9-Day Colonial Quito & Galapagos Island Hopping

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Quito Airport (UIO)
    Airports
    Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito Ecuador
  • Return Details :
    Quito Airport (UIO)
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

With this tour you'll enjoy a unique experience of the Galapagos islands, the way we see them: as locals. With this 9 day program your whole trip is arranged, from your Quito-ecuador">Quito airport pick up up to your Quito airport drop off. Flights from and to the Galapagos Islands are included. You stay in tourist tourist superior class hotel in Quito and the Galapagos and tours and activities are included as well. After 9 days you will have had a great experience at the Galapagos Islands with the highlights of the Colonial capital of Quito.

Highlights

  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Itinerary

Day 1: QUITO ARRIVAL

Stop At: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Today you will be picked up with an English speaking driver from the airport. You will be taken to your hotel in Quito.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

Day 2: QUITO CITY & EQUATOR TOUR

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province
After breakfast, our guide pick you up to do a City tour in the historical centre of Quito (part of the UNESCO Wold Heritage list), the Pululahua Crater and to the Equator museum (Inti Nan). You will have a local lunch in the historical center of Quito.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar


Day 3: QUITO BALTRA SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
In the morning our driver drops you off at Quito Airport from where you fly to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, you will meet up with your English speaking guide who takes you in direction to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). But on the way you will stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a farm where they have giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You will have a local lunch there (only if you arrive before 14:00 PM). Afterwards, you will be dropped off in your hotel in Puerto Ayora.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Silberstein or similar


Day 4: CHARLES DARWINS STATION ISABELA FLAMINGO LAGOON

Stop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
After breakfast you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. It is known for its amazing turtles, born from only 3 inches to 4 feet long. These species of turtles tend to interact with each other and also with humans, showing their head for a pet. The new hatchlings are kept until they are approximately four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. After lunch you will go to Isabela Island by public speedboat (2,5 hours). Upon arrival you have a quick visit to the Flamingo Lagoon.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Wooden House or similar


Day 5: TINTORERAS WETLANDS

Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos Islands
Tintoreras Islet is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will board a boat for 10 minutes to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. After lunch you will have a little break and then you will have a tour to The Wetlands, here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The next activity is a visit to The Wall of Tears.
* Please have in mind that the total length of the walk in The Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Wooden House or similar


Day 6: SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES

Stop At: Los Tuneles, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Villamil. The max group size is 10 participants per guide. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel in Isabela Island. Around the Los Tuneles you will find a highly contrasted color for snorkeling with clear, calm water. Additionally, the lava flows that passed through this area had formed unique geological formation and, of course, shaped like tunnels. You will get the chance to spot large quantities of seabirds such as the Albatros, Flamingos, Blue Footed Boobies and the magnificent frigatebird. Besides, you can find species feedings such as tortoises, swimming iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes. This exciting activity takes approximately about 6 hours including the boat rides and a snack before a short hike. The snorkeling area is about 800 meters and the average water temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. The departure time is between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM and depends on availability and National Park regulations. So, depending on when you will go to Los Tuneles, you can choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after this, since it is very close to the dock. If you would like to do the optional snorkeling there, you can get the snorkel equipment from your hotel and get to chance to spot even more animals.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Wooden House or similar


Day 7: FREE DAY ISABELA PM BOAT SANTA CRUZ

Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands
Today you can relax at Isabela island before you take the public speedboat at 3 PM back to Santa Cruz where you will spend the night.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Silberstein or similar

Day 8: THE TWINS BALTRA

Stop At: Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
After breakfast you will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way you will stop by The Twins (The Gemelos), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. In the afternoon you take a flight back to Quito where you will be picked up by an English speaking driver / guide.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

Day 9: TRANSFER OUT

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

8x Breakfast

4x Lunch

Accommodation included: 8 nights

Round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.

Accommodation in double/single private room x 8 nights (based on number of travelers).

Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.

24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary.

Transportation between Baltra Airport Itabaca Channel.

Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra and Quito Airports.

Entry/Admission - Quito Old Town

Entry/Admission - Santa Cruz Island

Entry/Admission - Charles Darwin Research Station

Exclusions

Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park.

Migratory Control Card $ 20 p.p.

Isabela dock fee $ 10 p.p.

Water Taxi $1 p.p.

For rent: wetsuit $5 per day.

Optional tips for the guide.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands.

Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

If you have medical problems we can change your activity on the 2nd day. Please let us know upfront

In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information: round trip flights from and to Galapagos, room type (twin, matrimonial or triple), Whatsapp phone number (in case you use it).

Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.

Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, dont eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).

It is important to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Start times are subject to change according to guests flights and time of arrival.

The exact amount for the fees mentioned in the 'What's excluded' section will be detailed in the voucher. If you want to know this information beforehand, please contact us through the platform.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

Accommodation is based on number of travelers, if you are traveling with a group, you will be sharing rooms (single rooms require an extra fee).

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Travelers must bring with them extra sanitary items to be used during the tour.Transportation: In Galapagos navigation boats, all the crew will use biosafety equipment. In Mainland, passengers will be seated skipping a place. Medicine: Travelers should bring their medications from their countries.

Traveler Reviews

  • 05-Oct-2022

    My husband and I loved this tour! We changed the Colonial Quito day to horseback riding in Cotopaxi which was amazing and we highly recommend it. The Gal√°pagos Islands were beautiful! It was nice having a professional tour company helping us, especially because we are not fluent in Spanish. The English speaking guides gave us advice on restaurants, the best coffee, shopping, hiking, etc that helped to make our trip the best it could be. We made some changes mid trip and Rebecca Adventure accommodated everything for us. Their customer service is wonderful and I really appreciate all of their help with our vacation!

  • 22-Jun-2021

    We loved our stop in Quito, which is an awesome city, then we went to Galapagos for our first time ever and Rebecca Travel made our trip so amazing and dreamful. Our activities and visits to Isabela, Santa Cruz, Seymour and Plaza Sur Islands were well organised and they were checking on us all the time. We highly recommend them for your trips in Ecuador and we hope we can go back again to Galapagos to visit the rest of the islands. You guys were great and many thanks!

  • 28-May-2019

    We enjoyed the island hopping trip which started in Santa Cruz. After a few hours there we took the speedboat to Isabella Island which was a lovely place to start our adventure. We were met on the dock upon arrival and escorted to our hotel for a few hours rest and then began our tour to Los Tuneles which is an amazing place above water and below. We seen the blue footed boobies doing their mating dance which was a highlight. During the snorkel trip we seen massive turtles, sharks, seahorses and many other types of aquatic life. During our time on Isabella Island we took the volcano walks, went to the tortoise breeding centre and took part in other boat/snorkeling trips where we seen the penguins, Frigate birds, the aquatic iguanas and Darwin finches. Everything was well planned with very little free time. Another highlight for us was Santa Fe Island. We swam with the sea lions and the water was full of all kinds of fish. We had one extra day in Quito where we guided by Angel. An excellent quide who knew the history of the country and of Quito so well. We learned a lot that day and enjoyed his tour immensely. Thank you to Rebecca Tours for putting it all together.