Our program Galapagos & Andes Trek tour, combines 20 Days in the Andes & The Galapagos Islands visiting the 3 inhabited islands and the main highlights of the Andes in Ecuador, conducted activities and excursions with a carefully planned schedule that will allow you to freely enjoy the mountains, beaches and appreciate all of the activities that this tour has to offer. In this tour, the activities can go from easy to moderate.

DURATION

20 Days – 19 Nights

HIGHLIGHTS 

Quito, Middle of the World, Inca Ruins, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Baños, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela & Baltra

HOTELS

Portal de Cantuña, Mama Hilda, Mountain Lodge, Isla de Baños, CANN’S House, Deja Vu, The Wooden House. If there is no availability, we change to a similar hotel class.

WEAR

Clothes for very cold and very warm, including a waterproof jacket, Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket, sunscreen, swimsuit.

COST

$4,100 per person, departures from 2 people.

INCLUDED

Accommodations in Quito and the mountain adventure trek
Guided excursions on the Galapagos
Transfers from and to the airport in Quito
Tour to Kicker Rock and San Cristobal
Tour to Los Tuneles & Sierra Negra Volcano in Isabella
Private Transportation in The Andes
Breakfast & Box lunch or snacks during the tours
19 nights of accommodation
Flights to Galapagos

NOT INCLUDED

Meals not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses
INGALA transit card (20 USD p. p.)
Entrance fee Galapagos National Park (100 USD for adults, 50 USD for children aged less than 12 years)

 

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1

Arrival Day

Arrive at any time to Quito Airport, Transfer to the Hotel in the Old Town
2

City Line Quito Tour + Inca Ruins

Middle of the World – Equator Line / Pululahua – Inhabited Active Crater/ Rumicucho – Inca Ruins and City tour Quito- World Cultural Heritage Site Old Town and el Panecillo

quito old town

3

Quito Cable Car - Free

You have one day to adapt to the altitude as Quito is at 2,800 mosl. In the morning we take the cable car to about 4000 meters. Free afternoon to buy souvenirs in el Mercado Artesanal where you can find a lot of our traditional handicrafts.
4

Cotopaxi - Refuge

Visit the Cotopaxi National Park, Limpiopungo Lake and trek to the refuge and the Glacier of the Cotopaxi. The Cotopaxi is one of the most dangerous and highest active volcanoes in the world, Night at a Mountain Lodge

cotoapaxiday1

5

Quilotoa - Chugchilan

Drive to the Quilotoa and trek down to Chugchilan, this trek long but most of the way is downhill, so you can enjoy the views.

Quilotoa Loop

6

Quilotoa - Insiliví

Today the trek is warmer we go down along the valley of the Toachi River to Insilivi where we stay at a mountain lodge in a very cozy place, here is where we end up the trek.
7

Baños

Baños is a very colorful touristic town at the entrance of the Amazon. Here visit the road of the waterfalls along the valley of the Pastaza River and have a relaxing massage.
8

Free Day in Baños

Baños has many activities that you can do, is full of adventures so today you can choose to do rafting, canopy, trek or relax in the hot springs.

9

Flight to Galapagos - San Cristobal

Flight to San Cristobal in the morning, Arrive in Baltra, In the Afternoon you have time to try the local specialties, lobster is one of the most famous dish, “El Cangrejo Loco” is recommended by the locals.

San Cristobal, Galapagos

10

El Junco Lagoon & Pto. Chino

After a delicious breakfast a local guide will take you to the highlands, to El Junco Lagoon and then to la Galapaguera Cerro Colorado. Then to a beautiful sandy beach of Pto. Chino.
11

Kicker Rock - San Cristobal Tour

Today is one of the most amazing tours, you will join a group to go snorkeling at Kicker Rock. Here is possible to see HammerHead sharks and eagle rays among so many others.

kicker rock galapagos

12

Transfer, Charles Darwin Foundation, Tortuga Bay

Today you need to wake up early to take the transfer to Santa Cruz, the boat departs at 7 am so you need to be at the pier at 6:30 a.m. The ride takes about 2 hours, Once you arrive In Santa Cruz you have the hotel a few blocks away from the pier. The Charles Darwin foundation that is a few blocks from the hotel ( There is an entrance fee of 10 USD)

By the afternoon take a walk to Tortuga Bay Beach, there you can spend the rest of the afternoon, bring some water, sunscreen, snacks, and a towel to lie on the beach.

Once you get to the beach, you will find “Playa Brava,” swim carefully here as it has strong currents. To the right, you will find a calm beach where you can swim, snorkel and relax. For dinner, you can go on your own to walk by the port and walk through the many restaurants that offer a diverse menu.

13

Las Grietas - Transfer to Isabella

. In the morning Las Grietas, it’s a self-guided path to a beautiful place where you can snorkel and swim. Then head back to the Hotel and take the boat ride to Isabella at 2 p.m. please try to be there 10 minutes before. Later after a couple of hours, you arrive at Isabela, you need to pay a fee to use the dock on Isabela Island, the ferry boats depart from the dock located outside of town. Once you get there, you’ll need to take a 15-20 walk to the hotel or hop in a taxi to town. The taxi should cost $1 per person.

