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8 Nights from $3,802 w/air, hotel & air taxes*
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This 8 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight in and out of Quito
  Airport - hotel - airport transportation
  2 nights in Quito at a first class hotel with breakfast
  City tour of Quito
  Otavalo Indigenous market
  'Chaski Antawa' train ride
  Visit to Indigenous communities of Otavalo and Karanki, Magdalena, Afro-Ecuadorian Community of Salinas with Overnight
  1 night in Quito
  Flight Quito - Galapagos
  3-night Deluxe Galapagos Cruise - MV Galapagos Legend - with full board
  2 daily island excursions to explore unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos
  Flight Galapagos - Quito
  1 night in Quito
  Hotel Taxes
  Galapagos National Park fee
  Transit Control Card fee
  Not Included:
  International departure tax
  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  Medical services, insurance, tips and personal expenses
  Snorkeling equipment rental
  Thursday Departures
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Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From Fort Lauderdale, FL for 8 nights
$3,879 * incl.tax
From Miami FL for 8 nights
$3,801 * incl.tax
From New York,John F Kennedy, NY for 8 nights
$4,660 * incl.tax
From San Francisco, CA for 8 nights
$4,777 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Ecuador (44)  Galapagos Islands (35)  Otavalo Haciendas - Market (7)  Quito (35)  

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Galapagos Cruise-Otavalo-Chaski Route - 8 nights
departing from Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.

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Galapagos Cruise-Otavalo-Chaski Route - 8 nights

Day 1: Thursday: QUITO
Arrival in Quito and Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Quito or similar option.

Day 2: Friday: QUITO
Colonial City Tour; bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas; a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Overnight at Hotel Quito or similar option.(B)

Day 3: Saturday: QUITO - PEGUCHE - COTACACHI - MAGDALENA KARANKI COMMUNITY
The tour includes landscapes of towering volcanoes. Visit the village of Peguche with its traditional looms and handcrafted Andean instruments.
Arrive in Magdalena, once home to Atahualpa, the last of the Incan emperors; the Karanki community inhabits a paradise lost in time amongst llamas and condors, peaceful lagoons and the patchwork slopes of Imbabura Volcano. Come and admire the beauty of their embroidery, share their everyday shepherding and harvesting activities and stand face-to-face with a people untouched by urgencies of modern life. Overnight in a comfortable room with private facilities and hot water and taste de most authentic Andean food. The nature of this hidden mountain niche can be absorbed in a series of optionasl activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, or hiking up to the neaby hills. Optional tours such as Trekking, Biking, Horseback riding at extra cost. (B,D)

Day 4: Sunday: OTAVALO MARKET - IBARRA - 'CHASKI ANTAWA' TRAIN - SALINAS - QUITO
Visit the Indigenous market of Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure; then drive to Ibarra and catch the Chaski Antawa train. Landscapes provide a magical setting as you pass through mysterious tunnels, cross bridges spanning canyons and gullies, and admire a unique diobersity.
Then arrive in the Afro-Ecuadorian communiti of Salinas, well known for its agricultural activitities. (B,L)

Day 5: Monday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Transfer from your hotel in Quito to the airport to take a domestic flight to Galapagos. Flight duration: 2 hours. Upon arrival to Baltra Airport in Galapagos, you will be picked up by one of the guides and taken to the pier to board the MV Galapagos Legend.

