In the Footsteps of Darwin on Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands

9 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Centenarians… we flash their photos on the news when it’s their birthday, because they are so rare. But in the Galápagos? A centenarian is young—at least if you are a giant tortoise. Speaking of giant tortoises, you’ll get the chance to see them on this 9-day vacation to the Galápagos Islands. And Monograms makes it easy! We’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily buffet breakfast (as well as five lunches and five dinners), sightseeing, and transportation between islands. Plus, you’ll have Naturalists in the Galápagos and a Local Host® in Quito. Your Local Host is there for you to help you personalize your vacation, answer questions, offer suggestions, and ensure your vacation runs smoothly.

When you arrive in Quito, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help you get settled and ready to explore. The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your selected hotel for your private, guided sightseeing tour with a local expert. Hear the insider stories and little-known secrets as you see Independence Square, San Francisco Plaza Church, the Basilica, and other must-see attractions. In your spare time, perhaps take an excursion to the Middle of the World (latitude 0) and stand with a foot in each hemisphere. The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival you will be met by an expert Naturalist who will take you to a private Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these amazing creatures grazing in the wild on Santa Cruz Island. After an included lunch, we’ll take you via speedboat to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago and where you’ll stay for three nights.

While on Isabela Island, you’ll see Sierra Negra Volcano, the second-largest active crater in the world; a Giant Tortoise Breeding center, where you can witness them up close; Flamingo Laguna to see these birds in action; Las Tintoreras, where you’ll take a walk on a lava field; and Tunel del Estero, a tunnel formed by lava flows. You’ll also have the opportunity to see boobies, penguins, flamingos, marine iguanas, and many more species. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel to see sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish, and maybe even sharks!

Then we’ve arranged for you to transfer to Santa Cruz Island via speedboat. During your 2-night stay here, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the Galápagos’ conservation efforts. You’ll journey to Turtle Bay, a great place to snorkel from the white-sand beach and to see marine iguanas, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, turtles, and more. From Santa Cruz, you’ll also take an excursion to one of the other nearby Galápagos Islands.

We know you probably won’t want to leave the Galápagos Islands, but when your time on Santa Cruz Island has come to an end, we’ve arranged transportation to the airport for you. In fact, Monograms has taken care of everything between the sightseeing, guides, hotels, and transportation. Add the time and headaches saved, and you’re a delighted traveler indeed!


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 daily5 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

Your vacation package to the Galápagos Islands includes a stay on Isabela Island with expert Galápagos Naturalists who will thoroughly explain the unique, endemic wildlife that can only be found on this island in the entire archipelago.

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–Santa Cruz Island–Isabela Island

Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer through the highlands of SANTA CRUZ and visit LOS GEMELOS, twin pit craters formed from collapsed lava chambers. This is your first opportunity to catch a glimpse of Darwin’s finches, short-eared owls, and other native birds. Next, walk through a private Giant Tortoise RESERVE, where you will get an up-close view of these prehistoric creatures grazing in the wild. After lunch at a local hacienda, board a speed-boat that will whisk you away to the largest island in the archipelago, Isabela Island. En route, watch for whales and dolphins. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and Naturalist briefing.

DAY
4
Isabela Island

Head out to Sierra Negra VOLCANO to see the second-largest active crater in the world after Africa’s Ngorongoro. After lunch, spend time at the GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER, where you will see Giant Tortoises at different stages of development and admire them up close. They live here safely until the age of five when they are released back into the wild on their islands of origin. Later, at FLAMINGO LAGUNA, enjoy a rare opportunity to observe these birds up close.

DAY
5
Isabela Island

At LAS TINTORERAS, watch for boobies and penguins before taking a walk on a lava field, home to marine iguanas and sea lions. From atop the lava field, view a small water canal full of white-tipped reef sharks. At the nearby bay, take time to snorkel to see sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish, and maybe even sharks! After lunch, visit the wetlands in search of flamingos and other seabirds. Also keep a look out for masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and sea lions before continuing on to TUNEL DEL ESTERO, a tunnel formed by lava flows.

