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Deluxe Galapagos Cruise for 6 nights plus trfs, tours, 2n Guayaquil US$6,847

ECUADORTours to Ecuador
Amazon and Galapagos | Tour Packages | Vacation Packages

 

 

One of the most magnificent countries in Latin America....Ecuador has everything, history, culture, archaeological sites, nature, native market, The Andean Mountains, the mighty Amazon rainforest, plus some of the most beautiful and preserved colonial cities in Latin America and to top all this...you will find the amazing Galapagos Islands, 600 miles due west of mailand. It is a seafaring safari to a world where nature reigns supreme....!! 

 

Come -Join us to discover Ecuador !

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the variety of programs in this country, we have divided in 4 sections: Ecuador Land programs, Galapagos programs, Amazon programs and mixed programs (a bit of everything...)

 

ECUADOR LAND PROGRAMS ONLY:

 

Mashpi Deluxe Cloud Forest Lodge     8 days, Exploring primary rain forest -plus Quito at Deluxe Casa Gongotena

Special Quito & Cuenca     7 days, Exploring two of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.....

Private Deluxe Quito    6 days in Quito with deluxe hotels with private transfers and private tours

The New Andean Highlands of Ecuador   8 days visiting Quito, Banos, Riobamba, Otavalo & the train thru Devil's

 

GALAPAGOS PROGRAMS:

 

Galapagos with the new Santa Cruz II     8 days, Cruising the Galapagos Islands for 5 days and visiting Quito for 3 days.

Galapagos with Deluxe Yacht La Pinta, Origin & Yacht Isabela II    9 days, 6 & 7 nights cruising Galapagos Islands and 2 nights in Guayaquil -Private services

Galapagos with the M/V Legend (also Coral I or Coral II)    8 days.  Cruising Galapagos aboard the M/V Legend for 3 nights (also option for 4 night cruise) and visiting Quito and surroundings areas for 4 nights. Extension to Cuzco & Machu Picchu available.  CHECK SPECIAL DISCOUNTS US$500 less per person

Galapagos 7 night cruise and 3 nights in Quito     Cruising aboard the Legend (7n) and visiting the beautiful city of Quito

Special - Land stay in Galapagos + Quito  8 day program with daily excursions from your hotel in Galapagos plus Quito .....(Silberstein, Finch Bay, Red Mangrove, Safari Camp)

 

HOTEL PROGRAMS IN GALAPAGOS:

 

Special - Land stay in Galapagos + Quito  8 day program with daily excursions from your hotel in Galapagos plus Quito .....(Silberstein, Finch Bay, Red Mangrove, Safari Camp, Pikaia)

AMAZON RAIN FOREST PROGRAMS:

 

The New Manatee River Boat      -8 days, visiting the Ecuadorian Amazon aboard the Manatee for 5 days and 3 days in Quito.

Anakonda Amazon Cruise    -8 days, exploring the Amazon Rain Forest on a deluxe river boat for 5 days plus 3 days in Quito. 

Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest  4 & 5 days at La Selva Jungle Lodge, Kapawi and La Casa del Suizo

 

COMBINED/MIXED PROGRAMS:

 

Galapagos & the Amazon Rain Forest

12 days visiting the Amazon Rain forest aboard the Manatee, cruising Galapagos for 4 days and exploring Quito for 3 days.

Galapagos, M/V Santa Cruz & Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu  

14 day program Cruising Galapagos for 5 days and then visit Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Inkas)...

Short visit to Galapagos and Machu Picchu

9 days/8 nights ...for those people on the run ....Guayaquil, Galapagos aboard the M/V Legend, plus Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu

 

Extensions:

 

Extension Train Ecuador - fantastic 4 day trips thru the Andean mountains

Extension to Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu  for Ecuador trips only...

Extension to the Amazon Rain Forest La Selva Lodge, Kapawi, Casa del Suizo.......

Extension to the beaches Mompiche, Salinas, Punta Centinela 4 days/3 nights -Great all inclusive...Royal Decameron Mompiche, Barcelo Colon Miramar Salinas, Royal Decameron Centinela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecuador Andean Cloud Forest

 

 

Featuring Deluxe Properties Casa Gongotena  in Quito

 

and Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge (Ecuador's Leading Green hotel)

 

8 days/7 night Program

 

Locally Hosted

 

Including:

  • 5 days- 4 nights at Mashpi Deluxe Lodge in the Cloud forest with all meals.

  • Accommodations at the Wayra deluxe rooms with air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms.

  • English speaking naturalist guides for daily excursions to primary forest, aerial tram and lagoons along the reserve.

  • Specialize lectures while at Mashpi.

  • Visit the Tulipe Archeological site.

  • 3 nights in Quito at Deluxe Casa Gongotena or Hilton -see rates below (2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the program)

  • Luxury rooms with daily buffet breakfast and tea time.

  • Private City tour of Quito.

  • Private transfers Airport-Quito-Airport

  • Private transportation Quito-Mashpi Reserve-Quito

  • Entrance fees.

  • Assistance of our local representative in Quito & Mashpi.

  • English speaking tour guides.

See full itinerary

 

2017 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON

w/Gongotena w/Hilton Colon
Double 4,381 3,895
Triple 4,111 3,670
Single 8,980 7,126
*Child (under 12 y) 2,860 2,608

 

* Child rate under 12 years old sharing room with 2 adults

 

Not included: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance . Airport departure taxes for your international flight  (usually this tax is included in your international air ticket). Tips to tour guides, drivers. Bar, gifts and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI:

US$500-650

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS FROM OTHER USA CITIES:

For same package add $220 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY and Zone 1; $250 from ATL; add $300 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS, + Zone 3 - - Add $350 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $380 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU ZONE 2 & 4; Add $430 from LAX, SFO + ZONE 5; Add $450 from Zone 6. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME
 

SAMPLE ZONE CHART:
Zone 1: FL; Zone 2: AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX; Zone 3: CT, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT; Zone 4: AL, AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, WI; Zone 5: CA, ID, NV, UT; Zone 6: OR, WA 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

GALAPAGOS ABOARD THE M/V LEGEND

 

See below special discount US$500 pp -select dates

 

Tours to Galapagos

 

Visiting Quito, Otavalo and cruise around the

 

Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V LEGEND, Coral I, Coral II

 

 

8 day/7 night Program

 

Departs every Friday

 

DAY 01 FRI. MIAMI-QUITO: (Add-ons available from more than 100 USA cities)

Depart Miami for Quito, Ecuador. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to  hotel Dann Carlton.

 

DAY 02 SAT. QUITO

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. (B)

 

DAY 03 SUN. OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR & MARKET:  Tours to Galapagos and Quito

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Panamericana Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine back strap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. Return to Quito and to hotel Dann Carlton or Alameda Real. (B,L)

 

DAY 04 MON. QUITO-BALTRA-GALAPAGOS (M/V Legend)

Transfer to airport for flight to Galapagos. Arrive in Baltra and transfer to the M/V Legend.

PM Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) The sand at  Bachas beach is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. On this hike, you will see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. (B,L,D)

For more information about the M/V Legend click here

For more information about the Coral I or II yacht click here

For map of Galapagos click here

 

DAY 05 TUE. GALAPAGOS

AM  South Plaza (South Plaza Island) This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds, boobies and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cacti grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year.

PM Santa Fe

It is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos, ages of its lavas range from 750,000 to nearly 3 million years.

ts maximum elevation is only about 200 m.. Among the unique species that can be seen there are the Santa Fe land iguana and Galapagos snake (whose bite is mildly poisonous). Also, opportunity to see Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks, sea turtles and sea lions. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 06 WED. GALAPAGOS

AM Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.(B,L,D)

 

DAY 07 THU. GALAPAGOS-QUITO

AM Cerro Colorado Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Quito with transfer to hotel Dann Carlton. (B)

 

DAY 08 FRI. QUITO-MIAMI:  

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami and homeward bound. (B)

 

(See optional to Machu Picchu at the end of this page)

 

 

INCLUDING:  
Meeting and transfer service.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  Hotel Dann Carlton or Alameda for 4 nights including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 4 day/3 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –PLEASE see below different types of cabins. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Round trip airfare from  Quito to  Baltra Island via Tame Airlines. Tips to airport porters.


