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Colonial Quito, Galapagos Islands and Mayan Ruins

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$ 9081 13 days Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec Private

Tour Overview

  • Full Day Colonial Quito Tour with brief visit to the monastery of San Francisco
  • Walk La Ronda Street in Old Quito lined with colonial houses inspired by artists
  • Visit the main Monument honoring the correct location of the equator
  • Inti Nan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum located in the exact place of the Equator Line
  • See the brightly colored flamingo lagoon, encounter marine iguanas and various sea birds
  • Visit Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island, a collapsed volcano that ships are able to sail into
  • See tiny lava lizards scurrying around the rocks as well as all three species of the Galapagos booby
  • Witness the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza, the famous Mayan pyramids
  • The archaeological site of Tulum, perched on the edge of a cliff above the deep Caribbean
  • Enjoy time at leisure to explore independently or add additional optional activities
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Tour Details

Let Yampu guide you to Ecuador and Mexico. Your trip starts with a tour of Colonial Quito and a visit to the Equator Monument. Leaving the mainland we will travel for five days to the renowned Galapagos Islands where you will have the chance to see unique species of birds, sea lions, tortoises, dolphins, and many more. After flying to Mexico, soak in the sun and sand along the Riviera Maya while visiting the ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum.

Included in the itinerary is a First Class cruise. Due to current Galapagos Islands regulations each cruise can only visit an island every 14 days. This sample 5 day itinerary runs every two weeks. However we are able to offer a variety of other Galapagos cruises. Depending on your dates of travel, we are able to customize your itinerary to match the Galapagos Cruise departures.

Country Notes:

Ecuador:

A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses You do not need a visa to enter Ecuador as a tourist with a US passport. However, we always recommend that you double check this for last minute changes with your local consulate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a travel alert for countries and territories where Zika virus has been found in Ecuador. If you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, please consult your doctor before traveling to Ecuador. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Colombia please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.

Special Considerations for Travel to the Galapagos: Your Galapagos Island Fee ($100) and INGALA card ($20) have been pre-paid by Yampu Tours on your behalf unless you have been advised otherwise by your Tour Consultant. The Galapagos itineraries are subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. The order of the activities is also subject to confirmation by the Galapagos cruise company and will be reconfirmed on arrival.

By traveling to the Galapagos with Yampu Tours, you will be making the choice to travel responsibly. As members of IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association), Yampu donates $7 for every traveler that travels to the Galapagos with us. We are dedicated to helping preserve the islands while supporting sustainable ecotourism. As an IGTOA member, we are informed, involved, and concerned.

There will also be an optional Galapagos Conservation contribution of $50 per passenger added to your final proposal. The contribution will go towards:

* Creating benefits and educational opportunities for local people.
* Strengthening responsible tourism management.
* Building strong financial support for conservation among the travel industry and travelers.
* Promoting high professional standards for the tourist industry.


Mexico:

A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months’ validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses.

U.S. citizens do not require a visa or a tourist card for tourist stays of 72 hours or less within the 20-30 kilometer “border zone.” Tourist Permit FMT Fee: Mexico charges a fee to all tourists and business visitors arriving in the country. The fee is approximately 22 USD and the money collected is handed to the Tourism Ministry to promote Mexican tourism. U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the “border zone,” or entering Mexico by air, must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card, known as an FMM, available from Mexican consulates, Mexican border crossing points, Mexican tourism offices, airports within the border zone, and most airlines serving Mexico. If you do not arrive in Mexico by airplane, then you will need to pay Mexico’s tourist permit fee and complete the FMT Tourist Visa at the border checkpoint if you plan to travel beyond the 35km ‘free zone’ after crossing the border into Mexico. Failure to obtain the necessary permit will result in a 40 USD penalty fee upon returning to the US.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert for countries and territories where Zika virus has been found. If you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, please consult your doctor before traveling to Mexico. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Mexico please visit the CDC Website , then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.

