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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Round trip flights from Canada
  • 12 Nights' Accommodation
  • All tours and excursions
  • Breakfast at every hotel
  • A certified English-speaking guide and a local nature guide
  • For a full list of What's Included, please visit the 'More Info' section

Overview

With timeless rural villages backed by mighty volcanoes and clear, azure waters teeming with sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles, the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador are two destinations you don’t want to miss out ever! Wander through the tangle of Quito’s ancient streets, visit beautiful local towns such as Otavalo, and island-hop within the wildlife-life rich Galápagos Islands!


Straddling the equator and home to a hodgepodge of diverse landscapes (from thick Amazon jungle to boulder-strewn Andean highlands and the beautiful Galápagos Islands), Ecuador is one of South America’s must-sees. 


Quito is the country’s capital, nestled up high in the Andean foothills at a whopping 2,850 meters in altitude. Built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, you expect Quito to be a living, breathing historical treasure trove; its 16th and 17th-century churches, Moorish-style structures, and well-preserved colonial center are certainly a nod to its historical heritage. 


After wandering Quito and visiting the Equator Monument to the north, you’ll venture to Mindo (nestled in the Ecuadorian rainforest) and then to indigenous Otavalo (a town fringed by volcanoes). Sample Mindo’s local chocolate, feed bird-sized butterflies at the nursery and then tour Otavalo’s handicraft market. 


Continue the tour with visits to other quaint towns and villages such as Cotacachi, Peguche, hot springs at Papallacta and finally visit the snow-capped active Stratovolcano of Cotopaxi before heading back to Quito.


Next, you’ll be whisked off to the paradisiacal Galápagos Islands – a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean lying 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador. The islands are unparalleled in beauty and considered one of the best places in the world for wildlife-viewing. 


Visiting Isla Baltra first, a small, flat and arid island brimming with prickly pear cacti, you’ll then make your way to the island of Santa Cruz, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, giant tortoises, sea turtles, and marine iguanas. Its natural harbor, Academy Bay, offers ample opportunity for swimming and snorkeling within crystal-clear waters. 


And after combing the Santa Cruz highlands for enormous tortoises and snorkeling within azure waters, fall in love with the island of San Cristóbal (geologically speaking, one of the oldest of the Galápagos archipelago) and Isla Lobos, where sea lions, blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds roam, before making your way back to mainland Ecuador for a night.

ITINERARY

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! Upon arrival, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. As one of the best preserved colonial cities of South America and situated on the equator at the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano, Quito is considered South America’s cultural capital and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Depending on your time of arrival, you’re free to spend the day exploring Quito’s old town or relaxing at your hotel. Quito sits at an altitude of 2,850 m above sea level, we would therefore recommend that you explore at an easy pace in order to acclimatize to the altitude.

(Note: should you feel you’d like to explore Quito a little further, an extra night or two can be added to your itinerary.) In the evening you’ll be met by one of the trip leaders for a welcome briefing at 6 pm, during which you can also raise any questions you might have regarding your Ecuadorian adventure.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL DANN CARLTON (OR SIMILAR).

Today we’ll drive north of Quito to see Mitad del Mundo- the Equator monument complex which marks the exact location of the Equator and from which the country takes its name. Here, you’ll be able to stand on both sides of the hemispheres… at the same time! En route, you’ll also have the chance to stop and marvel at the Pululahua Crater, the third largest inhabited volcano crater in the world.

Next we’ll proceed to the small town of Mindo, nestled in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Amazon – an area bursting with vibrant flora and fauna which showcases Ecuador’s natural diversity. Mindo and the surrounding cloud forest are a birdwatcher's paradise, especially for Hummingbirds!

Today we’ll also visit a local chocolate distributor and learn about the cocoa bean process, all the way from harvesting the seed to finessing the final product. Ecuadorian chocolate is renowned throughout the world, so look forward to having a taste of this delicacy in the form of a delicious brownie or cup of hot cocoa!

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE SEPTIMO PARAISO HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

Today we’ll comb Mindo’s untouched cloud rain forest for delightful flora and fauna. We’ll take cable cars and hike alongside waterfalls nestled within lush forest, home to toucans, hummingbirds and other species. This afternoon you can relax or get your adrenaline pumping with one of the thrilling optional activities available.

These include white water rafting or “tubing” (several large inner tubes tied together), accompanied by guides with nerves of steel who will steer you through the roaring rapids. Or, you might decide to ride a canopy zip line (there are 13 in total).

