All wonders of Galapagos islands in Ecuador

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Two worlds - Antarctic and tropical. Incredible nature awaits us in the midst of the stormy waters of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Explore the white sand and turquoise waters of Tortuga Bay beach
  • Peer into the crater of the active volcano Sierra Negra
  • Observe fur seals, iguanas, pelicans, giant turtles, and pink flamingos up close
  • Get to the summit of the Pichincha volcano by cable car to see the capital Quito from above
  • Stroll through one of the continent's largest bazaars at Otavalo
Organized by: travel-expert Mynameis.Travel I
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Day 1. Capital Quito, Walks in the city

Capital Quito, Walks in the city, National cuisine restaurant

We arrive in Quito, the second highest capital in the world. We are 2850 meters above sea level.

It's time to get to know the local cuisine better. Ecuadorians love different types of grilled meats, especially the Kui guinea pig. Vegetable lovers will appreciate the dishes made from potatoes, corn, cassava roots and green plantains. Canelaso, a hot drink made from fruit juice, cane alcohol, cinnamon and cloves, is especially loved by the locals.

Day 2. Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Station

Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Station, Wild Seals, Iguanas, Turtles and Flamingos

In the morning we fly to the Galapagos Islands, check into a hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. Let`s begin in the Charles Darwin reserch center. Here, an international team of scientists work on research and conservation of the island animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. We will learn about local animals, their life and habits, and understand how exactly on the Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin came up with the idea of evolution.

But isn`t it better to learn out in the wild? Let`s meet local wild animals at arm's length! We will walk around the island admiring huge turtles, iguanas and fur seals. We might also meet pink flamingos.

Day 3. Tortuga Bay beach, Lava tunnels

In the morning we leave for the most beautiful beach of the Galapagos Islands, Tortuga Bay. You can swim here only in specially designated places so as not to dirturb the wild animals that live here. But we will see plenty of marine iguanas, Galapagos crabs, brown pelicans and huge turtles.

We return for lunch, rest and explore the island in jeeps. Today we will see the famous lava tunnels. Only a few thousand years ago, volcanoes erupted here, and only these arches, reminiscent of long caves, remained from the boiling lava flows. Galapagos islands are home to 21 volcanoes, of which 13 are active. Scientists believe that the islands were created millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor.

Day 4. Isabela island, Bicycle trip

It's time to explore the largest island of the Galapagos - Isabela. We will reach it by motorboat in about 2.5 hours and check into a hotel. Bicycles can be rented to explore the island. You should definitely go snorkelling in the bay next to the sea lions and iguanas. Feel like a wildlife explorer learning to understand every move of the animal!..

Day 5. Sierra Negra volcano, Kayaking

We walk to the Sierra Negra volcano reaching the summit 1124 meters above sea level in about 5 hours. The giant under our feet is alive - the last time it erupted in the summer of 2018! We will look into the crater, then walk down, have lunch and enjoy kayaking near Puerto Villamil Bay.

Day 6. The capital Quito, Cable car, Pichincha volcano

In the morning we move to the island of Santa Cruz, then to the island of Baltra, where the airport is located (3-4 hours on the speed boat). We fly to the capital of Quito and check into the guesthouse.

Today we will get to the top of the Pichincha volcano inside the comfortable cable car cabins. The huge city in the valley is getting smaller, and now it is covered with lush clouds. We are 3945 meters above sea level. The views of the green mountains and valleys are mesmerizing!

Day 7. Otavalo town, Famous bazaar

In the morning we take a public bus to the city of Otavalo (2 hours). It is home to the Otovaleños Indians, who have been known for centuries as skilled weavers and artisans. They sell their goods in the huge city market, one of the largest markets on the continent! Bright textiles, leather goods, wood products, handmade furniture, souvenirs. Here you will definitely find what you were looking for!

Day 8. Otavalo town, Famous bazaar

In the evening we return to Quito, go to the airport and fly home. Thank you for exploring Ecuador with us!

Exertion Level
Activities within the same location or change of several locations during the route, infrastructure-developed locations, periodic outings to nature.
A comment from the tour leader
This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes city and nature walks, and one easy hike to the top of the volcano 1124 meters above sea level. The hike will take us 5 hours. The trip includes short rides by rented and public transport. We will also take two domestic flights. Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels with hot water and, in most cases, wifi.


  • Flight to Quito and back home (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
  • Insurance (mandatory)
  • Food ($15-25 per day)
  • Rental of equipment for snorkelling ($15 per day)
  • Additional diving ($200)
  • Visa (if you need one)
Not included
  • Flight to Quito and back home (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
  • Insurance (mandatory)
  • Food ($15-25 per day)
  • Rental of equipment for snorkelling ($15 per day)
  • Additional diving ($200)
  • Visa (if you need one)


Guesthouse, Hotel 3*
Is affordable, with a modestly enhanced level of facilities, décor and amenities.



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If canceled 15 days or less before the start of the tour, the prepayment is not refundable.
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