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Galapagos - Otavalo - Chaski - Cuenca Tour
Galapagos - Otavalo - Chaski - Cuenca Tour
Tour Inclusions:
  • International airfare from most major Cities in the USA and Canada
  • Domestic flight Quito or Guayaquil – Galapagos Baltra – Quito/Guayaquil
  • Train ride from Ibarra to Salinas aboard the Liberty Train
  • Train ride aboard the Devil's Nose in Riobamba
  • Three nights 4* Hotel Quito accommodation with breakfast
  • One night 4* Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo in Riobamba
  • One night 4* Hotel Carvallo in Cuenca
  • One night 4* Hotel Hampton Inn by Hilton Guayaquil
  • One night accommodation Guest House Magadalena Karanki Community
  • All meals while your stay in Magdalena Karanki Community
  • Guided City Tour of Colonial Quito with Middle of the World Monument
  • Guided Tour of Otavalo Market, Peguche Town and surroundings
  • Horseback riding, mountain biking in Magdalena Karanki Community
  • Scenic Drive through the Avenue of Volcanoes in Baños
  • Visit to Ingapirca Ruins with boxed lunch included
  • City Tour of Cuenca
  • Visit to El Cajas National Park/ Cuenca
  • Three nights aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend or Coral I & II Yachts
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per schedule aboard your Galapagos cruise
  • Coffee/Tea 24 hour station aboard your Galapagos Cruise
  • Two daily Shore excursions Guided by English Speaking Naturalists
  • Snorkeling with gear included.
  • Briefings/Lectures and activities on board your Galapagos Cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails aboard your Galapagos Cruise.
  • Airports check in assistance and baggage handling.
  • All transfers by and air conditioned vehicle to and from airports
  • Transfers and Dinghy rides to/from Ports
  • All taxes.
ITINERARY
Day 01
Depart to Quito Ecuador from any major City in the USA and Canada. Upon arrival our Representative will meet and assist you with transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Quito.
Hotel: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Upgrade to: Swissotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 02: Quito
Breakfast at the Hotel then take a Colonial city tour: Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first UNESCO's World Heritage Site. The City dates back to 980 A.D. Enjoy the eclectic architecture ranging from the modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built along the last five centuries. Quito is one of the best preserved Colonial Cities in Latin America. Highlights of your tour: Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit Convent, once head quarters of the first university in the country, and El Sagrario church with a unique orthodox cross dating back to the seventeenth century. Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance, the monument of Simon Bolivar, The Basilica of the Heart of Jesus a great example of Gothic Architecture, Parks El Ejido and Alameda, Independence Square or Plaza Grande as it's known to local people flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop's palaces, Continue approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of down town Quito, we visit "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0'0" latitude. This site is where the Equator Line crosses through the Country dividing the Earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
In the eighteenth century The French Geodesic Expedition erected here one of the three landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the planet. This monument complex which replicates colonial architecture, a typical central plaza, a church and bull-fighting ring. We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you'll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Overnight in Quito.
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Hotel: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Colonial City Tour and visit to Middle of the World Monument.
Day 03: Quito - Otavalo - Peguche
After breakfast embark on an excursion to visit: the Otavalo Market. One of the most fascinating and largest indigenous craft markets in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes an excellent place to buy very good quality handcrafts, embroidered clothing, local ceramics, great variety of wool scarves and sweaters.
Meet the artisans and mingle amongst the local people who visit the market wearing their traditional colorful attire.
Continue to Peguche Village, home to the indigenous Kichwa people, known for its beautiful textiles the artisans in this area still practice wool weaving using techniques passed on to them by generations, great spot to visit if you like textiles. Peguche is also famous for its Andean musical instruments see firsthand how they make their wind instruments by visiting a workshop, afterwards visit Cotacachi Town, Located at the foothills of the Cotacachi volcano, famous for its leather industry, and impressive landscapes. Finish with a visit to Cuicocha Lake a beautiful Crater Lake with stunning views.
