17-day Hidden Treasure Ecuador & Galapagos

17-Day Hidden Treasure Ecuador & Galapagos

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Jorge and your team

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

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Itinerary

Day 1: AIRPORT PICKUP – TRANSFER TO HOTEL

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
You will be picked up at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and brought to your hotel, which is located in the center of Quito. Depending on the time of arrival at the airport, you will have the chance to explore Quito by yourself and taste the local dishes and drinks. Of course it is also possible to rest, because you might be tired after the long flight.

Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hotel City Art or similar.

Day 2: HISTORICAL CENTER – COOKING CLASS – CAPILLA DEL HOMBRE

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
After breakfast in the hotel you will go to the Historical Center of Quito to explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After getting an impression of this beautiful city, you will get a cooking class where you learn how to cook local dishes. In the afternoon you will visit the Capilla del Hombre where you will have an amazing sight over the city. (All transportation is included).

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel City Art or similar.

Day 3: INTIÑAN MUSEUM – PULULAHUA – CLOUD FOREST

Stop At: Maquipucuna Reserve, Via Nanegalito a Nanegal Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve, Quito 170168 Ecuador
In the morning we will visit the Intiñan museum and the Pululahua volcano. After that you will be transferred to a beautiful place in the Cloud Forest. Before lunch you will take a guided short walk to learn about some of Maquipucuna’s medicinal and useful plants. After lunch you will walk through the Bear trail and part of the Palmito or River trails in search of Spectacled bears or their traces. This is a moderate hike through Secondary and some Primary Forest. A local guide is mandatory during Spectacled Bear season. At 6pm the bar opens officially; however, if you desire a drink before then, please let the staff know and they will be happy to serve you. There is also the chance to do an optional guided night hike.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Maquipucuna Reserve Lodge or similar.

Day 4: BIRD WATCHING – HIKE TO WATERFALL / SELF GUIDED WALK

Stop At: Maquipucuna Reserve, Via Nanegalito a Nanegal Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve, Quito 170168 Ecuador
Wake up with a concert of birds and get ready for an early start. You have the first birding hike from 06:30 – 08:30 AM to enjoy the sounds and sights of dawn in the forest – which is when most birds are active and calling. Before lunch you will take the Humedal trail learning further about plants and watching birds as we progress into the the pre-Inca trail used by the Yumbos. As a reward, you will reach the Yumbo waterfall or swimming hole where you will have the opportunity to take a swim. After lunch you will visit the coffee orchard, the orchid garden and the organic garden.

Alternatively after breakfast, you could take a half day or full day tour to the Ziplines, Tulipe archeological site or Mindo butterfly garden. You can also do an optional guided night hike.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Maquipucuna Reserve Lodge or similar.

Day 5: COTOPAXI – HORSEBACK RIDING

Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
After breakfast you will drive to the Cotopaxi Volcano area, which takes about 4 hours to get there. You will start your tour with a very nice car ride from Quito through the Volcano Avenue; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and others. When you arrive there you will have a lunch and after that you will do a horseback riding tour in the slopes of the Ruminahui Volcano.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hacienda el Povenir or similar.

Day 6: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK – LIMPIOPUNGO LAGOON – ISINLIVÍ

Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
When you finish your breakfast in the morning, you will visit the Cotopaxi National Park and the Limpiopungo Lagoon. After that you will depart to Isinliví and there you will have lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a trekking exploration around the Isinliví mountains. In the evening you will have a nice local dinner.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: LluLlu Llama Mountain Lodge or similar.

Day 7: QUILOTOA – TIGUA – GUAMOTE – CHIMBORAZO

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701 Ecuador
In the morning you will visit the Quilotoa Loop and have the chance to hike down and actually feel the temperature of the lake, when time allows it you can even kayak on the lake. After that you will go to Tigua, where you will visit the local community. In the afternoon you will drive to Guamote, on your way there you have the chance to make some amazing photos of the Chimborazo volcano.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Inti Sisa or similar.

Day 8: GUAMOTE – DEVILS NOSE – INGAPIRCA – CUENCA

Stop At: Cuenca, Ecuador
Today you will discover one of the many Hidden Treasures in the Andes: the Devil’s nose. Around 08:00 AM you will go on the Devil’s Nose train ride. You will learn about one of the greatest rail engineering feats worldwide while passing through the beautiful Andean scenery. In the afternoon you will visit the Ingapirca ruins after which you will be transferred to your hotel in Cuenca.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel Victoria or similar.

