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Ecuador & Galápagos Islands - 9 Days

Yacht La Pinta Northern Islands - 5 Days (Private Charter)

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Quito, Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil City

June 19, 2020

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our Ecuador tour is designed so you can enjoy the all the best highlights in a comfortable and luxurious manner. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:

  • Named the ' Best Island in the World' by Travel + Leisure magazine (2015), the Galapagos Islands features some of the world’s most endemic wildlife species and spectacular beaches.
    • Northern Islands Features :
      • Santa Cruz Island, Eden Islet,  Chinese Hat Islet, Bartolomé Island, Sullivan Bay, and Genovesa – one of the most isolated islands in Galapagos.
        • Cruise Activities Include:
          • Glass-Bottom Boat: Enjoy gratifying observations of the undersea marine environment.
          • Kayaking: Discover the hidden beauty of lagoons while kayaking at leisure.
          • Snorkeling: Encounter sea lions and stunning marine life.
          • Trekking: Led by a naturalist guide, walk the trails brimming with wonderful wildlife and awe-inspiring views.
    • Quito: Explore one of the very first UNESCO World Heritage Cities in the world.
      • Mitad del Mundo: A monument and museum marking the hemispheric divide.
    • Guayaquil: Ecuador's largest city and access point for Galapagos.
      • Climb the most beautiful neighborhood in Guayaquil - a colorful hillside called Cerro Santa Ana.
      • Take a leisurely stroll along the Malecón 2000.
  • Featured Accommodations:

    • Quito Casa Gangotena Hotel: Situated in the heart of Quito’s Old Town, this beautifully and eclectically-appointed mansion sings with the history of the city.
    • La Pinta Yacht(Private Charter): Yacht La Pinta’s modern design offers plenty of style and comfort throughout its interior and exterior spaces. It is the perfect size for exploring some of the most precious and hard-to-reach places in the Galapagos Islands.
    • Guayaquil Hotel del Parque: Hotel Del Parque is Guayaquil's first luxury boutique hotel, which was built within a 125-year-old historic wooden structure that includes a church.
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Day1

Depart North America  Ecuador

  • Suggested routing: Copa Airlines (CM), via Panama City (PTY) transfer:CM 829 PTY/UIO 09:36A -11:37A
  • Casa Gangotena Hotel Pre-tour hotel extension:(per room per night/ breakfast included) 

    - US$470 (single room/ twin room/ double room), US$550 (triple room)

Day2

Arrive Quito, Ecuador (UIO)  smiley (25miles, 1hr) Middle of the World【L、D】

  • Quito:
    • Intiñán Museum: This museum features interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth. Enjoy science experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail and the affects of the Coriolis force on earth.
    • Middle of the World Monument: The monument is built on the historic site where a French explorer calculated the line of the equator in 1736. Visit the 98-foot monument and stand one foot on each side of the hemisphere.
Middle of the World Middle of the World.jpg Plaza San Francisco Exterior.jpg Casa Gangotena Hotel reception-casa-gangotena.jpg

LunchMountain View Lunch DinnerSeafood Cuisine HotelCasa Gangotena Hotel 5☆ (One of the Best Luxury Hotel in Quito)

Day3

Quito smiley 【3 meals】

  • Quito:
    • TelefériQo (cable car): Ride one of the highest aerial lifts in the world. Take the cable car from the edge of the city center up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to Cruz Loma lookout. 
    • Virgin of El Panecillo:Standing 135 feet high (base included), it is one of the highest statues in South America (even taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in the Brazil). 
    • Old Town Walking Tour:
      • San Francisco Church: Established in 1536, by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a museum in its convent with art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
      • La Compañía de Jesus Church: Jesuit architects began work on the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús in 1605. Today, it is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America.
      • Carondelet Palace: Known as the Palace of the Government, the building is believed to be to be over 300 years old. It currently serves as the seat of Ecuador's presidency.
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BreakfastHotel Breakfast LunchPanecillo Traditional Cuisine DinnerHotel Chef Selected Specialties HotelCasa Gangotena Hotel 5☆

Day4

Quito (26miles, 1hr) smiley Quito Airport sad (3hrs) Baltra Airport, Galapagos Islands  wink Santa Cruz Island【3 meals】

  • Welcome aboard our private chartered yacht, La Pinta! We're excited to take you on a journey of a lifetime.
  • Santa Cruz Island
    • Highlands: We will reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot lumbering around, eating grass and sometimes even wallowing in the small pools.
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BreakfastHotel Breakfast LunchBuffet Lunch on the Cruise DinnerFine Dinner on the Cruise HotelYacht La Pinta

