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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA | Quito, Otavalo Valley, Galápagos Islands and Guayaquil | 9 Days / 8 Nights

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 A woman stands on the deck of a ship, looking out at one of the Galapagos Islands at sunset
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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Journey to Ecuador, an untouched corner of the world where you'll explore Amazon rainforests, ancient cities, the mysterious Galápagos Archipelago and more.

ECUADOR AND Galápagos ISLANDS TRIP TIPSExpanded

  • Preparing for your AdventureExpanded

    • Required Travel DocumentationExpanded

      If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Ecuador and return to the United States. U.S. passport holders traveling to Ecuador for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes do not need visas.

      Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. State Department for further details. As a general precaution, all travelers are advised to carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from the passport.

      In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent.

      If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate for information on documentation requirements.

      Passport/Visa Services You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.

      PLEASE NOTE: Additional charges will apply for telephone calls made to access CIBT specialists.

    • What to PackExpanded

      Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.

      Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands restrict each passenger to no more than 44 lbs. (20 kg.) of luggage. If you are taking a carry-on piece of luggage with you, it must weigh no more than 10 lbs. (4.5 kg.) and the dimensions cannot exceed 24 x 15.5 x 8 in (61 x 39 x 20 cm). Guests will be charged additional fees at the airport for overweight baggage.

      Since you will be visiting both the countryside and the rocky shores of the Galápagos Islands, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable, and you should bring at least one additional change of clothes per day. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner on the ship. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:

      Clothing
      •     T-shirts (short and long-sleeved)
      •     Collared shirts
      •     Jeans or long pants
      •     Casual dress/skirt (optional)
      •     Shorts
      •     Lightweight rain jacket
      •     Hat
      •     Swimsuits
      •     Close-toed shoes
      •     Sturdy-soled walking shoes
      •     Sandals
      •     Long sleeve wetsuit (optional)*

      Miscellaneous
      •     Passport
      •     Medication
      •     Camera/video camera
      •     Sunglasses
      •     Sunscreen
      •     Umbrella
      •     Binoculars
      •     Toiletries
      •     Insect repellant

    • WeatherExpanded

      The Ecuadorian highlands, including Quito, have a much cooler climate than the rest of the country. Although temperatures vary with altitude, the average summer temperature in Quito is about 61°F (16°C) and tends to be on the chilly side at night. The central valley is generally spring-like all year, with temperatures reaching no higher than 66°F (19°C). In the coastal regions and Galápagos islands, temperatures average between 70 and 83°F (21 - 28°C) year round with low rainfall that usually occurs during the months of January through April. The sea temperature averages 65 to 75°F (18 - 24°C), making swimming ideal in the afternoon. Short sleeve wetsuits are available aboard the ship when needed. You may also bring your own long sleeve wetsuit.

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  • En RouteExpanded

    • Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded

      Upon arrival at Quito International Airport (UIO), follow airport signage to the Immigration/Passport Control area. After having your passport examined and being presented with an Entry Registration document, follow airport signage directing you to the Baggage Claim area. Retrieve your luggage, go through Customs and then enter the main terminal. There, a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign will assist you with your luggage and escort you to the pre-arranged ground transportation that will take you to your hotel.

      Note: Remember to secure the Entry Registration document as you depart the Immigration/Passport Control area. Each person traveling in your party will be required to present this document when returning to the airport to exit Ecuador, whether traveling home or to another country.

      On the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE). You may depart no earlier than 6:00 AM. Please note: The hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM.

  • During Your AdventureExpanded

    • CurrencyExpanded

      The unit of monetary currency is the U.S. dollar. In Quito, ATM machines are available and credit or debit cards are usually accepted. Since ATMs are scarce in Otavalo, the Galápagos and other regions, Guests should be sure to carry cash or credit cards. For cash, carry mostly $1, $5, and $10 bills, and make sure they are in good condition. Your Adventure Guides can help you with any currency issues or language barriers you may have.

    • GratuitiesExpanded

      Adventure Guide Gratuities
      Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, for each Adventure Guide and for each day.

      Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day: $8 - $11 USD

      Example:
      •  For a 9-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $72 - $99 USD.
      •  For a family of 4 for a 9-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $288 - $396 USD. For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $576 - $792 USD.

      The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.

      All Other Gratuities
      Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.

    • TransportationExpanded

      Adventures by Disney has arranged for all of your accommodation and transportation needs during your stay in Ecuador as specified in your trip itinerary. On this adventure, your group will travel by motor coach, airplane and yacht.

      If you choose to visit other sites on your own, hire a driver and car through the hotel. Please ask your Adventure Guide for any assistance regarding any transportation arrangements you may need.

    • LanguageExpanded

      The primary language spoken in Ecuador is Spanish. You will also hear the indigenous language of Quechua in some areas. Your Adventure Guides can help you with any language issues that arise.

      The following is a list of words and phrases you may want to use during your trip to Ecuador:

      English Spanish Pronunciation
      Hello Hola O-la
      Goodbye Adios ah-dee-os
      Good morning Buenos días bwen-os dee-as
      Good afternoon Buenas tardes bwen-os tar-des
      Goodnight Buena noches bwen-os no-ches
      Yes See
      No No no
      Adventure Aventura ab-wen-too-ra
      Cheers! Salud sah-lood

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSExpanded

  • How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded

    To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865 and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

    If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872 and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

  • Which airport(s) do I fly into and out of?Expanded

    ARRIVAL: You will fly into Quito International Airport (UIO) on your arrival day. Your flight is expected to arrive no later than 11:30 PM.

    DEPARTURE: On the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE). You may depart no earlier than 6:00 AM. Please note that hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM.

  • Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded

    No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For Ecuador, transfers are included from the Quito International Airport (UIO) in Quito to the JW Marriott Hotel Quito on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are included from the Hotel del Parque back to the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE).

  • Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded

    If you are coming from the U.S., you are advised to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding travel. Your doctor or health care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting and planned activities.

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements on vaccinations for travel to Ecuador.

  • Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded

    Yes, you may stay in Ecuador before or after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.

  • How strenuous are the activities?Expanded

    This is an active journey that includes walking on uneven surfaces, up and down irregular stairs and on cobblestone streets. Activities include snorkeling and hiking. Bear in mind that half of the trip is at altitudes between 8,000 - 12,000 feet (2,438 - 3,658 meters) above sea level. While nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if enjoyed separately, the full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most out of your vacation.

  • What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded

    Due to restrictions with the Galápagos Islands portion of this adventure, children must be at least 6 years old at the time of travel on our Ecuador and Galápagos Islands trip. The minimum recommended age is 8 years old. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, high altitude at the destination, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures, and amount of physical activity (e.g., snorkeling, walking on uneven surfaces, up and down stairs, and cobblestone sidewalks). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.

  • What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded

    Typically, breakfast is served buffet style. Some lunches and dinners are also served buffet style, while others offer a limited-choice menu. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées; soup and vegetables; and desserts and fruit—along with a chance to try Ecuadorian specialties. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical Ecuadorian cuisine, they are always balanced with limited American fare. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

  • Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded

    Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.

  • Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded

    Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. Access to the Santa Cruz II ship is by steep stairs. Guest must be able to individually ascend and descend steep stairs in order to participate in this trip. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and solely responsible for providing assistance. Contact your Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs. Mainland Ecuador has very limited accessibility. The ship that we will be traveling on to the Galápagos Islands and the Galápagos Islands themselves are not wheelchair accessible.

  • What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded

    We will make every reasonable effort to operate vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group's maximum size, if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) We will attempt to rebook you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline rebooking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.

  • Is travel insurance available?Expanded

    Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.

    Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.