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Galapagos and Otavalo Experience

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Galapagos and Otavalo Experience

An amazing vacation that offers endless opportunities and experiences, the Galapagos Islands is one of the few places int he world that allows close contact with wildlife.

Explore sandy beaches, snorkel with sea turtles, rays and sea lions.

Experience Otavalo Market, enjoy a lunch with local women and learn more about their weaving project.

Day 1 Quito Arrival Day

Welcome to Quito ! The largest best preserved colony city of America, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano.

Depending on your arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito, and surrounding area. In the evening, one of ur trip leaders will meet you at the hotel lobby for a welcome briefing at 6pm.

At this time we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding your vacation.

Day 2 Arrive in the Galapgos-Highlands-Pan Amalia Project Visit.

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Santa Cruz a nearby island, crossing the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry. From here we will continue by car to our first stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

The highlands are the home to the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out for a walk in search of the giant tortoises.

During this visit, you will also visit some lava tubes, which were formed when the surface of the lava stream solidifies.

After this tour you will visit Pan Animalia Project, a veterinary program we support that aims to promote animal health and welfare through the services it provides at its veterinary clinic in Puerto Ayora with the main goal to reduce the percentage of stray dogs and cats in different towns throughout Santa Cruz Island.

After that you will continue by private vehicle to your hotel, and you will have a meet and greet with your local guide who will explain the following days itinerary to you.

Day 3 Bay Tour Exploration

Today after breakfast you will enjoy a half-day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack everything you need for this trip. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it.

During this tour, you will take a boat to the Bay where you can swim and snorkel with all kinds of exotic fish and marine life, as well as the famous sea lions, they are very curious animals and like to approach to swim next to your underwater.

~Here you can also see the sought after Blue Footed Boobies. Afterwards clime to a nearby viewpoint, and if you are lucky you can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below.

Afterwards take a walk along the Playa de los Perros, where many sea iguanas are found basking in the sun. The enormous cacti, the deep red color of the rock and turquoise, sparkling ocean make for great photo opportunities.

Day 4 Charles Darwin Research Station Visit.

In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management on the Galapagos Islands.

In the afternoon, you will travel by speedboat to San Cristobal Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the look out dolphins and whales (July to October) Once we arrive we will check in at the hotel.

Day 5 San Cristobal-Isla Lobos Excursion

Today after breakfast you will be met and transferred to a dock where you will take a quick boat ride to nearby Isla Lobos. During this boat trip, observe many marine animals before even setting foot on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour where you will have the change to observe frigate birds, blue-fotted boobies, manta, sea lions and sometimes sharks that all inhabit the island and its surrounding waters.

The white coral beaches of San Cristobal are great to walk around, relax and swim before you head back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Day 6 San Cristobal - Quito

Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport of San Cristobal.

From here you will take a flight back to Ecuador's mainland. Upon arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 7 Quitzato Solar Clock - Otavalo with Sachawarmikuna Local Project.

Today, we will drive back up into the highlands and reach the Pan-American Highway, heading north on the way to the famous indigenous town of Otavalo.

Here admire the endless number of handicrafts from the local people. Take time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets, which are filled with Otavalo indigenous people wearing the traditional blue ponchos. Visit their handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries and much more at bargain prices.

In Otavalo there will be enough time for shopping and cultural interaction.

For lunch we head to Pijal, a small village located in the heart of the Andes to visit one of the sustainable projects called Sacha Warmi Kuna (women from the mountain) The project main purpose is to support the women's families and encourage the position of the women in local society, providing them an alternative side work besides housekeeping, as a new option for income. Once at the project you will experience an unforgettable cultural encounter, immersing yourself in the true spirit of South-American women and their skills in textiles and deep culinary knowledge coming from past generations.

You will be part of the preparation of "Aji" a local spicy salsa which is part of their identity, you will also share some precious time with them and a tasty traditional lunch in which local women have used the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields.

Later we will learn more about the weaving process for their textiles. Don't miss your chance to give back by buying handmade scarves here.

Later we will arrive at the beautiful and historical Haceinda of Pinsaqui where we will stay overnight. Enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome and learn more about this historical place.

Day 8 Departure And End Of Services.

Today your trip will end with your international departure.

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Nights

Hotel Dann Carlton Quito

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Hotel Highlights
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Wi-Fi

Bed and Breakfast | Double Room

Quito Dann Carlton offers stylish accommodation a 1-hour drive from Mariscal Sucre Airport. The hotel boasts a panoramic swimming pool, a fitness area and a restaurant to enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Rooms at the Carlton have 5-star decor. They are fully carpeted and styled in elegant tan hues. Amenities include a seating area, work desk and cable TV.

A buffet breakfast is served at Luxemburgo Café restaurant with fresh fruits, coffee and local specialties. The bar invites to an evening of cocktails and live music.

Dann Carlton hotel provides 24-hour assistance and free private parking. The famous city landmark Capilla del Hombre, is only 4 blocks away and Bella Vista Metropolitan Park is a 15-minute walk.

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Nights

Hotel La Casa de Judy

Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Hotel Highlights
  • 60M from the beach 
  • Wi-Fi
  • On site bar 

Bed and Breakfast | Double Room

Hotel La Casa de Judy offers free WiFi accommodation in Puerto Ayora. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

Rooms at Hotel La Casa de Judy are fitted with air conditioning and have a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower and shower.

You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

 

2

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Blue Marlin Hotel

San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Hotel Highlights
  • Wi-Fi
  • Swimming pool and hot tub 
  • 300M from Promenade of San Critstobal 

Bed and Breakfast | Double Room

Located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Hotel Blue Marlin is near the beach. Travelers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Galapagos Interpretation Center, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Galapagos National Park and Playa de Oro.

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What's included

  • Round-trip airfare to Quito from various US Airports
  • Intra round-trip flights Quito to Galapagos
  • land and sea transportation
  • Airport transportation
  • 1 Night Quito at Dann Carlton 4 Star Hotel
  • 2 Nights Galapagos La Casa De Judy or similar 3 Star
  • 2 Nights Galapagos Hotel Blue Marlin or similar 3 Star
  • 2 Nights Quito at Dann Carlton 4 Star Hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts and 4 Lunches
  • Snorkeling mask, fins and life vest
  • English speaking adventure leader and local guides
  • **** NOT INCLUDED SEE BELOW ***
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee USD 100 per person
  • INGALA Transit control card USD 20 per person
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Minimum of 6 months validity with one passport page
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • Covid Entry Requirements as of 30 Nov 2021
  • All travelers 16 and older must present the following
  • A negative RT-PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel, counting from the time the sample was taken.
  • A vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the Covid-19 Vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel
  • A declaration of traveler health (the declaration is available on the Ministry of Public Health website).
  • Please note, once booked, you will receive your itinerary 14 days prior to departure.

Vacation Highlights

  • Bucket list destinations
  • Wildlife in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles, rays and sea lions
  • Visit Isla Lobos
  • Otavalo Market
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