9 Day Ecuador with 4 Day Northern Galapagos Cruise

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Horizon Deck Explorer
Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
MV Santa Cruz II
Hilton Colon Quito Quito
Expedition Deck Explorer
Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
MV Santa Cruz II
Hilton Colon Quito Quito

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito.

Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 9 and will require a transfer on Day 8. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.

Dry landing: Passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.

Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.


Accommodation Details:
Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on this program.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

Special Features

  • Discover Guayaquil, a sprawling and vivacious city with striking architecture
  • Visit Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region
  • Journey to the "beginning of time" as you travel to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago
  • Snorkel/Swim on magnificent white sand beaches with astounding marine life
  • Observe areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, Galapagos penguins and sea lions
  • Visit Buccaneer Cove, once an important site for 17th and 18th century sailors
  • Explore Quito with its treasures of art and architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city's many museums, botanical gardens or stroll along the lively riverfront promenade
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Sunday - Guayaquil City Tour & Parque Historico
Your discovery of Guayaquil begins at the main square, with its stirring memorial to the Heroes of the Independence, symbolizing the triumph of the Republic against the Spanish. Continue to Seminario Park (Parque de las Iguanas), a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo-Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower and La Rotonda Monument. Continue to the lovely riverside Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill where the city was founded in the 16th century. Continue to Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday - Baltra, Las Bachas - Santa Cruz Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the "beginning of time" as you transfer to the airport for the flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport, meet your naturalist guides and transfer to the pier to board the M/V Santa Cruz II. Lunch on board with time to settle in before this afternoon's excursion to Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island's north shore. Here, enjoy the delightful white sand beach with briny lagoons just a few steps from the sea, a feeding ground for various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Tonight, a welcome cocktail on board with a briefing by a naturalist guide on tomorrow's exciting activities followed by dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Buccaneer Cove, Puerto Egas (James Bay) - Santiago Island
Awake early and get ready for the thrilling explorations that lie ahead on Santiago Island. Discover the extraordinary cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, once an important site for 17th and 18th-century sailors, now home to large numbers of marine birds, sea lions, and adorable Galapagos fur seals. View the amazing natural formations including Elephant Rock, the Bishop, and a remarkable natural cave. Swim along the rocky shoreline or, snorkel in the company of friendly marine turtles. Later, on the trails at Puerto Egas, you view land and marine birds in this landscape of tuff-stone layers with Sally lightfoot crabs roaming the lava rocks. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds next to colonies of fur sea lions. Enjoy dinner and evening at leisure
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Rábida and Bartolomé Island
A morning panga ride takes you along the jagged shores to Rábida Island with its volcanic rocks surrounding a striking red sand beach. Your walk brings you close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and several species of Darwin's famous finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond seasonally hosts migrating flamingos. Try snorkeling at this beach, a perfect place to learn! Experienced snorkelers will appreciate the exceptional combination of underwater marine life and submarine landscapes. After lunch, travel to the golden beaches of Bartolomé Island, dominated by the iconic Pinnacle Rock, an impressive towering lava structure that rises from the ocean's edge. After snorkeling and swimming, a chance to ride on a glass bottom boat with incredible views of the underwater life. Later, option for a steep hike to the summit of this diminutive island with fantastic panoramic views of the archipelago. In the evening after dinner, attend a briefing by a naturalist guide
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Prince Philip's Steps, Darwin Bay - Genovesa Island
Start the day with a steep hike (90 feet) up Prince Philip's Steps, named in recognition of Prince Philip's visit to the Galapagos in 1964. Atop the flat rocky plateau, observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. Alternatively, panga rides are available along the cliffs (conditions permitting). After relaxing on board, afternoon visit to Darwin Bay, a coral beach that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted along with tidal pools where sea lions swim. An easy stroll takes you to an observation area to view hundreds of birds, including gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Tonight, a fond farewell to your newfound friends on this last night on board your Galapagos Cruise
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Baltra Island, Depart for Quito
Disembarkation at Baltra Island. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito through Guayaquil. Arrive late afternoon in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this charming city independently
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 9 and will require a transfer on Day 8. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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12 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador, February 2019
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We had an amazing time. The Galapagos were extraordinary and our nature guides (Valentin and Jose) were terrific. Ecuador was also wonderful and again we had an amazing guide. Santiago took very good care of us ... We look forward to another Gate 1 adventure in the future.

Julie R. Dublin, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, February 2019
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The trip was wonderful. Gate 1 has done it again - provided a great tour, just the right amount of activities, wonderful and varied accommodations, and a superb guide - all for a reasonable price. Antonio, the guide, was wonderful - knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and had a nice sense of humor. Kudos all around!

