Day 1: Quito Ecuador
Arrive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, amidst the high volcanoes of the Andes. We pick you up and take you to your safe hotel in the city center.
Day 2: Quito Tour
Quito was the first city in the world dubbed a World Heritage city by UNESCO. You will see it in all its colonial splendor – San Francisco Square, the Cathedral and the 150 foot tower at La Merced. Then it´s on to the Middle of the World Monument, where you will literally straddle the equator. The tower marking the spot has an interesting cultural museum. Then it´s back to rest at your hotel or walk around the Mariscal in the evening – full of the city´s best bars and restaurants.
Option! Add an overnight stay in a beautiful Mindo Cloudforest Lodge - an area rich in birdlife, butterflies and orchids.
Day 3: Cotopaxi Tour
In the morning, head out of Quito to Cotopaxi National Park - the highest active volcano in the world. As you get closer you will better appreciate this snow-capped beauty. In the National Park you will be see a wide diversity of flora and fauna, such as wild horses and high altitude birds. Enjoy lunch in a traditional hacienda - complete with original Inca walls. Stay the night in a restored hacienda amidst stunning scenery.
Day 4: Avenue of the Volcanoes Tour
Continue through the volcanoes of Ecuador to the lower altitudes of the town of Banos. The name - meaning baths - comes from the numerous hot springs here. Banos has become the outdoor center of Ecuador with numerous hiking and biking possibilities. Visit the area´s spectacular waterfalls and take a look at the Tunguragua, the active volcano towering above the town. In the afternoon, continue through spectacular scenery to Riobamba, with views of Chimborazo: Ecuador´s highest peak.
Day 5: Devil´s Nose Train and Ingapirca Tour
After breakfast, travel to Alausi to board the Devil´s Nose Train. Building this train line through the mountains was an immense engineering feat. Your short train journey takes you along on of the most difficult sections in a series of steep switchbacks. After lunch, we take you on a tour of the Inca site of Ingapirca - the largest such site in Ecuador. Continue through the mountains to the colonial city of Cuenca.
Day 6: Cuenca Tour
Cuenca has a historic, colonial center, plenty of green river banks and colorful markets and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. We take you on a tour of the pretty main squares and museums including a visit to the Panama Hat Factory. Yes, Panama Hats are actually from Cuenca! Evening flight to Guayaquil. Stay overnight in Guayaquil.
Days 7—10: Galapagos Cruise
Today we will take you to the airport for your flights to the Galapagos – brimming with plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. You will be met there and transferred to your ship to begin your next adventure - a 4 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands (can be extended to 5 or 8).
Choose between larger, more stable vessels of 90-100 passengers and the smaller, more intimate vessels (16-20). Choose the ship that suits your traveling style and the sturdiness of your sea legs! Whatever your choice you will have a comfortable cabin, excellent food throughout and, importantly, naturalist guides who can help you tell your booby from your finch. Itineraries vary depending on your cruise ship, but every day you will have two excursions - boarding a panga (motorized raft) to go ashore and walk with your guide through mangrove, cactus forest and beaches to experience the nature of these amazing islands. Or snorkeling from the shore or off the boat, safely swimming among an impressive variety of tropical fish and much more, even in the cool waters of the Pacific!
Typical excursions include:
Day 10: Final day Galapagos, Fly Home
Today, your final day on the Islands, you will have one last local visit and then be brought to the airport for your flights back to Guayaquil or Quito and onwards home.
Alan and Judy, Peru & Ecuador
Dave, Peru & Galapagos
Brian S, Peru & Galapagos
The Dietrichs, Ecuador & Galapagos
Darin, Peru & Galapagos
Linda, Costa Rica
Jane and Sue, Peru
Col. Ed Scholl, Peru
Ralstons & Pruesses, Peru
Peru, Eid-Heberle Family
Jake and Alyssa
Ralston Family, California
Lewis Family, Pennsylvania
Sonny & Amanda Punzalan, California
Sue Clark & Family, Washington
Peru & Ecuador, Dec 2012
Mark Stout & Family, Pennsylvania
Machu Picchu & Galapagos, Dec 2012
Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia
Machu Picchu & Galapagos, November 2012
Howard Silberstein, Miami
Galapagos & Ecuador, November 2012
Yau Ru Chen, Los Angeles
Machu Picchu Galapagos, October 2012
Janet Whiteside, Florida
Peru, July 2012
Machu Picchu, Iguazu & Rio, March 2012
Victor Limlingan, Travel Agent – The Philippines
Ecuador, Galapagos & Panama, June 2012
Jennafer Bonello – Washington DC
Peru, June 2012
Hamila Atefi – Washington DC
Peru and Galapagos, May 2012
Chris Leggat – New York
Galapagos & Machu Picchu, June 2012
Rick Velategui – USA
Peru, Galapagos, Oct 2011
Mike & Carol Lipischak
Peru, November 2011