Exploring the Andes & the Galapagos Islands

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Heart of Travel
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11 reviews
Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2021
Group size: 6 - 12
Exploring the Andes & the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
11 reviews

Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2021
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

"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
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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. 

$4695
Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy

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 7pm and overnight stay at Casa Gardenia in Quito. 

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Ho
Heart of Travel
11 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

We had an amazing trip with Heart of Travel! We were able to experience things we would have never been able to do without their help. Our hike up Volcan Acatenango was an exertion we will never forget. Heart of Travel took care of the details for us, making the trip smooth and simple on us. I highly recommend booking an experience with them.
By Ashley G for Ashley & Mike's Adventure on 10 Mar, 2021
Prompt service. Excellent driver and comfortable ride. Heart of Travel made my arrival from Guatemala City to Antigua very enjoyable. I would highly recommend their services.
By Sande I for Airport to Antigua Shuttle on 13 Feb, 2020
This was my second trip with Heart of Travel and it was perfect in every way. The Parque Hotel was beautiful and in a wonderful location. Dylan and Daniel were the best guides and Allie—an added bonus— The Heart of Travel’s photographer. Daniel, the local guide, is so knowledgeable that you will learn so much from him. Dylan also. The Restaurant’s Chelsea picked were all different and wonderful. Lisa, our food tour guide, gave us the best experience at The Market we went to. I loved Mexico City and I look forward to my next journey with Heart of Travel—where ever that may be. Thank you Everyone who made this trip so perfect and memorable. CRP
By Cathie P for New Year's Eve in Mexico City: Dec 2019/Jan 2020 on 09 Jan, 2020
Even though I speak Fair Spanish, I was a little intimidated to tour Mexico City on my own, given the size and complexity of getting around. Our tour guide showed us the best of Mexico City, with no hassles.
By David M for New Year's Eve in Mexico City: Dec 2019/Jan 2020 on 07 Jan, 2020
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Fun, Fun, Fun! We traveled with The Heart of Travel, our favorite for Spanish-speaking destinations. We had a perfect mix of history, culture, learning, sharing, and food and drink. Día de los Muertos at the cemetery was very special. Our accommodation at an AirB&B was perfect for our group. Our local guide, Gabo, and Heart of Travel guide, Ana, are the best.
By Jonel J for Food, Drinks & Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca 2019 on 15 Nov, 2019
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