Natural Wonders in the Andes & Galapagos Islands with CNBC Wanderlust

      Heart of Travel
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      117 reviews
      Apr 24 - May 5, 2024
      Group size: 4 - 10
      Natural Wonders in the Andes & Galapagos Islands with CNBC Wanderlust

      Heart of Travel
      • Email address verified
      117 reviews

      Apr 24 - May 5, 2024
      Group size: 4 - 10

      About this trip

      ****To view the full itinerary click the link at the bottom of this section****

      Have you ever longed to travel with other people who can relate to your experience of being Childless Not By Choice? Well now's your chance! 

      After experiencing an unforgettable group trip with Heart of Travel to Guatemala in 2022, Vanessa Swier of @both_childless_and_childfree was inspired to create such an opportunity. So, out of a love of travel and a desire to connect with other CNBC folks, CNBC Wanderlust was created. 

      CNBC Wanderlust is thrilled to be offering this small group trip to Ecuador in partnership with Heart of Travel. This fascinating country is sure to be a place you'll fall in love with! 

      Awaken your sense of adventure as we embark on an expedition through hidden towns in the Andes mountains and to the legendary Galápagos Islands. Marvel at the ancient wildlife, hike to volcanoes, indulge in delicious cuisine, and get to know the beautiful country of Ecuador and her people all while connecting with your new CNBC travel buddies.

      To view the detailed itinerary for this trip please click here.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What does double occupancy mean?

      Double occupancy spots are for people traveling with a companion or roommate OR for someone traveling solo who is open to being paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share a room. When you sign up for a double occupancy spot, please indicate if you are traveling with someone and if so, who, and how many beds are needed in the room (1 or 2). In the event, there is an uneven # of double occupancy sign-ups, a trip participant may end up rooming with a Tour Leader for parts of the trip or will be given the option to upgrade to a single supplement if desired.

      What does single occupancy mean?

      Single occupancy spots are for travelers who want their own room and bathroom. This applies to solo travelers who are not traveling with a roommate and do not wish to be paired with another traveler. To secure a single occupancy spot, please select the "single supplement add-on" at the time of registration. If you have any special requests for your room please let us know. 

      What are "additional nights"?

      Often times travelers desire to add on an extra night of accommodation at the beginning or end of the trip. You can book additional nights through us by adding them to your cart at the time of registration. Likewise, they can be added later if you are unsure of your plans at the time of enrollment. Note the price is per room.

      Will Heart of Travel help me book my international airfare?

      Heart of Travel does not book international airfare for trip participants nor are we responsible for changes or delays in your reservation or flight. However, we will be more than happy to research and provide information on suggested flights. Simply provide us with the airport code for any airports that work for you to fly in/out of and we will be glad to take a look! 

      I have special dietary restrictions and/or medical needs or concerns. Can you accommodate me?

      Yes! Heart of Travel has years of experience accommodating a range of dietary restrictions and preferences, even in some remote locations. Just let us know what you need and we've got your back. As for medical needs or concerns, Heart of Travel does its absolute best to accommodate all trip participants' preferences, needs, and abilities to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy and has a good time. If you have a medical condition or concern that needs to be discussed in greater detail please let us know as soon as possible so we can set up a time to chat and make sure we fully understand your needs and can prepare accordingly. 

      Cancellation & Refund Policy

      In the event, a Heart of Travel trip has not  been canceled by Heart of Travel, rather you have chosen not to join the trip for whatever reason, including COVID-19, the following policy will apply:

      • Cancellation 151 days or more before the trip start date: Fully refundable 
      • Cancellation 91 - 150 days before the trip start date: Loss of deposit, the rest of the trip payment is fully refundable. 
      • Cancellation 60 – 90 days before the trip start date: 50% Refundable 
      • Cancellation 59 or fewer days before the trip’s start date: No refunds are guaranteed, however, you could apply 70% of your payment towards a future trip to the same destination or 50% towards a Heart of Travel trip to an alternate destination. 

      *If you can’t make it on a trip but someone else can go in your place we are happy to transfer over your registration and dues paid to this person’s account. However, in some instances, there may be a domestic flight or another type of reservation with a third-party supplier that can only be transferred to a new person with a transfer fee. In this case, the new participant would be responsible for covering this fee. 

