Cruising the Galápagos on board the Santa Cruz II

8 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Anxiousness…not an emotion you want to feel unless you’re like Charles Darwin in 1835. In a letter to his sister, he stated, “I am very anxious for the Galápagos Islands. I think both the geology and the zoology cannot fail to be very interesting.” Ah yes, he was right except we don’t want you to feel anxious about organizing your vacation, which is why we’ve taken care of all the details for you. On this 8-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, sightseeing, and most meals. Plus, you’ll have access to a Local Host® in Quito, someone who will help you personalize your trip, answer questions, and generally be there for you.

Your vacation starts the moment you arrive in Quito. We can pick you up at the airport and seamlessly take you to your selected hotel, where your Local Host will give you a warm welcome and materials to prepare you for your trip. The next day, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for a private tour of the city with a local expert. Hear the fascinating stories and little-known facts as you visit must-see sights like Independence Square, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica. You’ll also have free time to explore. Perhaps ask your Local Host to arrange an excursion to the Middle of the World (latitude 0), where you can have a foot in each hemisphere, or take a ride on the highest cableway in South America and see amazing views of the city. Then you’re off to the Galápagos Islands, where your cruise ship is waiting.

On your 5-day cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II, all your meals are included. You’ll visit Santa Cruz Island, with a white-sand beach and brackish lagoons that serve as feeding grounds for various wading birds; Santiago Island, home to marine iguanas, Galápagos finches, flamingos, sea lions, and a common nesting area for sea turtles; Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach, land and marine birds, marine iguanas, and a colony of fur seals; Rábida Island, with its red-colored beach and large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and Darwin’s finches; Bartolomé Island, where you’ll hike to the summit for a spectacular view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows; Genovesa Island, where you’ll take a panga ride along the cliffs to see the shore and seabirds nesting on the cliffs’ ledges, and where you’ll climb up Prince Phillip’s Steps to see masked boobies, blue and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and more; and San Cristobal Island, where Darwin first set foot in the Galápagos.

Throughout the cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. Sometimes you may even be escorted by marine turtles! Throughout your cruise, you’ll be with an expert Naturalist who will bring this destination to life and be able to answer any question you may have.

Our goal is to help make this magical experience a reality!. That’s why we’ve put together this vacation for you that includes sightseeing, hotels, cruise, transportation, most meals, and guides and Naturalists. That doesn’t even include the cost of your time or your sanity planning it all on your own! Let us handle the details while you grab your camera and swimsuit…the Galápagos Islands are waiting!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Quito; Naturalist in the Galápagos

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily4 lunches4 three-course dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

On this vacation, you’ll cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II, renowned for its amenities, excellent service, and onboard Naturalists. When you’re not on the islands, enjoy the ship’s bar, Jacuzzi, observation platform for dolphin and whale watching, and well-stocked library.

DAY
1
Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.

DAY
2
Quito

Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

DAY
3
Quito–Baltra (Embarkation)–Galápagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, transfer to Santa Cruz Island, where you will embark the Santa Cruz II and enjoy five days of cruising among various Galápagos Islands. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today, it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific Green Sea Turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and the white-sand beach, a feeding ground for various wading birds—from stilts to flamingos. This evening, a lecture led by your onboard Naturalist will prepare you for tomorrow’s adventure.

DAY
4
Cruising: Santiago Island

After breakfast, join your Naturalist for a short panga ride to Espumilla beach on SANTIAGO ISLAND. In the nearby mangrove forest, watch where you step, as this is common nesting area for sea turtles. Also keep an eye out for Galápagos finches, marine iguanas, and sea lions, as well as flamingos and pintail ducks in the nearby lagoons. This afternoon, land at Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach and landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds as well as a colony of fur sea lions and marine iguanas. You have the chance to snorkel or swim from the beach, or ride on the glass-bottom boat.

DAY
5
Cruising: Rábida & Bartolomé Islands

Disembark at RÁBIDA ISLAND on a red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Here, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel and possibly see Galápagos penguins in tropical waters and even some sharks!

DAY
6
Cruising: Genovesa Island

Upon arrival at GENOVESA ISLAND, your visit to Prince Philip’s Steps begins with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shore and seabirds nesting in the cliffs’ ledges. Disembark at the base of Prince Philip’s Steps and climb up the stairs to a trail where birdlife abounds. A walk with your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and even short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark at Darwin Bay to observe thousands of birds—mainly, frigatebirds, redfooted and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful natural harbor.

DAY
7
Cruising: San Cristobal (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

After breakfast, depart for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galápagos back in 1835. This island is home to seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigatebirds, and various shore birds. Also watch for the Chatham mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard—both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galápagos. Head to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil.

DAY
8
Guayaquil

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on September 30, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Quito
Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil

Grand Mercure Alameda

Roca N4-122 and Amazonas Ave
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 13:00

The Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda offers guests comfort combined with contemporary décor. The hotel features a restaurant with regional and international cuisine, bar, laundry service, business center, and fitness center.