Cap off the day with a visit to the butterfly nursery where gargantuan butterflies can be seen drying their wings after emerging from their jewel-like cocoons. Coat your fingers in banana juice and watch as the butterflies (some of which are the size of birds) swarm to your fingers for a snack.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE SEPTIMO PARAISO HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

We’ll drive back up into the highlands today and join the Pan-American Highway heading north. En route, we’ll stop in at the famous indigenous town of Otavalo, filled with narrow cobblestone streets and local handicrafts. The Otavalo indigenous people wear traditional blue ponchos and sell textiles, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and tapestries at the handicraft market.

The afternoon will see us drive to the small village of Cotacachi, home to impressive leather goods and astounding beauty. You’ll have a chance to explore the shops, relax and sip some of Ecuador’s best coffee in the main plaza. Then, we’ll head to the historical Hacienda of Pinsaqui where we’ll be welcomed with a typical Andean cocktail.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HACIENDA PINSAQUI (OR SIMILAR).

Kick off the day by visiting the ecological reserve of Cotacachi Cayapas, home to breath-taking scenery which takes the form of crystal-clear waters and an active volcano. We’ll venture off on an hour’s hike along the rim of the Cuicocha Crater Lake, after which we’ll travel by boat to the crater’s center to observe the volcano up close and watch as the bubbles rise from the center of the caldera.

Next, we’ll make our way to Peguche, a small village in the center of the Andes where you’ll have the chance to help the natives prepare a delicious lunch using fresh local produce which has been harvested from the surrounding fields. This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into local life. We’ll cap off our day with a trip to the luxurious hot springs resort of Papallacta, home to superlative views of the majestic Andean mountains.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE PAPALLACTA SPA RESORT (OR SIMILAR).

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a final dip in the open-air hot springs before we set off for the highest active volcano in the world – Cotopaxi. We’ll drive south on the Pan-American Highway to get to this mighty snow-capped volcano, surrounded by a national park, wildlife and Incan ruins.

Starting off at the interpretation center at the entrance of the park, we’ll then continue driving across Páramo to Limpiopungo Lake. Here, we’ll take a short stroll and keep our eyes peeled for a variety of birds flapping against a backdrop of stunning volcano views before heading back to Quito.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE DANN CARLTON HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

Today we’ll head to the airport to catch a flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galápagos Islands, about 600 miles from Ecuador’s coast. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to the nearby island of Santa Cruz and cross the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry, continuing then to the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the iconic giant Galápagos tortoises.

While here, we’ll visit a private ranch for lunch and go for a stroll to try and find these gentle giants. Famous tubes (formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies) will also be a highlight of our tour. We’ll then take a private transfer to the hotel and meet a local guide who will explain the itinerary for the next few days. You’re free to spend the evening however you please.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL SILBERSTEIN (OR SIMILAR).

Following a delicious breakfast, we’ll set off on a half-day tour of Academy Bay (you’ll need to pack for this trip). Snorkeling equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone wishing to snorkel. During the tour, we’ll sail to Academy Bay and swim and snorkel with sea lions and exotic marine life. The sea lions may swim next to you underwater!

Academy Bay is also home to blue-footed boobies, so prepare to see lots of those. Next, we’ll climb to a viewpoint and keep an eye out for white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below, before strolling along Playa de los Perros where sea iguanas are known to sunbathe on the shores. The enormous cacti, the ochre-red color of the rocks and the turquoise waters make it a great place for taking photos.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL SILBERSTEIN (OR SIMILAR).

The morning will be spent on a guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station, learning about the national park’s efforts concerning conservation and meeting the famous lonesome George, a figure of the last male Pinta Island tortoise – the rarest creature in the world before his death in 2012.

In the afternoon we’ll take a transfer from the hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz and then board a boat to the island of San Cristóbal (the journey is approximately 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, we’ll meet with a local guide who will explain the exciting itinerary, before spending the evening at leisure.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL BLUE MARLIN (OR SIMILAR).

After breakfast we’ll head to the dock and take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. En route, feast your eyes upon extraordinary marine life. When we arrive, we’ll take a guided tour and observe Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, manta rays, sea lions and maybe even sharks. San Cristóbal’s powdery beaches invite endless wandering, so make sure you go for a swim before our return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL BLUE MARLIN (OR SIMILAR).

Today you are free to explore the island at leisure. Alternatively, you can take a boat to Kicker Rock for an optional tour available at an additional $299 per person. Kicker Rock, also known as the ‘Sleeping Lion’, is located off the coast of San Cristóbal and forms the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea. It consists of two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean to form a small channel navigable by small boats.

