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8-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotels and Transfers

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    This trip includes accommodation n Quito and Galapagos, meals in Galapagos and transfer to the airport.
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    Day 1: Arrival to Quito and transfer to hotel
    Arrival to Quito Ariport. Pick up from the airport by our guide who will transfer to your hotel of stay in Quito (90 min approx).

    Day 2: Quito City Tour & Equatorial Monument Day Trip (B)
    Start by visiting the historic center of the city. Take a walk in San Francisco Square and its church, the Independence Square and the main Cathedral, Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church, and one of the best examples of the baroque movement in South America, the iconic church La Compañía de Jesus.  After this enriching historic visit, we continue driving north 15 Km. from Quito towards the Middle of the World. On the small citadel, we will visit the Middle of the World. Afterwards, visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum located in the actual location of the Equator Line. We will hit the road again towards Volcan Pululahua view point before heading back to the city and your hotel of stay.

    Day 3: From Baltra to Isabela Island (L) (D)
    Pick up form your hotel in Quito and transfer to the Airport to catch your flight to Galapagos. A guide will be waiting at the airport in Baltra to then head to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Afterwards, you'll take the public speedboat to Isabela Island around 2pm (2.5-hour ride ). After arriving in Isabela Island, take a brief rest at the hotel and then head to the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon and one of the main reproductive sites for flamingos in Galápagos.

    Day 4: Isabela Island (B) (L) (D)
    Early in the morning, head for a full day tour of Sierra Negra Volcano. This is the world’s second largest volcanic crater. Hike the crater and enjoy the view before continuing to Volcan Chico, a still active volcano which warms the surrounding grounds. (Box lunch will be provided). Spend the afternoon snorkeling in Concha Perla with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish, and sea turtles (snorkeling equipment is included: tube, mask, fins).

    Day 5: Isabela Island (B) (L) (D)
    Visit Tintores Islet, named after the white-tip sharks known as “tintoreras” which come to rest in its clear waters. Observe endemic wildlife such as penguins and sea lions. Snorkeling is great in this spot and provides you with the opportunity to swim where colorful fish, sharks, and rays inhabit. In the afternoon visit Humedales Complex which includes an exhaustive visit to Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, famous “Muro de las Lágrimas”, “Mirador Orchidia” viewpoint and “El Estero de Isabela”.

    Day 6: Santa Cruz Island (B) (L) (D)
    Early in the morning (6am), take the public speedboat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora, where the guide will be waiting. Check in at the hotel and immediately begin the visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a visit to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Return to Puerto Ayora and in the afternoon head to the Charles Darwin Research Station and observe colorful land iguanas and a large variety of Galápagos Giant tortoises brought from the most important islands in the archipelago.

    Day 7: Transfer Out Baltra Airport – Transfer to Hotel in Quito (B)
    Transfer to Baltra Airport. On the way out, stop by “The Twins” (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”). Tour ends upon the arrival to the airport to catch plane to Quito. The guide will pick you up at Quito Airport and take you to the hotel.

    Day 8:  Transfer Out to Quito Airport
    Depending on your departure time of your international flights, you will be picked you up from your hotel to Quito Airport.

    NOTE: itinerary subject to change due to Galapagos National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).
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    Reviewed May 1, 2019

    nature Galapagos with help of maria arranged a memorable vacation we had the opportunity to see amazing sights and wildlife. the tour was organized like clock work. i do not think i would be able to arrange anything like this on my own. we visited...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    NikolayMancheno, Gerente at Nature Galapagos & Ecuador, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

    Dear Ashish, Thank you so much for having taking precious time to post your comments about your trip to Galapagos with us!! María told us about the great tailor-made itinerary proposed. We were delighted to offer our help being arranging 9 amazing days in Ecuador...More

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