NOT INCLUDED:
  
International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides;
USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket) ; Galapagos fuel surcharge ...about $90pp for the 3 night cruise.

 

2017 COST LAND TOUR CRUISE RATE PER PERSON: (Includes local air Quito-Galapagos-Quito)

 

Type of Cabin

DBL

TRP

SGL

Standard (Legend & Coral I or II)

US$3,580 

NA

5,344

Standard Plus (Legend & Coral I or II)

3,940

3,823*

5,920

Junior Suite (Legend & Coral I or II)

4,300

4,120*

6,370

Balcony Suite (only Legend)

4,696

4,552*

6,991

* Triple accommodations subject to space availability.

**SELECTED DATES FOR US$500 DISCOUNT PER PERSON:

Actual cruise dates for the Legend....

2017: Apr.24, 27 May 29;Jun. 5,19,29;Jul. 17,24; Aug.10,21,28,31; Sep. 4,7,11,14,25; Oct. 5,16,30; Nov.20; Dec7,11,14

Discount apply for Standard Plus, Junior and Legend Suites only. First come -first served...offer is limited.

 

Discount dates for the Coral I or Coral II:

2017: Jun. 4; Jul. 2,16; Aug. 20,27,30; Sep. 10,13; Oct. 15,22,29; Nov. 5,12; Dec. 3

Deposit for this special is US$900 pp and final payment 80 days before departure.

ALL DEPOSITS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE FOR THESE SPECIAL DATES

 

Does not include international airfare.

For more information about the M/V Legend click here

For more information about the Coral I or II yacht click here

Sample air from Miami US$500-600; New York $700-800; Los Angeles $800-900

Have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours, we have add-ons from more than 100 USA cities.

 

 

Same program with a 5 day/4 night Legend, Coral I or Coral II cruise (Legend:Thursday to Monday; Corals Wednesday to Sundays)).

Total of 9 day/8 night program

2017 COST LAND TOUR CRUISE RATE PER PERSON: (Includes local air Quito-Galapagos-Quito)

Type of Cabin DBL TRP SGL
Standard (Legend & Coral I or Coral II) US$4,275 NA 6,650
Standard Plus (Legend & Coral I or Coral II) 4,750 4,660* 6,853
Junior Suite (Legend & Coral I or Coral II) 5,191 5,020* 7,960
Legend Suite (Legend only) 5,695 5,524 8,135

 

 * Triple accommodations subject to space availability.

 Actual cruise dates for the Legend....

2017: Apr.24, 27 May 29;Jun. 5,19,29;Jul. 17,24; Aug.10,21,28,31; Sep. 4,7,11,14,25; Oct. 5,16,30; Nov.20; Dec7,11,14

Discount apply for Standard Plus, Junior and Legend Suites only. First come -first served...offer is limited.

 

Discount dates for the Coral I or Coral II:

2017: Jun. 4; Jul. 2,16; Aug. 20,27,30; Sep. 10,13; Oct. 15,22,29; Nov. 5,12; Dec. 3

Deposit for this special is US$900 pp and final payment 80 days before departure.

ALL DEPOSITS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE FOR THESE SPECIAL DATES

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Does not include international airfare. For questions and departure dates please call your Travel Agent or Tara Tours at 1-800-327-0080 or email us at tara@taratours.com

 

SEE OPTIONAL TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU AT THE END OF THIS PAGE

For map of Galapagos click here

 

DEPOSITS REGULAR DEPARTURES:  

US$500.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure.

 

CANCELLATIONS:  

Cancellations must be in writing and received by Tara Tours Inc.

Penalties are as follows prior to departure date:

At any time....deposit to Galapagos cruises of $300 is not refundable.

120-61 days $350 penalty per passenger service charge.

60-31 days 50% penalty

30 or less -no refunds 

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$400-550 plus taxes

 

ADD-ONS VIA AMERICAN or LAN AIRLINES

For same package add $180 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY and Zone 1; $220 from ATL;  add $250 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS, + Zone 3 - - Add $300 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $330 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU ZONE 2 & 4; Add $390 from LAX, SFO + ZONE 5; Add $410 from Zone 6. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

 

ZONES:

Zone 1: FL; Zone 2: AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX; Zone 3: CT, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT; Zone 4: AL, AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, WI; Zone 5: CA, ID, NV, UT; Zone 6: OR, WA 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos -7 night Cruise & 3 nights in Quito

 

Galapagos Cruises 

 

Visiting Quito and cruise  around the

 

Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V LEGEND  or the Coral I or II

 

11 day/10 night Program

 

DAY 01 SAT. MIAMI-QUITO: (Add-ons available from more than 100 USA cities)

Depart Miami for Quito, Ecuador. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to hotel Dann Carlton or Alameda Real.

 

DAY 02 SUN. QUITO

Morning sightseeing tour of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. (B)

 

DAY 03 MON. QUITO-BALTRA-GALAPAGOS (M/V Legend)  Cruise C+D

Transfer to airport for flight to Galapagos. Arrive in Baltra and transfer to the M/V Legend.

PM Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) The sand at  Bachas beach is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. On this hike, you will see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. (B,L,D)

For more information about the M/V Legend click here

For more information about the Coral I or II yacht click here

For map of Galapagos click here

DAY 04 TUE. GALAPAGOS

AM  South Plaza (South Plaza Island) This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds, boobies and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cacti grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year.

PM Santa Fe

It is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos, ages of its lavas range from 750,000 to nearly 3 million years.

ts maximum elevation is only about 200 m.. Among the unique species that can be seen there are the Santa Fe land iguana and Galapagos snake (whose bite is mildly poisonous). Also, opportunity to see Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks, sea turtles and sea lions. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 05 WED. GALAPAGOS

AM Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 06 THU. GALAPAGOS-

AM Cerro Colorado Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the  Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos*. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the  islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also  showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.  (B,L,D)

 

DAY 07 FRI.  GALAPAGOS

Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española)

Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are  no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds*, Yellow Warblers, lava  lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small  Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling* offer a great variety of Galapagos marine  wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

PM - Suárez Point (Española)

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting  wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies*, right up  to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross*, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).(B,L,D)

 

DAY 08 SAT GALAPAGOS

Post Office (Floreana)

Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in 1793  Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our  visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! We may also encounter Darwin’s finches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling  opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort.  Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

PM - Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)

Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 09 SUN GALAPAGOS

Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years.

PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station(Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. Time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 10 MON GALAPAGOS-QUITO

AM  Daphne

We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation* that was created  by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown  Noddies. Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Quito. Arrive and transfer to your hotel Dann Carlton in Quito. (B)

 

DAY 11 TUE QUITO-MIAMI:  

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami and homeward bound. (B)

(SEE OPTIONAL TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU AT THE END OF THIS PAGE)

 

INCLUDING:  

Meeting and transfer service.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  Hotel Dann Carlton or Alameda for 3 nights including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 8 day/7 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –PLEASE see below different types of cabins. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Round trip airfare from  Quito to  Baltra Island via Tame Airlines. Tips to airport porters.

 

NOT INCLUDED:  

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket) ...Fuel surcharge for the 3n or 4n cruise US$50 per person and for the 7 night US$100 pp  (total cost for the 3,4 or 7 night cruise).

 

2017 COST LAND TOUR CRUISE RATE PER PERSON: (Includes local air Quito-Galapagos-Quito)

 Legend**, Coral I & Coral II - Cabins

DBL

TRP

SGL

Standard (inside cabins)

5,290

NA

10,570

Standard Plus (outside with portholes)

6,091

NA

12,550

Junior Suite (outside with panoramic windows)

6,694

6,460

13,493

Same rates apply when using deluxe yacht Coral I or Coral II (when using Coral I or II program starts on Fridays)

For more information about the M/V Legend click here

For more information about the Coral I or II yacht click here

Coral I carries 32 passengers and Coral II 22

** LEGEND offers other type of Suites, please add to Junior Suite rates following:

For Balcony Suite US$900 pp/dbl; Legend Balcony Suite US$1,300

 

Program does not include international airfare.

