Overview

Jump into the adventure and seize one of the best deals designed for solo travelers coming to Ecuador and the Galapagos! Give yourself the best gift and travel solo to some of the most luxurious sites in Ecuador, all with one of the best rates available! Visit Quito, the crown jewel of the Andes Mountains before heading to the Galapagos Islands, the latter of which offers numerous, incredible activities that will allow you to get to know the archipelago in an unforgettable way! Get to know the islands aboard our Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise while visiting one of the most popular and coveted islands in the whole archipelago – Genovesa Island! Come aboard and discover one of the most extraordinary places on our planet!

What you get:

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoHalf-day Quito City Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II

A Sneak Peek

 

Hilton Colon Hotel Quito
Hilton Colon Hotel Quito - Suite Executive
Quito City Tour
Quito City Tour - La Ronda Street
Northern Galapagos Islands
Northern Galapagos Islands - Baltra Island
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Highlights

Professionally guided tours of:

Quito:

  • Historic Quarter
  • Independence Square
  • Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús Church\
  • San Francisco Plaza
  • El Panecillo Viewpoint

Northern Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Rabida
  • Bartolome
  • Genovesa

and…

The following aboard the Santa Cruz II:

  • Accommodation in a Voyager Cabin on the Horizon Deck
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Blue Gastronomic Director)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

Solo Traveler: Ecuador & Galapagos

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Solo Travel: Quito

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to the Hilton Colon Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Solo Travel: Quito Old Town

Quito’s Historic Center – the largest and best-preserved Colonial Quarter in South America – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this day, we will take stroll through the Independence Plaza, which itself is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace.

After that, we will visit the La Compañia de Jesús Church and admire its gilded interior before continuing onwards to the San Francisco Church and Convent – one of the largest architectural structures within a historic center in the Americas. Its impressive façade and atrium lead into its equally impressive Baroque interior.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to the Hilton Colon Hotel. Overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / Santa Cruz Island

Solo Travel: Las Bachas, Galapagos

Baltra Island

You will land in Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then take a guided transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After an introductory briefing onboard, all passengers will partake in an emergency boat drill and then lunch.

Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, where a glorious white beach awaits along with a couple of brackish lagoons that are just a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons actually serve as the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You are more than welcome to enjoy swimming and snorkeling activities at this beach, too.

Day 4: Santiago Island

Solo Travel: Puerto Egas

Buccaneer Cove

Explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, all while learning about the area’s history. This cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. We will also get to marvel at the fantastic geological formations. Here, you will have the chance to go snorkeling, take a ride on the dinghy or the glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas

Enjoy a swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles. After, a walk will give us the opportunity to see both land and marine birds as they skitter about a landscape that consists of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.

Day 5: Rabida Island / Bartolome Island

Solo Travel: Bartolome island

Rabida Island

The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The walk here will bring guests close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and many more creatures. A nearby saltwater pond, too, is occasionally seen hosting American flamingos. Snorkeling along the beach is offered.

Bartolome Island

This island is home to Pinnacle Rock and is a great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. Guests will get to go for a hike to the summit of Pinnacle Rock on this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago.

Day 6: Genovesa Island

Solo Travel: Darwin Bay

Prince Philip’s Steps

A flight of stairs reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, you can walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Otherwise, you can opt for enjoying a longer dinghy ride along the cliffs, weather permitting. Kayaking here is optional.

Darwin Bay

In the afternoon, we will land at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of different birds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming are available here.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Solo Travel: Tortoise reserve

Tortoise Reserve

You will begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, where you will head out for one last visit over at the Giant Tortoise Reserve, where one of the final highlights of this itinerary awaits: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.

Baltra Island

After this final visit, you will take your transfer vehicle to Baltra airport and say farewell to Galapagos!

Conditions

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year departures
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability
  • $500 deposit is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Hotels
  • Rates based on single occupancy
  • Rates listed are for adults
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.
  • An upgrade to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel is available for $250.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi aboard the Santa Cruz II (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. The cost for accessing Wi-Fi is $40 + taxes/per device)
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

“I had a great time on the Santa Cruz II. The itinerary was great… blown away by the places we visited. The guides were extremely informative and helpful. The accommodations on the boat were also great.” ~Chris