17 DAY HIDDEN TREASURES ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

Duration17 Days
Price From $4,760
Highlights
  • checkHistorical CitiesYou will visit Quito and Cuenca, beautiful historical cities.
  • checkCloud ForestWhere you can enjoy the amazing nature and different animal species.
  • checkVolcanoesTake the perfect photos at three different volcanoes.
  • checkLocal VillagesGuamote local market and the Tigua community will be visited.
  • checkNariz del DiabloTrain ride in the middle of the Andes.
  • checkSanta Cruz HighlandsYou will be surrounded by impressive flora and fauna including giant tortoises in their natural habitat and unique volcanic features.
  • checkUninhabited IslandsExplore an uninhabited island in Galapagos: Bartolomé, Santa Fe or Seymour.
  • checkLos TunelesSnorkel in the clear waters and swim with a lot of fish, sharks and maybe even seahorses.
  • checkKayak in Tintoreras BayIf you are lucky you will find some sharks here.
  • checkKicker RockThe favorite place for an array of marine birds, and a high chance to see different Galapagos sharks.
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Itinerary
  • DAY 1 AIRPORT PICKUP – TRANSFER TO HOTEL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quito

    You will start your Ecuador Hidden Treasures tour today. You will be picked up at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and brought to your hotel, which is located in the center of Quito. Depending on the time of arrival at the airport, you will have the chance to explore Quito by yourself and taste the local dishes and drinks. Of course it is also possible to rest, because you might be tired after the long flight.

    • TransportTransportCar.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Ikala Quito or similar.
  • DAY 2 HISTORICAL CENTER – COOKING CLASS – CAPILLA DEL HOMBRE
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quito's Old Town

    After breakfast in the hotel you will go to the Historical Center of Quito to explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After getting an impression of this beautiful city, you will get a cooking class where you learn how to cook local dishes. In the afternoon you will visit the Capilla del Hombre where you will have an amazing sight over the city. (All transportation is included).

    • ActivityActivityCooking, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Ikala Quito or similar.
  • DAY 3 INTIÑAN MUSEUM – PULULAHUA – CLOUD FOREST
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Pululahua Reserve

    In the morning we will visit the Intiñan museum and the Pululahua volcano. After that you will be transferred to a beautiful place in the Cloud Forest. Before lunch you will take a guided short walk to learn about some of Maquipucuna’s medicinal and useful plants. After lunch you will walk through the Bear trail and part of the Palmito or River trails in search of Spectacled bears or their traces. This is a moderate hike through Secondary and some Primary Forest. A local guide is mandatory during Spectacled Bear season. At 06:00 PM the bar opens officially; however, if you desire a drink before then, please let the staff know and they will be happy to serve you. There is also the chance to do an optional guided night hike.

    • ActivityActivityHiking, Exploring, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsMaquipucuna Reserve Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 4 BIRD WATCHING – HIKE TO WATERFALL / SELF GUIDED WALK
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cloud Forest

    Wake up with a concert of birds and get ready for an early start. You have the first birding hike from 06:30 – 08:30 AM to enjoy the sounds and sights of dawn in the forest – which is when most birds are active and calling. Before lunch you will take the Humedal trail learning further about plants and watching birds as we progress into the the pre-Inca trail used by the Yumbos. As a reward, you will reach the Yumbo waterfall or swimming hole where you will have the opportunity to take a swim. After lunch you will visit the coffee orchard, the orchid garden and the organic garden.

    Alternatively after breakfast, you could take a half day or full day tour to the Ziplines, Tulipe archeological site or Mindo butterfly garden. You can also do an optional guided night hike.

    • ActivityActivityBird watching, Exploring, Hiking, Swimming.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsMaquipucuna Reserve Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 5 COTOPAXI – HORSEBACK RIDING
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cotopaxi Horseback Riding

    After breakfast you will drive to the Cotopaxi Volcano area, which takes about 4 hours to get there. You will start your tour with a very nice car ride from Quito through the Volcano Avenue; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and others. When you arrive there you will have a lunch and after that you will do a horseback riding tour in the slopes of the Ruminahui Volcano.

