Express Ecuador

Express Ecuador

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  • Includes
  • Itinerary
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  • INCLUDES

    • Transfer Airport - Hotel – Quito Airport
    • 2 nights’ accommodation in Quito
    • Breakfast Daily
    • Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument 
    • Excursion by the “Avenida de los Volcanes” with a brief stop at the Cotopaxi national park. 
    • 1 night of accommodation in Riobamba (First Class****) with dinner and breakfast
    • Train excursion to Alausí, passing through the Devil´s Nose with boxed lunch and continuation to Cuenca with ground transportation. On the way visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. 
    • 1 night accommodation Cuenca
    • Daily Breakfasts 
    • City tour of Cuenca
    • Transfer Hotel – Cuenca Airport
    • Cuenca / Guayaquil 
    • Transfer Airport - Hotel – Airport in Guayaquil
    • 1 night accommodation Guayaquil
    • Daily Breakfast
    • City tour of Guayaquil
    • Transfer Hotel – Guayaquil Airport
    • Transfer Baltra / hotel in Puerto Ayora, visiting the highland part of Santa Cruz Island (Includes lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve) + Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station. (Transfer operates daily at 12h45pm) 
    • 2 nights of accommodation in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island) with breakfast
    • Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour 
    • Transfer hotel / airport & Finca de café. (Transfer operates at 8h00 am, arrival at the airport at approximately 10h30 am)
    • Hotel taxes
  • DAY 1: TUESDAY
    Transfer Airport / Hotel in Quito. Accommodation.

    DAY 2: WEDNESDAY
    Breakfast. Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument. We begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Then we head to the historic center to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where we will make a brief stop and explanation to later reach the Plaza de la Independencia, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the  Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañia Church, recognized for its adornments and gold altars. Tour  will continue towards the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. (Entrance to churches are not included). Then headed to the Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito.

    We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, to have free time for lunch, and then continue to the northem part of the city, heading up to the “Middle of the World City”(entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. At the end, optional visit either to Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).

    DAY 3: THURSDAY

    Breakfast in hotel. Excursion through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Depart from Quito where you enjoy the journey to the highlands of Ecuador admiring the beautiful view, ideal for taking pictures, brief stop Cotopaxi National Park (entrance not included), lunch included, arrival at Riobamba city, and accommodation in one of the typical ranches in the area where you will enjoy a dinner that is included.

    *If it is not operating the Cotopaxi National Park due to volcanic activity, you will visit the Quilotoa volcano and the unique turquoise lagoon situated in his crater.
    * Does not include access to the Cotopaxi National Park, neither viewpoint of Quilotoa = USD 2.00

    DAY 4: FRIDAY
    After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From here we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours), box lunch is included. Continue to Cuenca visiting the Inca ruins in Ingapirca (does not include entrance), arrival and accommodation in Cuenca.   
    ** Operation of the train is subject to modifications with our previous notice.

    DAY 5: SATURDAY
    Breakfast at hotel before a city tour around Cuenca. Drive through the city, wwe will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. In the afternoon, transfer hotel/airport in Cuenca. Transfer from airport/ Hotel in Guayaquil. Accommodation.

    DAY 6: SUNDAY
    Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport for your flight to Galapagos. Welcome at the Baltra airport and free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by a public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels are located on the Island. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of Evolution, the conservation programs, and observe some Giant Turtles in captivity. Accommodation.

    DAY 7: MONDAY
    Breakfast at Hotel. In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after 40minute walk (approx.) we will arrive to this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with white sand and green mangroves. “Playa mansa” is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach. Free time for lunch (not included).In the afternoon, tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to “La Lobería”, named because of the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then we proceed with our tour to the “Canal del Amor”, a marvelous site where nature gives us an unforgettable view; at the end of this channel, just a few meters forward, a viewpoint where we can observe reef sharks; from here we continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit in “Playa de los Perros”. Punta Estrada will also be visited. Return to Puerto Ayora.
    *Note: shipping used in this excursion is a boat engine with capacity for 16 people. 

    DAY 8: TUESDAY
    Breakfast at Hotel. Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. At the port you will board a bus of your airline that takes you to the airport. En route you are going to visit a coffee plantation which is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism.
    Arrive to Guayaquil, welcome in the airport, and traveling along the main streets and avenues of the city we will visit the Seminario Park, The Guayaquil embankment, La Rotonda; the colonial neighborhood of Las Peñas, where we can admire the magnificent wood architecture. From here we can take a panoramic view of Guayaquil and the Guayas River. Finally drop off in the airport.

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