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Eco Ecuador and Green Galapagos Tour

PRIVATE TOUR - 14 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$9592+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Being immersed in the spirit and culture of historic Quito during a full-day walking tour.
  • Enjoying beautiful views of the Cotopaxi Volcano and enigmatic National Park.
  • Taking in the sights before entering the ‘Door to Heaven’ road tunnel, gateway to the Amazon.
  • Swimming with Sea Lions and snorkelling at Playa Ochoa.
  • Sending a postcard from the famous ‘Post Office Bay’, home to one of the oldest, most traditional postal systems in the world.
  • Observing the Chatham Mockingbird and Lava Lizard on the white sandy beaches of Cerro Brujo.
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Tour Overview

Let Yampu guide you to Ecuador’s mainland and the Galapagos exploring the diverse natural environments without leaving behind any prints with our Eco Ecuador and Green Galapagos Tour! Yampu has selected hotels on the mainland that are approved by the Rainforest Alliance as sustainable. Conclude your tour aboard the Eric, Letty, and Origin fleet of catamarans that were the first recipient of the “Green Seal of Approval”.

Each of these comfortable boats’ accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bath (hot and cold water showers), soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There’s a dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine, well-stocked bar and conference area with a library, flat screen TV, DVD player and panoramic picture windows. Or you can relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes, sunshine or a sky full of stars.

Inclusions
Price include domestic air from Quito to San Cristobal Island; accommodations aboard the tourist superior class boat; all meals on the cruise; hotel accommodation including breakfast; daily guided tours of the islands, led by naturalist guides; guided excursions with English speaking guide; and all transfers. Also included is the $100 Galapagos Park fee.

*Gratuities, fuel surcharges and local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included. The $10 Transit Control Card fee is not included.

*All cruise itineraries are subject to change.

*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 Eco-tourism. 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.

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Pricing Details
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Double £$9259 £$9592 £$9844 £$10377
Single £$14209 £$14472 £$15284 £$16504

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Quito

Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Day
2

Quito Heritage Cultural Tour

A full day experience with a chronological narrative along the history of the city: its ancient pre-Colombian origins, its foundation, the Colonial and Republican periods. An immersion into the spirit of the city, its architecture, art, cuisine, religiousness and music – its cultural heritage. This is a walking tour at an altitude of 2800 meters (9200 feet) and involves climbing stairs. Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Women should not wear shorts nor miniskirts as visits to churches are included. Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny. Rain protection advised between January and April. Sun protection (SPF 40). Good walking shoes.
Note: This tour operates daily except Sundays and Mondays.
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Day
3

Cotopaxi National Park – Banos

Pick up at the hotel in Quito and transfer in private transportation to the Cotopaxi National Park. Here, admire the beautiful snow-capped volcano and have an optional hike. Head to the Hacienda La Cienega for a tasty lunch (included). La Cienega is one of the oldest haciendas, dating back to the seventeenth century. After lunch, stop at Saquisili Market. Transfer to Banos and the Luna Runtun hotel for an evening at leisure.

Pick up at the hotel in Quito and transfer in private transportation to the Cotopaxi National Park. Here, admire the beautiful snow-capped volcano and have an optional hike. Head to the Hacienda La Cienega for a tasty lunch (included). La Cienega is one of the oldest haciendas, dating back to the seventeenth century. After lunch, stop at Saquisili Market. Transfer to Banos and the Luna Runtun hotel for an evening at leisure.

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Day
4

Full Day Tour and Animal Reserve

Full Day tour. Begin the tour today by traveling down Puyo road admiring the spectacular scenery of the Pastaza Corridor while moving from the mountains to rainforest in less than 60 kilometers. Along the way, cross the longest tunnel in Ecuador, known as the Door to Heaven, which refers to the fact that it serves as the entrance to the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy the sights, scents, and sounds offered by thousands of orchids, dramatic waterfalls, cliff side farms, and untouched views of the mountainsides of Sangay and Llanganates National Parks.

Also visit a reserve which rehabilitates animals from the jungle in risk of extinction such as tapirs, crocodiles and monkeys, and houses a botanical garden with more than 300 varieties of orchids and thousands of medicinal plants and exotic flowers. A once in a lifetime experience.
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Day
5

Banos – Quito

This morning, transfer from Banos to Quito returning to the Hotel Patio Andaluz for an afternoon at leisure.

This morning, transfer from Banos to Quito returning to the Hotel Patio Andaluz for an afternoon at leisure.

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Day
6

Quito - San Cristobal Island

Today, transfer to the airport for the flight to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, transfer to the Casa Opuntia Hotel in San Cristobal

Today, transfer to the airport for the flight to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, transfer to the Casa Opuntia Hotel in San Cristobal

Day
7

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Kicker Rock or San Cristobal

Early this morning, arrive at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where the Eric, Letty, and Origin crew is waiting to escort travelers to the anchored yacht. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, set sail for Playa Ochoa, to have a chance to test the snorkeling equipment and at the same time swim with a small colony of sea lions. Behind the beach, there is a tidal lagoon where birds can be spotted including the rare Chatham mockingbird.
The Galapagos cruises operate two 8-day itineraries. Depending on the dates of travel, one will enjoy either itinerary A or itinerary B. See the various ports of call listed on the day-by-day itinerary accordingly.