    • ActivityActivityHorseback riding, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHacienda El Porvenir or similar.
  • DAY 6 COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK – LIMPIOPUNGO LAGOON – ISINLIVÍ
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Isinlivi Mountains

    After finishing your breakfast in the morning, and continuing with your Ecuador Hidden Treasures tour, you will visit the Cotopaxi National Park and the Limpiopungo Lagoon. After that you will depart to Isinliví and there you will have lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a trekking exploration around the Isinliví mountains. In the evening you will have a nice local dinner.

    • ActivityActivityHiking, Exploring.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsLluLlu Llama Mountain Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 7 QUILOTOA – TIGUA – GUAMOTE – CHIMBORAZO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quilotoa Lagoon

    In the morning you will visit the Quilotoa Loop and have the chance to hike down and actually feel the temperature of the lake, when time allows it you can even kayak on the lake. After that you will go to Tigua, where you will visit the local community. In the afternoon you will drive to Guamote, on your way there you have the chance to make some amazing photos of the Chimborazo volcano.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsInti Sisa or similar.
  • DAY 8 GUAMOTE – DEVILS NOSE – INGAPIRCA – CUENCA
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Devil's Nose

    Today you will discover one of the many Ecuador Hidden Treasures in the Andes: the Devil’s nose. Around 08:00 AM you will go on the Devil’s Nose train ride. You will learn about one of the greatest rail engineering feats worldwide while passing through the beautiful Andean scenery. In the afternoon you will visit the Ingapirca ruins after which you will be transferred to your hotel in Cuenca.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar, Train.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Victoria or similar.
  • DAY 9 CUENCA – CITY TOUR – SPA CIRCUIT
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cuenca

    Today, you will have a very relaxing day. This is your time to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador. Cuenca won South America’s Leading City Break Destination of 2018, and you will see in this tour why that is the case. It is an amazing city with a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will start this day with a city tour around Cuenca, and after that, you will visit Piedra de Agua hot springs, a nice spot where you will get the chance to relax and unwind by doing a Spa Circuit.

    • ActivityActivitySightseeing, Relaxing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Victoria or similar.
  • DAY 10 CUENCA – CAJAS – GUAYAQUIL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cajas National Park

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Cajas National Park. In this park you will spot many beautiful lakes. It is also home to many wild animals such as Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and coatis. After exploring the great wildlife and nature, you will continue to Guayaquil where you will enjoy the city by night and enjoy its beautiful panoramic views. 

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsWyndham Guayaquil or similar.
  • DAY 11 TRANSFER GUAYAQUIL AIRPORT – BALTRA AIRPORT PICKUP – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS 
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Galapagos Giant Tortoise

    You will be brought to Guayaquil Airport by the hotel shuttle. Upon arrival at Baltra Airport the guide will take you to Santa Cruz Highlands to make closer contact with the Giant Galapagos Tortoises as well as many kinds of birds, like the Wizard and Finch. The guides will explain more about the famous giant tortoises and you will have a local lunch here. Then you will be taken to your hotel where you have some time to relax.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransportBoat, Bus, Car, Plane.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Fiesta or similar.
  • DAY 12 LONG DAY TOUR – UNINHABITED ISLAND
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Galapagos Iguana

    Today you will go to one of Galapagos’ uninhabited islands. What island you will visit depends on what day of the week you will depart. Examples of islands you might visit are: Santa Fe, Plazas, Floreana, Bartolome or North Seymour island. You will spend the day snorkeling and discovering the island and its flora and fauna. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Snorkeling, Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransportBoat, Car.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Box Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Fiesta or similar.
  • DAY 13 FREE MORNING – ISABELA ISLAND
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Sea Lions Sleeping

    After breakfast at the hotel, you have some time to discover the island by yourself. We highly recommend you to visit Tortuga Bay, where you will be able to spot a huge marine iguana colony. You can also go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. At 02:00 PM you will be brought to Isabela island by a public speedboat and you will arrive around 04:30 PM. After that you will be picked up and brought to your hotel.

