ECUADOR GREEN TRAVEL AND TOUR OPERATOR
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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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MAGIC ECUADOR IN 22 DAYS

A trip through mainland Ecuador highlights 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 equator 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.
  • Mindo: Mindo is world famous for bird watching, an unforgettable tourist destination for many foreign and domestic tourists, but there are plenty of other activities on offer, such as tubing in the rivers, horseback riding through beautiful landscapes, hiking in the woods or flying among the trees suspended from a zip line or 'canopy', as they are known in Mindo.
  • Otavalo: It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness.
  • 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.
  • Quilotoa: The popularity of Quilotoa is due to the beauty of its landscapes and the spectacle of the calm waters. In the community of Quilotoa, also known as the "Summit" Route and accessed by bus from the town of Zumbahua, visitors can do ecotourism and adventure tourism with a high dose of adrenaline or simply contemplate the nearby landscapes.
  • 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.
  • Montañita: takes its name from being located in an inlet surrounded by hills and vegetation at the foot of the sea, like a valley with an extensive beach, currently it is an international tourist resort visited by young people who practice adventure tourism and surfers, its perfect right waves that reach up to 2.5 m attract tourists from all over the world.
  • Los Frailes: is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador, due to its extension, white sand, the tranquility it offers as it is separated from the road and because it is usually empty. It belongs to the Machalilla National Park and is surrounded by cliffs and a viewpoint.
  • Puerto Lopez: It is known as "Ecological and tourist city", it has beautiful white sand beaches, and the privilege of having the Machalilla National Park.  It is a canton in the province of Manabí considered by nature a fishing port, tourist and agricultural center.
  • Galapagos Island: Galapagos is one of the main tourist attractions in Ecuador that shows its entrails 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 will verify “ The theory of evolution ".

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) (- / - / -)

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!.Finally we’ll visit the Pichincha volcano with its spectalar cable car. With an amazing view of the city and a short hiking to see the surrounding mountains.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 3: TRIP TO MINDO 
We head towards the Mindo Cloud Forest.
In Mindo you can find the following attractions: Birdwatching, Trekking through different trails, Canopy trail, Animal spotting, Visits to our own lake and waterfalls (optional activities)
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Casa Amarilla Lodge or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 4:  MINDO FULL DAY - TRIP TO QUITO
After a good night's sleep it is worth a morning bird walk in the serene morning light, the best time for birds. At 8 in the morning a hearty breakfast is served. Afterwards, maybe you explore on your own, or maybe you go with a guide to a waterfall (hikes according to the guide's suggestions, availability and interests). Each hike reveals something new, even for those of us who are lucky enough to live in the forest every day. day!!
Lunch is served at one o'clock and departure time is around 2.30 - 3.00 p.m. Some people take one last hike in the woods, and others take a little nap, others watch the birds or admire the changing patterns of fog, clouds, and sunny views of the mountains. Finally, you leave, to be back in Quito before dark.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco De Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 5: OTAVALO - COTACACHI – CUICOCHA LAKE 
In the morning we will move to Otavalo area. We’ll visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra for seeing the wood handcrafts. Then we’ll visit the city of Ibarra and the Laguna de Yahuarcocha.
We’ll continue our trip to the city of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products. Clothes, bags, belts, wallets, sandals, in Cotacachi we will find the best variety at the lowest prices. Time for a traditional lunch (not included). Then we will visit Lake Cuicocha. This lake is located in an old crater of a still active volcano. We can take an optional boat ride on the lake and observe the fumaroles. Or hiking around the lagoon. Overnight in a colonial hacienda of the zone.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Hotel Indio Inn or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 6: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET – PEGUCHE CASCADE - RETURN TO QUITO
In the morning we will visit the animal market in Otavalo. Then we’ll visit the big market called "Plaza de Ponchos", where you can find all king of clothes and handicrafts. Time for shopping and just looking around.  IN the afternoon we’ll visit Peguche cascade. Then return to Quito.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco De Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 7: 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: Hacienda La Cienega or similar (subject to availability)

