13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon

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13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon

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$4869*

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(Hotels may vary based on departure day of the week)
Monday Departure
Hilton Colon Guayaquil Guayaquil
Scalesia Lodge Isabela Island
EB Hotel by Eurobuilding Quito Quito
Termas de Papallacta Papallacta
Sacha Lodge Coca
Dann Carlton Hotel Quito
Tuesday Departure
Hilton Colon Guayaquil Guayaquil
Scalesia Lodge Isabela Island
EB Hotel by Eurobuilding Quito Quito
Termas de Papallacta Papallacta
Sacha Lodge Coca
Dann Carlton Hotel Quito
Wednesday Departure
Hilton Colon Guayaquil Guayaquil
Scalesia Lodge Isabela Island
EB Hotel by Eurobuilding Quito Quito
Termas de Papallacta Papallacta
Sacha Lodge Coca
Dann Carlton Hotel Quito
Friday Departure
Hilton Colon Guayaquil Guayaquil
Scalesia Lodge Isabela Island
EB Hotel by Eurobuilding Quito Quito
Termas de Papallacta Papallacta
Sacha Lodge Coca
Dann Carlton Hotel Quito

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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $950
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Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Baltra, Baltra-Quito, Quito-Coca, Coca-Quito

June through August departures use light aircraft flights (9 seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island. There is a weight restriction for luggage of 24 pounds per person (including hand luggage), and any additional luggage will be securely held at Baltra airport and retrieved on Day 6 prior to your flight to Quito. Cargo space is limited therefore please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 12 and will require a transfer on Day 11. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This very active trip covers a lot of ground each day. On two of these days you will spend four to five hours on your feet. The pace is active and you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Getting to the Galapagos requires a flight from Guayaquil to the Island of Baltra. June through August departures a short flight will take you from Baltra to Isabela Island. On all other departures, you will transfer to the Baltra Seaport and travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island. A one hour bus ride will take you to Puerto Ayora, where you will board a speedboat for a three hour ride to Isabela Island. You will travel through open sea, which can be very rough. We suggest those prone to motion sickness to consult with their physician before considering this trip. A bus will transfer you from port to your hotel. In the Galapagos, it takes approximately two hours, on foot, to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. This tour visits areas of high elevations in Quito (9,300 feet) and in Papallacta (10,600 feet) and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Early wake-ups are necessary on some mornings to cover the territory. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra, Baltra-Quito, Quito-Coca & Coca-Quito
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 3 nights Isabela Island (Galapagos)
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 3 nights Coca (Amazon)
    • 3 nights Quito
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 32 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20
  • Services of English-speaking naturalists guides in the Galapagos and the Amazon
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • In the lush tropical lowlands of Ecuador visit a working Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation
  • Visit Guayaquil's Seminario Park, a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas
  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Explore stunning Tintoreras Islet with its sea lions, turtles, iguanas and whitetip reef sharks
  • Stand before the historic ‘Wall of Tears,’ monument to prisoners who constructed the barrier
  • Hike to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the Galapagos Islands
  • At the Los Humedales complex, see all four species of mangroves found in the archipelago
  • Visit the Turtle Breeding Center - hear about programs to save the iconic Galapagos Tortoises
  • Visit the "Middle of the World" monument at the Equator that marks latitude 0º
  • Enjoy the wonders of nature and the hot steamy thermal springs at Papallacta in the Andes
  • Journey deep into the Amazon, a living jewel with rare beauty and astonishing natural wonders
  • From atop the canopy walkway pause to view amazing panoramas and vibrant colored birds
  • Meet with women at an Interpretation Center to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle
  • A native guide shows you how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha - a real challenge!
  • Listen to the symphony of frogs and birds on a nocturnal jungle walk by flashlight
  • Discover Quito's historic colonial quarter, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour a rose plantation and learn about Ecuador's major rose cultivation industry

