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Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper

(From Feb 2021)

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The one that will have you exploring Ecuador and kicking back with iguanas on the Galapagos islands

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Van, Planes, Local Ferry

  • Group Size

    Max 25 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Quito, Tena, Banos, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Guayaquil

Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper (From Feb 2021)

19 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided city tour and view the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral
  • Visit the Equator & Inti-Ñan Musuem
  • Visit a handicraft market
  • Visit a Hummingbird Sanctuary
  • Salsa lesson and dinner
  • Visit the Devils Cauldron Waterfall
  • Included flight to Baltra
  • Boat ride to Isabela Island
  • See Galapagos famous giant tortoises
  • Visit the lava tunnels
  • Snorkelling experience
  • Wildlife kayaking adventure
  • Visit a Turtle breeding centre
  • Visit Tortuga Bay and take a hike to a secluded beach
  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station
  • See the island's famous sea lions
  • Explore Kicker Rock
  • Visit a private beach
  • Included flight to Guayaquil

11 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Local beer tour in Quito
  • Rafting Experience US$50.00
  • Community Visit US$40.00
  • Rafting Experience US$50.00
  • Morning bird watching
  • Canyoneering US$28.00
  • Aventure Zipline - Advanced Course
  • Adventure Zipline/Climb US$25.00
  • Horseback riding US$40.00
  • Island Biking Adventure US$40.00
  • Paddleboarding

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Special Stay - Jungle Huts, 1 night in Hostel

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels with bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

From the heights of the volcanoes to the unexplored waters of Galapagos, this tour is a must for the lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you are snorkelling with Sea Lions & Rays, or chilling with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, this adventure is epic!

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Quito

  2. 2 2 nights

    Tena

  3. 2 2 nights

    Banos

  4. 1 1 night

    Quito

  5. via via

    Santa Cruz Island

  6. 2 2 nights

    Isabela Island

  7. 1 1 night

    Santa Cruz Island

  8. 2 2 nights

    San Cristobal Island

  9. Guayaquil

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DAY 1 - Quito

Quito

Welcome to Quito! The mood will be sky high as we gather in Ecuador's capital. This modern day city (nicknamed the 'light of America') is built on ancient Incan ruins and boasts one of the best preserved historic centres in America. It was also the first city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Fact. We'll jump straight in to a team tour of the city, skip between two hemispheres at the Equatorial line. Squeezing in a visit to the IInti-Ñan Museum should round off the first day on trip pretty nicely.

Stay

Hostal de La Mancha Quito (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally Guided City Tour

  • Visit the Equator and internan Museum

  • Visit a handicraft market

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Local beer tour in Quito

DAY 2 - Quito to Tena

Quito

It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route. Not a bad way to spend the day.

Tena

This stunning landscape is composed of vibrant hills and tumbling rivers that make it a White Water Rafting dream (hint, hint). If that's not your scene, we'll head to a humming bird sanctuary, and try and catch these beautiful birds as they buzz around. Then we'll settle in for the night, ready for big adventures tomorrow. 

Stay

Selina Tena (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a Hummingbird Sanctuary

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rafting Experience

    US$50.00

DAY 3 - Tena

Tena

Today is yours to roam the city and jungle to your hearts content. Maybe unwind over a few hot sugar cane and cinnamon drinks and a traditional canelazo brew, or opt to visit a local indigenous community - a pretty cool way to truly go local and give back on your trip. You'll get the chance to meet a shaman, play soccer with the local kids and really experience what tribe life is all about in this part of the world. Like the sound of this? Maybe consider packing some extra school supplies or tasty treats in your luggage - absolutely not essential but definitely appreciated by the local children. This afternoon, take the adrenaline up a notch and and hit the river for some fast and furious rafting. Nothing like a spot of rapid riding to induce group bonding. Tonight, we'll feast on delicious meats, sauces and salads, all traditional and sourced locally from the area. YUM.

Stay

Selina Tena (Special Stay)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Community Visit

    US$40.00

  • Rafting Experience

    US$50.00

DAY 4 - Tena to Banos

Tena

Good morning, Amazonian roamers! Today we're off to the adrenaline capital of Banos, so time to shimmy our way out of the rainforest - our next adventure awaits...

Banos

Sitting amidst tumbling valleys, waterfalls, and the still active Volcán Tungurahua, Banos is a big deal on the natural beauty front. With tomorrow earmarked as our day of outdoor adventuring, tonight is all about learning the art of sultry salsa with an included lesson to get our snake hips a-shaking. Our friendly local teacher, Edith, knows what's up on the dance floor, and by the time we leave those salsa pro's won't know what's hit them. Dance floor goals complete, we'll hop around some watering holes for a taste of the local nightlife.