 

Sample air from Miami US$500-600; New York $700-800; Los Angeles $800-900

If you want to upgrade to hotel HILTON in Quito -please add US$70 per person for Double or Triple, and US$140 for Single

Have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours, we have add-ons from more than 100 USA cities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos & the Amazon Rain Forest

 

 

Visiting Quito, Otavalo, cruise around the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Legend (3n) and exploring the mighty Amazon Rain Forest aboard the M/N Manatee (3n)



12 day/11 night Program
Locally Hosted


DAY 1 FRI. USA-QUITO:
 
Depart USA for Quito, Ecuador. (International airfare not included)After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to the new hotel Dann Carlton.

DAY 2 SAT. QUITO

Afternoon sightseeing of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. (B)


DAY 3 SUN. OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR & MARKET:
 

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Pan-American Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts, hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine backstrap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area.
Return to Quito and to hotel Dann Carlton or Alameda Real. (B,L)


DAY 4 MON. QUITO-BALTRA-GALAPAGOS (M/V Legend -Cruise C or Cruise A)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Galapagos (Baltra). Arrive and transfer to the M/V Legend. PM Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) The sand at  Bachas beach is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. On this hike, you will see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. (B,D)
For map of Galapagos click here

DAY 5 TUE. GALAPAGOS

AM  South Plaza (South Plaza Island) This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds, boobies and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cacti grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year.PM Santa Fe
It is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos, ages of its lavas range from 750,000 to nearly 3 million years.ts maximum elevation is only about 200 m.. Among the unique species that can be seen there are the Santa Fe land iguana and Galapagos snake (whose bite is mildly poisonous). Also, opportunity to see Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks, sea turtles and sea lions. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 WED. GALAPAGOS
AM Pitt Point (San Cristobal)Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 THU. GALAPAGOS-QUITO
AM Cerro Colorado Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Quito with transfer to hotel Dann Carlton. (B)

DAY 8  FRI. QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK
Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V MANATEE, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, the M/V Manatee will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region. After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to your first encounters with the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. More information about the Manatee. (B,D)

DAY 9  SAT. VISITING THE PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR
We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 SUN.  KURY MUYU & PARROT CLAY LICK
Breakfast served on board. Today we will enjoy a cultural & ethnic encounter with the locals. We will spend some time at one of the forest communities to learn about their everyday lives. Take advantage to shop for local handcrafts and souvenirs. Later we head over to the Parrot Clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia.
After lunch, explore one of our local jungle trails as we head to a most unique water museum, where you will learn about many of the creatures that inhabit this environment. After the visit, conditions permitting, paddle your way downstream back to the Napo and enjoy more opportunities to observe wildlife. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 MON.  MANATEE-COCA-QUITO
Early departure from the Manatee and transfer back to Coca (two-hour boat ride).  Return flight to Quito and transfer to hotel Dann Carlton. (B)


DAY 12 TUE. QUITO-MIAMI:
 
Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami and homeward bound. (B)
(SEE OPTIONAL TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU AT THE END OF THIS PAGE) 

INCLUDING:
  
All transfers Hotel-Airport-Hotel and Airport-Ports-Airport.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  Hotel Dann Carlton  for 5 nights including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 4 day/3 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –outside SUPERIOR cabins-with 2 lower berths. 3 nights aboard the Manatee with 2 lower berths (air conditioned cabins) and all meals while on the cruise. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Airfare from  Quito to  Baltra Island via Tame Airlines and from Quito to Coca. Tips to airport porters. US$ 25 Parrot Clay Leek  fee and Yasuni National Park entrance of US$20. Galapagos cruise fuel surcharge of US$90.

NOT INCLUDED:
  
International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket)
and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section.

DEPOSITS:
 
US$500.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure.

CANCELLATIONS:
 
Cancellations must be in writing and received by Tara Tours Inc. Penalties are as follows prior to departure date: At any time....deposit to Galapagos cruises of $300 is not refundable.120-61 days $350 penalty per passenger service charge.60-31 days 50% penalty30 or less -no refunds 

COST LAND/CRUISE TOUR RATES PER PERSON:
(Includes local airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito-Coca-Quito)

 

LAND TOUR RATES Double Triple Single Child 2-11
*2017 US$6,820 6,550 11,510 4,930

 

NOTE: For this same program you can use the Coral I or Coral II...same rate.

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

 

*  From Dec.09 to 31 -please add $300 per person. Children rate based –sharing room with 2 adults.

 Note: Upgrade to Junior Suite for $300 per person. For the Legend Suites add $520 per person.

Upgrade to five star hotel HILTON COLON please add $340 per person/double for the five nights in Quito (SGL US$619)

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE:

From Miami US$450-650; from New York $550-750; Los Angeles $700-900; Dallas $600-800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quito, Galapagos, Santa Cruz II, Machu Picchu

  

 

 

Cruising Galapagos for 4 nights and then visit Cuzco & Machu Picchu

 

 

 

14 days/12 nights

DEPARTURE DATES: Every Saturday

Locally hosted

 

DAY 01 SAT. MIAMI-QUITO 

Depart Miami for Quito, Ecuador. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to hotel Hilton Colon.

 

DAY 02 SUN. QUITO- City Tour  

Morning sightseeing of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito (B)

 

 

DAY 03 MON. QUITO-GALAPAGOS (Northern Island Itinerary)Tours to Galapagos and Machu Picchu

Baltra Island

Transfer to the airport for flight to Galapagos. Morning arrival to Baltra Island, immediate transfer to the dock to board the new M/V Santa Cruz II.   Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Briefing and dinner.

(B,L,D)

For more information about the M/V Santa Cruz please click here

For map of Galapagos click here

 

DAY 04 TUE. GALAPAGOS
Espumilla Beach (James Island)
After breakfast, a wet landing on the large coffee-coloured sand beach, just north of the prized fresh water supply that once attracted pirates and whalers. Galápagos Islands visitors who today come to Espumilla Beach arrive in search of birds rather than water. A short walk inland takes guests through a mangrove forest. Sea Turtles also visit these mangroves to nest. Beyond the mangroves lies a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails can be seen. Lunch on board.
Puerto Egas (James Island)

Wet landing for a mid-length walk.  Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds.  At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions.  Opportunity for snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 05 WED. GALAPAGOS

Rábida Island (Jervis)

Disembark at Rábida Island (wet landing) on a red-coloured beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times greater flamingos migrate. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted. Lunch on board.

Bartolomé Island

Disembark at Bartolomé Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. A great way to start the day! This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase with handrails; the view from the top is worth the effort. Dinghy ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, then time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and some snorkelling, possibly with Galápagos penguins, or else a ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.  Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 06 THU. GALAPAGOS

Prince Philip's Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a stimulating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Lunch on board.

Darwin Bay (Tower/Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, a wet landing for an easy stroll observing thousands of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 07 FRI.  GALAPAGOS-GUAYAQUIL-LIMA

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal (Chatham) Island)

After breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Arrive in Guayaquil and connect with flight to Lima, Peru (B)

Arrive in Lima and transfer to hotel RADISSON MIRAFLORES. (B)

 

DAY 08 SAT.  LIMA -City tour
Morning private  sightseeing tour of modern and colonial Lima the "City of Kings" founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1,535 and the most important city in the Americas during the Spanish Viceroyship. You will be passing by Miraflores and San Isidro, the old district of Rimac, Main Square , the Cathedral, San Francisco Church, Torre Tagle Palace and many other landmarks. (B)

 

DAY 09 SUN. LIMA-CUZCO 

Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to the CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco and the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)
DAY 10 MON. CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU 

Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip with spectacular views of the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) at hotel EL MAPI. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 TUE.  MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO

Morning at leisure to explore the Lost City of the Inkas on your own or visit the local market in Aguas Calientes. (B)

 

DAY 12 WED. CUZCO

Day at leisure to explore this magnificent city on your own. Cuzco is like a walking museum, wherever you go in the old city you will find inka palaces, aqueducts, temples, colonial churches, cobble stone streets from hundreds of years ago….just fantastic. HOTEL CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION (B)

 

DAY 13 THU.  CUZCO-LIMA-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima where you will be connecting with your international flight back to USA. (B)

 

DAY 14 FRI. ARRIVE USA

Transfer to the airport. (B)

 

2017 Rates per person (Includes local/intercountry airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito-Lima and  Lima-Cuzco-Lima

 

Santa Cruz II Cabin type Double Triple Single
Horizon Deck Twin/Double US$8,683 8,350 12,553
Expedition Deck Explorer Twin/Double  8,998 NA NA

 

Not included International air portion USA-Quito and Lima-USA . For Christmas and New Years -please add 10% .