Kicker Rock is home to Frigate birds and blue-footed boobies and beneath it, you’ll find crystal-clear waters filled with kaleidoscopic fish (such as rainbow fish, hammerhead and white tip sharks). After lunch we’ll relax on the beach for a while before making our way back to the hotel.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL BLUE MARLIN (OR SIMILAR).

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to the airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland. Arrive to Guayaquil and transfer to the hotel to spend your last night in Ecuador.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE UNIPARK BY ORO VERDE HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

Before your transfer to the airport to catch your international flight home, you’ll have some time to explore Guayaquil at your own pace. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay and wish you ¡buen viaje!

END OF THE TOUR!

ACCOMMODATION

Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito – both a commercial and residential area,only at 45 minutes of Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Each of Swissotel Quito's 232 elegant guest rooms and 43 executive apartments are air-conditioned and feature modern design. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free internet connection. Executive rooms and the Swiss Executive Club lounge provide additional luxury and exclusivity.

Two excellent restaurants offer a wide variety of international cuisine: Japanese and Ecuadorian: a menu for all tastes. A sumptuous breakfast buffet offers a wide range of options to energize your day. A Delicatessen with the best bakery and variety of desserts and a Bar with all the cocktails to your liking.The central location of the Swissotel Quito, near the old city, means that guests are never far from excellent shops, fascinating museums and architectural gems and cultural of the city.
Hotel Swissôtel Quito
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Air conditioning
  • Airport transportation
  • Banquet Room
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Heated pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Meeting rooms
  • Minibar
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Wheelchair Access

El Septimo Paraiso is located ten minutes outside of the small town of Mindo in a protected cloud forest reserve. It was founded in 2001 with the goal of preserving the forest and its diverse ecosystems.

El Septimo Paraiso offers rustic-style wooden interiors combined with elegant furniture and forest views. The lodge has 23 simple rooms with an air of old country elegance to them.

There are plenty of facilities at the lodge including an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, cloud forest walking trails, frog trail, two restaurants, a bar and an outdoor patio. In addition to bird watching, a variety of other activities can be arranged in the local area including chocolate tours, rafting, and visits to orchid and hummingbird gardens.

El Septimo Paraiso, Ecuador
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Some three hundred years old and originally a colonial textile enterprise, this beautifully restored Hacienda provides a quintessential Ecuadorian lodging experience. Nestled within the heart of Ecuador’s tranquil Lake District, between lush rolling hills, and perfect green lawns at the foot of a volcano.

Historical elegance is reflected throughout each of the 30 unique and charismatic suites, accommodating up to 5 guests. Retaining the authenticity, you will find sheepskin rugs, heavy blankets, traditional art pieces, antique bath tubs and opulent textiles. From the balconies, you will be able to see llamas ambling around the ponds and well-kept private gardens.

Continue to enjoy this rustic charm of Ecuador’s history through the typical regional specialties served within an exquisitely decorated restaurant. The restaurant offers elegant dishes through to light meals and snacks combined with a panoramic view over the estate. For a cozy and relaxing atmosphere of an evening, head to the cavern bar.
Hostería Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Termas Papallacta is a Spa & Resort located in the Andean páramo, in a unique natural environment, consisting of a human team committed to ensuring that the experience of relaxation and rest of our customers is complete.

Featuring a spa, a restaurant, and a hot spring bath, Termas de Papallacta offers rooms and bungalows with free WiFi in Papallacta. Decorated with wooden walls and gabled roofs, rooms at Termas de Papallacta are fitted with wooden furnishing. Some of the bungalows feature seating areas with fireplaces.

Guests can relax in the thermal and swimming pools. Several beauty treatments are available at the spa, including aromatherapy, therapeutic massages, body treatments with mud and clay or chocolate, individual hydro massages, and Turkish baths at the Thermal Cave.
Termas de Papallacta
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center 
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
At Hotel Silberstein guests are a 20-minute walk from German Beach. A landscaped swimming pool lined with red tiles and a charming wooden bridge surrounded by colonial style balconies can be enjoyed.

The Hotel Silberstein has some of the most comfortable lodging in the Galapagos Islands, with 24 rooms of varying sizes, that all include a private bathroom with hot running water, air conditioning, and a ceiling fan.

In addition to the multi-lingual library and business center, there is also a relaxing pool area, restaurant, and a beautiful garden.

