pend 6 nights visiting Ecuador & the Galapagos. Departures from Miami, first you will fly to Guayaquil for one night, the largest and most populous city in Ecuador, as well as the nations' main port. The next morning, take a local flight to the Galapagos and stay 4 nights viewing the most popular island of Galapagos and its fauna and flora, enjoying the beaches, hiking, snorkeling, and learning about the history behind the islands. From there you will take a short flight back to Guayaquil, for one more day, before your return flight to the US late that night. From $1,499 based on double occupancy.
Day 1 - US / Ecuador
Depart for your flight from US to Ecuador. Arrive to the airport, our guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel. After arrival, you can explore the city on your own you can take a walk and enjoy the vibe of the city. (Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar in Guayaquil) (Fuente de Piedra or similar in Quito)
Day 2 – Ecuador/Galapagos
In the morning take your local flight to the island of Baltra (Galapagos) and transfer to your hotel. (Isla Azul or similar)
Day 3,4,5 – Galapagos (B)
Three more days to discover Galapagos. Take an optional excursion via yacht to a nearby island off of Santa Cruz ($220 per person), visit the Highlands and Charles Darwin Station where you can see the giant turtles in their natural habitat ($115 more per person), or go snorkeling with the sea lions in Loberia (Bay Tour $80 per person). (See optional tours)
Day 6 – Galapagos/Ecuador (B)
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take your local flight. Arriving to Ecuador our guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival, you can explore the city on your own you can take a walk into Malecon 2000(Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar in Guayaquil) (Fuente de Piedra or similar in Quito)
Day 7 – Ecuador(B)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and leave your luggage at the front desk. Take an optional city tour. In the evening, return to the hotel for your transfer back to the airport for your flight departing on Day 8 early in the morning.
Day 8 – Ecuador/US
Board your flight back to the US early in the morning and arrive back the same day.
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Not Included At Given Rates:
- Roundtrip airfare from US to Guayaquil, Ecuador - coach class
- Roundtrip flights between Guayaquil & Galapagos Islands
- Roundtrip airport transfers in Guayaquil and Galapagos islands
- 1 night accommodations in Guayaquil at the Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar
- 4 nights at Isla Azul or similar in Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
- 1 night in Guayaquil at the Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar before early morning flight the next day
- Daily breakfast
- Applicable service charge and prevailing government tax
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100 per passenger
- Transit control card USD 20
- Personal expenses
- Valid for travel May 1 -June 12 & August 21 - November 16 2018 on select departure dates.
- If listed hotels are not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels at the same category or airlines could be used. Prices may differ.
- Depending on air availability the arrangement of nights are subject to change.
- Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required
- Air ticket non-refundable once ticketed; Pacific Holidays’ general cancellation policy applies; Optional Travel Insurance not included.
- Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights, extensions to all Latin America destinations and add-on air fares from various US cities are available
For more information of these hotels, please click the hotel name.
OPTIONAL TOURS: Guayaquil & Quito
CITY TOUR OF GUAYAQUIL (3 hours): $50 per person
Our city tour of Guayaquil takes place in the downtown area where we can have a nice overview of the old city by visiting Las Peñas Neighborhood, located in the slopes of Santa Ana Hill. From this point, it is possible to enjoy an excellent view of the modern Malecon 2000, located in the shores of Guayas River, as well as a fine example of original architecture in Guayaquil. At the Malecon we will visit La Rotonda, an important monument that immortalizes the meeting between generals Simon Bolivar and San Martin, The Moorish Clock Tower and many other attractive sights. Afterwards, walk in the old town through 9 de Octubre Avenue, to visit the Seminario Park, also known as the Iguanas and Centenario Park.
OPTIONAL TOURS: GALAPAGOS
NAVIGABLE ISLAND EXURSURIONS:
NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO BARTHOLOME ISLAND (Breakfast & Lunch included): $250 per person
Departure days: Monday or Friday
Early in the morning, transfer to Baltra to start our first navigable tour to Bartholome, breakfast on board. Bartholomew is a small island located next to Santiago Island. One of the Islands´ principal attractions is the “pinnacle rock” In order to see it properly will make an easy hike for around and hour. In this excursion you will learn from the volcanic landscape of the island and see different species such as: lava lizard or cacti, once we reach the top will have a magnificent view of the Pinnacle rock in contrast with the volcanic landscape blended with the turquoise waters of the surrounding beaches. After the excursion we will proceed to do snorkeling in one of the coral beaches of the areas where if we are lucky we will see: Marine turtles, sea lions, multicolor fish and penguins. Lunch will be on board in the afternoon we will return to hotel. Accommodation in selected hotel.
NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO SEYMOUR ISLAND (Lunch included): $220 per person
Departure days: Tuesday or Saturday
Enjoy a navigable tour to North Seymour, a 1.9 km² island located northbound from Baltra. The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate bird with their incredible scarlet regular pouch, blue-footed boobies and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves. Lunch on board. After lunch we will do snorkeling in Bachas where you will be able to discover tones of different fish species and also swim with sea lions. Return to your hotel. Accommodation in selected hotel.
NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO PLAZAS ISLAND (Lunch included): $220 per person
Departure days: Wednesday or Sunday
South Plazas is situated on the east cost of Santa Cruz Island, it`s formed from uplifted marine lava and is one of the smallest island on the archipelago. This Island despite its size has a lot of concentration of wildlife. We will disembark in a small dock frequently occupied by sea lions. After this we will continue through a small forest of prickly pear cacti with their yellow flowers where could be lots of land iguanas waiting for their fruits and flowers fall of to the ground, to get finally up to the cliff, where you can often see a shoal of the endemic yellow-tailed mullet. The cliff is an excellent to view swallow-tailed gulls, tropic bird, frigate birds, pelicans, at the eastern end of the island bull sea lions congregate there to rest after losing their territory and recover energy and try to be again the beach master. Accommodation in selected hotel.
1. In case of choosing navigable tours (Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas, and Santa Fe), these are subject to availability, weather conditions and Galapagos National Park authorizations.
2. The itineraries are subject to change without previous advice, due to weather conditions, Galapagos National Park authorizations, operational issues or passenger safeties.
BAY TOUR: $90 per person
We will do a navigable excursion to insolated bays of Puerto Ayora. We will visit interesting and beautiful sites such as: Lobería with time for snorkelling with sea lions, Reef Shark Channel with a short walk to see the Opuntia Cactus and Marine Iguanas, Las Grietas and Franklin’s Bay where we will walk in rock formations. Accommodation at the selected hotel.
HIGHLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN TOUR: $230 per person
Arriving to Baltra we will take a shuttle thought out Sant Cruz Island where we will reach the highlands of the Islands with its green vegetation where we will stop to visit Primicias Ranch, here we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. Another attraction here is a excursion though the lava tunnel in order to receive an explanation of the geological formation of the Islands, lunch at the ranch. After this visit we will head to Puerto Ayora to check in in selected hotel, and then we will visit Charles Darwin Station, where we can see the breeding center of the turtles of the other islands. Return to hotel for accommodation.
TORTUGA BAY: $130
Today we will hike to Tortuga Bay in a 45 minutes walking from the entrance to the beach, we will find two beaches: one is a rough beach where we can watch marine iguanas entering and leaving the sea (not appropriate for swimming) and another quiet one that appears like a natural swimming pool where we can relax and take a swim. At the end of the morning, we will go back to Puerto Ayora on the way we will be able to watch Darwin's finches, lava lizards and the vegetation of the transition zone, arid zone and the coastal zone.