Location & Highlights

This hotel is centrally located in downtown and close to many attractions.

Room Amenities

  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
Accommodations at the Grand Mercure Alameda ensure a good night rest by offering plush bedding and rich textures. The list of amenities include air-conditioning, Pay per view movies, wireless internet and a safe deposit box.

Santa Cruz II - Horizon Deck


Galapagos Islands cruise, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

Conceived for operation in remote areas, the new Santa Cruz II is a state-of-the-art expedition vessel and provides the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew's heritage of decades of experience working in the islands, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins with a capacity for 90 passengers. The ship has an intelligent layout with wide hallways, broad stairwells, and choice, contemporary materials throughout. From indoor and outdoor dining areas, the gymnasium and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, and the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity.

Location & Highlights

One of the newest boats in the Galápagos archipelago is the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II, introduced in 2015! With capacity for just 90 passengers, this ship boasts maximum deck and ship space.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
Located on the lower Horizon deck, the Santa Cruz II's Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. Guests will enjoy 64% more cabin space than many other vessels in the Galapagos.

Unipark Hotel Guayaquil

Clemente Ballén 406
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Unipark Hotel Guayaquil sits directly in the heart of the commercial and cultural district of the city. Providing easy access to Guayaquil's highlights, parks, the riverfront, and nearby historical sites, this is the perfect place to settle in during your journeys. The hotel also offers ideal amenities, facilities, and first-class international cuisine.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Ecuador's most populous port city, the Unipark Hotel offers guests convenient access to all the city has to offer. Its prime location provides the perfect spot from which to explore Guayaquil's unique tradition of trade as well as the many attractions, public squares and parks.

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Climate Control

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon
The 140 air-conditioned guestrooms at Unipark Hotel include all the amenities you'd expect to make you feel more at home. Recently updated, they offer internet access, flat screen TVs and a nightly turndown service.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Quito
Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil

Hilton Colon Quito

Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.

Location & Highlights

Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport and a 10-minute walk from colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
Every room is equipped with cable TV, a alarm clock-radio, two phones, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini bar and hair dryer.

JW Marriott Quito

Avenida Orellana 1172 y Avenida Amazonas
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito, the JW Marriott surpasses expectation and meets every comfort a traveler would need. With first-rate amenities, superb service, and exceptional cuisine choices, you can simply relax and enjoy your Quito experience. As it is nestled in the city center, there are also countless activities and conveniences for guests. Take in Quito's lively atmosphere and enjoy this city oasis, leaving the details to Marriott.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Quito on Amazonas Avenue, the JW Marriott is recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
Comfortable guestrooms feature breathtaking views, high-quality bedding, spacious marble bathrooms, high-speed Internet access, and LCD TVs.

Santa Cruz II - Expedition Deck


Galapagos Islands cruise, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

Conceived for operation in remote areas, the new Santa Cruz II is a state-of-the-art expedition vessel and provides the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew's heritage of decades of experience working in the islands, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins with a capacity for 90 passengers. The ship has an intelligent layout with wide hallways, broad stairwells, and choice, contemporary materials throughout. From indoor and outdoor dining areas, the gymnasium and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, and the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity.

Location & Highlights

One of the newest boats in the Galápagos archipelago is the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II, introduced in 2015! With capacity for just 90 passengers, this ship boasts maximum deck and ship space.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
Located on the middle Expedition deck, the Santa Cruz II's Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. Guests will enjoy 64% more cabin space than many other vessels in the Galapagos.

Hampton Inn Guayaquil

9 de Octubre 432 y Baquerizo Moreno
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Convenient and comfortable, the Hampton Inn Guayaquil provides everything you'll need for your stay. In the financial district, and close to restaurants, boutiques, botanical gardens, and night spots - after a busy day, this hotel welcomes you with friendly staff and great amenities.

Location & Highlights

This hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Guayaquil - the gateway to the Galapagos. With warm and comfortable amenities and a convenient location, the Hampton Inn is the perfect base for your stay in Guayaquil.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge

Oro Verde Hotel

9 De Octubre Y Garcia Moreno
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

A five-time winner of the World Travel Awards, the Oro Verde offers an exquisite combination of European experience and Ecuadorian hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located, tastefully decorated, and offers a unique and full list of amenities, making your stay in Guayaquil as easy and comfortable as possible - while still adding a touch of elegance.

Location & Highlights

The Oro Verde hotel in Guayaquil is draped in elegance and sophistication - where European service meets Ecuadorian hospitality. With its ideal downtown location, easy access to cultural & historical sits as well as shopping and entertainment, it is the ideal place to settle in for your time in Guayaquil.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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Quito
Guayaquil

Quito

Meet Ana Cecilia Cárdenas, one of your Local Hosts in Quito, EcuadorMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Quito. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Quito and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Quito insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

I was born in Quito and lived here most of my life. I always liked to travel and that is why after finishing high school, I decided to study tourism administration. While I was studying at the University, I started to work as a tour guide and found it very interesting. Being a tour guide allows me to meet people from many different places and it took me to incredible places. For a period of time I moved to Argentina where I taught Spanish and English but I missed my family and country, so I decided to come back to Ecuador. When I came back to Quito, I worked as a Key Account Executive for a tour operator, which was a great experience for my career, but after a time, I decided to be a tour guide again. I realized I enjoy being with people outside in the nature more than working in an office, and I am able to have more time for other activities I like, such as painting and working with the children of my church.

