Exploring Darwin's Galápagos (IST)

9 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Sail the waters and walk the volcanic shorelines where naturalist Charles Darwin contemplated his Theory of Evolution. Your Galápagos vacation package takes you to the legendary islands to observe and interact with fascinating creatures not found anywhere else on Earth. After exploring Quito on a private sightseeing tour, fly to the Galápagos Island of Baltra. Here, a smaller aircraft takes you on a meorbale, scenic flight over the Galápagos archipelago to Isabela Island, the largest and one of the youngest islands. Settle into your luxurious forest lodge with coastal vistas and the archipelago. Visit National Park sites, wetland lagoons, the island’s port town, and the breeding center for the Galápagos giant tortoise. Explore the lava islet of Tintoreros—home to reef sharks, marine iguanas, sea lions, and penguins. Los Tuneles is a marine paradise that is perfect for snorkeling among manta rays, green sea turtles, and other marine life. You may prefer to experience Isabela Island by bike, hike, or kayak in this active volcano region.

Return by plane to Santa Cruz Island and visit a tortoise reserve to marvel at the giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild. Enjoy a full-day yacht excursions to investigate North Seymour, Bartolomé, South Plaza, or Santa Fe Island—depending on departure. See incredible specimens of exotic life, including land and marine iguanas, frigatebirds, red- and blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot crabs, penguins, and more. Tour the Charles Darwin Research Station, working to conserve the archipelago’s natural habitats and preserve the giant tortoise. Snorkeling in the pristine waters of Tortuga or Divine Bay to celebrate your island expedition is a perfectly natural selection!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Day-By-Day 2020

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Explore the Galápagos archipelago by staying in two beautiful lodges on Isabela Island and Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a unique experience by staying on Isabela Island for 2 night and exploring the visitors’ sites with your expert Naturalist. Stay 3 nights on Santa Cruz Island and venture out to new sets of sites in search of blue-footed boobies, sea lions, frigates, land iguanas, and so much more!

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR

Arrive in Quito, where your hotel will be available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
QUITO

Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases Independence Square, the cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

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DAY
3
QUITO–BALTRA–ISABELA ISLAND–SCALESIA LODGE

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos where you will take a scenic inter-island flight to Isabela Island. Upon arrival, transfer to the highlands of Isabela Island where you will find Scalesia Lodge, a modern, luxurious, safari-style tent resort in the middle of a magical forest with spectacular views of the coast, the Pacific Ocean, and other Islands in the Galápagos chain dotting the horizon. After lunch, head out with your expert Naturalist to begin your explorations of the youngest part of the archipelago. Your time on Isabela will include visits to National Park sites, wetland lagoons, Puerto Villamil and the giant tortoise-breeding center.

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The itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and season changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

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ISABELA ISLAND

As itineraries vary based on conditions, some examples of excursions include Tintoreras, an islet formed by lava flows where white-tip reef sharks, marine iguanas, sea lions, and penguins are commonly found. Or, Los Tuneles, a marine paradise considered one of the best places to snorkel in the Galápagos with sea lions, manta rays, parrot fish, Galápagos green sea turtles, yellowtail surgeon fish, and much more. You can also find active volcanoes like Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico which are some of the most active in the region. Alternatively, you may choose to bike, surf or kayak during your time on Isabela.

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ISABELA ISLAND–BALTRA–SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Fly back to Baltra today and transfer to the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will see LOS GEMELOS, a natural volcanic formation surrounded by a forest of endemic daisies and home to some of the most elusive land birds of the Galápagos. Next, visit a TORTOISE RESERVE where you have the opportunity to see Galápagos tortoises in the wild and learn how these gentle giants are studied and protected. You will also see impressive lava tunnels before continuing to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today your included EXCURSION will be a full-day yacht exploration of one of the following islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, South Plaza, or Santa Fé. North Seymour is known for its land and marine iguanas, Nazca- and blue-footed boobies, frigates, sea lions, fur seals, and a stunning white sand beach for snorkelling. On Santa Fé, walk amongst the basking sea lions in search of endemic Santa Fé land iguanas, pelicans, Galápagos hawks, and blue-footed boobies. Bartolomé boasts some of the most famous views of Pinnacle Rock from its summit. You will also see Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, lava lizards, blue-footed boobies, and maybe even the Galápagos penguin. On South Plaza, take a walk through a cactus forest populated with land and marine iguanas as well as the hybrid iguana which can only be found here.

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today’s included EXCURSION will include CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises. You will also visit Tortuga Bay or Divine Bay both perfect places for snorkeling and viewing the diverse marine life. Return to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel for an evening at leisure.

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DAY
8
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL

Return to the mainland of Ecuador for your final night in Guayaquil.

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9
GUAYAQUIL

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

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

Included Hotels

Quito
Isabela Island
Guayaquil

Grand Mercure Alameda

Grand Mercure Alameda
Grand Mercure Alameda

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

Address: Roca N4-122 and Amazonas Ave Quito, Ecuador

The Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda offers 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

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.

  • 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

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
Guayaquil

Hilton Colon Quito

Hilton Colon Quito
Hilton Colon Quito

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

Address: Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1 Quito, Ecuador

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute 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

Every room is equipped with cable TV, a alarm clock-radio, two phones, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini bar and hair dryer.

  • 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

JW Marriott Quito

JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito

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

Address: Avenida Orellana 1172 y Avenida Amazonas Quito, Ecuador

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

Comfortable guestrooms feature breathtaking views, high-quality bedding, spacious marble bathrooms, high-speed Internet access, and LCD TVs.

  • 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

Activities & Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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

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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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