For those who want to see and experience more of Ecuador, this 16-day Avenue of the Volcanoes & Galápagos tour is the perfect opportunity. Explore volcanoes, immerse yourself in the arts and crafts of the Andes, discover archaeological and historic sites, and experience the unique nature and beauty of the Galápagos Islands on a spectacular cruise.
Avenue of the Volcanoes Tour
Your tour begins in the populous capital city of Quito. Here you will explore the famous colonial center, indulge in a unique chocolate excursion, and visit the equatorial line just to the north. Then it’s on to the most famous and prominent volcano in Ecuador.
Once you arrive at Cotopaxi National Park, you’ll explore and learn about this incredible geological feature, which is part of the complex of volcanoes on the Ring of Fire. Visit the surrounding small towns and authentic, indigenous markets before approaching the next volcano crater, Quilotoa, and its mysterious natural green lake.
As the tour continues, you’ll discover majestic Andean landscapes filled with native llamas and alpacas and explore mysterious archaeological sites. You’ll also enjoy stops in local art galleries full of Andean folklore influences.
The Andes people are known for their many crafts and handiworks, such as textiles and leatherwear, so you’ll discover these first-hand along the Craftman’s Trail. Visit workshops, including ones specializing in musical instruments or traditional jewelry-making as well.
The next destination is Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Ecuador. Enjoy a day exploring this city and learning its history before heading back to Quito.
Galápagos Islands Adventure
After the incredible mainland tour of Ecuador, it’s time to move on to the islands of Galápagos for a nature and wildlife extravaganza! A quick flight from Quito to Baltra brings you to the islands for incredible experiences starting immediately. After spending the day exploring, you’ll board the Mary Anne, your floating accommodations for the next seven nights.
The Mary Anne is a 216-foot sailing vessel, complete with tall sails and a deep draft. Climb aboard and feel like you’re back in the days of pirates and the great explorers. Settle into your choice of either a Single or Double Cabin, each with its own hot water bathroom and air-conditioning for added comfort. Then roam the ship and stretch out on the sun deck, relax in the lounge, or settle in to read for a spell in the library. You’ll enjoy the best of modern cuisine in the dining area, including fresh, local seafood dishes prepared by the Ecuadorian chef on board.
Your cruise will sail through the enchanted islands, stopping to visit several of them, including Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, and North Seymour. Each one offers something unique to experience, so you won’t want to miss any of them.
See giant tortoises and learn about their journey. Explore pirate hideouts, and look for flamingos, sea lions, penguins, and red-footed boobies. Hike inland to see land iguanas or stroll along pristine beaches of white or volcanic dark sand. The waters surrounding Galápagos are the second largest marine reserve in the world, so stay on the lookout for whales, dolphins, colorful fish, and maybe even a shark or two.
The fun continues with thrilling panga rides, snorkeling various sites, and exploring volcanic landscapes, including craters and lava tunnels. On the last morning of your cruise, you’ll visit the home of a large sea lion colony before disembarking and flying back to the mainland with a memory full to the brim with moments to treasure for a lifetime.