Dining at AQUA Galapagos is an unforgettable experience for all senses. Menu includes Ecuadorian cuisine and international specialty meals for all different types of tastes. Everyday guests are pampered by chefs that create delicious, fresh, and healthy dishes.
Hotel Silberstein
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center 
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Hotel Blue Marlin is located only 300 m from the seafront promenade in San Cristóbal, Galapagos. 

Hotel features an outdoor pool, hot tub, free Wi-Fi and spacious, air-conditioned rooms with garden views. The functional rooms at the Blue Marlin come with a minibar, a TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries.

The Blue Marlin offers personalized attention and has a 24-hour reception and airport pick-up service by private bus, available at an extra cost. 

A 2-minute walk from Hotel Blue Marlin you will find cafés, restaurants and a market. The beach is a 15-minute walk away and San Cristobal Airport is 1.5 km away.
Hotel Blue Marlin, San Cristóbal
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Experience passion for Ecuadorian hospitality at Unipark Hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Situated in Guayaquil, this 4-star property is modern and elegant. The position of Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels permits convenient access to many tourist attractions.

The hotel has 140 rooms and has been recently refurbished. All of the spacious guest bedrooms at Hotel Unipark are equipped with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and cable TV. In addition every room has a minibar and a hair dryer.

Guests can make use of the fitness center facilities, which include a hydro-massage pool, a sauna and a fully-equipped gym.

Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels's restaurant is open for breakfast, offering guests an easy dining experience close to their room. In the evening, guests are invited to relax in the comfortable lounge bar. A wide variety of dining options are also found in the area.

The hotel's multilingual staff will make sure that every traveler has an enjoyable visit. 
Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center 
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer

More Info

  • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
  • We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
  • Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
  • The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
  • Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.

Exclusions:

  • Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
  • Early Check in / Late Check out.
  • Optional tours.
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee of USD 100 is payable in cash locally.
  • Migration Card (Galapagos transit card) is fixed at USD 20 per person, for both Ecuadorian nationals and foreigners, and is paid in cash only at the airport.
  • USD 5 per person will be charged for a pier use.

What's Included:

  • Return international flights from Canada
  • Domestic flights 
  • A relaxing 2 nights’ accommodation at the 5 Star Hotel Swissôtel Quito
  • An enjoyable 2 nights’ stay at the El Septimo Paraiso, Ecuador
  • A lovely night spent at the Hostería Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo
  • A 1 night’s accommodation at the Termas de Papallacta
  • A wonderful 2 nights’ stay at the Hotel Silberstein on the island of Baltra in the Galápagos 
  • A fabulous 3 nights spent at the Hotel Blue Marlin on the island of San Cristóbal in the Galápagos
  • A lovely night spent at the Unipark Hotel in Guayaquil 
  • Visit to the Equator Monument 
  • Brief stop-off at the stunning Pululahua Crater
  • Visit to a local chocolate distributer in the small town of Mindo (you’ll get to try some chocolate too!)
  • Excursion to Mindo’s cloud rainforest, filled with exotic flora and fauna
  • Butterfly nursery tour, giving you the chance to feed the butterflies 
  • Tour of the famous indigenous village of Otavalo
  • Visit to the small village of Cotacachi 
  • Excursion to the ecological reserve of Cotacachi Cayapas where you’ll hike along the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake
  • Visit to the small village of Peguche where you’ll prepare a delicious lunch with the help of locals 
  • A relaxing soak in the hot springs of Papallacta 
  • Excursion to the snow-capped volcano of Cotopaxi and tour along Limpiopungo Lake
  • Visit to Isla Baltra in the Galápagos Islands 
  • Excursion in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • Lunch at a private ranch 
  • Half-day tour of Academy Bay with swimming and snorkeling 
  • Guided tour of the Charles Darwin research station
  • Excursion to Isla Lobos (the island of sea lions) and San Cristóbal’s powdery beaches 
  • Never go hungry: enjoy a daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 1 dinner during your holiday
  • All equipment included: snorkeling mask and fins, life vest, walking sticks for Cotopaxi National Park visit
  • Benefit from a certified English-speaking guide and a local nature guide for Galápagos National Park

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With timeless rural villages backed by mighty volcanoes and clear, azure waters teeming with sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles, the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador are two destinations you don’t want to miss out ever! Wander through the tangle of Quito’s ancient streets, visit beautiful local towns such as Otavalo, and island-hop within the wildlife-life rich Galápagos Islands!


Straddling the equator and home to a hodgepodge of diverse landscapes (from thick Amazon jungle to boulder-strewn Andean highlands and the beautiful Galápagos Islands), Ecuador is one of South America’s must-sees. 


