ECUADOR HIGHLIGHTS

A trip through mainland Ecuador Highlights is pretty impressive. The country has four drastically different regions, the Andes mountains, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific coast and of course the Galapagos Islands. Each region has its own unique fauna and flora, climate and culture. The highlights of Ecuador trips let you visit two or more regions and take you to their most beautiful places.  Via this link, you can find all the Andes Mountain Tours that Rebecca Adventure Travel offers.

Sea Turtle. Galapagos Island Hopping

Sea Turtle


8 DAYS LUXURY TOUR ECUADOR (25ECLU8)

During this 8-day luxury tour through Ecuador, you will visit Quito, explore the Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands. Your trip starts in Quito which offers you diverse and rich activities. From a marvelous visit through the beautiful churches and museums to a panoramic lookout called La Virgen del Panecillo. Next, your trip will bring you to the Andean mountains of Ecuador. You will visit one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, together with its surrounding villages. Here you will hike down to the lagoon and up again. Also, this is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms, because of the special attention that will be paid to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people. Alongside, you will visit Hacienda Zuleta which is a colonial working farm in the Northern Andes of Ecuador. After your trip to the mainland of Ecuador, you will fly to the Galapagos Islands to your designated luxury cruise. The Galapagos Islands are a unique destination with flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The surrounding marine reserve has been called a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution”. The Galapagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species.


ITINERARY

B = Breakfast included
L = Lunch included
D = Dinner included

DAY 1 (-):
ARRIVAL IN QUITO
Today your English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport in Quito. The driver will take you to your hotel in Quito where you can relax the rest of the day.
Accommodation in Hotel Plaza Grande.

DAY 2 (B, L, D):
QUITO CITY TOUR
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Then, you will go on a Quito City Tour. This city is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and was founded in the 16th century, on top of the ruins of an ancient Inca city. Quito is located at an altitude of 2.850 meters. So, you will explore the highlights of the city, including Panecillo, the Basilic and the San Francisco Monastery. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, where you will also have lunch. Here you will be staying for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation in Hotel Plaza Grande.

DAY 3 (B, L, D):
QUILOTOA
Your guide will pick you up and bring you to Quilotoa, after having a large breakfast. On your way, you will visit an interesting indigenous market in Saquisili. Afterwards, you will continue your way to Quilotoa, where you will arrive around 11.00 AM.  You will go hiking in the crater lake of Quilotoa and then, you will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Shalala Lodge. In the afternoon, you will return to the Hacienda.
Accommodation in Hacienda Zuleta.

DAY 4 (B, L, D):
ZULETA HORSEBACK RIDING
At 08:00 AM, you will be picked up by your guide to go to Hacienda Zuleta. You will arrive approximately around 11.00 AM at the Hacienda, where you will have time to look around. After lunch, you’ll have the option to go horseback riding or go mountain biking.
Accommodation in Hacienda Zuleta.

DAY 5 (B, L, D)DAY 8 (B):
FLIGHT TO GALAPAGOS – GALAPAGOS LUXURY CRUISE / 4 DAY DELUXE GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING
On your last day, you will fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. You can choose between doing a Galapagos Luxe Cruise or 4 Day Deluxe Galapagos Island Hopping

Option 1: Galapagos Luxe Cruise
On this cruise, you will visit two spots a day, you will get 3 meals a day and, depending on the service, also drinks.There are about 50 independent cruise boats on the Galápagos. Luxe Cruises guides have a degree in biology or geography, the common spaces on board sometimes have a living room, sun deck, tv room or jacuzzi (depends on the boat), the cabins are bigger and there is space for a queen or sometimes even king size bed. All boats we offer do have their private bathroom per room (2 people) but the quality and duration of hot water and the size and facilities of the bathroom depend strongly on the class.

