On this Ecuador hiking tour
, we will pick you up at the International airport in Quito, Ecuador. Most of the International flights arrive at night and we will transfer directly to our accommodation for the night at Rancho San Carlos, approximately 15 minutes from the airport. Note: If Rancho San Carlos is full, we will stay at another hotel of nicer or equal value.
Today will serve as an acclimatization and rest day from International travel. We will enjoy some wonderful South American cuisine, get accustomed to our new surroundings, and discover the amazing Papallacta Hot Springs (website
). We will enjoy a nature walk, lunch, and soak in the springs before heading back to our accommodation. After dinner, our guides will deliver a Galapagos slide show discussing the unique biogeography and natural history of the amazing Galapagos Islands.
This morning after breakfast we will head back to the international airport in Quito and fly to the island of Baltra in the Galapagos. From the airport we have 2 options to get us to this island of Isabela that will depend on the conditions of the ocean: we can leave direct from Baltra (2-4 hours and lunch on a speedboat) or we can leave from Puerto Ayora (4-7 hours total transit time with Lunch at a restaurant). Either way, upon arrival on Isabela, we will check into our hotel and head to the Flamingo Lagoon to enjoy the local, phenomenal bird life and an amazing sunset. We will cap off our day with a wonderful dinner and your guides will share the plan for the next day.
This morning after a hearty breakfast, your guide will give you a thorough brief on the art of snorkeling. We will head to the Concha Perla Lagoon for the entire morning and then have lunch before crossing a channel to the nearby Islote Tintoreras. At Tintoreras, we will have the opportunity to snorkel and swim with penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and colorful, tropical fish. We will also enjoy the amazing beaches Isabela has to offer. When we are done, we will head back to our hotel for showers, free time and dinner. After dinner the guides will deliver the plan for the next day.
Today we will head out for a full day of hiking up to the Galapagos Islands' Sierra Negra Volcano. The volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and is the second largest volcanic crater in the world! The crater measures 6 miles in diameter and 300 ft. in depth. We will bring a picnic lunch for the day and visit 2 main sites: La Bocanill and Volcan Chico. After lunch we head to Campo Duro, a private reserve on near Volcano Sierra Negra. The camp is absolutely amazing and has green lawns, hibiscus flowers, palms and an organic garden. We will have dinner at Campo Duro and then head back to our hotel in Puerto Villamil.
Today it's back to the water! After breakfast we travel approximately 1 hour in a private speed boat to visit the spectacular Los Tuneles! We will enjoy another morning of snorkeling with penguins, turtles, manta rays, sea lions and sharks! This is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, famous for pure aesthetic reasons, as well as lava tunnels and stunning aquatic wildlife. After a long day of snorkeling, punctuated by a wonderful picnic lunch, we return to Puerto Villamil. We'll enjoy a short rest before visiting the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, and then another fantastic dinner.
After breakfast we return to Puerto Ayora by private speed boat. After checking into our hotel, we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn more about the natural history of the Galapagos. We will enjoy lunch before either visiting the pristine Tortuga Bay beach or simply relaxing and shopping. We will have free time before having our celebratory last night dinner.
After breakfast, we will take a bus back to the Baltra Airport for our flight to Quito. Our tour ends upon arrival in Quito. You are free to either continue on your exploration of Ecuador and South America or to connect on your flight back home.
: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.
- A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
- Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
- Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
- Lodging for the duration of the tour
- The majority of meals on the tour (some in-town meals are not included)
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- Professional, knowledgeable, certified Ecuador hiking guides (U.S. and local)
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Transportation to Quito, Ecuador
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
- Gratuities (industry recommendation is 10-15% of the trip cost, distributed as guests feel appropriate to their guides, chefs, porters...etc)
See the Packing Lists
page for more information.
This Ecuador hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Quito as well as meals prepared on the trip by your guides and/or support staff.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Trekking poles
- Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters
NOTE: See the Packing Lists page
for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.
Ready to hike? Simply click here
and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive before 5PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately
4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.
Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides (U.S. and local) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.
In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website
for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.
Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (both U.S.-based and local, click here
to learn more) with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team
page for staff bios.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 4 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis
Ecuador is home to part of the Amazon Rainforest as well as the towering Andes Mountains. Because of the wild elevation changes and diverse climates, the temperatures and weather can also vary dramatically.
The average temperatures and precipitation in the high mountain elevations of Ecuador are: