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Dolores Veintimilla N2 - 68 y Rita Lecumberri

Quito - Ecuador

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Andes and Galapagos tour - Itineraries

Day 1

Quito - Transfer Hotel

Day 2

Quito city tour - Middle of the world

Following breakfast, we’ll pick you up and take you on an extended tour of one of the most picturesque and colonial cities in South America. We’ll take in the old town of the city, and visit important historical areas such as the Plaza del Independencia and the Presidential Palace. We’ll also take in a number of imposing gothic churches before working up to the amazing Basillica.

Ecuador is home to the middle of the world! Travel on a guided private tour from Quito to the location where the southern and northern hemispheres meet and view the monument which stands to represent this great divide! You can't visit Ecuador without going to the middle of the world. Back to your hotel in Quito

Arrival at Quito Mariscal Airport (UIO), pick up and transfer to the hotel. Activities could be scheduled on this day, but this will depend on the arrival time (and energy levels).

Our hotel in Quito are:   You can choose! Or any other that you want. Afternoon free to acclimatised! 

Day 3

Otavalo Tour full day

The market at Otavalo is one of the best known indigenous markets in the whole of Latin America. Although the market is held every day, it is at it’s best on Saturday mornings when people from all over the area come to buy and sell their wares. 

 We aim to arrive around 11am when the market is in full swing with locals and tourists alike. A great many bargains can be had here, with prices a lot cheaper than found in Quito. We’ll continue on to the Cotacachi leather factories and the San Pablo lake before returning to Quito.

Day 4

Quito - Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the World, the volcano offers climbing experiences for all skill levels.  The immense plain that surrounds the volcano offers a wonderful landscape with extraordinary geological conditions and numerous flora and fauna.

  You will have a walking around the Limpiopungo Lagoon and the Cotopaxi National Park, this park includes 83,829 acres, and the altitude ranges from 11,152 ft. to 19,347 ft., above sea level.  This park is home to deer, pumas, condors, wild horses and llamas. Night at  Chilcabamba Lodge.

Friday: Meeting the community – Activities on board – Island Exploration

The M/V Anakonda will continue upstream, en route to the Pañacocha Lake (Piranha Lake, in the native language Quechua). Here we will be marveled by the unique creatures that inhabit the area: Common Squirrel Monkeys, and of course the infamous Piranhas.

The ecosystem of the Pañacocha Lake and its surrounding areas make it the perfect habitat for the Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish, known locally as Arawana and the White Caiman. Later, we will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit an Authentic Indigenous home, belonging to the Oraco family.

After, we return on board the cruise for lunch and take a moment to relax while navigating upstream. After lunch we will offer various cultural lectures, documentary screenings, and hands on experiences regarding topics about: local handcrafts and cuisine. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River, home to hundreds of Amazonian monkeys.

Unquestionably, after an entire day in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, you will have more questions than answers about the amazon. Luckily for our passengers, we will host a dinner accompanied by local nature and cultural guides who will make sure everyone on board is an expert on Ecuadorian Amazonia. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.

Day 5

Quilotoa Tour - Banos

We head to Laguna Quilotoa itself today and start with a great photo opportunity at the rim. The Quilotoa Loop is an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of 3,800 m. display beautiful views of the Andean mountains.

We then hike down to the water’s edge where we can take a boat out to the middle of the lake and experience the gaseous ejections from the center of the earth. We're then heading towards Zumbahua to take in the market, before carrying on to the slightly larger town of Pujilí - a center for ceramics and pottery crafts. It's then we will go to Baños night at Hotel la Floresta or any hotel in Banos!

Day 6

Today we’ll take you on a city tour of Baños, as well as into the local area to marvel at the waterfalls and scenery. There is much to do in Baños, from taking it easy to white water rafting and bungee jumpi

The harmonious sound of nature, lush vegetation and crystal clear water are the characteristics of the Manto de la Novia Waterfall. Located 12 km from Baños, before Green River. It is the ideal place to take a break and get away from the routine of the city. It is the only waterfall in the country located in the urban area and can be seen from anywhere in the city, next to this are the spas of the Virgin.

