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Ecuador & Galapagos Adventure (10 days)

Rico Tours - Central & South America + Cuba

Quito, Ecuador To Ibarra, Ecuador

Valid for Departures Now Through: 02 Apr 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena None

Arrival in Quito – Private transfer upon arrival. A guided activity will take place exploring the historic downtown area of Quito prior to dinner.

Day 2
Quito, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge None

Transfer to Mashpi Lodge - depart Quito for the 3.5 hour drive to Mashpi Lodge. After checking in, you will meet the naturalist guides and embark on an evening excursion.

Day 3
San Miguel De Los Bancos, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge None

Exploring Mashpi Lodge - Today you have a full day to experience as many excursions as possible at Mashpi Lodge.

Day 4
San Miguel De Los Bancos, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena None

Transfer back to Quito - you will have the morning at Mashpi Lodge for an excursion before driving back to Quito and spending a second night at Casa Gangotena

Day 5
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Safari Camp None

Quito to the Galapagos - an early morning transfer to the Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos. Upon arrival, check into GSC and afternoon tour of the Highland Tortoise Reserve adjacent to the camp.

Day 6
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Safari Camp None

Full Day on Santa Cruz Island - you will explore the al a carte excursions provided by Galapagos Safari Camp today on their home island of Santa Cruz.

Day 7
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Safari Camp None

Day Yacht Trip to North Seymour Island - today you will venture by day yacht to North Seymour Island, where Blue Footed Boobies begin their courtship. You will also snorkel in the channel and visit Las Bachas beach.

Day 8
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta None

Galapagos to Hacienda Zuleta - fly from Galapagos back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, it is a 90-minute transfer to Hacineda Zuleta. You will arrive in time to explore the property and have a welcome dinner.

Day 9
Ibarra, Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta None

Hacienda Zuleta - today we have a full day to experience as many excursions as possible at Hacienda Zuleta.

Day 10
Ibarra, Ecuador
None None

Additional morning activities at Hacienda Zuleta. Transfer will be provided from Hacienda Zuleta to the Quito airport according to your flight departure time.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Experience the best areas in Ecuador and enjoy unique and luxurious accommodations along the way. This program is the perfect introduction to Ecuador! There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy wildlife and nature. You will also have time to explore the fascinating history and top notch culinary scene in Quito.

About Us

Rico Tours offers custom itineraries in Central America, South America and Cuba. In Central America, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, and Honduras are our specialty. In South America, we specialize in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil. At Rico Tours, we believe your travel should be comfortable and enriching. That is why we custom design each of our itineraries to cater to each traveler's needs. We take care of every detail, from ground transfers, domestic air, private charters, hotels, villas, rental cars, tours, volunteer opportunities, and more.

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Terms & Conditions

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Highly Recommend

By: Geneva


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2014

I highly recommend Rico Tours-Custom Itineraries. We knew what we were going to be doing at all times, not a step was missed. Everything was set up and done exactly like the itinerary said. Never did I have to question what to do next or with whom I was suppose to be meeting. Great job, thank you.

Highly Recommend

By: Jesse


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2014

fantastic trip, accomodations were excellent, arrangements were smooth.

Nicely Done

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2014

All our transfers and arrangements were seamless.  All the drivers were personable, very informative and just really nice folks.  Thanks for making all the arrangements and making this such an easy vacation for us!
Travel Advisor:  Peg Aikman

Month in Costa Rica

By: WilliamsonFamofFive


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2014

Rico Tours is definitely the 'go-to' tour operator for travel to Costa Rica. We didn't realize this before we set out on our adventure with 3 kids ages 11, 9 & 6 for a month in CR, but while we were conversing with owners of hotels & other excursion operators they all said that Rico Tours has been in CR for a long time and has a great reputation. We would certainly recommend utilizing their expertise on future trips back to CR, or to anybody who is considering travel throughout the country. Pura Vida!
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Rico = Reco

By: ManhattanTravelers


Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2014

Our transportation services thru Rico Tours (Jacamar) was top notch. The drivers were very knowledgeable and articulate. They were on time and the vehicles were clean and cool. Our transfers ended up being more informative and fun than I would have expected.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

Pleasant drivers

By: MWS


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2015

It was wonderful to be greeted at the Panama City airport by your pleasant driver and driven to the beautiful Waldorf Astoria. We enjoyed our gorgeous room and the delicious breakfast. Another very pleasant driver drove us from the Wind Spirit's Costa Rica port to the San Jose airport.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Fairvalley

Made the experience person

By: CSPand


Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2015

Rico Tours was great! They utilized Jacamar tours in Costa Rica and everything went off without a hitch. All their recommendations were just as communicated.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Expert service

By: P&C15


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2015

Very happy with the itinerary by Rico Tours. They clearly know Costa Rica and it shows.
Travel Advisor:  Randie Rosenberg

Excellent service

By: erino405


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2015

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and all of our excursions and transfers were excellent. The excursions were particularly fun--we went ziplining, white water rafting, and jetskiing. All of our guides were top rate--especially Tom with Wave Excursions in La Fortuna!

Super friendly!

By: GBay21


Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2015

Very helpful and super friendly drivers. Showed you things that you wouldn't have noticed. Vacation was perfect!