Stay

Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Salsa Lesson

  • Visit the Devils Cauldron Waterfall

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Morning bird watching

  • Canyoneering

    US$28.00

  • Aventure Zipline - Advanced Course

DAY 5 - Banos

Banos

The adventure opportunities are endless today, with horseback riding, canyoneering and ziplining all on the menu. And trust us, this isn’t just any regular old zipline – we’re talking aerial bridges, rock climbing and speeding through the skies, Superman style – pretty much the ultimate aerial adventure. Don’t have such a head for heights? Horsey fun and canyoneering expeditions will keep you on your toes. Oh what a tough day this will be in Banos – deciding how best to embrace your inner adventurer.

Stay

Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Adventure Zipline/Climb

    US$25.00

  • Horseback riding

    US$40.00

DAY 6 - Banos to Quito

Banos

Today we head back to Quito for a quick stopover for the night.

Quito

You've got another chance to explore this beautiful city - lucky you! - but save some energy for tomorrow's adventure to the islands. 

Stay

Hostel de La Mancha Quito (or similar)

DAY 7 - Quito to Isabela Island via Santa Cruz Island

Quito

Rise and shine! This morning we're taking to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we’ll appease our rumbling stomachs with some local food.

Santa Cruz Island

Giant tortoises roaming their natural surroundings and incredible old lava tunnels will welcome us onto the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, we’ll take to the ocean and make tracks to our home for the night – the impossibly glorious Isabela Island, where we’ll sleep amidst the spellbinding beauty of the Galapagos National Park.

Isabela Island

The inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’, Isabela Island is home to wildlife you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Picture the scene – sandy streets, palm trees, crystal waters and seal pups playing – can it really get any more perfect? Soak it all in, as it’s home for the next little while.

Stay

Gran Tortuga

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Baltra

  • Boat ride to Isabela Island

  • See Galapagos famous giant tortoises

  • Visit the lava tunnels

DAY 8 - Isabela Island

Isabela Island

Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.

Stay

Gran Tortuga

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Snorkelling experience

  • Wildlife kayaking adventure

  • Visit a Turtle breeding centre

DAY 9 - Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island

Isabela Island

We’ll wake up hungry for the day this morning (that’s what island life does to you), and for good reason – Santa Cruz is on the horizon.

Santa Cruz Island

After settling in to the Santa Cruz way of life, we’ll stroll down to the beach and the cosy Tortuga Bay. Wildlife fanatics will be in their element – the island is known for sharks, rays, turtles, great blue herons, and even blue footed boobies. Spend your time sunbaking next to a marine iguana, or roam the streets stopping off in cute cafes for fresh juice pit stops.

Stay

Hotel Red Booby

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Tortuga Bay and take a hike to a secluded beach

  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station

DAY 10 - Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island

Santa Cruz Island

Back on our boat we’ll set sail for San Cristobal, keeping our eyes peeled for cute bathing sea lions (we won’t have to look too hard – they’re literally everywhere). Four extinct volcanoes sit across the island creating scenic highlands that are best experienced by bike – mainly cruising downhill, you'll be happy to know. The tiny town of El Progreso will add a splash of colour to our journey, and we’ll also cross five different vegetation zones before arriving at our seaside destination – La Loberia beach.

San Cristobal Island

Stay

Casa de Nelly

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See some Famous Sea Lions

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Island Biking Adventure

    US$40.00

DAY 11 - San Cristobal Island

San Cristobal Island

It’s our last day soaking up the natural beauty of the Galapagos, and what a day we’ve got planned. Bird-watching will kick us off, followed by a cruise to the 143-metre Kicker Rock – a natural phenomenon that protrudes from the ocean and is one of the greatest icons of the area. Our Local Guide will give us the low-down on the wildlife – both above and below the water – that surrounds the rock, then we’ll jump in and explore for ourselves. Keep a look out for chocolate chip starfish and a Galapagos Shark or two, but remember the golden rule – keep those toes off the coral, as you can do serious damage to the delicate eco-system. Back on board, we’ll make tracks for Puerto Grande beach. Here, we’ll eat lunch on board and enjoy a final afternoon of Galapagos fun, before rounding off the day with a feat to end all feasts. WHAT A DAY.

Stay

Casa de Nelly

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Kicker Rock

  • Visit a private beach

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Paddleboarding

DAY 12 - San Cristobal to Guayaquil

San Cristobal Island

There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival.  Not done yet?  Why not fly to Peru and join our Peru Uncovered trip?

Guayaquil

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Guayaquil

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