Arrive to Magdalena Karanki Community for overnight at one of the Community houses.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner is included.
Hotel: Karanki Magdalena.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Visits to Otavalo Market, Towns of Peguche and Cotacachi, visit Cuicocha Crater lake.
Day 4: Magdalena Karanki - Salinas - Quito
Magadalena Karanki. A place where the indigenous Karanki people have maintained their traditions and way of life for centuries. In Magdalena you find beautiful embroidery. Enjoy a home stay experience with the Karanki people, you will stay at one of the five Guest Houses attended by the Karanki, enjoy home cooked meals, cozy fireplace and stunning views of the Andean Mountains. You get a choice of exploring the area thru horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking.
Then drive to Ibarra City at the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano, here you board the famous Liberty train for a Journey to the town Of Salinas. You will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes as you pass through mysterious tunnels, and spanning canyons. Salinas is an important tourist destination not only because of the beautiful train ride to get there but because is home to a vibrant Afro-Ecuadorian Community, well known for its agricultural activities specially sugar cane plantations.
Return to Quito for Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch is included.
Hotel: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Leisure activities in the Community of Magdalena Karanki, Liberty train ride.
Day 5: Quito - Baños - Riobamba
This morning travel to Baños a small town four hours drive from Quito, surrounded by beautiful landscapes in a Valley of waterfalls. On your way to Baños travel through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" a stretch of 185 miles lined with Ecuador's highest volcanic peaks, weather permitting you should get a glimpse of the highest active volcano on Earth Cotopaxi. Continue your drive south to Riobamba, this City is located in the middle of Ecuador and is surrounded by four of the largest Volcanoes in South America giving you the opportunity to enjoy spectacular Andean landscapes.
Overnight in Riobamba
Meals: Breakfast.
Hotel: Hacienda Abraspungo.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Visit to the Town of Baños, drive through Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Day 6: Riobamba - Train Ride Devil's Nose, Cuenca
Breakfast at your Hotel, then start your tour driving through some of the most charming and picturesque indigenous regions of Ecuador. Your next activity is the famous train ride aboard The Devil's nose, a century old slow scenic rail journey that now runs as a Tourist trip only on a section of its original route. Continue on to the Pre-Columbian ruins of Ingapirca, the rounded Temple of the Sun is the best preserved of all the building of which many only the stone foundations remain. The ruins are Inca-Cañari, and you can see the traditional Incan style of building where no mortar was used. The site also houses a small Museum with a collection of Inca and Cañari artifacts. Continue on to Cuenca for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast.
Hotel: Hotel Carvallo.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Devil's Nose train ride, visit the ruins of Ingapirca.
Day 7: Cuenca - El Cajas National Park - Guayaquil
After breakfast on to a Guided City Tour of Cuenca, an UNESCO World Heritage City Cuenca surrounded by the Andean Mountains is one of the most beautiful Cities of Ecuador.
Cuenca has a very pleasant weather year around and has become a popular choice with North American retirees. Wander through the narrow cobbled streets admiring the colonial architecture, some of the highlights are:
The Museum of Modern Art, The Old and New Cathedral, the old one dates back to the 1500’s and is now a Museum, the new one (The Cathedral Nueva) is recognizable by its large blue domes and exquisite stained-glass windows. Continue on to Calderon park and San Francisco Market in the historic downtown. Enjoy panoramic views of the entire City from the Church of Turi a look out situated on top of the highest hill. A popular souvenir to purchase in Cuenca is a Panama Hat. After your City tour of Cuenca drive to El Cajas National Park. Drive only an hour away from Cuenca to this beautiful Nature Reserve, an area of 28,544 hectares famous for the two hundred clear water lagoons scattered amongst the mountainous landscapes. La Toreadora is the largest and most well known lake in the Park.
