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The Highlights of the Galapagos & Ecuador


CUENCA, GALAPAGOS, GUAYAQUIL & QUITO
11 days / $ 4749
Kim MacQuarry
PRESENTED BY KIM MACQUARRIE, PERU EXPLORER & FOUR-TIME EMMY WINNER

Pair a cruise through remote regions of the Galapagos Islands with an exploration on mainland Ecuador of two historic rich cities.


This 11-day Ecuador custom itinerary begins on mainland. Enhance your appreciation of Ecuador’s historic roots on guided tours of Quito and Cuenca. Then continue on to the very same remote archipelago where Charles Darwin visited all those years ago. The Galapagos experience is one dominated by close encounters with one-of-a-kind animal species. Each day of your 5-day cruise will take you somewhere beautiful to explore.

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Meet our representative at the Quito airport for a transfer to your comfortable hotel in the city. Relax at your hotel or explore Quito at your leisure.



Meet your tour guide for a visit to Quito’s UNESCO-recognized Historic Center. Highlights include the neo-gothic Basilica, the exquisite Jesuit Church, and Plaza San Francisco which is shadowed by Pichincha Volcano.



After breakfast transfer to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca. The city is a leading producer of Panama hats and you can spend the day admiring the city’s architecture, exploring parks and plazas, and browsing handicraft shops.



Meet your guide for a tour of Cuenca’s beautiful historic center. Main sights include the New Cathedral and the residential district bordering the Tomebamba River. At the end of the tour, drive to Turi for panoramic views over the city.



Travel to Guayaquil via Cajas National Park, a vast lunar-like expanse that includes lakes and ponds.

On arrival to Guayaquil, you’ll be taken to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the night exploring this tropical city.



Upon arrival at Baltra airport, meet your guides for a transfer to your cruise ship. Enjoy lunch as you set sail on the first adventure. Ride a dinghy boat from shore to a tranquil lagoon bordered by mangroves where pelicans, herons, and egrets feed. In the calm waters, you’ll see turtles swimming among white-tipped reef sharks.

Note: This itinerary gives you an idea of your activities by day. Your cruise itinerary may vary.



Make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay and walk on a path through extensive lava flows formed in the 19th century. You’ll have time to snorkel and swim in the water.

Enjoy a memorable walk on the dark red beach of Rabida Island. Take a dinghy ride to observe nesting seabirds and then snorkel off the coast amid the thriving marine life.



In the morning, make a wet landing on a volcanic black sand beach and explore the uplifted coral reef where you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants. Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.

After lunch, walk to a saltwater crater lake with views of Isabel island’s volcanic cones. Then take a dinghy ride to see colonies of blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins.



Cross the Bolivar Channel and land on the rocky shore of Fernandina to see marine iguanas mingling with sally lightfoot crabs on the lava terrain. Enjoy snorkeling with diverse endemic sea fauna.

Take a dinghy ride to observe a variety of sea and coastal birds. Enjoy deep-water snorkeling in one of the richest marine havens on Earth.



Land at Puerto Ayora and drive into the Santa Cruz highlands. Enjoy a short walk through the lush green hills to see wild giant tortoises.

Transfer to Baltra airport to catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador. On arrival at the Quito airport, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel.



Meet our representative for a transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight back home onward to your next destination.

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Double $ 4749 $ 5449 $ 6249
Single $ 7009 $ 8249 $ 9249
  • 6 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • 4 nights on Galapagos cruise ship
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • All meals on the Galapagos cruise
  • Flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito
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  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Galapagos Park Fee (100 USD)
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