Discover Quito and San Cristobal

Day 1
Quito

You will be met by your local guide in Quito International airport and transfered to your hotel.
Note: if you arrived early tours can be arrange

Day 2
Colonial Quito & Middle of the world

After breakfast you will visit the colonial area of Quito. We will pass through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace (Congress) where you can appreciate the history of Ecuador through the famous rock murals.

The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue up to the Basilica Church. After visiting the church, you’ll head to the ‘San Juan Mirador Monument’ and enjoy breathtaking views of this colonial part of Quito.

After a snack we will drive for approximately 45 minutes to the north of Quito to the Middle of the World: latitude Oª O’ O”  where you will be able to  stand in the northern and southern hemispheres.  The monument was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line.

Day 3
San Cristobal

Your day will begin with an early morning transfer to the Quito airport and a flight to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos.Your flight first stops in Guayaquil the largest city in Ecuador for about 45 minutes before flying for 1:30 hours to San Cristobal where  you will be met by our Naturalist Guide and local staff and transferred to your hotel.

After lunch we will visit Sea Lion Beach wich is not too far from the town after a short bus ride and   and a short walk to the beach we will be able to watch playful sea lions, frigate birds and marine iguanas.  That  evening we will have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and your guide will brief you about your next day activities.

Day 4
El Junco – Tortoise Breeding center – Puerto Chino Beach

After breakfast we will drive to the highlands of San Cristòbal Island where we will hike to the Junco, the only fresh wáter cráter lake   in Galàpagos and observe a panoramic view out over the pacific towards the northen part of San Cristòbal.

After that we will keep driving to the Galapaguera the Land Tortoise Breeding center  a place where we will walk for about an hour inside an square kilometer corral  with land tortoises from San Cristòbal species.  Then we will continue to the Puerto Chino a beautiful white fine sand beach where we will be able to swim in a beautiful blue clear water.

Day 5
Sea Lion Island – Kicker Rock – Puerto Grande Beach

The day begins with a short boat ride to  Sea lion Island observing along the way the abundant sea bird life that the Galapagos are renowned for.  Here we will snorkel/swim with playful young sea lions and sea turtles.

We will continue to  Kicker Rock, the remains of a Tuff  volcano rising vertically 150m. out of the sea.  Here we can snorkel with a variety of fish, sea turtles, manta rays  and possible harmless Galapagos Sharks.  After, we head to Puerto Grande Beach, one of the most beatiful  beaches in the Island and return to port late in the afternoon.  In the port you will have dinner and enjoy the nightlife in town.

Day 6
San Cristobal – Quito

After breakfast we will visit a local Interpretation Center where your guide will inform you about the natural and human history of the island and then you will be transfer to the airport for your flight back to Quito.