Ecuador Discovery with Ecuador's Amazon & the Finch Bay in the Galápagos (ISEJ)

18 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


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, Baños, Riobamba, Cuenca & Guayaquil; Naturalist in the Amazon & Galápagos

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily; 11 lunches; 10 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 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR

Welcome to one of the smallest yet most biodiverse countries in South America. Ecuador offers a panorama of scenery and climates—from the Pacific Coast to the rainforest and the Amazon to the high slopes of the Andes. Upon arrival in Quito, you will be met by your Local Host, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city near the equatorial line.

DAY
2
QUITO

Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the Old Town, where colonial history still permeates the air, surrounded by beautiful architecture, and religious and cultural sites. One of the highlights is a visit to San Francisco Square, where you will see the La Compañía church, which has the most ornate and richly sculptured façade and interior. Afterward, visit the Old Town’s famous hill, Panecillo or “Little Bread,” where you will see the Virgen de Quito angel statue. Finish off your tour at a bustling Ecuadorian market.

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DAY
3
QUITO–COCA–AMAZON LODGE

Fly to Coca and travel by motorized CANOE to your selected Amazon lodge, your home base for the next three nights.

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4-5
AMAZON LODGE

At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes.

At the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view Spider Monkeys, aracaris, toucans, Blue and Gold Macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the Red-Rumped Cacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, and manioc.

DAY
6
COCA–QUITO

Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

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DAY
7
QUITO. EXCURSION TO OTAVALO

Today, experience the traditional ways of the Otavalo people. With your Local Host, visit Otavalo’s famous INDIAN MARKET, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more. Enjoy the drive here, as it passes the often snowcapped Cayambe Volcano. The Ecuadorian Line runs directly through the glacier of the immense volcano, which is the highest worldwide point on the Ecuadorian Line. Next, visit a local SCHOOL in Peguche to visit with Ecuadorian children. Enjoy lunch at a local hacienda before returning to Quito.

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DAY
8
QUITO–COTAPAXI–BAÑOS

Journey south with your Local Host, passing the Avenue of the Volcanoes to visit COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, a highland zone protected since 1975. On a walk near Lake Limpiopungo, you will have the chance to learn about the typical vegetation and fauna found in the area. Enjoy breathtaking views of Cotapaxi Volcano, rising more than 19,000 feet. Next, visit a ROSE PLANTATION, where you can observe the cultivation and harvest of this important export and witness the exceptional beauty of the Ecuadorian rose. Continue to Baños, known for its famous hot springs that give the area its name. Relax in the mild mountain climate at one of the HOT SPRINGS at your hotel.

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DAY
9
BAÑOS–RIOBAMBA

You’ll have time this morning to view some of Baños’ impressive waterfalls before heading to Riobamba in the shadow of Ecuador’s highest volcano, Chimborazo, surpassing 20,000 feet in altitude.

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DAY
10
RIOBAMBA–CUENCA

An unforgettable TRAIN TRIP takes you over the almost-vertical wall of rock called the Devil’s Nose. This engineering marvel allows the train to transit a zigzag path cut into the mountainside that ascends and descends more than 3,000 feet. Continue to Cuenca with your Local Host, stopping at the INGAPIRCA RUINS, Ecuador’s most important monument of pre-Spanish culture. The ruins are located on a grass-covered hill once used as a sun-worshiping temple. Even before the construction of the Sun Temple (1450-1480), this place held important spiritual significance for the Incas. On a walk through the ruins, learn about Inca beliefs, rituals, and how they built the puma-shaped temple.

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DAY
11
CUENCA

Enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of Cuenca, the third-largest city in Ecuador and considered one of the most beautiful. See the historical buildings along the Tomebamba River, the Todos los Santos ruins, the flower market, and the main square with the old and new cathedral. Afterward, visit a PANAMA HAT FACTORY and a POTTERY STUDIO, where you can learn more about the work of the local people.

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DAY
12
CUENCA–GUAYAQUIL

Transfer with your Local Host to the coastal town of Guayaquil, stopping along the way to visit a CACAO PLANTATION. Learn about the cultivation of the cacao fruit, harvesting, and the processing of this important industry for Ecuador. On to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest and most industrial city and the key to Ecuador’s trade center. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the city.

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DAY
13
GUAYAQUIL–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for NORTH SEYMOUR, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the largest nesting sites in the Galápagos of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks. Return to the yacht and begin your journey to the Finch Bay Hotel.

