QUITO & GALAPAGOS LOOP 7Nights/8Days
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO TRANSFER IN
Transfer from the airport to the hotel. A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and will transfer you to the hotel. He/ She will be able to assist you in anything you may need. Accommodation in Quito.
DAY 2: CITY TOUR & MIDDLE OF THE WORLD (B)
The tour begins visiting the Quito`s downtown, our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda. Continuing we will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood. After we are done with la Ronda we will visit the Independence Square, surrounded by important historical buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century). Finally we will drive to the viewpoint at the Penecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito, the unique winged virgin of the world. Afterwards we will drive 30 km north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Return and accommodation in Quito.
DAY 3: IN SANTA CRUZ – HIGHLANDS (L)
Arriving to Baltra we will take a shuttle thought out Santa Cruz Island journeying across the island into the highlands. Beginning at the coast and traveling north along the road to Puerto Ayora. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago, with wonderful birding opportunities. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. After lunch continue to Puerto Ayora for rest of the afternoon at leisure. Accommodation in selected hotel.
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO FLOREANA ISLAND SNORKELING AT LA LOBERIA (B)
This morning after breakfast we will head to take our speed boat to Floreana Island for a 2h 30 minutes approx. Time. This Island gives place to the first inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands. We will arrive to Floreana, after checking in in our lodge we will begin our excursion with a walk for approximately 30 minutes towards la Loberia. In the afternoon we will return to hotel to relax in lodge where if possible, you can exchange experiences with the locals and eventually meet some members of the original families that arrived to the Islands. Accommodation in selected lodge/hotel.
DAY 5: HIGHLANDS FLOREANA PIRATES’CAVE TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER TRANSFER TO ISABELA(B)
This day after breakfast, our guide will pick us up and we will get on board of a “Chiva”- Traditional old fashioned bus from the Island that will take us to the highlands of the Island. On the way our guide will and give us an idea of the colorful history of some of Floreana’s first inhabitants, such as the Wittmers (whose descendants still live on the Island), the ‘Baroness’, and the pirates that once visited here. Once we reach the Highlands we will head to “Asilo de Paz”, we will take a low level hike, exploring pirate caves, and visit fresh water springs that provide fresh water to the islanders. Along this way we will also see Giant tortoise’s species from this island. Return to lowlands to take speed boat to Isabela this ride will take approx. 2h30 min. Arriving to Isabela you can have lunch and relax for the rest of the day in the pristine beaches of the biggest and one of the newest Islands.
DAY 6: SIERRA NEGRA AND CHICO VOLCANOES (B, BL)
After breakfast, our guide will take us to visit the Famingos Lagoon. This is a approx. 2km trail where we will have explanation of the vegetation and geology of this young Island, Isabela Island. Arriving to the Flamingo lagoon we might be able to see Flamingos feeding in this lake. After this we will continue to visit the Tortoise breeding center , in this place you will learn more about the reproduction and breeding of the Tortoises. Back to Puerto Villamil to take our boat and transfer to Santa Cruz. Rest of the afternoon at leisure in Puerto Ayora and accommodation in hotel.