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Welcome to Natural paradises of Ecuador

12 days and 11 nights

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Quito Airport - Quito Historic Center

Reception at the airport by a English speaking guide.

Private transfer with spanish-speaking driver from Quito airport (to your hotel) and free time for the rest of the day.

You will spend the night at Patio Andaluz hotel in Quito.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: Quito - Mitad del Mundo - Quito Historic Center

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a real treasure between the volcanoes of Pichincha, Cayambe and Antisana. At an elevation of 2830 meters, it is the second highest capital in the world.. It was the first city classified by the UNESCO in 1978 and its historic centre is the biggest and best maintained in Latino America. To get a good idea of the city, we will firstly go to the Panecillo, a small hill over the city with a statue of the Quito'Virgen at the top, for a superb view. You will then have a complete visit of Quito's colonial centre: the cathedral, the church of the Compañia de Jesus, the church of San Francisco and its garden and as many baroque art pieces.
Visit to he arquelogical museum of "La Florida". This one is built over the tombs that belong to the Quitu culture. They have between 15 and 17 meters of high and people has been founded inside them, not just regular people but royal bodies as well.
You will visit the site of the "Mitad del Mundo" where you can put one foot in the Southern hemisphere and the other in the Northern hemisphere! The different buildings corresponds to different aspects of Ecuador, with the French pavilion being dedicated to the Condamine expedition which determinated the site of this imaginary line in 1736.

You will spend the night at Patio Andaluz hotel in Quito.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, park conservation fee (vehicle), room & breakfast

Day 3: Quito - Quito Airport - Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora


Free time according to your flight schedule and private transfer with spanish-speaking driver to Quito airport.

At the airport, after the payment of the migratory card ($20 per person) and the luggage control (20 kg maximum per person and 10kg for the hand luggage per person), you can check in and embark for a 3 hours flight.


Arrival at Baltra airport, located on a small island near Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island of the archipel by its surface and the most populated. You will pay the entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park ($100 per person) before picking up your luggage.


At the airport, after the payment of the migratory card ($20 per person) and the luggage control (20 kg maximum per person and 10kg for the hand luggage per person), you can check in and embark for a 3 hours flight.


Arrival at Baltra airport, located on a small island near Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island of the archipel by its surface and the most populated. You will pay the entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park ($100 per person) before picking up your luggage.


Our local representant will take charge of you at the exit of the airport. You will reach the Canal of Itabaca in public bus (5 minutes) and you will cross the canal in public boat. From there, you will continue on the main island in private pick-up to arrive to Puerto Ayora ( 45 minutes)


You will visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here, you can learn about the ongoing conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.


Remark 1: These price can't be paid in advance by our services, they have to be paid directly at the spots.


Remark 2: If the arrival time is before 10am, you will make a visit in the Highlands, at the Twin Craters or at Manzanillo ranch to see the giant turtlesin the wild, before reaching Puerto Ayora.


Night in Deja Vu hotel in Santa Cruz island.
Included : transfer departure, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), transfer arrival, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide , room

Day 4: Santa Cruz - Isabela

For this morning, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela (2:30 approx.), the largest island of Galapagos and the most wild of the three biggest ones.


At Puerto Ayora harbour, your luggage will be checked again before embarking. You will need to take a taxi-boat (between $us 0.50 et $us 1 maximum per person) to reach the boat with which you will makke the journey between the two islands.This service is to pay directly on the taxi-boat.


At Ihe arrival in Isabela, you will need to take another taxi-boat (maximum $us 1 per person) to disembark on the island. You willl also need to pay the local tax ($us 10) at Isabela harbour.

Once arrived at Isabela, you will have some time to rest at the hotel or walk around to the village.


You can also head to the Concha y Perla lagoon, where you could swim if lucky with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish, sea turtles and penguins.


In the afternoon, you will visit the Tintoreras Islet (20 min. from the port). The name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in fact all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas, it is an excellent place to see numerous amounts of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet, we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby, where we can see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. we ensure you that you will not forget this fascinating experience.



Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Deluxe Room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 5: Isabela

After breakfast we will prepare ourselves to depart for snorkelling to one of the following destinations:
• CAPE ROSE | TUNNELS
The Tunnels | Cape Rosa is a site located at 40 minutes by boat southwest of Puerto Villamil. The sighting of birds and marine animals from the lava platform is one of the most important attractions. While snorkelling at this site, experience enclose encounters with many species of fish, rays, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions.
• TURTLE ISLAND
This is one of the most beautiful site to watch land and marine fauna. This islet is an extinct volcanoe that collapsed many years ago forming a half moon. This place is located 30 minutes by boat and offers great opportunities for bird watching and excellent snorkelling.
• 4 HERMANOS
After about 45 minutes of navigation from Puerto Villamil you will reach Los Cuatro Hermanos which is a bird sanctuary of four small islets where hundreds of marine birds shelter. It is ideal for snorkelling and diving.

**Destination may vary according to weather and regulations of the Galapagos National Park.

During the rest of this day, we suggest to visit the Breeding Center of the Giant Tortoises and the Humid Lands on your own.


Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Deluxe Room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 6: Isabela

Early in the morning (8:00 am aprox.), after breakfast, we will prepare ourselves for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike by putting on comfortable walking shoes and possibly a rain jacket, making sure our cameras are stored in waterproof bags, making sure to bring sunscreen, water, and hats, and finally by preparing our box lunch at the hotel to take with us.

We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (appx. 3 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will reach Volcan Chico before heading back, which should provide a spectacular view of the incredible moonlike terrain.