Special Feature:
Named after the famous Darwin’s finches abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.

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DAY
14
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS

Transfer to the lush highlands of SANTA CRUZ to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local FARM where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the beach.

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DAY
15
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ

Board a yacht bound for SANTA FÉ, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles.

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DAY
16
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY

Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife rich DIVINE BAY on Santa Cruz Island. Marine Iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. While some may choose to explore by boat, the more adventurous can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises.

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DAY
17
SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL

Depart the hotel this morning and visit the TWIN PIT CRATERS en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador.

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DAY
18
GUAYAQUIL

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

Included Hotels

Banos
Riobamba
Cuenca
Guayaquil
Galapagos Islands
Quito
Coca

Hacienda Leito Los Lllanganates

Km 8 Ruta Ecologica
Banos, Ecuador

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

This historical estate, surrounded by the volcanic mountains of the Ecuadorian highlands, is a charming and welcoming place to overnight during your visit to Ecuador. From the hotel lobby to your uniquely furnished guestroom, you'll enjoy the antique feel and the surrounding nature that characterizes this hotel. Great service, food and a relaxing ambience paired with superb views make the Hacienda Leito a true gem.

Location & Highlights

Hacienda Leito sits among the majestic mountains of the Ecuadorian Highlands, where every day is an experience with nature. Surrounded by volcanos, wildlife, and striking scenery, this hotel makes for a memorable stay in Banos.

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
Guestrooms are rustic, cozy and feature unique décor, with modern amenities, a wood-burning fireplace, and a private bathroom.

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.

Banos
Cuenca
Guayaquil
Galapagos Islands
Quito
Coca

Samari Spa & Resort

Vía a Puyo Km. 1
Banos, Ecuador

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

Hotel Samari Spa & Resort is set in a charming colonial-style house with an inner patio, surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel's charm is further accented by exposed brick walls, a gabled roof, and rich wood furnishings. Rooms are furnished with comfortable bedding, private bathrooms, and windows that open to the outside world. Relax after a day of traveling at the hotel spa, offering several beauty treatments, massages, and a heated pool. Guests will also love the local cuisine at the hotel's restaurant, with specials inspired by the diverse culinary diversity of Ecuador. Be sure to relax and have a cocktail at the hotel's authentic tavern (located in a former monastery) that will transport you in time, or visit one of the many bars throughout the gardens.

Location & Highlights

Exquisite scenery, expansive gardens, and a lofty position in the mountains of Baños make the Hotel Samari Spa & Resort one of a kind.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Pool
All 37 rooms boast jetted tubs and offer free WiFi and balconies. Other amenities available to guests include pillowtop beds with premium linens, TVs, and minibars.

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & 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). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

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: $$

Guayaquil City Tour & Municipal Museum

On this Guayaquil city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis. Following the city tour, you will visit the municipal museum which displays the rich history of Guayaquil.

Price Range: $$

City Tour of Guayaquil and Historical Park

On this city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis including the Historical Park which showcases a wildlife exhibit and re-creations of urban and rural areas of Guayaquil dating back to the 1800's.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Cuenca
Guayaquil
Quito

Cuenca

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 Cuenca. 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 Cuenca and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Cuenca 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 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.

Rio Tomebamba

This city river separates the colonial section of Cuenca from the more modern homes. It’s great for a stroll in the day or evening. You can grab a little picnic and sit on the banks, while you enjoy the sounds of locals, music playing, and the rushing water. There are even a few spots where you can grab a beer and take it all in.

Plaza Abdon Calderon

Be sure to visit this main square as it is the center of action in Cuenca. Brilliant for people watching, relaxing with a book, strolling around the gardens, or grabbing a bite to eat. At the cathedral on the square, you can pay a nominal fee to climb to the top for impressive views of the city. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.

Iglesia el Sagrario

If you have time and you appreciate religious architecture, be sure to make a stop in this cathedral. The lighting, the ceiling frescos, sculptures and the old pipe organ will have you marveling. It’s dripping with history while well-kept at the same time.

El Museo de Las Conceptas

People rave about the unique art experience here. As part of an old nunnery, this little gem houses some of the best religious art in Cuenca. Even for the non-religious, it’s a wonderful glimpse into the life of the early Cuenca nuns and the culture surrounding the city. It’s complete with gardens too!

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.

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.

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