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Galapagos Tour

Highlights

  • Quito, a unique and fascinating city
  • Inn to Inn hiking to Quilotoa
  • Dinners cooked by professional chefs
  • Amazing views of jungle, grasslands & volcanoes
  • 13,000 foot rim of Quilotoa, above Laguna Quilotoa
  • Remote island in the Galapagos Islands
  • Hikes to Galapagos volcanoes, snorkel, and explore!

Description

This trip combines the best of Ecuador - Laguna Quiloto and the phenomenal Galapagos Islands - into one amazing 9-day trip. First we start in the volcanic high country of Quilotoa, where we hike through ancient Kichwa farm lands to a remote lodge. We then summit the 13,000 foot rim of Quilotoa and look down on the stunning lake, Laguna Quilotoa. We'll hike down to the shores of the lake if weather and interest permits and continue on to another amazing lodge. On Day 5 we transfer to a remote island in the Galapagos Islands, where we spend 3 days hiking volcanoes, snorkeling, and exploring. You'll learn about and witness the biological phenomenon of Galapagos, a fantastically unique collection of islands where 3 ocean currents converge, creating one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world.
Give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) to learn more about this truly amazing trip!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 888-966-TREK.

 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Ecuador hiking tour, Wildland Trekking will pick you up( in the morning)from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador. We will drive roughly 45 minutes to our favorite hotel in Quito, where we will stay for our first 2 nights in country. We recommend arriving in Quito before 5pm so we can have dinner together at our favorite local establishment, however, a later flight is OK too. Welcome to Quito!


Day 2

Since this altitude is unfamiliar to most travelers, this morning we will have a leisurely breakfast and rest from our International travel. After breakfast we will meet for introductions and our expedition orientation meeting before departing for the historic center of Quito. Old town Quito has one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the South America. In addition, Quito was one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978 and the central square is located about 16 miles south of the equator. We’ll visit Quito’s famous churches including la Compañia de Jesus and the Basilica del Voto Nacional. Lunch will be on your own as there are many different restaurants in Old Quito. After lunch, we will travel back to our hotel, gather our gear and head to the small Kichwa community of Isinlivi, where we will stay at a local hostel. Upon arrival in Isinlivi, we will check into our rooms and have some down time before being served a delicious dinner at the hostel. After dinner one of our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 7.7 miles
Lowest Elevation: 8661 feet
Highest Elevation: 10490 feet
Trekking Duration: 4-6 hours


After a hearty breakfast at Hostal Llullu Llama, we will depart for a 4 to 5 hour hike to another Kichwa community named Chugchilan. Our hike will take us through beautiful mountain scenery and traditional Kichwa farmland. We will arrive in Chugchilan in early afternoon. Upon arrival, we will check into our rooms and have time to freshen up, relax and explore the area before being served dinner by a warm fire.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Lowest Elevation: 10490 feet
Highest Elevation: 13000 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours


This morning we will wake up early to have breakfast before departing on our hike. We will hike roughly 3-4 hours before stopping to have lunch in route. After lunch we will hike a couple more hours before arriving at the stunning Laguna Quilotoa. The hike today is strenuous and in total takes roughly 6 hours. After a significant amount of time to relax at the Laguna Quilotoa, we will return to Quito for the night.


Day 5

Today we will wake up for an early breakfast before departing to the incredible Galápagos Islands! We will fly to the island of Santa Cruz where we will be met by our Galapagos guide and transported to the town of Puerto Ayora. Here, we will enjoy a delicious sea food lunch before taking a speedboat roughly 2.5 hours to Puerto Villamil on the island of Isabela. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel rooms and have time to freshen up. We will have the rest of the afternoon free to relax and explore before meeting for dinner. After dinner our guide will deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 6

After breakfast we will begin our hike to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes. The Sierra Negra volcano is one of the widest volcano craters in the world and the scenery is filled with lava rocks and beautiful vistas. We will see an abundance of wildlife consisting of a wide variety of birds and reptiles. After the hike, we will depart back to town and stop to have lunch. After lunch we will visit Concha and Perla, a small, quaint lagoon where we will swim, snorkel and relax. Once back in town, our guides will deliver the plan for the next day and you are free to enjoy your evening at your leisure.


Day 7

This morning we will have a delicous breakfast and then begin our tour to the Cabo Rosa tunnels, a lava formation above and below the water with numerous passages. An exceptional site for snorkeling where you might see sea turtles, rays, colorful fish and much more. Lunch will be served on the boat. Subsequently, we will return to Puerto Villamil where you will have the afternoon on your own to either visit the Tortoise breeding center or explore the beautiful beaches of Isabela.


Day 8

Today we will have a leisurely morning, eat breakfast and head out to tour Tintoreras. We will have the chance to observe reef sharks resting and see the famous Galapagos Penguins. We will head back to town to pack and enjoy lunch on your own before taking a speed boat to the island of Santa Cruz. Upon arrival to Santa Cruz, we will have some free time to take showers and explore the town of Puerto Ayora before meeting for our celebratory dinner.


Day 9

This morning we will wake up, have breakfast and take our in-country flight back to the capital city of Quito. Once back in Quito we will have lunch and say our goodbyes. This will conclude our Wildland Trekking expedition to Quilotoa + Galapagos. Wildland Trekking will arrange your transportation back to Mariscal Sucre International airport 3 hours before your flight.

If you are remaining in Ecuador, we can help arrange other activities or help you book accommodation for another night at the hotel.


Please Note: 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.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 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!

What's Not Included

  • 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.


Meals: What To Expect

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.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

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.


What Clothes to Bring

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.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

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!


Where Do We Meet?

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.


Safety Considerations

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.


Guides

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.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

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


Weather in Ecuador

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:

Month Hi Low Precip
March 81.8° F 69.3° F 6.6 inches
April 81.9° F 68.9° F 5.6 inches
May 80.7° F 68° F 3.5 inches
June 79.3° F 66.7° F 2.4 inches
July 77.9° F 65.7° F 1.6 inches
August 78.4° F 64.8° F 1.5 inches
September 78.6° F 65.3° F 1.7 inches
October 79° F 65.9° F 2.3 inches