ECUADOR GREEN TRAVEL AND TOUR OPERATOR
Address: Ulpiano Paez N21-74 y Robles, Valladolid building, Of. 504 
Tel/Fax: (593-2) 5132657  / Mobile: (593-9) 99256096
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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS IN 20 DAYS

​​​​A trip through mainland Ecuador best places the most impressive of the continent and the Galapagos Islands. The country has four drastically different regions: the mountain chain or better known as the Andes mountain range, the exuberant Amazon jungle that gives us the opportunity to connect with mother earth and allows us to reflect on how important it is to conserve it, the Pacific coast that It has a large amount of marine life that will undoubtedly leave you impressed and of course the Galapagos Islands Galapagos is one of the main tourist attractions of Ecuador that shows its insides to show its fascinating evolution of flora and fauna, in an environment similar to a spectacular paradise and living laboratory that was visited in 1835 by the English scientist Charles Darwin, and verified "The Theory of Evolution". Each region has its own unique fauna, flora, climate and culture that characterizes and differentiates each one. You can visit the entire Ecuador and Galapagos Islands in 20 days.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quito: The Historic Center of Quito was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on September 8, 1978. It is the least altered and the best preserved in America.
  • Cotopaxi National Park: In it we can find the largest active volcano in the world (5897 mts.) Also a lagoon where we can see animals typical of the Andean area and with luck the most emblematic animal of Ecuador, the condor.
  • Papallacta: famous for its hot springs and pools, as well as its beautiful hilltop setting.
  • Guango Lodge: The best place to see various types of birds.
  • Casa del suizo lodge: takes you to the Amazon, one of the wonders of our planet. You hardly have to leave the lodge to enjoy the incredible biodiversity of the Napo River.
  • Baños: Also known as "Piece of Heaven", "Gateway to the Amazon", "Puerta de El Dorado" or "City of the Volcano". It is the land of rivers to practice extreme sports.
  • Ingapirca: which means "Inca Wall" was, above all, an astronomical observatory of the movement of the sun and the moon, it was also a sacred space dedicated to the worship of their gods built by the Incas on the basis of a first Cañarí settlement, which populated the southern Ecuadorian.
  • Cuenca: it is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site for its unique beauty.
  • Guayaquil: Its shopping centers, parks, museums and boardwalks are the most visited by travelers who are enchanted by the magic that the so-called "Pearl of the Pacific" offers.
  • Galapagos: Can you imagine walking among exotic birds, sea lions and giant tortoises? This will only be achieved in the Galapagos archipelago also known as the Enchanted Islands and unique laboratory.
  • Otavalo: It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness.

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT – HOTEL
Transfer from the airport to hotel. Overnight in Quito.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

DAY 2: CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MIDLE OF THE WORLD)
We will visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings. The Plaza de la Independencia with its Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Building, the Statue of Independence and the Cathedral. We will continue to the churches of El Sagrario and la Compañía, and then the church and convent of San Francisco. We will take a look inside the church and we will be amazed by the exuberant gold that was used to decorate the oldest church in Quito. Then we will move to the Panecillo and the statue of the Virgin of Quito. From here we will have the opportunity to see the two parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! We will continue to the Middle of the World where we will have lunch first. La Mitad del Mundo is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, located about 10 km north of the capital of Ecuador. There is an interesting open-air museum called Inti-Ñan.
It explains the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator has on gravity and ancient cultures and their peculiarities. It is definitely worth a visit! Then they will take us back to Quito and drop us off at our hotel.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)


DAY 3: COTOPAXI FULL DAY
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to move to one of the most emblematic points of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano, considered the largest active volcano in the world with 5897 meters high (19,347 feet high). During our stay in the National Park we will admire its natural environment, its Flora and Fauna with the explanations of your naturalist guide. We will try to ascend to the refuge located at 4,810 m (15,392 feet high). Since the Cotopaxi Volcano is active at the moment, the ascent will be granted by the National Park authorities. We will also hike around Lake Limpiopungo that is at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds from the Páramo region (Andean Pastures). On a clear day, the view of the volcano reflected on the lake's surface is magnificent. We make a short visit to the small museum that tells about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the centerpiece of the park. Once we are up, we will take a short break at the refuge before continuing to the nearby glacier. Enjoy incredible photo opportunities and spectacular scenery on ice walls and deep crevasses.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 

