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Best Ecuador & Galapagos
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

In this tour you’ll be able to visit two of South America’s most important attractions: the old Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and the exotic Galapagos Islands with all their unique and friendly wildlife. It’s the perfect combination of culture and nature!

Day 01 Arrival in Quito

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ECUADOR PURE LIFE can help you to organize a day trip.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.


Overnight at Dann Carlton Hotel

Day 02 Trekking in Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi snow-capped volcano is our main goal today. After breakfast, we will drive through the Andes enjoying magnificent views of the Avenue of Volcanoes. Once we reach the Cotopaxi National Park, we will have our first acclimation hike around Limpiopungo Lake at 13000ft (3800 mt.) above sea level and see wild horses, wild bulls and some bird species. From here, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, one of the world´s highest volcanoes.
Trekking time: 2 hours on flat terrain around Limpiopungo lagoon, elevation: 12,631 ft.
In the afternoon, we get a transfer to one of the most beautiful historic haciendas in the Andes to enjoy the views of the active Tungurahua Volcano!


Overnight at La Floresta Hotel or similar

Meals included:  Breakfast and box

Day 03 Biking in the Llanganates National Park

This morning we mountain bike from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the cloud forest. The road brings us through some Andean farms and a beautiful canyon with many waterfalls.
While descending into the jungle, we will have a breath-taking view of Baños, very well known for its
spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, active since 1999, which is the main attraction of this region. At the end of our biking experience we hike down for 20 minutes to see ¨Pailon Del Diablo¨, the second largest waterfall in Ecuador.
In the afternoon, we continue our journey to the Amazon rainforest to visit a small village called Misahualli, or ¨monkey town¨, an amazing place where monkeys have adapted to live together with people, and we finally head to an eco-lodge to spend the night.


Overnight at La Floresta Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 04 Road of Waterfalls and Canyoning in the Amazon

This morning we will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we will hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. Later, we will go deeper into the jungle inside the Llanganates National Park. The name “llanganates” comes from “beautiful mountain” in the local native language. 600 years ago, the Incas hid here their golden treasure. Explorers spent many years looking for this treasure, but some of it has disappeared in this thick pristine jungle. 
During a 3-hour hike through the tropical jungle, we will climb along several white-water waterfalls. This is a humid and warm area, which will make our experience even more demanding, so get ready to wear your rubber boots and enjoy the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Our local native guide will tell us about the incredible nature and wildlife we will see. We will spend the night at the Local Basic Jungle Lodge.  


Overnight at Amazon Basic Lodge with local Family 

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 05 Jatunyacu River Rafting and Volcanic Hot Springs

We greet the day by preparing our gear to paddle the wild waves of the Jatunyacu River, located one hour away from the entrance of the Llanganates National Park. The beauty of this river will inspire you and reveal the magic of the Amazon rainforest. After a very important safety briefing from our rafting guides, we will start our class III rafting expedition down the Jatunyacu River, well known for its clean water and awesome rapids. We will have a lot of fun playing some games and also exploring one of the canyons. The end of the journey offers us a stop for a picnic, prepared by our guides.
We conclude our day with a drive back up to the Andes, stopping to visit the paradise of hummingbirds in Guango Reserve and finally continuing up to the volcanic hot springs resort, where we will spend the night.  


Overnight at Termas de Papallacta

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 06 Travel Day to Galapagos

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species. We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra.
Once arrived, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. From here we take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Overnight at Isamar Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 07 Hike to Sierra Negra and Snorkel in Tintoreras

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.
Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava -filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.
In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Overnight at Isamar Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 08 Lava Tunnels Snorkeling & Free Time

Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”.
Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.
Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at “Concha de Perla”, kayaking in Tintoreras, taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding centre.

Overnight at Isamar Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 09 Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Research Station Visit

Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Research Station and Highlands

In the morning we embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel.
We will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.
In the afternoon, we head to the "El Chato" Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato´s beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike. We can also observe frigatebirds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake.

We return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapago´ most populous town.


Overnight at Hotel Silberstein or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Transfer to Baltra Airport - Flight Back to Quito

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Overnight at Dann Carlton Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Departure & End of Services

Private transfer out to airport. 

Take with you memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you !buen viaje! 

Meals included: Breakfast

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