Quito is the country’s capital, nestled up high in the Andean foothills at a whopping 2,850 meters in altitude. Built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, you expect Quito to be a living, breathing historical treasure trove; its 16th and 17th-century churches, Moorish-style structures, and well-preserved colonial center are certainly a nod to its historical heritage. 


After wandering Quito and visiting the Equator Monument to the north, you’ll venture to Mindo (nestled in the Ecuadorian rainforest) and then to indigenous Otavalo (a town fringed by volcanoes). Sample Mindo’s local chocolate, feed bird-sized butterflies at the nursery and then tour Otavalo’s handicraft market. 


Continue the tour with visits to other quaint towns and villages such as Cotacachi, Peguche, hot springs at Papallacta and finally visit the snow-capped active Stratovolcano of Cotopaxi before heading back to Quito.


Next, you’ll be whisked off to the paradisiacal Galápagos Islands – a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean lying 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador. The islands are unparalleled in beauty and considered one of the best places in the world for wildlife-viewing. 


Visiting Isla Baltra first, a small, flat and arid island brimming with prickly pear cacti, you’ll then make your way to the island of Santa Cruz, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, giant tortoises, sea turtles, and marine iguanas. Its natural harbor, Academy Bay, offers ample opportunity for swimming and snorkeling within crystal-clear waters. 


And after combing the Santa Cruz highlands for enormous tortoises and snorkeling within azure waters, fall in love with the island of San Cristóbal (geologically speaking, one of the oldest of the Galápagos archipelago) and Isla Lobos, where sea lions, blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds roam, before making your way back to mainland Ecuador for a night.
  • 1Day
    Arrival In Quito

    Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! Upon arrival, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. As one of the best preserved colonial cities of South America and situated on the equator at the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano, Quito is considered South America’s cultural capital and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Depending on your time of arrival, you’re free to spend the day exploring Quito’s old town or relaxing at your hotel. Quito sits at an altitude of 2,850 m above sea level, we would therefore recommend that you explore at an easy pace in order to acclimatize to the altitude.

    (Note: should you feel you’d like to explore Quito a little further, an extra night or two can be added to your itinerary.) In the evening you’ll be met by one of the trip leaders for a welcome briefing at 6 pm, during which you can also raise any questions you might have regarding your Ecuadorian adventure.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL DANN CARLTON (OR SIMILAR).

  • 2Day
    Equator Monument/Pululahua Crater/Mindo Sightseeing (Breakfast Included)

    Today we’ll drive north of Quito to see Mitad del Mundo- the Equator monument complex which marks the exact location of the Equator and from which the country takes its name. Here, you’ll be able to stand on both sides of the hemispheres… at the same time! En route, you’ll also have the chance to stop and marvel at the Pululahua Crater, the third largest inhabited volcano crater in the world.

    Next we’ll proceed to the small town of Mindo, nestled in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Amazon – an area bursting with vibrant flora and fauna which showcases Ecuador’s natural diversity. Mindo and the surrounding cloud forest are a birdwatcher's paradise, especially for Hummingbirds!

    Today we’ll also visit a local chocolate distributor and learn about the cocoa bean process, all the way from harvesting the seed to finessing the final product. Ecuadorian chocolate is renowned throughout the world, so look forward to having a taste of this delicacy in the form of a delicious brownie or cup of hot cocoa!

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE SEPTIMO PARAISO HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

  • 3Day
    Mindo Sightseeing (Breakfast Included)

    Today we’ll comb Mindo’s untouched cloud rain forest for delightful flora and fauna. We’ll take cable cars and hike alongside waterfalls nestled within lush forest, home to toucans, hummingbirds and other species. This afternoon you can relax or get your adrenaline pumping with one of the thrilling optional activities available.

    These include white water rafting or “tubing” (several large inner tubes tied together), accompanied by guides with nerves of steel who will steer you through the roaring rapids. Or, you might decide to ride a canopy zip line (there are 13 in total).

    Cap off the day with a visit to the butterfly nursery where gargantuan butterflies can be seen drying their wings after emerging from their jewel-like cocoons. Coat your fingers in banana juice and watch as the butterflies (some of which are the size of birds) swarm to your fingers for a snack.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE SEPTIMO PARAISO HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

  • 4Day
    Otavalo & Cotacachi Sightseeing (Breakfast And Dinner Included)

    We’ll drive back up into the highlands today and join the Pan-American Highway heading north. En route, we’ll stop in at the famous indigenous town of Otavalo, filled with narrow cobblestone streets and local handicrafts. The Otavalo indigenous people wear traditional blue ponchos and sell textiles, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and tapestries at the handicraft market.