DAY 4: TERMAS DE PAPALLACTA – LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE
After breakfast we will head to the east of Quito. Our first stop will be the Termas de Papallacta, this beautiful spa with thermal waters where you can relax and enjoy swimming pools perfectly suitable for relaxation and fun. In a magical and natural environment with cozy facilities that offer exclusivity combining high quality treatments with the benefits of thermal water. (Entrance to the general pools included) We will continue the trip to the Guango lodge for a brief bird watching and we will enjoy the wonderful amount of hummingbirds around this place, it is not uncommon to see 14 species of hummingbirds in an hour and the sword-billed of hummingbird with its long and unique beak is sure to surprise you.
We will continue to the city of Tena and then to Huano to stay at La Casa del Suizo Lodge.
Upon arrival we will receive a welcome cocktail and then we will move to your bungalow. If you wish, you can take a dip on a sandy beach on the Napo River. A delicious dinner will be served at the lodge and the site manager will explain the next day's activities. 
HOTEL: La Casa del Suizo or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / D)

DAY 5: LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE FULL DAY
 
Secondary Forest - Waterfall Las Latas - Quichua Family 
After breakfast, you depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where you begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, discovering the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After the short walk, you will get to the breathtaking waterfall Las Latas where you can take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. Then you will return to have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana”  (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, you return to the lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night after dinner, you will have the usual meeting around the fireplace to share the day’s experiences.  
HOTEL: La Casa del Suizo or similar (subject to availability) (B/L/D)

 

DAY 6:  LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE – PUYO – BAÑOS
After breakfast we will travel to Puyo and Baños all the way we will be able to observe the amount of landscapes that the Ecuadorian jungle offers and several rivers and tributaries that are next to the road. You have the afternoon free to visit the zoo or simply relax near the thermal waters of Baños.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 7: BAÑOS - ROUTE OF THE CASCADES - TRIP TO RIOBAMBA  
After breakfast we will visit the surroundings of the town and we will take the "way of the waterfalls" where you will visit the different waterfalls in the area and you will do a trekking to get to "El Pailon del Diablo"; a beautiful and majestic waterfall where we can have the opportunity to walk and live a completely unforgettable adventure through the cloud forest. Time for lunch in the town (not included). Then travel to Riobamba .. On the way we will make a brief visit to have a view of the Chimborazo volcano ..
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Casa Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Andaluza or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 8: RIOBAMBA - INGAPIRCA - CUENCA
We will enjoy a visit to the Colta lagoon and the Balbanera located in a picturesque Andean town, where there is a peaceful lagoon in whose waters the Chimborazo is reflected on clear sunny days; the railway line and the town of Cajabamba. This beautiful lagoon is known in the Puruhá language as "Kulta Kucha", which means "Pato Lagoon". The Colta lagoon is unique. It is a large, elongated water mirror, surrounded by exuberant vegetation. It can be seen from the road in all its splendor, adorned by the Chimborazo and by an impressive nature, with unique Andean landscapes. It is said that the first Spanish foundation of the capital city took place here, its founder, Diego de Almagro, this foundation was not recognized and led to a later foundation at the foot of the Pichincha in December 1534.
Laguna de Colta allows activities such as: walks, photography, observation of flora and fauna, observation of the landscape and adventure.
Here the first church in Ecuador was built. Then we will take the most interesting and legendary train "tren de los Andes" over the famous devil's nose (3 hours approx.).
(**AT THIS TIME THE TRAIN COMPANY IS "OUT OF BUSSINESS, WE CAN ONLY SEE THE ROUTE FROM THE CAR**).

Our trip continues to the most important Inca Archaeological Complex in Ecuador, the Ingapirca Fortress. In the surroundings, we will see how the famous artisans make the “Panama Hats.” After this interesting visit, we headed to Cuenca.HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Inca Real or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Mansion Alcazar or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 



DAY 9: CITY TOUR IN CUENCA – GUALACEO – CHORDELEG
This day we will have a city tour through the city of Cuenca, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and discover its cultural and architectural diversity. visiting the most important churches and monuments of this city, we also observe the broken bridge, and we visit the tourist viewpoint of Turi, where we can have a panoramic view of the entire city of Cuenca. Enjoy the history and architecture of the city on this picturesque tour! In the afternoon we will visit Gualaceo and Chordeleg, two of the most important towns near the city famous for their handicrafts made with gold and silver, and for their colonial traditions.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Inca Real or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Mansion Alcazar or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 10: EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK– GUAYAQUIL CITY

After breakfast we go to a short excursion to El Cajas National Park or the Gualaceo Valley (depending on weather conditions) and then we will travel to Guayaquil. El Cajas National Park has several small lagoons (more than 230). They are the remains of the last ice age. The lakes are connected by small rivers, whose crystal clear waters flow into the Pacific. We will have a short walk through this protected area. We will continue the trip to Guayaquil.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Unipark (SUITE ROOM) or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 11: GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS
Transfer To the airport to take the flight to the enchanted Islands of Galapagos. At your arrival the guide of the yacht will meet you at the airport to take you on board. 

