Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

Ho
Heart of Travel
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63 reviews
Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2021
Group size: 6 - 13
Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
63 reviews

$NaN
Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2021
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
    $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
    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 September 28, 20215 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. 

$4,695
Deposit: $1,000
Single Occupancy
Available until September 28, 2021only 1 left

Price per person based on single occupancy. 

$5,675
Deposit: $1,000
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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 7pm and overnight stay at Casa Gardenia in Quito. 

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
63 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

Such a great trip with great trip leaders, guides and fellow travelers. Lots of fun and varied activities with plenty of time for self exploration. I would highly recommend the trip for those looking to experience the many charms of Spain. - and the food!
By Lynn M for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain on 04 Oct, 2022
I’ve just returned home from 17 days on Heart of Travel’s first fabulous trip to Spain. We visited Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, and Madrid— not to mention side trips to the smaller towns of Ronda and Cordoba. Chelsea and Pam amazed me daily! Their ability to research artsy boutique hotels, small family owned businesses for us to experience, along with their attention to detail and ability to respond to glitches was impressive. I loved going into two homes for cooking classes with delightful women. Our guided tour through Sagrada Familia was a highlight as was spending time in Parque Guell in a Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed our kayak outing and would have liked to have done a city bike tour for a bit of variety and exercise too! We saw amazing citadels, mosques, cathedrals, and a bullring. Thank you ladies for organizing a wonderful tour and helping to create a “family” of fellow travelers.
By Devan R for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain on 03 Oct, 2022
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We booked heart of travel services with only a limited amount of time before our actual trip took place. This is my second time using their services and as always they go above and beyond. Chelsea's communication and organizational skills always amaze me. Selvyn, who was my tour guide once again is extremely knowledgeable, kind and funny. My friends and I had such an amazing time! It was their first trip to Guatemala and they already stated we will all be going back and using Heart of Travel services to explore other areas of beautiful Guatemala. I highly recommend anyone who is considering booking a tour to do so. They offer an experience that allows you to really get to feel and know the people of the country you are visiting and as an avid traveler not many companies do this. I love Heart of Travel and the amazing work they do in the communities they serve and am looking forward to utilizing their services not only in Guatemala but in other parts of the world.
By Miosotis C for Custom Services - Miosotis on 02 Oct, 2022
This was an amazing trip. The accommodations were great, comfortable and varied. We enjoyed the hotels as much as we enjoyed the change of pace and the stay at the Air B & B near Seville.. It was definitely comprehensive and we got to experience many regions of Spain and the pace felt just right. There was always the option of opting out and having some time to explore on our own which was welcomed. We not only visited the museums and Cathedrals that each city had to offer, in addition, there were also opportunities to vacation and go to the beach, kayak and go sailing/boating. We enjoyed the food as well as the opportunity to learn how to make Paella, Sangria and delicious Moorish sweet treats. Rather than piling on and off of a designated bus we used a variety of transportation methods including the metro in Barcelona, small buses/vans, hired cars and a flight from Barcelona to Granada. If I could go to Spain again in the future I would do it again with Heart of Travel. The leaders, Chelsea and Pam, were there for us 100 per cent, and took care of all the details. They were creative problem solvers, warm and have good travel skills. It was a pleasure to experience Spain with them.
By Elizabeth M for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain on 01 Oct, 2022
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
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I’ve just returned home from 17 days on Heart of Travel’s first fabulous trip to Spain. We visited Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, and Madrid— not to mention side trips to the smaller towns of Ronda and Cordoba. Chelsea and Pam amazed me daily! Their ability to research artsy boutique hotels, small family owned businesses for us to experience, along with their attention to detail and ability to respond to glitches was impressive. I loved going into two homes for cooking classes with delightful women. Our guided tour through Sagrada Familia was a highlight as was spending time in Parque Guell in a Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed our kayak outing and would have liked to have done a city bike tour for a bit of variety and exercise too! We saw amazing citadels, mosques, cathedrals, and a bullring. Thank you ladies for organizing a wonderful tour and helping to create a “family” of fellow travelers.
By Devan R on 03 Oct, 2022