High Altitude Areas: In high-altitude areas like Mexico City (elevation 7,600 feet, approximately 1.5 miles above sea level); most people need a short adjustment period as long as several days. Symptoms of reaction to high altitude include a lack of energy, shortness of breath, occasional dizziness, headache, and insomnia. Those with heart problems should consult their doctor before traveling. Air pollution in Mexico City and Guadalajara is severe, especially from December to May, and combined with high altitude could affect travelers with underlying respiratory problems.


Inclusions
Price includes international and domestic airfare as specified in the itinerary, cabin aboard a Galapagos First Class Cruise including all meals, hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, locally guided tours in English including all entrance fees, and meals where specified. Also included in the $100 Galapagos Park fee and the $10 Transit Control Card fee.

*By traveling to the Galapagos with Yampu Tours, you will be making the choice to travel responsibly. As members of IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association), Yampu donates $7 for every traveler that travels to the Galapagos with us. We are dedicated to helping preserve the islands while supporting sustainable ecotourism. As an IGTOA member, we are informed, involved, and concerned.

*There will also be an optional Galapagos Conservation contribution of $50 per passenger added to your final proposal. The contribution will go towards:
-Creating benefits and educational opportunities for local people.
-Strengthening responsible tourism management.
-Building strong financial support for conservation among the travel industry and travelers.
-Promoting high professional standards for the tourist industry.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Local airport departure taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Airfare taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are included in the cost.
Gratuities and personal expenses are not included in the rate.

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Pricing Details
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Double £$9081 £$10256 £$11162 N/A
Single £$10790 £$12845 £$15426 N/A

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability.

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Wednesday; Flight to Quito

Upon arrival in Quito, be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Upon arrival in Quito, be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day
2

Thursday; Full Day Colonial Quito Tour & The Equator

This tour begins with a visit to Independence Square where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. Visit the Church of La Compania (1605), and enjoy a brief visit to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535), the oldest Ecuadorian church. The collection of artwork here includes paintings, sculpture and furniture dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the churches, visit the recently restored 24 De Mayo Boulevard, named after the battle which sealed Ecuador´s independence. read more...

This tour begins with a visit to Independence Square where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. Visit the Church of La Compania (1605), and enjoy a brief visit to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535), the oldest Ecuadorian church. The collection of artwork here includes paintings, sculpture and furniture dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the churches, visit the recently restored 24 De Mayo Boulevard, named after the battle which sealed Ecuador´s independence. Travelers will also visit La Ronda Street in Old Quito. Lined with colonial houses and inspired by painters, poets, musicians and historians, this visit will give a taste of traditional Quito. The tour will then continue 30-minutes outside of Quito, towards the Middle of the World. Visit the main Monument honoring the correct location of the equator and visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument. One can also visit the Inti Nan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses. ...read less

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Day
3

Friday; Quito- Galapagos

Transfer to the airport for the morning flight from Quito to Baltra in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, be greeted at the airport and transferred to the Galapagos cruise.
This afternoon, visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island.
Play de las Bachas is located on the northern coastline of Santa Cruz. Here travelers will be able to see the brightly colored flamingo lagoon, encounter marine iguanas, various sea birds, and sea turtles. This is a good location to swim and snorkel.

Transfer to the airport for the morning flight from Quito to Baltra in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, be greeted at the airport and transferred to the Galapagos cruise.
This afternoon, visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island.
Play de las Bachas is located on the northern coastline of Santa Cruz. Here travelers will be able to see the brightly colored flamingo lagoon, encounter marine iguanas, various sea birds, and sea turtles. This is a good location to swim and snorkel.

Day
4

Saturday; Genovesa Island

This morning, visit Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island.
Genovesa is a collapsed volcano that ships are able to sail into through its large breached caldera and anchor at the foot of the steep crater walls. Genovesa is commonly referred to as ‘bird island’ because it is home to thousands of great frigate birds, red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropic birds, doves, storm petrels, and Darwin’s finches.