    The afternoon will see us drive to the small village of Cotacachi, home to impressive leather goods and astounding beauty. You’ll have a chance to explore the shops, relax and sip some of Ecuador’s best coffee in the main plaza. Then, we’ll head to the historical Hacienda of Pinsaqui where we’ll be welcomed with a typical Andean cocktail.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT HACIENDA PINSAQUI (OR SIMILAR).

  • 5Day
    Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve/Peguche Village/Papallacta Hot Springs (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

    Kick off the day by visiting the ecological reserve of Cotacachi Cayapas, home to breath-taking scenery which takes the form of crystal-clear waters and an active volcano. We’ll venture off on an hour’s hike along the rim of the Cuicocha Crater Lake, after which we’ll travel by boat to the crater’s center to observe the volcano up close and watch as the bubbles rise from the center of the caldera.

    Next, we’ll make our way to Peguche, a small village in the center of the Andes where you’ll have the chance to help the natives prepare a delicious lunch using fresh local produce which has been harvested from the surrounding fields. This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into local life. We’ll cap off our day with a trip to the luxurious hot springs resort of Papallacta, home to superlative views of the majestic Andean mountains.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE PAPALLACTA SPA RESORT (OR SIMILAR).

  • 6Day
    Cotopaxi Volcano (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

    After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a final dip in the open-air hot springs before we set off for the highest active volcano in the world – Cotopaxi. We’ll drive south on the Pan-American Highway to get to this mighty snow-capped volcano, surrounded by a national park, wildlife and Incan ruins.

    Starting off at the interpretation center at the entrance of the park, we’ll then continue driving across Páramo to Limpiopungo Lake. Here, we’ll take a short stroll and keep our eyes peeled for a variety of birds flapping against a backdrop of stunning volcano views before heading back to Quito.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE DANN CARLTON HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

  • 7Day
    Galapagos- Baltra & Santa Cruz Islands (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

    Today we’ll head to the airport to catch a flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galápagos Islands, about 600 miles from Ecuador’s coast. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to the nearby island of Santa Cruz and cross the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry, continuing then to the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the iconic giant Galápagos tortoises.

    While here, we’ll visit a private ranch for lunch and go for a stroll to try and find these gentle giants. Famous tubes (formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies) will also be a highlight of our tour. We’ll then take a private transfer to the hotel and meet a local guide who will explain the itinerary for the next few days. You’re free to spend the evening however you please.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL SILBERSTEIN (OR SIMILAR).

  • 8Day
    Santa Cruz- Academy Bay Tour (Breakfast & Lunchbox Included)

    Following a delicious breakfast, we’ll set off on a half-day tour of Academy Bay (you’ll need to pack for this trip). Snorkeling equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone wishing to snorkel. During the tour, we’ll sail to Academy Bay and swim and snorkel with sea lions and exotic marine life. The sea lions may swim next to you underwater!

    Academy Bay is also home to blue-footed boobies, so prepare to see lots of those. Next, we’ll climb to a viewpoint and keep an eye out for white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below, before strolling along Playa de los Perros where sea iguanas are known to sunbathe on the shores. The enormous cacti, the ochre-red color of the rocks and the turquoise waters make it a great place for taking photos.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL SILBERSTEIN (OR SIMILAR).

  • 9Day
    Santa Cruz/Charles Darwin Research Station/San Cristobal (Breakfast Included)

    The morning will be spent on a guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station, learning about the national park’s efforts concerning conservation and meeting the famous lonesome George, a figure of the last male Pinta Island tortoise – the rarest creature in the world before his death in 2012.

    In the afternoon we’ll take a transfer from the hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz and then board a boat to the island of San Cristóbal (the journey is approximately 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, we’ll meet with a local guide who will explain the exciting itinerary, before spending the evening at leisure.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL BLUE MARLIN (OR SIMILAR).

  • 10Day
    Isla Lobos Tour/ San Cristobal (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

    After breakfast we’ll head to the dock and take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. En route, feast your eyes upon extraordinary marine life. When we arrive, we’ll take a guided tour and observe Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, manta rays, sea lions and maybe even sharks. San Cristóbal’s powdery beaches invite endless wandering, so make sure you go for a swim before our return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL BLUE MARLIN (OR SIMILAR).

