Cruising the Galápagos on the Galápagos Legend

7 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Did you know Ecuador’s constitution recognizes the “Rights of Nature?” The country takes protecting and respecting nature, including the Galápagos Islands, very seriously. And Monograms takes your Galápagos Islands vacation seriously, because we know an amazing experience is waiting for you! That’s why on this 7-day vacation package, we’ve arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations (including porterage), most of your meals, private airport transfers to/from your intra-vacation flights, and sightseeing. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host® in Quito, a local expert who is your friend in the city and available to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly.

Your vacation begins as soon as you arrive in Quito. We can pick you up at the airport and transfer you seamlessly to your selected hotel. To help you get settled, your Local Host will answer questions you may already have and give you a set of materials to acquaint you with the city. The next morning, after your included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for a private sightseeing tour of Quito. With a local expert—someone who knows the city’s inside secrets and fascinating stories—visit the must-see sights, such as Independence Square and the San Francisco Plaza Church. You’ll also have time in Quito to explore on your own. Perhaps you will choose to visit the Middle of the World, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere and cross the equator!

Next: fly to Baltra to embark your 3-night cruise to the Galápagos Islands, including Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolomé, and North Seymour Islands. On board the Galápagos Legend, all of your meals are included, and you’ll be accompanied by a Naturalist, an expert who will point out the flora and fauna, share his/her knowledge, and answer questions you may have. On Santa Cruz Island, visit a private farm to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat, explore lava tubes and pit craters, walk by a brackish lagoon with feeding flamingos, and observe land iguanas, Galápagos doves, Darwin’s finches, and more. On Santiago Island, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Galápagos fur seal, as well as swim and snorkel with octopus, sea horses, starfish, and other sea life. With its abundant sea life and clear waters, Bartolomé Island offers you some of the best snorkeling in the archipelago. Additionally, you’ll hike to its summit to witness spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Finally, on North Seymour Island you’ll observe blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, and swallow-tailed gulls.

Your vacation ends in Guayaquil, where you’ll have time to explore the city on your own. And did we mention we’ve included private transportation between the Guayaquil airport and your hotel? Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the accommodations we’ve booked, and the meals we’ve included, and you are all set for an amazing vacation experience!


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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 daily3 lunches3 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 will not only see the iconic blue-footed booby on your 3-night cruise of the Galápagos, but you will also have the opportunity to see the Galápagos penguin and flamingo! Where else in the world can you see indigenous penguins and flamingoes in the same area—the answer is nowhere!

DAY
1
Arrive in 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)–Cruising: Mosquera Islet

Fly to Baltra and transfer with your expert Naturalist to the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night CRUISE. Sail to MOSQUERA ISLET located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions and is an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. After visiting the island, take a dip in the waters and snorkel to see the abundant sea life.

DAY
4
Cruising: South Plaza & Santa Fé Islands

Wake up at SOUTH PLAZA and take a walk through an impressive cactus forest populated with land and marine iguanas. Due to the proximity of land iguanas and marine iguanas here, this is the only place on Earth where you will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana. From the summit, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. After lunch on board, visit SANTA FÉ where you will be greeted by a large sea lion colony on its white-sand beach. Continue walking through an endemic cactus forest in search of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including the Galápagos Hawk, Galápagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galápagos mockingbirds. Take a swim and snorkel here for a chance to see rays, tropical fish, sea lions and maybe even a Galápagos shark!

DAY
5
Cruising: San Cristobal Island

Arrive at PITT ISLET on SAN CRISTOBAL where you will walk to the top of a volcanic tuff where you are awarded with several magnificent viewpoints. This is one of the few sites where the three booby species of the Galápagos can be seen together (Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca). You will also find the two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is excellent for dinghy rides where a good range of sea birds can be observed and snorkeling too. At CERRO BRUJO, visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. Your visit ends with time to swim with the sea lions and other marine life.