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This very active trip covers a lot of ground each day. On two of these days you will spend four to five hours on your feet. The pace is active and you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Getting to the Galapagos requires a flight from Guayaquil to the Island of Baltra. June through August departures a short flight will take you from Baltra to Isabela Island. On all other departures, you will transfer to the Baltra Seaport and travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island. A one hour bus ride will take you to Puerto Ayora, where you will board a speedboat for a three hour ride to Isabela Island. You will travel through open sea, which can be very rough. We suggest those prone to motion sickness to consult with their physician before considering this trip. A bus will transfer you from port to your hotel. In the Galapagos, it takes approximately two hours, on foot, to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. This tour visits areas of high elevations in Quito (9,300 feet) and in Papallacta (10,600 feet) and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Early wake-ups are necessary on some mornings to cover the territory. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax or explore the city's many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Tuesday - Cocoa Plantation, Discover Guayaquil
The day begins with a close look at the lush natural scenery of the lowlands of Ecuador as you drive past banana plantations to a working Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation. Learn about the history of cocoa beans and see the modern process that begins after the beans are picked from the cocoa trees. After a lunch of local favorites, back to Guayaquil and Seminario Park, home to arboreal Iguanas. Then, view the contrasting architecture of the city's Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower, and the impressive La Rotonda Monument that depicts the historic meeting in 1822 of Bolívar and San Martín. At the end of the day, stunning panoramas of the city await you from Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded in the 16th century. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time on the flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Land at Baltra airport and continue your trip* to the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos considered the 'gem' of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabella of Spain, this enchanting island offers an expansive beach, beautiful natural surroundings and striking pink flamingos which gracefully traverse the lagoons and marshes at dusk. Arrive at your lodge nestled in the highlands in time for dinner
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Tintoreras Islet, Wall of Tears
In Puerto Villamil, board a panga (dingy) to Tintoreras Islet. In this small bay with its calm turquoise waters and white sand beach, views of sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and marine iguanas. Enjoy time for swimming or snorkeling in the bay. When the tide is low, in the shallow crevice you can see the island's famous whitetip reef sharks. There's also a lava trail which leads to two beaches, an important nesting site for marine iguanas. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon hike to the historic 'Wall of Tears' that stands as a monument to prisoners brought to the island who perished while forced to construct the 'pointless' barrier - a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner is together at the lodge
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Sierra Negra Volcano, Los Humedales Mangroves, Turtle Breeding Center
Hike this morning to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the archipelago; its caldera is the second largest in the world with a diameter of six miles. Trek across an alien landscape of fascinating geological features. After lunch at the lodge, visit Los Humedales, a complex of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in the Galapagos. Following the path, discover secluded beaches, lava tunnels, and natural pools. In this mating area for pink flamingos, you also can observe many different species of migratory birds. Then, a fascinating visit to the Turtle Breeding Center where you learn more about the National Park's conservation programs to save the iconic Galapagos Tortoises on the brink of extinction. Tonight at dinner, share photos of some of today's amazing sights
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Depart the Galapagos, Quito
Awake early today for your journey back to Baltra*. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to colonial Quito, capital of Ecuador. Upon late afternoon arrival, check into your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Middle of the World, Papallacta Hot Springs
This morning, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Free time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs. After lunch on your own, journey to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous Before dinner, there's time to unwind in the comforting steaming thermal baths surrounded by the magic of nature. Later, perhaps opt for a soothing massage in this jungle paradise
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - The Ecuadorian Amazon - A Living Jewel!
A short flight over the Andes Mountains takes you to the town of Coca, jumping off point to the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other place on earth! Stop for a box lunch before boarding a motorized canoe for a long but scenic journey down the river to your lodge. Upon entering the lodge's private reserve, walk along a raised boardwalk that stretches through a dense flooded palm forest in which several species of monkeys are often sighted. Dugout canoes await to transport you across Pilchicocha Lake to your accommodations at the lodge. Settle in, enjoy birdwatching from the mini-tower, or, refresh from the day with a cool swim. After dinner, a walk through the rainforest with your naturalist guide, or, perhaps a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans as you silently paddle across the lake. The Amazon is the world's largest ecosystem
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Exploring the Amazon, Rainforest Canopy Walk
Awake early this morning to begin your adventure -- enjoy the sounds, the serenity, and the magnificent foliage. A highlight of the day is the "Canopy Walk," one of only a few self-standing suspension canopy walkways in the world. Pause to view extraordinary panoramas from the observation platforms of this 900 foot long walkway, suspended at a height of 120 feet above the forest floor. Afterward, a walk in the pristine forest where native guides explain the many different species of medicinal plants used in their culture for hundreds of years. Later, try paddling dugout canoes along the nearby blackwater creeks where luxuriant lianas, bromeliads, and palm trees thrive. After an adventurous morning, a relaxing lunch before this afternoon's choice of a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, a challenging hike on the trails or, a tranquil canoe ride. Dinner together caps an adventurous day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Interpretation Center, Piranha Fishing, Canoe Ride in the Forest
This morning, visit the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center located across the Napo River, where you speak with women from the community to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle. Here, you'll see many different fibers used for weaving before a tasting of traditional local food! Upon your return to the lodge, a native guide teaches how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha. Then, take a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest - you'll be surrounded by friendly squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Later, arrive at a 135-foot metal tower from where you can get fabulous views of vibrantly colored birds through powerful scopes. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate by canoe through the narrow trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. After dinner tonight, a nocturnal jungle walk and canoe trip by flashlight to discover night creatures seldom seen during the day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Quito's Treasures of Art and Architecture
Bid farewell to the amazing Amazon Basin this morning, and settle in for a long ride by canoe to Coca. After a box lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival, the discovery of Quito with its treasures of art and architecture begins in the historic colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour of the city starts at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own with its lovely markets, cafes and superb cuisine
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Friday - Rose Plantation, Otavalo Market, Molino San Juan Hacienda
Begin the day with a visit to a rose plantation and hear about Ecuador's major rose cultivation industry. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation. Delight in the display of brightly colored roses, before visiting the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry, and more. Afterward, continue to Molino San Juan Hacienda for lunch. Explore the hacienda grounds including Santa Marianita Chapel and tour the former hydraulic mill that was once part of an old Jesuit hacienda. During your "Cava Experience", learn how their underground turbine, built in the late 1800s, manufactures craft beers and whiskey. Depart the hacienda, and return to Quito. Tonight, at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 13 and will require a transfer on Day 12. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax or explore the city's many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Wednesday - Cocoa Plantation, Discover Guayaquil
The day begins with a close look at the lush natural scenery of the lowlands of Ecuador as you drive past banana plantations to a working Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation. Learn about the history of cocoa beans and see the modern process that begins after the beans are picked from the cocoa trees. After a lunch of local favorites, back to Guayaquil and Seminario Park, home to arboreal Iguanas. Then, view the contrasting architecture of the city's Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower, and the impressive La Rotonda Monument that depicts the historic meeting in 1822 of Bolívar and San Martín. At the end of the day, stunning panoramas of the city await you from Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded in the 16th century. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time on the flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Land at Baltra airport and continue your trip* to the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos considered the 'gem' of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabella of Spain, this enchanting island offers an expansive beach, beautiful natural surroundings and striking pink flamingos which gracefully traverse the lagoons and marshes at dusk. Arrive at your lodge nestled in the highlands in time for dinner
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Tintoreras Islet, Wall of Tears
In Puerto Villamil, board a panga (dingy) to Tintoreras Islet. In this small bay with its calm turquoise waters and white sand beach, views of sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and marine iguanas. Enjoy time for swimming or snorkeling in the bay. When the tide is low, in the shallow crevice you can see the island's famous whitetip reef sharks. There's also a lava trail which leads to two beaches, an important nesting site for marine iguanas. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon hike to the historic 'Wall of Tears' that stands as a monument to prisoners brought to the island who perished while forced to construct the 'pointless' barrier - a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner is together at the lodge
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Sierra Negra Volcano, Los Humedales Mangroves, Turtle Breeding Center