DAY 11 TO 18: FULL BOARD IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (8 days / 7 nights tour)
8-day cruise aboard the DARWIN tourist class yacht or similar. (Subject to availability and dates) The itinerary that is carried out will be according to the yacht of your choice since all the yachts in Galapagos handle different itineraries.When you make your choice of yacht we will send you the fully detailed itinerary.

DAY 18: FLIGHT RETURN GALAPAGOS - QUITO
After the morning visit the guide of the yacht will take you to the airport and return to Quito, at your arrival our guide will meet you to take you to the hotel.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 19: OTAVALO INDIAN MARKET
In the morning in approximately two hours we arrive in Otavalo. The town of Otavalo is the heart of its culture and in the market we will find all possible souvenirs at affordable prices. There is also an animal market on the outskirts of the city. Be part of and witness the trade among the indigenous people of Otavalo. In the afternoon we will visit the main sites around Otavalo and the town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products. Clothes, bags, belts, wallets, sandals, in Cotacachi we will find the best variety at the lowest prices. Later we will visit Lake Cuicocha. This lake is located in an old crater of the still active Cotacachi volcano. We can do an optional boat ride on the lake and observe the fumaroles.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 

DAY 20: TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
END OF OUR SERVICES

HOTEL: No hotel (-/-/-) 
 

MEALS: B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
 

RATES 2022:

TYPE HOTEL    PRICE PER PERSON    YACHT IN GALAPAGOS + FLIGHT TICKETS 
   TOURIST CLASS    $2211 USD (DEPENDS OF THE CRUISE SELECTION)
FIRST CLASS  $2667 USD (DEPENDS OF THE CRUISE SELECTION)

** The tour can operate any date with minimum 2 persons, and the dates depend of the Galapagos cruise departure**

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Meals according to the program
  • Private transportation during the whole program with English speaking guide - driver
  • Transfer airport – hotel - airport
  • Lodging in standard class hotels in double rooms
  • Professional English speaking guide during the program
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • Flighth tickets Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito
  • Museum entrance fees during the land program

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals are not specified in the program
  • Control card to Galapagos (20 usd per person)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 usd per person)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips, wire transfer costs.​​

LIST OF HOTELS

TOURIST CLASS HOTELS CITY
SAN FRANCISCO DE QUITO QUITO
LA CASA DEL SUIZO LODGE TENA
HOTEL LA FLORESTA  BANOS
HOTEL CASA REAL RIOBAMBA
HOTEL INCA REAL CUENCA
UNIPARK  GUAYAQUIL
NOTE: click on the name of each hotel to visit the official website
FIRST CLASS HOTELS CITY
HOTEL PATIO ANDALUZ QUITO
LA CASA DEL SUIZO LODGE TENA
HOTEL LUNA VOLCAN BANOS
HOTEL LA ANDALUZA RIOBAMBA
HOTEL MANSION ALCAZAR CUENCA
UNIPARK  GUAYAQUIL
NOTE: click on the name of each hotel to visit the official website

 

 

 

OUR CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
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The hard work done and the commitment that Ecuador Green Travel has with its clients, for changing their lives with adventure trips and their wide range of personalized programs and the great satisfaction of their clients, makes us enormously happy and is reflected in our acknowledgments commitment and work.

TESTIMONIAL OF OUR CLIENTS

Fantastic trip with EGT on Tip Top V We had a fantastic 8D/7N trip on the Tip Top V boat, eastern route. We found the trip through dealsgalapagos.com which are Ecuador Green Travel. Carlos Risueno did a fantastic job from start to finish booking our trip. His communication was spot on, everything was correct, his responses very prompt. I couldn’t fault him at all. The rep who met is in Quito airport was also spot on and helped us get through the 2 additional checks you need before boarding your flight to Galápagos. The trip itself was fantastic. The boat Tip Top V was definitely first class. The boat was modern and very clean, having been built in 2019. Our cabin was big enough and had everything we needed and a balcony. The food was brilliant; a huge selection for breakfast with something different every day. Every lunch and dinner consisted of 3 courses, all was tasty and well presented. Federico would keep trying to give you more. Then there were snacks after every morning and afternoon activity. I don’t think we had the same thing twice and definitely came away a couple of kilos heavier! The crew were very professional and everything was done with care and purpose. The whole boat ran like clockwork, everyone knew their role and couldn’t do enough for you. Our original guide unfortunately had a family emergency 2 hours into our trip but the company found a replacement before we’d started the first activity. Felipe did a great job, was informative and kept us on our toes with a busy schedule. And finally the activities; every day we did combinations of walking, kayaking, snorkelling and boat trips. The days started early at 6am but that just meant we packed more in and beat almost all the other groups to the islands. Everyday we were shattered and in bed by 9pm but that was just because we’d had a great day. I could write reams about the Galápagos itself but there isn’t space, it is truly a spectacular place and incredible how close you can get to unique wildlife. A personal highlight was swimming with sea-lions. All in all we couldn’t recommend Ecuador Green Travel and Tip Top V highly enough. If you’re undecided about which companies to go with you can’t go wrong with these.

