Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Ho
Heart of Travel
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38 reviews
Mar 12 - 25, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
38 reviews

Mar 12 - 25, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

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"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 pre-Hispanic times, through colonialism, and into the present day. All of this and move make Ecuador 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
    $100
  • Galapagos transit card
    $20
  • International airfare
    To/from Quito
  • Meals not stated
    Any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks + sodas
  • Trip/Travel insurance
    Strongly 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 December 30, 202112 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 and we will do our best to pair you with someone!

$4795
Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy
Available until December 30, 2021

Price per person based on single occupancy. 

$5675
Deposit: $1000

Itinerary

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 7 pm and we'll enjoy overnight stay at Casa Gardenia in Quito. 

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Ho
Heart of Travel
38 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.

Reviews

I found Heart of Travel through a blog by a Claire. I inquired about a shuttle between Guatemala City and Antigua, and how it was complicated by meeting up with family members and luggage. Chelsea met us at the airport with two vans. It was an incredible way to begin our ten days vacation. We used Heart all through the week. Chelsea also set us up for our return trip to airport and Rio Dulce, and the Covid tests needed for return to US. Thank you!! I can't say it enough. Thank you also for Hobbitland, volcano and coffee farm. I leave feeling we did some of the real Guatemala.
By Deborah S for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on 09 Oct, 2021
KP
One of the best cooking classes I've ever done! The Heart of Travel + Cuscun Team catered the meals to be veggie friendly for us so we were able to try traditional Guatemalan food with a veggie twist - which is difficult to find in the country. The views, atmosphere, outdoor rooftop kitchen, and mainly the company was incredible. Felt like we were getting together with old friends, having some drinks, and making a meal together. Learned a lot and 100% recommend this! Antigua highlight for sure!
By Keri P for Antigua Cooking Class on 01 Sep, 2021
KP
10/10 recommend. Incredible pre & post communication from the Heart of Travel team which also included some Guate recs; which I loved! Specifically, the book & film recommendations to learn from before arriving. The airport transfer was seamless, Luis Miguel was there on time, easy to find, and great! Can't wait to do more experiences with them during my trip!
By Keri P for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on 16 Aug, 2021
From my very first contact with her, Chelsea impressed me with her professionalism. responsiveness, and enthusiasm for ethical and sustainable exploration in Guatemala. She provided me with two itinerary proposals for a family visit to Guatemala in July 2021 and then tailored the one we chose to our family's needs and preferences. We opted to stay within a limited area to minimize in-country travel time and give us a few days to relax on Lake Atitlan. Our family of 4 (me, my husband, and our 2 boys, ages 13 and 18) enjoyed our trip immensely. The destinations and accommodations Chelsea booked for us were all excellent, and -- even more importantly -- the guides and local partners she chose were all outstanding. I'm a nervous passenger, and our drivers navigated both the traffic of Guatemala City and the winding mountain roads of the Highlands with equal calm and competence. Our guide Selvyn was unfailingly kind, patient, and knowledgeable (also a good, safe driver). A highlight was our visits to producers and artisans -- from Don Jose, the coffee grower outside of Antigua, and Joaquin, who gave us a cooking lesson on our first night (a do-not-miss experience), to the home cooks and textile artists in the Highlands and in San Juan on Lake Atitlan, everyone we met taught us something new and showed us something beautiful, moving, or delicious. At all of our accommodations, Chelsea had made all necessary arrangements, and our rooms met or exceeded our expectations. Chelsea was also an invaluable aid when it came to getting things like tipping and other local details right. She also arranged for covid testing on the eve of our departure; basically, she provided all the support we needed to ensure that our visit to her adopted home would be smooth and safe without feeling like we were just parachuting in for some R & R. After our eleven days in Antigua, the Highlands, and Atitlan, I hope to get back to Guatemala and Central America soon. When and if we do, Chelsea at Heart of travel will be the first person I'll contact.
By Elizabeth P for Liz Philips: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 28 Jul, 2021
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
By Jodi W for Jodi Whitehead: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 25 Jun, 2021
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