Hike this morning to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the archipelago; its caldera is the second largest in the world with a diameter of six miles. Trek across an alien landscape of fascinating geological features. After lunch at the lodge, visit Los Humedales, a complex of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in the Galapagos. Following the path, discover secluded beaches, lava tunnels, and natural pools. In this mating area for pink flamingos, you also can observe many different species of migratory birds. Then, a fascinating visit to the Turtle Breeding Center where you learn more about the National Park's conservation programs to save the iconic Galapagos Tortoises on the brink of extinction. Tonight at dinner, share photos of some of today's amazing sights
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Depart the Galapagos, Quito
Awake early today for your journey back to Baltra*. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to colonial Quito, capital of Ecuador. Upon late afternoon arrival, check into your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Middle of the World, Papallacta Hot Springs
This morning, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Free time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs. After lunch on your own, journey to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous Before dinner, there's time to unwind in the comforting steaming thermal baths surrounded by the magic of nature. Later, perhaps opt for a soothing massage in this jungle paradise
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - The Ecuadorian Amazon - A Living Jewel!
A short flight over the Andes Mountains takes you to the town of Coca, jumping off point to the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other place on earth! Stop for a box lunch before boarding a motorized canoe for a long but scenic journey down the river to your lodge. Upon entering the lodge's private reserve, walk along a raised boardwalk that stretches through a dense flooded palm forest in which several species of monkeys are often sighted. Dugout canoes await to transport you across Pilchicocha Lake to your accommodations at the lodge. Settle in, enjoy birdwatching from the mini-tower, or, refresh from the day with a cool swim. After dinner, a walk through the rainforest with your naturalist guide, or, perhaps a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans as you silently paddle across the lake. The Amazon is the world's largest ecosystem
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Exploring the Amazon, Rainforest Canopy Walk
Awake early this morning to begin your adventure -- enjoy the sounds, the serenity, and the magnificent foliage. A highlight of the day is the "Canopy Walk," one of only a few self-standing suspension canopy walkways in the world. Pause to view extraordinary panoramas from the observation platforms of this 900 foot long walkway, suspended at a height of 120 feet above the forest floor. Afterward, a walk in the pristine forest where native guides explain the many different species of medicinal plants used in their culture for hundreds of years. Later, try paddling dugout canoes along the nearby blackwater creeks where luxuriant lianas, bromeliads, and palm trees thrive. After an adventurous morning, a relaxing lunch before this afternoon's choice of a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, a challenging hike on the trails or, a tranquil canoe ride. Dinner together caps an adventurous day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Interpretation Center, Piranha Fishing, Canoe Ride in the Forest
This morning, visit the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center located across the Napo River, where you speak with women from the community to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle. Here, you'll see many different fibers used for weaving before a tasting of traditional local food! Upon your return to the lodge, a native guide teaches how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha. Then, take a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest - you'll be surrounded by friendly squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Later, arrive at a 135-foot metal tower from where you can get fabulous views of vibrantly colored birds through powerful scopes. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate by canoe through the narrow trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. After dinner tonight, a nocturnal jungle walk and canoe trip by flashlight to discover night creatures seldom seen during the day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Quito's Treasures of Art and Architecture
Bid farewell to the amazing Amazon Basin this morning, and settle in for a long ride by canoe to Coca. After a box lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival, the discovery of Quito with its treasures of art and architecture begins in the historic colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour of the city starts at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own with its lovely markets, cafes and superb cuisine
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Saturday - Rose Plantation, Otavalo Market, Molino San Juan Hacienda
Begin the day with a visit to a rose plantation and hear about Ecuador's major rose cultivation industry. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation. Delight in the display of brightly colored roses, before visiting the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry, and more. Afterward, continue to Molino San Juan Hacienda for lunch. Explore the hacienda grounds including Santa Marianita Chapel and tour the former hydraulic mill that was once part of an old Jesuit hacienda. During your "Cava Experience", learn how their underground turbine, built in the late 1800s, manufactures craft beers and whiskey. Depart the hacienda, and return to Quito. Tonight, at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 13 and will require a transfer on Day 12. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax or explore the city's many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Thursday - Cocoa Plantation, Discover Guayaquil
The day begins with a close look at the lush natural scenery of the lowlands of Ecuador as you drive past banana plantations to a working Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation. Learn about the history of cocoa beans and see the modern process that begins after the beans are picked from the cocoa trees. After a lunch of local favorites, back to Guayaquil and Seminario Park, home to arboreal Iguanas. Then, view the contrasting architecture of the city's Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower, and the impressive La Rotonda Monument that depicts the historic meeting in 1822 of Bolívar and San Martín. At the end of the day, stunning panoramas of the city await you from Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded in the 16th century. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time on the flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Land at Baltra airport and continue your trip* to the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos considered the 'gem' of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabella of Spain, this enchanting island offers an expansive beach, beautiful natural surroundings and striking pink flamingos which gracefully traverse the lagoons and marshes at dusk. Arrive at your lodge nestled in the highlands in time for dinner
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Tintoreras Islet, Wall of Tears
In Puerto Villamil, board a panga (dingy) to Tintoreras Islet. In this small bay with its calm turquoise waters and white sand beach, views of sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and marine iguanas. Enjoy time for swimming or snorkeling in the bay. When the tide is low, in the shallow crevice you can see the island's famous whitetip reef sharks. There's also a lava trail which leads to two beaches, an important nesting site for marine iguanas. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon hike to the historic 'Wall of Tears' that stands as a monument to prisoners brought to the island who perished while forced to construct the 'pointless' barrier - a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner is together at the lodge
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Sierra Negra Volcano, Los Humedales Mangroves, Turtle Breeding Center
Hike this morning to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the archipelago; its caldera is the second largest in the world with a diameter of six miles. Trek across an alien landscape of fascinating geological features. After lunch at the lodge, visit Los Humedales, a complex of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in the Galapagos. Following the path, discover secluded beaches, lava tunnels, and natural pools. In this mating area for pink flamingos, you also can observe many different species of migratory birds. Then, a fascinating visit to the Turtle Breeding Center where you learn more about the National Park's conservation programs to save the iconic Galapagos Tortoises on the brink of extinction. Tonight at dinner, share photos of some of today's amazing sights
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Depart the Galapagos, Quito
Awake early today for your journey back to Baltra*. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to colonial Quito, capital of Ecuador. Upon late afternoon arrival, check into your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Middle of the World, Papallacta Hot Springs
This morning, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Free time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs. After lunch on your own, journey to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous Before dinner, there's time to unwind in the comforting steaming thermal baths surrounded by the magic of nature. Later, perhaps opt for a soothing massage in this jungle paradise
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - The Ecuadorian Amazon - A Living Jewel!
A short flight over the Andes Mountains takes you to the town of Coca, jumping off point to the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other place on earth! Stop for a box lunch before boarding a motorized canoe for a long but scenic journey down the river to your lodge. Upon entering the lodge's private reserve, walk along a raised boardwalk that stretches through a dense flooded palm forest in which several species of monkeys are often sighted. Dugout canoes await to transport you across Pilchicocha Lake to your accommodations at the lodge. Settle in, enjoy birdwatching from the mini-tower, or, refresh from the day with a cool swim. After dinner, a walk through the rainforest with your naturalist guide, or, perhaps a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans as you silently paddle across the lake. The Amazon is the world's largest ecosystem
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Exploring the Amazon, Rainforest Canopy Walk
Awake early this morning to begin your adventure -- enjoy the sounds, the serenity, and the magnificent foliage. A highlight of the day is the "Canopy Walk," one of only a few self-standing suspension canopy walkways in the world. Pause to view extraordinary panoramas from the observation platforms of this 900 foot long walkway, suspended at a height of 120 feet above the forest floor. Afterward, a walk in the pristine forest where native guides explain the many different species of medicinal plants used in their culture for hundreds of years. Later, try paddling dugout canoes along the nearby blackwater creeks where luxuriant lianas, bromeliads, and palm trees thrive. After an adventurous morning, a relaxing lunch before this afternoon's choice of a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, a challenging hike on the trails or, a tranquil canoe ride. Dinner together caps an adventurous day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Interpretation Center, Piranha Fishing, Canoe Ride in the Forest
This morning, visit the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center located across the Napo River, where you speak with women from the community to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle. Here, you'll see many different fibers used for weaving before a tasting of traditional local food! Upon your return to the lodge, a native guide teaches how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha. Then, take a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest - you'll be surrounded by friendly squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Later, arrive at a 135-foot metal tower from where you can get fabulous views of vibrantly colored birds through powerful scopes. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate by canoe through the narrow trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. After dinner tonight, a nocturnal jungle walk and canoe trip by flashlight to discover night creatures seldom seen during the day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Quito's Treasures of Art and Architecture
