Ecuador: Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

      Heart of Travel
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      117 reviews
      Jun 6 - 19, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 10
      Ecuador: Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

      Heart of Travel
      • Email address verified
      117 reviews

      Jun 6 - 19, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 10

      About this trip

      **Scroll down this page to view a complete, day by day, breakdown of itinerary**

      "All you need is Ecuador" - the country's famous tourism slogan does not disappoint. While the country may be small, it's home to an incredible amount of microclimates and ecosystems. From the arid Andes mountain range to the thick and sticky Amazon rainforest and finally the mega-diverse Galápagos Islands 600 miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador, you can find almost anything under the sun. And don't forget the sun itself, as you get up close and personal con el sol on the equator line. 

      Not only does Ecuador offer an impressive amount of diversity with its flora, fauna, and landscapes but also culturally and linguistically. Like many Latin American countries, Ecuador has a variety of native indigenous populations along with a long and complicated history from ancient times, through colonialism, and into the present day, making it not only a beautiful and fun destination to visit but a fascinating one as well.

      What’s included

      • 13 nights accomodation
        Boutique 3.5 to 4 star hotels and country haciendas
      • 29 meals
        Includes water, coffee, tea, juices excludes soda and alcoholic beverages
      • In country transport
        Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance + guide fees
        For all activities included on the itinerary
      • Donation to school
        $50 donation per person to elementary school in El Pedregal
      • 24/7 access + support
        Provided by bilingual Heart of Travel guide and local Ecuadorian guide
      • Galapagos Airfare
        Round trip ticket to/from Quito
      • Galapagos Entrane fee
      • Galapagos transit card

      What’s not included

      • International airfare
        To/from Quito
      • Meals not stated
        Any meals not indicated on itinerary
      • Alcoholic drinks + sodas
      • Trip/Travel insurance
        Recommended, not required
      • Tips to local guides
      • Additional tours
        Additional tours/activities done individually during free time(we can assist in coordinating these for you)

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy

      Price per person based on double occupancy. Please indicate if you don't have a travel companion but are willing to share a room with another traveler. 

      Deposit: $1,000
      Single Occupancy

      Price per person based on single occupancy. 

      Deposit: $1,000

      Available options


      Day One
      ¡Bievenidxs a Quito!

      Upon arriving at the airport, your Program Director will be waiting to greet you and accompany you to your hotel in the historic center of Quito. 

      If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc. your Program Director will be more than happy to accompany you. In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests. 

      That evening we will have a welcome dinner to get to know one another and celebrate the beginning of what's sure to be a wonderful journey! 

      Your Organizer

      Heart of Travel
      117 reviews
      The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.


      We enjoyed our 6-day trip to Antigua Guatemala and all 3 events that Heart of Travel arranged (Don Jose coffee tour, Antigua scavenger hunt and Pacaya volcano hike). Everything was well-organized and managed. All transportation, including GUA pick-up and drop-off worked smoothly. Our stay at the Los Olivos Hotel was also very nice and their staff was very friendly, efficient and professional.
      By John Z for C&M Destination Wedding: Travel Services John & Nanci on May 14, 2024
      We had a fabulous destination wedding and vacation experience in Antigua, Guatemala. Our shuttles from and to the airport were right on time and adequate. Both of the tours we booked were awesome. The people were kind and friendly as were our our tour guides. Antique and it's surrounding Pueblos are clean, safe and comfortable and all the food and beverages we had were super tasty.
      By Belinda W for C&M Destination Wedding: Travel Services Paul & Belinda on May 13, 2024
      I had the best time in Cuba! Every person we worked with was so friendly and a true joy to work with. The trip was so informative and also so much fun. We truly could not have asked for a better guide and team. Would 100% recommend heart of travel and the Cuba team. The trip was seamless from start to finish including accommodations, food, planned activities and transportation.
      By Lauren S for Kenzie & Friends Private Tour on May 02, 2024
      What an amazing experience!!!! I am a single woman in my 60's who wanted to travel to Guatemala alone but didn't feel safe to do it. Heart of Travel made this dream trip come true for me. With the knowledgable guide of Selvyn, I was well cared for and highly informed about life and culture in Guatemala. Before my trip Chelsey, the owner of Heart of Travel, had a zoom conference to get to know me and my interests. Chelsey hand designed this trip to my needs and interests. Guatemala exceeded my expectations. Each day I was more and more surprised by the service of Heart of Travel and the beauty and colors of Guatemala. I was most impressed that Heart of Travel found local vendors ,for example a weaving coop ,to help individual single moms to help support their families. A great experience. I want to go to Cuba next with Heart of Travel. I love you guys!!!!!
      By Blyth R for Semana Santa & "Sincretismo" in Guatemala on Apr 08, 2024
      The journey to the Galapagos turned out to be a bucket list adventure I hadn't realized I was longing for. It was simply incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. I ended up booking this trip because it was the only one available that fit into my academic schedule, and I'm so thankful I did. This marks my third journey with Heart of Travel, and I'm eagerly anticipating my fourth in August. Heart of Travel consistently excels in crafting their trips. They have a knack for selecting tour leaders who are truly passionate about their work.
      By Holly R for Wildlife Discovery in a Galapagos Paradise on Apr 03, 2024
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      Heart of Travel is the best for magical and ethical vacations! Chelsea and her incredible team first won me over in Guatemala in 2023 as they planned a beautiful trip that allowed us to see and experience so many different places, people, and things. A helicopter ride, a volcano hike, spa day, meeting the most badass Mayan weaver!!, a once-in a lifetime sunset tour in Tikal - done. I'm still trying to get over this trip lol. They knocked it out of the park again in Cuba for NYE! Chelsea and the spectacular Paloma had us dancing multiple nights away, eating the BEST food, and seeing ALL the sights while also giving us ample opportunity to support the Cuban people and educating us on why that is so important. You will leave their trips with new memories, new friends, and possibly, some new perspectives. Do it!!!
      By Amber S on 08 Feb, 2024
      Words can’t begin to express the way this trip impacted me! Every single person we met was so amazing, so kind, and truly opened their hearts and lives to us! Cuba, you have left an undeniable mark on my soul… Your people, your colors, your food, your history… Thank you for sharing this world with us! Cannot wait for our next trip! We love you 🥰
      By Krista L on 24 Jan, 2024
      I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The trip was an incredible balance of learning, discovery, and recreation. Both the local guides and the Heart of Travel coordinator, Chiva, were excellent!!! The accommodations, food, and itinerary were fantastic. I will definitely travel with Heart of Travel again.
      By Lina A on 27 Jun, 2023
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