñan Museum in Quito has been a center for the promotion of the many aspects of Ecuador’s culture. This museum offers interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth, plus interesting science experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail.
Return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel 3+* 

(Breakfast)

Day 3: 03/09/2020 - Quito - Quilotoa - Baños

Breakfast.

After breakfast, we will drive to the famous Quilotoa Crater Lake. On our way we will pass by the Tigua workshop and admire some impressive local artwork with impressions of life in the Andes.
At our arrival to the Quilotoa Loop, we will appreciate an emerald green lake inside the crater of an extinct volcano with steep jagged cliffs. We are going to trek into the crater to the lake shore and the return to the top of the crater is a mule ride. Kayak on the lake (optional).

Then we continue to Baños.

Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Monte Selva Hotel 3* 

(Breakfast)

Day 4: 04/09/2020 - Baños

Breakfast.

Baños is known as “The Gate of the Amazon Region.” Baños are located on the outside of the eastern range of the Andes. It is the perfect place to relax and explore. This small town is famous worldwide for its natural crystalline waterfalls.

Here you can see how it is made the famous “marshmallow” (candy, which is made from sugar cane). Baños is the main tourist attraction for adventure, there are several ways to enjoy nature through hiking, horseback riding, cycling and rafting.

We will start the city tour and the visit the waterfalls: “Agoyán”, “Manto de la Novia” and “Pailón Del Diablo”.

Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Monte Selva Hotel 3* 

(Breakfast)

Day 5: 05/09/2020 - Baños - Tena

Breakfast.

From Baños we continue to Tena. Check in at Casa del Suizo Lodge and enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail.
Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the swimming pool.

Accommodation: Casa del Suizo Lodge 4*

(Breakfast)

Day 6: 06/09/2020 - Casa del Suizo

Breakfast.

You can choose your daily activity from the next options:

• Trekking in the Jungle: Explore incredible primary forest in Misicocha or Cosano, La Casa del Suizo’s private reserve, reached by a short canoe ride. Here, there are a number of walks (with varying levels of difficulty) that can last anywhere from an hour-and-a- half all the way up to four hours, taking you through thick and humid jungle, crossing muddy paths and encountering all sorts of wildlife. All the while your local guide will introduce you to all the hidden secrets and wonders of the jungle.

 AmaZoonico: You’ll never get closer to ocelot or tapir than you will at AmaZoonico, a rescue sanctuary for Amazon creatures. Led by volunteer guides, you’ll hear the incredible and sometimes tragic stories of the residents of the centre, from caiman to macaws and everything in between, who struggled to readapt to the wild after they were taken by poachers, sold on the black market, and forced to live domestic lives. By visiting AmaZoonico you are helping to guarantee the protection of these creatures.

 Indigenous Family Visit: Learn about the jungle way of life of indigenous families in this intimate visit. Located on the nearby Isla Anaconda (a short canoe ride from La Casa del Suizo), the Kichwa-speaking community first began using electricity in 2015. The matriarch of the family, Doña Carmela, welcomes guests, and demonstrates cooking and domestic techniques, as well as explaining the community’s other traditions and day-to-day practices. The men exhibit hunting with a blow-dart – try your luck and see if you can hit the monkey target!

• Butterfly House: This living exhibition of local butterflies currently houses and serves as the mating ground for nearly 20 species from the surrounding areas. You’ll be able to observe and examine how these beautiful creatures are fed, raised and undergo metamorphosis. In addition, you’ll have the chance to enter our “winged room” where hundreds of butterflies, in a multitude of colours.

Accommodation: Casa del Suizo Lodge 4*

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 7: 07/09/2020 - Tena - Papallacta

Breakfast

After breakfast, we continue to Termas de Papallacta. Papallacta is famous for its hot springs. Papallacta is a small village in Ecuador located at an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes just off the Eastern Cordilleras. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, one passes through the portal where the ecosystems transform from alpine to tropical jungle.

There are three important reasons to visit “Termas de Papallacta”: Health, recreation & relaxation.
The thermal baths are located on the banks of the Papallacta River in a unique natural environment; here we can find nine hot thermal pools and three cold water pools. The source temperature of the thermal baths varies between 30°C and 70°C (86°F and 158°F). At the pools the temperature ranges from 36°C to 40°C (97°F to 104°F). Papallacta´s thermal waters contain sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium which are odorless, colorless but have a slightly salty taste.

The baths’ curative properties are anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic.
Time at leisure to enjoy the hot springs.

Accommodation: Termas de Papallacta Resort 4* 

(Breakfast)

Day 8: 08/09/2020 - Papallacta - Galapagos Islands

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport – flight to the Galapagos Islands.

When you land in Baltra a guide will be waiting for you. You will arrive at Santa Cruz Island crossing the Itabaca Channel, it is a waterway that connects two islands,(Baltra and Santa Cruz), in 10 minutes.

Then we continue to Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you may observe the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural environment, which also known as Galapagos, and from where the name of the Islands derive. Also catch sight of the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos.

Later you will have free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora, where you can several souvenir shops.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel  3+ *

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 9-10: 09-10/09/2020 - Galapagos

Breakfast.

From the second-day, the excursion may change depending on the availability. Visits to the islands are confirmed one week before arrival. Visits could be to the following islands (one island per day):
North Seymour Island: North Seymour is a small island near to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation.
This island is home to a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of frigate birds in Galapagos.
North Seymour has a visitor trail approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast.
North Seymour is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Pairs of blue-footed boobies can be seen conducting their mating ritual as they offer each other gifts, whistle and honk, stretch their necks towards the sky, spread their wings, and dance—showing off their bright blue feet.

Plazas Island: South Plaza is a small island off the east coast of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 0.13 km and a maximum altitude of 23 metres. South Plaza was formed by lava up streaming from the bottom of the ocean. Despite its small size it is home to a large number of species and it is famous for its extraordinary flora. That is why this island is very popular with visitors. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Very attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees (Opuntia echios) and of course the large colony of Galapagos Land Iguanas. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its colour from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

Bartolome Island:  is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos Islands group. It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the “younger” islands in the Galápagos archipelago. With a total land area of just 1.2 km², this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations.
Bartolome has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolome is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos.
It has two visitor sites. At the first one, you may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. You can snorkel with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish.

Santa Fe Island: This island is the home to several land iguana species, as well as one endemic type of this specie, the Conolophus Pallidus, that only inhabits Santa Fe and has a pale yellow color and is of a bigger size than other land iguanas. You can also find four different types of endemic rodents, but being night active, they will probably not show themselves during the tour. Nevertheless, they are of great importance for the proper function of the food chain. Several studies talk about Santa Fe as one of the oldest islands of the archipel, being over 3 million years old. The turquoise water around the island is perfect for snorkeling and known as one of the best spots for this activity with a high probability of seeing sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish and squids.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel  3+ *

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11: 11/09/2020 - Galapagos Islands OUT

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

(Breakfast)

 RATES IN USD PER PERSON½ DBL
Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Services2.880

 *Single supplement USD 560

 INCLUDES:

  • Shared transportation and tour with English speaking guide in Mainland Ecuador as described on the itinerary;
  • Shared transportation and tours with English speaking guide at the Galapagos Islands as described on the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed on the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees as listed on the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flight to/from Galapagos Islands, USD 500 per person.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee / USD 100 pp (subject to change);
  • Ingala Transit Control Card / USD 20 pp (subject to change);
  • International flights;
  • Travel and health insurance;
  • Tips;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Items not specified.

RATES AND ITINERARY subject to change without prior notice