Day5

Santa Cruz Island wink Sombreno Chino Island【3 meals】

  • Santa Cruz Island:
    • Eden Islet: Located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, you'll get a chance to observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. Snorkel or join your Naturalist Guide on the glass-bottom boat for a visual symphony of  fish, sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas  and more(weather permitting).
  • Sombrero Chino Island:This tiny island gets its name from its appearance, which is reminiscent of a Chinese Hat. This islet, which formed fairly recently, makes for a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-meter long trail.
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BreakfastBuffet Breakfast on the Cruise LunchBuffet Lunch on the Cruise DinnerFine Dinner on the Cruise HotelYacht La Pinta

Day6

Bartolome Island wink Santiago Island【3 meals】

  • Bartolome Island: We disembark from our dinghy shuttle boat and begin a steep climb up a wooden staircase for stunning views of the island and ocean. Back on the dinghy we go for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock. You can also choose to transfer onto the glass-bottom boat to admire colorful marine life.
  • Santiago Island Island:
    • Sullivan Bay:  After lunch, transfer via dinghy to Sullivan Bay, located on the east coast of Santiago Island. There's a trail that goes over a lava field that once flowed through less than 100 years ago.
Pinnacle Rock Pinnacle Rock.jpg Galapagos Penguin GalapagosPenguin_PintaWeb.jpg Sullivan Bay SullivanBay_PintaWeb.jpg

BreakfastBuffet Breakfast on the Cruise LunchBuffet Lunch on the Cruise DinnerFine Dinner on the Cruise HotelYacht La Pinta

Day7

wink Genovesa Island【3 meals】

  • Genovesa Island : Located in the northern part of the archipelago, Genovesa is known to guides as "bird island" because of the many species of birds that nest there.
    • Darwin Bay : Among the bird species found here, the most common are swallow-tailed, lava gulls, mockingbirds, yellow-crowned night herons, lava herons, Galapagos doves and yellow warblers.
    • Prince Phillip's Steps : After a careful disembarkment, begin your hike near a small colony of Galapagos sea bears before reaching the top for views of the lava plains. The variety of bird species and sounds will heighten the expereince as they fly and land in all directions. 
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BreakfastBuffet Breakfast on the Cruise LunchBuffet Lunch on the Cruise DinnerFine Dinner on the Cruise HotelYacht La Pinta

Day8

wink Baltra Island smiley Baltra Airport sad (2hrs) Guayaquil, Ecuador smiley(4miles, 15minsHotel【3 meals】

  • Your Galapagos journey ends at Baltra Airport where you'll fly to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.
  • Guayaquil City Walk :
    • Malecon2000:Stroll down the lively boardwalk and enjoy the breeze as your tour guide gives you the history of the city. 
    • Santa Ana Hill:The 60-meter high hill is one of the most important viewpoints of the city; once at the top enjoy a panoramic view of the city. 
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BreakfastBuffet Breakfast on the Cruise LunchBuffet Lunch at the Airport Lounge DinnerFarewell Dinner HotelHotel del Parque

Day9

Guayaquil smiley(4miles, 15mins) Guayaquil Airport (GYE) sad Your Destination【B、L】

Guayaquil

  • Enjoy your morning in leisure or visit the Historic Park adjacent to our hotel. With four hectares of recreated natural habitats, admire more than 50 species including parrots, a harpy eagle, sloths, ocelots, deer, spider monkeys, tapirs and collared sainos. 
  • Guayaquil City Tour: The city combines colonial-era buildings and a lively street scene with distinct cultural experiences; and stroll through Seminario Park to see the large population of iguanas that roam free within the park.

  • The whole journey ends here. It is recommended to arrange flight departures after 3:00pm.
  • Take Copa Airlines:CM 272 GYE/PTY 3:02P-5:14P via Panama City (PTY) transfer back to North America
  • Hotel del Parque Post-tour hotel extension:(per room per night/ breakfast included) More info

    US$430 (single room/ twin room/ double room),US$505 (triple room)

Historic Park in Hotel Area Zoo_Hotel.jpg Hotel del Parque Room_HotelWeb.jpg Seminario Park Seminario Park.jpg

BreakfastHotel Breakfast LunchSelected Seafood Specialty

Health & Safety 

  • This tour is a well-paced active tour that includes walking on inclined or uneven surfaces. We're sorry, but guests under 6 years old or in wheelchairs are not encouraged to join this tour due to lack of accessibility in hotels and many sites.
  • Quito is located 9,350ft above sea level. Travelers may experience altitude sickness in destinations higher than 8,000ft above sea level. Common symptoms include headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and lack of appetite. For most travelers, it is a manageable condition through medication, herbal remedies, and breathing exercises. Please consult your personal health care provider before travel.
  • We strongly encourage you to visit the CDC website and check with your health care provider for a list of recommended and required shots when traveling to Ecuador and other South American countries.  

Upgrades

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no unmarked options are sold on tour.

  Hotel Rooms

  • TRIPLE (3 bed) rooms are limited and not guaranteed in all hotels. Please check with us for availability.

 Dietary Restrictions

  • We want everyone to have a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have special dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate, but we regret some preferences may not be available due to cultural differences. 

