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Ecuador & Galapagos Eastern Islands

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2021
Quito, Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil City

Like Darwin before us, discover pure nature

We kill time, not nature, as we sway on calm waters 
aboard La Pinta on our way to explore. Isolated and
untouched by man, the Galapagos hides amazing 
natural treasures both above and below the surface.

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Highlights

  • Quito | Tour one of the very first UNESCO World Heritage Cities in the world (and current capital).
    • Mitad del Mundo "Middle of the World": A monument and museum marking the hemispheric divide.
  • Charter Yacht to Galapagos | Named 'Best Island in the World' by Travel + Leisure (2020).
    The Galapagos Islands is home to some of the world’s most endemic wildlife species and spectacular beaches. We privately charter the Yacht La Pinta 5-day cruise to explore the Eastern Islands of the Galapagos archipelago.
    • Eastern Islands:
      • South Plaza Island, Santa Fe Island, San Cristobal Island, Española Island, Baltra Island.
    • Cruise activities (all fees are included):
      • Glass-Bottom Boat: Enjoy gratifying observations of the undersea environment.
      • Kayaking: Discover the hidden beauty of lagoons while kayaking at leisure.
      • Paddleboarding: Experience paddleboarding in Galapagos.
      • Snorkeling: Encounter sea lions and stunning marine life.
      • Trekking: Led by a naturalist guide, walk the trails brimming with wonderful wildlife and awe-inspiring views.
  • Guayaquil | Ecuador's largest city and access point for Galapagos.
    • The most beautiful neighborhood in Guayaquil - a colorful hillside called Cerro Santa Ana.
    • Take a leisurely stroll along the Malecón 2000.

Itinerary

Open All Days
Middle of the World
Middle of the World
Casa Gangotena Hotel
Casa Gangotena Hotel
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!

 

  • Intiñán Museum:
    This museum features interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth. Enjoy science experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail and the effects of the Coriolis force on earth.
  • Middle of the World Monument:
    The monument is built on the historic site where a French explorer calculated the line of the equator in 1736. Visit the 98-foot monument and stand one foot on each side of the hemisphere.
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Casa Gangotena  (One of Quito's Best Luxury Hotels)
Quito Cable Car
Quito Cable Car
The Church of the Society of Jesus
The Church of the Society of Jesus
  • TelefériQo (cable car): 
    Ride one of the highest aerial lifts in the world. Take the cable car from the edge of the city center up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to Cruz Loma lookout. 
  • Virgin of El Panecillo:
    One of the highest statues in South America (even taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in the Brazil).
  • Old Town Walking Tour:
    • San Francisco Church: Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a museum in its convent with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art.
    • La Compañía de Jesus Church: Jesuit architects began work here in 1605. Today, it is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America.
    • Carondelet Palace: Known as the Palace of the Government, this over three-hundred-year-old building is the seat of Ecuador's government.
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L Seafood Cuisine
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Casa Gangotena  (One of Quito's Best Luxury Hotels)
South Plaza Island
South Plaza Island
private chartered La Pinta
private chartered La Pinta
Welcome aboard our private chartered yacht, La Pinta! We're excited to take you on a journey of a lifetime.
 
  • South Plaza Island
    The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand beach and volcanic rocks that make up the shoreline. A carpet of scarlet-colored sesuvium succulents sits at the base of a large cluster of luminescent-green prickly-pear cacti. Crawling around this entire scene are the famous yellow-greyish land iguanas. Along the coastline, we will walk right by sea lion colonies while seabirds play along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.
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La Pinta Yacht
Kayaking in Galapagos Island
Kayaking in Galapagos Island
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Today's cruise take us to the islands of Santa Fe and San Cristobal.

  • Santa Fe Island
    A picturesque white-sand beach that’s populated with colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed here, typically found sitting perched atop the salt bushes. The brilliantly yellow Santa Fe land iguana, which is exclusive to just this island (in the whole world!), might also be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, snorkel along a natural wave barrier or join your Naturalist Guide on the glass-bottom boat (weather permitting).
  • San Cristobal Island
    We will disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the archipelago’s capital city and take a 40-minute drive over to the island’s southern shore. Once there, at Cerro Colorado, we will visit the Breeding Center for the highly-endangered giant tortoises that amble around a fantastic deciduous forest. This forest is also home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard.
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La Pinta Yacht
Blue Footed Booby
Blue Footed Booby
Sea Lions at Cerro Brujo
Sea Lions at Cerro Brujo
Start your day with a hearty breakfast before exploring San Cristobal Island. After lunch, meet with your Naturalist Guide for a tour of Cerro Brujo Island.

San Cristobal Island
  • Punta Pitt:
    We disembark from our dinghy shuttle boat and land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline, allowing guests to observe frigatebirds plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, you can choose to swim or snorkel along the beach (weather permitting).
  • Cerro Brujo:
    Take a dinghy ride along the shores to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coral beach.  Great site for walking, with rewarding birdwatching opportunities that feature plenty of seabirds and shorebirds. Sea lions will also be present. History Fact: These are the same shores Charles Darwin walked along back in September of 1835.
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Great & Magnificent Frigatebird
Great & Magnificent Frigatebird
Sunbathing Marine Iguana
Sunbathing Marine Iguana
Start your day with a hearty breakfast before heading off to explore Española Island with your guide.
 
Española Island
  • Punta Suárez: 
    The morning outing at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk across lava terrain to visit the unique seabird colonies that populate this area. Waved albatross (visible from April until January), boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and the famous “blowhole” geological formation await! Also, keep an eye out for the red-green-black marine iguanas! Many regard this site as one of the best in all Galapagos. Afterwards, we will head back onboard for lunch.
  • Gardner Bay:
    In the afternoon, we will disembark at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches. You can also choose to simply enjoy the beach or the great snorkeling in this area. Alternatively, opt to kayak or take a ride aboard our glass-bottom boat.
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Strolling Along Malecón 2000
Strolling Along Malecón 2000
Colorful Santa Ana Hill
Colorful Santa Ana Hill
  • Santa Cruz Island
    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, with its giant tortoise pens and an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest.  These are the Galapagos' headquarters for scientific research and conservation.  The Station also functions as administration offices for the Galapagos National Park. Afterwards, we will take a bus up and over Santa Cruz Island to the opposite coast. Once there, a short ferry ride will take us across the channel to Baltra Island and then the airport. This Galapagos journey ends at Baltra Island, where you'll fly to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.

Guayaquil

  • Walking Tour:
    • Stroll through Seminario Park to see the large population of iguanas that roam free within the park.
    • Malecón 2000: Take a breezy stroll down the lively boardwalk as your guide shares the vibrant history of the city. 
    • Santa Ana Hill and Las Peñas: Las Peñas neighborhood is located next to Santa Ana Hill is a historical district and was declared as Cultural Heritage. It is also the place where Guayaquil was born, enjoy viewing its colorful landscape.
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Hotel del Parque
stay at Guayaquil's first boutique hotel
stay at Guayaquil's first boutique hotel
taste sweet flesh of cacao seeds
taste sweet flesh of cacao seeds
    • Cocoa Tour:
      This morning we head to Guayaquil suburb to visit a cocoa plantation with one of the finest cocoa in the world. Cocoa was first developed as a crop in ancient South American cultures, with the Aztecs and Mayans being the most well-known of these indigenous populations. Ecuador is the hometown of cocoa, but do you know how sweet and sour cocoa can be transformed into fine chocolate? Join us for an unforgettable experience!
 
