Welcome to Ecuador! You will be amazed and truly astounded by the beauty, culture and diversity of wildlife and geographical locations during this once in a lifetime trip!
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Arrival Quito, Ecuador.
Full day Quito & Middle of the World with lunch.
Day 3 - 9
Flight Quito to Galapagos Islands
7 Night Galapagos expedition
Flight Galapagos to Guayaquil
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Upon arriving, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
This morning you’ll go on a private tour of Quito, Ecuador’s delightful highland capital.
Quito retains the old-world Spanish atmosphere, with golden cathedrals and cobblestone streets. In fact, colonial Quito was the first World Heritage Site to be proclaimed by UNESCO.
This interesting tour starts in old colonial Quito in the main square where the Presidential Palace, the main Cathedral, and other important buildings can be seen.
Continue to Plaza Santo Domingo and walk through “La Ronda”, one of the oldest streets in town, with colonial homes and shops of the early 1600s. Your walk continues to the City Museum and San Francisco Plaza, with a quick stop to try typical sweets of Quito. San Francisco is the oldest church in Quito, packed with history, legends and wonderful photo opportunities. La Compañía de Jesús church is one of the most beautiful churches in South America or perhaps the world. Finally, it’s up to El Panecillo Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Your guide takes you for a drive north to the Santana Hacienda and Brewing Company. In the last years, the trend of producing craft beers is winning fans, although it represents less than 5% of the beer industry. The Navarro family have been living in this 400 years old hacienda for several generations. It is an oasis in the middle of the dry Equatorial Zone. Experience tasting beer varieties in the main dining room of the mansion with Sebastián and Pedro, the brewers! Lunch will be served at the restaurant with a view of the big gardens.
Later, visit the Inti Ñan open-air museum which contains interesting explanations of natural facts applicable only at the Equator. As you drive, you will see the historical point where the French Geodesic Mission measured the circumference of the earth in 1736 and found the latitude zero.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your vessel for embarkation. Commence your Galapagos expedition.
This program operates with the following Galapagos expedition vessels.
Enjoy a fascinating array of activities and excursions, allowing guests to explore the archipelago from multiple perspectives.
Pangas (inflatable dinghies) are the most used surce of accessing the different islands from vessels. Excursions by panga provide an up-close experience for exploring rocky islets, hidden bays, cliff faces, and mangrove estuaries.
Paddling at your own pace is another common way to explore the islands. With the elimination of loud motor noises and a low vantage point, kayaking offers up-close and personal wildlife encounters and the freedom to go wherever your curiosity takes you.
Led by Galapagos National Park naturalist guides, daily hikes offer a wonderful insight into the human endeavors, geological history, and wildlife of the islands. Most trails range anywhere from one to three hours and are suitable for all fitness levels and ages with optional extensions for those wanting to hike longer.
Snorkeling adventures allow visitors to explore below the water’s surface and see for themselves the unique and distinct marine life, for which the Galapagos are renowned. Instruction and all gear is provided and little or no experience is required.
End your Galapagos expedition. Disembark from your vessel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil.
Upon arriving, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your hotel room is available for day use.
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