This afternoon, visit Prince Philip’s Steps on Genovesa Island
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This morning, visit Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island.
Genovesa is a collapsed volcano that ships are able to sail into through its large breached caldera and anchor at the foot of the steep crater walls. Genovesa is commonly referred to as ‘bird island’ because it is home to thousands of great frigate birds, red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropic birds, doves, storm petrels, and Darwin’s finches.


This afternoon, visit Prince Philip’s Steps on Genovesa Island
El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, has a trail through a Palo Santo forest to an open area full of nesting birds that include masked boobies, frigates, and red-footed boobies. At the end of this trail are thousands of band-rumbed storm petrels nesting in the crevices at the cliff’s edge. Travelers will also be able to see the short-eared owls as they hunt the storm petrels during the daylight hours.
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Day
5

Sunday; Plazas Island- Santa Fe Island

Plaza Sur was originally formed by uplifted lava and the terrain includes an impressive cactus forest. On land witness land iguanas, sea lions and several species of tropical birds.


This afternoon, visit Santa Fe Island.
Santa Fe is home to a cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas that are native to the island. Here, one can also see the Galapagos mockingbird, magnificent frigate, brown pelican, and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Plaza Sur was originally formed by uplifted lava and the terrain includes an impressive cactus forest. On land witness land iguanas, sea lions and several species of tropical birds.


This afternoon, visit Santa Fe Island.
Santa Fe is home to a cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas that are native to the island. Here, one can also see the Galapagos mockingbird, magnificent frigate, brown pelican, and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Galapagos-Marine-iguanas
Day
6

Monday; San Cristobal Island- Kicker Rock- Isla Lobos

This morning, visit Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island
This unusual volcanic formation is located in the northeast of San Cristobal Island. Here it is likely to see tiny lava lizards scurrying around the rocks as well as all three species of the Galapagos booby; Nazca, masked, and blue or red-footed boobies.


This afternoon, visit Kicker Rock and Isla Lobos.
Isla Lobos is a tiny rock island to see a colony of sea lions and a colony of blue-footed boobies.
Kicker Rock read more...

This morning, visit Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island
This unusual volcanic formation is located in the northeast of San Cristobal Island. Here it is likely to see tiny lava lizards scurrying around the rocks as well as all three species of the Galapagos booby; Nazca, masked, and blue or red-footed boobies.


This afternoon, visit Kicker Rock and Isla Lobos.
Isla Lobos is a tiny rock island to see a colony of sea lions and a colony of blue-footed boobies.
Kicker Rock is a magnificent rock that jets out 500 feet high from the middle of the ocean and is shaped similar to a sleeping lion. The rock is split with towering vertical walls on either side that forms a narrow channel through which small vessels can investigate. There is no landing site here but the view from the boat will make a lasting impression.
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Day
7

Tuesday; San Cristobal

This morning, visit El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal.
This site is reached by road and is about a half hour drive from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The road goes through the small farming settlement of El Progreso. The lake itself is the caldera (collapsed cone) of an extinct volcano and is about 300 meters wide. The name El Junco is Spanish for sedge, which is present along the banks of the lake.
This afternoon be transferred to the San Cristobal airport for a flight back to Quito. Upon arrival, read more...

This morning, visit El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal.
This site is reached by road and is about a half hour drive from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The road goes through the small farming settlement of El Progreso. The lake itself is the caldera (collapsed cone) of an extinct volcano and is about 300 meters wide. The name El Junco is Spanish for sedge, which is present along the banks of the lake.
This afternoon be transferred to the San Cristobal airport for a flight back to Quito. Upon arrival, be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
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Day
8

Wednesday; Cancun

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Cancun. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport assistance and transferred to the hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Cancun. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport assistance and transferred to the hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

rocks-cancun-mexico
Day
9

Thursday; Chichen-Itza

In the morning head to the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza are more than 1,500 years old. The site is divided into three sections. The north grouping of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The southern group is known as “The Old Chichen.” Visitors will find a large ball court where Mayan men played a game called pok ta pok, full of symbolism and drama. Breakfast and lunch included.

