Follow the mystery and magic of Galápagos with a four-day cultural experience in the Andes of Ecuador on this post-voyage extension.
Day 1 - Galápagos/Quito
Continue by air from Galápagos to Quito, the capital and cultural center of Ecuador. Heralded as one of Latin America's most beautifully preserved cities, the historic center of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transfer to Casa Gangotena (or similar), a converted mansion in the heart of the colonial center on Plaza San Francisco. (B)
Day 2 - Quito
After breakfast, set to explore the original plazas, impressive churches, and Baroque splendors outside your doorstep. This half-day adventure also features a visit to the Mercado San Francisco, oldest in the city. Opt to stay in the center for lunch on your own, wander la Ronda or return to the hotel. Later, opt to join an exclusive neighborhood activity at the hotel. Dinner and the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 3 - Otavalo
Today we drive north with our guide on a private tour through the Andean highlands to Otavalo—crossing the Equator along the way. We take the day to explore the celebrated handicraft markets, visit a nearby weaving village and relax over lunch at a historic hacienda. Evening at leisure. Note: depending on market schedule, days 2 and 3 may be reversed. (B,L)
Day 4 - Quito/Home
This morning transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)
Costs & What's Included
Cost per person 2023
Cost per person 2024
Cost per person 2025-26
Accommodations, meals as indicated, sightseeing tours, gratuities, transfers in conjunction with group recommended flights.
Personal Items, international or domestic airfare (return flight to Galápagos may be extended from Guayaquil to Quito at no additional charge).
Note: Quito is at 9,200 feet and Otavalo at 8,400 feet. Temperatures are constant throughout the year with daytime temperatures in the 70s°F and nighttime temperatures in the 50s°F.