DAY 8: LAGUNA QUILOTOA - TRIP TO BAÑOS
After breakfast we go to the North Pan-American Highway to go to the Quilotoa lagoon, on the way you can see wonderful landscapes (depending on the climate) we will pass through small indigenous towns that are part of the great multiculturalism of Ecuador, then a tour of 3 hours we will arrive at the Quilotoa lagoon, this lagoon characterized by the turquoise color due to the volcanic minerals, gives it a pleasant and colorful appearance, we can do different activities such as a walk to the crater, or you can stay to observe and appreciate the wonderful view . In the afternoon we go to Baños we will have a trip of approximately 3 hours where we will spend the night.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 9: BAÑOS - ROUTE OF THE CASCADES – PAILON DEL DIABLO WATERFALL
After breakfast we will visit the town and the main church. Then the "Route of the Cascades" 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.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 10: BAÑOS – SALASACA - CHIMBORAZO - RIOBAMBA  
We depart from Banos. We’ll visit Salasaca comnuity. Then travel to Riobamba. On the way we will make a brief visit to have a view of the Chimborazo volcano. Overnight in Riobamba
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Casa Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 11: 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 we’ll visit the first church built in Ecuador, called La Balbanera. Then we will take the most interesting and legendary train "tren de los Andes" over the famous devil's nose (3 hours approx.) **PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRAIN COMPANY NOW IS OUT OF BUSSINESS** WE have to make this trip on 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. Overnight in Cuenca
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Inca Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 12: EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we go to a short excursion to El Cajas National Park or the Gualaceo Valley (depending on weather conditions) 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.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Inca Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)


DAY 13: CUENCA - GUAYAQUIL – MONTANITA
Today we will have one of the most important routes of the tour. We will have a somewhat long journey in which we will cross Guayaquil and head towards Montañita. We will take part of the "Ruta del Sol". In Ballenita, you have a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean from a high cliff. Small fishing villages can be visited during the complete tour and beautiful mostly rustic beaches will join us during our trip. Salango and Montañita.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Hotel Kundalini or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 14: MONTANITA FULL DAY
Montañita takes its name from being located in an inlet surrounded by hills and vegetation at the foot of the sea, like a valley with an extensive beach, currently it is an international tourist resort visited by young people who practice adventure tourism and surfers, its perfect right waves that reach up to 2.5 m attract tourists from all over the world. In the 1960s, the place became a meeting point for young people, usually foreigners, linked to Surfing and other alternative movements, for fun, relaxation and contact with nature. At that time, there was some affinity between the alternative life of these visitors -both nationals and foreigners- with the community and autonomous structure and organization of the fishing village. Later, he developed more sports alternatives such as paragliding, bodyboarding and canopy to promote adventure tourism in the country.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Hotel Kundalini or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 15: MONTANITA - PUERTO LOPEZ - PN MACHALILLA - GUAYAQUIL
Within the park and in the surrounding areas there are archaeological sites of various cultures from Valdivia more than 5 thousand years ago, to the Manteño - Huancavilca culture, 500 years ago.
It is a park full of evidence of the ancient inhabitants of Manabí. The protected area includes beaches, several islets near the coastline such as Salango, Horno de Pan, Sucre, Pedernales and El Sombrerito, and also the famous Isla de la Plata. We will return to Guayaquil in the afternoon.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Hotel Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 16: 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 16 TO 21: FULL BOARD IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (5 days / 4 nights tour)
5-day cruise aboard the Yacht in Galapagos Island.

DAY 21: FLIGHT RETURN GALAPAGOS - GUAYAQUIL
After the morning visit the guide of the yacht will take you to the airport and return to Guayaquil, at your arrival our guide will meet you to take you to the hotel.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Hotel Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 22: TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
HOTEL: No hotel (-/-/-) 

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RATES 2022:

TYPE HOTEL  PRICE PER PERSON YACHT IN GALAPAGOS + FLIGHT TICKETS
TOURIST AND TURIST SUPERIOR CLASS  $2811 USD $2843 USD
ASK FOR THE SPECIAL RATES FOR GROUPS FROM 10 PAX 

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 TWIN room
  • Professional English-speaking guide during the program
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • Museum entrance fees during the land program.

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Meals are not specified in the program
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips, wire transfer costs.

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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