Ecuador: Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

Heart of Travel
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54 reviews
Nov 25 - Dec 9, 2023
Group size: 6 - 13
Ecuador: Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
54 reviews

Nov 25 - Dec 9, 2023
Group size: 6 - 13

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
  • 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
Available until May 15, 202310 left

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
Available until May 15, 2023only 3 left

Price per person based on single occupancy. 

Deposit: $1,000

Available options



Day One
Welcome to Quito!

Welcome! Upon arriving at the airport your Program Director will be waiting to escort you to your hotel and give you a brief orientation of the city. 

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. 

Our welcome dinner starts at 7pm and overnight stay at Casa Gardenia in Quito. 

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Heart of Travel
54 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 had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. We were with a great group of people and enjoyed comfortable accommodations, good food, and interesting outings. We visited three different geographic areas in Costa Rica and learned a great deal about the plants, animals and people in each. Our guides were informative and fun, and Chelsea handled every situation with ease.
By Thomas B for Adventure and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica on 10 Jul, 2022
Most amazing trip ever. Wonderfully organized covering many insightful aspects of Ecuadorian culture and its varied people. Great to learn all that is done to preserve Ecuador’s special natural treasures. Our Ecuadorian guide, Gustavo, went over and above to make our visit the best I have ever had when traveling in a foreign country.
By pamela g for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 03 Jun, 2022
Gustavo, our guide, was wonderful! He was attentive to details & helpful & organized. Great meals including choices like fresh fish and the desserts were fabulous. All the animals and great activities were life changing . Our days were packed with adventure. Some of the boat rides & bus rides in the Galapagos were long & uncomfortable. The accommodations were quite good and ranged from excellent (Hotel de la Isla) to comfortable with a view. (Casa de María needs some hooks to hang things in the rooms but the views were magnificent so can’t complain too much. ) All the support staff from guides to drivers, etc. we’re very warm & welcoming.
By Elizabeth M for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 01 Jun, 2022
Absolutely loved the casa gardenia. Such great breakfasts options. Passion fruit is my new favorite... and such GREAT service. They anticipated our every need... even had food to go for our EARLY morning departures. Thank you !
By LAURIE b for Ecuador: Extra Night Double Occupancy on 30 May, 2022
Had a wonderful guide that knew all the best spots to share with us. He kept us busy without feeling overwhelmed. He was extremely informative about what we were experiencing and sharing the culture.
By LAURIE b for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 29 May, 2022
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