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QUITO & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, about 1.000 km away from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflect the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch. These animals inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection after his visit in 1835.

9 DAYS – COLONIAL QUITO & GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING (25GPHCQ9)

Rebecca Adventure Travel offers a unique experience of the Galapagos islands, the way we see them: as locals. With this 9 day program your whole trip is arranged, from your Quito airport pick up up to your Quito airport drop off. Flights from and to the Galapagos Islands are included. You stay in tourist – tourist superior class hotel in Quito and the Galapagos and tours and activities are included as well. After 9 days you will have had a great experience at the Galapagos Islands with the highlights of the Colonial capital of Quito.


ITINERARY

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

DAY 1:
QUITO ARRIVAL
Today you will be picked up with an English or Dutch speaking driver from the airport. You will be taken to your hotel in Quito.
Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

DAY 2 (B, L):
QUITO CITY & EQUATOR TOUR
After breakfast, our guide pick you up to do a City tour in the historical centre of Quito (part of the UNESCO Wold Heritage list), the Pululahua Crater and to the Equator museum (Inti Nan). You will have a local lunch in the historical center of Quito.
Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

DAY 3 (B, L, D):
QUITO – BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
In the morning our driver drops you off at Quito Airport from where you fly to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, you will meet up with your English speaking guide who takes you in direction to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). But on the way you will stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a farm where they have giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You will have a local lunch there (only if you arrive before 14.00). Afterwards, you will  be dropped off in your hotel in Puerto Ayora.
Accommodation at Fernandina Hotel or similar

DAY 4 (B, L, D):
CHARLES DARWIN’S STATION –  BAY TOUR
After breakfast you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. It is known for its amazing turtles, born from only 3 inches to 4 feet long. These species of turtles tend to interact with each other and also with humans, showing their head for a pet. The new hatchlings are kept until they are approximately four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. After lunch you will do the Bay Tour. 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. Also, you will go on a channel where you can spot Tintorera 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.
Accommodation at Fernandina Hotel or similar

DAY 5 (B, L, D):
PUERTO AYORA – FLAMINGO LAGOON – TINTORERAS – WETLANDS
At 7 AM you take a small public speedboat to Isabela, which lasts approximately three hours. After dropping the luggage in your hotel you will start with the activities; Tintoreras, Wetlands and Flamingo Lagoon.
Tintoreras Islet is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will board a boat for 10 minutes to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. After lunch you will have a little break and then you will have a tour to The Wetlands, here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The next activity is a visit to The Wall of Tears and Flamingo Lagoon.
* Please have in mind that the total length of the walk in The Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Accommodation at Hotel San Vicente or similar

DAY 6 (B, L, D):
SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO TREK – CONCHA PERLA SNORKEL
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. The Sierra Negra Volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, with 6 miles wide and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight you will travel by bus for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park, where you begin the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano. This hike takes approximately 4 hours, it starts at 870 meters of altitude and at the top of the crater you will have reached 1040 m. After that you will proceed to the Volcan Chico, where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of the volcano’s activity. Here you will stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. After a brief rest in the hotel, you’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where you can observe the colourful fishes, sea urchins, starfishes, sea lions, or even sea turtles.
Accommodation at Hotel San Vicente or similar

On this day you can also take a Snorkeling Tour to Los Tuneles instead of Concha Perla and Sierra Negra tours (+ 70 USD pp)

DAY 7 (B):
THE TWINS – BALTRA
At 6 AM you will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way you will stop by The Twins” (“The Gemelos”), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. In the afternoon you take a flight back to Quito where you have the time to relax and to prepare for your last day in Ecuador.
Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

DAY 8 (B):
QUITO FREE DAY/ OPTIONAL DAY TOUR
Today you have a day off to explore Quito yourself, to go shopping or to take an optional day trip.
Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

DAY 9 (B):
TRANSFER OUT
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport.


INCLUDED

  • All meals are included (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D= dinner).
  • Return flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.
  • Accommodation in double/single private room at standard tourist class hotels.
  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure time.
  • Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary.
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking).
  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. cash only.
  • Migratory Control Card / INGALA Transit Card $ 20 p.p. – cash only.
  • Isabela dock fee $ 10 p.p. cash only.
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back)
  • Personal travel & health insurance
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November) $ 5 p.p. per day – cash only
  • For rent: rain boots (recommended for Sierra Negra hike between June – September) $ 2 p.p. per day
  • Optional tips for the guide

TRAVEL STYLE

This Ecuador & Galapagos is a mixed tour with private and shared group tours. The shared group tours are a mix of group day tours and individual private day tours. Every group day tour will have different travelers. You can have a different driver/guide every day. There are different tour coordinators on every island. You can start this tour every day of the year.


PRICE

$ 1,960 p.p. for 8 or more guests
$ 2,160 p.p. for 2 or more guests

* Single travelers have a private room with a private bathroom.
* For children under the age of 12, there is a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
* Optional: snorkeling tour to Los Túneles on the third day: $ 70 p.p.
* Optional: dinner outside of the hotel: discount of $ 10 p.p./per day.


EXTRA INFO ABOUT THIS TOUR

  • It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.
  • If your flight is delayed or canceled and you cannot make it to Puerto Ayora in time to take the last speedboat to Isabela Island, which departs around 14:00, the team assist you with finding accommodation on Santa Cruz Island but this will be on your own expense. You will miss the planned activities.
  • There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands.
  • Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.
  • All meals consist of basic, local Ecuadorian food. If you prefer to have dinner outside the hotel, you can get a discount of $ 10 p.p./per day. Please let us know beforehand if you want this option.
  • Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.
  • 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.).
  • 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.

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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