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5.0 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-39247
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Quito, Ecuador
  • Ends Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Travel to Quito, situated in the foothills of the breathtaking Andes Mountains
  • Soak in the hot springs of Papallacta for the perfect thermalbath experience
  • Search for flora and fauna in the Amazon, the world’s most biodiverse forest
  • Discover fascinating species of local wildlife on the famous Isabela Island
  • Explore the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon in the Galapagos
  • Spot Giant Tortoises on Santa Cruz Island, endemic to the Galapagos
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The trip "BEST OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS" starts from Quito and ends in Santa Cruz. It is a beaches tour that takes 12 days taking you through Isabela Island, Guayaquil, Banos and 6 other destinations in Ecuador. "BEST OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This 12-day small-group tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands will take you on a mesmerizing journey through one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Latin America! Between indigenous markets, natural hot springs, and incredible opportunities to search for exotic wildlife, this tour will show you it all! Begin your trip in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, where you will discover famous landmarks such as La Ronda and the Middle of the World. From there you will visit the Otavalo Indian Market and Cuicocha Crater Lake before you travel to Papallacta, known for its breathtaking scenery and Natural Hot Springs. Next, you will explore the Amazon Island Park, the perfect place to learn about the Amazonian ecosystem and discover many species of fauna. Travel to Baños and visit Manto de la Novia and Pailon del Diablo, two of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Ecuador, and discover the Tungurahua Volcano with its magnificent views. Continue your journey to Guayaquil, exploring the Las Peñas area and the Malecon, and catch your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in Baltra, you will travel to Santa Cruz Island and get the opportunity to see Giant Tortoises! Finally, make your way to Isabela Island, known for its sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins, before you travel back home for the perfect end to your tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands!
  • Day 1: Wed - Quito (arrival)
  • Day 2: Thu Quito
  • Day 3: Fri Quito - Otavalo
  • Day 4: Sat Otavalo - Papallacta
  • Day 5: Sun Papallacta - Amazon
  • Day 6: Mon Amazon
  • Day 7: Tue Amazon - Baos
  • Day 8: Wed Baos - Guayaquil
  • Day 9: Thu Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands (santa Cruz) (by Flight)
  • Day 10: Fri Galapagos Islands (isabela)
  • Day 11: Sat Galapagos Islands (isabela - Santa Cruz)
  • Day 12: Sun Depart Santa Cruz -
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on a twin sharing basis at listed hotels or similar
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Transportation in an AC vehicle
  • Domestic flights to the Galapagos Islands
  • Services of English-speaking guides
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • International airfare from various gateways
  • All local applicable taxes
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature, tips and gratuities
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Baggage fees may apply and vary by carrier
  • Isabella Island Entrance Fee (USD 10 USD pp - to be paid locally in cash only)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, to be paid locally in cash only)
  • Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp) & Lobito Fee – Batra Island (USD 10 pp)*Pre-tour purchase is mandatory. $30 Fee must be paid will the final payment 75 days prior to departure.
  • International airfare, and arrival and departure transfers for Land Only travellers
  • Items not mentioned as included
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Susan Clark-George
  • On Oct 09 2019
5 - Excellent
Loved the tour; we covered a lot of ground and experienced the varied culture in the different parts of the country.
  • John Keith Linn JR
  • On Oct 05 2019
5 - Excellent
This was one of my favorite trips. The itinerary was good, our tour guide was excellent and the small group tours allow for more flexibility more time at locations when everyone agreed to make small changes. Their prices are also... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this BEST OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS tour. You can cancel the tour up to 75 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 74 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 17 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 September 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 74 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

BEST OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this BEST OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travelers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed throughout the tour.
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