Quito(3 Days/2 Nights)
Day 1 Arrival and Reception at the airport. Accommodation.
In the afternoon city tour. This interesting tour starts with a visit of the Itchimbia neighborhood, which is a place that offers a spectacular view of the old and new city. Then you will visit the old colonial Quito starting in Santo Domingo Plaza walking through one of the oldest streets in the town “La Ronda Street” where you will see how the colonial houses were built and how the Quitenos lived in the sixteen
hundreds. Your walk takes you through the city museum to San Francisco Plaza, making a quick stop to try the typical sweets of Quito. San Francisco is the oldest church in Quito and it is full of history and
legends. Before visiting the church we highly recommend to visit the USHINA jewelry, a place where you will find fine art and exclusive designs made of silver, definitely a must in our city tour. After this, a visit to La Merced church is organized to see the arabesque and baroque style that was used to decorate this church. Finally a visit to the main square. Where the presidential palace, the main cathedral and some other important buildings can be appreciated. La Compania de Jesus church is one of the most
beautiful churches in South America or perhaps the world, this is the last treasure to be visited in our program before your guide takes you back to the hotel or just continue the day to a visit of the Equator
DAY 2 Day at leisure to enjoy as optional a full day excursion.
Some alternatives are:
– Full day Otalavalo Indian craft market which dates back thousands of years and is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles, tapestries and local traditions. Although the main day of the market
is on Saturdays you can enjoy a less crowded plaza from Sundays to Fridays. Lunch will be served at
one of the local haciendas built between the 17th and 18th centuries with a typical Andean ambience.
After lunch we’ll visit the village of Peguche where native weavers demonstrate their craft, as they have for centuries. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
– Cotopaxi National park.
Cotopaxi volcano (5.897m – 19.460ft) is considered the highest active volcano in the world. We will learn about the flora and fauna of the Paramo, depending on the weather conditions, we go up to the refuge (4.800m – 15.840ft). Lunch will be at Tambopaxi base camp.
Day 3 Morning at leisure,
in due time transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight
Quito/Galapagos(7 Days/6 Nights)
Day 1 Quito.
Arrival and Reception at the airport.
DAY 2 Quito.
After breakfast, you will start with a walk through one of the oldest streets in the town “La Ronda Street” where you will see how the colonial houses were built and how the Quiteños lived in the sixteen hundreds. Then you will visit the old colonial Quito including the Santo Domingo Plaza, the city museum, San Francisco Plaza, La Merced church, the Presidential Palace, the main cathedral and others
important buildings. The last stop is ‘La Compañía de Jesus’ church, the most beautiful church in South America or perhaps the world and then you will visit the Itchimbia neighborhood. Once you reach the Equator (The Middle of the World), you will visit a very interesting museum, INTI NAN. Lunch at one of
the magnificent restaurants located in the middle of the world area. Return to Hotel
DAY 3 Quito.
Day at leisure to enjoy some optional excursions. We suggest FD Otavalo Indian craft market which dates back thousands of years and is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles, tapestries and local traditions.
DAY 4 Quito/Galápagos Island – San Cristobal.
Arrival and Reception at the airport. Departure for a great snorkel tour to Lobos Island and Kicker Rock. We can spot rays, sea lions, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks. Accommodation. Lunch and Dinner included.
DAY 5 Galápagos Island – Isabela Island.
Departure early in the morning by plane to Isabela Island. Transfer to hotel. At arrival we will have breakfast and then go to the Sierra Negra Volcano hiking. Afternoon trip to the Tintoreras Islet. Hike and snorkel looking for penguins, blue footed boobies and iguanas. Lunch and Dinner included.
DAY 6 Galápagos Island – Santa Cruz Highlands.
Early departure by speedboat to Santa Cruz. Arrival around 8AM, breakfast. Visit of the highlands: you will see tortoise in the wild, a lava tunnel, and the Twin craters. After lunch you will hike to Tortuga Bay Beach where you can spot iguanas, shore birds, blue footed boobies. You can take a Kayak ride as an optional tour. Lunch and Dinner included.
DAY 7 Galápagos Island.
Time free until pick up for your transfer to the airport.