Bid farewell to the amazing Amazon Basin this morning, and settle in for a long ride by canoe to Coca. After a box lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival, the discovery of Quito with its treasures of art and architecture begins in the historic colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour of the city starts at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own with its lovely markets, cafes and superb cuisine
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Sunday - Rose Plantation, Otavalo Market, Molino San Juan Hacienda
Begin the day with a visit to a rose plantation and hear about Ecuador's major rose cultivation industry. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation. Delight in the display of brightly colored roses, before visiting the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry, and more. Afterward, continue to Molino San Juan Hacienda for lunch. Explore the hacienda grounds including Santa Marianita Chapel and tour the former hydraulic mill that was once part of an old Jesuit hacienda. During your "Cava Experience", learn how their underground turbine, built in the late 1800s, manufactures craft beers and whiskey. Depart the hacienda, and return to Quito. Tonight, at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 13 and will require a transfer on Day 12. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax or explore the city's many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Saturday - Cocoa Plantation, Discover Guayaquil
The day begins with a close look at the lush natural scenery of the lowlands of Ecuador as you drive past banana plantations to a working Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation. Learn about the history of cocoa beans and see the modern process that begins after the beans are picked from the cocoa trees. After a lunch of local favorites, back to Guayaquil and Seminario Park, home to arboreal Iguanas. Then, view the contrasting architecture of the city's Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower, and the impressive La Rotonda Monument that depicts the historic meeting in 1822 of Bolívar and San Martín. At the end of the day, stunning panoramas of the city await you from Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded in the 16th century. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time on the flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Land at Baltra airport and continue your trip* to the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos considered the 'gem' of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabella of Spain, this enchanting island offers an expansive beach, beautiful natural surroundings and striking pink flamingos which gracefully traverse the lagoons and marshes at dusk. Arrive at your lodge nestled in the highlands in time for dinner
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Tintoreras Islet, Wall of Tears
In Puerto Villamil, board a panga (dingy) to Tintoreras Islet. In this small bay with its calm turquoise waters and white sand beach, views of sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and marine iguanas. Enjoy time for swimming or snorkeling in the bay. When the tide is low, in the shallow crevice you can see the island's famous whitetip reef sharks. There's also a lava trail which leads to two beaches, an important nesting site for marine iguanas. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon hike to the historic 'Wall of Tears' that stands as a monument to prisoners brought to the island who perished while forced to construct the 'pointless' barrier - a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner is together at the lodge
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Sierra Negra Volcano, Los Humedales Mangroves, Turtle Breeding Center
Hike this morning to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the archipelago; its caldera is the second largest in the world with a diameter of six miles. Trek across an alien landscape of fascinating geological features. After lunch at the lodge, visit Los Humedales, a complex of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in the Galapagos. Following the path, discover secluded beaches, lava tunnels, and natural pools. In this mating area for pink flamingos, you also can observe many different species of migratory birds. Then, a fascinating visit to the Turtle Breeding Center where you learn more about the National Park's conservation programs to save the iconic Galapagos Tortoises on the brink of extinction. Tonight at dinner, share photos of some of today's amazing sights
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Depart the Galapagos, Quito
Awake early today for your journey back to Baltra*. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to colonial Quito, capital of Ecuador. Upon late afternoon arrival, check into your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. June through August departures will use light aircraft flights (9 person seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Middle of the World, Papallacta Hot Springs
This morning, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Free time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs. After lunch on your own, journey to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous Before dinner, there's time to unwind in the comforting steaming thermal baths surrounded by the magic of nature. Later, perhaps opt for a soothing massage in this jungle paradise
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - The Ecuadorian Amazon - A Living Jewel!
A short flight over the Andes Mountains takes you to the town of Coca, jumping off point to the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other place on earth! Stop for a box lunch before boarding a motorized canoe for a long but scenic journey down the river to your lodge. Upon entering the lodge's private reserve, walk along a raised boardwalk that stretches through a dense flooded palm forest in which several species of monkeys are often sighted. Dugout canoes await to transport you across Pilchicocha Lake to your accommodations at the lodge. Settle in, enjoy birdwatching from the mini-tower, or, refresh from the day with a cool swim. After dinner, a walk through the rainforest with your naturalist guide, or, perhaps a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans as you silently paddle across the lake. The Amazon is the world's largest ecosystem
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Exploring the Amazon, Rainforest Canopy Walk
Awake early this morning to begin your adventure -- enjoy the sounds, the serenity, and the magnificent foliage. A highlight of the day is the "Canopy Walk," one of only a few self-standing suspension canopy walkways in the world. Pause to view extraordinary panoramas from the observation platforms of this 900 foot long walkway, suspended at a height of 120 feet above the forest floor. Afterward, a walk in the pristine forest where native guides explain the many different species of medicinal plants used in their culture for hundreds of years. Later, try paddling dugout canoes along the nearby blackwater creeks where luxuriant lianas, bromeliads, and palm trees thrive. After an adventurous morning, a relaxing lunch before this afternoon's choice of a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, a challenging hike on the trails or, a tranquil canoe ride. Dinner together caps an adventurous day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Interpretation Center, Piranha Fishing, Canoe Ride in the Forest
This morning, visit the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center located across the Napo River, where you speak with women from the community to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle. Here, you'll see many different fibers used for weaving before a tasting of traditional local food! Upon your return to the lodge, a native guide teaches how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha. Then, take a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest - you'll be surrounded by friendly squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Later, arrive at a 135-foot metal tower from where you can get fabulous views of vibrantly colored birds through powerful scopes. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate by canoe through the narrow trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. After dinner tonight, a nocturnal jungle walk and canoe trip by flashlight to discover night creatures seldom seen during the day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Quito's Treasures of Art and Architecture
Bid farewell to the amazing Amazon Basin this morning, and settle in for a long ride by canoe to Coca. After a box lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival, the discovery of Quito with its treasures of art and architecture begins in the historic colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour of the city starts at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own with its lovely markets, cafes and superb cuisine
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Tuesday - Rose Plantation, Otavalo Market, Molino San Juan Hacienda
Begin the day with a visit to a rose plantation and hear about Ecuador's major rose cultivation industry. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation. Delight in the display of brightly colored roses, before visiting the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry, and more. Afterward, continue to Molino San Juan Hacienda for lunch. Explore the hacienda grounds including Santa Marianita Chapel and tour the former hydraulic mill that was once part of an old Jesuit hacienda. During your "Cava Experience", learn how their underground turbine, built in the late 1800s, manufactures craft beers and whiskey. Depart the hacienda, and return to Quito. Tonight, at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 13 and will require a transfer on Day 12. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Steam bath at the thermal grotto. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Day #7 05 Jan 2022 - 04 Jan 2023 $57.00
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Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Steam bath at the thermal grotto. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Day #7 05 Jan 2022 - 04 Jan 2023 $57.00
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Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Steam bath at the thermal grotto. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Day #7 05 Jan 2022 - 04 Jan 2023 $57.00
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Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Steam bath at the thermal grotto. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Day #7 05 Jan 2022 - 04 Jan 2023 $57.00
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13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, May 2022
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This was our second tour with Gate 1 and our very first Discover tour. What an experience! We loved having Wilson as our guide because of how passionate he spoke about his country, his commitment in giving us the experience of a lifetime, and his attention to detail and safety. The specialists in the Galapagos and Amazon were so very knowledgeable and explained so much about the preservation of the native wildlife and ecosystem. They made learning about sustainability interesting. Additionally, we felt completely safe with all trip excursions, hotel arrangements, and drivers that chauffeured us throughout our visit. It was truly a nice surprise to have a nice glass of wine at the end of our rigorous day. Special thank you for including drinks with our dinner. This 13 day trip to Ecuador, Andes, Galapagos, and Amazon was truly an experience of our lifetime; thus far. There are more places to explore and I am confident that Gate 1 will be the number one agency for those experiences.