  • 11Day
    Optional Kicker Rock Excursion/Beach Time/San Cristobal (Breakfast Included)

    Today you are free to explore the island at leisure. Alternatively, you can take a boat to Kicker Rock for an optional tour available at an additional $299 per person. Kicker Rock, also known as the ‘Sleeping Lion’, is located off the coast of San Cristóbal and forms the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea. It consists of two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean to form a small channel navigable by small boats.

    Kicker Rock is home to Frigate birds and blue-footed boobies and beneath it, you’ll find crystal-clear waters filled with kaleidoscopic fish (such as rainbow fish, hammerhead and white tip sharks). After lunch we’ll relax on the beach for a while before making our way back to the hotel.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL BLUE MARLIN (OR SIMILAR).

  • 12Day
    San Cristobal- Guayaquil

    After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to the airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland. Arrive to Guayaquil and transfer to the hotel to spend your last night in Ecuador.

    OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE UNIPARK BY ORO VERDE HOTEL (OR SIMILAR).

  • 13Day
    ¡Buen Viaje! (Breakfast Included)

    Before your transfer to the airport to catch your international flight home, you’ll have some time to explore Guayaquil at your own pace. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay and wish you ¡buen viaje!

    END OF THE TOUR!

Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito – both a commercial and residential area,only at 45 minutes of Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Each of Swissotel Quito's 232 elegant guest rooms and 43 executive apartments are air-conditioned and feature modern design. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free internet connection. Executive rooms and the Swiss Executive Club lounge provide additional luxury and exclusivity.

Two excellent restaurants offer a wide variety of international cuisine: Japanese and Ecuadorian: a menu for all tastes. A sumptuous breakfast buffet offers a wide range of options to energize your day. A Delicatessen with the best bakery and variety of desserts and a Bar with all the cocktails to your liking.The central location of the Swissotel Quito, near the old city, means that guests are never far from excellent shops, fascinating museums and architectural gems and cultural of the city.
Hotel Name
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Air conditioning
  • Airport transportation
  • Banquet Room
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Heated pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Meeting rooms
  • Minibar
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Wheelchair Access

El Septimo Paraiso is located ten minutes outside of the small town of Mindo in a protected cloud forest reserve. It was founded in 2001 with the goal of preserving the forest and its diverse ecosystems.

El Septimo Paraiso offers rustic-style wooden interiors combined with elegant furniture and forest views. The lodge has 23 simple rooms with an air of old country elegance to them.

There are plenty of facilities at the lodge including an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, cloud forest walking trails, frog trail, two restaurants, a bar and an outdoor patio. In addition to bird watching, a variety of other activities can be arranged in the local area including chocolate tours, rafting, and visits to orchid and hummingbird gardens.

Hotel Name
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Some three hundred years old and originally a colonial textile enterprise, this beautifully restored Hacienda provides a quintessential Ecuadorian lodging experience. Nestled within the heart of Ecuador’s tranquil Lake District, between lush rolling hills, and perfect green lawns at the foot of a volcano.

Historical elegance is reflected throughout each of the 30 unique and charismatic suites, accommodating up to 5 guests. Retaining the authenticity, you will find sheepskin rugs, heavy blankets, traditional art pieces, antique bath tubs and opulent textiles. From the balconies, you will be able to see llamas ambling around the ponds and well-kept private gardens.

Continue to enjoy this rustic charm of Ecuador’s history through the typical regional specialties served within an exquisitely decorated restaurant. The restaurant offers elegant dishes through to light meals and snacks combined with a panoramic view over the estate. For a cozy and relaxing atmosphere of an evening, head to the cavern bar.
Hotel Name
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Termas Papallacta is a Spa & Resort located in the Andean páramo, in a unique natural environment, consisting of a human team committed to ensuring that the experience of relaxation and rest of our customers is complete.

Featuring a spa, a restaurant, and a hot spring bath, Termas de Papallacta offers rooms and bungalows with free WiFi in Papallacta. Decorated with wooden walls and gabled roofs, rooms at Termas de Papallacta are fitted with wooden furnishing. Some of the bungalows feature seating areas with fireplaces.

Guests can relax in the thermal and swimming pools. Several beauty treatments are available at the spa, including aromatherapy, therapeutic massages, body treatments with mud and clay or chocolate, individual hydro massages, and Turkish baths at the Thermal Cave.
Hotel Name
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center 
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
At Hotel Silberstein guests are a 20-minute walk from German Beach. A landscaped swimming pool lined with red tiles and a charming wooden bridge surrounded by colonial style balconies can be enjoyed.