DAY
6
Isabela Island–Santa Cruz Island

Return to Santa Cruz by speed boat and tour the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. Learn about conservation efforts by scientists, park rangers, and locals who help preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, journey to TURTLE BAY, a great place for snorkeling from the white-sandy beach. Here you can observe marine iguanas, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, turtles, and many other endemic shore birds.

DAY
7
Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy a full-day boat EXCURSION to one of the nearby islands of North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartolomé, Dragon Hill, or Santa Fé. The island visited will be determined by Galápagos National Park.

DAY
8
Santa Cruz–Guayaquil

Depart for your flight to Guayaquil.

DAY
9
Guayaquil

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on September 29, 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
Isabela Island
Santa Cruz Island
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.

La Casa de Marita

Via al Embarcadero
Isabela Island, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

La Casa de Marita is a first class hotel in which you can enjoy the natural charms of Isabela Island, because it is located on the white sands of Puerto Villamil, offering an incomparable view of the colorful beaches of Galapagos Islands. Marita's house harmoniously combines the standards of the best quality hotels with a cozy, familiar hospitality, creating a pleasant and comfortable stay. Quality and warmth characterizes the services of lodging, restaurant and recreation that Marita's house offers.

Location & Highlights

Perched on the largest and one of the most cherished islands of the Galapagos, this boutique hotel is a "house in paradise." Surrounded by white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and an abundance of wildlife and vegetation, La Casa de Marita brings the Galapagos to life with bright island colors, easy access to the beach and charming accommodations.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Hotel Silberstein

Avenida Charles Darwin y Piqueros
Santa Cruz Island, GAL Ecuador

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

With a rich history on one of the most sought-after islands in the Galapagos, the Hotel Silberstein on Santa Cruz provides comfortable rooms in an intimate setting. The hotel's restaurant serves International and local cuisine prepared by professional chefs and the property offers a relaxing pool surrounded by lush nature. This eco-friendly hotel will enrich your Galapagos experience.

Location & Highlights

With 24 beautiful rooms, Hotel Silberstein is surrounded by a magnificent subtropical garden with lush scenery. Located on the Santa Cruz Island of the Galapagos, it serves as an information hub for the islands and offers comfortable accommodations and dining.

Room Amenities

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning

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
Isabela Island
Santa Cruz Island
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.

Hotel Iguana Crossing

Avenida Antonio Gil
Isabela Island, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

Iguana Crossing is Isabela's newest and most innovative hotel. Its minimalist design and superior service offer guests a privileged experience on this scarcely populated island. Iguana Crossing is located in between Isabela's extensive white sand beaches and directly behind a wildlife-filled lagoon. Iguana Crossing offers an oceanfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi, 12 fully equipped rooms and a master suite, as well as superior cuisine on site and ocean views in every room.

Location & Highlights

Surrounded by the national park wetlands of Isabela and some of the most pristine beach territory in the Galapagos, the boutique Iguana Crossing hotel brings blissful comfort and relaxation to Galapagos explorers. Constructed with native materials, providing ocean views in every room, and island décor, this beautiful spot allows you to become one with the island.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Punta Estrada
Santa Cruz Island, GAL Ecuador

Check-in - 13:00
Check-out - 11:00

Positioned right at the waterfront, providing a splendid view of the bay and the interior of the island of Santa Cruz, this hotel offers an exclusive and private experience of the Island. With only 16 rooms, most of which have an ocean view, it is an intimate property with superior service. A beautiful wooden deck built out over the water is the setting for lunches and dinner by candlelight. From the deck you often see sea turtles, sea lions and iguanas swimming past. Pelicans, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies are frequent visitors - an unforgettable Galapagos Experience.

Location & Highlights

There's no better place to experience the Galapagos spirit than at this Waterfront hotel on the Island of Santa Cruz. With its unique structure and position, it provides the feeling of being close to nature. Across the Bay from Puerto Ayora, this hotel enjoys privacy and relaxation for its guests, whether in the room, in the hotel café, or by the water.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning

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

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: $$

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 September 29, 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 $634. 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.

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).