9 or 12 days
Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, San Cristóbal Island; extension to Riobamba

Your perspective on the world evolves when you walk in Darwin's footsteps on this fascinating archipelago.

On Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal islands, observe the giant tortoises, finches and mockingbirds that helped solidify Darwin's theory of evolution. On mainland Ecuador, the discoveries are more culturally oriented at Quito's Independence Plaza, the Intiñan Museum and Otavalo.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit Santo Domingo Monastery

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum

  • Day 3: Quito • Baltra Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Fly to Baltra Island

    Visit the Twin Craters and the Lava Tunnels

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to see wild tortoises

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Day 4: Santa Cruz Island • Isabela Island

    Travel by boat to Isabela Island

    Visit a pink flamingo habitat

    Visit a tortoise breeding center

    Take a boat excursion to the Tintoreras Lava Islet

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 5: Isabela Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

    Go swimming at Las Grietas canyon

    Visit the Playa de los Alemanes Beach

  • Day 6: Santa Cruz Island • San Cristóbal Island

    Travel by boat to San Cristóbal Island

    Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center 

    Hike Tijeretas Hill 

    Go snorkeling at La Loberia Beach

  • Day 7: San Cristóbal Island • Quito

    Enjoy free time in the morning on San Cristóbal Island 

    Fly to Quito

  • Day 8: Quito • Otavalo • Depart for home

    Take a day trip to Otavalo

    Explore the local market

    Visit a waterfall in Cotacachi

  • Day 9: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Quito • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba

    Visit the Baños hot springs

  • Day 10: Riobamba • Guamote

    Take a day trip to Guamote

    Participate in a cultural exchange with a local community

  • Day 11: Riobamba • Guamote • Quito • Depart for home

    Participate in a second day of cultural exchange

    Travel to Quito

  • Day 12: Arrive home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit Santo Domingo Monastery

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum

  • Day 3: Quito • Baltra Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Fly to Baltra Island

    Visit the Twin Craters and the Lava Tunnels

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to see wild tortoises

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Day 4: Santa Cruz Island • Isabela Island

    Travel by boat to Isabela Island

    Visit a pink flamingo habitat

    Visit a tortoise breeding center

    Take a boat excursion to the Tintoreras Lava Islet

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 5: Isabela Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

    Go swimming at Las Grietas canyon

    Visit the Playa de los Alemanes Beach

  • Day 6: Santa Cruz Island • San Cristóbal Island

    Travel by boat to San Cristóbal Island

    Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center 

    Hike Tijeretas Hill 

    Go snorkeling at La Loberia Beach

  • Day 7: San Cristóbal Island • Quito

    Enjoy free time in the morning on San Cristóbal Island 

    Fly to Quito

  • Day 8: Quito • Otavalo • Depart for home

    Take a day trip to Otavalo

    Explore the local market

    Visit a waterfall in Cotacachi

  • Day 9: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Quito • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba

    Visit the Baños hot springs

  • Day 10: Riobamba • Guamote

    Take a day trip to Guamote

    Participate in a cultural exchange with a local community

  • Day 11: Riobamba • Guamote • Quito • Depart for home

    Participate in a second day of cultural exchange

    Travel to Quito

  • Day 12: Arrive home

Interested in learning more about this tour?

Refer a friend or colleague to EF and we’ll thank you with $1,000. Learn more

Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach; Internal flights; Boat

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (10 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily; 3 meals on days 3-6

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director; comprehensive sightseeing of natural attractions

  • Entrances

    Santo Domingo Monastery; Intiñan Museum; Charles Darwin Research Station; artisan's workshop

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

Guaranteed lowest price

Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
Hm... We couldn't find ^text^. Check your spelling or try searching by city or state.
      No dates available for this month
      $3,535*
      View details

      Price is valid for students under the age of 20 at the time of travel that room in triples and quads. Minimum participation is required. Change and cancellation fees of up to the total price will apply. Applicable airline baggage fees are not included and can be found at www.eftours.com/baggage. Program price is valid today only.

      Price displayed includes a $200 Early Enrollment Discount; restrictions apply. To determine if you qualify, please contact your Tour Consultant. Discount is only valid for tours departing between 10/1/2020 and 9/30/2021.

      Z