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Ecuador Mainland & the Galapagos Islands

If you’re already exploring Ecuador on terra firma you’re this close to the eco-lover's paradise: the Galápagos, so we’ve brought both together in one 14-day tour. Start with all the on-land highlights like the Amazon, the stunning landscapes in the Ecuadorian highlands, and get an unforgettable experience staying right in the Amazon jungle. Experience the Galápagos aboard the Xavier III where comfy cabins, giant tortoises, and sea lions will have you wanting to jump ship — but only to go snorkelling, of course.

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  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEQG/205174
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Baños
  • Tena
  • Papallacta
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • North Seymour
  • Mosquera Island
  • Santiago Island
  • Bartolomé Island
  • Puerto Ayora

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until the evening. Please check at the hotel reception for a welcome note from your CEO advising on the time and location of the welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Quito/Baños

Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs.

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Day 3: Baños

Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.

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Day 4: Baños/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community. Enjoy nature walks and learn about local culture.
Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest.

Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand.

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Day 5: Tena

Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.

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Day 6: Tena/Papallacta

Take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.

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Day 7: Papallacta/Quito

Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore.

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Day 8: Quito

Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the many sights Quito has to offer.

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Day 9: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions.
In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Isla Lobos, a small island home a friendly population of sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters watch as the curious pups blow bubbles, swim in circles and frolic in the waves.

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Day 10: North Seymour/Mosquera Island

Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.

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Day 11: Santiago Island/Bartolomé Island

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

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Day 12: Puerto Ayora

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear saltwater lagoon.

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Day 13: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city.

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Day 14: Quito

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
    • Baños stay
    • Amazon Jungle homestay and cooking demonstrations (2 nts)
    • Papallacta Hot Springs stay
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (3 nts)
    • All meals aboard the Xavier
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Overnight on Santa Cruz Island
    • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, North Seymour, and Sullivan Bay
    • Visit to North Seymour to see nesting seabirds
    • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
    • Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation (Santa Cruz)
    • Academy Bay tour
    • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Internal flights
    • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard Xavier
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (3 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, public bus, walking, motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, panga
    Group Leader
    • CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in mainland Ecuador, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Get your adrenaline pumping in adventurous Baños
  • Soak in the hot springs at Papallacta
  • Spend three nights cruising through Galápagos National Park
  • Snorkel to search for sea turtles and rays
  • Hike through Bartolomé's lava fields
  • See giant tortoises in Santa Cruz