Return to Puerto Villamil for free end of afternoon.


Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Deluxe Room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 7: Isabela - Baltra - Tababela

After a short early breakfast, departure by public boat to return to Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to Baltra's airport so as to get your flight back to the continent.



You will spend the night at Posada Mirolindo in Tababela, close to the airport.
Dinner included at the hotel.
Airport transfer to the hotel.
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival

Day 8: Coca - Napo Wildlife Center

Transfer from hotel to airport.
Domestic flight Quito - Coca (around 40 minutes). Arrival in Coca, gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Your local guide will meet you and lead you to your motorized canoe , which will sail for about 2h30 to get to the Yasuní National Park, classified by UNESCO "Biosphere Reserve" by a biodiversity of extreme wealth and well-preserved . The lodge we have chosen for you is the only hotel inside the reserve and offers, despite the difficulties of access, services worthy of a 4 star hotel keeping a real authenticity. To get respecting the environment and its occupants, the journey will continue by boat without motor (prohibited in the park) by another 1.30h. We will take a small tributary of the Napo River, opportunity to have a first contact with the local fauna and flora. This lodge is managed in collaboration with local communities, to recover the benefits to develop new projects in the surrounding villages.
After a welcome drink and a little rest, some explanations will be given on this community project and program the following day, before enjoying a quality dinner and get to your bungalow to sleep by the sounds of the Amazon rainforest.
Included : transfer departure, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, domestic flight, transfer arrival, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 9: Napo Wildlife Center

After waking up and a delicious, your guide will show you the wealth of this place. For this, two solutions: the Canopy Tower about 30 minutes of walking through the woods, a tower about 36 meters high which allows you to be in the middle of numerous birds above the trees; other walks are possible, but a night out in canoe in order to discover night life where you can cross yourself with the bright eyes of a caiman that comes out only at night
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 10: Napo Wildlife Center

Surprises continue throughout the day, but a unique place to visit in the area is the cliff parrots, where hundreds of individuals of different species meet to ingest kaolin found there. Then it might be interesting to visit a nearby community involved in this project and meet their daily lives. Other excursions are possible depending on your wishes. If you want you can walk or by canoe, the wildlife in the region is rich but wild, but if you open your eyes is common to see groups of monkeys in the wild and even other rarer if you're lucky.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 11: Napo Wildlife Center - Coca - Quito Airport - Quito Historic Center

Departure from Lodge in canoe and the in boat towards the airport of Coca. You will take a 40 minutes domestic flight from Coca to Quito.
Private transfer with spanish-speaking driver from Quito airport (to your hotel) and free time for the rest of the day.

You will spend the night at Patio Andaluz hotel in Quito.
Included : domestic flight, transfer departure, breakfast, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide , transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 12: Quito - Quito Airport

Free time in the ecuadorian capital. You have multiple choices of activities according to what you have already visited and the free time you dispose of:
- handcrafts market in La Mariscal for your last gifts, or on Amazonas street;
- museums, according openning time: Central Bank arqueological museum, Alabado arqueological museum in Historic Center, Modern Artist Guayasamin museum in Bellavista area, Mindalae handcrafts museum in La Mariscal, Weilbauer arqueological museum in the Catholic University;
- Botanic garden in La Carolina Park with its magnificent collection or orchids;
- arqueological sites inside the city as Rumipamba or La Florida;
- a last walk in the Historic Center (ex.: La Ronda street);
- free time for thinking at a terrace of a bar in La Mariscal quarter.

Free time according to your flight schedule and private transfer with spanish-speaking driver to Quito airport.
Included : transfer departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 3: Quito Airport - Baltra

Domestic flight Quito - Baltra.
Included : domestic flight

Day 7: Baltra - Quito Airport

Domestic flight Baltra - Quito.



Included : domestic flight

Patio Andaluz Hotel   Quito Historic Center

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic “Quito Antiguo”, declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. The hotel is an official National Treasure and holds centuries of history within its walls. It was part of the original Solaris (original building sites) that constituted the city of San Francisco de Quito by the time of its foundation; Enjoy the elegance and comfort that this Hotel Boutique gives you, with its great arches, balconies and attics. Experience the colonial times through our corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century.

Deja Vu (included in Scuba package)   Puerto Ayora

Level : 3*

Located a bit apart from the waterfront boardwalk but not far to reach it walking. Of a modern and sober design, it offers the services that allows you to recover from the daily visits on sea. A good option with swimming pool.

Night in Wooden House hotel (included in Scuba package).   Isabela

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Wooden house is located on Isabela Island, in Puerto Villamil on the road to the dock. The wooden House offers a high quality ecotourism experience. A hostel where one will feel just like being at home.

Option : Deluxe Room

Included :
room & breakfast

Posada Mirolindo   Tababela

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The name Mirolindo come from the beautiful and astonishing view of the city of Quito and its surroundings that can be observed from this friendly and comfortable place where our guests can relax and feel like at home. The interior space offers pleasant spaces to share the heat of a fireplace or the pleasure of enjoying a good reading. At the same time, Posada Mirolindo offers an awesome panoramic view from the restaurant and the guests can enjoy it while they are eating our wonderful plates.

Option : Dinner included.

Included :
dinner (no drinks)

Option : airport trsft- airport - Hacenda

Included :
transfer arrival

Option : Transfer Out Hacienda - airport

Included :
transfer departure

Napo Wildlife Center 4D-3N (airticket included) (Mon to Sat)   Coca

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, domestic flight, transfer arrival, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

The greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador wich includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (over 21,400 hectares) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador.

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