Ortega P. & Hijos

Owning a “toquilla hat” means owning a piece of myth and legend. Visit this local outlet for renowned Cuenca hat manufacturer, Ortega and Sons, for the best hats hand-woven in Ecuador since 1899.

Parque El Ejido Arts & Crafts Market

Held every weekend, this market sells everything from handmade jewelry to carved wood. But it’s famous for its paintings depicting Quito’s city scenes. If you want a piece of art to remember your visit to Quito, this is the place to go.

Mercado de Santa Clara

For a true taste of Quito, visit the vegetable, herb, and flower stands of this colorful farmer’s market. You can even purchase a locally woven basket to carry home your loot.

La Querencia

Whether you sit inside by the fireplace or outside by the garden, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Quito while savoring traditional Ecuadorian dishes like lamb stew and fried bananas.

La Ronda

This quiet street in one of Quito’s best-preserved sections winds around 18th-century stucco houses with brightly colored balconies. It offers the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll.

Plaza Santo Domingo

Locals venture to this charming square on the weekends to listen to storytellers and delight in jugglers and mimes.

Museo Fundación Guayasamin

Tucked in a residential area of Quito, this museum features the works of Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of Ecuador’s most famous and prolific modern artists.

La Reina Victoria

A British pub, La Reina Victoria, is practically the only place in Quito where you can get a draft beer. Enjoy a pint and a game of darts.

Café Libro

If you’d like to take home some Ecuadorian literature or photo books, this bookstore carries an extensive collection of books in both Spanish and English.

Plaza Fosch and Plaza El Quinde

Located in Av Fosch between Amazonas and Reina Victoria, you’ll discover lots of good restaurants and cocktail bars here. Sometimes concerts are held in the square.

Guayaquil

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Guayaquil, EcuadorMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Guayaquil. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Guayaquil and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Guayaquil insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet Lorena, a Local Host® in Guayaquil, Ecuador

I was born, raised and educated in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I finished my education as an English teacher in Guayaquil, but I kept on studying as Tour Guide, graduated at the U.N.I.D.E.C. University from Riobamba and obtained my Tour Guide License. I worked with children as an English teacher in an elementary school from 1986 to 2012. Nineteen years ago I had the opportunity to work as a tour guide for the shore excursions provided to Norwegian Cruise Vista Fjord, and since then I discovered a wonderful job where I learned to know my country. Due to my high skills and responsibility I began to work as a tour guide. I love the Ecuadorian flora and fauna and I would like to be a specialized guide in bird watching in the near future. My great satisfaction as a tour guide has been incredible because I had the chance to meet people from other cultures and latitudes from around the world.

Cerro Santa Ana

The ascension to the top is a good little work out, although there are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. Getting to the top, however, is well worth it. There’s a beautiful park at the top and views unlike anywhere in the city. Like the ugly duckling turned to swan tale, this once poor area was transformed into a prime tourist attraction – a 465-foot stairway flanked by colorful houses, eateries, gift shops and galleries. Bring water for the trip!

Parque Historico Guayaquil

This unique spot combines architecture, history, and wildlife. You can stroll around and view all the plaques that explain the buildings of this large museum, and then spend the afternoon with the animals in this well-kept facility with highly knowledgeable and friendly guides. Make sure to get there early enough to see it all!

Malecon 2000

If you only have time to take in just a little bit of Guayaquil, this little stretch is the perfect place to do it. It spans about a mile and a half along the coast and offers little drink spots, occasionally has entertainment, and you can see the variety of Guayaquil’s architecture along the way. With offshoots into various neighborhoods that you can scope out at your leisure, it’s a great starting point for exploring the city.

Parque de las Iguanas

For a strange and fun experience, head to the city square that hosts hundreds of Iguanas, smack dab in the middle of the city. With the hustle and bustle and a cathedral as your back drop, you can stroll around for an hour or two and watch these funny and fascinating creatures along with other wildlife in the square. Something you will remember always!

Churute Mangroves Ecological Reserve

About a half hour outside of Guayaquil, Churute is simply amazing and a great way to spend half a day. You’ll have the chance to glimpse some species of monkeys, sloths, horned screamers, parrots, roseate spoonbills, rails, herons and so much more! The locals harvest seasonal mangrove crabs, and occasionally they’ll prepare crab meat empanadas right on site! Make sure to bring your insect repellant or mosquitoes may spoil your visit.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on September 30, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

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Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $571. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Cruise pricing is based on a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. Cabin upgrades are available.

Galápagos package includes Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).