* Children rate ..email-us at: tara@taratours.com

 

INCLUDING:
Meeting and transfer service. Tours as mentioned in itinerary, including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides. Hotels as per itinerary including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast, 2 nights in Lima, 3 nights  in Cuzco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, 2 night in Quito, all the transfers, The 5 day/4 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Santa Cruz II (Horizon deck) with 2 lower berths. Meals as noted in itinerary B=buffet breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Airfare Quito-Baltra-Quito and Quito-Lima-Cuzco-Lima via Lan Peru. Tips to airport porters.

  

NOT INCLUDED:  

Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax upon entry $100; $20 immigration card to enter Galapagos; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA & Ecuador airport departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket).

 

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE VIA AMERICAN AIRLINES FROM MIAMI: US$600-700  (Miami-Quito and Lima-Miami)

 Add-ons:  add $180 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY and Zone 1; $220 from ATL;  add $250 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS, + Zone 3 - - Add $300 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $330 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU ZONE 2 & 4; Add $390 from LAX, SFO + ZONE 5; Add $410 from Zone 6. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

 

American Airlines Zone Chart:

Zone 1: FL; Zone 2: AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX; Zone 3: CT, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT; Zone 4: AL, AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, WI; Zone 5: CA, ID, NV, UT; Zone 6: OR, WA 

 

DEPOSITS:  

US$600.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure.

 

INSURANCE: 

Through Insure America, cost for this program starts at US$465 pp. Please see information on the Insurance section..(click here)

 

CANCELLATIONS:  

Cancellations must be in writing and received by Tara Tours Inc.

Penalties are as follows prior to departure date:

At any time....deposit to Galapagos cruises of $300 per person is not refundable.

120-61 days $350 penalty per passenger service charge.

60-31 days 50% penalty plus any cancellations from the hotels, airlines or cruise line.

30 or less -no refunds 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Rain Forest-The New Manatee River Cruise

Departs every Saturday

 

Amazon River Boats

 

Departs every Saturday

8 days/7 nights

 

Including:

  • 5 days- 4 nights aboard the Manatee River Boat with all meals, shore excursions, guided boat and land excursions..

  • Main deck cabin with 2 lower beds, air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms

  • 3 nights in Quito at hotel selected (2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the cruise)

  • Private City tour of Quito.

  • Private transfers in Quito.

  • Local airfare Quito-Coca-Quito

  • Entrance fees

  • Assistance of our local representative in Quito, Coca and while on the cruise

  • $20 Yasuni National Park Entrance fee

  • $25  Parrot Clay Lick fee

  • English speaking tour guides

 

2017 RATES: LAND/CRUISE TOUR COST PER PERSON

New Manatee will start in August 2017

  With Hotel La Rabida (3stars) with Hotel Dann Carlton (4stars) with hotel Hilton
(5stars)
Double US$2,221 2,527 2,658
Triple 2,194 2,464 2,576
Single 3,510 3,600 3,945
Child (under 12 y) 1,250 1,238 1,645

 

Child rate under 12 years old sharing room/cabin with parents

Not included: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section. Airport departure taxes for your international flight Quito US$48 (usually this amount is included in your international air ticket)

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$450-650

from New York $550-750; Los Angeles $700-900; Dallas $600-800

Airfares from any city in USA or Canada available upon request

 

 
 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 01 SATURDAY  USA-QUITO

Depart Miami for Quito, Ecuador. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transfer to hotel selected.

 

DAY 02 SUNDAY QUITO

Morning sightseeing tour of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito (B)

 

DAY 03 MONDAY Quito-Coca-Manatee Amazon Explorer
Transfer to the airport for flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), arriving to Coca at around 12:00. Transfer to the Napo River port then the motorized canoe ride downstream will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Once aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer will start navigating downstream. The courteous crew will attend to your needs and the guides will introduce you to the surprising Amazon world, its people, more than 600 species of birds, and hundreds of botanical wonders. The Manatee sails along different ecosystems and important natural reserves such as the Yasuní National Park and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve. Late afternoon briefing on next day activities. (B,L,D)

DAY 04 TUESDAY Manatee Amazon Explorer
Terra Firmae Forest, Lakes and Gorges
Morning disembarkation for a stroll on terra firma forest, towards an internal lagoon on the Yasuní National Park, observing the different ecosystems and accompanied by the naturalist guide. The excursion includes the opportunity to swim and fish for the famous piranha, time to rest and lunch. The return to the mighty Napo River will be on board a native canoe, rowing along a small black water creek or gorge. (B,L,D)

DAY 05 WEDNESDAY Manatee Amazon Explorer
Parrots and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Early departure by motor canoe to visit a very special corner of the jungle, the clay banks of the river where different species of parrots gather daily to eat this clay that helps them digest the seeds they feed on, it is quite a sight, colorful and noisy! Then, back aboard the Manatee to sail upriver and reach one of the tributaries of the Napo to observe the flora and fauna, the surprising pygmy monkeys and then a trek to the facilities of what used to be South America's Summer Institute of Linguistics in Limoncocha, currently the only Biological Reserve of Ecuador.
Upon reaching the Limoncocha Lake, we will board a canoe and travel along the banks of this marshy ecosystem, where over 470 species of birds have been recorded. There is a possibility to fish for piranha, and for a short walk. At night, it is possible to observe the black caimans that inhabit the lagoon; quite an experience... Late return to the Manatee for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 06 THURSDAY Manatee Amazon Explorer
Culture / The Amazonian man / Giants of the Forest
The adventure today begins with a visit to the Museum of Pompeya, a small archaeological sample with Amazonian funeral urns that date back several centuries, as well as utensils and ways of life of the ancient denizens of the rain forest, which can still be seen today. We will also have the opportunity to see the giant trees of the Amazon, like the kapok, which rises over the forest canopy to more than 40 meters high, with huge, protruding roots. Guests can also try rowing the canoes on a tranquil tributary of the Napo River up to the house of a native family, to share a moment with them and learn their ways of life. (B,L,D)

DAY 07 FRIDAY Manatee-Coca-Quito
While the Manatee navigates upriver, the guides wrap up our knowledge of the great Amazon region. Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito.

Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel selected for the night. (B)

 

DAY 08 SATURDAY QUITO-MIAMI:  

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami and homeward bound. (B)

 

For information about the Manatee click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anakonda Deluxe Amazon River Cruise

 

 

Weekly departures

8 days/7 nights

 

Including:

  • 5 days- 4 nights aboard the Deluxe Anakonda River Boat with all meals, shore excursions, guided boat and land excursions  (cruise departs every Wednesday from the river port of Coca)

  • Deluxe standard Suite with 2 lower beds, air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms

  • 3 nights in Quito at 5 star Hilton Colon (2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the cruise)

  • Private City tour of Quito.

  • Private transfers in Quito.

  • Local airfare Quito-Coca-Quito

  • Entrance fees

  • Assistance of our local representative in Quito, Coca and while on the cruise

  • $20 Yasuni National Park Entrance fee

  • $25  Parrot Clay Lick fee

  • English speaking tour guides

 

2017 RATES: LAND/CRUISE TOUR COST PER PERSON (Includes local airfare Quito-Coca-Quito)

 

   
Double Standard Suite US$3,850
Triple Standard Suite 3,670
Single Standard Suite 5,920
*Child (under 12 y) 1,999

 

* Child rate under 12 years old sharing room/cabin with parents. Deluxe Suites available at $500 more per person

Not included:

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section. Airport departure taxes for your international flight Quito US$48 (usually this amount is included in your international air ticket)

 

To see Anakonda itineraries & information click here  

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$450-650

from New York $550-750; Los Angeles $700-900; Dallas $600-800

Airfares from any city in USA or Canada available upon request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos aboard the new Santa Cruz II

 

Visiting Guayaquil, Quito and

 

cruise around the Galapagos Islands for 5 days...

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Departs every Thursday or Saturday

 

8 day/7 night Program

DAY 01 THU or SAT. MIAMI-QUITO 

Depart Miami for Quito, Ecuador. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to five star hotel Hilton.

 

DAY 02 FRI or SUN. QUITO- City Tour

MOrning sightseeing tour of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. Overnight Hilton Colon (B)

 

DAY 03 SAT or MON. QUITO-GALAPAGOS (Northern Island Itinerary)

Baltra Island

Morning arrival to Baltra Island by TAME flight and immediate transfer to the dock to board the  new M/V Santa Cruz II.   Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Briefing and dinner.
(B,L,D)

NOTE: Eastern itineary departs Baltra on Saturday. Northern itinerary departs Baltra on Monday

For more information about the new Santa Cruz II and its itineraries please click here

For map of Galapagos click here

 

DAY 04 SUN or TUE. GALAPAGOS
Espumilla Beach (James Island)
After breakfast, a wet landing on the large coffee-coloured sand beach, just north of the prized fresh water supply that once attracted pirates and whalers. Galápagos Islands visitors who today come to Espumilla Beach arrive in search of birds rather than water. A short walk inland takes guests through a mangrove forest. Sea Turtles also visit these mangroves to nest. Beyond the mangroves lies a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails can be seen. Lunch on board.
Puerto Egas (James Island)

Wet landing for a mid-length walk.  Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds.  At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions.  Opportunity for snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 05 MON or WED. GALAPAGOS

Rábida Island (Jervis)

Disembark at Rábida Island (wet landing) on a red-coloured beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times greater flamingos migrate. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted. Lunch on board.

Bartolomé Island

Disembark at Bartolomé Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. A great way to start the day! This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase with handrails; the view from the top is worth the effort. Dinghy ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, then time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and some snorkelling, possibly with Galápagos penguins, or else a ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.  Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 06 TUE or THU. GALAPAGOS

Prince Philip's Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a stimulating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Lunch on board.

Darwin Bay (Tower/Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, a wet landing for an easy stroll observing thousands of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 07 WED or FRI.  GALAPAGOS-GUAYAQUIL

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal (Chatham) Island)

After breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to hotel Oro Verde. (B)

 

DAY 08 THU or SAT. GUAYAQUIL-MIAMI:  

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami and homeward bound. (B)

See optional to Cuzco & Machu Picchu at the end of this page or Train Ecuador or  Cruise the Amazon rain Forest

 

2017 LAND TOUR CRUISE COST PER PERSON  (includes local airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito)

Cabin type Double Triple Single
Horizon Deck Explorer (Family cabin -only 2) ---- US$4,750 ----
Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin (23) US$5,254 NA US$9,610
Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin (17)  5,452 NA 10,510
Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin (3) 5,596 NA NA
Panorama Deck Darwin Cabin (3) 5,993 NA NA

 

Call us at 1-800-327-0080 or email us  at: tara@taratours.com

 

* Single accommodations very limited

Not include international air. Approximately from Miami US$500-600.

For more information about the new Santa Cruz II please click here

 

 

INCLUDING:  

Meeting and transfer service.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  hotel accommodations  for 2 nights in Quito, 1 night in Guayaquil with room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 5 day/4 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V SANTA CRUZ II –with 2 lower berths. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Airfare to/from to Galapagos Island. Tips to airport porters.

 

NOT INCLUDED:  

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

DEPOSITS:  

US$300.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure.

 

INSURANCE: 

Through Insure America, cost for this program starts at US$235-305. Please see information on the Insurance section..(click here)

 

CANCELLATIONS:  

Cancellations must be in writing and received by Tara Tours Inc.

Penalties are as follows prior to departure date: (Please call to make sure the cruise line did not change this policies).

- At any time....deposit to Galapagos cruises of $300 is not refundable.

- 120-62 days $350 penalty per passenger service charge.

-  61-0 days NO REFUNDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands of Ecuador

 

Visiting Quito "Queen City of the Andes", Cuenca

Otavalo indigenous market and Riobamba

 

8 days/ 7nights

 

Day 1 SAT. U.S.A-QUITO :

Depart Miami, Los Angeles or New York for Quito, Ecuador. Airport reception and transfer to hotel selected for overnight.

 

Day 2 SUN. QUITO: 

Combined Quito City and Equatorial Monument Tour. Drive through this beautiful city and its colonial center. Possibly visit the Cathedral, Government Palace with a visit to La Compañia Church with its ornate golden altars. Then off for a quick jaunt to the Middle of the Earth at the Equatorial Monument. This is your chance to be in two places at once! Straddle the line and you are in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres or stand directly on the equator and you are nowhere... latitude 0... Overnight at hotel selected (B)

 

Day 3 MON. Quito- Cotopaxi National Park - Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Patate
Early departure from Quito by motorcar on the Pan-American Highway to the south, to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 88,920 acres, around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 5897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level. The evergreen landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands is one of the main attractions, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields. After an hour and a half, the entrance to the park is reached and then it's up a dirt road for approximately one hour. Upon arrival to the park there is an introductory briefing about the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands, its flora and fauna in the small Interpretation Center.
Travel along valleys and mountains, arrive to Cotopaxi National Park, which surrounds the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, for an up-close view of the Andean paramo habitat and its unique flora and fauna; a number of high-altitude birds can be observed around Limpiopungo Lagoon, and occasionally, wild horses. On clear days, the perfect snow-capped cone of the Cotopaxi Volcano is quite a sight! At the foot of the volcano is a charming hacienda, where lunch is served in a room with Inca walls, perfectly preserved through the centuries -a truly archaeological jewel. After lunch, mingle with the llamas of the hacienda and stroll along a rose plantation, many varieties, many colours, ready for exportation. From here, descend towards the town of Patate, to spend the night at a 300-year old hacienda, hidden among the mountains, a magical ambience, where, as the afternoon mist descends, stories are told about those who left in search of the treasure of the Incas in the nearby Llanganatis - and never returned...(B,L,D)
 

Day 4 TUE. Baños - Route of the Cascades - Ambato - El Arenal - Riobamba
After breakfast, take a spectacular route along the gorge of the Pastaza River to the town of Baños (Baths), right at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano, from where the thermal waters that gave it its name emerge. Drive along the Route of the Cascades to El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil's Cauldron) -the most adventurous will descend (medium difficulty) to observe the impressive cascade up close, surrounded by subtropical vegetation and orchids. The force and sound of the waters can also be appreciated from a lookout point without descending. Lunch is served at an hacienda / hostel in the surroundings, and in the afternoon a short stroll along Baños -a town with an international pulse, full of people from all over the world as well as many locals who pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Holy Water. From here, the route to Riobamba is up the mountain, to where the clouds can be touched, alongside the massive Chimborazo, the highest mountain of Ecuador, on the high paramo where vicuñas graze and scamper - this is a protected Faunistic Preserve. On the hillsides, where the land is worked beneath the plow, one might think the farmer's true objective was to paint the hills in fascinating patterns, not just to till the dark, fertile soil. Great photo ops on this route! Arrive to Riobamba for dinner and lodging. (B,L,D)
 

Day 5 WED. Riobamba - Alausí - Devil's Nose - Alausi - Ingapirca - Cuenca
After an early breakfast depart by road, skirting the flanks of the Andes, an astonishing ride, twisting and turning, along bridging ravines and river gorges. Ride through Indian villages and cultivated fields; here is where most of the cereals in Ecuador are grown, among them, the quinua, considered the perfect grain for its nutritional value. After about 2 hours arrive at the small town of Alausí, the beating heart of the rehabilitation of the Ecuadorian Railway Company in the last years. Great effort has been made to restore the 100-year old train to its old glory and romance. Stations have been renewed, railways and sleepers replaced, engines and classic coaches renovate, and, most important, the project involves the local communities along the route in the rail operation. The highlight is the thrilling 800-metre (2630-foot) descent on the zigzag cuttings on the rock of the Devil's Nose. At the bottom one finds the newly renovated Station of Sibambe. Here there is time to visit the local museum "Condor Puñuna" built and run by the Nizag community, see the display of local handcrafts, fruit and medicinal plants and try the local coffee. The train whistle calls guests back on board for the return to the Station of Alausí, where a light snack is served to regain strength. Continue exploring the Andean world by motorcoach to the south, visiting the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca en-route. Lunch in the area. Then continue to Cuenca for overnight. (B,L)
 

DAY 6 THU. CUENCA-QUITO

Morning sightseeing tour of this beautiful and charming city of Cuenca -which has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site.  Its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums make it very special.  Lunch is served at a cozy restaurant.  Late afternoon transfer to the airport to take the flight to Quito.  Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. (B,L)

 

Day 7 FRI. QUITO-OTAVALO-QUITO: 

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous local market. Along the Panamerican Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine backs trap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. Return to Quito and to hotel selected. (B,L) 

 

Day 8 SAT. QUITO-USA:

Transfer to the airport. (B)

 

INCLUDED:

* Meeting and transfer service ias per itinerary in Quito, Cuenca, Riobamba, Banos * Tours as noted including entrance fees with English speaking guides. * 8 nights hotel accommodations room taxes and service charges. * Ground transportation to Otavalo and Banos-Riobamba-Cuenca * Train from Alausi to Devil Nose. * Tips to airport porters only. Local airfare Cuenca-Quito.

