๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS


Reef sharks, Galapagos, Ecuador - Ecuador & Galapagos itineraryAn amazing, varied journey through this small country that packs a punch. And, of course, any Ecuador itinerary just has to include the Galapagos. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary:

Luxury Quito, Ecuador
1 โœˆTo Guayaquil (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจWyndham (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, admire the old buildings of Las Peรฑas Guayaquil is hot and humid – pack a filter water bottle and stay hydrated!
3 ๐Ÿš„Guayaquil to Alausรญ train (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจEl Molino hotel
Embark on what is perhaps the highlight of this Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary; your all-inclusive train journey, starting on a restored steam locomotive. You’ll pass fruit plantations and then board a bus into the Andes. Hotels are included in the price of your Tren Ecuador ticket.
4 ๐Ÿš„Alausรญ to Riobamba train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening ๐ŸจAndaluza hotel
New day, new train! You’ll ride the rails along the famous Devil’s Nose then return to Alausรญ for a colourful market. Another steam train pulls you to Colta and onwards through verdant fields where you may catch a glimpse of the immense Chimborazo volcano. Wear layers – temperatures can vary greatly, especially when travelling through different altitudes.
5 ๐Ÿš„Riobamba to Latacunga train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening ๐ŸจCienega hotel
Meet the inhabitants of La Moya then experience the beautiful Paramo ecosystem before travelling by train past Cotopaxi volcano. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 ๐Ÿš„Latacunga to Quito train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening ๐ŸจSwissotel (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’ll take a relaxed walk in Cotopaxi National Park before boarding the train to a traditional hacienda. Take a good camera to make the most of the wildlife in the Park.
7-8 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
9 โœˆQuito to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจAngermeyer Waterfront Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Everywhere you go on these islands you’re reminded of how special they are. You’ll see seals, iguana and so much more. Make sure you take eco-friendly sunscreen to help protect reefs and wildlife.
10-13 Embark on a cruise around the islands. Book here > Smaller boats are better for disembarking on islands faster and seeing more wildlife.
14-15 โœˆGalapagos to Mainland flight  (Book >)
Ecuador to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary with the Peru itinerary
You may wish to book an extra night in Quito or Guayaquil.
Mid-range Napo River, Ecuador
1 โœˆTo Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจHotsel Casa Montero (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 ๐ŸšŒQuito to Tena bus๐ŸšŒTena to Misahuallรญ bus Dep: 10:30Dep: 14:30 Arr: 14:00Arr: 15:15 ๐ŸจMisahuallรญ Amazon Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallรญ’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 ๐ŸšŒMisahuallรญ to Tena bus
๐ŸšŒTena to Banos bus
Dep: 09:30Dep: 10:30 Arr: 10:15Arr: 14:30 ๐ŸจLa Casa Verde (Book >) All hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 ๐ŸšŒBanos to Riobamba bus
๐ŸšŒRiobamba to Alausi bus
Dep: 08:00Dep: 10:45 Arr: 10:00Arr: 12:55 ๐ŸจNoris Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30). Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 ๐ŸšŒAlausi to Riobamba bus
๐ŸšŒRiobamba to Guayaquil bus
Dep:
09:50
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 11:50Arr: 17:25 ๐ŸจHoliday Inn Guayaquil Airport (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000. Get the hotel to book your taxi and arrange a time for it to take you back.
9 โœˆGuayaquil to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 ๐ŸจCapitan Max B&B (Book >) All hotels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธPuerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 ๐ŸจCasita de la Playa (Book >) All hotels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet! 
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen and buy a filter water bottle to protect reef and animals.
13 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธPuerto Villamil to Santa Cruz ferry Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจCapitan Max B&B (Book >) All hotels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil before returning to Puerto Ayora. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธSanta Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 ๐ŸจKatarma Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16-17 โœˆGalapagos to Quito flight (Book >)โœˆQuito to Home Dep: MorningDep: Evening Arr: AfternoonArr: Morning (next day) Connect this Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary with the Peru itinerary
Taxis to the airport cost under $2.
Budget Banos, Ecuador
1 โœˆTo Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจFriends Quito (Book >) All hostels >
Buses depart every 15 mins to Rio Coca terminal and cost $2.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 ๐ŸšŒQuito to Tena bus
๐ŸšŒTena to Misahuallรญ bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 14:30
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
๐ŸจHostal El Paisano (Book >) All hostels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallรญ’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 ๐ŸšŒMisahuallรญ to Tena bus
๐ŸšŒTena to Banos bus
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr:
10:15
Arr: 14:30
๐ŸจCommunity Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 ๐ŸšŒBanos to Riobamba bus
๐ŸšŒRiobamba to Alausi bus
Dep:
08:00
Dep: 10:45
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 12:55
๐ŸจCommunity Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30). Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 ๐ŸšŒAlausi to Riobamba bus
๐ŸšŒRiobamba to Guayaquil bus
Dep:
09:50
Dep: 12:00
Arr:
11:50
Arr: 17:25
๐ŸจVilla Maria (Book >) All hostels >
Take a taxi to the hostel. Ask the hostel to book your taxis.
9 โœˆGuayaquil to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 ๐ŸจLonesome George Ecolodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธPuerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 ๐ŸจHostal La Gran Tortuga (Book >) All hostels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet!
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen and buy a filter water bottle to protect reef and animals.
13 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธPuerto Villamil to Santa Cruz ferry Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจLonesome George Ecolodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธSanta Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 ๐ŸจHostal Gosรฉn
(Book >)
All hostels >
Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16-17 โœˆPuerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito flight (Book >)
โœˆQuito to Home
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary with the Peru itinerary
Taxis to the airport cost under $2.

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