Nancy H. Portsmouth, NH
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise - Horizon Deck Explorer, February 2019
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It was beyond expectation and ran so smoothly it was scary. We kept waiting for a hiccup around the corner and it never happened! Our tour guide in Guayaquil was Fernando and he was great. Our Naturalist on board the Santa Cruz II was Sebastian and he was fantastic beyond belief. Our tour guide in Quito was extra special. Everyone met us at the appointed time. This is our 3rd trip with Gate 1 and most assuredly is not our last. We have mentioned your company to dozens of people and will continue to do so.

Bob D. Marco Island, FL
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2019
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It was fantastic! From the iguanas in Galápagos to the monkeys in the jungle, from the volcanoes to the coast, it was all so awesome! Our guide, Antonio, was the best and went beyond his duty to make everything perfect! He made the trip even better. What a wonderful adventure this was!

Sandy G. Palatka, FL
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, January 2019
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Our trip was great. We loved Ecuador and all the different adventures we had there. Great tour guide (Santiago) and very capable bus driver (Omar) made the trip very comfortable for all.

Christine T. Downers Grove, IL
5 Day Amazon Express, December 2018
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It was a really good trip. Our guide Leonardo and driver Omar were fantastic. Leonardo was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and made sure we were comfortable throughout the trip. The bus driver was great as well. We would definitely consider going on similar trips with them in the future.

Rachna T. Martin, TN
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, December 2018
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It was a great trip. We saw and experienced so much. Our tour manager, Javier, is the best. He was extremely well organized, knowledgeable, super friendly, calm and level headed ... And our bus driver, Israel, was the best. He’s obviously well versed in the terrain and geography of Ecuador. They are a great team.

Patrick C. Washington, DC
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, November 2018
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Ohh man, where do I start? It was one of my most unforgettable trips ever. The accommodations are excellent, the staff treated us like real VIP's and their cuisine is very good as well. The outdoor activities were so much fun. In particular was the Canopy park, the obstacle courses that we have to go through. And our tour guide Carlos, he was very attentive to all our needs. He was very patient and he has a great sense of humor too. And our driver, Italo, he never gets tired. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give it a 12. Thank you Gate 1 for a wonderful experience.

Racquel B. Vallejo, CA
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, October 2018
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I had a lovely experience. I was originally looking for something a little more ‘energetic’, but was quick to embrace the thoughtful, relaxed, educational and enthusiastic pace of our ‘senior’ group. Our guide, Marcelo, was amazing. Very knowledgeable and an awesome ambassador for Ecuador's culture and people.

Christian B. Henderson, NV
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, October 2018
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Our trip was amazing. Our guide Giovanna was so professional, knowledgeable, polite and willing to help in any way she could. We fell in love with Ecuador. It was perfectly planned. The best trip we ever had.

Dina K. Brooklyn, NY
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, October 2018
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We loved Ecuador and the hotels that were booked. Great guide (Leonardo) and driver (Italo). Leo even helped us the day after our trip was over and was very much appreciated since we have limited Spanish. We can't say enough good things about our rooms each night, as all were different but each was very nice, clean, the staff was nice, etc.

Holly M. Tamarac, FL
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, October 2018
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It was amazing! Everything I could have hoped for and more. Eduardo (our guide) was fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable. He made sure we were well taken care of while also being an absolute joy to be around. This was my third Gate 1 trip and my family's first. I was able to let them know with the utmost confidence that there wouldn't be any confusion trying to find the group or knowing where we are supposed to go. They understood as soon as we landed and they met Eduardo. Each day somehow topped the day before. All of the accommodations were wonderful and our guides in the Amazon were wonderful. Ecuador is so beautiful and I am very excited that I was able to go. Can't wait for the next one!!

Angela B. Charlotte, NC
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, August 2018
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Overall excellent. Marco is an excellent tour guide with deep knowledge and passion for the job. He is also articulate in English and worked very hard to please each member of the tour.

Irving M. Ontario, CA
14 Day Ecuador with 4 Day Western Galapagos Cruise, May 2018
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It was a fantastic trip! I cannot stop raving about our experiences on the Santa Cruz 11 and the Galapagoes. Our land tour in Ecuador was also terrific. Our tour guide, Antonio, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and extremely helpful and caring. Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.

Rita M. Woodland Hills, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , May 2018
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Hello Carolyn, The trip was outstanding, thank you! It was truly the experience of a lifetime with a wonderful guide, Wilson, who could not have done more to make it an exceptional trip. The locations, interactions with locals, food, transportation, and accommodations were all fabulous and I would highly recommend Ecuador to anyone!

Leeanna W. Media, PA
6 Day Galapagos Express, May 2018
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The trip was fantastic. Gate 1, once again, did a great job of putting it all together for us. The Galápagos Islands are quite an adventure. We loved every minute of it. Looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip!

Jessica C. Scarsdale, NY
5 Day Amazon Express, April 2018
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Ecuador 5 Day Trip. Our guide was great, the sites were awesome and the food was delicious. Looking foward to my next Gate 1 Tour Trip!

