9 or 12 days
Ecuador

Your perspective on the world evolves when you walk in Darwin's footsteps on this fascinating archipelago.

On Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands, observe the giant tortoises, finches and mockingbirds that helped solidify Darwin's theory of evolution. On mainland Ecuador, the discoveries are more culturally oriented at Quito's Independence Plaza, the Intinan Museum and Otavalo.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport in Quito

  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your tour director you will see:
    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit Santo Domingo Monastery

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intinan Museum

  • Day 3: Baltra • Isabela Island

    Fly to Baltra

    Continue on to Isabela Island

  • Day 4: Isabela Island

    Participate in a volcano walk

    Take an excursion to a pink flamingo habitat

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity where you’ll see penguins, flamingos, sea lions, and iguanas

  • Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

    Continue on to Santa Cruz Island

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

    Visit the Santa Cruz Highlands

  • Day 6: San Cristobal Island

    Enjoy a boat excursion to San Cristóbal Island

    Hike up Tijeretas Hill

    Visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center

    Take a coastal walk along La Loberia beach

  • Day 7: San Cristobal Island • Quito

    Enjoy morning activities on San Cristobal Island

    Fly to Quito

  • Day 8: Otavalo

    Visit Otavalo handicraft market

    Enjoy a local community visit for a weaving workshop

    Depart for home

  • Day 9: Arrive home

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  • Day 9: Riobamba

    Travel to the Riobamba region

    Visit the Banos hot springs

  • Day 10: Riobamba • Guamote

    Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Meet children at their school
    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
  • Day 11: Riobamba • Guamote • Quito

    Participate in a second day of cultural immersion activities

    Return to Quito

    Depart for home

  • Day 12: Arrive home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport in Quito

  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your tour director you will see:
    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit Santo Domingo Monastery

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intinan Museum

  • Day 3: Baltra • Isabela Island

    Fly to Baltra

    Continue on to Isabela Island

  • Day 4: Isabela Island

    Participate in a volcano walk

    Take an excursion to a pink flamingo habitat

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity where you’ll see penguins, flamingos, sea lions, and iguanas

  • Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

    Continue on to Santa Cruz Island

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

    Visit the Santa Cruz Highlands

  • Day 6: San Cristobal Island

    Enjoy a boat excursion to San Cristóbal Island

    Hike up Tijeretas Hill

    Visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center

    Take a coastal walk along La Loberia beach

  • Day 7: San Cristobal Island • Quito

    Enjoy morning activities on San Cristobal Island

    Fly to Quito

  • Day 8: Otavalo

    Visit Otavalo handicraft market

    Enjoy a local community visit for a weaving workshop

    Depart for home

  • Day 9: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Riobamba

    Travel to the Riobamba region

    Visit the Banos hot springs

  • Day 10: Riobamba • Guamote

    Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Meet children at their school
    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
  • Day 11: Riobamba • Guamote • Quito

    Participate in a second day of cultural immersion activities

    Return to Quito

    Depart for home

  • Day 12: Arrive home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach; Internal flights; Boat

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (10 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily in Quito; 3 meals daily on the Galápagos Islands

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director

  • Entrances

    Santo Domingo Monastery; Intinan Museum; Charles Darwin Research Station

  • 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.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    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

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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