Galápagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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  • #20 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Galápagos Islands

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  • Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • The islands were studied by Charles Darwin and contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection
  • First recorded visit to the islands was in 1535
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Quito

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  • One of the largest, least-altered, and best preserved historic centers in the Americas
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A monument marks the general location of the equator in the city

 

Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila

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  • Museum temple of the sun completed by Ortega Maila, an indigenous painter and sculptor
  • Built using research of ancestral architecture of Andean culture

 

Pro Bici

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  • Bicycle tour that offers excursions into snowpeaks, mountain lakes, thermal pools, rain and cloud forests
  • Tour also includes viewing indigenous, historic and cultural sites

 

Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron)

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  • One of the largest waterfalls in Ecuador

 

Hacienda La Danesa: Charming Farmhouse and Lodge

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  • Accommodation and traditional dairy and cacao farm
  • Offers horseback riding trails and artisan chocolate making

 

Los Tuneles

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  • Speed boat tour to different lava formations that includes snorkeling through the tunnels and swimming with the sea life

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,756

food $12/day x 12 days = $144

hotel $19/day x 11 days = $209

tickets (all attractions) $500

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,609