Option 2: Galapagos 4 Day Deluxe Island Hopping
DAY 5 (L):
BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ
At the Baltra airport (GPS), you meet up with our English speaking guide who will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz. If you arrive before 02:00 PM you have lunch in the highlands. If you arrive later you will only visit the highlands. In the highlands, you visit a privately owned farm where you will find the giant tortoises. It is located on the natural path tortoises take every year as they either migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season (June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wet season. The Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living tortoise species, weighing up to 250 kg (550 lb). It plays an important biological role as the top grazer in its habitat. After this visit, you will be dropped off at your hotel where you can rest.
Accommodation in Hotel Ikala.

DAY 6  (B, L):
DAY TOUR TO UNINHABITED ISLAND (BARTOLOME, NORTH SEYMOUR, SOUTH PLAZAS OR SANTA FE)
Today you will go by boat to one of the islands around Santa Cruz. Depending on the availability you go to either North Seymour, Bartolome, South Plazas or Santa Fe. After breakfast, you leave the island with a beautiful small yacht. Depending on the islands it is 20 min – 2 hours navigating to get there. Lunch is served on board.
Accommodation in Hotel Ikala.

DAY 7 (B):
ISABELA – SANTA CRUZ – BAY TOUR
At 06:00 AM you take the public speedboat back to Santa Cruz. First, you have time to relax and at 02:00 PM your Bay Tour starts. With the Bay Tour, you visit the highlights around Puerto Ayora by boat. The first destination will be La Loberia where you find sea lions. Next, you will navigate for about 15 minutes to arrive at Punta Camaño Islet. Here you will snorkel with sea lions and a large variety of fish. Furthermore, you will go on a channel where you can spot tintora sharks and blue-footed boobies. Your next activity will be a visit to the Channel of Love. This is another formation by fissure that results in a beautiful, sleepy water channel with excellent scenic beauty. Finally, Playa de Los Perros. This is a 15-minute walk until you reach the beach where you will be able to observe lots of dog crabs colonies, lots of large marine iguanas on the island and unparalleled scenic views. Get an impression of this tour by watching the following video:
* If you prefer to take the afternoon boat back to Santa Cruz (03:00 PM) it is also possible but you won’t be able to do any activities this day.
Accommodation in Hotel Ikala.

DAY 8 (B):
PUERTO AYORA – BALTRA
After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.


INCLUDED

  • 4 nights accommodation in suites.
  • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
  • Private transport
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • All the activities and excursions as described in the itinerary.
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English, and Spanish.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Flights Quito – Galapagos – Quito
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $ 100 p.p.
  • Migratory Control Card (Quito Airport): $ 20 p.p.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Required immunizations (mandatory) – Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B.
  • Additional food and beverages.
  • Optional tips for guide.

PRICE

Depends on the number of guests and cruise availability. For further information please contact us.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Pick up on the start day of the tour from San Cristobal airport (any arrival time is good) is included. We recommend you to book flights that arrive early on the first day and that leave late on the last day. If your flight leaves before 11 AM on the last day and you arrive after in the afternoon after 12.00 you will miss some activities.
  • You will have different guides during the day tours of the program, there are no guides on the transportation between islands. There are coordinators on the different islands.
  • Please try to bring small bags and luggage, The Galapagos public transportation is on average small and it takes more time and space when you bring large baggage.
  • Please note that tap water at the Galapagos might contain bacteria so we recommend to always use bottled water, even when brushing your teeth.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • Important things to bring: Warm, windproof and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
  • It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Bring your own rain poncho otherwise buy it here in Ecuador and take it with you for the activities, because the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get wet.
  • Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect Camera and important documents from the rain.
  • If you like to enjoy watching Animals please get some binoculars (10×40 are much better).

 


ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the guests so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • Team: the enthusiastic international travel agents have lots of travel experience themselves
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and her team
  • 24/7 assistance: the team can be contacted 24/7 by phone (including Whatsapp) in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch).
  • Insurances: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all mandatory insurances for tour operators.

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