Explore Colonial Quito and Mitad del Mundo. Then fly above Pacific Ocean to reach Galapagos Islands, Stay in Puerto Ayora and take boat excursions to nearby islands for close encounter with sea lions, blue footed boobies, iguanas, crabs and other species. Special visit to Darwin research station to feed the giant turtles. Program designed for active groups
Day-1. DEPARTURE CITY-QUITO: Flight to Ecuador.
Day-2. QUITO-BALTRA: Flight to Baltra (Galapagos Islands). Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island and check-in to our eco-friendly lodge. Then travel by boat to Tortuga Bay to observe stingrays and baby reef sharks in the shallow waters of the mangrove ecosystems. After swimming on the beach we take a very short hike to a marine iguana-nesting site.
Day-3. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Transfer to "Los Gemelos", two collapsed lava chambers, an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. Then travel to private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam Then take a ride to the entrance of illuminated lava tunnel to see stalagmites, stalactites, sulphur and mineral coloured walls and the ripples formed by lava flows. Then boat ride to Floreana to see penguins and sea lions on the steep, rocky shore and rays and tropical fish beneath the clear waters. Continue on to Floreana and the lodge hotel for overnight.
Day-4. GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION: Tour Cueva de los Pirates location of artisan spring that attracted pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana. We will visit a tortoise reserve where you can watch many of the giant tortoises up close. Then sail for 2-3 hours to Las Tintoreras, to view blue footed boobies and Galapagos penguins. From there, we take a walk passing colonies of marine iguanas, and white-tipped reef sharks... if the tide is low, they are sometimes a mere 2 feet below the surface. Later, you can snorkel surrounded by mangrove, sea lions and penguins.
Day-5. SIERRA NIGRA: Depart for Sierra Negra using an open-air bus (ranchera). Here, we will mount horses to continue our journey. After a gorgeous ride / hike, we arrive to the caldera of Sierra Negra, the second largest in the world. The views are breathtaking! We will relax a bit and have a snack on the edge of the caldera. For the hardiest of the group, the option exists to walk an especially difficult hour further to Volcano Chico. Then return to your lodge for relax and free time.
Day-6. INTERPRETATION CENTRE: Travel to Long Beach to see the largest of the Galapagos marine iguanas sunning by the side of the road. We will visit a breeding centre for the giant Galapagos Tortoises and the only place to view the rare, remaining flat backed (so-called 'tabletop' shells) Galapagos tortoises, many of which still bear the scars of volcanic activity from Sierra Negra. Then sail to Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora. After lunch, we will have a guided tour of the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station, followed by some free time to shop for souvenirs or along Charles Darwin Avenue.
Day-7. BALTRA - QUITO: Flight back to Quito. Upon arrival start with guided city tour to see Independence Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. Then we will take you to San Francisco (1535), the oldest Ecuadorian church and the main altar inside is a spectacular example of baroque carving. Finally, we will drive up to the highest viewpoint of the city, El Panecillo hill from where we will have a spectacular view of Quito.
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
Colonial Quito - Otavalo Inca market - Mitad del Mundo - flight to Baltra - boat excursions to the Islands
Darwin Research Station
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following: