Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper

Quito
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From the heights of the volcanoes to the unexplored waters of Galapagos, this tour is a must for the lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you are snorkeling with sea lions & rays, or chilling with the giant Galapagos tortoise, this adventure is epic!

Departure dates

From 04/06/2024 to 22/03/2025

What's included

Highlights.
6 Dinner (D)11 Breakfast (B)Quito: Stroll around the colourful streets of the old town.
See Independence Square, La Basilica de Volo Nacional and all the other highlights.
Quito: Your inner science nerd will love this museum all about the Equator.
Quito: Here’s your chance to snap up some brightly coloured ponchos for everyone back home.
Baños: Live out all your rainforest hiking dreams as you climb past this monumental waterfall.
Baños: Hungry after all that travelling? Fill up on some mouth-watering BBQ seasoned with the freshest Ecuadorian spices.
Baños: If you’ve always wanted to learn this Latin dance, this is your moment.
We’ve booked you in for a lesson!Quito: Swoop into the phenomenal Galápagos Islands and start your expedition of these natural wonders.
#exploreIsabela Island: Look out for sea turtles, penguins, sea lions and more as you glide over to the largest island in the Galapagos.
Santa Cruz Island: You can’t visit the Galapagos without popping by to say hello to its most famous residents.
Santa Cruz Island: Take a walk inside these incredible tunnels, made from solidified lava.
Isabela Island: Your chance to get up close with turtles, angelfish, parrotfish and more at one of the world’s best snorkeling spots.
Isabela Island: Get set for the adventure of a lifetime.
Float around the turquoise waters surrounded by penguins, turtles and sea lions.
Isabela Island: A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close with endangered Galápagos Giant Tortoises – and see the work that’s being done to save them.
Santa Cruz Island: Marvel at the beauty.
Then hike to a secluded beach with only the iguanas for company (and your Contiki crew, obvs).
Santa Cruz Island: Support the crucial conservation, restoration and sustainable development work of the Galapagos scientists.
San Cristobal Island: Grab your camera and get some pics with these charming locals.
San Cristobal Island: On the surface, this may look like a giant red rock shaped like a shoe.
But under the water, it’s a rainbow utopia of marine life.
San Cristobal Island: Stretch out on the pristine sands with your Contiki crew and take in the peace and tranquility.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Welcome to Quito! The mood will be sky high as we gather in Ecuador's capital. This modern day city (nicknamed the 'light of America') is built on ancient Incan ruins and boasts one of the best preserved historic centers in America. It was also the first city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll jump straight in to a team tour of the city, skip between two hemispheres at the Equatorial line. Squeezing in a visit to the IInti-?an Museum should round off the first day on trip pretty nicely.
  • Day 2 It's out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route. Not a bad way to spend the day. This stunning landscape is composed of vibrant hills and tumbling rivers that make it a white water rafting dream! If that's not your scene, we'll head to a humming bird sanctuary, and try and catch these beautiful birds as they buzz by. Then we'll settle in for the night, ready for big adventures tomorrow.
  • Day 3 Today is yours to roam the city and jungle to your hearts content. Maybe unwind over a few hot sugar cane and cinnamon drinks and a traditional Guayuza, or opt to visit a local indigenous community - a pretty cool way to truly go local and give back on your trip. You'll get the chance to meet a shaman, play soccer with the local kids and really experience what tribe life is all about in this part of the world. Like the sound of this? Maybe consider packing some extra school supplies or tasty treats in your luggage - absolutely not essential but definitely appreciated by the local children. This afternoon, take the adrenaline up a notch and and hit the river for some fast and furious rafting. Nothing like a spot of rapid riding to induce group bonding. Tonight, we'll feast on delicious meats, sauces and salads, all traditional and sourced locally from the area. YUM.
  • Day 4 Good morning, Amazonian roamers! Today we're off to the adrenaline capital of Ba?os, so time to shimmy our way out of the rainforest - our next adventure awaits... Sitting amidst tumbling valleys, waterfalls, and the still active Volc?n Tungurahua, Ba?os is a big deal on the natural beauty front. If "Thrill Seeker" is your middle name, you'll love to opt for today's Zip Line and Canyoneering experiences. Afterwards, we'll feast on DELISH spread of perfectly seasoned barbecue meats, before we burn away all those calories with salsa - with our friendly local teacher, Edith. Now, that's night well spent!
  • Day 5 The adventure opportunities are endless today, with horseback riding, canyoneering and ziplining all on the menu. And trust us, this isn't just any regular old zipline - we're talking aerial bridges, rock climbing and speeding through the skies, Superman style - pretty much the ultimate aerial adventure. Don't have such a head for heights? Horsey fun and canyoneering expeditions will keep you on your toes. Oh what a tough day this will be in Banos - deciding how best to embrace your inner adventurer.
  • Day 6 You've got another chance to explore this beautiful city - lucky you! At night, we'll dine on a traditional Ecuadorian meal as our time in this wonderful country comes to an end.
  • Day 7 Rise and shine! This morning we're taking to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we'll appease our rumbling stomachs with some local food. Giant tortoises roaming their natural surroundings and incredible old lava tunnels will welcome us onto the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, we'll take to the ocean and make tracks to our home for the night - the impossibly glorious Isabela Island, where we'll sleep amidst the spellbinding beauty of the Galapagos National Park. The inspiration behind Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species', Isabela Island is home to wildlife you won't find anywhere else in the world. Picture the scene - sandy streets, palm trees, crystal waters and seal pups playing - can it really get any more perfect? Soak it all in, as it's home for the next little while.
  • Day 8 Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.
  • Day 9 We'll wake up hungry for the day this morning (that's what island life does to you), and for good reason - Santa Cruz is on the horizon. After settling in to the Santa Cruz way of life, we'll stroll down to the beach and the cosy Tortuga Bay. Wildlife fanatics will be in their element - the island is known for sharks, rays, turtles, great blue herons, and even blue footed boobies. Spend your time sunbaking next to a marine iguana, or roam the streets stopping off in cute cafes for fresh juice pit stops.
  • Day 10 Back on our boat we'll set sail for San Cristobal, keeping our eyes peeled for cute bathing sea lions (we won't have to look too hard - they're literally everywhere). Four extinct volcanoes sit across the island creating scenic highlands that are best experienced by bike - mainly cruising downhill, you'll be happy to know. The tiny town of El Progreso will add a splash of colour to our journey, and we'll also cross five different vegetation zones before arriving at our seaside destination - La Loberia beach.
  • Day 11 It's our last day soaking up the natural beauty of the Galapagos, and what a day we've got planned. Bird-watching will kick us off, followed by a cruise to the 143-metre Kicker Rock - a natural phenomenon that protrudes from the ocean and is one of the greatest icons of the area. Our Local Guide will give us the low-down on the wildlife - both above and below the water - that surrounds the rock, then we'll jump in and explore for ourselves. Keep a look out for chocolate chip starfish and a Galapagos Shark or two, but remember the golden rule - keep those toes off the coral, as you can do serious damage to the delicate eco-system. Back on board, we'll make tracks for Puerto Grande beach. Here, we'll eat lunch on board and enjoy a final afternoon of Galapagos fun, before rounding off the day with a feat to end all feasts. WHAT A DAY.
  • Day 12 There's time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival. Not done yet? Why not fly to Peru and join our Peru Uncovered trip?
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