The Galápagos with 10xTravel Adventure

Quito - Santa Cruz - Isabela

2022: May 7 - May 15


Join 10xTravel Readers and Staff as we explore the land and sea that inspired some of Darwin's greatest theories of evolution and the animals that paved the way! This 9-day adventure across the islands of the Galapagos will have you face-to-face with blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, finches, and sharks; all found only in the Galapagos!

  • 9 days

  • 8 - 14 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included

  • Fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). TrovaTrip provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

  • Fly out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). TrovaTrip provide two transfers on the final morning.

Activities Included

  • Welcome Meeting
  • Walking Tour of Old Town Quito
  • Cooking Class in Old Town
  • Inti Ñan Museum
  • Visit Equator
  • Local Sugar Cane Farm
  • Free Afternoon
  • Island Exploration with Hiking and Snorkeling
  • Tintoreras Excursion
  • Sierra Negra Volcano Hike
  • Visit Wetlands and Tortoise Breeding Center Tour

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • Roundtrip Domestic Flights to the Galapagos Islands
  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

Optional Activities

  • Tortuga Bay Visit

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

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Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, May 07, 2022

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Day 1

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador. Sitting at an altitude of 2,850 meters, under the gaze of Volcan Pichincha, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America. On arrival to Quito´s airport you will be taken from the airport to your hotel.

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer at 1:10 P.M. from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) to your hotel in Quito.

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Welcome Meeting

6:00 P.M.: Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 P.M. for a welcome meeting with your host and guide.

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dinner

7:00 P.M.: Included welcome dinner at Vista Hermosa.

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Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Overnight in Quito

Day 2

Sunday, May 08, 2022

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Day 2

For your first full day in Ecuador, get to know the city on foot with a walking tour of Old Town Quito. Admire the Basilica and if you are up for it, climb inside its towers. Continue on to the Main Square and Archbishop's Palace and more!

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breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

activity

Walking Tour of Old Town Quito

8:00 A.M.: Stretch your legs on a walking tour of Old Town. Duration: ~3 hours.

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Cooking Class in Old Town

10:00 A.M.: After working up an appetite, you’re off to a cooking class where a local chef will help you hand pick out ingredients before whipping up some local recipes. The best part? You get to enjoy your Ecuadorian food creations for lunch! Duration: ~2.5 hours.

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lunch

Included lunch during cooking class

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Transfer

Transfer from Old Town to Inti Ñan Museum (~1 hour).

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Inti Ñan Museum

2:30 P.M.: After lunch, head to the Inti Ñan Museum where you’ll learn about Ecuadorian culture and how the world is a little different on the equator. You can be part of different experiments that will prove that you are indeed at the Center of the Earth! Duration: ~1 hour.

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Visit Equator

3:30 P.M.: Visit the center of the earth! Duration: ~2 hours.

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Transfer

Transfer back to your hotel (~1 hour).

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Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Overnight in Quito

Day 3

Monday, May 09, 2022

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Day 3

Time to head to the islands! You’ll catch an early morning flight to the Galapagos, with a short layover in Guayaquil. Once you reach the Galapagos, head to the Galapagos National park where you'll see a giant tortoises. After that, you'll visit a local sugar cane farm. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Finish up a great day with a group dinner.

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breakfast

Included box breakfast to take on the road (provided by the hotel).

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Depart Hotel

8:00 A.M.: Check out of hotel and meet in the lobby at 8:00 A.M. for departure to the airport. Duration: ~45 minutes.

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Flight to Isla Santa Cruz

Flight from Quito to Santa Cruz. Duration: ~3 hours.

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Transfer

Transfer from the airport to a local sugar cane farm (~1 hour).

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Local Sugar Cane Farm

1:30 P.M.: Upon arrival, the farmers will demonstrate how sugar cane is processed and turned into alcohol with the traditional "Trapiche". Duration: ~1 hour.

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Transfer

2:30 P.M.: Transfer to your hotel in Puerto Ayora.

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Free Afternoon

4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Relax at the hotel or explore the local area.

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dinner

7:00 P.M. Included dinner allowance at local market.

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Lobo de Mar

Overnight in Puerto Ayora

Day 4

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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Day 4

Ahoy! Today you’ll embark on the high seas for a yacht day tour of one of the nearby islands. The exact stops you’ll make depends on weather and water conditions, but you’re bound to have an incredible day no matter where you stop. You’ll get to explore the area by land on a light trek and by sea while snorkeling. Potential destinations include: Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas, or Santa Fe!

meal

breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Transfer

8:00 A.M.: Meet at the hotel lobby at 8:00 A.M. for departure to a full day Seymour & Bachas excursion (includes snorkeling and hiking).