 

NOT INCLUDED: 

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

2017 LAND TOUR RATES

 Double

Triple

Single

HILTON COLON (Quito) -ALCAZAR (Cuenca) 5*

 US$2,950

2,860

3,673

Hostal La Rabida (Quito) -Dorado  (Cuenca)  3*

2,860 2,770 3,467

 

RATES PER PERSON (International airfare not included)

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$450-650

from New York $550-750; Los Angeles $700-900; Dallas $600-800

Airfares from any city in USA or Canada available upon request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Visit to Galapagos & Machu Picchu

 

Galapagos and Machu Picchu

 

 

Visiting Quito, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and

 

Cruising the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Legend

 

 

 

ITINERARY

9 days/8 nights

 

DEPARTS EVERY SUNDAY

 

DAY 01 SUN. USA-GUAYAQUIL

Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to HOTEL UNIPARK.

 

DAY 02 MON.  GUAYAQUIL-GALAPAGOS (Legend Cruise A)

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place spot to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.  (B,L,D)

 

DAY 03 TUE.  Egas Port / Salt Mines (Santiago)

Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.

The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.

Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus and squid. We organize optional visits to the Salt Mines where you can observe the two species of sea lions: fur and Galapagos sea lions.

PM – Bartolomé

Dry landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas and lava lizards.

Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 04 WED. Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

PM – North Seymour

Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.

An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 05 THU.  GALAPAGOS-GUAYAQUIL-LIMA

Arrive in Santa Cruz island where you will be transfer to Baltra airport for flight to Guayaquil. Arrive in Guayaquil and connect with flight to Lima. Meet by our local representative and walked to hotel by Lima airport "COSTA DEL SOL" for overnight. (B)

 

DAY 06 FRI. LIMA-CUZCO Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to the HOTEL SONESTA CUZCO (4 stars). Afternoon city tour of Cuzco and the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)

DAY 07 SAT.  CUZCO-URUBAMBA VALLEY-PISAQ-OLLANTAYTAMBO
Full day excursion to visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac where hundreds of natives come to town wearing their unique customs, to exchange or buy products. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue with your tour guide to see and learn about Ollantaytambo A typical town of Inca origin. Its design and the foundations of the majority of its buildings date from the Inca era, when it was a strategic military, religious and agricultural center. Above it stands a fortress as a defense against the primitive inhabitants of the hot valleys of the "Antis" or jungle Indians. The fortress consist of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stone accessed by long staircases. It was here that Manco Inka fought the troops of Hernando Pizarro in 1537, leading a fierce resistance against the Spanish at command of a "General Ollantay". Return to Cuzco and to your  HOTEL SONESTA CUZCO. (B,L)

DAY 08 SUN. CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU
 
Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip with spectacular views of the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. (B,L)

DAY 09 MON.  CUZCO-LIMA-USA
Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima -where you will be connecting with flight back to home.

 

 

LAND TOUR RATES (4 star hotels) Double Triple Single
*Dec.01, 2016 to Dec.20, 2017 US$5830 CALL 9,996

 

RATES PER PERSON Includes local airfares Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil and  Lima-Cuzco-Lima

* Does not include international airfare USA-Guayaquil, Guayaquil-Lima and Lima-USA

 

Children under 12 years old –sharing room with 2 adults, 20 % discount.

Note: Upgrade to Junior Suite for $390 per person. For the Legend suites add $745 per person.

Triples available on Junior Suites only -call or email us for rates. (tara@taratours.com) 1-800-327-0080


INCLUDING:
Meeting and transfer service; Tours as mentioned in itinerary with entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides;  Hotels (4 stars) as per itinerary with room taxes, service charges and Buffet Breakfast for 5 nights ; The 4 day/3 nights Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –outside standard plus cabins- with 2 lower berths;  Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. Airfare Guayaquil-Baltra-Guayaquil via Tame Airlines and Lima-Cuzco-Lima via Lan Peru. Tips to airport porters.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax upon entry $100; $20 immigration card to enter Galapagos; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador and Peru; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA, Ecuador & Peru departure taxes (usually included in your international airticke); fuel surcharge for all Galapagos cruises ...about $50 per person for the 3 night cruise.

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI : US$700-900

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS: $180 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY and Zone 1; $220 from ATL;  add $250 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS, + Zone 3 - - Add $300 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $330 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU ZONE 2 & 4; Add $390 from LAX, SFO + ZONE 5; Add $410 from Zone 6. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

 

SAMPLE ZONE CHART:

Zone 1: FL; Zone 2: AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX; Zone 3: CT, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT; Zone 4: AL, AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, WI; Zone 5: CA, ID, NV, UT; Zone 6: OR, WA 

 

Cancellations must be in writing and received by Tara Tours Inc.

Penalties are as follows prior to departure date:

- At any time....deposit to Galapagos cruises of $300 is not refundable.

- 120-61 days $350 penalty per passenger service charge.

- 60-31 days 50% penalty

- 30 or less -no refunds 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos aboard La Pinta Luxury Yacht

 Isabela or Origin

 

Galapagos Cruises 

 

Yacht La Pinta, has been designed for the ultimate luxurious expedition adventure in the Galapagos Islands.
The63-meter (207-foot) yacht accommodates 48 guests. A full week discovery trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard La Pinta allows encounters with unique fauna, like the famous giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild, land and marine iguanas, flamingos, penguins, blue-footed boobies and the famous Darwin’s finches.
 

 

 

10 days/9 night Program

Locally Hosted

Suggest departure day from USA: Saturdays

 

Including:

  • 6 nights Galapagos cruise aboard the M/V La Pinta, Yacht Isabela or Deluxe Origin (7n)..see rates below

  • All meals and shore excursions (Cruises departs on Mondays)

  • Accommodations in deluxe rooms with air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms.

  • Local airfare Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil

  • English speaking naturalist guides for daily excursions.

  • Specialize lectures every night aboard ships

  • 2 nights in Guayaquil at the five star Hotel Colon

  • Deluxe rooms with daily buffet breakfast.

  • Private transfers Airport-Guayaquil-Airport

  • Entrance fees.

  • Assistance of our local representative in Guayaquil & Galapagos

  • English speaking tour guides.

2017 RATES: LAND/CRUISE TOUR COST PER PERSON

with Isabela

(Classic Cabin)

6 night Cruise

with La Pinta

(Deluxe Twin)

6 night Cruise

Origin
Beagle Deck
7 night Cruise
Double US$6,847 US7,950 8,960
Triple N/A NA 8,683
Single 12,940 15,280 14,976
*Child (under 12 y) 5,470 5,650 7,180

 * Child rate under 12 years old sharing room with at least 1 adults (only one child per cabin). Minimun age = 6 years old

 

Not included:

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance . Airport departure taxes for your international (usually this amount is included in your international air ticket). Tips to tour guides, drivers. Bar, gifts and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section. Galapagos tax of US$100 and $20 immigration card.

