QUITO AND THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
Get a taste of Ecuador’s vibrant culture and explore all the Galápagos has to offer on our small-group tour including airfare from the U.S. Begin this trip with two nights in Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador. Here you’ll take a tour of the city, which includes a stop at the Church of San Francisco, a chance to catch stunning views of the Valley of Tumbaco, and a visit to the Equator. Following this, you’ll start your Galápagos adventure at the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the islands’ conservation. Over the next few days, take excursions in and around Santa Cruz with the chance to venture out to two exotic islands of your choice, and relax each evening with a stay at Finch Bay Hotel, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. You’ll surely be amazed by the region’s renowned biodiversity!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.
- 2 nights in Quito
- 4 nights in the Galápagos
- 1 night in Quito
- Overnight International Flight
- 2 full-day cruise excursions with lunch in the Galápagos
- Full-day excursion on Santa Cruz Island (Galápagos)
- Visit to the El Trapiche community with liquor tasting
- Monastery of San Francisco (Quito)
- Cocoa museum (Quito)
- La Mitad del Mundo – The Equator (Quito)
- Visit to Otavalo
- Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galápagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”
Max. Group Size: 15 Passengers
- Round trip airfare from Miami (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
- Accommodations at First Class hotels
- Galápagos Park fee
- 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing Ecuador tours and shore excursions
- Professional English-speaking tour directors
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart from the U.S.
Your exciting expedition to Ecuador begins today with an overnight flight to Quito.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Quito on Day 2.
Arrive in Quito
Today, we arrive in Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador, located just 15 miles from the equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes. We’ll transfer to our first-class, centrally located hotel with the balance of the day at leisure.
Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
Quito/Galápagos Islands: Santa Cruz Island
Galápagos Islands: Highlands of Santa Cruz
Today, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, we’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, we’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel Wyndham Tababela or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Today, arrive in Miami.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|2022 Tours||Tour Only||With Flights|
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2022 Single Supplement: $1,199
Ocean View Room Upgrade at Finch Bay Hotel (Galápagos):
2022 Departures: $379 per person (double occupancy) / $349 per person (single occupancy)
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. The test must be paid in cash at the testing site.
- The cost of the test is $120 USD
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Ecudaor)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Ecuador)
Your departure flight to Peru and return flight from Ecuador are via LATAM Airlines. You should check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change. The current departure and return schedules are as follows:
|Departure Date||Airline||Depart Miami (MIA)||Return Miami (MIA)|
|2022: Feb. 11||American Airlines||6:42 PM||5:44 AM|
|2022: May 13, Jun. 3, Sep. 23, Nov. 25||TBA||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
LATAM Airlines does not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour Only: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at the hotel in Quito on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end upon arrival at the Quito Airport in the evening of Day 9 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be emailed to you 7-10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Since Ecuador is located near the equator, the weather is temperate with average daytime high temperatures ranging from 60’s to the 80’s. However, in areas of higher elevations (Quito) as well as in the Galápagos Islands, morning, late afternoon and evening temperatures will be considerably cooler (30’s to 50’s).
You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the hotel’s coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar!
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum of 44 lbs.) and one carry-on piece. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
See our Facebook Live video about the Galápagos!