TRIANGLE with GALAPAGOS (12 Days) Quito – Otavalo – Riobamba – Cuenca – Guayaquil – Galápagos
Departures: Monday and Saturdays / Minimum 1 Pax
Possible Activities: Archeology, Walks/Hikes, Shopping, Cultural, Family, Couples, Photography, Landscapes, Gastronomic, History, Museums, Guided, Nature, Train, World Heritage, Panoramic Trip, Flights.
Day 1. QUITO
Day 2. QUITO + OTAVALO + COTACACHI + QUITO
Day 3. QUITO Historical Center + Middle of the World + Craft Market
Day 4. QUITO + SAQUISILI + RIOBAMBA
Day 5. RIOBAMBA + ALAUSÍ – Train + CUENCA
Day 6. CUENCA – Historical Center + GUALACEO – Orchid farm
Day 7. CUENCA + GUAYAQUIL – Malecón – Viewpoint
Day 8. GUAYAQUIL – GALÁPAGOS – Baltra + Highland or Darwin Station
Day 9. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – Bahía – Las Grietas + Tortuga Bay
Day 10. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – DAY OFF with GPS BASIC
SEYMUR ISLAND with GPS COMBINED
Day 11. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – Puerto. Ayora + BALTRA – QUITO or GUAYAQUIL
Day 12. QUITO or GUAYAQUIL
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Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Quito and Guayaquil
Tourist transport throughout the circuit from Quito to Guayaquil
Excursions and Tours mentioned in the itinerary with Tourist Guides.
8 nights of Accommodation in Quito, Riobamba, Cuenca and Guayaquil with breakfasts
3 nights in Galápagos, hotels of Pto. Ayora with breakfast if you choose Galápagos Basic, and with all meals if you book Galápagos Combined
2 navigable tours to Plazas and Seymur Islands with lunch (with Galápagos Combined)
Land and sea transport in Galapagos with visits included according to itinerary
Roses Farm, “Devil’s Nose” Train, Ingapirca, Orchid farm and La Perla in Guayaquil
Hotel taxes. 24-hour assistance for all of Ecuador + (593) 9 97732081
Air ticket Quito-Galápagos - Quito or Guayaquil $ 520 net per pax
Tickets to museums and activities not mentioned
Entrance fee to Galapagos $ 70 Mercosur and Andean or $ 120 other countries, pay directly in cash
Travel insurance for any incidentsh
Meals not mentioned and tips. Supplement for lunches and dinners $ 30 pp
Day by Day Itinerary
Transfer from the new airport (aprox 1.5 hours) – Hotel.
08:30 Departure from your hotel to the north and visit the “Plaza de Ponchos” in the market of crafts and weaves of Otavalo, also visit Cotacachi and shops of leather goods, way we will enjoy the Andean landscapes that give Lake San Pablo and Imbabura and Cayambe volcanoes is practically a shopping tour with much folklore. If time permits could visit the waterfall or the village of Peguche in short walk. Be sure to try the Biscuits and “Quesos de hoja” in Cayambe. Return to Quito.
Overnight: Quito Meals: Breakfast
08:30 Departure from your hotel to visit the Historical Center declared humanity’s Cultural Heritage being America’s largest and best preserved, walk through the Basilica, Main Plaza, Government Palace, Society of Jesus $ 5, the church and convent of San Francisco, followed by Panecillo Viewpoint. Next departure to the Middle of the World and visit the Monument to the Ecuador Line, Latitude 0,0,0, $ 5, time for lunch, we will also visit the Museum site “Intiñan” $ 4. In the afternoon return to Quito and visit to the Teleferico $9, those who decide to climb will reach the top of Cruz Loma where they will observe Quito and its surroundings from 4,050 meters above sea level, at the end a brief visit to the craft market for purchases and return.
* Supplement All Attractions ($ 23) are paid on site or pre-paid in country of origin.
* For a full day visit the order of visits could be modified on site.
Overnight: Quito Meals: Breakfast
08:00 Departure following the Panamericana Sur, from Quito to Riobamba, on the way we will appreciate some volcanoes and snowy mountains such as Antisana, Cotopaxi, Ilinizas, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, we will also make a stop at an indigenous market depending on the day, such as Latacunga (Tuesday) or Saquisilí (Thursday). Then, we will visit a Rose Farm, to see its processes of cultivation, harvest and export packaging. Once in Riobamba, we will make a brief panoramic visit to the Parque Neptuno and the Loma de Quito viewpoint.
Overnight: Riobamba Meals: Breakfast
08:00 We will start from Riobamba southwards to Alausí, where we’ll board the train with a daily departure time of 11:00, there we’ll enjoy an adventure while going through the exciting “Devil’s Nose” Train, (train ticket included), then we will continue until the archaeological ruins Cañaris-Incas of Ingapirca (if time allows it), finally arrival to Cuenca.
Overnight: Cuenca Meals: Breakfast
08:30 Morning tour of the city of Cuenca, declared a World Heritage Site for its rich architectural and landscapes that give the 4 rivers that cross it, visit the “Museum of Aboriginal Cultures and Ethnography”. In the afternoon, the vehicle will be available for visits of interest in the surroundings such as hats factory and visit the nearby towns of GUALACEO with its Orchid farm $ 4 and jewelry stores in CHORDELEG. Return.
Overnight: Cuenca Meals: Breakfast
08:00 Land transfer to the city of Guayaquil (4h), passing through the lake area of “El Cajas” we will enjoy the viewpoint “3 Cruces”, on the way we will appreciate cocoa and banana crops, arriving in Guayaquil crossing the Guayas river for its magnificent bridges, we will arrive at the Cerro Paraíso Viewpoint to admire the great city in 360 degrees, and transfer to the hotel. At 15:30 Visit to the Iguanas Park and walk along the Malecón, admiring its attractions such as La Rotonda, Las Peñas Street, La Rueda la Perla and you could finish the visit at the Morgan $ 8 yacht to navigate the river at sunset. Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Guayaquil Meals: Breakfast
Day 8. Start GALAPAGOS Basic with Daily Breakfast
Transfer BALTRA – Itabaca Canal. (Bus + Ferry)
Visit the Highland + Charles Darwin Station
Day 9. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – Tortuga Bay + Tour de Bahia
Day 10. DAY OFF- Optional to visit SEYMOUR or PLAZAS islands ($ 280 pp not included)
Day 11. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – Transfer Pto.Ayora – Twin Craters – Canal- BALTRA
Overnight: Santa Cruz Island Meals: Breakfast
Day 8. With GALAPAGOS COMBINED Hotel and Yacht – Full board and visits
Transfer to Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz Island – Visit Darwin Station
Day 9. ISLANDS PLAZAS and Punta Carrion or SEYMOUR ISLAND (Navigable tour)
Day 10. PLAZAS ISLANDS or BARTOLOME ISLAND (Navigable tour)
Day 11. Transfer Puerto Ayora + Twin Craters, Itabaca Canal – BALTRA
for flight to Quito or connections (not included)
Overnight: Santa Cruz Island Meals: 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner
At the time transfer to Baltra airport, return we stop to admire the “Twin Craters” that are part of the formation of the archipelago. Flight Baltra – Guayaquil or Quito (not included). Transfers to Airport, hotels sector.
In Quito: Hotel San Jose – In Guayaquil Wyndham Garden for all categories.
Overnight: Quito or Guayaquil Meals: Breakfast
Transfer out of hotel – airport of Guayaquil & Quito.