 

For more information about La Pinta click here

For more information about Deluxe Yacht Isabela Click here

For map of Galapagos click here

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI:

US$500-650

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS FROM OTHER USA CITIES:

For same package add $220 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY and Zone 1; $250 from ATL; add $300 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS, + Zone 3 - - Add $350 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $380 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU ZONE 2 & 4; Add $430 from LAX, SFO + ZONE 5; Add $450 from Zone 6. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME
 

Sample Zone Chart:
Zone 1: FL; Zone 2: AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX; Zone 3: CT, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT; Zone 4: AL, AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, WI; Zone 5: CA, ID, NV, UT; Zone 6: OR, WA 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecuador Deluxe

 

 

Special private tour of Quito and Otavalo

 

 

Daily Departures

Locally Hosted

 

Including:

 

  • 5 nights at the new DELUXE Casa Gangotena (Luxury rooms).

  • Hotel room taxes and service charges

  • Private transfers on arrival and departure

  • Private City tour of Quito

  • Private full day tour to Otavalo Indian Market with lunch at La Mirage

  • English speaking tour guides

  • Assistance of our local representatives 24/7

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast

  • Daily Tea time at Casa Gangotena

 

2017 COST PER PERSON:

 

Hotels used: Double Triple Single
Deluxe Casa Gangotena (Luxury rooms) US$2,554 2,365 4,930
Hotel Hilton (Club Floor rooms) 1,591 1,393 2,564

International airfare not included.

 

Not included:

Airfare, insurance (available for this program for US$74 pp), meals and any other service not specifically mentioned in the including section.

 

Airfare available upon request. Sample cost from Miami US$500-600; New York $600-700; Los Angeles $750-850

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Special Quito & Cuenca, Andean Cities"

 

7 days-6 nights

 

 

 

 

Daily Departures -Locally Hosted

 

  • Transfers on arrival and departure in Quito and Cuenca.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations of your choice in Quito.
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast.
  • Half day tour of Quito.
  • Full day excursion to Otavalo native market and lunch at local Hacienda.
  • Hotel with room taxes and service charges
  • Local airfare Quito-Cuenca-Quito
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Cuenca at hotel selected.
  • City tour of Cuenca.
  • English speaking tour guides.
  • Assistance of our local representatives 24/7

 

2017  LAND TOUR RATES (including local airfare Quito-Cuenca-Quito)

 

 

3 star hotels

4 star hotels

5 star hotels

Double

US$1,591

US$1,719

2,095

Triple

1,465

1,636

1,780 

Single

2,690

2,780

3,094

 

NOT INCLUDED INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE MIAMI-LIMA-MIAMI: Approximate cost US$500-650

 

3 stars hotels: Quito: Hostal La Rabida; Cuenca: Dorado

4 stars hotels: Quito: Dann Carlton; Cuenca: Santa Lucia

5 stars hotels: Quito: Hilton Colon; Cuenca: Mansion Alcazar

Not Included :
International airfare, personal expenses, Insurance, Alcoholic beverages, Gratuities.

ITINERARY:

 

DAY 1 USA-QUITO:
Depart USA for Quito, Ecuador. (International airfare not included)
After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to the new hotel Dann Carlton.
DAY 2 QUITO –City tour
Afternoon drive along the northern residential section and see the impressive Parliament Building. Then stroll downtown to visit the colonial temple and monasteries designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Continue to the Independence Plaza flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. Next, visit the great church and Monastery of San Francisco with the Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Your scenic tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito (B)
DAY 3 QUITO- OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR & MARKET –Full day tour
This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Pan-American Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts, hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine backstrap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area.
Return to Quito and to hotel Dann Carlton or Alameda Real. (B,L)
DAY 4 QUITO-CUENCA
Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Cuenca. Upon arrival in Cuenca, meeting and transfer to hotel selected.
About Cuenca: In the southern Ecuadorian Andes lies the nation's best-kept secret: the charming colonial city of Cuenca. Its marvellous historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that still retains all of its traditional charm. Cuenca is a city to be visited leisurely with strolls along flower-lined, cobblestone streets. Take photos along the riverbanks, stop at one of the many colonial churches, or peek into one of the many antique shops and art galleries. The city includes some fine museums and religious art collections, excellent restaurants and wonderful boutique hotels.
Day 5 CUENCA- City tour
This comprehensive tour includes the Plaza of San Sebastian, a colorful artisans market, where handicrafts are sold. Then, visit the Museum of Modern Art, featuring an excellent collection of contemporary fine art. The original building was the "House of Temperance" where alcoholics were once shut inside its thick walls in an effort to cure them.
A stop is made at Plaza San Francisco, where small handcraft shops can be visited and the exquisitely embroidered skirts of the cholas are for sale. Next is a visit to the flower market at the small plaza in front of the carved stone entrance to the church of El Carmen de la Asunción. From here, a stroll to the main square, surrounded by the imposing blue-domed Cathedral, the Court of Justice, the Municipal Palace, the Governor's Palace and the Church of El Sagrario. Also, visit the ruins of Todos Santos, where in different archaeological strata are vestiges of the rough Cañari construction, the classical Inca stone walls without mortar and remains of Spanish arches. Then, a drive along the Tomebamba river to admire the city's overhanging houses and the laundry spread out to dry on its river banks and a great view of the city from the Hill of Turi.
Day 6 – CUENCA-
Day at leisure to explore Cuenca and sorroundings at your own pace or take an optional tour to visit the country side or visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. (B)
Day 7 – CUENCA-QUITO-USA
Transfer to the aiport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil where you will connect with your international flight back to USA. (B)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos Land Program

 

For those who don't like to cruise, but rather stay in a hotel in Galapagos + Quito

 

 

Daily Departures

 

Locally Hosted

 

  • Transfers on arrival and departure in Quito
  • 3 nights in Quito at Boutique Hotel Silberstein with room taxes (see other selection of hotels below)
  • Half day City tour of Quito
  • Transfers on arrival and departure in Galapagos (Baltra-Puerto Ayora)
  • 4 nights of hotel accommodations at hotel of your choice in Galapagos (Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Local transfers upon arrival and departure in Galapagos (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit Twin Peaks in Santa Cruz Island
  • Half day tour of Charles Darwin Scientific Station
  • 2 Full day excursions by yacht with lunch (Floreana Island, Seymour-Bachas, Santa Fe or Bartolome)
  • Hotel with room taxes and service charges
  • Assistance of our local representatives
  • Local airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito
  • All tours and transfers are shared.
  • 24/7 phone assistance from our local representatives.

All rates per person

HOTELS 2017 DBL TRP SGL CHD
Boutique Art Hotel Silberstein in Quito  & Silberstein in Galapagos US$2,680 2,536 3,562 1,996
Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito & Red Mangrove in Galapagos 3,976 3,823 5,380 2,986
Hotel Dann Carlton (Quito) & Hotel Finch Bay* (Galapagos) 4,291 4,120 5,650 3,310
Hilton Colon (Quito) & Safari Camp*(Galapagos) 4,867 4,597 5,992 3,495
Hilton Colon (Quito) & Pikaia Lodge -Terrace room (Galapagos) 7,540 TBA 10,860 5,551

 

For more information about Hotel Silberstein & itinerary for this program click here

 

* Itinerary  with  the  Finch Bay & Safari Camp (include all meals)

 

For itinerary & information on Pikaia Lodge click here (Must arrive to Lodge on Mondays)

 

For map of Galapagos click here

 

 

 

Not Included : US$ 100 Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park (must be paid in cash upon arrival) and US$20 Immigration card. Personal expenses, Insurance, Alcoholic beverages, Gratuities, International airfare.