DAY
6
Cruising: San Cristobal (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE on SAN CRISTOBAL. Learn about the National Park’s conservation programs and breeding programs to protect the endangered tortoise species. Also visit the port village for a last chance at souvenirs before bidding farewell to the enchanted Galápagos Islands. Transfer to San Cristobal Airport and fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY
7
Guayaquil

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on August 12, 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

Grand Mercure Alameda (SAT)

Roca N4-122 and Amazonas Ave
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 1:40
Check-out - 1:30

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

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Galapagos Legend - Standard Plus Cabin

Av Eloy Alfaro N34-151 & Catalina Aldaz
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

Designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This 300-foot Galapagos cruise ship provides all the facilities and services to make your cruise around the islands enjoyable and comfortable. The Galapagos Legend has a capacity for 90 passengers and all the services of a cruise liner while remaining small enough for that intimate experience with nature that first attracted you to the Galapagos Islands. Its fully carpeted luxurious cabins have ocean views, closets, their own private bathrooms, hot and cold water, hair dryers, safe deposit boxes and other amenities.

Location & Highlights

The 300-foot Galápagos Legend comfortably holds 90 passengers and offers all the services of a cruise liner while remaining small enough for an intimate nature experience.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
The 118 square foot Standard Plus Cabins include twin beds that can be joined with air conditioning, phone service for internal, local and international calls, Video system with LCD TV, music, safe-deposit box, and private bathroom. Standard plus cabins feature porthole windows and are located on the Sea and Earth Decks.

Unipark Hotel Guayaquil

C Ballen 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

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

Hotel Amenities

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

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

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Hilton Colon Quito

Hilton Colon Quito     (SAT)

Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 1:40
Check-out - 1:20

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

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Galapagos Legend - Junior Suite

Av Eloy Alfaro N34-151 & Catalina Aldaz
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

Designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This 300-foot Galapagos cruise ship provides all the facilities and services to make your cruise around the islands enjoyable and comfortable. The Galapagos Legend has a capacity for 90 passengers and all the services of a cruise liner while remaining small enough for that intimate experience with nature that first attracted you to the Galapagos Islands. Its fully carpeted luxurious cabins have ocean views, closets, their own private bathrooms, hot and cold water, hair dryers, safe deposit boxes and other amenities.

Location & Highlights

The 300-foot Galápagos Legend comfortably holds 90 passengers and offers all the services of a cruise liner while remaining small enough for an intimate nature experience.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
The 161 square foot Junior Suites include twin beds or a queen, air conditioning, phone service for internal, local and international calls, Video system with LCD TV, music, safe-deposit box, minibar, and private bathroom. The Junior suites are spacious, featuring panoramic picture windows and are located on the Earth Deck.

Galapagos Legend Balcony Suite

Av Eloy Alfaro N34-151 & Catalina Aldaz
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

Designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This 300-foot Galapagos cruise ship provides all the facilities and services to make your cruise around the islands enjoyable and comfortable. The Galapagos Legend has a capacity for 90 passengers and all the services of a cruise liner while remaining small enough for that intimate experience with nature that first attracted you to the Galapagos Islands. Its fully carpeted luxurious cabins have ocean views, closets, their own private bathrooms, hot and cold water, hair dryers, safe deposit boxes and other amenities.

Location & Highlights

The 300-foot Galápagos Legend comfortably holds 90 passengers and offers all the services of a cruise liner while remaining small enough for an intimate nature experience.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
The 226 square foot Balcony Suite includes twin beds or a queen, air conditioning, phone service for internal, local and international calls, Video system with LCD TV, music, safe-deposit box, minibar, and private bathroom. The Balcony Suite is spacious, featuring a private balcony with sliding glass doors and is located on the Moon deck.

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

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

Hotel Amenities

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

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

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

Hotel Amenities

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

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).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Quito
Guayaquil

Quito

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner

Drive into the old Colonial city during the evening for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings followed by dinner.

Price Range: $$$

Teleferico

Take a ride in the highest cable way in South America and get to know this amazing city, Quito, in a totally different way.

Price Range: $$

Middle of the World

Travel to the Equatorial Monument which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere.

Price Range: $$

Guayaquil

Guayaquil City Tour

On this Guayaquil city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis.

Price Range: $$

Insider

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 August 12, 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 $503. Required intra-vacation air segments are 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 Standard Plus cabins on the Galápagos Legend. Cabin upgrades are available.

Galápagos package includes Galápagos National Park entrance fee, transit card, and ship’s fuel surcharge ($170 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).