Explore Galapagos Escorted Trip

October 11 -20, 2023

Cultural Adventures tours offer you the opportunity to learn about a fascinating culture as part of a small group. You’ll enjoy select experiences away from the usual tourist sights during a visit that combines soft adventure with maximum comfort. Not only will you experience two diverse ecosystems of Ecuador, but you will also meet local people and learn about the culture. When you take a Cultural Adventures trip you are supporting local people who provide information and services.

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Highlights

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Tour colonial and modern Quito

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Visit Middle of the Earth(equator)and the Crafts Market in Otavalo in the Andes

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Stay at boutique hotels on two Galapagos Islands

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Proximity to exotic wildlife---sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, boobies, and more

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Snorkel at Kicker Rock on San Cristobal Isle. Walk among giant land tortoises on Santa Cruz Isl

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Travel with an escort who will provide valuable information and travel tips before the trip and see that your needs are met during the trip  Learn More

Trip Fee

$3595 per double occupancy; single supplement $360.

Included: All hotels, local land & sea transportation including flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, tours, snorkeling equipment, airport transfers, escort, guides, and 18meals.
Not Included:
International flight to Ecuador and the $120 Galapagos National Park fee & tax.

*Group size is limited to 10 or less travelers
*Designed for the traveler over 5

Itinerary

Oct 11

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Arrive in Quito - Arrive on your own in the capital city Quito, sometimes referred to as the cultural capital of the Americas. You will be met at the airport and driven to our hotel. Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel


Oct 12

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Quito City Tour –Today you’ll have an introduction toQuito, a cosmopolitan and historic capital city, located in the majestic Andes Mountains. We’ll start with a breath-taking view of Quito and then explore Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch will be in a charming restaurant in the historic area.The dayends with a visit to the Chapel of Man Museum for an introduction to the fascinating work of one of the most renowned artists of the country, Oswaldo Guayasamín.Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel(B, L)

Oct 13

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Otavalo -We’ll drive north in a private van through amazing Andean landscapes to Otavalo with its famous indigenous market featuring an amazing array of textiles and crafts. On the way we’ll stop at the Mitad Del Mundo and stand on both sides of the equator. We’ll visit the crafts market and food market in Otavalo. Our guide will share a variety of local food items with us.. Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel (B, L)

Oct 14

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Loberia Beach, San Cristobal Island–After breakfast, we’ll flyto the Galapagos. Upon arrival at San Cristobal Island,we’ll take a seashore expedition to Loberia Beach to view the marine iguanas that blend so well with the black, pitted lava coast. You’ll observe many sea birds, such as frigates and boobies, as they fight against the wind. And you’ll have your first opportunity to snorkel with the sea lions and sea turtles. As local musicians perform, we’ll end the day with dinner at the harbor. Casablanca(B,L, D

Oct 15

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Frigate Hill & Interpretation Center, San Cristobal Island–The day begins with a walk-up Frigate Hill to enjoy a magnificent harbor view. Next is a visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the human history of the islands. You can snorkel below Frigate Hill before lunch. This afternoon we’ll take a dinghy tour of the bay to observe harbor activities. Casablanca:(B, L)

Oct 16

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Kicker Rock, San Cristobal Island -All aboard as we cruise to Kicker Rock to enjoy the colonies of sea lions, floating sea turtles and sea birds. A highlight of the day will be an opportunity to snorkel or swim at Kicker Rock and view a variety of sea life. Next stop is Puerto Grande, the best beach of the Galapagos where you can swim, view the marine iguanas and seabirds, or just relax on the sand. Lunch on the boat. Casablanca:(B, L)

Oct 17

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Highlands & Lava Tunnels, Santa Cruz Island–A motor launch to Santa Cruz Island. Begins the day. The highlight of the day will be a visit to the highlands to walk through lava tunnels and among giant land tortoises. Lunch is in the highlands. Captain Max (B, L)

Oct 18

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South Plaza Island or another uninhabited island –.Today we’ll have an exciting yacht tour to an uninhabited island with plenty of wildlife to observe. Depending on the itinerary determined by the National Park to avoid crowding, our day will be spent on So Plazas, Bartolomé or Seymour Island. You’ll be able to snorkel before returning to port at around 5 PM.B, L Lunch on the boat) (B, L) Captain Max

Oct 19

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Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos –After breakfast a walk along a path through a cactus forest takes us to Tortuga Bay to enjoy a beautiful, white sand beach with iguanas, pelicans, and flamingos. You can observe the animals and relax on the beach or swim. After lunch we’ll take a boat and explore some of the small inlets to observe the birds and animals close up for a final time. Our farewell dinner will be at a popular restaurant on the harbor. Captain Max (B, D)

Oct 20

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Flight to mainland Ecuador–Enjoy your last morning on the Galapagos before flying to Quito. The trip ends when you arrive back at the Quito airport in the late afternoon. (B)

This is an active adventure. Participants must be in good health, mobile and able to participate in 2 -4 consecutive hours of moderate physical activity every day. Daily itinerary may be changed due to regulations of the Galapagos National Park.

Participant’s Background Information

*US citizens do not need a visa to visit Ecuador.
*The currency of Ecuador is the US dollar so there is no need to change money.
*No immunizations are required for this trip.
*Basic travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage is mandatory –insurance to cover trip cancellation is highly recommended.
*Deposit of $750 will hold your place. Deposits received by April15 will receive a $100 discount. Payment of the balance is due by July 15,2023.

If you are ready to walk among giant tortoises and snorkel with sea lions, send in your deposit of $750 now. Write deposit checks to Cultural Adventures and mail to: Connie Champlin, 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632.

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Connie Champlin

Email: cchamp@culturladventures.info
Phone: +1 317-908-1220 
Address: Connie Champlin 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632.

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