Day 5 - Monday Itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: Afternoon sail towards Santa Cruz Island. Dry landing and visit to the Highlands to find a natural reserve of giant tortoises, then continue to Pit Craters, a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher.
Route C: Wet Landing and visit Bachas Beach for a chance to spot 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.
Day 6: Tuesday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE
On your second day cruising around the Galapagos Islands, your itinerary will depend on the date your trip started and the cruise operating the route.
Day 6 - Tuesday itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: Wet landing at Egas Port to take a nice walk along the coast to find sea birds, coastal and migratory birds; includes an optional visit to the Salt Mines in Santiago where you can observe the two species of sea lions: Fur 'seals' and Galapagos Sea Lion. In the afternoon, continue for a dry landing at Bartolome Island to admire the best views of the Galapagos, including fascinating geological formations such as Pinnacle Rock, the most photographed site of the islands. Great snorkeling opportunities off a golden beach with penguins and sea lions.
Route C: After a dry landing, morning visit to South Plaza located in Plaza Island. Land and marine iguanas can be seen as well as Swallow-tailed gull and sea lion colonies. Enjoy beautiful views of the nearby cactus forests with a chance to see the Galapagos hybrid iguana, unique in the world. In the afternoon, continue to Santa Fe. Wet landing. Hiking in Santa Fe can be either intermediate or high intensity. Special sighting opportunities include the endemic Santa Fe Land Iguana, the tallest cactus species, and a Palo Santo forest.
Day 7: Wednesday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE
This is your third day cruising around the Galapagos Islands. Again, your itinerary will depend on the date your trip started and the cruise operating the route.
Day 7 - Wednesday itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: Morning dry landing in Santa Cruz Island to visit Dragon Hill, place to spot the two species of iguanas: marine and land. Walk through a Palo Santo and giant Opuntia cactus forest,beautiful landscape from the highest point. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves. Continue to North Seymour in the afternoon. North Seymour is one of the few places in the Galapagos where you will encounter frigate birds nesting and mating in the wild.
Route C: After a wet landing, morning visit to Pitt Point and Islet located in San Cristobal Island. This is one of the few places on the Islands where it is possible to see the three booby species together: Nazca, Blue-footed, Red-footed, also featuring Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds, a large sea lion colony great spots for dinghy rides and snorkeling, with a range of sea birds. In the afternoon, wet landing at Witch Hill 'Cerro Brujo', also in San Cristobal Island. With beautiful white sand beach, Witch Hill is a great place for snorkeling. Find along a beautiful lagoon where migratory bird species visit including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels and White-cheeked Pintail.
Day 8: Thursday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE - QUITO
Fourth and final day cruising around the Galapagos Islands. Your Galapagos itinerary is linked to your trip start date and the cruise operating your route.
Day 8 - Thursday itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: In the morning you will go straight to Baltra airport to catch your flight to Quito.
Route C: Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands (San Cristobal Island). Visito to Cerro Colorado - Galapaguera, Breeding Center to learn about the National Park's conservation programs and opportunity to see Chatham Giant Tortoises in captivity. Last stop is the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. After the visit, transportation to San Cristobal airport to catch return flight to Quito.

All routes: Flight from Galapagos to Quito takes approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival in Quito, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight at Hotel Quito or similar option.

Day 9: Friday: QUITO
Transfer to the airport to take International flight. End of services.

Included:

  • 3-night Deluxe Galapagos Cruise
  • Domestic air ticket to and from Galapagos Islands
  • Cruise full board. Mainland 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Quito City tour, Otavalo area and market, Chaski Antawa train ride in shared basis
  • Visit to Indigenous communities of Otavalo and Karanki, Magdalena, Afro-Ecuadorian Community of Salinas with Overnight
  • 4 airport transfers in shared basis
  • 4-night accommodation in first class hotels in Quito (Hotel Quito or similar option)
  • Entrance fee
  • Galapagos National Park fee US$ 100 per person
  • Transit Control Card US$ 10 per person
  • Multilingual guides (upon request)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Air and Hotel Taxes

Not included:

  • International departure tax US$ 40.80
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Medical services, insurance, tips and personal expenses
  • Snorkeling equipment rental, if any clients will be notified

Hotels - Restaurants (or similar):

  • Quito: Hotel Quito
  • Imbabura: Magdalena Karanki community
  • Imbabura: Salinas Social Project (lunch)

2014 Thursday departures.

MV Galapagos Legend - 3 night cruise - Route A:
Jan 13th, Jan 27th, Feb 10th, Feb 24th, Mar 10th, Mar 24th, Apr 7th, Apr 21st, May 5th, May 19th, Jun 3nd, Jun 16th, Jun 30th, Jul 14th, Jul 28th, Aug 11th, Aug 25th, Sep 8th, Sep 22nd, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 17th, Dec 1st, Dec 15th.

MV Galapagos Legend - 3 night cruise - Route C:
Jan 6th ,Jan 20th, Feb 3rd, Feb 17th, Mar 3rd, Mar 17th, Mar 31st, Apr 4th, Apr 28th, May 12th, May 26th, Jun 6th, Jun 23rd, Jul 7th, Jul 21st, Aug 4th, Aug 18th, Sep 1st, Sep 15th, Sep 29th, Oct 13th, Oct 27th, Nov 10th, Nov 24th, Dec 8th, Dec 22nd.

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