Las Grietas Galapagos

6

Volcan Sierra Negra - Transfer to Santa Cruz

Tour starts at 7:15 to Sierra Negra Volcano. It has the second largest crater in the world and is the most active volcanic areas of the Galapagos, and the last activities were in July 2018.

In Isabella visit the Breeding center that you can walk to close to the town and walk by the flamingo lake that if you are lucky you can see some.

Sierra Negra Volcano

14

Los Tuneles Cabo Rosa, Puerto Villamil tour

At 7:30 starts the day trip to “Los Tuneles – Cabo Rosa”, in this trip, you visit an area with underwater lava tunnels where you can snorkel and see with tipped sharks, sea turtles, and a big colony of Galapagos penguins besides a lot of sea life, back to Puerto Villamil

Los Tuneles - Cabo Rosa

15

Free Morning - Transfer to Santa Cruz

Today you have a free morning to chill on the beach, you can also hire some bikes and visit the wall of tears, or a tour that is by the town to las Tintoreras, In the afternoon take the boat back to Santa Cruz, the ship departs at 2:30 PM from the dock, Check-in in Santa Cruz.

16

Flight Back to Mainland

In the morning after breakfast the transport will pick you up to go to Batra Airport (GPS).

On the way, visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island where you visit a reserve of turtles in wild state and pass through a lava tunnel underground.

El Chato & Lava Tunnel

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GALÁPAGOS WEATHER

Galapagos Island BBC Documentaries

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Las Grietas
Flamingo Galapagos
Las Grietas Galapagos
Lava Tunnels Galapagos
The Tunnels Tour Isabela
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snorkelling
Galapagos Snorkeling
Pelikano & Candelabra cactus
Quilotoa lake
Toachi Valley
quilotoa
Quito Catedral
teleferico quito

Tour Reviews

September 24, 2019

Hello Diego,

Hope this finds you well and that your knee is much better. We are settling back into our routines now and often thinking back to the last few weeks in Ecuador. It was a very good trip and we really enjoyed discovering your beautiful country.
As promised, we are sending you comments on the experience.

In terms of accommodations, all but one of the places where we stayed were good. Cann’s House and the Wooden House were the best, both in terms of the hotels themselves and the helpfulness of the staff. The staff at the Deja Vu and the Portal de Cantuna were also very kind and helpful. The Isla de Banos was also very nice and we really enjoyed the massages they offer. The only place we really didn’t like was the Quito Airport Suites. We couldn’t sleep because of all the road and air traffic and we felt isolated in a location without any services or attractions we could walk to. The staff were kind and helpful but there were clearly too few of them to run the place more smoothly. While conveniently close to the airport, we feel that it would be better to choose another property. The shuttle driver also does a dangerous manœuvre backing up on part of the highway to the airport in order to do a U-turn, which we feel is unnecessary and unsettling.

The excursions you had booked for us in the Galapagos were all excellent, as was the tour at Cotopaxi with Estela. We also enjoyed the tours you organized with Sebastian in Quito and the waterfalls tour with Clever in Banos.

The trekking was excellent if sometimes challenging (like at Los Ilinizas!). We very much appreciated you sharing your knowledge about the places as well as guiding us along the trails. We also appreciated learning from Clever about the geology of the Andes. With you, we visited some extraordinarily beautiful places and we loved being in nature. The Andes are very special to us.

We were a little disappointed by the hot springs in Papallacta, which seemed more like an outdoor pool than a natural retreat. We understand that the location more popular with tourists is quite a bit farther from Quito but it may be worth the extra drive to go there.

One thing we found stressful was sorting out the logistics for transfers on and between the islands. It would have been helpful to have more details written down in the itinerary (i.e. where we are met by a hotel employee or taxi driver at the wharf, where the lancha offices are for each boat company, information about needing small change for the many water taxis we have to take back and forth, times for the excursions or boats to the next island, etc.) We also would have felt more reassured if we had received tickets or photos of the tickets for the inter-island boats well in advance, as we had limited access to wi-fi and on Isabela, it didn’t always work properly.

The Galapagos were truly extraordinary and we feel privileged to have visited them. We felt the whole time that we were in a unique and very special place because of the natural environment and the wildlife.

A special note of thanks to you and to Clever for taking the time to return to Insilivi to help us search for Dan’s lost phone. We really appreciate that you did that for us.

Thank you once again for organizing this extraordinary trip and for guiding us on the trekking. Thanks again also to Clever for driving us for a week and to Sebastian in Quito as well.

Best regards,
Daniel and Philippe

September 24, 2019

Thanks a lot for your feedback Daniel and Philipe,

I will take in mind all the points that you mentioned to make it perfect for our clients.

Thanks for Booking your trip with Barefoot Expeditions

All the best from Quito 🙂
Diego

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