Cassandra J.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2022
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This was our first time traveling with Gate 1. We took two back to back trips to Peru and then to Ecuador. I can't say enough about the quality of this tour. Special kudos to both our guides, Edgar in Peru and Giovannah in Ecuador. They were both incredible. So proud of their countries, their home towns, their history and genuinely happy to share all of that with us. Giovannah especially went above and beyond to make sure that all went smoothly with so many changes of locations and types of areas. She handled the varying ages and abilities beautifully as this was a very active trip. I was impressed that no job was beneath her and ensuring that each person had a wonderful time was clearly her goal. Based on our experience with these two trips and wonderful tour managers we are already looking at our next Gate 1 trip!

Kathy C.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, March 2022
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We got back from our Ecuador trip 1 month ago. I can't let another day go by without letting you know just how fabulous it was! Our tour guide, Marco, couldn't have been better. He was a wealth of information about every area we visited. He was funny, organized, intelligent, and made every moment of our trip fun. The other local tour guides were also extremely helpful. Their vast knowledge about the areas and history was always interesting and informative. The trip itself was beyond what I expected. Every day was an adventure that I had only hoped to experience one day. To have day after day roll out to be action packed and fun-filled made it a trip of a lifetime. Being able to explore Guayaquil, the Galapagos, Quito, Papallacta and the Amazon would have been impossible to organize by myself. Gate 1 made this dream trip come true. Thank you!

