Explore the capital of Quito, one of South America’s best-preserved colonial cities. Visit the Equatorial Monument and straddle two hemispheres!
Your island adventure will begin as you arrive at Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Archipelago of Galápagos consists of six main islands, twelve smaller ones and over 40 islets.
Set off on bicycles to explore the remote highlands and beaches of Santa Cruz. Trek through the mysterious lava tunnels of the Santa Cruz Highlands. Kayak from Academy to Shark Bay and walk through salt-water natural pools. Swim with lazy sea lions that remain completely unperturbed by your presence at Santa Fe island.
Day 1: Arrival in Quito
Upon arrival at the Quito airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the Hostal Vieja Cuba Tourist. Check into your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. spend the day strolling around the ‘old town’, savoring the old world charm of one of South America’s best-preserved colonial cities.
Overnight at Hostal Vieja Cuba Tourist . Hostal Vieja Cuba Tourist is an old traditional house recently restored into a first class South American boutique hotel. It is located in the heart of Quito, Ecuador near most places of historical and tourist interest as well as restaurants, banks, travel agencies and shops. 11 charming and tastefully decorated rooms have a private bathroom, cable TV, direct phone and safe deposit box. The hotel offers Italian and international cuisine.
Day 2: Quito – Galapagos – Bicycle Trip
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and taken to the Quito airport to catch your onward flight to Galapagos. Upon arrival in Galapagos, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, the Red Mangrove Inn in Galapagos. Check into your hotel.
Depart in an air-conditioned car towards the Santa Cruz Highlands. Collect your bicycles and set off to explore the remote highlands and beaches of Santa Cruz. The route will be different depending the level of experience. Box lunch will be served and you can stop at any of the picturesque points on the way to enjoy your meal. Return to your hotel in Galapagos for your overnight stay. Situated in a grove of wild red mangrove perched on the edge of the blue sea, the Red Mangrove Inn is peacefully removed from the hustle and bustle of town, yet only a stone's throw from the Charles Darwin Station. The Red Mangrove Adventure Inn is an intimate, relaxing, and unique ecological paradise. Nine spacious, creatively-decorated rooms and suites--each carrying a colour-theme--offer the finest of accommodations in a private bungalow nestled among red mangrove trees. Each room is clean, comfortable, and equipped with private hot bath, ceiling fan. From the waterfront terrace you can see sun-basking marine iguanas, scuttling Sally Lightfoot crabs and soaring Frigate birds. The inn also has its own boutique, which sells artistic goods and organic coffee, and an amazing sushi restaurant/bar.
Day 3: Snorkelling in Bartolome Island
After breakfast at your hotel, set out for a day of snorkelling to Bartolome Island. This small island is located just off Sullivan Bay east of Santiago. Bartolome, a desolate island with few plants is the most visited and most photographed island in the Galapagos. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations. The best known of the island's features is the Tuff Cone known as Pinnacle Rock.
The northern beach is a popular snorkeling site where visitors have the opportunity to swim with fish, sea lions and Galapagos penguins. Much larger animals can be found near the southern beach including stingrays, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped sharks, and black-tipped sharks. Snorkel with shoals of colourful tropical fish at Bartolome Island. Watch penguins walk precariously along the base of Pinnacle Rock and be enchanted by their antics. Explore the surreal lava landscape of the island and you will be fascinated by nature’s architecture. Lunch will be on the island.
Return to your hotel in Galapagos for your overnight stay.
Day 4: Kayaking in Academy Bay and Shark Bay
After breakfast at your hotel, set out on a day of kayaking. Row from Academy Bay to Shark Bay. Walk through the salt water natural pool. Row from Shark Bay to the Germans Beach, another beautiful white-sand beach The waters of Academy Bay bathe the shores of Puerto Ayora, and offer a magnificent opportunity for activities such as swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. It is very common to observe marine iguanas, unique to the Galapagos and the only sea-going lizard in the world, in these waters. Dozens of birds plunging, at times in perfect synchronization, is a spectacle by itself.
Enjoy your box lunch.
Return to your hotel in Galapagos for your overnight stay.
Day 5: Snorkelling at Seymour Island
After breakfast at your hotel, set out on another adventure-filled day as you travel to Seymour Island for snorkelling. Located directly to the north of Baltra Island, Seymour is famous for its colony of frigates found on the southwest side of this small island. Also found on this island are blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, pelicans and red-billed tropical birds. Snorkel among the marine life-rich waters.
Lunch will be on the island in the midst of nature.
Return to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Trekking and Camping in Santa Cruz Island
Enjoy some leisure time after breakfast at your hotel.
Lunch will be a fixed menu at your hotel. After lunch, set out on a guided walk to the lava tunnels in Santa Cruz Island. On Santa Cruz there are several lava tubes up to a length of 2 kilometers. They were formed when the outside lava already solidified and on the inside the hot and still liquid lava continued to flow. Today, you can explore those mystified and gloomy tunnels with torch and headlamp. Arrive at the camping area. Dinner and overnight in Santa Cruz Highlands at the Galapagos Tortoise Reserve.
Day 7: Snorkelling Excursion to Santa Fe Island
After breakfast at the campsite, set out on a snorkelling excursion to the island of Santa Fe. Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island, is a small island of 24 sqkm which lies in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago, to the south west of Santa Cruz Island. Geologically, it is one of the oldest, since volcanic rocks of about 4 million years old have been found. Snorkel among its waters and you might encounter the white-tipped reef shark, sea lions and the spotted eagle ray.
Lunch will be on the island.
Return to your hotel in Galapagos.
Day 8: Galapagos – Quito
After breakfast at the Red Mangrove Inn in Galapagos, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight to Quito. Upon arrival at Quito, you will be dropped back at the Hostal Vieja Cuba Tourist where you will spend the night.
Day 9: Depart Quito
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Quito airport to catch your onward flight.
14 Apr - 20 Dec: Daily
Start time: Depends upon your flight arrival time
Duration: 9 Days
Airport in Quito (Please advise your flight details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Airport in Quito
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