Ecuador: Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

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

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
59 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. 

Your Organizer

Heart of Travel
59 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.


It was a very pleasant trip, with a well balanced combination of activities. There was the Sunday bike ride on closed-to-car-traffic Reforma Blvd, visits to neighborhoods and coffee shops (including as a site for one of our many Spanish lessons!), visits to the main parks, several museums (Frida Kahlo, Palacio des Bellas Artes, and the Anthropology Museum), artisanal markets, the historic district, Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, Ballet Folklorico. To name a few of our outings! There were also quite a number of absolutely fabulous restaurants (lunch or dinner). Dominique prepared an excellent Spanish workbook directly related to our activities which was very helpful and explored new vocabulary and expressions for an intermediate level of students. Our local guide Daniel was extremely knowledgeable and Dominique and Eimy (both with Heart of Travel) were both very attentive to the needs of the group. The fact that Dominique has lived in Mexico City was also helpful. We did a lot of activities - but not too many! The pace was good. There was adequate solo time. I would definitely go on another trip with Heart of Travel!
By Barbara G for Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Mexico City on 26 Sep, 2022
Just the right amount of time. Suggest 1 day less in Barcelona, 1 day more in Madrid. HeartofTravel is special for its personalized services before, during and after trip
By Pamela F for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain: Pam and Randy on 26 Sep, 2022
Very accommodating to our request to add extra nights to our Barcelona trip. Hotel room was very comfortable. Chelsea and Pamela were a great help in directing us to activities for our extra days.
By Lynn M for Additional Night(s) in Barcelona on 20 Sep, 2022
This was my first organized tour. I absolutely loved it! I had such a great time and enjoyed the places we went and the food we ate on this tour. Eimy, ,Dominique and Daniel were the best guides! Especially thought Eimy did a wonderful job taking care of us all with whatever was needed. Daniel is so passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Mexico, that I learned so much from him. Dominique’s class materials were so helpful to me. She really helped me with pronunciation and reading, which was much appreciated. I am definitely going to do another trip in the future! Muchas Gracias, Sharon Wright
By Sharon W for Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Mexico City on 19 Sep, 2022
This was my fourth trip with Heart of Travel and as always, it did not disappoint! The accommodations, excursions, restaurants, and communication were all top notch. Daniel was very knowledgeable and hilarious. Traveling with Heart of Travel is not the typical touristy trip - they take the time to expose you to the locals, where you learn the history and culture of each place firsthand. It’s an authentic experience each time.
By Barbra R for Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Mexico City on 19 Sep, 2022
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