Introduction
For mind-boggling diversity in culture, environment, wildlife and history, Ecuador is absolutely unmatched. This wonderful week begins in the country’s renowned Galápagos Islands. Our naturalist-guides will introduce you to giant land tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and other creatures found nowhere else on earth—often in extreme close-up! We stay on the islands in waterfront boutique hotels, rather than marooned offshore on a cruise ship. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak, snorkel and meet the people who call the islands home. After days at sea level, we return to the mainland and head up into the Ecuadorian Andes. We’ll settle into the hacienda on a 4,000-acre working ranch. On walks, we’ll soak in the high-peaked splendor and visit the Huasi Condor Project, for an incredibly rare look at the endangered birds. We’ll also go browsing in Otavalo Market, where every stroll is an immersion in Andean crafts and native life that pre-dates the Incas. Nowhere else can you do such a deep dive into natural history and get a taste of Andean culture, all inside the borders of a single country.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SANTA CRUZ
Our week in Ecuador begins in Santa Cruz (2 nights).  Giant, 500-pound tortoises are the stars, and we’ll walk among them in their natural habitat. In sea kayaks, we paddle over turquoise waters where manta rays and reef sharks glide below. And we’ll take the trail to the fine sands of Tortuga Bay for a swim or maybe even some surfing if you'd like.  On our last morning, we’ll pay a fascinating visit to a family at their organic, sustainable coffee plantation for a tour and a tasting.

DAYS 3-4 - SAN CRISTOBAL
In San Cristóbal (2 nights), the easternmost of the Galápagos Islands, we put on our snorkel gear to snorkel or swim with the sea turtles at gorgeous Carola Beach.  From our hotel overlooking the boardwalk, we go by speedboat to Isla Lobos where you’ll have an amazing firsthand encounter with sea lions from your kayak (or piloted boat). And a day full of wildlife also includes blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and countless reef fish. An afternoon walk takes us to El Junco, the islands’ only freshwater lake. 

DAYS 5-7 - ECUADORIAN ANDES
From Quito airport, we head right out to the Andes and the Ecuadorian highlands, where we make our home for two nights at the gracious hacienda on a 4,000-acre working family ranch. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, you’ll go by horseback or foot trail to Condor Huasi, the country’s only authorized project for rehabilitation of the rare condors that can have wingspans up to 10 feet. We’ll see the birds and talk to the experts who care for them. Back at the hacienda, there’s time to explore the huge organic gardens and learn how milk from the ranch’s dairy herd is transformed into cheese.

On our final day, we save plenty of time to visit and shop Otavalo Market. It’s a treasury of Andean crafts and a close-up glimpse at the ancient local culture. We’ll also visit one of the last weavers to see how he creates textiles on a kind of loom that dates back to the Incas.

Sea lion in Galapagos
Picture yourself...
  • Coming face to face with giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies & sea lion pups
  • Kayaking and snorkeling in the crystal-clear Pacific
  • Wandering the Andes and Otavalo Market
Galápagos & Andes
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Quito - lobby of your pre-tour hotel - 8:00am

Ending Point: Quito - upon arrival of your included flight from Baltra

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 30, 2018-Jan 5, 2019$5395.00$1295.00
March 24-30, 2019$5095.00$1295.00
Dec 27, 2019-Jan 2, 2020$5495.00$1295.00
Dec 29, 2019-Jan 4, 2020$5495.00$1295.00


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Internal Air
We will arrange flights between Quito and the Galápagos for approximately $745 per person, including Galápagos entrance fee & Ingala card.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All meals​
• All activities in the itinerary, including gear for snorkeling and kayaking
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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The weather in the Galápagos remains remarkably consistent throughout the year with an average year-round temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In the highlands you can expect warm, sunny days and crisp evenings.

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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Hotels
Hacienda Cusin

A restored, 17th-century estate in the Ecuadorian sierra, this very personal hotel and famous gardens is the perfect Andes retreat. Guestrooms are garden cottages, furnished with antiques and select Andean craft, most with log-burning fireplaces.

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Built of native lava rock and driftwood, this first-class hotel is situated right on the waterfront. Guests enjoy peace and total privacy, plus a perfect chance to experience what the owners call the true 'Galápagos spirit'.

Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

Located on San Cristobal’s waterfront, this gleaming boutique hotel fuses luxury and environmental sensitivity. Contemporary rooms are bathed in natural light. Guests have access to Playa de Oro as well as a swimming pool, spa and gourmet restaurant.

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