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12-Day The Best Of Ecuador & Galapagos

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Unique lifetime adventure blending the fascinating geography of Ecuador's mainland, made of active volcanoes, big canyons, large tropical rainforests and huge waterfalls, with the mythical Galapagos Islands, where the magic diversity of fearless animals and the stunning landscapes of the volcanic islands create a unique atmosphere. This is a perfect combination that includes a wide variety of outdoor activities, while discovering the highlights of Ecuador
Itinerary
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10 stops
Day 1
Arrival day to Quito City
Day 2
Arrive in Galapagos - Isabela...
Day 3
Snorkel at Lava Tunnels
Day 4
Hike and Kayak
Day 5
Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 6
Flight back to Quito
Day 7
Free day in Quito
Day 8
Hike in Cotopaxi
Day 9
Biking in The Cloud Forest
Day 10
Canyoning in the Amazon
Day 11
Rafting in The Amazon
Day 12
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Departure Point
Ave 12 de Octubre 1820, Quito 170525, Ecuador
Duration
12 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3 HOURS HIKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, 3 HOURS BIKING IN THE LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK, 4 HOURS WHITE-WATER RAFTING ON JATUNYACU RIVER IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST, 3 HOURS CANYONING AT PIMPILALA WATERFALLS, BIRD WATCHING AND HIKING EXPLORATION IN THE CLOUD FOREST, SOAKING IN PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS, 5 HOURS TREKKING THE LOOP OF CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE, SHARE TIME WITH LOCAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN THE AMAZON, MAKING CHOCOLATE, SALSA LESSON, SNORKELING IN THE LAVA TUNNELS, HIKING TO THE TOP OF SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO, SNORKELING AND KAYAKING IN TINTORERAS, VISIT THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, HIKING IN SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS.
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  • Lunch
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  • FIRST CLASS HOTEL IN QUITO, 4-STAR HOTEL IN BAÑOS, HOME STAY IN THE AMAZON, 5-STAR SPA RESORT IN PAPALLACTA, 4-STAR HOTELS IN GALAPAGOS
  • AIRFARE QUITO – GALAPAGOS ROUND TRIP, COMFORTABLE LAND AND SEA TRANSPORTATION.
  • TREKKING OR HIKING: BLACK DIAMOND TREKKING STICKS BIKING: TREK X CALIPER MTB (HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES, FRONT ROCK SHOCK SUSPENSION), BONTRAGER HELMETS, FULL FINGER GLOVES CANYONING: RUBBER BOOTS, ROPES, HARNESSES RAFTING: AIRE AND NRS 7-PEOPLE- RAFTS, NRS LIFE JACKETS, NRS PADDLES, SPLASH JACKETS SNORKELING: MASK AND FINS
  • CERTIFIED EPL EXPERT ENGLISH-SPEAKING ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER AND LOCAL GUIDES
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
  • Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park
Exclusions
  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
  • MY OWN ROOM SUPPLEMENT
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE (MANDATORY)
  • MEALS NOT DESCRIBED IN THE ITINERARY
  • TIPS FOR GUIDES, DRIVERS AND HOTELS
  • GALAPAGOS INGALA CARD FEE
  • GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK FEE
  • ISABELA PIER FEE
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
  • 2h 45 min each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers
  • 2 - 3 hours a day while in mainland
  • 45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito
  • 45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos
  • 45 minutes each way in Sierra Negra
  • 2 hours each way from Isabela to Santa Cruz
  • 45 minutes each way - Lava Tunnels
  • 15 minutes each way - Tintoreras
  • Cloudforest: 2 hours easy uphill; 1 hour downhill same way back.
  • Sierra Negra: 30 minutes easy uphill; 1 and a half hours on flat terrain; 30 minutes downhill; 2 hours same way back.
  • 1 hour moderate uphill; 2 hours downhill (terrain: cobblestone, dirt, muddy and asphalt)
  • RAFTING TIME
  • From 3 to 4 hours depending on water level.
  • SNORKELLING TIME
  • Tintoreras: 1 hour.
  • Lava Tunnels: 2 times of 1 hour each.
  • All year
  • Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo, Galapagos.
  • Andes highlands, Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
  • Quito: 2800 m (9,186 ft.
  • Quilotoa: 3962 m (13,000 ft.
  • Baños: 1820 m (5,971 ft.
  • Amazon: 510 m (1,640 ft.
  • Papallacta: 3300 m (10,827 ft.
  • Galápagos: From sea level (most activities) to 1200 m (3,937 ft.) - Sierra Negra Volcano.
  • Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.
  • Moderate to Challenging: In the cloud forest the uphill biking part can be challenging but there is always a truck behind supporting the team; the whitewater rafting on the Jatunyacu is Class III; the trekking in the cloud forest is moderate; the hiking in Sierra Negra is moderate but long and muddy during the wet season (from July to November); snorkeling is easy.
  • Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
  • The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
  • All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same gender. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
  • All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
  • Clients receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands with the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both Local People cultural identity and their environment. Your visit will encourage them to support responsible ecotourism. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage.support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Ruth B wrote a review Mar 2020
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Ariana looked after our group in the Galapagos and Rodrigo looked after us on the mainland tour. I've got to say both were exceptional. Friendly, informative, and efficient. The tours surpassed expectations and we could not speak more highly of AJ. Don't hesitate to book - you
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ginger Alaska wrote a review Mar 2020
Spokane, Washington6 contributions
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We arrived in Quito a few days prior to the tour start to help acclimate to the elevation and to see Carnivale. Booked a one day City tour of Old Town and the Equator (tour guide Eduardo was so knowledgeable and a local). So glad we had a guide on our first outing to help us
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Carol S wrote a review Nov 2019
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My husband and I just got back from the 12 Day Best of Ecuador and the Galapagos Tour and I have to say it is one of the best trips we have ever taken. It is the first time that we have booked a tour, but it will certainly not be the last. This is a physical activity driven
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from David S, Adventure Specialist at 12-Day The Best Of Ecuador & Galapagos
Responded 5 Dec 2019
Thanks Carol for your comment! We are so glad that you and your husband had a great trip; our travelers happiness and safety is always our priority. Anytime you would like to come back, be sure you will be welcomed by the AJ´s team.
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Tracey T wrote a review Nov 2019
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Company very helpful with arranging transfers and accommodations. Enjoyed Galapagos. Great food and activities. Snorkeling was my favorite. Our guide Frebresio was the best. He was knowledgeable and genuinely a very kind person ( helpful to everyone even people not in our tour
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from David S, Adventure Specialist at 12-Day The Best Of Ecuador & Galapagos
Responded 15 Nov 2019
Thanks Tracey for your feedback. We are always trying to improve our services and routes, so your comment helps us to offer the best of us. I´m so sorry for the accident you had, fortunately everything ran fine. We will be so pleased to welcome you back on your next trip to Ecuador.
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Ian M wrote a review Oct 2019
Doncaster, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Everyone who enjoys experiencing different cultures and seeing unique wildlife in its unspoilt natural surroundings should look to go on the Ecuador and Galapagos islands 12 night escorted tour run by Adventure Journeys. Our holiday was made even more enjoyable thanks to our
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Response from Maps21838075222, Marketing Manager at 12-Day The Best Of Ecuador & Galapagos
Responded 16 Oct 2019
It was our pleasure to show you the wonders of our country. Ecuador is full of magestic landscapes and rich of culture. We are always improving our services to give you the best. Thanks!
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russell49ak
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Once in a lifetime trip with exceptional service
For our honeymoon, my wife and I wanted to go to the Galapagos. Since the trip was going to be right after our wed
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mariegX6573JH
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Great way to see the Galapagos
I went on this trip in February 2020 with my partner and 3 friends. With the other folks who also came on the trip,
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slappy325
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Laguna Quilotoa with guide Alfonso and driver Santiago
Had a great day hiking down to the lake. Incredible views. Alfonso and Santiago made sure we were comfortable the w
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lapetiterachel
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Incredible Trip! Highly Recommend!
Our trip with Adventure Journeys was absolutely incredible, and beyond what I had imagined. The views were stunning
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Lordmsadr
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Superb
I never thought Ecuador can be this much beautiful. nature music culture and so many other things are amazing and u
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150leeanneb
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Incredible Experience - exceeded all expectations
We just completed the 8 day multi sport trip and it was by far one of our favorite vacations ever. This trip is a p
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4AnnT
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Disappointing experience
10 day tour of Galapagos over Christmas / New Year. Definitely will not use this company again. Booked a year in ad
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Laura F
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Highlight of our 10 day trip!
My family added this day tour out of Quito before our trip to the galapagos islands and it ended up being one of ou
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Laura F
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Amazing Last Min Family Vacation for 7 Adults
Adventure Journeys was fabulous to work with. We decided to take this trip over Christmas time with 7 adults. With
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AL213
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Fantastic Ecuador package, Superb tour guide
My friend and I just returned from an unforgettable trip in Ecuador. I can only say that this tour has exceeded our
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Pathfinder625812
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Best of Ecuadorian Andes
In November, I travelled to Ecuador with a group of friends. Adventure Journeys ran a stellar tour for us. Paul, ou
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kt1satw
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Amazing trip! Not to be missed!
I booked this trip at the last minute when i found some possibility of timeoff from work. Being a single female tra
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Sharon_Philly
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wonderful trekking experience!
It was my first time use AJ service but second time in Ecuador. I chose to return Ecuador because I loved this coun
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Rastam0m
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Galapagos/Ecuador
We took the 11 day two part trip, it was fantastic. AJ was very easy and receptive to communicate with. Our guides
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amandabN2519CX
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Amazing trip
This was my second trip with Adventure Journeys and once again they did not disappoint. Well organized, full of gre
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Key Details
  • Quito Old Town, Isabela Island, and 10 more
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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