6 Day Galapagos Express (Miami Special)

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This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from Miami via Avianca and may only be purchased with these flights.

Triples are not available for this package.

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.

Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.


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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. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Guayaquil, Guayaquil-Miami
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra- Guayaquil
  • 5 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 3 nights Galapagos Islands
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers
  • 8 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

Special Features

  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Tour the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn about their preservation goals
  • View the iconic Pinnacle Rock, a towering lava structure in Bartolomé Island
  • Explore areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions

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. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax or, explore the city’s many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Saturday - Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Charles Darwin Research Station
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 by ferry to Santa Cruz. Continue by bus to a tortoise reserve and see their natural habitat - a once in a lifetime experience! Tortoises can be seen grazing on the vegetation, wallowing in muddy banks or in the small red ponds. The area is teeming with wildlife - woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons, and gallinules. After a stop for lunch, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3, Sunday - Bartolomé Island
Travel by boat 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. View an astonishing array of wildlife including Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles and a huge variety of fish. After snorkeling and swimming, option for a steep hike to the summit of this diminutive island with fantastic panoramic views of the archipelago
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - North Seymour Island
Head by boat to North Seymour Island, that was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event. Cliffs that are only a few feet high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges and a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing. This island is teeming with life! You might have to give right-of-way to a passing sea lion or a marine iguana. Along the way, perhaps you may see the famous Galapagos blue-footed booby nesting beside the trail or, spot flocks of pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Keep on the lookout for the magnificent frigate bird, with its puffed-up scarlet throat sack, perched in low bushes watching over their chicks. Enjoy a visit to an isolated beach for a refreshing swim or, snorkel along the coast
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Flight to Guayaquil
This morning, on your way to Baltra, stop at Los Gemelos (twin sinkholes) to view the great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of the sinking ground, and the exceptional view of Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids. Then, proceed to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Afternoon arrival in this city considered to be the economic capital of Ecuador. Transfer to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade Malecon 2000, that spans the Guayas River. This area boasts museums, malls, gardens, restaurants and the first IMAX theatre in South America. In the evening, be sure to sample the local cuisine at some of the city's fabulous restaurants
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Depart Ecuador
Morning is at leisure to further explore this vibrant city. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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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
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, February 2018
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This is our first Gate1 tour. It was wonderful. I did the research before we went. The tour got a lot of compliments online and we are not disappointed. Our guide Daniel is phenomenal. He is absolutely wonderful. We are very happy with the tour and the service your company provided and can't wait to go back.

Niki H. Great Neck, NY
7 Day Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil & Quito, February 2018
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We had a fabulous trip, Galapagos is a wonderful place to visit and The Finch Bay Hotel is such a charming place with wonderful food. Love the hotel and also the yacht we used on one of the excursions, such an experience to have chefs cooking our lunch on the yacht. The guides and tour managers along the trip are all very nice and everything was arranged perfectly. The only thing is since we weren’t told whether we will have the same driver the next day or not, it’s hard for us to tip them and I think couple times we miss the tipping opportunities. I am planning on taking another trip with my kids to see the other islands of Galapagos and I have told all my friends about our wonderful trip with Gate 1. We have had 5 trips with Gate1 and looking forward to go on more adventures with your company in the future.

Ching L. Newtown Sq, PA
12 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador, January 2018
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Trip to Ecuador was fabulous, surpassed all my expectations. I KNEW that the Galapagos would be great but I had few expectations for the remainder of the trip. Marcelo was our guide for the mainland--he was the best guide I've ever had on a Gate 1 Tour (or any other tour for that matter). The guides on the Galapagos were great too. Wonderful all the way around.

Carole J. Avondale Est, GA
5 Day Amazon Express, January 2018
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It was my first trip with Gate 1 and went beyond any acceptation !!! Very well organized , everything was perfect and Daniel our tour guide was beyond any expectations. The professionalism, knowledge, and overall pleasantness he showed was amazing. Hope any future trips with Gate 1 has tour guides as wonderful as Daniel was.

Dobroslawa T. Brooklyn, NY
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2018
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It was great. As is to be expected, I liked some locations better than others but it was a wonderful experience. And our guide was awesome!

Julie M. Harrisburg, PA
10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, December 2017
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The Ecuador tour was outstanding, Wilson Tituana was an excellent guide. He gave us considerable information about Ecuador, advice on restaurants, shopping and the use of our free time. Wilson looked after our security and safety that was above and beyond what was expected. Wilson explained the dynamics of Ecuadorean society and culture and its people. The driver, Israel, inspired our confidence and extended himself in managing our luggage and comfort. I was delighted with the tour and will recommend it to my traveling friends.

Wilma L. Valley Stream, NY

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