Laurie T.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, February 2022
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We just returned from the Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes, and Amazon trip. It was perfectly planned by Discovery/Gate1. What a fabulous itinerary! What a range of experiences it offered! The included locations for the trip were spectacular! Just the right amount of time at each location. I could only think "WOW!!" as we flew home. I fell in love with Ecuador and its incredible diversity! The whole trip was wonderfully guided by Javier, our main guide, and the different local guides involved. Javier was just GREAT! So friendly, kind, and well-informed on all topics ranging from the natural world to explaining daily life in Ecuador. He was always ready and able to answer questions and help each traveler maximize their experience at each location. The resort lodges used for this trip were PHENOMENAL!!! in particular, Scalesia Lodge in the Galapagos was incredibly beautiful and wonderfully managed with great food. Equally so was the Sacha Lodge on the Napo River in the Amazon rain forest. The local guides in the Galapagos and Amazon were just great! So helpful and caring with great senses of humor! They were really super! And finally, I commend Discovery for using such great drivers and transport services to carry us to all of the far-flung destinations on this trip. Coordination and quality of the transportation was simply amazing! Thank you Javier and Kelvin (our main bus driver) for helping to make this such a great trip. My advice: Go to Ecuador and experience many unique, natural wonders and beautiful places! (PS: We always felt safe there and had no concerns about being at risk in any way.)

