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23-Day Classic Ecuador & Galapagos

23 Days
Ecuador & Galapagos
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Tour Summary

This Ecuador & Galapagos complete tour will show you all the highlights of this so diverse country. You won’t miss a thing for sure! During this 23-day tour, you will visit the 3 main regions of Ecuador: the Andes, the Amazon, and the very famous Galapagos. The activities are adventurous and very diverse. Explore Ecuador & Galapagos with our tour!

Highlights

  • checkLos TunelesSnorkel in the clear waters and swim with a lot of different unique animal species.
  • checkSanta Cruz highlandsYou will be surrounded by impressive flora and fauna including giant tortoises in their natural habitat and unique volcanic features.
  • checkAmazon RainforestTrek into the rainforest with the bilingual guide and be amazed by the incredible diversity of animals and plants.
  • checkQuito's Old TownQuito has the biggest and the best-preserved historical center in South America.
  • checkCotopaxi VolcanoOne of the highest active volcanoes in the world, covered with an iced peak.
  • checkQuilotoa lakeOne of the most beautiful lagoons in South America with its turquoise waters.
  • checkCanopy tour MindoFly through the views to see the cloud forest from above on a canopy line.
  • checkOtavalo’s marketStroll through one of the biggest indigenous markets in South America and buy your typical Ecuadorian souvenirs.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 ARRIVAL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Panecillo Quito Old Town

    Today, your Ecuador & Galapagos tour starts. After you arrive at Quito Airport, you will have a private transfer to your hotel in Quito.

    • ActivityActivity:Transfer In.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Ikala Quito or similar.
  • DAY 2 CITY TRIP QUITO – EQUATOR LINE – PULULAHUA CRATER
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quito, Ecuador

    In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel to start your Quito city tour. First, you will go to Panecillo Hill, and see the famous Virgin of El Panecillo statue. You will have an amazing view of the city. Then you will visit all the highlights of the area: the Basilica church, the main squares, and the San Francisco church. After a typical Ecuadorian lunch, you will go to Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) to visit a museum called ‘Intiñan’. Here you can do experiments, to prove the effects the equator has on gravity. After this, you will also visit the Pululahua crater, before going back to Quito.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Ikala Quito or similar.
  • DAY 3 MINDO – ZIP LINING – BUTTERFLY FARM
    Rebecca Adventure Travel traveler with hummingbird Mindo, Ecuador

    This private day tour takes you to Mindo, a small village inside the Andes cloud forest, where you can go zip lining and hiking. Here, it is also possible to visit a butterfly farm where you can also find hummingbirds and sometimes even a toucan. A local lunch will be given in the village. In the afternoon, you will go back to Quito. At around 11:00 PM, a semi-private night bus will take you to the Cuyabeno Reserve in the Amazon, which will take about 8 hours.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Zip Lining. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Bus, Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Overnight at bus.
  • DAY 4 ARRIVAL TO CUYABENO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Arrival - Amazon

    The bus you took the night before will bring you to the Cuyabeno Bridge, which is the starting point of your Amazon adventure. From here, you will have a canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge. The guide will share information about the Reserve, and important recommendations, and other tips to begin the two-hour navigation on the Cuyabeno River. Once you arrive at the lodge, you will be shown your rooms and you can relax a little before enjoying a delicious dinner. Later, you will go on an exciting night walk through the rainforest.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Canoe.
    • mealMeal:Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Dolphin Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 5 CANOE EXCURSION – AMAZON HIKE – ANIMAL SPOTTING
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Rescue Center - Amazon Napo

    Early in the morning, on the fifth day of your Ecuador & Galapagos tour, you will go on a canoe excursion. During the brisk morning hours, you have the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. After breakfast, you will trek in the primary rainforest with the naturalist and native guides, who will explain the practical and medicinal uses of the plants. After lunch, you will go out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and try to find species of monkeys and dolphins. After dinner, you will venture into the forest to find species of insects and, with a bit of luck, species of snakes or frogs.