The Hotel Silberstein has some of the most comfortable lodging in the Galapagos Islands, with 24 rooms of varying sizes, that all include a private bathroom with hot running water, air conditioning, and a ceiling fan.

In addition to the multi-lingual library and business center, there is also a relaxing pool area, restaurant, and a beautiful garden.

Dining at AQUA Galapagos is an unforgettable experience for all senses. Menu includes Ecuadorian cuisine and international specialty meals for all different types of tastes. Everyday guests are pampered by chefs that create delicious, fresh, and healthy dishes.
Hotel Name
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center 
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Hotel Blue Marlin is located only 300 m from the seafront promenade in San Cristóbal, Galapagos. 

Hotel features an outdoor pool, hot tub, free Wi-Fi and spacious, air-conditioned rooms with garden views. The functional rooms at the Blue Marlin come with a minibar, a TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries.

The Blue Marlin offers personalized attention and has a 24-hour reception and airport pick-up service by private bus, available at an extra cost. 

A 2-minute walk from Hotel Blue Marlin you will find cafés, restaurants and a market. The beach is a 15-minute walk away and San Cristobal Airport is 1.5 km away.
Hotel Name
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
Experience passion for Ecuadorian hospitality at Unipark Hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Situated in Guayaquil, this 4-star property is modern and elegant. The position of Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels permits convenient access to many tourist attractions.

The hotel has 140 rooms and has been recently refurbished. All of the spacious guest bedrooms at Hotel Unipark are equipped with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and cable TV. In addition every room has a minibar and a hair dryer.

Guests can make use of the fitness center facilities, which include a hydro-massage pool, a sauna and a fully-equipped gym.

Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels's restaurant is open for breakfast, offering guests an easy dining experience close to their room. In the evening, guests are invited to relax in the comfortable lounge bar. A wide variety of dining options are also found in the area.

The hotel's multilingual staff will make sure that every traveler has an enjoyable visit. 
Hotel Name
  • Early Check in / Late Check out
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning 
  • Business center 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • WiFi/Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Fitness center 
  • Sun terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe 
  • Hair Dryer
  • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
  • We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
  • Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
  • The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
  • Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.

Exclusions:

  • Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
  • Early Check in / Late Check out.
  • Optional tours.
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee of USD 100 is payable in cash locally.
  • Migration Card (Galapagos transit card) is fixed at USD 20 per person, for both Ecuadorian nationals and foreigners, and is paid in cash only at the airport.
  • USD 5 per person will be charged for a pier use.

What's Included:

  • Return international flights from Canada
  • Domestic flights 
  • A relaxing 2 nights’ accommodation at the 5 Star Hotel Swissôtel Quito
  • An enjoyable 2 nights’ stay at the El Septimo Paraiso, Ecuador
  • A lovely night spent at the Hostería Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo
  • A 1 night’s accommodation at the Termas de Papallacta
  • A wonderful 2 nights’ stay at the Hotel Silberstein on the island of Baltra in the Galápagos 
  • A fabulous 3 nights spent at the Hotel Blue Marlin on the island of San Cristóbal in the Galápagos
  • A lovely night spent at the Unipark Hotel in Guayaquil 
  • Visit to the Equator Monument 
  • Brief stop-off at the stunning Pululahua Crater
  • Visit to a local chocolate distributer in the small town of Mindo (you’ll get to try some chocolate too!)
  • Excursion to Mindo’s cloud rainforest, filled with exotic flora and fauna
  • Butterfly nursery tour, giving you the chance to feed the butterflies 
  • Tour of the famous indigenous village of Otavalo
  • Visit to the small village of Cotacachi 
  • Excursion to the ecological reserve of Cotacachi Cayapas where you’ll hike along the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake
  • Visit to the small village of Peguche where you’ll prepare a delicious lunch with the help of locals 
  • A relaxing soak in the hot springs of Papallacta 
  • Excursion to the snow-capped volcano of Cotopaxi and tour along Limpiopungo Lake
  • Visit to Isla Baltra in the Galápagos Islands 
  • Excursion in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • Lunch at a private ranch 
  • Half-day tour of Academy Bay with swimming and snorkeling 
  • Guided tour of the Charles Darwin research station
  • Excursion to Isla Lobos (the island of sea lions) and San Cristóbal’s powdery beaches 
  • Never go hungry: enjoy a daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 1 dinner during your holiday
  • All equipment included: snorkeling mask and fins, life vest, walking sticks for Cotopaxi National Park visit
  • Benefit from a certified English-speaking guide and a local nature guide for Galápagos National Park

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