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Pacific Coast to Galapagos Adventure

10 Days

Starting in Guayaquil, you’ll head to Ayampe for beautiful sunsets and beach relaxation. In the Galápagos, encounter giant tortoises and unique wildlife on an uninhabited island adventure. Conclude with Quito’s cultural richness, exploring its history and cuisine through an urban bike tour and a cooking class. This trip combines serene beach days, wildlife discovery, and cultural immersion, offering a comprehensive Ecuadorian experience.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival to Guayaquil Airport, your driver is already waiting for you in the arrivals hall, ready to take you to your hotel.

Take time to explore Guayaquil, Ecuador's biggest city, with a lot to offer. The first stop could be the Cementerio General, an early 20th-century cemetery where artistic tombs are reminders of the prospering cocoa trade of that time. Afterward, walk the historic cobblestone streets of Puerto Santa Ana, and visit the Iguana Park and the busy boardwalk Malecón 2000 along the Guayas River.

At the agreed time, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you from Guayaquil to Ayampe, following the "Ruta del Sol" (approx. 3 hours). Lean back and observe the lush green vegetation and the small villages that you pass along the way.
Pacific coastline

The Ecuadorian Pacific coast is the perfect spot for surfing. In Ayampe, you will have a surfing class with an instructor. A great adventure for the whole family!

Enjoy the tranquility of this small town. Spend the day in the hammock or on the beach, and enjoy delicious meals in various small cafés and restaurants. Are you looking for some adrenaline? What about a surf lesson? The waves are perfect for some fun in the water!

Enjoy one last morning in Ayampe! At the agreed time, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you from Ayampe to Guayaquil, heading south along the "Ruta del Sol" (approx. 3 hours).

In the morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Guayaquil Airport from where you take your flight to Galapagos (Baltra Airport). (Flights not included unless otherwise stated).

After arriving at Baltra Airport, your guide will welcome you and you will take the public shuttle bus until reaching the Itabaca Channel which you will cross by ferry.

The first stop of today will lead us, together with our guide, into the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you can observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Besides, you can explore the impressive lava tunnels that dot the area. After a healthy meal, your driver will take you across the island to the southern coast, where the town of Puerto Ayora is located.

Puerto Ayora is the seat of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its research station, where you can observe giant tortoise and iguana species. Witness the tireless efforts of conservationists and learn about how they are helping to repopulate the island with different tortoise species.

Of the many islands in the Galápagos Archipelago, only four have permanent settlements. The others are wild and the habitat of many endemic species. Visits to these islands are highly regulated by Park Authorities and are limited to small groups.

Today, visit one of these untamed islands. Aboard a modern yacht, and with only 15 more others, take a 1.5 to 2.5-hour ride to one of the following islands: Bartolomé, Seymour Norte, Plazas Sur, or Santa Fé. The island visited will depend on park permits and the boat's schedule. We will try to consider your preferences when booking the limited spaces.

Every island has a different landscape and unique flora and fauna. For example, on Santa Fé island, see the Santa Fé iguana. Whereas colonies of sea lions, frigate birds, and blue-footed boobies populate Seymour Norte. On board the yacht, a warm will be served, and in the afternoon, snorkel at a nearby bay or beach.

After an exciting day, you will return to Puerto Ayora around 4-5 pm.

Enjoy Santa Cruz Island on your own today. At Tortuga Bay (approximately 45 minutes from Puerto Ayora), you can see marine iguanas and Darwin Finches; head to Las Grietas for snorkeling or set out for a last-minute day trip to one of the uninhabited islands in the Santa Cruz surroundings.

On time for your flight back to mainland Ecuador, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and bring you back to the Itabaca Channel which you will again cross by ferry. We hope that you have enjoyed your time on Galapagos!

Today you'll take a half-day bike tour in Quito! At the appointed time, meet your guide and set off on a four-hour bike tour through the neighborhoods of La Mariscal, La Floresta, Carolina Park, and Iñaquito.

La Floresta is the place where you can see how urban art in the city is flourishing with its street murals, designers, and boutiques. Then, cycle through Carolina Park, which is spread over 165 acres (66 ha). Finish the tour in Iñaquito and visit the Mercado to sample street food.

Quito Cooking Class

Today is your chance to learn about—and taste—Ecuador's traditional cooking with dishes such as locro de papa (potato stew), bolon de verde (plantain dumplings), and encocado de pescado (fish in coconut sauce). Meet a local Quito chef for a trip to a market (if open) to buy the ingredients needed for each dish. Learn about the recipes and then follow steps to create a meal to share together.

It's time to say goodbye to Ecuador! Enjoy a leisurely morning in Quito before your driver takes you to Quito Airport for your flight back home. Safe travels!

Included

  • - Accommodation
  • - Meals mentioned in the program
  • - Private English-speaking guide and transportation on the visit to Santa Cruz highlands, Surfing class in Ayampe, Urban bike tour and cooking class in Quito
  • - Group tours to an uninhabited island
  • - Public transportation on speedboat between the islands
  • - Spanish-speaking airport transfers

Excluded

  • - Domestic and international flights
  • - Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 per person)
  • - Galapagos Migration Card TCT (US$ 20 per person)
  • - Isabela docking fee (US$ 10 per person)
  • - Travel insurance
  • - Optional excursions
  • - Personal expenses such as tips
  • - Alcoholic drinks
  • - Any other meals, drinks, and/or services not mentioned in the program