Andes & Galápagos
“This is such a beautiful tour of Ecuador and Galápagos!”
Ecuador is famous for many ecological and cultural highlights. Quito, the Andes and the Galapagos Island are the highlights of this 10-day itinerary. Start in Quito to tour the colonial city center, hike to volcanic lagoons, and explore the biodiversity of the Mindo Cloud Forest. Continue the trip with a flight to the Galapagos, where you’ll spend 5-days relaxing on sunny beaches, visiting uninhabited islands, and looking for rare and endemic animals.
Are you up for this 10-day Ecuador tour with Andean Journeys?
- NDiscover Quito with rich history and culture.
- NVenture inside a unique cloud forest in Mindo.
- NHike the highest active volcano of Cotopaxi.
- NEnjoy unforgettable views of Quilotoa Crater Lake.
- NSpot unique wildlife with the 5-day Galápagos tour of a lifetime.
DAY 1 - Arrival Quito
Arrival in Quito, assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest in order to avoid ill effects due to the high altitude.
DAY 2 - Quito city tour
Today you will enjoy a tour of Quito with your guide. The tour can be completely adjusted to your wishes. Let your guide know if there are specific activities or sights that you would like to see.
Activities according to your wishes. Before the start of the tour, our guide will offer all the options.
Example tour Quito: we take some time to visit the city center and famous museums that show the heritage and culture of Quito and Ecuador. We will walk a popular route that visits La Basílica del Voto Nacional, La Compañía (Gold Church), La Catedral, La Plaza and Church of San Francisco, La Ronda, La Plaza de la Independencia and, if the weather is good, we can go up to the viewpoint of the Panecillo. This tour will show you all the famous landmarks within Quito.
For people who love art and to try local food, you may want to choose to visit Guapulo viewpoint, the local market, the Botanic Garden or Guayasamim House museum. In the afternoon, we can continue to Mitad del Mundo (on the equater line), where you can visit the museums and do experiments to defy gravity as we know it!
Another great option is to take the Cable Cart to visit Rucu Pichincha mountain. This is a beautiful viewpoint of Quito city. Note that this is only possible in good weather.
We will stay the night at a gorgeous Hacienda in Otavalo.
Overnight at a Hacienda in Otavalo.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 3 - Mindo Cloud forest
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel. Today we will travel to Mindo.
Our first stop is at an amazing hummingbird site where hummingbirds will buzz around you and even, sometimes, land on you.
Afterwards, we can take a zip line ride over the cloud forest. Less adventurous? Take a steel basket ride over the cloud forest!
We will arrive in Mindo and walk through the charming town where we visit a truly amazing butterfly exhibition, a little chocolate factory that takes you from pod to finished products, an orchid exhibition, a jungle waterfall and a cloud forest hike if you desire.
We will arrive back in Quito at approximately 6pm.
Overnight at a hotel in Quito.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
DAY 4 - Cotopaxi Volcano Tour
Ready for your next adventure? Awesome! Around 08:00 am your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Quito.
After a couple of hours driving, we will enter to Cotopaxi National Park 3200m (10498.69 ft.). On the drive, you will enjoy views and information about the area. The guide will give an explanation about the volcano, flora and fauna endemic of the Park. We will also stop for photographs in the lower part 3600m (11811.02 ft.).
(Optional: instead of hiking, you can also enjoy a 3-hour horseback ride).
We will arrive at the parking lot at 4600m (15091.86 ft.) where your guide will explain the hike to the José Rivas refuge. After a steep hike, you will arrive at the José Rivas refuge at 4800m (15748.03 ft.) to enjoy some incredible views and a great accomplishment.
After the hike back from Cotopaxi, we return to the parking lot. Here we can pick-up our bikes, because this is the start of mountain-biking downhill from the parking lot to Limpiopungo lake viewpoint!
After an active but fulfilling day, we will enjoy a lunch at a Chaupi community restaurant. Then, you will stay at a local Hacienda in Cotopaxi.
Overnight at a Hacienda in Cotopaxi.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 5 - Quilotoa Crater Lake Tour
After a wonderfull night at the Hacienda, our guide will take you to another highlight of Ecuador: Quilotoa crater lake.
We will start with exploring a local market. You can stock up on some fruits or snacks here. To also give you an image of local life here, we will visit a native family house. They will happily show you around and teach you about their lifestyles.
Afterwards, we will depart to Quilotoa Crater Lake. The views at Quilotoa are unforgettable. We will walk down to the Quilotoa crater (3 hours). On the way back up, it is possible to hike or to ride a mule. Don’t forget to take pictures!
After a wonderful day, we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch.
On our drive to our next stop, we will take a moment at Toachi Canyon and stop for photos.
We will return to Quito.
Overnight at a Hotel in Quito.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 6 to Day 10 - Galapagos islands - Cruise or land tour
On day 6 you will be transferred to the airport to fly from Guayaquil to the Galápagos Islands.
Depending on your wishes, you will enjoy a 6-day cruise or land tour. Everything in first class!
On day 10, you will fly back to Quito and have a transfer waiting for you to take you to the hotel.
4 nights in Galápagos.
1 night in Quito.
Meals: depend on the Galápagos itinerary.
Day 11 - Departure Quito
After an unforgettable trip, it is time for you to return home again.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Quito airport for your next flight. We hope you had a wonderful 21-day trip of Ecuador!
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