Ecuador & Galapagos Family Tour Standard 12D

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Day 1: Quito

Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize to your new surroundings.

Included

Spanish Speaking Driver

Day 2: Quito

The visit to the Teleferico is a breath taking experience in more ways than one. The views on top of the tram are fabulous and the altitude of 4100 meters will leave anyone breathless! You can walk around and almost see every part of Quito and on a clear day you might even see the magnificent Cotopaxi in the distance. In the afternoon you head to the Yaku water museum where you can play, discover and investigate about the importance of water to our planet. There are a range of fun and educational activities of which the most popular one is blowing giant water bubbles!

Activities and Services

Yaku Water Museum

Included

Breakfast

English Speaking Guide 

Excluded

Local entry fees

Day 3: Cloudforest Ecuador

Early start with a visit to the Equator line - stand with your family literally in the Middle of the World! We will also take you to the Inti Ñan museum where you can prove (or disprove) various scientific phenomenon that only hold true at the equator. After the equator visit you will be transfered to Mindo where you will visit an artisan chocolate factory and get to know all of the steps of the chocolate making process, from the harvesting, fermenting, drying, roasting and grinding and of course the crucial moment of tasting is not forgotten!

Activities and Services

Mitad del Mundo

Included

Breakfast

English Speaking Guide

Excluded

Locan entry fees

Day 4: Cloudforest Ecuador

Early start with a beautiful walk to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the cloudforest. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see hummingbirds, but your guide will also point out orchids and other fauna typical to the cloudforest. You can enjoy lunch and a bathe when arriving at the picturesque waterfall. In the afternoon you visit the Butterfly farm and admire some of the rarest and most colourful Orchids. We can end the day at the hummingbird café where you can observe spectacular hummingbirds while sipping from your coffee or fruit juice.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

English Speaking Guide

 

Excluded

Local entry fees

Day 5: Quito

After breakfast you will experience and exhilarating canopy tour for approximately 2 hours (suitable for ages 7 and up with guided assistance, or without guide for over 10s). You will fly safely through the upper reaches of the cloudforest and enjoy excellent views! After the canopy adventure our driver will transfer you back to Quito.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

English Speaking Guide 

Excluded

Locan entry fee

Day 6: Puerto Ayora

An early flight to the Galapagos Islands where your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport in Baltra. He/she will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). In the afternoon y our guide will take you the Giant Turtle Reserve – Rancho El Manzanillo located in the upper part of Santa Cruz. Here giant tortoises can be found wandering freely. Lunch at Rancho El Manzanillo. Afterwards we visit the Charles Darwin Station to learn about the ongoing conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and Giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

English Speaking Guide

 

Excluded

Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 International visitors)

Transit Control Card ($20).

Day 7: Puerto Ayora

By Yacht to one of the following destinations:

*Bartolome Island

*Plazas Islands

*Floreana Island

*Santa Fe Island

After breakfast, you will take a boat ride to one of the islands listed above. All of them offer fascinating insights into the plant and animal life of the Galapagos Islands where your naturalist guide will explain all about the flora and fauna that you encounter. Note: The destinations depends on availability.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

English Speaking Guide

Day 8: Puerto Villamil

After breakfast we will take the Public speedboat to Isabela Island (7:00 aprox), which lasts approximately two and a half hours. On arrival at Isabela we will take a brief rest at the hotel and then head to the Concha de Perla lagoon where you can swim with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish, and with luck sea turtles. After lunch we visit Tintoreras Islet - the name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in fact all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas it is an excellent place to see a large community of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby where with luck we may see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. After this fascinating experience we will return to the hotel.

Expert tips

Please note that the speedboat is a public service which is usually full, and is a bumpy ride for approx. 2 ½ hours each way. If you would prefer more comfortable transport then let us know and we can change you to an small plane flight between Islands instead. Bear in mind that the luggage limit is just 12kg per person.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

English Speaking Guide

Day 9: Puerto Villamil

Today you have 2 options. You can go to Cape Rose Tunnels, located 40 minutes from Puerto Villamil, where you can snorkel along fish, rays, sea turtles and sea lions, or the second option is to take a hike to Sierra Negra Volcano, that lasts approximately 3 hours, from this point you can take pictures and admire the amazig landscape, and then, you will continue to Volcan Chico. During the rest of the day use the bycicles of the hotel or visit the Tortoise Breeding Center on your own

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

English Speaking Guide

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

English Speaking Guide 

Day 10: Quito

At 5:00 a.m, head to the dock to take the public speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island (timing subject to change). From Puerto Ayora we will transport you across the highlands and to Baltra Airport. Depending on the timing of your flights we may have time for a quick visit to the twin crater sunken “holes”. These craters were formed by the collapse of the earth beneath which lava had passed and created giant tunnels. Once you arrive to Quito our driver will transport you to your hotel.

Activities and Services

Included

B

Breakfast

Spanish Speaking Guide

Day 11: Quito

In the morning we visit the colorful Indian handicraft market on the Plaza de Ponchos where you can admire a whole range of handmade crafts such as ponchos, alpaca blankets and a variety of crafts from all over Ecuador. The hustle and bustle of this colorful market is a great experience and a great place for souvenir shopping!

After shopping time, we drive up to the Condor Park for a short visit. You are also able to see a ‘falconry’ demonstration, where a few eagles do what they do best: fly over the beautiful mountains of Otavalo!

Otavalo Market Otavalo Market

Expert tips

Expert Tip: The fly demonstrations are at 11:30 and 15:30. Due to the weather conditions the schedules may change a bit.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

English speaking guide

Private transport

Excluded

Entrance fees ($5)

Day 12: End of Itinerary

Transfer Out

You will be picked up at your hotel for a transfer to the airport in time for your international flight out.

Included

Breakfast

Airport transfer (Spanish)

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