Visit one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city with the most famous indigenous artisanal market and one of the best-preserved National Parks in the world!
Explore the Galapagos Islands, Quito, and Otavalo on a complete tour with Yacht Isabela II!
Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse places in the entire world! Terrain, topography, vegetation, and climate vary from region to region, creating dynamic and unrivaled scenery, one-of-a-kind experiences, and unbelievable vacation destinations. Combining three of these into one itinerary, we offer you a remarkable 8-day/7-night tour package that takes you to: Quito’s remarkable Historic Quarter –the best preserved in all of Latin America; Otavalo, with its eclectic markets and colorful artisan crafts; and the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago like no other with fascinating species and otherworldly settings.
What is Included:
Visit some of Ecuador’s most iconic destinations as part of this tour. Begin in beautiful Quito, a city unlike any other, tucked away deep inside the Andes Mountains. Here, you’ll visit the most well-preserved Historic Center in all of Latin America. Explore the scientific wonder that is the equator at the Middle of the World. Take a full day to experience and admire artisan artistry in Otavalo, a town at the base of the majestic Imbabura volcano, beside a beautiful lagoon. And, all the while, taste some delightful food and enjoy the warmth of the Ecuadorian people.
Day by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
A member of our team will greet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage. They will then escort you to the Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito. Along the way, receive a brief overview with useful information about Quito and Ecuador.
Day 2: Old Town Quito + Middle of the World
Quito’s incredible Historic Quarter awaits! This is the most well-preserved old town in all of Latin America. It has even been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site! After exploring this exciting spot, you’ll head to the Middle of the World and learn all about the significance of the equator!
Day 3: Otavalo
This trip to Otavalo features a stop at Mira Lago with inspiring views of San Pablo Lake and Imbabura Volcano; an exciting jaunt through the Otavalo Market; visits to a textile workshop, vegetable and fruit market, and Andean instrument studio; and lunch at the Hacienda Cusin.
Following this excursion through the capital region, you’ll fly from Quito to Galapagos and board Yacht Isabela II in time to set sail on your 5-day journey through the center of the archipelago. Along the way, you’ll see native and endemic species up close, at sea, and on the ground as you explore the islands via activities such as hiking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and riding along in a glass-bottom boat. At all times, you’ll be traveling in comfort and style, accompanied by Galapagos National Park-certified Naturalist Guides and a crew of dedicated individuals ready to make your trip the very best it can be.
Days 4: Arrive in Galapagos / Santa Cruz Island
Take an early transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos. Arrive at the airport in Baltra, shuttle to the Itabaca Channel, and ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy lunch in the highlands and continue on to Puerto Ayora. Once there, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and observe numerous giant tortoises. Afterward, you’ll take a dinghy (panga) from the dock to Yacht Isabela II, check in, and be welcomed aboard by the Captain with a special cocktail and dinner.
Day 5: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
Overnight, the ship will make its way to Santa Fe Island, where you’ll enjoy a hike and view colonies of sea lions, Galapagos hawks, and the brilliant yellow Santa Fe land iguana. In the afternoon, the ship makes its way to South Plaza Island where turquoise waters await along with white sand beaches and a coastline featuring volcanic rock. Here, you’ll spot a number of sea birds hovering about the cliffs, in a flurry of activity.
Day 6: North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands (Las Bachas)
At North Seymour Island, you’ll have the opportunity to explore its beautiful coastline via snorkeling, dinghy and glass-bottom boat rides, hiking, and more! Discover the fascinating underwater world that awaits in the Galapagos! In the afternoon, we’ll visit an important nesting area for Pacific green sea turtles at Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island. Nearby lagoons are feeding grounds for various wading birds, including the American flamingo. Back on the beach, you’ll be able to swim or snorkel.
Day 7: Bartolomé & Santiago Islands
Bartolomé Island is one of the most iconic sites in all of the Galapagos. A short climb to the top of a picturesque hill offers a postcard view of this spectacular place. You’ll have a chance to enjoy the beach and take part in activities, such as snorkeling or riding in a glass-bottom boat. The afternoon will be spent at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island where a white coral-sand beach awaits, along with another chance to fit in a little swimming or snorkeling. In addition to the amazing beach, there is a trail that goes over a lava field that flowed here over 100 years ago.
Day 8: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!
On this day you’ll enjoy a short transfer to the airport on Baltra Island. There, you’ll catch your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels!
STARTING AT USD 5,132
Handbroided objects that you'll find in Ponchos Plaza include blankets, table cloths, sweaters, hats and more!
Kayaking is a great way to get a close look at Galapagos marine animals without getting in the water