Dennis B. Savannah, GA
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, April 2018
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It was awesome!!!!! Wilson Tituana was amazing. He is knowledgeable, smart & took good care of us. His love and passion for his country made me fall in love with Ecuador. I will recommend this tour too all of my friends and family. And I will definitely return.

Julia R. Hazlet, NJ
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, April 2018
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Fantastic. Daniel was the best tour guide I have ever had. He made the trip exciting. Intelligent, witty, he understood American culture. His love of his country was refreshing. An amazing trip with the best guide. I call that a winner.

Lorna D. Homosassa, FL
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2018
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A fantastic journey to the Galapagos and Ecuador and the Amazon - feel very fortunate to be able to undertake such an adventure. Everything went extremely well - our guide Paul, was exceptional - a talented man with much patience to guide us along the 12 day journey. All accommodations and meals were fantastic - all the drivers, managers, and local guides were truly remarkable. Much was included in this very exciting trip - so glad to have been able to see and experience this amazing country. Enjoyed every moment! Looking forward to future experiences with Gate 1.

Rich P. Buffalo, NY
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise, April 2018
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We had a marvelous time on our Galapagos trip The ship was very nice, and we saw so many animals. We loved the snorkeling and kayaking and all the hikes. We also enjoyed Guayaquil and Quito and both our city guides were excellent. We invited two couples who were first-time travelers with Gate1 to go with us, and you made us very proud! All 6 of us loved the trip!

Carla B. Conroe, TX
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, March 2018
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I must say that it was truly marvelous. It exceeded all my expectations and was an amazing experience. The tour guide Jose Naranho, the hotels, the food everything was excellent . I am glad we chose Ecuador, a country with friendly people, Amazon, Rain forest, Cloud forest, Andes mountains and more. The hikes, the motorized canoe trip, the primitive raft experience, the Devil’s Nose train rider etc were wonderful. This is definitely one of the, if not the best trips of my life.

Ananda C. Richmond Hill, ON, CA
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, March 2018
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GREAT! Although the tour was a bit more physically demanding than I expected, it was still great. Our tour guide, Daniel, took care of all of us making sure we all felt special. We were able to see/experience more than we expected.

Vicki S. Boulder, CO
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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Thank you very much team at Gate 1. This trip to Ecuador was very memorable. In such a short time we've seen so much beautiful places. Our tur manager Marcelo - very knowledgeable about country and history. We are ready for a next trip.

Jolanta F. Mississauga, ON, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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I don't know where to begin because our vacation was the BEST ever!! From the destination to the tour guide, Wilson, to the driver, Daniel....Excellent!!! We got free drinks from Danny every night which was fantastic. Hotels and restaurants picked by Gate 1 were immaculate. Beautiful country...we had an awesome time ...THANK YOU Gate 1 for a unique experience. Once again a very special thanks to Wilson our guide...he is the BEST! He was knowledgeable and fun. Made us laugh and learn. Daniel was a safe and efficient driver who got us to our destination in time. We will never forget this amazing experience and great friends that we acquired on this trip.

Nitil P. Odessa, FL
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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Best trip EVER!!! It was spectacular! I can't say enough wonderful things about our tour manager, Wilson! He was amazing and made the trip extra special... his passion for Ecuador was contagious!

Christine L. Philadelphia, PA
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise, March 2018
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As with all of our past Gate 1 trips, the Galapagos trip was fantastic. Great weather, great sights, etc. On a scale of 1 to 10 this trip was a 15! The 7 days on the Santa Cruz II were wonderful....food, service, multiple daily excursions to 10 islands, deep water snorkeling, hiking, etc. The interaction with the wildlife - and the photo opportunities - on the uninhabited islands is beyond description.

Rob W. Rochester, NY
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise, March 2018
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Our trip to the Galápagos Islands was fantastic. The ship, the staff and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The guides in Guayaquil and Quito were excellent and the hotels were good too. We look forward to more trips with Gate One.

Janice H. Yonkers, NY
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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Thank you. We had a WONDERFUL trip. Our tour guide & bus driver was amazing. This was our first guided trip and far exceeded our expectations.

Gary D. Galax, VA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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We had a fabulous trip to Ecuador. So happy with the service and all the arrangements that were made for us. Our tour manager, Marco, was fantastic and we can't say enough good things about him. He was exceptional.. We loved the country and couldn't believe how much we were able to see in such a short time . We will definitely use Gate 1 travel in the future and have already passed along to our friends what a great value you provide.

Linda M.
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu, February 2018
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Our trip was outstanding. Quite the adventure! Our guides, Celso in Ecuador and Mauricio in Peru, were fabulous. Their knowledge, patience, and attitude were all great. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The hotels were luxurious.

Joan B. Alexandria, VA
5 Day Amazon Express, February 2018
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We had a great time. No problems, great guide, and the weather was better than expected. We will be using gate 1 for all future travel.

Michele F. Burlington, ON, CA

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