    • ActivityActivitySightseeing.
    • TransportTransportBoat, Car.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Volcano or similar.
  • DAY 14 LOS TUNELES 
    Rebecca Adventure Travel

    After breakfast, you will go to Los Tuneles. This is one of the most spectacular places to go diving or snorkeling in Isabela Island, because the water is calm, very clear and shallow. After visiting Los Tuneles you will have time to visit some highlights by yourself; for example to Isabela Breeding Center, Wetlands or the Wall of Tears.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Snorkeling, Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransportBoat, Car.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Snack.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Volcano or similar.
  • DAY 15 KAYAK IN TINTORERAS BAY – DROP OFF AIRPORT – SAN CRISTOBAL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Galapagos Kayak

    Early in the morning you will have breakfast at the hotel. After that you have the chance to do a kayaking or stand up paddling tour in Tintoreras Bay. When you finish relaxing on the water, you will be picked up to be brought to the Isabela Airport. From there you will take a flight to San Cristobal. Here you can visit the Interpretation Center and Tijeretas on your own. A great thing is that San Cristobal Airport is situated very well so it does not take to long to get to the places mentioned above.

    • ActivityActivityKayaking, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar, Plane.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsCasa Opuntia or similar.
  • DAY 16 KICKER ROCK
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Kicker Rock

    You will have breakfast at the hotel before going to Kicker Rock. This is one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks of 140 meters tall, located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. This magnificent tiny island is the favorite place for an array of marine birds. But in the sea you see the great underwater life wherefore the site is that famous. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos sharks and hammerheads!

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Snorkeling, Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransportBoat, Car.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Box Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsCasa Opuntia or similar.
  • DAY 17 TRANSFER OUT
    Rebecca Adventure Travel San Cristobal

    This is the last day of your Ecuador Hidden Treasures tour. Depending on the time of your flight back to the mainland, you will be brought to the airport. Any time of the day is fine to get your flight out, we will arrange a transfer to the airport for you.

    • TransportTransportCar, Plane.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
Inclusions
  • Meals Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation Accommodation in a double or triple room.
  • Plane Round trip flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
  • Plane One way flight from Isabela Island to San Cristobal Island.
  • Bus Transport Transportation as described.
  • Bus Transport Transportation fee between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel each way.
  • Bus Transport Transfers from/to the corresponding airports.
  • Tour Guide English speaking guide during the activities. 
  • Activities All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Activities Entrance fees as described. 
  • Gear Equipment Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels.
  • assistance 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
  • Exclusion Exclusions

    + International flights.
    + 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).
    + For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November).
    + Optional mules rent at Quilotoa.
    + Optional 30 min. kayak trip in the lagoon at Quilotoa.
    + Personal travel & health insurance.
    + Personal expenses.
    + Optional tips for the guide.

Additional information

TOUR SUMMARY

You will explore the Hidden Treasures of Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands through a combination of organized day tours with an English-speaking guide and have time to explore by yourself with our self-guided packages. These include a document full of information, such as walking routes, hidden treasures, and useful tips. You will stay in local tourist superior class hotels with a private room and bathroom. All tours include some meals, transportation on and between the islands and the mainland, and activities mentioned in the tour itinerary. Discover the Hidden Treasures of Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands!

  • For children under 12 years old, we can offer a 10% discount.
  • Single supplement fee $ 365 p.p. (in case you want to have the room by yourself).
  • When the group reaches at least 6 guests, you will have a private guide for the whole tour.
  • If you would like to have a German or Dutch guide, please contact us for details.
  • This itinerary is fixed, it can’t be changed. If you are looking for a customized itinerary, please send us an email.
  • It is important to have valid medical and travel insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottles or purified water are always recommended.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands always before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruit, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • Rebecca Adventure travel serves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • It is possible that pictures will be taken during your tour, so it is recommended to bring a USB.
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