      TRIP POSTPONED OR CANCELED by Heart of Travel

      In the event, a Heart of Travel trip is not possible due to COVID-19 (be it due to border closures or because we’ve determined the trip is not in the best interest of travelers and/or employees) we will notify participants immediately of the cancellation or postponement of the trip.

      • If the trip is canceled with 75 days of notice or more, travelers will have the option to receive a full refund, join the trip on the postponed dates, or transfer the amount paid to an alternative trip. 
      • In the event, the trip is impacted less than 74 days before the start date the trip, it will not be canceled but rather postponed. This means there is no refund, however, you can receive a full 100% credit for the amount paid, good towards any other Heart of Travel trip to any destination at any time, or wait to go on your original trip at the new dates. 

      Travel Insurance

      While adventure and connection through cross-cultural experience is our passion, we understand that there are inherent risks when it comes to international travel. Here at Heart of Travel, we believe in leaving places better than you found them, and part of making an impact is partnering with companies that share our values. That’s why we recommend purchasing Insured Nomads Travel Insurance before your upcoming travels. Insured Nomads Travel Insurance believes in safe, ethical travel that minimizes harm and leaves a positive impact on local communities. 

      Travel insurance is a sustainable practice because when you purchase a plan, this ensures you have the financial means to care for yourself should you get sick or hurt while traveling. This lessens the burden you may impose on a local community’s medical resources and guarantees that each worker gets paid for their services. Travel insurance also allows you to rest easy, knowing you’ve got someone in your corner should you get sick or experience travel disruptions. Visit Insured Nomads Travel Insurance and shop their available policies here. Have any questions? Insured Nomads offers incredible customer service and will make sure to find the perfect plan for you.

      Disclaimer: Heart of Travel is a partner of Insured Nomads Travel Insurance. We offer their travel insurance plans and earn a commission for each plan sold. This does not impact your pricing in any way. Here at Heart of Travel, we are not insurance experts. Please contact Insured Nomads Travel Insurance for any questions regarding coverage, your plan, and filing a claim. Be sure to visit Insured Nomad’s website for complete coverage information. 

      Payment Plan

      Our standard payment plan involves a refundable deposit at the time of registration. The remaining balance is then divided into 2 additional installments. The trip is due in full 91 days before the departure date. If you pay with a credit/debit card you will automatically be enrolled in auto-payment and future payments will automatically be deducted from your account. 

      If you are interested in an alternative payment plan involving smaller monthly payments or custom payment dates please reach out to us at We are happy to set up personalized payment plans and can offer interest-free payment plans for up to 12 months. 

      What’s included

      • 11 nights accommodation
        Boutique 4 star hotels
      • 26 meals
        Includes water, coffee, tea, juices. Some meals include 1 to 2 alcoholic or premium non-alooholic beverages
      • In country transport
        Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance fee + tickets
        For all activities included on the itinerary
      • Local guides & hosts
        Dignified compensation for local guides, artists, artisans and hosts' time, skills, knowledge and hospitality
      • Tour Leader
        Bilingual Tour Leader from the Heart of Travel Team
      • Regional Host(s)
        Bilingual Regional Trip Host(s) from Ecuador
      • Welcome Packet
        Detailed Welcome Packet with information to prepare for trip including packing list, recommended books and movies, health and safety tips and much more!
      • Digital Itinerary
        Detailed itinerary on Travefy and accessible on the mobile app Trip Plans. The best way to stay up to date and connected!
      • Whatsapp Concierge Line
        Whatsapp Concierge & Client Services Line available from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm CST for general assistance and 24/7 for emergencies.
      • CNBC Connections
        With fellow CNBC travelers and a CNBC travel host

      What’s not included

      • International airfare
        To/from Quito
      • Meals not stated
        Any meals not indicated on itinerary
      • Alcoholic drinks + sodas
      • Trip/Travel Insurance
        Recommended, not required
      • Additional tours
        Additional tours/activities done individually during free time(we can assist in coordinating these for you)
      • Tips
        To drivers, local guides, Tour Leader & Trip Hosts

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      Deposit: $1,500

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      Heart of Travel
      117 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.


      We enjoyed our 6-day trip to Antigua Guatemala and all 3 events that Heart of Travel arranged (Don Jose coffee tour, Antigua scavenger hunt and Pacaya volcano hike). Everything was well-organized and managed. All transportation, including GUA pick-up and drop-off worked smoothly. Our stay at the Los Olivos Hotel was also very nice and their staff was very friendly, efficient and professional.
      By John Z for C&M Destination Wedding: Travel Services John & Nanci on May 14, 2024
      We had a fabulous destination wedding and vacation experience in Antigua, Guatemala. Our shuttles from and to the airport were right on time and adequate. Both of the tours we booked were awesome. The people were kind and friendly as were our our tour guides. Antique and it's surrounding Pueblos are clean, safe and comfortable and all the food and beverages we had were super tasty.
      By Belinda W for C&M Destination Wedding: Travel Services Paul & Belinda on May 13, 2024
      I had the best time in Cuba! Every person we worked with was so friendly and a true joy to work with. The trip was so informative and also so much fun. We truly could not have asked for a better guide and team. Would 100% recommend heart of travel and the Cuba team. The trip was seamless from start to finish including accommodations, food, planned activities and transportation.
      By Lauren S for Kenzie & Friends Private Tour on May 02, 2024
      What an amazing experience!!!! I am a single woman in my 60's who wanted to travel to Guatemala alone but didn't feel safe to do it. Heart of Travel made this dream trip come true for me. With the knowledgable guide of Selvyn, I was well cared for and highly informed about life and culture in Guatemala. Before my trip Chelsey, the owner of Heart of Travel, had a zoom conference to get to know me and my interests. Chelsey hand designed this trip to my needs and interests. Guatemala exceeded my expectations. Each day I was more and more surprised by the service of Heart of Travel and the beauty and colors of Guatemala. I was most impressed that Heart of Travel found local vendors ,for example a weaving coop ,to help individual single moms to help support their families. A great experience. I want to go to Cuba next with Heart of Travel. I love you guys!!!!!
      By Blyth R for Semana Santa & "Sincretismo" in Guatemala on Apr 08, 2024
      The journey to the Galapagos turned out to be a bucket list adventure I hadn't realized I was longing for. It was simply incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. I ended up booking this trip because it was the only one available that fit into my academic schedule, and I'm so thankful I did. This marks my third journey with Heart of Travel, and I'm eagerly anticipating my fourth in August. Heart of Travel consistently excels in crafting their trips. They have a knack for selecting tour leaders who are truly passionate about their work.
      By Holly R for Wildlife Discovery in a Galapagos Paradise on Apr 03, 2024
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      Heart of Travel is the best for magical and ethical vacations! Chelsea and her incredible team first won me over in Guatemala in 2023 as they planned a beautiful trip that allowed us to see and experience so many different places, people, and things. A helicopter ride, a volcano hike, spa day, meeting the most badass Mayan weaver!!, a once-in a lifetime sunset tour in Tikal - done. I'm still trying to get over this trip lol. They knocked it out of the park again in Cuba for NYE! Chelsea and the spectacular Paloma had us dancing multiple nights away, eating the BEST food, and seeing ALL the sights while also giving us ample opportunity to support the Cuban people and educating us on why that is so important. You will leave their trips with new memories, new friends, and possibly, some new perspectives. Do it!!!
      By Amber S on 08 Feb, 2024
      Words can’t begin to express the way this trip impacted me! Every single person we met was so amazing, so kind, and truly opened their hearts and lives to us! Cuba, you have left an undeniable mark on my soul… Your people, your colors, your food, your history… Thank you for sharing this world with us! Cannot wait for our next trip! We love you 🥰
      By Krista L on 24 Jan, 2024
      I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The trip was an incredible balance of learning, discovery, and recreation. Both the local guides and the Heart of Travel coordinator, Chiva, were excellent!!! The accommodations, food, and itinerary were fantastic. I will definitely travel with Heart of Travel again.
      By Lina A on 27 Jun, 2023
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