    • ActivityActivity:Hiking. Exploring. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Canoe.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Dolphin Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 6 BIRDWATCHING - NIGHT EXCURSION
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Pink Dolphin - Amazon

    Early in the morning, you will have a good chance to watch some playful monkeys and some colorful birds. Then, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon, you will navigate along the Cuyabeno River where you will have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins in spectacular scenery. After that, you will go Birdwatching. In this activity above the canopy, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest, and you can observe a variety of animal species. After dinner, you will venture out on a night excursion to search for caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds.

    • ActivityActivity:Bird-watching. Hiking. Exploring. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Canoe
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Dolphin Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 7 AMAZON COMMUNITY - RETURN TO QUITO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Kichwa Community - Amazon Napo

    After breakfast, you will navigate once again along the Cuyabeno River towards an Indian Community, where your naturalist guide will explain the culture and traditions of the native people, from the past to the present. Then, you will travel by canoe down the river back to the Cuyabeno Bridge from where you will take a semi-private bus to return to Quito. It will take approximately 8 hours to arrive in Quito.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Canoe.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Ikala Quito or similar.
  • DAY 8 OTAVALO – CONDOR PARK – PEGUCHE WATERFALL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Otavalo Market - Community Experience

    On this day, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Quito to go to Condor Park. Here, you will learn about the majestic birds of the region, and you can enjoy a bird show. After that, you will go to the Otavalo where you can walk through its famous market and enjoy the people and the typical Ecuadorian products that they sell. Later, you will go to the Peguche waterfall. Here you can enjoy the forest while you are hiking to the waterfall. At the end of the day, you return to your hotel in Quito.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Wildlife Watching
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Ikala Quito or similar.
  • DAY 9 COTOPAXI HIKING / BIKING / HORSEBACK RIDING
    Rebecca Adventure Travel biking at Cotopaxi volacano -Ecuador

    After breakfast, you will be picked up to go to Cotopaxi National Park. There are several activities that you can choose to do inside the national park such as horseback riding, mountain biking or just hiking. In the afternoon, you will be dropped off at a local country house (hacienda) where you can see alpacas and enjoy the mountains.

    • ActivityActivity:Biking. Exploring. Hiking. Horseback Riding.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hacienda Papagayo or similar.
  • DAY 10 QUILOTOA LAGOON
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quilotoa Lake

    On the tenth day of your Ecuador & Galapagos tour, you will be picked up by your guide in the morning, and after a 1.5-hour drive, you will arrive at the Quilotoa crater. Hidden at the center of the crater, you will find a beautiful turquoise lagoon. To reach the lagoon you will need to hike down the crater. After a local lunch, you will be brought to Baños, a little town in between the Andes and Amazon region where you will stay a couple of days.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Sangay Spa or similar.
  • DAY 11 BAÑOS BIKING
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Pailón del Diablo, Baños, Ecuador

    The atmosphere in Baños is laid back and relaxed, and this is complemented by a nice sub-tropical climate. Tourists love to come to Baños for outdoor activities like rafting, canyoning, canopy, mountain biking, or hiking. There is a beautiful route through the most impressive waterfalls of Ecuador called “Ruta de las Cascadas”. You will have the chance to go biking through this route without a guide but with a good mountain bike, helmet, and map. Additionally, you can take an optional canopy line called “El Torpedo” ($ 20) and even go bungee jumping off the Baños bridge ($ 15). At night the town is full of entertainment like pubs, restaurants, and bars, all within walking distance.

    • ActivityActivity:Biking. Exploring. Sightseeing.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Sangay Spa or similar.
  • DAY 12 BAÑOS RAFTING
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Rafting in Baños

    On day 12 of your Ecuador & Galapagos tour, you will go rafting at the Pastaza River with level III/IV rapids. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to relax.  Additionally, you can also visit the “Swing to the End of the World” (not included).

    • ActivityActivity:Rafting. Relaxing. Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Sangay Spa or similar.
  • DAY 13 ANDES ROUTE
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Ingapirca, Cuenca

    After breakfast, you start a drive down to Cuenca through the Andes with a private driver/guide. If you would like, you can make some stops at Guamote, Aloasi (Nariz del Diablo train), or visit the Ingapirca Ruins. There will be a lot of local indigenous people along the route. This, together with the stunning Andes landscapes, will give you enough picture material.

