QUITO, THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS & OTAVALO
Get a taste of Ecuador’s vibrant culture and explore all the Galápagos has to offer on our guided ten-day tour. Begin this trip with two nights in Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador. Here, our group will tour the city, which includes a stop at the Church of San Francisco, a chance to learn how cocoa is grown with a chocolate tasting at a cocoa museum, and a visit to the Equator. Following this, we’ll start our 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 to venture out to two of several islands, including Seymour North, South Plazas, Bartholomew, or Santa Fe, and see the famous Twin Craters. Enjoy a scenic ride to Otavalo with great views of the Lago San Pablo and even the chance to see the Cayambe Volcano and Imbabura Volcano. We’ll visit the Plaza de los Ponchos in Otavalo and explore the unique variety of textiles and artisan goods created by its residents. On our last day, we’ll immerse ourselves in the city’s culture: learning about talented weavers’ techniques, hearing traditional Andean music, and tasting local dishes created by local residents. You’ll surely be amazed by the region’s renowned biodiversity and rich culture!
Itinerary at a Glance
2024 Tour Itinerary:
- 2 nights in Quito
- 4 nights in Santa Cruz (the Galápagos)
- 2 nights in Otavalo
- 1 night in Quito
- Equatorial Monument, called “Middle of the World”
- Cocoa Museum & tasting
- Charles Darwin Research Station
- 2 full-day cruise excursions in the Galápagos
- Opportunity to see unique wildlife
- Twin Craters of Santa Cruz Island
- El Trapiche Community
- Otavalo Market
- Visit with local weavers
- Traditional Andean music experience
- Family visit and cooking lesson
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- All intra-tour flights and transfers
- Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
- Accommodations at first class hotels
- National Park entrance and transit fee for the Galápagos
- 20 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours, shore excursions, and entry fees as per itinerary
- Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director & local, naturalist guide
Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect
2024 Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Day 2: Quito
Day 3: Quito – the Galápagos Islands
Day 4: The Galápagos Islands
Day 5: The Galápagos Islands
Day 6: The Galápagos Islands
Day 7: The Galápagos Islands – Quito – Otavalo
Day 8: Otavalo
Day 9: Otavalo – Quito
Day 10: Depart Quito
Guided Tour Pricing
Explore savings of up to $800 per person to dream destinations! Book by Mar. 1st.
Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or 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 $300 per person. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Hilton Colon Hotel
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel
What to Expect
Max Group Size: 16 travelers
Activity Level: Level 3
Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods of up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature hikes, stairs, and/or climbs which may be on hilly and/or uneven terrain at potentially high altitudes. Learn More
Pacing Level: Moderate
Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More
No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.
For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.