John H.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, February 2022
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This was my 94th country to visit. Daniel was THEE best tour director EVER. He did so so many extra things to make our trip exceptional. Taking meals orders in advance, is something every tour director should do, it saves a lot of time. This tour has a lot of logistics and Daniel was on top of all of them. It's a lot for a tour manager to do....no one could have exceeded his superb service. The trip itself was an exceptional value due to all it included. The meals on Isabella Island, were beyond five star. Everything about the lodge was over the top. I have already highly highly recommended this trip. Please allow me to serve as a reference to anyone considering this trip. BUT as a company you may not realize just how truly great Daniel is for his customers. Please know that all 13 of us, loved loved loved, all he did for us.

Marilyn M.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2022
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I just returned from the 13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon tour with the Discovery tours. This one was my 8th tour with the Gate 1 and based on the itinerary, accommodation, food, activities and the Tour Director, it was one of the BEST. I want to say a special thank you to our tour director Giovanna. She made this amazing trip so much special. She is so knowledgeable in history, traditions, culture, & customs as well as biology, plants, birds and animals. It was quite challenging traveling during COVID but she went over and above to ensure our wellbeing and safety. On the last day, the lab was late with my COVID test results, so Giovanna been with them on the phone and texting during our Farewell Dinner to ensure that I would have the results before leaving for the airport. Trip was very active with number of flights, boat and canoe rides, and hikes and Giovanna was always there helping and assisting and always with the smile on her face. She was so thoughtful and helpful. Always ready to help, to give the advise, to assist. Her passion about her country made me fell in love with the Ecuador. Thank you so very much Giovanna. I would highly recommend this trip.

Svetlana D.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, December 2021
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I just wanted to let you know how awesome our tour guide, Luis, was throughout the trip. His knowledge, professionalism and friendly nature added immeasurable value to the trip. There were some unforeseen glitches in travel arrangements during the trip and I was impressed at how quickly he worked to find solutions that minimized any disruption in the itinerary. As a first time traveler with Gate 1 I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide, he made a great first impression for your company.

Cynthia A.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, December 2021
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We just returned from a trip to Ecuador (Galápagos and Amazon) with Gate1 Discovery tours. What a wonderful trip it was! Our tour director Wilson helped us to make it memorable, informative and comfortable. His passion for Ecuador, knowledge of local customs, and humorous stories he was telling us on our trip made it unforgettable. Thanks to Wilson's great organizational and management skills all activities went smoothly and were enjoyable. Highly recommend this trip!