    • ActivityActivity:Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Victoria or similar.
  • DAY 14 CUENCA CITY TOUR
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cuenca, Ecuador

    After breakfast, your guide will pick you up for a private tour through the colonial city of Cuenca. You will have the afternoon free, so you can explore Cuenca a little bit more yourself.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Victoria or similar.
  • DAY 15 CAJAS NATIONAL PARK
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cajas, Cuenca, Ecuador

    On day fifteen of your Ecuador & Galapagos Tour, you will visit the Cajas National Park.  This national park offers incredible hikes through tundra vegetation and polylepis forests which almost feel like a setting from Lord of the Rings. In the afternoon, you will drive to Guayaquil.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking.
    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.
  • DAY 16 GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Santa Cruz - Colombia Galapagos

    Early in the morning, you will fly from Guayaquil to the Island of Baltra (about 2 hours). At Baltra Airport, you will meet up with the English-speaking guide who will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora, but before you get there, you will stop at one of the ranches in Santa Cruz Highlands to visit some giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You will have the chance to walk around and take some pictures of these amazing animals before going to the village.

    • ActivityActivity:Sightseeing. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Airplane. Boat. Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Fiesta or similar.
  • DAY 17 SANTA FE OR PINZON
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Santa Fe - Colombia Galapagos

    If you choose Santa Fe, brace yourself for an encounter with the archipelago’s most endemic species. After a scenic 45-minute boat ride, you’ll arrive at Santa Fe’s pristine bay. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for a thrilling snorkeling adventure, where you might even catch a glimpse of shorebirds perched on the outer rocks. Following this, a wet landing awaits at Playa Escondida or Garrapatero on Santa Cruz Island, offering ample time to explore the mesmerizing beach. Alternatively, the Pinzon option unveils a mesmerizing display of marine iguanas and playful dolphins. La Fe, with its picturesque beach cradled by mangroves and rocky terrain, showcases an array of captivating marine life, from sea turtles and sea lions to small sharks and colorful fish. Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary beauty of these enchanting destinations.

    * This day includes an activity called ‘Pesca Vivencial’ which means that you might be able to experience a fishing demonstration according to weather and park regulations.

    * Wet landing means that the boat gets close to the beach, and from there, you will disembark in the sea. It is recommended that you bring extra clothing, as you might get wet.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Relaxing. Snorkeling. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Boat. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Box Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Fiesta or similar.
  • DAY 18 CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – ISABELA
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Day 15 - Isabela Island

    After breakfast, you will visit the Charles Darwin Station where more than 100 scientists, educators, and volunteers provide scientific knowledge and assistance to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity of Galapagos. The guides will explain more about the famous Galapagos giant tortoises. After a local lunch, you will take the public speedboat to Isabela (about 3 hours). After a brief rest at the hotel, you will head to the Flamingo Lagoon, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos, and it is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos in the area.

    • ActivityActivity:Sightseeing. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Boat. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel San Vicente or similar.
  • DAY 19 TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Tintoreras Galapagos

    Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will have a tour of 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. Please keep in mind that the total length of the walk-in The Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours.

    After lunch, you will have a little break, and then you will visit Tintoreras Islet. It is called 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 that will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil from where you will board a boat, for 10 minutes, to cross to the islet located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You will observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas. Also, you can go snorkeling with colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Snorkeling. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Boat. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel San Vicente or similar.
  • DAY 20 SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Day 18 - Tuneles Snorkeling

    Early in the morning on the twentieth day of your Galapagos & Ecuador tour, you will go on a boat ride from Puerto Villamil. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles, which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel on Isabela Island. You will get the chance to spot large quantities of seabirds such as albatrosses, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and even the magnificent frigatebird. You can also find species feeding such as tortoises, swimming iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes. Depending on when you will go to Los Tuneles, you can choose to also explore Concha Perla by yourself, before or after your visit to Los Tuneles, since it is very close to the dock.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Snorkeling. Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransport:Boat. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Snack.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel San Vicente or similar.
  • DAY 21 FREE DAY ISABELA
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Isabela Beach Itinerary Day

    On your last day in the Galapagos Islands, you will have a free day to explore Isabela. You can relax or do any optional activity.

    • ActivityActivity:Relaxing.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel San Vicente or similar.
  • DAY 22 BALTRA – GUAYAQUIL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Baltra Transportation Port

    After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport, from where you will depart to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a shuttle and transferred to your hotel. For the rest of the day, you can relax at the hotel, or explore Guayaquil by yourself.

