13 Days / 12 Nights
Quito – Cotopaxi - Riobamba – Guayaquil & Galapagos Island with overnight in land Hotel
01 Day: International arrivel in Quito
Assistance on your arrival in Quito and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this unusual city and magical country.
02 Day: Quito city tours & Middle of the World
Set off on your Quito adventure by heading for the cobblestone streets of the city’s historic centre, where gold churches and ancient convents dot the wealth of colonial sites.We’ll walk from the heart of the Old Town – Independence Plaza – on to the impressive Independence Monument, the city’s cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Government Palace. Along the way, we’ll learn about the significance of these sites, and the roles they’ve played in Ecuador’s rich history. There are lots of stories and legends behind the façades of the city’s most famous buildings, and you’ll hear all the tales as you gain insight into this fascinating city.
We’ll then continue on to La Compañía de Jesús, a breathtaking old Jesuit church with a façade carved entirely out of volcanic stone and an interior covered in gold leaf. Explore the old University of San Gregorio and then continue walking through ancient streets on our way to La Ronda, one of the most traditional old Quito streets.
Next up, we’ll visit a woodcarving workshop where the artisans still work in the old Quito school style — and maybe even get to try it out ourselves! We’ll learn how to carve, gold plate, and set just as Ecuadorian ancestors used to do. Talk about a hands-on experience! While we’re there, you’ll get the chance to talk with these incredible artistsand learn more about their craft.
With all that Quito culture in our heads (and bellies!), we’ll walk back to the main square meeting point to end this amazing Urban Adventure. Then we will go on to private tours to Middle of the World It is one of the main attractions for domestic and international tourists. Inside lies the Equatorial Monument, perched on the Latitude 0 ° 0'0 , which can be in two hemispheres at once. Its architecture is based on a representative sample of the colonial style. A few minutes away is the Intiñan Museum, where you can conduct scientific experiments and know more about the history of the peoples who inhabited the place
03 Day: Quito / Otavalo / Quito
After Breakfast tours to Otavalo Market is located in a beautiful mountain region, about 2 hours to the north of Quito, is one of the main tourist destinations in Ecuador, visited by thousands of domestic and foreign tourists who come every day attracted by its colorful handicrafts, beautiful lakes and amazing scenery.
San Pablo Lake
The lagoon of San Pablo is one of 28 lakes available to the province of Imbabura, which more than providing excellent landscape, delights and distracts the presence of small white sailboat, crossing in its placid waters. The lake is surrounded by cattails that is used by local communities as Huaycopungo in making handicrafts Otavalo Market or Plaza de los Ponchos Otavalo is famous among visitors for its cultural diversity, the indigenous market, known as Plaza de los Ponchos, offers a unique experience, here will find a display of local crafts and much more, this folkloric event runs all week but Saturdays is when craftsmen from various regions come to the site, making this show one of the largest in the country.
04 Day: Quito / Cotopaxi / Riobamba
After breakfast will pick you up on it's car at your hotel We will drive aproximatelly 1:30 hours to arrive to the Cotopaxi National Park. In our way up the Guide will prove it's skill driving a 4x4 as the road is full of rivers you need to cross and very stip hills. At arrival to the National Park we should be able to get a first glimpse of the hightest active volcano in the world!
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
05 Day: Riobamba / Train Nose of The Devil / Guayaquill
The Devils Nose train in its day was one of the finest and Most Daring feats of engineering That had seen the world , and as you descend the mountainside switchbacks down to shear it is not
difficult to see why ! The railway originally connected the mountain region to the coast , and The most challenging obstacle in Their path was the giant rock face Known as the Devils Nose - the recently restored tracks here take you from Alausi at 3323 meters down to Sibambe at around 2500 meters. An early start is required to head south to Alausi station , our boarding point for the famed Devils Nose Train. The whole descent is around 800 meters to the small station of
Sibambe in the valley below. Free time and a snack are included Until it is time to board the train again and head back up to Alausi to meet your driver. So we go on by our private car to Guayaquil
06 Day: Guayaquil city tours
Upon pick up from your hotel we familiarise ourselves with this colourful city, one much different to its highland counterpart, Quito. Known for its fast-pace and bold nature, Guayaquil still has many points of interest, including Parque Simón Bolivar, ( popularly known as Parque de las Iguanas ). The park is a delightful place for bird lovers as the abundant ficus trees here are home to some truly exotic flycatchers and arboreal Iguanas. Experience the splendid Palacio Municipal and the several monuments including the architecturally severe Gobernacion de la Provincia building situated on the promenade at the waterfront Malecon Simon Bolivar which lines the shore of the Guayas river. Positioned behind the park is a Neo Gothic Cathedral which provides an insight into Guayaquil´s interesting past. In close proximity are the Moorish Tower and the awe inspiring Rotonda Monument portraying Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin shaking hands. The two South American generals who liberated the continent from Spain met in Guayaquil in 1822. As we stroll through the attractive district of Las Peñas, amid old houses constructed from timber, we pass art galleries and cafes with beautiful views. On route we visit “ Mercado Plaza del Sur ”, a metallic structure designed by Eiffel. Heading west of Las Peñas, back to the hotel, we pass an extensive cemetery filled with remarkably ornate tombs, a vestige of times gone by, illustrating Guayaquil´s wealth over the last century. This stimulating three hour tour guides you through the cities pride and joy.
