THE GALAPAGOS &
THE HIGHLANDS

8 nights or more starting at $3226 per person, double occupancy, with a chance to spend some time in a indigenous Quechua community, plus a three night Galapagos cruise or longer

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Includes:

  • 4 nights at the Dann Carlton in Quito (or similar) with breakfast, round trip airport transfers.

  • Full day Colonial Quito & the Middle of the World Tour

  • Full day tour to Otavalo Indigenous Market, nearby villages, and Lake Cuicocha

  • 1 night at the Karanki Magdalena Community with dinner and breakfast in a local Quechua home (simple, but comfortable accommodations)

  • Train ride to the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Salinas, with lunch

  • 3 nights (or more) Galapagos Islands cruise including full board, 2 daily excursions with a trained naturalist guide, island activities such as snorkeling (gear provided), lectures, and briefings.

  • Accommodations in a Standard Plus Cabin

  • English-speaking guides throughout

8 night package (with 3 nights cruise)

$3226 per person, double occupancy

9 night package (with 4 nights cruise)

$3969 per person, double occupancy

12 night cruise (with 7 nights cruise)

$5707 per person, double occupancy

Additional cabin upgrades and extensions available upon request.

ITINERARY

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Day One:

Arrive in Quito

Upon arrival, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel. It is best to allow some time for rest in order to acclimate to Quito's high altitude.

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Day Two

Colonial Quito and the Middle of the World

Take a walking tour of Colonial Quito and its charming, historical center with its many ornate churches and other buildings. Then, head to the Middle of the World Complex which is situated at 0 latitude to be one foot in Northern Hemisphere and one foot in the Southern Hemisphere! You will also learn about the strange effects of being on the equator, and more about Ecuador and it's culture.

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Day Three

Otavalo Indigenous Market & the Highlands

Visit the famous indigenous Otavalo open-air market to see the stunning handicrafts of the Quechua people of Ecuador, including hand-made textiles, Andean musical instruments, and more. From there you can visit other local towns famous for their handicrafts, including Peguche -known for its talented weavers- and Cotacachi -known for its leather work. From there head to Lake Cuicocha, a crater lake that is home to some rare wildlife like the silver grebe.

Then drive to the Karanki Magdalena Community for an overnight with this unique indigenous village. Enjoy a dinner with your host family and spend the night in their home in the Andes mountains.

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Day Four

Karanki Magdalena & Salinas

Enjoy the morning with the Karanki Magdalena villagers on the slopes of the Imbabura Volcano, learning about their way of life. You can enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking for an additional cost (paid directly to the villagers). From there, head to Ibarra to take the Liberty train through the Andes highlands to the Afro-Ecuadorian town of Salinas. Enjoy a traditional performance and learn about the town's unique heritage before enjoying lunch there. Afterwards, return to Quito to prepare for your Galapagos Journey.

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Day Five

Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Take a flight to the Galapagos and board your cruise ship. After getting situated on board, you will head out for your first excursion on one of the nearby islands. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board.

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Days Six & Seven

Exploring the Galapagos

These fun-filled days will have you visiting different islands and getting up close with amazing animals like the blue-footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, and many more!

Weather permitting, there will be opportunities to snorkel, kayak, or even take a glass bottom boat tour.

Enjoy all your meals onboard, including an alfresco barbecue dinner under the stars. In the evenings, there will be lectures and other activities.

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Day Eight

One Last Day in Paradise

Take a final morning excursion onto the islands before disembarkation. Fly back to the mainland, and transfer to your hotel in Quito.

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Day Nine

Fly Home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

International and domestic airfare available upon request.

Optional tours and extensions also available upon request.

VALIDITY

Valid 2021. Prices may be higher during holiday and peak seasons.

INCLUSIONS
Accommodations & daily breakfast in Quito

3 night cruise with full board, twice daily excursions, and activities

Transfers in/out

Local English-speaking guides

EXCLUSIONS

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services not listed on the itinerary
Optional Tours

International Flights

Galapagos Park fees (approximately $120)

Cruise fuel surcharges