In the morning head to the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza are more than 1,500 years old. The site is divided into three sections. The north grouping of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The southern group is known as “The Old Chichen.” Visitors will find a large ball court where Mayan men played a game called pok ta pok, full of symbolism and drama. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day
10

Friday; Isla Mujeres

Today, take a boat tour of Isla Mujeres, a small island that is just a short distance off the coast of the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. While on the boat enjoy an included lunch and an open bar!

Today, take a boat tour of Isla Mujeres, a small island that is just a short distance off the coast of the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. While on the boat enjoy an included lunch and an open bar!

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Day
11

Saturday; Archaeological site of Tulum

In the morning, head to the archaeological site of Tulum. Mounted on the edge of a cliff, this abandoned city towers above the deep turquoise of the Caribbean and a beautiful white sandy beach. Although the site dates back to earlier times, Tulum reached its peak in the Post-classic period between 1,000 and 1,600 AD. Originally called Zama or City of the Dawn, the sun rises from the sea above the city walls and for the ancient Maya, begins her dance across the sky. The city within the walls was only inhabited read more...

In the morning, head to the archaeological site of Tulum. Mounted on the edge of a cliff, this abandoned city towers above the deep turquoise of the Caribbean and a beautiful white sandy beach. Although the site dates back to earlier times, Tulum reached its peak in the Post-classic period between 1,000 and 1,600 AD. Originally called Zama or City of the Dawn, the sun rises from the sea above the city walls and for the ancient Maya, begins her dance across the sky. The city within the walls was only inhabited by the nobles, high priests and esteemed citizens such as astronomers whereas the lower classes lived in simple wood and thatch huts beyond. The buildings in the city were originally covered with brilliant paintings and carvings – stark white, deep red or vibrant blue, but only faint remnants of these now remain. ...read less

tulum-ruins-mexico
Day
12

Sunday; Day at Leisure

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore on one’s own or add additional optional activities.

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore on one’s own or add additional optional activities.

Mexico_Cancun_Quintana_beach
Day
13

Monday; Flight Home

Transfer to the airport for a flight home or continue to another destination of choice with help from Yampu!

Transfer to the airport for a flight home or continue to another destination of choice with help from Yampu!

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Cancún, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Places You'll See

  • Quito-Ecuador-Hillside

    Quito

    The magnificent city of Quito is bursting with cultural, historical, and artistic character. Along with its scenic parks such as Parque La Carolina, visit its enchanting museums like the Museo del Banco Central. Take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo, or the “Middle of the World”, where the first measurements to prove the earth was round, were taken.

  • Blue-Footed-Booby-and-Seal

    Galapagos

    Become enchanted by the unique and seemingly intrepid wildlife native to the Galapagos Islands. Dive in with the underwater life, or stay above water enjoying the other several water sports. For a dryer experience, relax on the sandy beaches soaking up the sun. Spend time with Giant Tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Center.

  • cancun-mexico

    Cancun

    From historical relics of Mayan civilization, to sandy beaches, Cancun has it all. Visit El Meco, a substantial archeological site on the mainland, or The Interactive Aquarium of Cancun where you can get acquainted with all sorts of aquatic life, and even swim with dolphins. If an aquarium isn’t exciting enough, dive into the sea with some of Cancun’s best scuba diving instructors.

