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Highlights of Ecuador

21 days, Quito to Quito

Landscape photo of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos
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Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out – from the Andes to the islands and everything in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend three nights exploring the islands aboard our comfortable yacht and on night on shore. From snorkeling with sea lions and other aquatic wildlife to taking a trek over volcanic rock, this trip will give you both incredible sights and indelible memories.

21 days

Quito to Quito

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Trip Code: SEF07MB

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Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out – from the Andes to the islands and everything in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend three nights exploring the islands aboard our comfortable yacht and on night on shore. From snorkeling with sea lions and other aquatic wildlife to taking a trek over volcanic rock, this trip will give you both incredible sights and indelible memories.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

21 days

Quito to Quito

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: SEF07MB

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Map of the route for Highlights of Ecuador

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Quito/Papallacta

Travel to Papallacta Hot Springs and opt for a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Wellness Moment Papallacta Hot Springs Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Papallacta/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend 2 nights with a local Quichua family at a homestay in a small village. Enjoy nature walks and and learn about local culture.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Amazon Jungle Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Tena

Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Amazon Jungle Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Tena

Journey further into the Amazon to a jungle lodge. Included guided walks and canoe rides show the natural history and wildlife. Opt to go whitewater rafting on the Napo River.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Tena

Spend another day exploring the area.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Baños

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Baños

Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Baños/Cuenca

Travel south to the colonial city of Cuenca, stopping en route at the Ingapirca ruins. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Cuenca/Cayambe

Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Cayambe/Otavalo

Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Otavalo

Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Quito

Spend free time in the city before an informational meeting about the Galápagos itinerary in the evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Quito/Puerto Ayora

Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with giant tortoises.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove

Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18Cerro Dragón/Islas Daphne

Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 20San Cristóbal Island/Quito

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21Quito

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
  • Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena
  • Your Discover Moment: Baños
  • Papallacta Hot Springs stay
  • Amazon Jungle homestay (2 nts)
  • Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts)
  • Baños stay
  • Ingapirca ruins visit
  • Historic hacienda overnight stay
  • Otavalo visit
  • Galápagos Islands stay (4 nts)
  • Swimming and snorkelling with equipment
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts), motorized yacht (3 nts, twin-share cabin).

Meals

20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Allow USD330-430 for meals not included.

Transportation

Public bus, local flight, motorized canoe, motorized yacht, panga, pickup truck.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) (Days 1-15). Local guides. Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Highlights of Ecuador

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