Ecuador Mainland & the Galápagos Islands
If you’re already exploring Ecuador on terra firma you’re this close to the eco-lover’s paradise: The Galápagos, so we’ve brought both together in one 14-day tour. Start with all the on-land highlights like the Amazon, the stunning landscapes in the Ecuadorian highlands, and get an unforgettable experience at a jungle homestay. Experience the Galápagos aboard the Xavier III where comfy cabins, giant tortoises, and sea lions will have you wanting to jump ship – but only to go snorkelling, of course.
Get your adrenaline pumping in adventurous Baños, feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, soak in the hot springs at Papallacta, explore colonial Quito, three nights cruising through the Galápagos National Park aboard the Xavier, snorkelling excursions searching for sea turtles and rays, hiking through the lava fields of Bartolomé to get an amazing view, learning more about the ecology of the Galápagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, one night in Santa Cruz with included visit to see the giant tortoises
Hotels (8 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (3 nts).
8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena
Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta. Baños stay. Amazon Jungle homestay and cooking demonstrations (2 nts). Papallacta Hot Springs stay. Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (3 nts). All meals aboard the Xavier. Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide. Overnight on Santa Cruz Island. Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, North Seymour, and Sullivan Bay. Visit to North Seymour to see nesting seabirds. Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock. Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation (Santa Cruz). Academy Bay tour. Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities. Internal flights. Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard Xavier.
Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
North Seymour/Mosquera Islet
Santiago Island/Bartolomé Island