The scenery is very unique and so is the flora and fauna endemic to the Park, there are many species of birds who live here like the Andean Condor and water birds that populate the lakes. The highest altitude within the Park is at Architect's hill (4450 meters) and lowest at 3,150 meters above sea level is in the area called Llaviuco. Continue your drive to the City of Guayaquil where you overnight.
Meals: Breakfast.
Hotel: Hampton Inn by Hilton Guayaquil.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: City Tour of Cuenca, Visit to El Cajas National Park.
Day 8: Guayaquil - Galapagos Cruise - Santa Cruz
Departure from Guayaquil to Baltra (2.5 hours flight). Upon arrival transfer to the Pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend, a first class 100 passenger Ship with all the comforts and amenities of a large Cruise Ship. This package can be modified to cruise on a first class Yacht instead you may board the Coral I (36 passengers) or Coral II (20 passengers). They are two sister Ships with very high standards of quality and service all cabins have air conditioning and private bathrooms.
Today's visits:
Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz. One of the greenest and most tropical Islands, here you find Giant Tortoises, and lava tunnels, this Island has very nice beaches and a small modern Town.
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island's name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes*; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It's a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.
Difficulty level: easy.
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season).
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk.
Overnight aboard the Cruise.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner included aboard your cruise.
Cruise: M/V Legend Cruise.... More details: Click Here >>
Upgrade to: M/Y Coral I and Coral II Yachts.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 9: Galapagos Cruise - Santiago - Bartolome
Today's itinerary
Santiago Island. This Island is home to playful Galapagos fur seals, here you find deep pools carved from the lava shoreline, great for snorkeling.
Egas Port (Santiago)
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.
The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago's shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling.
Afternoon - Bartolome Island
Bartolome. Beautiful golden sand beaches at the foot of the popular Pinnacle Rock, great place to snorkel with penguins and sea lions.
Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape* formed by different volcanic parasitic cones lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock*. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies*.
Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences*; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (372 steps).
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling.
Overnight aboard the Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included aboard your cruise.
Cruise: M/V Legend Cruise.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 10: Galapagos Cruise - Santa Cruz - North Seymour
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas*, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky.
Duration: 2 hours walk.
PM – North Seymour
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz's main port, Puerto Ayora.
An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds*, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky.
Duration: 2 hours walk, 30 minute snorkeling.
Overnight aboard the Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included aboard your cruise.
Cruise: M/V Legend Cruise.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 11: Galapagos Cruise Santa Cruz - Disembarkation
Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.
At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called "Bachas" because the word "barges" in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy.
Type of terrain: sandy.
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling / swimming.
Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch included aboard your cruise.
Disembark and transfer to Baltra airport for return flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Transfer and overnight at your Hotel.
Day 12: Tour Ends
Our representative will assist you with your arrangements to return home
Not Included:
  • Migration Control Card to Galapagos $10 USD per person paid locally in cash.
  • Entrance Fee to Galapagos $100 USD adult $50 USD child under 12 paid locally in cash.
  • Gratuities. Suggested $15 USD crew $10 USD guide per person per day.
  • Alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages.
Optional to be purchased on board Galapagos Cruise:
  • Wet Suits rental $25 USD for 3 and 4 nights cruise, $50 longer cruises.
  • Kayak Rental $30 USD each use.
  • Internet $32 USD for 10 mins (subject to change).
  • Scuba Diving tour with Guide and Equipment.
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Hotel Pics
Quito
Middle of the World
Otavalo Market
Otavalo Market
Magadalena Karanki
Magadalena Karanki
Avenue of the Volcanoes
The Devil's nose
Ruins of Ingapirca
The Cathedral Nueva in Cuenca
El Cajas National Park
La Toreadora Lake
M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise
Galapagos Turtle
Marine Iguana
Crab
Bartolome Island
Snorkeling in Galapagos
Blue Footed Booby
Feeding Flamingos
Galapagos Iguanas
Baltra Island Airport
Sea Lions
Santa Cruz - Giant Tortoises
Galapagos Turtle
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