Duration: 11 Days

Discover Ecuador and The Galapagos

Travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos and take a trip that will last in your memory for a lifetime. Begin your journey in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and explore the national parks and cloud forest. You will then travel to the spectacular Galapagos Islands with great biodiversity and key to the discoveries of Charles Darwin. All our tours are customisable, get in touch to discuss your specific requirements
All about the Discover Ecuador and The Galapagos.
The Edventure Travel Package All Edventure Travel trips and tours can be customised to your personal requirements, this sample tour is designed to give you inspiration for your own trip. When you are ready to start planning, get in touch and we can design a bespoke package tour for your group. We will always make clear what is included and excluded in your quotation. Fully Protected Your trip will be fully protected through our membership of the ABTOT and ABTA. Furthermore, Edventure Travel has its own ATOL licence ensuring that you have complete protection when taking a flight. Edventure Travel offers travel insurance that can be included in your trip to give you protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Customised for you All tours are 100% customised to suit your group. We believe that every group should be treated individually, it’s your tour after all. If you want to add something that is not featured on our website just let us know and we will work with you to develop an itinerary to meet your needs. Out of Hours Contact In the unlikely event that you encounter problems whilst on tour, there will always be someone at the end of the phone to assist with any situation. Travel Advice For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, click here. Foreign Travel Advice www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice You should seek advise on recommended vaccinations and precautions from a health professional – either a GP, a practice nurse, a pharmacist or a travel health clinic – ideally at least eight weeks before departure. Further travel health advice can be found on the following link. Travel Health Pro Website https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Return Flights
  • All travel when at your destination
  • Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
  • Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
  • Full Time Tour Director
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
  • Travel Insurance
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Single Room Supplements
  • Personal Expenditure
  • Overseas departure taxes if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • UK Coach Transfers
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Luggage in the hold of the aircraft
  1. Day 1 Depart the UK
    Depart the UK and arrive in Quito in the afternoon. Upon arrival your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Quito.
  2. Day 2 Quito
    Take breakfast and visit the Churches: Plaza de la Independencia, Sagrario, Compañía, San Francisco, Panecillo and Basilica. Continue to Pululahua Crater, home to a small agricultural community, here we will take lunch at Crater Restaurant. After lunch visit the monument to the Equator. Later you will visit the Intiñan Museum where you will be able to participate in a series of experiments that can only be done at Latitude 0°.
  3. Day 3 Chocolate Route
    After breakfast depart to Pahuma Reserve and visit Mindo’s butterfly farm. You will then travel to Quetzal Mindo where you can see the process of how chocolate is made from ”bean to bar”, lunch included. Continue to Bellavista Cloud Forest where you can see humming birds. Drive back to Quito, where you will have dinner at the URKO Restaurant.
  4. Day 4 Cotopaxi National Park
    After breakfast enjoy a day trip to Cotopaxi volcano, in Cotopaxi National Park. Departing from Quito, admire the beautiful Andes mountain range and enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tour includes: Lunch Box, transportation and a professional guide. Visit the Flower-growing walk. Tonight you will stay at Puyo El Jardin
  5. Day 5 Quito to Galapagos
    Today you will travel to one of the most amazing places of the world, the Galapagos Islands. Early in the morning you travel to National airport to board your Galapagos flight. Upon arrival at the Galapagos National Park your guide will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.  Visit the Wall of Tears, lunch in a local ranch and visit the Highlands which include Twin Craters, Primicias tortoise ranch and lava tunnels. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
  6. Day 6 Santa Crus - Isabela
    Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Isabela Island. Transfer to your hotel with some time to relax. Later you will visit Los Tuneles, a beautiful place formed by lava tunnels eroded by the ocean. Here you can snorkel or swim in this unique habitat and you will find hundreds of marine iguanas, penguins and sea lions playing. You can relax in the sun on the sandy beaches and if you are lucky it is possible to see flightless cormorants. This is one of Isabela’s most beautiful visitor sites.
  7. Day 7 Isabela Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano
    After breakfast your guide will be waiting for you in order to visit Sierra Negra, a volcano that is located at the southern end of Isabela Island which is one of the most impressive volcanoes of the Archipelago. Its caldera measures 10 Km across from north to south. Return to Puerto Villamil and stop en route in Campoduro where a delicious lunch will be waiting for you. Continue your trip to Tintoreras, a beautiful small island located just a few minutes away from Isabela where it is possible to see the endemic Galapagos penguin, white tippet sharks, and hundreds of baby iguanas.
