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Quito & Galapagos Islands Tour with La Pinta

8 Days Days | From $6,890 per person


Highlights

  • Visit the equator line
  • Visit Quito's Colonial Quarter
  • Enjoy luxurious & spacious ship cabins
  • Snorkel w/ sea lions & harmless reef sharks
  • View giant tortoises in their natural habitat

Enjoy modern luxury aboard La Pinta during an itinerary that reveals the iconic wildlife of the Galapagos. La Pinta is known for its elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Guests cruise in style while enjoying the ship’s many amenities including a library with internet access, gym and skybar.

Pricing

  • TRIP LENGTH8 days
  • PACKAGE PRICEFrom $6,890
  • INTERNAL AIRFARE$560
  • Boat capacity: 40 passengers
  • Trip start: Wednesdays
  • Semi-private tour:
*Prices based on 2+ travelers

Included
  • Private tour with professional Andean Discovery guides
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All activities, transfers, and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Most meals as per the itinerary
  • Park fees (except for Galapagos National Park)
  • Internal round-trip flights as per itinerary, priced out separately above (round-trip Quito to Galapagos)
Not Included
  • International round-trip airfare to Quito
  • Fees for passport and travel insurance
  • $110 per person Galapagos Park fees (subject to change)
  • Gratuities

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Surrounded by forested mountains and volcanoes at 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in Latin America. Upon evening arrival, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito

This morning take a guided tour of Colonial Quito’s cobbled streets, whitewashed adobe walls, and ornate balconies. See sites such as the Church of San Francisco, which was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, and Independence Plaza. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the city from El Panecillo. After lunch, visit the Middle of the World monument; zero degrees latitude, where you can put one foot in each hemisphere. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening at one of the city’s wonderful restaurants.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B, L)

Fly to the Galapagos this morning, and then take a small ferry across Itabaca Channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Travel by bus to El Chato Reserve, one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You may also spot highland birds, including cattle egrets, mockingbirds, finches, and barn owls. Afterward, drive to the town of Puerto Ayora to board your yacht.

Overnight: La Pinta (B, L, D)

This morning disembark on a beautiful olivine beach, and follow a trail that leads to an old water hole used by former settlers in the 1900s. There are also boobies, land birds, and beautiful views to enjoy. After the walk, you may opt to snorkel in Whale Bay or take a panga ride along the shoreline. The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. Your afternoon visit may reveal marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The cove offers an excellent opportunity to swim with harmless white-tipped reef sharks and tropical fish.

Overnight: La Pinta (B, L, D)

Disembark at Bartolome Island for a hike to the summit. The view from the top is worth the effort. Then snorkel off the beach or take a ride on the glass-bottom boat. After lunch, visit a white coral sand beach and walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago.

Overnight: La Pinta (B, L, D)

Take an easy stroll this morning to view thousands of birds – frigates, Red Footed and Masked Boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds among them. You may then opt for a walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy snorkeling or kayaking at Darwin Bay. This afternoon, climb Prince Philip’s Steps to observe Genovesa Island’s large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a panga ride along the stunning cliffs.

Overnight: La Pinta (B, L, D)

Return to the airport for your return flight to Quito. Lunch and dinner today are on your own.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B)

Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)



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  • Mercure Hotel Quito

    The Mercure Hotel Quito is located in the heart of the bustling Mariscal district with easy access to shop and restaurants.

  • La Pinta Yacht

    A modern 48-passenger yacht with luxurious, large cabins.



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Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19