EQ7 ECUADOR & GALAPAGOSSEARCH TOUR
Otavalo, the Avenue of the Volcanoes & Cuenca
Guided colonial Quito tour; Otavalo Valley-cultural centre; Famed 'Avenue of Volcanoes'; Four-night luxury Galapagos cruise; Beautiful, colonial Cuenca; Ingapirca Inca ruins
Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and restaurants); all meals in isles. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary (including Galapagos park entry fee). Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuity, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Tips for ship's crew are NOT included (allow USD 100 per person). Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered throughout the year. Mainland: The cool and dry season runs from May to October. Outside this time you will encounter warmer and perhaps rainy / misty conditions in the highlands but serious heat / humidity are only a consideration in the isles.
Islands: Hot Season (warm-rainy), December to April. Average air temperatures range 25-33 C on land and 23-26 C in the water, ideal for snorkeling. It may rain occasionally in the afternoons for an hour or so. The ocean is generally calm due to the absence of the southeast trade winds. The Cool Season (windy-dry), June to November. The cooler season sees a drop in temperatures 18-27 C on land and 18-23 C in the sea. Rainfall is low, though the islands may seem somewhat moist as an early mist covers the sky. Usually this burns off by mid morning. The seas are moderately strong; surge, choppy waters and some waves should be expected.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest. Roads are in good condition though winding on some stretches. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces. Most people are not seriously affected by altitude (3000-3300 m / 8,500-9,500 ft)-check with your doctor. Flights via scheduled local carrier.
Well-located, heated / air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
The MV Galapagos Legend is one of the most comfortable boats sailing the Galapagos. With space for 110 passengers, the fully air-conditioned ship offers all the amenities of a cruise liner yet small enough for that intimate experience with nature. All cabins are booked in outside 'superior' class (Junior Suite cabin upgrades available; view cabins on www.gogalapagos.com). Private bathrooms feature hot and cold water, shower, and a hair dryer. Snorkels & masks provided free.
Porter service is usually available in Ecuador though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader and driver on mainland only. Ship's crew and naturalist guides in the islands.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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