  • playa-del-carmen-mexico

    Playa del Carmen

    With a distinctive European touch, Playa del Carmen is a relaxed coastal resort town that can be enjoyed in many ways. Enjoy snorkeling and diving while learning about the local aquatic creatures including the kind sunfish, chasing sardines or maybe glimpse the peaceful manatee. Aside from the aquatics, one can walk the cobblestone streets and enjoy the nightlife and shopping offered as well.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Quito : Stubel Suites

Quito : Vieja Cuba Boutique

Quito : NU House

Cancun : Presidente Intercontinental

Cancun : Beach Scape Kin Ha Villas & Spa

4 Star Properties

Quito : La Casona de la Ronda

Quito : Casa Aliso

Cancun : Westin Resort & Spa

5 Star Properties

Quito : Swissotel

Quito : Le Parc Hotel

Quito : JW Marriott

Cancun : Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

Cancun : Hotel Casa Turquesa

Cancun : Live Aqua (garden view)

Luxury Properties

Quito : Plaza Grande

Quito : Casa Gangotena

Cancun : Live Aqua (Ocean view)

Testimonials

Reinhard, German clients

Traveled March, 2010

Everything went very smoothly on our private tour

Everything went very smoothly on our private tour, many thanks. We were able to see many different regions and aspects of Mexico making it a simply fascinating experience. We had a great time in Mexico City and Taxko (sadly Puebla was flooded and had to be taken out of the itinerary), and were able to take in the Aztek culture and Spanish colonial architecture. Then in the north, Copper Canyon (bigger than the Grand Canyon in the US) and the amazing train journey. The trip at the end to Baja California we managed to see the grey whales and the Yucatan and beautiful Maya ruins. The exposure to these very different areas in a short time made this a truly memorable journey.

Traveled To

Reinhard, German clients

Traveled March, 2010

Everything went very smoothly on our private tour

Everything went very smoothly on our private tour, many thanks. We were able to see many different regions and aspects of Mexico making it a simply fascinating experience. We had a great time in Mexico City and Taxko (sadly Puebla was flooded and had to be taken out of the itinerary), and were able to take in the Aztek culture and Spanish colonial architecture. Then in the north, Copper Canyon (bigger than the Grand Canyon in the US) and the amazing train journey. The trip at the end to Baja California we managed to see the grey whales and the Yucatan and beautiful Maya ruins. The exposure to these very different areas in a short time made this a truly memorable journey.

Traveled To

Repeat Client

Traveled November, 2012

We know who we will call when we are ready to go again

Our first trip with Yampu Tours was in 2003 when it was Kon-Tiki Tours and Travel. We contacted Jose Irauzqui and his team to create a special trip for us to Chile. (We travel by ourselves on a customized tour with a driver and an English speaking guide). We told Jose what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go, our time limits and anything else he needed to know and he and his staff went from there creating a wonderful trip with lots of memories for us. We were so impressed by the service we got that when we were ready to return to south-america to visit Peru in 2006, we immediately contacted Jose, who again came through for us. Most of our trips are ecological in nature. My daughter is an exotic animal veterinarian and we travel to see animals in the wild. All of our trips through Yampu have comprised an ecological component, which we have built our vacations around. Many of the ecological lodges we stayed in were small in size, so we start making our plans at the beginning of the year for a trip in the fall because of availability. We traveled with Yampu to southern Brazil in 2004, Peru in 2006, Argentina in 2007 and again to Peru in 2012. Some parts of our trips were done with groups, but on the most part, we had private customized tours. Yampu has a terrific network system of tour providers in all these countries and through five trips we have only had one complaint, which Yampu took care of when we returned. The problem was with a tour guide and therefore was beyond Yampu’s control until we got back as we did not complain at the time to the local agency. Next time we will handle it locally as Yampu provides you with a list of people to contact along the way. The number of fabulous, well-informed tour guides far outweighed that one incident. The above trips are just the ones my husband and I have gone on with our daughter through Yampu. My daughter has used Yampu for many trips throughout Central and south-america with her friends. We just returned from our second trip to Peru in November and she is off to Ecuador in January. We still have places in south-america we wish to visit, it is a big continent and very diverse. We know who we will call when we are ready to go again. We were very fortunate to find Yampu. And now Yampu has expanded to other parts of the world!

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