Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Cruise with ME International Travel

with Peru extension
Jul 6-15, 2020 / 10 DAYS

Venture into the heart of Ecuador’s societal and natural heritage.

Ecuador puts new meaning behind the saying, “good things come in small packages.” In terms of flora, fauna, and opportunities for viewing unique local…

Your package includes

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 nights aboard the M/V Galápagos Legend cruise ship
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 10 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 2 on-tour flights

Included highlights

Old Quarter Quito, La Compañía, Rábida Island, snorkeling with sea turtles, Tagus Cove, giant tortoise nature reserve, Otavalo market

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets, unpaved trails, and sandy…



Quito / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 06: Flight & late-night arrival in Quito

After your flight, arrive late this evening in Quito and settle into your hotel.

Jul 07: Sightseeing tour of Quito

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Quito before joining your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. • Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, passing by the Legislative Palace, Independence Square, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito  • Enter La Compañía, the city’s Baroque church, to view its gold leaf interior  • Step inside the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco  • Drive up Cerro Panecillo hill for views of the city and surrounding volcanoes

Jul 08: Free day in Quito

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Quito or add an excursion.

Mindo Cloud Forest
8 hours

Travel to the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest in Quito, a unique and serene natural setting. Look out for exotic wildlife and flowers as you uncover the biodiversity of the region on a series of moderately paced guided hikes. There are hundreds of bird species in the Mindo Cloud Forest—keep an eye out for hummingbirds on feeders as well as colorful butterflies. You'll also visit the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve to see gardens full of a wide variety of unique orchids, ferns, and other plants. Then, enjoy authentic Ecuadorian specialties during a three-course lunch. At the end of your meal, you'll have time to explore the property's organic gardens. Please note: Travelers should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain with slippery rocks and no handrails.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Galapagos Islands / 4 NIGHTS

Jul 09: Galápagos Cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, fly to the small island of Baltra to board your cruise.  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship • Make a wet landing on Mosquera Islet, which is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island and is one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos  • Walk along the island’s sandy, barren lava rock covered terrain  • Relax on the beach or snorkel in the water  Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jul 10: Santiago Island & Rabida Island

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a wet landing, you’ll enjoy the southeastern portion of Santiago Island before continuing to Rabida Island.  • Spend the morning exploring the extensive lava flows and swimming or snorkeling in volcanic rock pools  • Look for yellow-crowned night herons, starfish, marine iguanas, and fur seals  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship  • Transfer to Rabida Island, where the volcanic geology creates red sand beaches  • Take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to snorkel and observe nesting seabirds  Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jul 11: Isabela Island

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a wet landing, begin your exploration of Isabela Island, the largest in the Galápagos archipelago.
• Snorkel with the sea turtles that swim just off the shore of Urbina Bay
• See the giant tortoises that live on the slopes of the nearby Alcedo Volcano
• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship
• Tour Tagus Cove and see the blue-footed boobies that nest there
• Go on a dinghy ride and enjoy the option of deep sea snorkeling
Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jul 12: Espinosa Point & Vicente Roca Point

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s dry landing is at Espinosa Point, formed by lava flows over thousands of years.
• View the area’s marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and the fearless Galápagos hawk
• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship
• Take a dinghy ride to Vicente Roca Point and the Bolivar Channel, where you can snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins
• View dolphins and whales that are attracted to the Bolivar Channel by the cold waters of the Cromwell Current (seasonal, June to September)
Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Otavalo / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 13: Transfer to Otavalo via Quito

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Disembark the ship to further explore Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos before making your way to Otavalo, a market town in the Andes Mountains.
• Journey to the Santa Cruz highlands, northwest of Puerto Ayora, to visit a giant tortoise nature reserve
• Walk through the humid forest landscape to see these slow-moving reptiles in action
• Return to Baltra and board your flight back to Quito on the mainland
Celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner this evening.

Jul 14: Otavalo market visit & departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit the Otavalo market to browse the stalls, shop for indigenous crafts, and attend a local weaving demonstration. Then, stop to view the Quisito Sundial, a monument located on the equator, where you’ll view a demonstration of equatorial effects. Afterward, relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Please note: If you’re traveling on the tour extension to Peru, you’ll fly to Lima this evening and spend the night there.

Overnight Flight / 0 NIGHTS

Jul 15: Arrival in the U.S.

Arrive home.
Please note: Due to varying flight schedules, some travelers may depart on the morning of day 10, arriving home later that evening.

Extension / Starting from $1899 pp

Peru / 7 NIGHTS

Experience Peru in all its diversity. Wander the colonial cities that display the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and visit the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Jul 14: Otavalo market visit & flight to Lima

Included meals: Breakfast

After your visit to Otavalo market, enjoy free time to relax before you fly to Lima this evening.

Jul 15: Sightseeing tour of Lima

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour, which highlights Lima's modern and colonial quarters. 
• Visit the Miraflores district and Parque del Amor
• Stop in the San Isidro district to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum
• View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center
• Enter the Cathedral of Lima and descend into the catacombs below the Church of San Francisco

Jul 16: Flight to Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Cuzco and spend free time getting acclimatized to the city’s high elevation.

Jul 17: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out on a sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the UNESCO-recognized ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
• Stroll through ruins at Kenko, the “red fortress” of Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman, which was once completely covered in gold
• View the towering Cristo Blanco statue, a thank-you gift from the Palestinian refugees who took shelter in the city during World War II
• Stop at the colonial-era Plaza de Armas to enter Cuzco Cathedral
• Walk through the city center and step inside the Convent of Santo Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Koricancha stood
This evening, sit down for a dinner featuring local Peruvian cuisine as you watch a traditional folklore show.

Jul 18: Aguas Calientes via the Sacred Valley

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in the Sacred Valley to see the sites en route to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. 
• Peruse the colorful stalls of the wide-open Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display 
• Enjoy an included lunch in Urubamba 
• Continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore still-standing Incan homes and fortress stone walls with a guide 
• Board a train to Aguas Calientes, passing through the spectacular mountain scenery of the dramatic Urubamba River Valley
Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jul 19: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu & train to Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu to uncover the Lost City of the Incas, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
• Soak in incredible views of the misty cloud forest and soaring Huayna Picchu mountain 
• Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces, and guard house 
• Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, the Chamber of Ornaments, and the Sacred Plaza 
• Soak in the vistas from the Temple of the Three Windows 
• Marvel at the mysterious Intihuatana stone and discover the cave of the Temple of the Condor
This afternoon, enjoy an included lunch before boarding a train back to Cuzco.

Jul 20: Flight to Lima & departure

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Lima this morning. Then, enjoy a farewell lunch and relax in a dayroom before boarding your overnight flight home.

Jul 21: Arrival in the U.S.

Arrive home.


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