The Andes and Galapagos

Explore the Andes of Ecuador, passing through the most outstanding places and enjoying beautiful landscapes, people and Indiian Markets. Visit the Historical Center of Quito; hike along nature trails; walk around Cuicocha crater lake; Relax after these activities in the best Haciendas and enjoy the best gastronomy of the Andes of Ecuador.

Our 8-day itinerary on the islands will allow you to see much more than the traditional cruises, make the most of every single day on the islands and live a unique experience that you will cherish forever. You will be able to visit the most outstanding sites and learn a bit more about the diversity of the Galapagos.

Trip details

- Difficulty level: EASY to MODERATE
- Start / ends in Quito (city or airport)
- 15-day program. Optionally less days
- Native and naturalist guides
- Daily hikes and snorkeling in Galapagos
- Indian Markets and mountain hikes
- Optional activities as horseback riding and biking
Day 1 Arrival to Quito. Transfer to the hotel (private) Hotel Patio Andaluz.
Day 2 Visit to the Historic Center of Quito (private). Lunch. Free afternoon. BL
Day 3 Transfer to Hacienda Zuleta, passing through the Equatorial Line, Cayambe and its plantations of roses. BLD
Day 4 Condor Rehabilitation Project; hiking or horseback riding. Hacienda Zuleta. BLD
Day 5 Visit the Indian market of Otavalo; explore Peguche and Ilumàn villages. Hacienda Cusin. BLD
Day 6 Hike around the Cuicocha Crater Lake. Lunch and transfer back to Quito. Hotel close to the airport. BL
Day 7 Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Galapagos, where our guide will lead you to the boat. BLD
Day 7 - 14 Naturalist cruise of the Galapagos Islands, 8 days (shared; up to 16 passengers) BLD
Day 14 Flight back to Quito. Transfer to the hotel close to the airport. BL
Day 15 Transfer to the airport to take your flight back home. B
Boats, group size and prices per person

Prices include:
- 4-Day Andes excursionin Hacienda Zuleta and the Otavalo region
- 3 meals per day plus snacks
- Particular attention to special dietary requirements
- Daily excursions and hikes
- Visits to the Otavalo Indian Markets
- Private guide during all the tour
- Private transportation, personalized attention
- 8-day Naturalist Cruise of the Galapagos Islands
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Daily guided visits to the islands, hikes and snorkeling
- Private transfers, personalized attention

Not Included:

- Internal flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito:  USD 499 (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee: US$ 100 (subject to change)
- Galapagos Transit Control Card: US$ 20 (subject to change)
- Tips; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses

Prices per person based on double occupancy, valid until December 31 / 2017

Trip level

Hacienda Zuleta lays at 2.800 meters of altitude. Hiking rugged mountain trails up to 3.200 meters of altitude. The proposed hikes can be strenuous and require good physical condition. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding will be done to the pace and conditions of the group. Galapagos hikes in two visitor sites every day, through nature trails, on sand, dirt or volcanic rock, usually up to 3 Km. long (both ways). Snorkeling in waters which vary its temperature during the year between 16 and 26°C. Dry or wet landings, on rocks, jetties or directly on a sandy beach.

Galapagos 15 días
Hacienda Zuleta

This old Ecuadorian hacienda full of history is surrounded by beautiful scenery with its mountains and valleys that seem to keep all different shades of green. One of the most outstanding activities is horseback riding to the pre-Incan pyramids of Caranqui culture, the Andean condor recuperation project and the mountains that surround Zuleta. The inner trails inside the Hacienda are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

Galapagos 15 días

This Hacienda with over 300 years of history offers comfortable accommodation within a short distance to Otavalo. Comfortable rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, library, playrooms, internet cafe, satellite Tv and 4 hectares of gardens is more than one might need in a place with so many outdoors attractions. It is our base from where we go to the Indian markets and different places to visit in the Imbabura province.

Patio Andaluz

Elegant boutique hotel located in the Historic Center of Quito, in a colonial style house of the end of the XVI Century. This hotel displays great arcs and inner Patios and lies at only 2 minutes walk from the Main Square and among other places of great interest within the Colonial district.

Rincon de Puembo

Hostería Rincón de Puembo is located 15 minutes from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport and 30 minutes from the city’s financial district. A charming place surrounded by beautiful gardens, water fountains, art, peace and tranquility. We spend here our last night or whenever will be better to stay close to the airport.

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