    • ActivityActivity:Relaxing.
    • TransportTransport:Airplane. Boat. Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hotel Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.
  • DAY 23 AIRPORT TRANSFER
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Guayaquil

    Today, your Ecuador & Galapagos tour comes to an end. You can use the hotel installations like the swimming pool and walk around the boulevard and the surroundings.

    After breakfast, you will have a transfer back to Guayaquil Airport.

    • TransportTransport:Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.

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Price Based on Number of Guests:
1 guest$ 7,546 p.p.
2 - 5 guests$ 5,131 p.p.
6 or more guests$ 4,563 p.p.
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Inclusions

  • Meals Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.
  • Plane Round trip flights between Galapagos and Guayaquil.
  • Bus Transport Tours and transfers as described in the itinerary.
  • Bus Transport Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel.
  • Tour Guide Professional English speaking guide during tours
  • Activities Entrance fees as described.
  • assistance 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
  • Exclusion Exclusions

    + Entrance fee to the community visit in the Amazon.
    + Entrance fee to the birdwatching tower in the Amazon.
    + Optional mules rent at Quilotoa: $10 p.p. (cash only)
    + Optional Kayak trip at Quilotoa lagoon.
    + Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100 p.p. (cash only)
    + Migratory Control 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 vice versa)
    + Wet-suits rent.
    + Optional tips for guide.
    + Extra food and drinks.
    + Personal expenses.
    + Medical insurance.

Additional information

  • Prices for 2025 are subject to change.
  • For children under the age of 12, there is a 10% discount.
  • Please note that the activity sequence depends on your flight schedule and the availabilities of the different tours and transportation. The sequence of your complete tour might change but you won’t miss any tours if you have an afternoon flight back to Ecuador on the last day.
  • 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.
  • Pack a few plastic bags to shield your camera, passports, and ID from unexpected rain.
  • Some activities in the Amazon, such as caiman searching, depend on weather conditions.
  • Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.
  • ​​There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands.
  • It is suggested to have valid travel and medical insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage. Please inform the team of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Essential items to bring include comfortable and lightweight clothing (with a jacket as a precaution), water, sunblock, sunglasses, and your passport.
  • Pictures may be taken during your tour, so it is recommended to bring a USB.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precautions to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel and the respective cruise operator reserve the right to change the itinerary without prior notice due to weather conditions, availability, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • When flying to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil, we recommend arriving in the city at least 24 hours before your flight, to avoid inconveniences in case of flight delays. Cruise departures have fixed schedules and extra fees may occur for reaching the cruise on another day.
  • All cruises are subject to availability. Since cruises have fixed departures, please check dates and itineraries with the team before booking the cruise and flight tickets. Because the Galapagos is a high-demand destination, availability changes every day. Rebecca Adventure Travel will try to fix your dates with the options available at the time of booking.
  • Keep in mind that some cruises require you to arrange the flight tickets directly with them, otherwise, they will charge an extra fee. Please check with the team and they will share the complete information before proceeding with your flight ticket arrangement.

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Authenticity: Rebecca Adventure Travel offers unique and authentic experiences. All tours are personally selected by Rebecca, which guarantees authentic hotels (preferably family-owned), high-quality tours, great service, and, last but not least, value for money.
  • Tailor-made design: Whether travelers prefer a Galapagos island-hopping tour, a cruise, or a tailor-made tour of Ecuador, our local and international destination experts use their own travel experiences to create the right travel plan for every traveler.
  • Safety & 24/7 assistance: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all official tour operating insurance up to EUR 3 million. The team can be reached 24/7 for emergencies, by phone, e-mail, Skype, and WhatsApp. This service is available in English, Spanish, and Dutch!
  • Face-to-face assistance throughout your travels: Although online communication is essential, in-person service is very important, too. This is why travelers can get face-to-face travel advice at the Travel Concept Store in Zutphen, Netherlands. During your trip, there will be local personal hostesses at each destination, e.g., the Galapagos Islands.
  • Zero credit card fee: For guests who book a cruise with Rebecca Adventure Travel, there is no extra charge for credit card payment.
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