Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Read Travel Consultant, Jason Mayo’s first hand recommendations for combining an inland landscape tour with an island cruise. Experience incredible scenery and diverse wildlife on your Ecuador to Galapagos Islands Tour.
Quito Ecuador – The Middle of the World
Quito, Ecuador is the perfect starting point for any Ecuador to Galapagos Islands Tour. The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Quito was the incredible highland landscapes of Ecuador. If you drive through the city you’ll see the lights illuminating all the nooks and ridges of the mountains – it is stunning. My initial impression of Ecuador was that its true charm was in the beautiful landscapes.
Quito is known as the Middle of The World. This is a must-see tourist destination, which is both interesting but fun. People are particularly intrigued by the fact that the water rotates clockwise just one meter from the equator, the counter-clockwise on the other side of the equator and then on the equator the water does not rotate at all. This is a question I’ve been asked since I initially moved to South America, and luckily I have finally put that question to bed. Fun Fact, you can also balance an egg on a flat surface; pretty exciting revelations!
While Quito is a beautiful city to visit, it is also the perfect stopover city on your way to the Galapagos Islands.
Keep in mind, when you arrive at the Galapagos’ Baltra airport, it is deceptive. Yes, the water is beautiful, but I was left wondering, “how is this such a hotbed of wildlife with the land being so dry?” However, you will quickly be overwhelmed by the amount and diversity of wildlife here. Literally, every step I encountered different animals ranging from tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, flamingoes, and that is just a fraction of the animals. My favorite part of the trip was the snorkeling. The colors and variety of the fish were astonishing. Do not miss out on snorkeling during your Ecuador to Galapagos Islands tour.
The beauty of an Ecuador to Galapagos tour is that you can pair your travels with a short cruise. We offer 4 different Galapagos Islands Coral Cruises that range from 4-5 nights. My cruise experience was spectacular and incredibly well organized. The guides were knowledgeable, the food was delicious, and the schedule was a perfect balance of activities and downtime. Don’t be surprised if you meet a lot of friendly travelers on the boat. This is a great opportunity to share your own South America traveling tails. By the end of my trip, everyone was chatting as if they’d known each other for much longer than four days and we cherished sharing this magical experience together.
After your cruise, you most likely you will not want your Ecuador to Galapagos tour to end. Continue exploring the Ecuador mainland by train. I highly recommend taking the Devil’s Nose Train ride to Cuenca. Take the train to Cuenca, Ecuador and visit The Heart of Ecuador. The colonial architecture combined with nature the numerous rivers that run through the city makes for a wonderful city to spend a couple of days in. Read about the Best Things To Do in Cuenca Ecuador.
Looking back at my time in Ecuador, I am very nostalgic. And while the Galapagos was one of the most amazing places I had ever visited, some of the best memories came from the Ecuador mainland as well. I would highly recommend an Ecuador to Galapagos Islands Tour for your next travel destination!
If you’d like to go on the perfect combination tour from Ecuador to Galapagos Islands, talk to one of our travel consultants. We will show you how to combine the best Ecuador Mainland tour with a Galapagos Islands Cruise.