Galapagos Tours from Guayaquil
Services for all tour extensions in Ecuador are provided through a partnership with “Ecuador Unique”, a tour company formed as a stratetic alliance between two companies with vast experience in Galapagos and mainland services. The owners or Ecuador Unique use their expertise gained through decades of product knowledge gained in the field guiding and behind a desk. The result is creatively designed tours with high level guides and improved quality. We offer the most popular tours here. In order to browse additional tour options, click on the logo here, or request a custom quote:
Tours from Quito
A stopover at Ecuador’s Northern Andes is a perfect combination with any Galapagos cruise. The Andean capital sits almost upon the equator, yet at such a high altitude, its climate is superb – warm days, cool nights – all in a setting few cities in the world can match; an emerald valley punctuated by whitewashed houses topped with red-tiled roofs and encircled by a ring of snowcapped volcanic cones. Visit the Historical Center and walk the steep and winding cobbled streets of the old town with its rich colonial architecture, churches, monasteries and museums. Just outside the capital city, the Andean region north of Quito is famous for crystal lakes, traditional adobe villages, snowcapped volcanoes and bustling markets. The famous market at Otavalo is one of the largest in South America. In spite of its popularity, the indigenous people continue to maintain their ethnic identity, wearing traditional blue ponchos and speaking Quichua, their native language. Here you’ll find an array of native, locally-made crafts including alpaca sweaters, ponchos, Panama hats (an Ecuadorian creation despite its name), hammocks and woven tapestries. Just South of Quito, discover the spectacular scenery of Cotopaxi National Park and the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where 11 massive, brooding, snow-covered peaks overlook brooks and rivers, small villages and terraced farmlands. You can visit a market nearly every day of the week where natives dressed in colorful ponchos come from miles around to trade their livestock, handicrafts and gossip. Take a full day trip from Quito or spend a night or two in an hacienda, from rustic and homey to quite luxurious.
Quito And The Northern Andes
Ecuador’s Andean capital sits almost upon the equator, yet at such a high altitude (almost twice as high as Denver), its climate is superb – warm days, cool nights – all in a setting few cities in the world can match. Climb Cerro Panecillo to see the striking panoramas: an emerald valley punctuated by whitewashed houses topped with red-tiled roofs and encircled by a ring of snowcapped volcanic cones. Walk the steep and winding cobbled streets of the old town with its rich colonial architecture, churches, monasteries and museums. A host of treasures rim the majestic Plaza de la Independencia including the 19th-century Cathedral and Presidential Palace. Built in 1605, the church of La Compañia with its ornate baroque facades is a stunning display of art and architecture – both inside and out. And don’t miss the Capilla del Hombre (Chapel of Man), the former home and private museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, a legend of Ecuadorian art, paintings, sculpture and jewelry, on permanent exhibit.
Quito – Ecuador
An UNESCO Cultural Patrimony of Mankind and World Heritage Site. Surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes, yet only 14 miles from the Equator line, the quaint capital of Ecuador boats a spring-like climate all year round. Located in a huge valley in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 9, 455 feet, visitors can feel the crisp air while enjoying the city’s rich colonial architecture, churches, monasteries and museums.
Private airport transfer to hotel with guide
Upon arrival, our English speaking guide and private car with driver meet you at the airport for transportation to your selected hotel.
Private airport transfer to hotel without guide
Upon arrival, our Spanish speaking driver and private car with driver meet you at the airport for transportation to your selected hotel.
Quito Colonial tour (3 hours)
Departing from your hotel at 9AM or 1PM, take a stoll down cobble stone streets and through flowering plazas while admiring the old colonial architecture of Independence square. Learn about the history of Quito with our knowledgeable guide while visiting the House of Congress, the Presidential Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Visit the church of La Compania, built in 1605, or the elegant cathedrals of San Francisco or San Augustin, Quito’s oldest monastery.