Victoria G.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, December 2021
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Our Tour Manager Javier, of Discovery Tours to Ecuador was so PERFECT I cannot begin to tell you! I have traveled the world with Gate1, and by myself. This was the BEST trip I have ever been on. He goes above and beyond. We all felt, and discussed it, that we had a family member taking care of us. His knowledge of everywhere we traveled enhanced this wonderful trip. His organizational skills are superb. I will recommend Gate 1 to all my family and friends. Thank you Gate 1, and Javier, for the best time of my life!

Sharon W.
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, November 2021
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I went on the 13 day Ecuador/Galapagos trip from 11/16/21-11/28/21. Our tour guide, Daniel was fabulous! He was so knowledgeable about the culture, history and customs of every place we visited. He was enthusiastic, had a great sense of humor and really went over and above anything I expected. The trip itself was great, and Daniel made it so enjoyable. The local guides, Pedro in Galapagos and Joel in Coca, were also excellent. I would definitely recommend this trip to others. Thank you for giving me such a memorable vacation!

Elizabeth S.
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, September 2021
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I filled out the survey sent to us from Gate 1, but I wanted to provide additional feedback in regards to the recent vacation package that we took with Gate 1. I want to first start by stating that Gate 1 blew us away. We have booked with other travel agencies in the past and Gate 1 was superior in comparison in every way possible. Marco, our tour manager/guide was outstanding. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable and welcomed questions, but he was friendly and did an awesome job of always staying on time. The local guides were also all incredible and all of the drivers did an excellent job. The accommodations were amazing, I could not believe the hotels/lodges that we stayed at. In addition, the food was stellar everywhere, we did not have one meal that was bad. I could go on and on about how awesome our trip was, so please keep up the good work! We will definitely be booking with Gate 1 again! Thank you so much for the amazing Ecuadorian experience!

Nicole S.
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, December 2019
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I think this was our best Gate 1 trip yet! Sites and activities were wonderful. Our tour manager, Paul, was absolutely great. His pride and enthusiasm for his country, as well as his broad ecological and historical knowledge, made the trip interesting and informative. I also appreciated the activity level which was higher than most trips.

Susan C. Clinton, WA
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2019
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Our trip was delightful! Loved every minute of it, Edwardo was a great host. He knew all of the places, and was very helpful and friendly. Loved that he kept us stocked in water ... The places we visited were awesome! We loved Galapagos and the Amazon and the trips inside those places. Also loved the Discovery tour. It was the right size and the hotels were great. We will definitely be taking more Gate 1 Discovery Tours ...

Mike and Cheryl C. Lewisville, TX
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2019
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I had the trip of a lifetime. Loved it. Everything went smoothly. Our guide, Marcelo was wonderful. A real asset to your company. Very easy going manner, handled situations with ease and took care of us safely. His pride of Ecuador was wonderful, he told us many things about his country and has a lot of information on it's history.

Kristin O. Cupertino, CA
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, March 2019
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The trip was great. I was very pleased with the hotels and the accommodations in Galapagos and the Amazon were better than adequate. The food was good and we had so many choices. The naturalists and guides were all excellent. They had such sharp eyes for seeing things in the jungle that we would have missed and they were very knowledgeable. Wilson, our tour director, was very good natured and funny. He seemed to know everything about the cities, the history, the architecture, the animals and plants, etc. I was glad when someone finally asked him a question he didn’t know the answer to! The bus drivers were great and I felt safe even on the narrow winding roads. We did everything that was listed in the brochure and pretty much everything happened like clockwork. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 travel to others.

Marcia E. Raleigh, NC
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2019
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It was fantastic! From the iguanas in Galápagos to the monkeys in the jungle, from the volcanoes to the coast, it was all so awesome! Our guide, Antonio, was the best and went beyond his duty to make everything perfect! He made the trip even better. What a wonderful adventure this was!

Sandy G. Palatka, FL
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, October 2018
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Our trip was amazing. Our guide Giovanna was so professional, knowledgeable, polite and willing to help in any way she could. We fell in love with Ecuador. It was perfectly planned. The best trip we ever had.

Dina K. Brooklyn, NY
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2018
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A fantastic journey to the Galapagos and Ecuador and the Amazon - feel very fortunate to be able to undertake such an adventure. Everything went extremely well - our guide Paul, was exceptional - a talented man with much patience to guide us along the 12 day journey. All accommodations and meals were fantastic - all the drivers, managers, and local guides were truly remarkable. Much was included in this very exciting trip - so glad to have been able to see and experience this amazing country. Enjoyed every moment! Looking forward to future experiences with Gate 1.

Rich P. Buffalo, NY
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, March 2018
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GREAT! Although the tour was a bit more physically demanding than I expected, it was still great. Our tour guide, Daniel, took care of all of us making sure we all felt special. We were able to see/experience more than we expected.

Vicki S. Boulder, CO
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2018
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It was great. As is to be expected, I liked some locations better than others but it was a wonderful experience. And our guide was awesome!

Julie M. Harrisburg, PA