Quito & Galapagos Islands Tour

TEC101: 13 Days Private Tour of Quito - Otavalo - Galapagos Islands - Quito
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking driver guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Quito, Airport Pick-up
Welcome to Ecuador! After you arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport of capital Quito, our driver guide will pick you up and send you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you can move freely. It is a good choice to hang out in the local market to sample snacks.

Accommodation: Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Day 2 Enjoy full day Quito city tour
After breakfast, we will drive to Mitad del Mundo, which will take about 40 minutes. It is regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Quito. Then we will keep driving to El Panecillo, where you can see the giant statue of the Virgin Mary with wings. After that, we will go to Quito Old Town to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-Gothic church in America. The next place we will go to visit is Plaza de la Independencia, with an Independence Heroes monument at the center. We will end up today's sightseeing at one of South America's most grandest and gorgeous churches, Iglesia DE la Compania DE Jesus, whose interior is decorated with a lot of gilt.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Day 3 Explore Mindo Cloud Forest
The driver guide will pick you up at the hotel in the morning, then drive 1.5 hours to Hummingbird Sanctuary. On the way, you can enjoy the beautiful Andes Mountains. On arrival, go to trace a variety of hummingbirds and taste the juicy tropical fruit. Afterwards, we will walk for about one hour to the Mindo Cloud Forest. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to see a variety of plants and animals and beautiful natural scenery. After arriving at the protected Cloud Forest Reserve, you can find towering dense forests, gurgling and clear rivers, and kinds of plants and birds everywhere, which makes you deeply immersed in the beauty of nature. At the end of the day, return back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Day 4 Visit Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast, we will drive to the Cotopaxi National Park in the Andes Mountains, which will take about 2 hours. After arriving, the driver guide will first accompany you to walk to the introduction center of the park to get an overview of the local animals. Then head to Lake Limpiopungo to climb the highest volcano nearby, the active Volcano Cotopaxi, where you will have the chance to see snow-capped mountains and rare animals and plants. After the visit, the driver guide will send you back to the hotel for rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Day 5 Interesting Otavalo Indian Market tour
On the 5th day, we will drive for 1.5 hours to the Otavalo Indian Market where there are many exquisite handicrafts. Then visit a waterfall Cascada de Peguche. Finally, we will visit a small town Cotacachi, known for its leather products made from cattle and sheep. At last, we will arrive at the Cuicocha Lake for a leisurely walk and stunning views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Day 6 Fly to Galapagos Islands, Visit La Loberia beach
The driver guide will pick you up from the hotel and send you to Quito International Airport in the morning so you can fly 3.5 hours to Isla San Cristobal on the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer you to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, the Galapagos tour really starts. You will be transferred by car to La Loberia Beach, where you can snorkel, see sea lions and fish or stroll leisurely. Afterwards, send you back to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Casa Playa Mann Galapagos
Day 7 Visit Kicker Rock in Isla San Cristobal
During today's Galapagos tour, we will visit the great Kicker Rock around the harbour. After breakfast, drive to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Port and then change to a boat to Kicker Rock, taking 1.5 hours. Kicker Rock consists of two huge rocks, which are home to many marine species such as the hammerhead shark, the white-tipped reef shark and hundreds of species of fishes. There's a wide, quiet channel between two rocks, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, and observing animals like Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and sea lions. On arrival, you can observe wild life near rocks, as well as go snorkeling in the water to observe sea creatures. After today's sightseeing, transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Casa Playa Mann Galapagos
Day 8 Transfer to Isla Santa Cruz, visit Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Centre
This morning, take the two-hour speed boat to Isla Santa Cruz and then take a car to the hotel for check-in. After a short break, the guide will escort you to the beautiful Tortuga Bay, the birthplace of many baby turtles. Move on to the Charles Darwin Research Centre, where you can see a large number of well-preserved plant specimens of the Galapagos Islands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Silberstein
Day 9 Navigation to Isla Santa Fe
Today, head to a small island southeast to Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Santa Fe for a shared tour. First drive to Puerto Ayora Dock to take a yacht to get there. Snorkel once you arrive, and then watch local sea turtles, manta rays, a variety of colorful fish and even sharks. After today's Galapagos Islands tour, take the yacht back to Puerto Ayora and the driver guide will send you back to the hotel to rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Silberstein
Day 10 Transfer to Isla Isabela, visit Sierra Negra Volcano & Tortoise Breeding Center
Today we will take the speed boat to Isla Isabela, with the whole journey of 2.5 - 3 hours. After getting off the ship, take a car to the hotel. After check-in, we will go to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second largest in the world. After reaching the crater, the guide will accompany you to hike to Volcan Chico. This cluster of small craters offers stunning views of the volcano. After the visit, enjoy a delicious lunch. Later, we will return on foot and then take the car to the Tortoise Breeding Center where you can have a close look at the tortoise. At the end of the day, send you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Isabela Beach House
Day 11 Enjoy shared snorkeling tour in Lava Tunnels
Today we will head to Isla Isabela's most spectacular snorkeling site, Lava Tunnels to begin the shared snorkeling tour, a highlight of this Galapagos Islands tour. The water here is very shallow and clear and you will for sure have a good time. We need to take a boat to Lava Tunnels, taking 45 minutes. Along the way, we'll have a chance to see huge turtles, manta rays, penguins, sharks, blue-footed boobies and so on. After the trip, return to the hotel for a rest. In the afternoon, you are free to go for a walk on the beach or attend other activities you like.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Isabela Beach House
Day 12 Transfer from Isla Isabela to Isla Baltra, Fly back to Quito
Today our representative will join you on the 2.5 hour ferry to Isla Santa Cruz. Upon arrival, he or she will send you to Isla Baltra Airport, where you can take a flight back to Quito. It will arrive about 2 hours 10 minutes later, and then our local driver will send you to the hotel to rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Day 13 Quito departure, Drop-off service
According to your flight timetable, our driver will send you to the airport on time. May you have a nice trip home!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Economy class airfare of Quito - Galapagos - Quito
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Service of English speaking driver guides as itinerary specifices
  • Services of private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Quito, Guayaquil, Baños Entrance Fees
  • Galapagos TCT Card & Galapagos Park fee USD100 per person
Price Excludes
  • International flights into and out Ecuador
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Ecuador visa fee
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