Enjoy a Quito city tour, Equatorial Monument, excursion to Otavalo, excursion to Riobamba through the “Avenida de los Volcanes” with a brief stop at the Cotopaxi national park, visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, city tour of Cuenca, Galapagos...
What to Expect
ITINERARY STARTING ON MONDAY.
Day 1 - Monday: Transfer airport / Hotel in Quito. Accommodation
Day 2 - Tuesday: Breakfast at hotel before daily excursion to Otavalo.
Depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway via Cayambe, where you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (great paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). Brief stop at Miralago, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by the supplier).
** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passengers staying there, after that you will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.
Day 3 - Wednesday: Breakfast at hotel. City Tour and visit to Middle of the World.
Take a tourist route along the most important areas of the city, including shopping centers and Zona Rosa "La Mariscal" (bars and restaurants), where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Continue towards the historic center to visit its churches and major landmarks, explore each of its corners at your own pace from the door of your hotel.
Continue towards the northern part of the city heading up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. Built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line, this is one sight not to be missed! At the end, opt to visit either Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).
Day 4 - Thursday: Excursion through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Depart from Quito where you enjoy the journey to the highlands of Ecuador admiring the beautiful view, ideal for taking pictures, brief stop Cotopaxi National Park (entrance not included), arrival at Riobamba city, and accommodation in one of the typical ranches in the area.
Day 5 - Friday: After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí.
From her we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes aprox 2 hours). Continue to Cuenca visiting the Inca ruins in Ingapirca (does not include entrance), arrival and accommodation in Cuenca. ** Operation of the train is subject to modifications with our previous notice.
Day 6 - Saturday: Breakfast at hotel before a city tour around Cuenca.
Drive through the city, we will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum.
We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca.
Day 7 - Sunday: Breakfast at hotel. Transfer hotel / airport in Cuenca.
Ticket to Cuenca / Quito.
Transfer from airport / Hotel in Quito.
Day 8 - Monday: Breakfast at Hotel before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.
Welcome at the Baltra airport and free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by a public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels are located on the Island. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve.
Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of Evolution, the conservation programs, and observe some Giant Turtles in captivity. Accommodation.
Day 9 - Tuesday: Breakfast at Hotel.
Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands: Plazas, Seymour, Bartolomé, Floreana o similar ones.
Lunch included and return to Puerto Ayora to accommodation.
** Tour Operations in Galápagos, may change due to climate conditions, operations, and logistics and are also subject to availability and itinerary changes, days of excursions, etc. However, GRAY LINE Guarantees the number of excursions and visits to be met, but does not guarantee the itinerary or specific place to visit.
Day 10 - Wednesday: Breakfast at Hotel.
In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after 40 minute walk (approx.) we will arrive to this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos!, with white sand and green mangroves. “Playa Mansa” is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to “La Lobería”, named because of the presence of sea lions.
Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then we proceed with our tour to the “Canal del Amor”, a marvelous site where nature gives us an unforgettable view; at the end of this channel, just a few meters forward, a viewpoint where we can observe reef sharks; from here we continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit in “Playa de los Perros”. Punta Estrada will also be visited. Return to Puerto Ayora.
*Note: shipping used in this excursion is a boat engine with capacity for 12 people. This tour only takes place Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Day 11 - Thursday: Breakfast at Hotel.
Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. At the port you will board a bus of your airline that takes you to the airport.
En route you are going to visit a coffee plantation which is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism.
- o Transfer airport / Hotel / Quito airport
- o 4 nights accommodation in Quito, in the Hotel of your choice
- o Breakfast Daily
- o City tour, Equatorial Monument
- o Excursion to Otavalo
- o Excursion to Riobamba through the “Avenida de los Volcanes” with a brief stop at the Cotopaxi national park and Ranch
- o 1 night of accommodation in Riobamba (First Class****) with breakfast
- o Train excursion to Alausí, passing through the Devil´s Nose and continuation to Cuenca with ground transportation. On the way visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca
- o 2 nights accommodation Cuenca
- o Daily Breakfasts
- o City tour of Cuenca
- o Transfer Hotel – Cuenca Airport
- o Air ticket Cuenca / Quito
- o Transfer Airport - Hotel in Quito
- o Transfer Baltra / hotel in Puerto Ayora, visiting the highland part of Santa Cruz Island (Includes lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve) + Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station. (Transfer operates at 12h00 pm)
- o 3 night
What's Not Included
- Airfare to/from Baltra Airport
- Transit Control Card (USD 20)
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (Adult: USD 100 - Child under 12 USD 50)
- Additional Food & Beverages
- Optional activities on free days
Know Before You Go
Programs to the Galapagos do not include entrance fees to the National Park: USD 50 (Andean Pact and Mercosur), USD 100 (other countries), or USD 20 (with a TCT Transit Card).