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Galapagos - Otavalo - Chaski Tour
Galapagos - Otavalo - Chaski Tour
Tour Inclusions:
  • International airfare from most major Cities in the USA and Canada
  • Three nights 4* accommodation with breakfast in Quito
  • One night accommodation Guest House Magadalena Karanki Community
  • All meals while your stay in Magdalena Karanki
  • Guided City Tour of Colonial Quito with Middle of the World Museum
  • Guided Tour of Otavalo Market and surroundings
  • Horseback riding, mountain biking in Magdalena Karanki
  • Domestic flight Quito or Guayaquil – Galapagos Baltra – Quito/Guayaquil
  • Train ride from Ibarra to Salinas aboard the Liberty Train
  • Three nights aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend
  • 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 car to and from airports
  • Transfers and Dinghy rides to/from Ports
  • All taxes.
Day 01: Quito
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 >>
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Day 02 – Quito – City Tour
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. 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. The tour includes parks like El Ejido and Alameda, the monument of Simon Bolivar, the gothic Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, Independence Square developed during the past five centuries and flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop's palaces dated back to XVII and XIX centuries and, the Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance. 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 lay out dated back to the seventeenth century.
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 where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition erected one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the planet in a 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 >>
Day 03 – Quito – Otavalo Market and surroundings
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 first hand 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 >>
Day 4: Magdalena Karanki Community - Train Ride - Salinas
Magadalena Karanki. Home of the last Inca Emperor Atahualpa, 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 >>
Day 5: Baltra airport – Santa Cruz
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2.5 hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)
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.
MEALS: Lunch and Dinner included aboard your cruise.
CRUISE: M/V Legend Cruise.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 6: Santiago - Bartolome
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.
PM – Bartolome
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.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included aboard your cruise.
CRUISE: M/V Legend Cruise.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 7: 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.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included aboard your cruise.
CRUISE: M/V Legend Cruise.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 8: 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.
Transfer to Baltra airport for return flight to Quito Transfer and overnight at Hotel Quito.
MEALS: Breakfast included.
HOTEL: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Day 9: Tour Ends
Our representative will assist you with your arrangements for your return flight to Quito.
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.
Optional to be purchased on board:
  • 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).
  • Alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages.
  • Scuba Diving tour with Guide and Equipment.
  • Gratuities/Suggested $15 USD crew $10 USD guide per person per day.
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