11 days
Quito, San Cristóbal Island, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island

On mainland Ecuador, experience the local culture in Quito.

Independence Plaza and the Intiñan Museum provide social context to the biological wonders of this fascinating country. Offshore, the Galápagos are home to an assortment of marine species—making it the perfect destination for viewing wildlife before you experience Mindo Cloud Forest’s otherworldly climate.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit the Church of la Compañía de Jesús 

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator 

  • Day 3: Quito • San Cristóbal Island

    Fly to San Cristóbal 

    Go snorkeling at La Loberia Beach

  • Day 4: San Cristóbal Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center 

    Hike Tijeretas Hill 

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

  • Day 5: Santa Cruz Island • Isabela Island

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

    Visit the Twin Craters and the Lava Tunnels

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to see wild tortoises

    Travel by boat to Isabela Island

  • Day 6: Isabela Island

    Visit Los Humedales and the Wall of Tears

    Visit a pink flamingo habitat

    Visit a tortoise breeding center

    Take a boat excursion to the Tintoreras Lava Islet

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 7: Isabela Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

    Hike to Tortuga Bay

    Go swimming at Las Grietas canyon

    Visit the Playa de los Alemanes Beach

  • Day 8: Santa Cruz Island • Baltra Island • Quito

    Enjoy free time in the morning on Santa Cruz Island

    Fly to Quito

  • Day 9: Quito • Mindo Cloud Forest

    Take a day trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest

    Enjoy a hike through the Cloud Forest

    Visit a butterfly garden

  • Day 10: Quito • Otavalo • Depart for home

    Take a day trip to Otavalo

    Enjoy a demonstration from a local artisan

    Explore the local market

    Visit a waterfall in Cotacachi

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit the Church of la Compañía de Jesús 

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator 

  • Day 3: Quito • San Cristóbal Island

    Fly to San Cristóbal 

    Go snorkeling at La Loberia Beach

  • Day 4: San Cristóbal Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center 

    Hike Tijeretas Hill 

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

  • Day 5: Santa Cruz Island • Isabela Island

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

    Visit the Twin Craters and the Lava Tunnels

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to see wild tortoises

    Travel by boat to Isabela Island

  • Day 6: Isabela Island

    Visit Los Humedales and the Wall of Tears

    Visit a pink flamingo habitat

    Visit a tortoise breeding center

    Take a boat excursion to the Tintoreras Lava Islet

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 7: Isabela Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

    Hike to Tortuga Bay

    Go swimming at Las Grietas canyon

    Visit the Playa de los Alemanes Beach

  • Day 8: Santa Cruz Island • Baltra Island • Quito

    Enjoy free time in the morning on Santa Cruz Island

    Fly to Quito

  • Day 9: Quito • Mindo Cloud Forest

    Take a day trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest

    Enjoy a hike through the Cloud Forest

    Visit a butterfly garden

  • Day 10: Quito • Otavalo • Depart for home

    Take a day trip to Otavalo

    Enjoy a demonstration from a local artisan

    Explore the local market

    Visit a waterfall in Cotacachi

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach; 2 internal flights; boat

  • Hotels

    9 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily; lunch days 3-7

  • Guided sightseeing

    Comprehensive sightseeing of natural attractions

  • Entrances

    Compañía de Jesús church; Intiñan Museum; Charles Darwin Research Station; Mindo Cloud Forest hike; butterfly garden; artisan’s workshop

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • Personalized Learning Support

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

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