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Island Exploration with Hiking and Snorkeling

Take a guided hike, then go on a private yacht for some snorkeling as well! Duration: ~6 hours.

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lunch

1:00 P.M.: Included lunch on board the private yacht.

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Transfer

4:00 P.M.: Return back to your hotel in Puerto Ayora (~1 hour)

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Lobo de Mar

Overnight in Puerto Ayora

Day 5

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Day 5

On to the next island you go! After an early departure to Isabela by boat, you’ll arrive in Puerto Villamil.

meal

breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

transfer

Depart Hotel and Transfer

8:00 A.M.: Check out of hotel and meet in lobby at 8:00 A.M. for departure to Isabela Island. Then take a public speed boat ride from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island (~2.5 hours). Upon arrival to Isabela Island, transfer to your hotel (~15 minutes). Check in to the Wooden House.

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Tintoreras Excursion

2:00 P.M.: Once you drop your bags at the hotel, it's time for the Tintoreras Tour. First you’ll go on a Panga Ride where you’ll cruise the bay by boat looking for all types of wild life in the sea. Next, you’ll head out on a 45 minute hike around the islet, passing close to a huge Marine Iguana colony. Lastly, close out this action packed day with snorkeling. The marine life includes turtles, sea lions, rays, sharks and more.. Duration: ~3 hours.

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Transfer

5:00 P.M.: Transfer back to your hotel in Isabela.

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Wooden House

Overnight in Isabela

Day 6

Thursday, May 12, 2022

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Day 6

Today is all about volcanoes! You will enjoy a guided hike up to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano for wonderful views into one of the largest calderas in the world. Hike along further for views of Volcan Chico where you will feel like you are literally walking on the moon.

meal

breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Transfer

8:00 A.M.: Meet in lobby at 8:00 A.M. for departure to the Sierra Negra Volcano. Duration: ~45 minutes.

activity

Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

9:00 A.M.: Hike Duration: 5-6 hours / Hike Distance: ~9.5 miles / Hike Difficulty: Moderate

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lunch

12:00 P.M.: Included box lunch on trail.

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Transfer

4:00 P.M.: Transfer back to the hotel. Duration: ~45 minutes.

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Wooden House

Overnight in Isabela

Day 7

Friday, May 13, 2022

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Day 7

Today you'll learn more about the wetlands and tortoise's prior to hopping on a speed boat to head back to Santa Cruz.

meal

breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Depart Hotel

9:00 A.M.: Check out of the hotel and meet in lobby at 9:00 A.M. for departure to Wetlands and Tortoise Breeding Center. Duration: ~20 minutes.

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Visit Wetlands and Tortoise Breeding Center Tour

Start off the morning by visiting the wetlands, then walk to the tortoise breeding center to learn more about these gentle giants and what the Galapagos National Park is doing to help breed and release them into their natural environments.

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Transfer to Isla Santa Cruz

2:00 P.M.: Take a public speed boat from Isabela Island to Puerto Ayora. Duration: ~2 hours. Arrive in Santa Cruz. 4:00 P.M.: Check in to Isla Azul Hotel.

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Isla Azul Hotel

Overnight in Santa Cruz

Day 8

Saturday, May 14, 2022

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Day 8

It’s time to say adios to the Galapagos and make your way back to the mainland! You’ll fly back to Quito and then check into your hotel. Take the afternoon to do last minute exploring, shopping, etc!

meal

breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

activity

Tortuga Bay Visit (Optional)

8:30 A.M: Optional visit to Tortuga bay.

transfer

Transfer to Airport

12:00 P.M: Transfer to airport. Duration: ~1 hour.

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Flight back to Quito

3:00 P.M.: Flight back to Quito. Duration: ~3 hours.

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Transfer

7:30 P.M.: Arrive in Quito and transfer directly to your farewell dinner venue. Duration: ~45 minutes.

meal

dinner

9:00 P.M.: Included farewell dinner at local restaurant.

accommodation

Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Overnight in Quito

Day 9

Sunday, May 15, 2022

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Day 9

Until next time!

meal

breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers at 2:00 A.M. and 11:15 A.M. from the hotel to the airport (~45 minutes).

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