Luggage Handling

  • Porterage service included in all hotels, train stations, and airports where available. 
  • Domestic airlines in Ecuador allow 1pc of checked luggage (up to 50lbs). 
Middle of the World Monument

The Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) commemorates the site where the 18th-century French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine once calculated the globe's equatorial line. The central city of Quito is located about 25 kilometres south of the equator and the city itself extends within 1 kilometre of zero latitude. A monument and museum mark the general location of the equator, known locally as La Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World).

Plaza San Francisco

Plaza de San Francisco - one of the oldest and most beautiful sights there is in the city.  Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times, this large cobbled square is dominated by the enormous Iglesia de San Francisco and the monastery of the same name. Today the Plaza provides you with a wonderful view of the southern part of Quito as a result of its inclined location. 

El Panecillo

The El Panecillo—which translates to “small piece of bread” in Spanish—is a small volcanic peak in central Quito, Ecuador. Resembling a type of small bread (panecillo), this hill makes an excellent observation point over Quito and features La Virgen del Panecillo, a majestic sculpture that can be seen from any location in the city. This Virgin Mary statue is the first one that shows the Madonna in a state of movement, in a dance formation, and perhaps the only one with wings.  Native people suggest the statue to be symbolic of chaining evil away from good. 

La Compania de Jesus

Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of the Old Town. Jesuit architects began work on the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús in 1605. The church was finally completed 160 years later, and is now considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America.

Carondelet Palace

Located on the west side of Plaza Grande, the Palacio de Carondelet sits in the heart of Quito’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center). The Palacio de Carondelet serves as the seat of government and official residence of the President of Ecuador. It’s a historic building, but many of the items inside are not original. Over the last few decades, the Palace has suffered from a consistent pattern of low-key looting, with the culprits yet unknown.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador and are situated in the Pacific Ocean about 605 miles (1,000 kilometers) west of northern South America. The islands emerged from the bottom of the sea in the form of astonishing volcanic upheavals. All in all, the archipelago consists of 19 islands and dozens of islets and rocks that dot a vast area of 17,000 square miles (45,000 square kilometers) of ocean. Thanks to a lack of natural predators, wildlife in the Galapagos has no fear of humans, making the islands one of the world’s greatest wonders and an incredibly magical destination to visit.

Guayaquil

Guayaquil is not only the beating commercial heart of Ecuador but a vibrant sprawling city, growing ever more confident. A half-dozen high-rises give it a big-city profile, and several hillsides are engulfed by colorful favelas, but it’s the Río Guayas’ malecón (the riverfront town square) that defines the city’s identity.

Malecón 2000

One of the most extensive urban-renewal projects in South America, Malecón 2000 is made up of monuments, playgrounds, sculptures, gardens and river views. From its southernmost point at the Mercado Sur to Cerro Santa Ana and Las Peñas in the north, el malecón stretches over 1.5 miles along the bank of the wide Río Guayas. It’s a gated, policed public space with restaurants, a museum, a performance space, a movie theater and a shopping mall.

Santa Ana Hill

Santa Ana Hill is one of Guayaquil's most iconic sights is this hillside enclave, which is dotted with brightly painted homes, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Follow the winding path up the 444 steps to reach the hilltop Fortín del Cerro. Cannons, which were once used to protect Guayaquil from pirates, aim over the parapet toward the river and are still fired today during celebrations.

Seminario Park

Seminario Park, also known as Parque de las Iguanas (Iguana Park) for the large population of iguanas living there, has a natural charm because of the walkways and artificial lagoon in which different colored fish swim. According to tourists, the iguanas add a prehistoric and natural ambiance to the Park.  Biologists believe that the iguanas settled in during the colonial times due to the city's proximity to the river and because people do not pursue them.  

 

Casa Gangotena

Step into the elegance and luxury of a bygone era at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito. Situated in the heart of Quito’s Old Town, the beautifully and eclectically-appointed mansion sings with the history of the city. Whether it be the rooms, suites, terrace or gardens, or Casa Gangotena’s restaurant, each is a space for you to unwind, discover and dream.

Yacht La Pinta

Yacht La Pinta’s modern design offers plenty of style and comfort throughout its interior and exterior spaces. It is the perfect size for exploring some of the most precious and hard-to-reach places in the Galapagos Islands. Sustainable sailing is a big component of Yacht La Pinta’s operations, too, and the vessel takes several measures to help safeguard the ecosystem. This Galapagos Yacht measures approximately 209 feet (64 meters) and features 24 cabins that accommodate up to 48 guests. As four of these are connecting; they are ideal for groups of families or friends traveling together.

Hotel del Parque

Hotel Del Parque is Guayaquil's first luxury boutique hotel, which was built within a 125-year-old historic wooden structure that includes a church. This Boutique Hotel offers 44 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, lush tropical gardens, patios and a unique massage room located in the former bell tower.

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