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Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper

(Until Jan 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

    5 Dinner, 11 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 25 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

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

Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper (Until Jan 2021)

18 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
  • 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

10 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Local beer tour in Quito
  • 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

    11 nights in Hotel

    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 chillling with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, this adventure is epic!

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  • Only $200 deposit to book

    Reserve your space now with a deposit, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

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  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

  • Financing available with UpLift

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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

    Guayaquil

  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. A perfect way to spend the day.

Tena

Stay

Hotel Las Heliconias

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

Hotel Las Heliconias

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 - Baños to Guayaquil

Banos

Today we’re off to discover Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city & its economic hub. This cosmopolitan city is one of Ecuador’s new hotspots, a walk down to the Malecón (Cities riverfront) is a must. For a bit of a historic enlightenment why not venture to Las Peñas, one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Guayaquil, its narrow streets and interesting past makes it a great visit.

Guayaquil

Stay

Hotel Palace Guayaquil

DAY 7 - Guayaquil to Isabela Island via Santa Cruz

Guayaquil

We’ve arrived in Ecuador’s largest city and are ready and raring to conquer it all. Getting out of here pretty early we’ll take to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we’ll appease our rumbling stomachs with some munch.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.