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9-Day Galapagos Island Hopping and Quito Tour from Quito

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    Day 1: QUITO ARRIVAL

    Stop At: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre, Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito Tababela S/N - Via Yaruqui, Quito 170907, Ecuador
    Today you will be picked up with an English speaking driver from the airport. You will be taken to your hotel in Quito.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

    Day 2: QUITO CITY & EQUATOR TOUR

    Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
    After breakfast, our guide pick you up to do a City tour in the historical centre of Quito (part of the UNESCO Wold Heritage list), the Pululahua Crater and to the Equator museum (Inti Nan). You will have a local lunch in the historical center of Quito.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar


    Day 3: QUITO – BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS

    Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
    In the morning our driver drops you off at Quito Airport from where you fly to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, you will meet up with your English speaking guide who takes you in direction to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). But on the way you will stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a farm where they have giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You will have a local lunch there (only if you arrive before 14:00 PM). Afterwards, you will be dropped off in your hotel in Puerto Ayora.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Silberstein or similar


    Day 4: CHARLES DARWIN’S STATION – ISABELA – FLAMINGO LAGOON

    Stop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora 200350 Ecuador
    After breakfast you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. It is known for its amazing turtles, born from only 3 inches to 4 feet long. These species of turtles tend to interact with each other and also with humans, showing their head for a pet. The new hatchlings are kept until they are approximately four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. After lunch you will go to Isabela Island by public speedboat (2,5 hours). Upon arrival you have a quick visit to the Flamingo Lagoon.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Volcano or similar


    Day 5: TINTORERAS – WETLANDS

    Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil Ecuador
    Tintoreras Islet is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will board a boat for 10 minutes to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. After lunch you will have a little break and then you will have a tour to The Wetlands, here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The next activity is a visit to The Wall of Tears.
    * Please have in mind that the total length of the walk in The Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Volcano or similar


    Day 6: SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES

    Stop At: Los Tuneles, SE Isabela Island Nr. La Union Rock, Puerto Villamil 200250 Ecuador
    In the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Villamil. The max group size is 10 participants per guide. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles where you will get the chance to spot large quantities of seabirds. This exciting activity takes approximately about 6 hours including the boat rides and a snack before a short hike. The departure time is between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM and depends on availability and National Park regulations. So, depending on when you will go to Los Tuneles, you can choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after this, since it is very close to the dock. If you would like to do the optional snorkeling there, you can get the snorkel equipment from your hotel and get to chance to spot even more animals.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Volcano or similar


    Day 7: FREE DAY ISABELA – PM BOAT SANTA CRUZ

    Stop At: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
    Today you can relax at Isabela island before you take the public speedboat at 2 PM back to Santa Cruz where you will spend the night.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Silberstein or similar

    Day 8: BALTRA – QUITO

    Stop At: Seymour Airport, Baltra Airport Rd, Baltra, Ecuador
    After breakfast you will travel to Baltra Airport, and afterwards you take a flight back to Quito where you will be picked up by an English speaking driver / guide.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation at Casa Aliso or similar

    Day 9: TRANSFER OUT

    Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
    After breakfast you will be taken to the airport.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 28 May 2019

    We enjoyed the island hopping trip which started in Santa Cruz. After a few hours there we took the speedboat to Isabella Island which was a lovely place to start our adventure. We were met on the dock upon arrival and escorted to our hotel...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Willem F, Guest Relations Manager at Rebecca Adventure Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2019

    Thank you so much for this nice and detailed review. And of course we hope to see you again in Ecuador, Peru or Colombia! Saludos cordiales, Willem

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