MARK PRINCE - UK // TIPTOP V YACHT

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Hi Carlos Our recent trip to Galapagos was wonderful I want to express our thanks for your help and patience during the almost two years from our original booking to the actual departure. There were times I thought this trip might never happen. Thanks to you and Green Ecuador it became a reality! We also want to compliment the Seaman yacht crew. The yacht was beautiful and perfect for this type of excursion. All of the crew truly worked together as a team to make the guest experience a great one. As a small business owner for many years I see and appreciate when a team works towards a common goal. Seaman yacht is an exceptionally smooth operation. Our guide Enrique was excellent. He was extremely personable , friendly and knowledgeable. His daily briefings were very well done and provided just the right amount of detail to keep it interesting. His command of English was very impressive and he was always happy and able to answer any questions we had. I should also add that he had no problem getting into the (what turned out to be pretty cool ) ocean water to guide snorkelers twice a day. I think that him being in the water ,plus the very attentive Zodiac pilots, gave the less confident snorkelers more opportunities to see the amazing marine life . The itinerary exceeded my expectations and the specific site selection for the snorkeling was great for all levels of experience . In my personal rating system it is almost impossible to get 5 stars , but this trip was truly 5 STARS. Mark and Linda Conneticut USA

MARC AND LINDA CONLON - USA // SEAMAN YACHT

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I can strongly recommend Carlos for booking a last minute tour to Galapagos with La Pinta. I had been in contact with a few other agencies before, of which I chose two to get into more detail. But then I emailed Carlos and suddenly I had everything I was looking for: a decent price yes, but most of all: a full understanding what I needed. We had some discussions about the cancellation policy and Carlos was the first and only one who fully understood my problem and who came up with a satisfying solution. So we booked with him. Everything went fine, no problems at all. I would book again with him the next time.

BIRGIT - AUSTRIA // LA PINTA YACHT

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What a fabulous vacation! I could not be happier with our entire trip and the way it was planned and handled. Carlos was very responsive in caring for any questions or concerns I had. We told him what we wanted to see and what our primary goals were and he took care of the rest. We were not disappointed! Our guide Gustavo was tremendous as well, punctual, flexible and accommodating. Gus as we came to call him showed us an Ecuador that we would not have seen on our own. He is very knowledgeable about the country he calls home. As far as our visit to the Galapagos aboard the Nemo lll, it was like the icing on the cake. With only 16 passengers aboard we got to know everyone which was very nice, I'll take that over a large ship any day. The captain, crew and our naturalist Marcos were all amazing. Our daily treks and snorkels were always anticipated and everything was nicely planned out. My son and I had the trip of a lifetime, we made so many memories and we are so glad that we chose Ecuador! In summation, if you are on the fence about visiting this beautiful country, do it! And when you do let Carlos plan it for you and ask for Gustavo, you will not be disappointed:)

CRAIG MESEKE - USA // ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS TRIP

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We had an amazing trip to the coast and Puerto Lopez. Carlos was tremendous in booking our flights and hotels in response to a last minute request and addressing all of questions and responding to our requests. We had an amazing location the first night that allowed us to walk on the malecón in Guaquil(sp) as requested and then when we arrived the next day in Puerto Lopez entered into the most beautiful room on the beach that Carlos had booked for us!! A magical lush garden residence overlooking the ocean. We saw 15 different birds from our room in 15 minutes. The Mandala hotel was PERFECT- a magical beach retreat. The hotel was clearly the realization of an artist's dream. I cannot recommend Mandala, Puerto Lopez, or Carlos more highly. Once you get there - there is so much more to discover, beaches, sea turtle rescue centre, and watching local people bring in their fishing boats all day long. Beautiful!

TERRY MITCHEL - CANADA // PUERTO LOPEZ

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Hi Maciej, Thank you for choosing Ecuador Green Travel as your operator for your trip around Ecuador... It was a pleasure for me to design and arrange all the deatils about your 15 day around Andes, Amazon and Coast in our beautiful country... I'm very glad to know that you enjoyed the trip as much as possible and all the services were according to your expectations... Best regards

MACIEJ CHMIELOWSKI // LAND TOUR AROUND ECUADOR

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