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Ecuador and Galápagos Islands

A man wearing a traditional Ecuadorian cape and brimmed hat walks through the jungle A boy holding a small camera squats on the shoreline to take a close-up picture of a marine iguana A frigate bird in a tree inflates his red throat
 
An iguana, a lizard and a crab rest on a lava rock surface Two islands in the Galápagos, a rock formation on one and a boat coasting by the other The Monument to the Equator at Ciudad Mitad del Mundo in Ecuador
A man wearing a traditional Ecuadorian cape and brimmed hat walks through the jungle
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Discover the rich culture of the Ecuadorian people.

Ecuador and Galápagos Islands

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Discover Ecuador’s mainland with its natural splendor and remarkable culture. Then, explore the Galápagos Islands and be immersed in a spectacularly beautiful world nearly untouched by human progress. Excite your imagination and your senses at this archipelago that’s home to a diverse variety of species—including ones that exist nowhere else but here. You’ll understand why Darwin found this unique destination a living laboratory!

2019 Ecuador and Galápagos Islands Trip Highlights

  • 4-Night Galápagos Islands Cruise Explore the islands of this volcanic archipelago on a fun-filled 4 days on water and land.
  • Visit Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Stand with one foot in each hemisphere at the enormous Monument to the Equator.
  • Intiñan Museum Learn about the daily lives of the native Ecuadorian tribes through exhibits and traditional performances.
  • Hiking & Snorkeling in the Galápagos Islands Discover natural terrain and exotic wildlife that call the tropical eco-system home.
  • Española Island Tour Bask in the blue waters and white, sandy beaches of this island paradise that’s home to a sea lion colony.
  • Floreana Island Explore this snorkeling haven that is home to the Post Office Barrel—the oldest post office in the Pacific.
  • Santa Cruz Island Visit the home to 2 renowned tortoise research and breeding centers set in the Galapagos National Park Service.
  • Quito City Center Walking Tour Discover the history, distinct architectural style and culture of this remarkable city.
  • Rose Plantation Tour Scintillate your senses at this fragrant plantation filled with Ecuador’s beautiful blooms.
  • Flute-making & Music Demonstration Make beautiful music—and your own Andean flute—with a local musical family.
  • Folk Dance Show Watch in awe as local dancers mesmerize you with traditional Ecuadorian folk dances and colorful costumes.
  • Otavalo Market Barter with local sellers for vibrant woven textiles and local folk art at this bustling market.
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Flight Information

  • Arrive: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
  • Return: Guayaquil International Airport (GYE)

Meals

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners

Ages

  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Suggested Age: 8+