  8. Day 8 Isabela – Santa Cruz
    Early in the morning you will be transferred to the pier of Puerto Villamil to take a speed boat to a Santa Cruz Island. Here you are able to see the Giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit two big craters known as “Los Gemelos” or twins. Take lunch at a local farm and then visit Tortuga Bay. Relax on this beach with soft sand and clear water, it is a great place to rest and enjoy the sun. Return to Puerto Ayora where you will have time to buy souvenirs, mail postcards and absorb some local colour in the social heart of the islands.
  9. Day 9 Santa Cruz – Baltra - Quito
    After breakfast your guide will drive you to Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you will learn at first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands including seeing the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs. These programs are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. After this visit you will be transferred to Baltra airport to board your flight back to Quito.
  10. Day 10 Hacienda Molino San Juan & Otavalo Indian Market
    Otavalo is one of most visited indigenous markets, rich in traditions and customs that allows you to enjoy the typical, colourful handcrafts and feasts, as well as showing off the fascinating environment and spectacular Andean mountains. On the way you will briefly stop in Guayabamba Village and then San Pablo´s Lake viewpoint to enjoy the landscape and try ”biscochos”, cookies typical of the region. You will have lunch at Sacha Ji. Next stop will be a weaving workshop in Peguche to look at and learn about the local handmade artisanal products, souvenirs and clothes. You will then take to the road once more and soon arrive at Otavalo Market. Lunch will be served in Cotacachi Village before heading to the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon. Travel to Quito for your flight back to the UK.
  11. Day 11 Arrive Home
    Arrive back in the UK
  1. The Galapagos Islands Ecuador
    The Galapagos Islands are a group of 13 major islands and dozens of smaller islets and rocks. This is the result of volcanic activity and is out of this world. These islands are in fact an unpredictable wilderness and a living laboratory of evolution filled with an extraordinary population of unique species which have developed apart from human influence. For nature lovers, the are hundreds of birds, playful sea lions, exotic plant life, volcanoes and haunting land seascape.
  2. Cotopaxi National Park Ecuador
    One of the most impressive national parks in Ecuador, this national park contains the Cotopaxi Volcano and is surrounded by an ecological reserve. Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, this national park is truly impressive with the area surrounding the Volcano relatively flat.
  3. Mindo Cloud forest Ecuador
    A haven for nature and bird enthusiasts, this cloud forest opened in 2001 and is a non-profit conservation organisation.
  4. Pahuma Reserve Ecuador
    Pahuma Reserve consists of magnificent cloud forests that are blanketed in spectacular flower and plant life, including various species of orchids such as the mosses, bromeliads and ferns complimented by three calming waterfalls found within the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve. You can enjoy a variety of trails leading through the reserve, of which some differ in the length and difficulty.
  5. Sierra Negra Volcano Ecuador
    Visit Sierra Negra volcano that is located at the southern end of Isabela Island, it is one of the most impressive volcanoes of the Archipelago. Its caldera measures 10 Km across from north to south.
  6. Charles Darwin Research Station Ecuador
    At the Charles Darwin Research Station, you will learn at first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands seeing the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction.
  7. Quito Ecuador
    The capital of Ecuador is situated at the Andean foothills and is famous for its colonial centre mixing European and indigenous styles. The is the access point for trips throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos.
  8. Otavalo Ecuador
    One of most visited indigenous markets, rich in traditions and customs that allows you to enjoy the typical, colourful handcrafts and feasts, as well as showing off the fascinating environment and spectacular Andean mountains.
  1. Cultural experience
    Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
  2. Enthusiasm
    This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
  3. Knowledge and Perspective
    Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
  4. Pupil Engagement
    A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
  5. Geography
    Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.
  6. Team Building
    Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
  7. Languages
    Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.
  8. Science
    Inspire students with interactive science attractions on this tour.
All our accommodation is provided through tried and tested suppliers that work well with different types of groups, including schools, colleges and social groups. We work with our agents in each country to provide the best accommodation suited to your group. This can depend on the time of year that you travel, your group size and type, the cities that you will travel to, accessibility and price. We will always discuss with you what your preferences are and give examples of the accommodation that we can offer.