Exploring the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

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

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
40 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, 2021only 3 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

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
40 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 highly recommend the HoT team if you're looking to get the most out of your trip to Guatemala. I have known Chelsea for a while and was delighted to be able to use the HoT teams services. From the moment I outlined what we were looking for, Chelsea made sure to get me all the information I needed and a quote really quickly. We arranged the Acetenango volcano hike with HoT and it couldn't have been better. Our guides were incredible and went above and beyond (including carrying our backpacks - this hike is not easy!) and we had the best time. I felt incredibly safe and well looked after. Chelsea also made sure we had a ton of food and snacks, even catering for a vegan which is not easy for an overnight expedition with very little amenities! We also booked transfers in and around Guatemala with HoT - they all went very smoothly and every trip was well organized. When we threw in a last minute change, they were super accommodating which meant we were able to squeeze in even more sightseeing! If you're into attention to detail, great customer service, flexibility and a sense that someone else is doing the thinking and organising for you, choose HoT!
By Lucy F for Custom Services - Lucy on 21 Oct, 2021
We did the Mountaintour with Quads. Grest Tour, niice guide, delicious food. Even my 15 year old son enjoyed it so much. Also we enjoyed the volcano Tour. One by horse and one hiking. Sat in the "Lava" had picknick and of course warm marshmellows. Unforgetable day.
By Sandra D for Custom Services - Sandra on 19 Oct, 2021
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
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