Day 7

Banos drive back to Quito

After breakfast the guide will take you to your hotel in Quito, afternoon Free.

Day 8

Transfer Flight to Galapagos

5 days Cruise - Golondrina Yatch - Monday to Friday

Monday

Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island - AM

Departing Guayaquil to Galapagos (1½ Hour Flight).

BALTRA ISLAND: Home to Galapagos’ main airport, this will be the starting point of your experience aboard the best tour of the Galapagos Islands. A bilingual guide will meet you at the airport and assist you during the transfer onboard the Golondrina.

PM – After Lunch

TORTUGA BAY BEACH: After a 1½ Hour walk through the most inhabited island in Galapagos you’ll arrive at the white sands and turquoise waters of Tortuga Bay. One of the most beautiful beaches of the Galapagos, Tortuga Bay has actually two beaches to offer: a wave-pounding surf that’s frequented by locals. 

Banos tour full day

Day 9

Tuesday

AM – After Breakfast

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (CHARLES DARWIN SCIENTIFIC STATION): Visit the 1959-established Charles Darwin Station to learn about the Giant Tortoises and their reproduction, as well as the origin and formation of the archipelago.

PM – After Lunch

PRIMICIAS RANCH: On the very first stop, you’ll be able to see the staple and namesake of the Islands: the Giant Tortoise, these gentle creatures are easily spotted gracing through the foliage or resting. Harder to spot but equally fascinating, the many birds that reside in the Galapagos are literal descendants of the Andean Plateau species; endemic sub-species of Mockingbirds, Flycatchers, Cattle Egrets and Finches can be seen throughout the Ranch.

Baltra Island - Santa Cruz

Day 10

Wenesday

AM – After Breakfast

TINTORERAS: Located South of Port Villamil, Tintoreras has a tranquil turquoise-water bay where a variety of marine life can be seen: sea turtles, iguanas, and sea lions are almost a guaranteed spot. The bay is connected to a shallow fissure, when the tide is low the entrance is cut off and sharks and stingrays can be found swimming within. Lunch onboard. PM

ARNALDO TUPIZA BREEDING CENTER: The population of giant tortoises of the island is maintained through their bred-in-captivity program.

Tintoreras - Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center

Day 11

Tintoreras - Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding

Thursday

Santa Cruz Island

AM – After Breakfast

RABIDA ISLAND: One of the more colorful and volcanically active islands of the archipelago, as well as an amazing diving site. We begin at the prominent Brown-Sanded Beach of Rabida, then a light ½ a mile hike to reach a lookout of breath-taking view. A paradise for birdwatchers, Flycatchers, Brown Pelicans, Galapagos Hawks, varieties of Finches and many other of the rarer species flock to Rabida. Wet landing, lunch onboard.

Thrusday 

Santa Cruz Island

AM – After Breakfast

RABIDA ISLAND: One of the more colorful and volcanically active islands of the archipelago, as well as an amazing diving site. We begin at the prominent Brown-Sanded Beach of Rabida, then a light ½ a mile hike to reach a lookout of breath-taking view. A paradise for birdwatchers.

Wednesday: The adventure ends

Thrusday 

Santa Cruz Island

AM – After Breakfast

RABIDA ISLAND: One of the more colorful and volcanically active islands of the archipelago, as well as an amazing diving site. We begin at the prominent Brown-Sanded Beach of Rabida, then a light ½ a mile hike to reach a lookout of breath-taking view. A paradise for birdwatchers.

Day 12

Tintoreras - Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center 

 

Friday

This center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.

Transfer to Baltra - Galapagos - Quito or Guayaquil.

Transfer to your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil

Day 13

 

In the morning transfer to the Airport - End of the tour

Transfer out to Baltra - Quito or Guayaquil

US: +1.203.443.9365

Quito, Ecuador: +593.999.721.198

Dolores Veintimilla N2 - 68 y Rita Lecumberri

Quito - Ecuador

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