Ecuador

View spectacular wildlife and exotic vegetation while cruising the Galapagos Islands on a catamaran or motorized yacht, a unique setting that’s changed little since Charles Darwin and his HMS Beagle crew explored the area over 150 years ago. Soak in the old-world charm of Quito, the capital city, with its golden cathedrals and cobblestone streets. Journey to the “Center of the World” and visit Fundación Guayasamín, dedicated to renowned sculptor and painter Oswaldo Guayasamín in the artist’s former hillside home.

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Language

Spanish

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Time Zone

Quito: GMT -5
Galapagos: GMT -6

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Currency

U.S. Dollar (USD)

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Average Temp

67° F

Galapagos Expedition

In the Wake of Darwin

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – GUAYAQUIL OR QUITO, ECUADOR

Arrive in Ecuador

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil or Wyndham Quito Airport

Day 2 – GUAYAQUIL OR QUITO / BALTRA / GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Transfer to the airport for flight to Baltra

Board Galapagos luxury catamaran 

May substitute motorized yacht or cruise ship.

Galapagos cruises include Wildlife viewing, Nature hikes, Panga (dinghy) rides & Snorkeling. Many offer Kayaking, Glass-bottom boat rides, Scuba diving & Paddleboarding.

  • Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay 
  • Genovesa Island – Barranco

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay
  • Bartholome Island – Bartholome

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Santiago Island – Chinese Hat
  • Mosquera Island – Mosquera

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / BALTRA / QUITO

  • Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Station

Transfer to airport for flight to Quito

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Mama Cuchara by Art Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – QUITO / HOMEWARD BOUND

Full day private tour:

  • Walking tour of the Colonial Center – Plaza Santo Domingo, La Ronda Street, San Francisco Plaza, La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • Trip to the Equator – Intiñan Museum 
  • Fundación Guayasamín – artist Oswaldo Guayasamín’s home, studio & artwork, “The Chapel of Man”

Private transfer to airport for flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $5,490 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, international airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

We took three trips arranged by NEI to Peru, Ecuador and Tanzania. Our private tours, with just the driver/guide, my wife and me, were planned with great attention to detail and helped us enjoy ourselves without having to worry about the logistics. All vacations were spectacular, done very well by the NEI staff and their local contacts. Highly recommend.

Lou D.
Lakewood Ranch, FL

When to go:

Best times are from November to May

What to eat:

Llapingachos (stuffed potato patties), Locro de Papa (potato soup), Trucha (trout)

What to pack:

Long & short-sleeved shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans & shorts; waterproof jacket; layering & waterproof clothing; shawl or scarf; swimwear; wetsuit; comfortable walking, hiking & waterproof shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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