 

Sample airfare: from Miami US$500-700, New York $700-900, Los Angeles 800-1000

 

 

 

 

 

Extension to Machu Picchu

 

(Applies to Galapagos programs only)

 

DAY 01 GALAPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL/LIMA:
Cruise ship arrive in Baltra or San Cristobal. Transfer to the airport for flight to Guayaquil  where you will be connecting  with flight to Lima. Reception and transfer to hotel Costa del Sol by Lima airport.
DAY 02 LIMA-CUZCO:
Walk to the domestic sector of Lima airport for flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco where you will be met and transfer to your hotel.  Afternoon city tour of Cuzco and the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)
DAY 03 CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU:
Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip with spectacular views of the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. (Optional overnight in Machu Picchu upon request). (B, L)
DAY 04 CUZCO:

Day at leisure to explore Cuzco on your own. Overnight at hotel selected. (B)

DAY 05 CUZCO-LIMA-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima where you will be connecting with your international flight.
Along with the souvenirs, you will carry memories of your journey through the Galapagos and Machu Picchu (B)

 

2017  LAND TOUR RATES (including airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima)

 

 

3 star hotels

4 star hotels

5 star hotels

Double

US$1,780

US$1,996

2,572

Triple

1,735

1,880

2,428

Single

2,293

2,491

2,996

 

NOT INCLUDED AIRFARE GUAYAQUIL-LIMA approximate cost US$450-550

3 stars hotels: Cuzco: Royal Inca or San Agustin Dorado

4 stars hotels: Cuzco: Posada Sonesta Cuzco

5 stars hotels: Cuzco: JW Marriot. (For hotel Monasterio Belmond -please add US$448 per person for double or triple, for Single add US$880)

 

Overnight in Machu Picchu available upon request. Add $556 per person for day excursion to Machu Picchu aboard the Orient Express service including 3 meals and drinks.

 

INCLUDING: Tips to porters at airports and ports (not at hotels); tours as mentioned in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking tour guides; Hotel accommodations for 4 nights including room taxes and service charges of 25% in Peru; round trip bus/train tickets to Machu Picchu (Vistadome) ; meals as noted B=Buffet Breakfast; all transfers to airport, hotel and ports; Airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima.

NOT INCLUDED: Other services not mentioned in itinerary; passport, visa, tourist car fees or insurance; departure taxes: USA departure taxes, Ecuador $32-48, Peru $30.25 (usually this dep. taxes are included in your international air ticket) ; $6.00 each domestic flight in Peru; tips to tour guides and drivers. Airfares from USA or airfare from Guayaquil to Lima.

DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS:US$250.00 per person at the time of booking. Full payment is due 45 days prior to departure (for the extension)

CANCELLATIONS: Please refer to General Conditions and Information.

INSURANCE: Not included. Available through Insure America, cost for this program starts at US$90-125. For further information, please have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours Inc.

 

EXTENSION TRAIN ECUADOR

Tours to Ecuador Train

 

Train of Wonders
Quito – Guayaquil |

4 days – 3 nights | Tuesday to Friday
Our journey begins in the northern Andes of Ecuador, in the valley of Otavalo, where we will discover traditional cultures, handicrafts, and modern export-class rose plantations. From Quito we will start our trip to the coast, first climbing to the Chimborazo volcano moorlands along the Avenue of Volcanoes.
The Mythical “Devil’s Nose” pass awaits with its vertiginous zig-zag. Riding along the Chanchán river canyon we leave the highlands behind. We cross a cloud forest, then ride along the tropical plantations to the end of our trip in Guayaquil. We reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean after 504 km or rail and a 12,000 ft. descent to the sea.

Day 1 – Tuesday
Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Quito
We depart Quito early in the morning for a one-and-a-half drive north. In Otavalo, home of a millenary market, a carefully restored steam engine awaits us. At a slow pace we will discover the many wonders hidden in this part of the country: musicians, painters, weavers and the skillful woodcarvers who keep the renowned Quito School style alive; After a tasting of traditional Andean cuisine and a visit to very special export-class rose plantation we return to Quito.

Day 2 – Wednesday
Quito – Urbina
We board our convoy at Quito Chimbacalle station and begin our journey south along the Avenue of Volcanoes. If the weather permits, you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the train –most extinct or dormant for centuries.
Here, the Andes range splits into two arms that run parallel down south. The fertile valley trapped between these stone walls hosts a treasure trove of biodiversity. From the comfort of our panoramic cars we watch the change of vegetation and landscape as we slowly climb the Andean highlands to Urbina, the highest point in our itinerary at 11,800 feet above sea level.
In the skirts of mount Chimborazo we meet the last ice-merchant and learn the story of his ancestral trade.

Day 3 – Thursday
Riobamba – The Devil’s Nose – Bucay
We depart Riobamba towards Colta, where the Spanish conquerors built their first settlement in Ecuador. We cross colorful quinoa fields painted in purples, yellows and reds, alternating with endemic species of flora and wildlife, indigenous settlements and the remains of ancient cultures.
We visit Guamote market, one of the last indigenous markets in the Andes, before continuing south towards the mythical Devil’s Nose pass. A vertiginous descent of 450metres zig zag takes us from the Andean highlands down towards the coastal plains.
We continue our descent along the narrow Chanchán river gorge and crossing an impressive cloud forest towrads the temperate city of Bucay.

Day 4 – Friday
Bucay – Guayaquil
The landscape changes again as the train leaves the tropical forest behind. Rice, sugar cane, pineapple and banana plantations pass before our eyes.
We have lunch at a traditional hacienda, where we can learn about the growing and harvesting of the best cocoa bean in the world.
Later, the steam engine whites its way across the fields towards the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the end of our trip in Guayaquil.

2017 RATES:
Standard $1450.00 per person (double acomodation)
Single Supplement $196.00

 

Train to the Clouds
Guayaquil to Quito

4 days – 3 nights | Sunday to Wednesday

In this journey on board Tren Crucero we climb 3600 metres in barely 450 km, experiencing one of the most dramatic changes in vegetation and scenery in the world. From the fertile plains in the coast we climb to the highlands in the Andes through the mythical Devil’s Nose pass. Riding across the Avenue of Volcanoes we reach Quito, Cultural World Heritage by UNESCO, to continue to Otavalo, amidst the Northern Andes, where we will explore the quichua culture, skills and traditions and have lunch in a very singular hacienda, amidst export-class roses. In the evening we return to Quito, where our services end.

Day 1 – Sunday
Duran – Yaguachi – Naranjito – Bucay
We depart from Durán in the coast early in the morning, our heritage convoy pulled by a vintage steam engine. We switch engines in Yaguachi and continue across rice, sugar cane, banana and pineapple plantations to Naranjito.
Lunch is served in a traditional hacienda, where we will learn about the best cocoa bean in the world and taste home-made chocolate. After a show of Montubio culture we continue our trip towards Bucay. If the day is clear, we will get tour first glimpse of the Andes in the distance.

Day 2 – Monday
Bucay – Huigra – The Devil’s Nose – Alausí – Colta – Riobamba
As we travel along the canyon of river Chanchán the vegetation and temperature change abruptly. The cloud forest clears out and the sparse vegetation of the highlands takes its place, while the stone walls of the Andes loom in the horizon.
The train makes a stop at Pistishi lookout, where we can get a good glimpse of the impressive feat of engineering ahead of us, before start the daunting climb of mythical Devil’s nose. After a 450 meter climb in barely 12 kilometers of dizzying zig zag the train finally reaches the quaint village of Alausi, in the Andes.
We continue our journey to Riobamba, crossing colorful quinoa fields. In Colta we visit the indigenous community of Palacio Real, where we learn about llama breeding.
We arrive in Riobamba pulled by a powerful steam engine, with time to visit the Train Station Artisans’ Square before heading to our hotel.

Day 3 – Tuesday
Riobamba – Urbina – Boliche – Quito
We depart for Urbina, the highest point in our itinerary at 3600m.a.s.l. There, in the eastern flanks of Chimborazo volcano awaits the last ice merchant, to tell the tale of his ancestral trade.
Then we ride north along the Avenue of Volcanoes, the fertile valley sheltered between the two arms of the Andes mountain range. In clear days you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the comfort of your seat. In the skirts of Cotopaxi volcano we will explore a singular Andean forest trail before continuing our ride towards Quito, with its UNESCO World Heritage old quarter.

Day 4 – Wednesday
Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Quito
Our journey continues to the Northern Andes. In Otavalo, home to a millenary market, we board the train, pulled by a lovingly restored steam engine. During the day we will discover the culture, traditions, music, gastronomy, paintings and the antique skill of woodcarving, learned from the renowned masters of the Quito carving school, back in the XVIIth century. After having lunch in a very singular hacienda, we head back to Quito and the end of our services.

2017 RATES:
Standard $1450. 00 per person (double acommodation)
Single Supplement $196.00

 

 

For questions or further information about these programs 

Have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours at 

1-800-327-0080 or e-mail us at:

reservations@taratours.com