PM: 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. (A) or
On the southeastern part of San Cristobal is the Galapaguera de Cerro Coloardo, a protected dry forest and the breeding grounds of wild tortoises. (B).

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Day
8

Punta Pitt or Prince Philip’s Steps, Cerro Brujo or Darwin Bay

AM: Punta Pitt is an unusual volcanic formation is located in the northeast of San Cristobal Island. Here one 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. (A) or
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. One will also be able to see the short-eared owls as they hunt the storm petrels during the daylight hours. (B).
PM: A dingy ride along the coast of San Cristobal will take travelers northeast to Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill Beach), a white sandy beach popular for bird watching. Frequently seen here is the Chatham mocking bird and the Chatham lava lizard, both endemic to the island. This is a good place to snorkel and swim with the sea turtles, rays, and sea lions. (A) or
Genovesa is a collapsed volcano whose walls create Darwin Bay, where 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. (B).
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9

Punta Suarez or Bachas Beach, Gardner Bay or North Seymour Island

AM: Punta Suarez is a small rocky point that is home to impressive and varied colonies of Galapagos seabirds. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (A) or
Bachas Beach, on Santa Cruz Island, is located on the northern coastline of Santa Cruz. Here one 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. (B).
PM: Gardner bay is located on the eastern shore of Espanola Island. The bay has seemingly endless stretch of white sandy beach that is home to large colonies of sea lions. This is a great place to swim, snorkel or kayak. (A) or
North Seymour Island was not formed by volcanic activity but rather uplifted boulders that can be seen across the primarily flat terrain. The site is a well-known nesting site for colonies of blue-footed boobies that perform a fascinating courtship dance in more open areas. North Seymour is also home to the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a member of the frigate family that is known for the male’s vibrant display of red pouches in hopes of attracting a mate. (B).
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10

Punta Cormorant or Punta Espinoza, Post Office Bay or Elizabeth Bay

AM: Punta Cormorant, on Floreana Island, is home to the Flamingo Lagoon, which holds one of the largest populations of flamingos in the Galapagos. Also on Punta Cormorant, one can visit La Picona to see the marine turtles and their spawning grounds on the beach. This is a good place for snorkelers, however avoid Devil’s Crown if snorkeling because this is an open water experience and there is no place to stand. (A) or
Fernandina is the archipelago’s youngest island and home to the most active volcano in the Galapagos with eruptions occurring every few years. Punta Espinoza has a fascinating combination of barrenness and abundance of wildlife that one will observe during a brief one-mile walk. The island has no introduced animals and therefore has a very unique environment with a high density of marine iguanas, sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and Galapagos hawks. The lava terrain on the island calls for good walking shoes. (B).
PM: Post Office Bay is the oldest postal system in the world. From this remote archipelago send letters to friends and family around the world. (A) or
Visit Elizabeth Bay. Overhead of this beautiful bay, the Galapagos hawks soars and schools of pompanos and dorados can be seen swimming underneath the boat. The ride continues to a red mangrove cove passing through red root and green leaf breeding grounds for fish and sea turtles. Here one can also see brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, and sea lions. (B).
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11

Isabela Wetlands or Urbina Bay, Sierra Negra Volcano or Tagus Cove

AM: The wetlands adjacent to Puerto Villamil contain a series of nine trails that allow visitors to enjoy its natural beauty. Play del Amour (Lovers’ Beach) is a popular site where marine iguanas, pelicans, and blue-footed boobies can all be spotted. (A) or
Urbina Bay is located on the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin. This bay is an excellent nesting ground for the large and colorful land iguanas while flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, and penguins can all be seen along the rocky shoreline. This is a good location to swim or snorkel. (B).
PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, on Isabela Island, is the archipelago’s still active volcano. A) or
On the northwest of Isabela is the secluded Tagus Cove that was in past centuries a preferred anchor for pirates and whalers. Old graffiti is still found on its walls as evidence of its earlier visitors. Here the uphill trail leads to a high point with an impressive view of Darwin Crater Lake and the lava flows of Darwin Volcano. The vegetation in the area includes the Palo Santo trees which remain leafless until the short wet season occurring in March or April. (B).
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Day
12

Mosquera Island or Puerto Egas, Bartolome Island or Rabida Island

AM: Mosquera Island is a tiny island located between North Seymour and Baltra. The long narrow stretch of white sand is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. (A) or
Puerto Egas (James Bay), on Santiago Island, was the site of a small salt mining industry in the 1960s. A walk down the shoreline will take one to grottos to see several colonies of fur seals. This location is ideal for watching shorebirds, while land birds are better observed inland. This is a good location for swimming and snorkeling. (B).
PM: Bartolome Island is perhaps the most photographed location in the entire archipelago and has several volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. A walk to the top of the island results in an amazing view of the most famous Galapagos vista: Pinnacle Rock & Santiago Island. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, but the view from the top is well worth the effort. (A) or
Rabida Island has a unique color of sand due to the unusually high iron content in the volcanic material. This island is often considered the geographic center of the Galapagos because it has the most diversified volcanic rocks of the islands. Located near the beach is a salt pond that often attracts greater flamingos looking to feed on the brine shrimp in the waters. Here one can enjoy a 2-mile walk along the island’s beach to see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a good location to swim and snorkel. (B).
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13

