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13 Days
The Galapagos Islands
Min Age : 12
Tour Details

Ecuador is a small country that encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate, and this personalized journey will have you experience one of Ecuador´s best kept secrets, full of contrasting landscapes, lifestyles and cultures.

Below you can find a sample of a great itinerary, which includes the highlights of the north-central highlands (aka Avenue of Volcanoes) and the one of a kind Galapagos Islands… this experience is complemented by delightful hotels and hacienda stays.  

  • Enjoy the best of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
  • Tour the impressive Avenue of Volcanoes
  • Get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Take part in a fascinating eco-tourism experience in the heart of the Amazon rainforest
  • Quito is a UNESCO heritage site, named that because of its many fine examples of Spanish colonial architecture

Departure & Return Location

Ecuador (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • English-speaking guided tours
  • Transfers and private car
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as specified

Price Excludes

  • International Airfares
  • Galapagos national park fee - US$100 per person
  • Transit control card - US$20 per person
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included


  • This itinerary is subject to change without notice, due to seasonal changes, weather conditions, Government or Galapagos National Park regulations.
  • Local Air Tickets, Galapagos National Park fee and Ingala Transit Card are subject to change because they are not under Nomadic Ecuador control. They are managed by airline and Government authorities.
Additional Information

Hotel rates are based on double/twin share lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events.


Day 1Arrive to Quito

Upon arrival to the Quito International airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel of choice.

WELCOME TO QUITOa very special place in the world

The Capital of Ecuador is a city where everything comes together, a nexus of elements that have created a crucible of nature and culture, traditions and modernity that is refreshingly unexpected for visitors.

Quito is full of surprises!

This surprise stems mainly from Quito´s staggering diversity; few cities in the world can beat its location in the mountains of the Andes, right in the heart of the Tropics at latitude zero – the Middle of the World. Its natural world can be felt everywhere you look and wander. Walking any street, you´ll find vistas of green mountains, a hummingbird flitting past, while venturing only minutes from the city, adventures in nature abound. Nevertheless, nature comes in the shape of the dishes and culinary treats served at restaurants and homes, a veritable melting pot of the finest ingredients brought from the city´s surrounding regions and the four worlds the country boasts.

Surprise also comes in the form of culture. In pre-Hispanic times, peoples from distinct elevations and geographies gathered to trade and celebrate here. The Incas built upon these foundations, reveling in its proximity to their deity, the sun. The city of today is the result of a meeting of cultures – indigenous, Spanish and European – reflected above all in the Historic Centre, rightfully recognized by UNESCO in 1978 as the first World Heritage city in the world, but also in its dynamic modern neighborhoods, and its hives of exchange and creativity.

We hope that during your visit you will discover our city´s wonders, enjoy its unique attractions, delight in its food, meet its people and share our fortune of living in a privileged place in the world – while all the while remaining open to the surprise that comprises all true journeys of discovery.

Day 2Quito colonial & middle of the world tour

Welcome to Quito, where worlds meet!

Our guide and transportation will pick you up and take you to the Colonial District of Quito. While walking, your guide will tell give fun facts about the Inca Empire, the Spanish invasion, the Independence era, and finally all about Ecuador and Quito’s ancient history in Colonial times.

You will visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings in the City, to mention a few:

The Independence Plaza: surrounded by important Colonial Buildings: to the west- the Presidential Palace; to the east – the Municipal Palace; to the south – the Cathedral and to the north – the Archbishop Palace (city hall). In the center of the Plaza, you will spot the Independence Monument.

La Compañia Church, one of the most beautiful churches in the city, it was constructed by the Jesuits in 1605; it draws the attention of thousands of tourists with its baroque style, the harmony of its pillars, frieze, sculptures, and moldings. On top of this beautiful decorations abound which cover every inch of the Church. 

The San Francisco Square and Convent;  the greatest architectonic jewel in Latin America with six cloisters, a big major temple, one additional church, dozens of chapels and various gardens.

Panecillo Hill and Winged Virgin Mary, which means «small piece of bread,» due to its location it has become the most important natural viewpoint in the city. Today the Panecillo, or Yavirac, as indigenous peoples call it, is topped with a giant aluminum statue, the «Virgin of Quito». Finally, you will be driven back to your hotel.


If you are a java lover, ask your guide to take you to the Galletti Coffee Shop located inside the burned down Teatro Bolivar. Best coffee in Quito and a great place to chill out.

Day 3Quito – Cotacachi Lake & Cuicocha

After our breakfast, we will depart to Imbabura province (north of Ecuador), to reach the Cuicocha Lake that will offer us a spectacular view; moderate hiking. Visit Cotacachi town, famous for their leather articles manufactured by its inhabitants.

Lunch in a local hacienda

Day 4Otavalo Indigenous Market – Cotopaxi National Park

Visit the colorful Otavalo Market, here you will find a variety of Andean handicrafts, rugs, clothes, paintings. The Otavalo’s market in one of the most important in Latin America. After we will drive to the south of Ecuador. Lodging in San Agustin de Callo.

Day 5Cotopaxi National Park (full day)

Breakfast. Departure to Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world. Visit Limpiopungo Lake and moderate trekking (1Hour) around the lagoon. Overnight in San Agustin de Callo.

Day 6Zumbahua & Quilotoa Crater Lake

Breakfast. During our way to Quilotoa, we will discover a unique Andean landscape, small villages like Tigua. Arrive to Zumbahua (local market) and Quilotoa Crater and enjoy the view!! Moderate trekking (optional): 45 minutes to descend to the lake and 1H45 to going up. Depart to Baños and lodging in a cozy hotel (Luna Runtun or Samari Spa)

Day 7Baños (Full Day)

Breakfast. Baños is one of the most favorite cities for tourist. This singular town offers activities such as: waterfalls, cross the river by taravita, rafting, hiking, biking, thermal springs and spas,. Baños is considered the entrance for Amazon region. Overnight in Luna Runtun or Samari Spa.

Day 8Baños – Casa del Suizo (Rainforest)

Breakfast, we will take the main highway to reach the Amazon region; we will see wonderful waterfalls, rivers, and admire the greatness of rainforest. Lunch. Enjoy with several activities in the zone.  Overnight in La Casa del Suizo.

Day 9Tours and Activities in the Rainforest

During this day you will have options to choose: hiking in the Misicocha forest, bird watching, visit Amazoonico breeding center, canopy, kayak, piranha fishing, visit to communities and more.

Day 10Tours and Activities in the Rainforest

During this day you will have options to choose: hiking in the Misicocha forest, bird watching, visit Amazoonico breeding center, canopy, kayak, piranha fishing, visit to communities and more.

Day 11Casa del Suizo – Papallacta Thermal Springs

Departure to Papallacta. Once we arrive at Papallacta,  we will take our lunch and enjoy thermal springs. Papallacta area has spectacular scenic landscapes due to the change between the tropical region and highlands. Overnight in Papallacta or Quito (hotel next to airport). 

Day 12Quito - Your Galapagos Cruise

Breakfast and transfer out to Quito airport in order to reach your Galapagos flight. To close with a flourish, a cruise in the Galapagos Islands for  4, 5,  or 8 days (we recommend at least 5 days!).