A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 7 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights: We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. You may also book your own flights based on the following times to match our airport transfer schedule. If arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please meet us at the designated place on your own expense or call us for transfer pricing. We're sorry, but missed activities will not be made up.
    • Pre/post hotels: We can help arrange hotels matching our tour schedule. For prices and availability, please contact our team.
    • Please review the Terms & Conditions before you book.
    • Is This Trip Right for Me?
      • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
      • Wheelchairs Accessible: Guests in wheelchairs welcome, but please understand some sites are not accessible. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
      • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 6 years or older to join this tour
      • Dietary Restrictions: It is important everyone has a great dining experience with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergies, no sashimi, no lamb, etc.), please let us know 30 days before tour date. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.
      • Local Climate & Conditions:
        • This tour involves estimated walking for up to 2 hours.
        • This tour is a well-paced active tour that includes walking on inclined or uneven surfaces.
        • Quito is located 9,350ft above sea level. Travelers may experience altitude sickness in destinations higher than 8,000ft above sea level. Common symptoms include headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and lack of appetite. For most travelers, this is manageable through medication, herbal remedies, and breathing exercises. Please consult your personal health care provider before travel.

         

        Altitude (Feet above sea level)

        • Quito (Ecuador):9,350 ft 
        • Lake Titicaca (Peru):12,555 ft 
        • Cusco (Peru):11,152 ft
        • Urubamba (Peru):9,420 ft
        • Half Dome, Yosemite, CA:8,839 ft 
        • Machu Picchu (Peru):7,972 ft 
        • Atacama (Chile):7,896-14,107 ft 
    • Accommodations:
        • TRIPLE (3 bed) rooms are limited and not guaranteed in all hotels. Please check with us for availability.
        • Please note WIFI on La Pinta yacht is available in common area only and service might be unstable.
      • Our rooms for this tour are reserved with twin rooms (2 beds/room), but hotels may have different configurations. Please refer to the Hotels section for details.
      • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
      • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
    • Vaccine:
      • We strongly encourage you to visit the CDC website and check with your health care provider for a list of recommended and required shots when traveling to Ecuador and other South American countries.  
    • Visas:
      • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
    • Passports:
      • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
      • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and two blank “Visa” pages.
    • Luggage Handling:
      • Porterage service included in all hotels and airports where available. 
      • Domestic airlines in Ecuador allow 1pc of checked luggage (up to 50lbs).
    • Flights and Luggage:
      • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
      • For travelers who have booked your own tickets, we recommend reserving at least 3 hours connecting time between international airports.
      • Luggage allowances will vary based on the rules for each airline. Excess baggage fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

    Stays of a Lifetime

    Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
    A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


    Quito :

    Casa Gangotena

    Step into the elegance and luxury of a bygone era at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito. Situated in the heart of Quito's Old Town, the beautifully and eclectically-appointed mansion sings with the history of the city. Whether it be the rooms, suites, terrace or gardens, or Casa Gangotena's restaurant, each is a space for you to unwind, discover and dream.

    Luxury Room    
    36 m² (388 ft²)
    132 x 202 cm * 2 Bed    
    202 x 202 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Luxury Room + Sofa Bed or Rollaway Bed (80 x 190 cm)

    Galapagos :

    La Pinta Yacht

    Yacht La Pinta’s modern design offers plenty of style and comfort throughout its interior and exterior spaces. It is the perfect size for exploring some of the most precious and hard-to-reach places in the Galapagos Islands. Sustainable sailing is a big component of Yacht La Pinta’s operations, too, and the vessel takes several measures to help safeguard the ecosystem. This Galapagos Yacht measures approximately 209 feet (64 meters) and features 24 cabins that accommodate up to 48 guests. As four of these are connecting; they are ideal for groups of families or friends traveling together.

    Luxury Cabin    
    16 m² (172 ft²)
    80 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Luxury Plus Cabin 23 m² (177 ft²) + Sofa Bed (90 x 200 cm)

    Guayaquil :

    Hotel del Parque

    Hotel Del Parque is Guayaquil's first luxury boutique hotel, which was built within a 125-year-old historic wooden structure that includes a church. This Boutique Hotel offers 44 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, lush tropical gardens, patios and a unique massage room located in the former bell tower.

    Deluxe Room    
    37 ~ 45 m² (398 ~ 484 ft²)
    135 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    200 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Deluxe Room + Rollaway Bed (96 x 190 cm)