Quicker flights to the Galapagos Islands

Perfect for guests with limited vacation time

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Guayaquil: the great port city

All international flights into Ecuador serve Guayaquil Airport. Guayaquil is closer to Galapagos, therefore, you will save time – about an hour in travel time – to the islands.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port, commercial hub, and largest urban sprawl. It extends over what was once a veritable “green Venice” dominated by the mangroves that escort the imposing River Guayas on its path to the Pacific Ocean, yet today, most of the nature has given way to a busy port city with malls, condos, peripheral highways, and a bustling downtown in constant motion.

For starters, the River Guayas: this massive chocolate-colored waterway, which dons the country’s coat of arms, is among the largest river deltas of the Pacific Ocean and a remarkable promenade that spans several kilometers in length.  While exploring the city, there is a small colonial quarter, a boulevard featuring the independence monuments with America´s most remarkable independence heroes: San Martin and Bolivar, and as you head north, the colorful Barrio Las Peñas, a traditional neighborhood that lies against a hill that overlooks the entire city.

General Information
Operates: daily When to go: this is a year-round destination
Highlights: Nature, history, hacienda, fine cacao Physical Level: easy
Interests: Historical monuments, Ecuadorian cuisine Attire: comfortable clothes for warm and humid weather.
Weather: temperature varies from 88 to 75°F. Important notes: Guayaquil´s weather is tropical and warm.
DAY ITINERARY MEALS
Day 1 Arrival at Guayaquil international airport. Your guide will await you at the international arrivals hall. Hotel transfer and overnight.

 

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Day 2 Explore Guayaquil main highlights with your guide on a half-day city tour. Overnight in Guayaquil.

 

B/L/D
Day 3 Transfer to the airport for your international or Galapagos departure flight. B

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / BL = Box Lunch / D = Dinner

Per person in double/twin rooms and US Dollars

 

Days Accommodation 2021 Rates 2022 Rates
Hacienda La Danesa Hotel del Parque $ 572 $ 572
Hilton Guayaquil $ 290 $ 290

Included

  • Accommodations in selected hotels with daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers from/to the airport
  • City tour in Guayaquil all with the required entrance fees
  • English speaking guide and private transportation

Additional to consider

  • Meals not mentioned on your itinerary
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on your excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers & guides
  • International or domestic air tickets

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    Testimonials

    Hacienda Zuleta is a rare gem hidden in the Ecuadorian Andes. We stayed there for three nights with Gloria, our guide. She was a wealth of knowledge, a patient+friendly guide!

    Brendan, Australia - “Zuleta was an extraordinary place”

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    Deborah & Nicol, US - “A great market day!”

    Maria was excellent and courteous! She even helped me bargain in the Otavalo market! Meeting Belen, the hatmaker woman, was a unique experience!

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    Gina was incredible! Excellent English, knowledge, and very pleasant.

    Brian, US - “Incredible guide”

    Giovanna is exceptionally knowledgeable, especially about Ecuadorian history & politics! She is an excellent storyteller

    Terry & Betsy, US - “Our guide was a storyteller”

    Gloria was a joy to be with! She was very knowledgeable.

    Maynard & Robin, US - “Fantastic experience”