Plazas Island or Charles Darwin Research Center, Santa Cruz Highlands or Santa Fe Island

AM: Plazas Island was originally https://www.yampu.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Galapagos-Coastal-Frigates-200x200.jpgformed by uplifted lava and the terrain includes an impressive cactus forest. On land one will see land iguanas, sea lions and several species of tropical birds. (A) or
The Charles Darwin Research Center, located in Puerto Ayora, displays the efforts and results of the ongoing field work conducted in the name of science. Here one will see young turtles being raised in safety until the age of five. (B).
PM: The Highlands of Santa Cruz are popular for its native forest and the twin craters. The island is a good place to view the giant tortoise in their natural habitat and visit one of the island’s lava tunnels. (A) or
Santa Fe Island 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. (B).
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Day
14

Interpretation Center, Flight Home

AM: Interpretation Center, on San Cristobal opened in 1998 and explores the history of the archipelago from its volcanic origins to present, representing the natural and cultural history of the Galapagos.
This afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the Quito and connect with the international flight home.

AM: Interpretation Center, on San Cristobal opened in 1998 and explores the history of the archipelago from its volcanic origins to present, representing the natural and cultural history of the Galapagos.
This afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the Quito and connect with the international flight home.

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Baños, Ecuador

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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.

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    Cotopaxi

    One of the highest volcanoes in the world is the stratovolcano Cotopaxi. Enjoy the areas unique flora and fauna as you trek or bike your way through the National park of the same name. Visit the Museum and visitor center to gain an appreciation for the area and possibly enjoy some time along the Limpiopungo Lagoon, made up of remnants of glacial activity.

  • Banos-Waterfall-Ecuador

    Banos

    On the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, lies the city of Banos. One of the final cities before reaching the depths of the Amazon, Banos offers many exciting activities to take in. Enjoy the picturesque waterfalls, such as the famous Cascada de La Virgin, or take on nature with jungle tours, rafting, bungee jumping and so much more at the capital of adventure!

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    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.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Galapagos : Casa Opuntia Hotel

5 Star Properties

Banos : Luna Runtun

Testimonials

Caswell & Teresa

Traveled December, 2014

I don’t know where to start but just let me say this was the BEST TRIP we have EVER taken.

I don’t know where to start but just let me say this was the BEST TRIP we have EVER taken. You thought of everything. I must admit I know you said everything would be taken care of but I thought yea, RIGHT, no way. Boy was I wrong, gosh you didn’t miss a thing. All the tour guides, the tours, the hotels were just outstanding. The tour guides took us to airports got our tickets to board flights geeze we were treated like royals. Machu Picchu was outstanding; we did the hike. I have to say I was a little apprehensive about it at first, but once we got started realized we would have no problem. We made it all the way to the top. The hotel there was just wonderful, the weather was nice also NO RAIN!! Galapagos!!! WOW it was JUST AWESOME!!! OMG the snorkeling was incredible. We got to go twice a day and honey we sure did not miss one trip. The hikes were great, we could not believe how close you can get to all the animals. I Really don’t have the vocabulary to express to you just how amazing this whole trip was. All the tours were outstanding loved having the private tours. All the guides were very knowledgeable, and I know this is true cause Caswell knows his history. I am recommending this trip to all my friends. Again thank you so much for preparing the trip of a life time.We were married 30 years January 2 and this was our gift to each other. Thank You,

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Jon L

Traveled December, 2014

Everything was great!

Everything was great! Just exactly as you advertised, and we had an awesome time. We will definitely keep Yampu in mind for any future trips we might be making.

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Jenny and Penny from Australia

Traveled March, 2010

Getting to Machu Picchu was a highlight & completed the lifetime package

I am home again after the most fantastic trip. Of course my feet have not touched the ground yet, so much to do & mail a meter high. My heartfelt thanks to you especially, but also all the crew both on the ground & manning the desks.We were never let down once. Always a smiling face in the foyer or standing at the airport gate. I don’t know how you pulled it all off especially with our last manic changes. It was hard work at times I will not deny it. The last 2 weeks were tight & we were both very tired, but getting to Machu Picchu was a highlight & completed the lifetime package. We stood there in awe. I will get Jenny to send you a photo to prove it, she is better at photos than me.I am so glad I booked those 5 nights in BA at the end & enjoyed the Tango show, shopping & galleries, high tea at a posh hotel. I will not hesitate to recommend both you & Yampu. I hope we cross paths one day or certainly when I return to that magical part of the world I will contact you.

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