07 Day: Guayaquil / Baltra / Rancho Primicias & Twin Craters
Upon arrivel in Baltra Airport transfer to Santa Cruz, a guide will be waiting us to take us to the hotel where we can leave our luggage. We will seize the morning to visit the Rancho Primicias in the island’s highlands where we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat
Then we go on to Lava Tunnels " There are eight lava tubes on Isla Santa Cruz," " The largest lava tubes in the Galapagos are on Santa Cruz Island." It is estimated that the last eruptions occurred around a million and a half years ago. There is a gigantic lava tunnel that is over 2000 meters long on the island that many tourists visit and walk through
Los Gemelos ( Twin Craters ) are located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. They are not actual craters caused by impact, but are sink holes that were created when the volcanic roof of empty magma chambers collapsed from tectonic shifts and erosion over time.
This area has very different climate from other parts of the island and are surrounded by scalesia ( scalesia pedunculata ) forests, which our tour guide kept calling “broccoli trees.” It is the habitat for bromeliads, orchids, mosses, lichens and many birds. Here, you are able to find the famous vermillion flycatcher, 8 species of Charles Darwin finches, and every so often short-eared owls
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
08 Day: Grietas & Tortuga Bay
After breakfast we will Hike through a forest of enormous cacti and over rugged lava rock formations to one of the most unique swimming holes in the Galapagos Islands. Las Grietas, which translates literally to mean "the cracks," is a series of volcanic crevices that were formed during the cooling of molten lava. The porous lava stone of the island allows water to filter down from the highlands into Las Grietas where it mixes with sea water filtering in from the ocean. The resulting azure waters are crystalline and refreshing. Las Grietas is a popular swimming destination for locals and visitors alike. Float blissfully in the cool water -- or get your adrenaline pumping by jumping from the new wooden platform. A Naturalist Guide is not required to visit as the trail has been improved, but it is not recommended to travel alone as the jagged lava rocks en route can be tricky.
After lunch we walk to Tortuga Bay It’s located on the Santa Cruz Island, about a 20-minute walk from the main water taxi dock in Puerto Ayora. The walking path is 1.55 miles ( 2,490 m ) and is open from six in the morning to six in the evening. We must sign in and out at the start of the path with the Galapagos Park Service office. Tortuga Bay has a gigantic, perfectly preserved beach that is forbidden to swimmers and is preserved for the wildlife where many Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Crabs and Birds are seen dotted along the Volcanic Rocks. There is a separate cove where you can swim where it is common to view White Tip Reef Sharks swimming in groups & on occasion Tiger Shark The genus, Galeocerdo, is derived from the Greek galeos, which means shark, and the Latin cerdus, the word for the hard hairs of pigs. It is often colloquially called the man-eater shark
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
09 Day: Santa Cruz Island to Isabella Island ( Flamengos Lagoon & Sea Kayaking with Penguins )
a.m. Transfer to catch the Speed Boat to Isabela Island, It’s the largest island of the Galapagos with an area of 4,640 square kilometres ( 1,790 sq mi ), and length of 100 kilometres ( 62 mi ) almost four times larger than Santa Cruz, the second largest of the archipelago. It was named after Queen Isabela of Spain. It was originally named Albemarle after the Duke of Albemarle. The island strides the Equator
Isabela's rich animal, bird, and marine life is beyond compare. Isabela is home to more wild tortoises than all the other islands. Isabela's large size and notable topography created barriers for the slow-moving tortoises; apparently the creatures were unable to cross lava flows and other obstacles, causing several different sub-species of tortoise to develop. Today, tortoises roam free in the calderas of Alcedo, Wolf, Cerro Azul, Darwin and Sierra Negra.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Arrive in Isabela transfer to the selected hostal or hotel after checking we will walk around to Flamingos Lagoon an expansive coastal lagoon that serves as one of the primary breeding grounds for Flamingos
In the afternoon we take our ocean kayaks and paddle out to Tintoreras, a set of small islets within Isabela Bay. The islets are filled with wildlife and are home to the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin that lives in equatorial region. We will also see sharks, marine turtles, sea lions, Blue Footed Bobies and much more wildlife as we explore its many small coves and beaches.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10 Day: Tunnels & Wall of Tears
After breakfast we will go to the pier for a 45 minute fibra ( a small boat ) ride to a place where lava flow impacted with the oceans waves to form the stunning tubes and bridges of Los Tunneles. Los Tunneles is a marine paradise for the white tipped reef shark, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeon fish, Galápagos green sea turtle and the Galápagos sea lion.This site is one of the most spectacular places for snorkelling in Isabela as the water is shallow, clear and calm. This marine sanctuary is characterized by its unique geologic formations. A series of lava flows have produced a number of arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. As soon as you get to the intertidal starting point you will be released to snorkel through astoundingly beautiful site
The Wall of Tears ( Spanish: El Muro de las Lágrimas ) is a historical site 5 km west of
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11 Day: Sierra Negra Volcano / Free day
Early morning around 07.00 a.m. we will have a tours to Sierra Negra Volcano it’s one of the five volcanos on the island of Isabela, and boasts the second largest volcanic caldera in the world ( Yellowstone National Park in the United States is the largest in case You were wondering ). On the sierra Negra Volcano You hike to the rim of the six miles wide crater and then trek across an alien landscape of lava fields and fumaroles. The Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos, with the last eruption in 2005 Though You probably won’t’ see any lava flowing, You will have the opportunity to explore thermal vents and other fascinating geologic features before stopping for a snak near volcán Chico. The vistas from this spot are among the most breathtaking in Isabela and on clear afternoons afford views of the northern volcanoes on Isabela and Fernandina. A savory hot lunch at Campo Duro rounds out this challenging but rewarding day.
12 Day: Isabela Free Day
Free day for relax Photo Gallery
13 Day: Isabela Island / Baltra / Guayaquil / Home
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