Day 9: CUENCA – CITY TOUR – SPA CIRCUIT

Stop At: Cuenca, Ecuador
Today, you will have a very relaxing day. This is your time to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador. Cuenca won South America’s Leading City Break Destination of 2018, and you will see in this tour why that is the case. It is an amazing city with a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will start this day with a city tour around Cuenca, and after that, you will visit Piedra de Agua hot springs, a nice spot where you will get the chance to relax and unwind by doing a Spa Circuit.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel Victoria or similar.

Day 10: CUENCA – CAJAS – GUAYAQUIL


Stop At: El Cajas National Park, Cuenca 010219 Ecuador
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Cajas National Park. In this park you will spot many beautiful lakes. It is also home to many wild animals such as Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and coatis. After exploring the great wildlife and nature, you will continue to Guayaquil where you will enjoy the city by night and enjoy its beautiful panoramic views.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

Day 11: TRANSFER GUAYAQUIL AIRPORT – BALTRA AIRPORT PICKUP – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
You will be brought to Guayaquil airport by the hotel shuttle. Upon arrival at Baltra Airport the guide will take you to Santa Cruz Highlands to make closer contact with the Giant Galapagos Tortoises as well as many kinds of birds, like the Wizard and Finch. The guides will explain more about the famous giant tortoises and you will have a local lunch here. Then you will be taken to your hotel where you have some time to relax.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel Silberstein or similar.

Day 12: LONG DAY TOUR – UNINHABITED ISLAND

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
Today you will go to one of Galapagos’ uninhabited islands. What island you will visit depends on what day of the week you will depart. Examples of islands you might visit are: Santa Fe, Plazas, Floreana, Bartolome or North Seymour island. You will spend the day snorkeling and discovering the island and its flora and fauna. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Box lunch included
Accommodation included: Hotel Silberstein or similar.

Day 13: FREE MORNING – ISABELA ISLAND

Stop At: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
After breakfast at the hotel, you have some time to discover the island by yourself. We highly recommend you to visit Tortuga Bay, where you will be able to spot a huge marine iguana colony. You can also go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. At 02:00 PM you will be brought to Isabela island by a public speedboat and you will arrive around 04:30 PM. After that you will be picked up and brought to your hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Hotel Volcano or similar

Day 14: LOS TUNELES

Stop At: Los Tuneles, SE Isabela Island Nr. La Union Rock, Puerto Villamil 200250 Ecuador
When you finish breakfast, you will go to Los Tuneles. This is one of the most spectacular places to go diving or snorkeling in Isabela Island, because the water is calm, very clear and shallow. After visiting Los Tuneles you will have time to visit some highlights by yourself; for example to Isabela Breeding Center, Wetlands or the Wall of Tears.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Snack included
Accommodation included: Hotel Volcano or similar.



Day 15: KAYAK IN TINTORERAS BAY – DROP OFF AIRPORT – SAN CRISTOBAL

Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil Ecuador
Early in the morning you will have breakfast at the hotel. After that you have the chance to do a kayaking or stand up paddling tour in Tintoreras Bay. When you finish relaxing on the water, you will be picked up to be brought to the Isabela Airport. From there you will take a flight to San Cristobal. Here you can visit the Interpretation Center and Tijeretas on your own. A great thing is that San Cristobal airport is situated very well so it does not take to long to get to the places mentioned above.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Casa Opuntia or similar

Day 16: KICKER ROCK

Stop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Ecuador
You will have breakfast at the hotel before going to Kicker Rock. This is one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks of 140 meters tall, located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. This magnificent tiny island is the favorite place for an array of marine birds. But in the sea you see the great underwater life wherefore the site is that famous. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos sharks and hammerheads!
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Box lunch provided
Accommodation included: Casa Opuntia or similar

Day 17: TRANSFER OUT

Stop At: Airport Isla San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
This is the last day of your Hidden Treasures tour. Depending on the time of your flight back to the mainland, you will be brought to the airport. Any time of the day is fine to get your flight out, we will arrange a transfer to the airport for you.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Leaving from Quito

Capital of Ecuador, declared World Heritage by the Unesco. One of its main features is the baroque architecture of the site. It has beautiful natural landscapes where the snowy volcanoes abound, one of the most famous is Cuicocha.

$6,633.34 Per Person