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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA | Quito, Otavalo Valley, Galápagos Islands and Guayaquil

Ecuador and Galápagos Islands

This trip includes:
9 Days
21Meals
23 Sites

Discover the natural splendor and remarkable culture of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands as you’re immersed in this archipelago that’s home to a diverse variety of species—including ones that exist nowhere else but here. Marvel at the natural beauty and you’ll understand why Darwin found this unique destination a living laboratory!

Trip Price Starting From $7,599USD

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  • Preparing for your AdventureExpanded

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      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.

      PLEASE NOTE: Starting September 10, 2018 all visitors to Ecuador are required to have health insurance. Visit the Ecuador Tourism Ministry for more details.

      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.

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      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

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      Upon arrival at Mariscal Sucre 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.

      On the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE). You may depart at any time on departure day. Please note: The hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM.

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      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.

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      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: $9 - $11 USD

      Example:
      •  For a 9-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $81 - $99 USD.
      •  For a family of 4 for a 9-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $324 - $396 USD. For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $648 - $792 USD.

      The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars or local currency.

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSExpanded

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    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.

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    ARRIVAL: You will fly into Mariscal Sucre 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 at any time on departure day. Please note that hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM.

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    No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For Ecuador, transfers are included from the Mariscal Sucre 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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. Access to the Galapagos Legend 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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