CARMO’S TRIP TO ECUADOR

13 NIGHTS/7 STOPS 

 

Nature at its purest!
Carmo wanted to organise this once in a lifetime family trip during their Christmas holidays. The Galapagos archipelago was their first motivation to visit Ecuador. They were amazed by the wildlife and all the various animal species that you don’t see anywhere else in the world. Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and sceneries are breathtaking. The variety of scenery in Galapagos combined with the wild volcano sceneries in the inland and the historical center of Quito made this trip unique. 
Carmo’s travel profile
Mum of 2 teenagers, Helena and Tomas.
She has lived 4 years in NY, US and is moving to London this summer. 
She loves to organize trips that are mixing cultural discovery with outdoor activities and a touch of farniente.
She loves hiking, outdoor activities and to interact with the local population.
Photo @carmo cl ©

Arrival airport: Quito
5h30 hours direct flight from NY JFK with Tame
or 10 hours with a stop over in Miami or Atlanta
Wide choice of timing and fare with a stopover.
 
Our hotel in Riobamba
The cruise in Galapagos archipelago

Horse riding in the surroundings of Cotopaxi volcano.


 
Total/person: 3900 $ for 13 nights
Intl Flights: $ 1000
Lodging: 800 $/pp for 9 nights (incl. food)
Galapagos Cruise: $ 2800/pp
(incl. round trip domestic flight):
Local transport: $ 100/pp


All the details of the trip
Lodging and activities

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Domestic flight to Galapagos

Stop 2 to Stop 3 to Stop 4
2 hours flight-No direct flight from Quito – Most flights are via Guayaquil
Arrival airport:  San Cristobal or Santa Cruz

Car with a driver
700 km in 9 days
12h15 on the road/6 stops

From Quito intl airport to Stop 1: 45 km/ 1 h
Stop 1 to Stop 2: 35 km/1h
Stop 4 to Stop 5: 60 km /1h
Stop 5 to Stop 6: 230 km/3h30
Stop 6 to Stop 7: 175 km/3h
Stop 7 to Quito intl airport: 115 km/1h45


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NONO
 

45 km/1h
Nono
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NONO TO
QUITO
 

35 km/1h
Quito
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QUITO TO
GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO
 

2 hours flight via Guayaquil
Galapagos
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GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO TO
PAPALLACTA
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2 h flight + 1 h drive
Papallacta
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PAPALLACTA TO
CHUGCHILAN
 

60 km/1h
Chugchilan
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CHUGCHILAN TO
RIOBAMBA
 

230 km/3h30
Riobamba
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RIOBAMBA
COTOPAXI
 

175 km/3h
Cotopaxi

COTOPAXI
AIRPORT QUITO
 

115 km/1h45
Quito

GOOD TO KNOW

  • 3 days and 4 nights in Galapagos was a good timing. We could have stayed one more night.
  • If you find the Galapagos boat cruises too expensive, you can also decide to stay in Santa Cruz. From there you can plan day trips to the various islands.
  • Be aware of the altitude. It took us one day to acclimatize to the altitude. 
  • Do all the outdoor activities in the morning. It is often foggy in the afternoon. The weather can change quickly.
  • We felt safe all the time. Still you have to be careful, especially in Quito.
  • December is the best period of the year to travel to Galapagos. Temperature was perfect and the water was very clear.
  • On the cruise, be prepared to be social as you spend 3-4 days with the same 20-30 people.
  • We could have done this itinerary in 10-12 days instead of 15 days
  • We had a chauffeur during the whole trip. It is very easy. You don’t need to bother where to go and how you will get there. We really had a great time with him and would recommend him. faustotours@hotmail.com
  • We had planned a train trip – Tren del Hielo II,  It looked very touristy, slow and not very interesting so we cancelled it. We would have loved to try Nariz del Diablo. Check their website as a train tour can be a nice way to discover the mountainous regions of Ecuador.