Day 1 :
Fly to Ecuador
- Arrive in Quito:
Arrive in Ecuadors capital, Quito - nestled in a long, narrow valley between the lush base of the Pichincha Volcano and the precipitous Machngara River canyon. Begin exploring!
Day 2 :
- Church of the Society of Jesus:
Visit the Church of the Society of Jesus, an ornate Jesuit church with a colonial Baroque design and lush gilded altar.
- El Panecillo:
Examine the "Virgin of Quito" statue, sitting atop El Panecillo, a volcanic hill with an incredible view of the city.
- Equatorial Monument:
Stand at the place where the northern and southern hemispheres meet, see the Equatorial Monument marking the spot.
Day 3 :
Otavalo is a town known for its textiles, an art the indigenous Otavalo Indians have been practicing for 400 years. Set in a valley surrounded by several volcanoes, explore the market to see the colorful textiles and learn about the rich history and culture of the area.
LEAP Activity | Dance of the Tropics
Move your body to the music and rhythms of the tropics. Learn the dance inspired by salsa and a fusion of African and European styles.
Day 4 :
- Fly to Isla Santa Cruz:
- Galapagos Islands:
Tour the amazing Galapagos Islands, a "natural laboratory" 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador that prompted Charles Darwin to revolutionize scientific thinking.
- Charles Darwin Research Station:
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, an organization devoted to scientific research to ensure conservation success in the Galapagos.
Day 5 :
- Galapagos Islands:
Explore the Galapagos today and marvel at the extraordinary animals that inhabit the islands, including sea lions, marine and land iguanas, blue- and red-footed boobies, and Galapagos tortoises.
Day 6 :
- South Plaza:
Spend the day exploring South Plaza, an island formed by volcanic eruption from the ocean floor. South Plaza is home to an abundance of animal species and fascinating plant life, specifically the prickly pear cactus. It also contains the largest population of land iguanas in the Galapagos.
Day 7 :
- Travel back to Quito:
Spend a free afternoon exploring the city.
Day 8 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Trip
- Depart from Quito:
Board your flight home or opt to extend your stay!
Extend your stay | Explore Cotopaxi National Park
Stay in Quito to take a full-day excursion to Cotopaxi National Park. Enjoy splendid landscapes where llamas and wild horses roam, travel through an avenue of volcanoes, and reach Cotopaxi province to see the world’s highest active volcano. Return home the following day.