Rico

By: Claudaisia


Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2016

Rico did a good job putting together the accomodations and travel side of the trip. They chose great hotels for our needs and budget and the transportation company was really great, prompt, friendly, helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Socha

Great recommendations

By: Mary08


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2016

Their selections for lodging and tours were perfect for our family. Negotiating the inclusion of the buffet breakfast was a real plus for us.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Aras

Every detail thought through

By: MaryDG


Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2016

Rico Tours moved my husband and I from Belize City to the Cayo District... from Belmopan to San Pedro... from San Pedro to Belize City -- all of these transfers and flights were super smooth and easy. There were no hiccups and our honeymoon went off without a hitch. The group seemed very knowledgeable of the properties, and made great recommendations for us!
Travel Advisor:  Katherine Gould

Well Planned Out

By: JJantz


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2016

Rico Tours handled the booking of our recent Costa Rica trip through Brownell Travel. The itinerary was well laid out and we didn't have to worry about anything. The transportation was a major part of this trip and we had great service every time. Very friendly and knowledgeable drivers! The itinerary came well laid out to us and we just focused on the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Amazing!

By: Megan


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

We had an amazing experience with Rico Tours! Everything went off so smoothly, and the excursions were high quality and well worth the price. Our drivers were always knowledgeable and friendly, and made the trip so much fun for us!
Travel Advisor:  Katherine Gould

Helpful clean transfers

By: Bibi


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

We used them only for transfers from airport to hotel and back in Nicaragua. The vehicle was clean and the guide was very nice. He spoke excellent English and had good knowledge of the area.
Travel Advisor:  Betsey Brown

Costa Rica Tour Experiences

By: Meredith L.


Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2017

Rico Tours did a great job with our itinerary with only a few pitfalls. We had an issue upon arrival with our drivers knowing where our hotel was, but that was easily fixed. We did three tours and were picked up each day right on time or early! All the tour operators and especially our private guides were wonderful. Their English was fantastic, they were friendly and outgoing and they were knowledgeable of the country. We had fantastic experiences!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett

All good

By: Charman


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2017

Everything went well and according to plan.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Cowell

Belize family getaway

By: Stacey


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2017

We worked with Rico Tours to plan a family trip to Belize. They are knowledgable about the area and helped coordinate everything with our hotel. We loved the travel itinerary package they sent to us before the trip. It was filled with a ton of insights about what to pack and what to expect when arriving in Belize. Our travel advisor (Courtney) and Rico Tours also helped get us quickly rebooked with local transport due to our outgoing flight delay. It was a HUGE headache that we didn't have to deal with - especially when internet service can be spotty in Belize. I'd highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Amazing Cuban Trip

By: Jay


Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2017

Excellent service - literally everything was arranged - from our touchdown at Jose Marti Airport to all of the tours and meals. Alejandro our guide and Emilio our driver were fabulous. And we highly recommend the Kempinski Hotel - great service and amazing daiquiris.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Lamb

Rico Tours

By: Mary


Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

i would recommend Rico Tours. Our accommodations were lovely, and the service was excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney

Wonderful Service

By: BK


Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

The Rico team was great and they were very knowledgeable. The vans were nice, they provided water during the journey, and would take time to show us wildlife when they spotted it.
Travel Advisor:  Gena Stoll

Costa Rica trip

By: AV


Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2018

Awesome and professional
Travel Advisor:  Jeffrey Audley

Poor Communicator when Issues Came Up

By: Andrew


Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2018

If we hadn't had the weather closure of one of our lodges during our trip I'd be fully satisfied with Rico Tours. The operators they scheduled were pros and good. However, due to large amounts of rain, one of our lodges closed kicking off a frustrating chain of events that wasted half a day in follow up questions that we shouldn't have had to ask. The communications were simply unacceptable and unprofessional. We would ask a question and get a 2 word answer with no details leaving us to guess what we needed to ask. The cancellation resulted in replacing a raft in/out wilderness lodge with miles of on site hiking for a luxury spa hotel that was NOT remotely in line with our preferences. We wanted on site hiking, off the beaten bath and instead got parked in overcrowded Manuel Antonio with no on site activities other than bars and pools. Because of the poor communications we cut our losses and took it, but missed the part of the trip we were most looking forward to.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Upton

Overall a good experience

By: JLK


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Outside of the transportation and one tour, we didn't have much interaction with Rico Tours. I think they could have been a little more helpful in choosing what to do, but I also appreciated not being "sold" on everything.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Fairvalley

Rico Tours

By: SteveB


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2018

Rico tours was excellent! They made our vacation in Costa Rica the best we ever had. 5 stars all the way.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Antenucci
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By: Aeb


Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2018

We had a wonderful time. Everything was set up perfectly. Our transportation always arrived on time and our guides were Friendly and knowledgeable.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Well run tours!

By: Nicole


Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

Everything was well planned and we were taken care of daily!
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

A Trip of a Lifetime

By: Martha


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2018

Sue arranged a trip for may daughter and her son, the first time they had traveled by themselves and they have labelled it "A Trip of a Lifetime". Every detail was planned from meals to transportation and the trip was flawless. Sue accommodated all our needs and was very responsive to us. She was a delight to work with and I look forward to planning my next adventure with Sue. I will never use another travel advisor.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

High quality and personalized tours

By: ktpatt


Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2018

Rico tours booked us extremely high quality tours, hotels, and transfers. I want to highlight the private, VIP touches that Rico booked for us during our time in Costa Rica. One of the curveballs we threw them was an extended family wedding in the middle of our vacation. This wedding was located nowhere near our desired destination resort properties. Rather than compromise on what we wanted to see and do in Costa Rica, Rico Tours booked us a private driver and guide for the day we needed to get from Point A to Point B. The resulting 7 hour drive was one of the highlights of our trip. We had a private drive through Guanacaste in a very nice, spotless SUV with a guide who seemed to know everything about Costa Rican nature, history, and culture. Having a private guide for the day was not something we would have booked for ourselves, but was such a great value given all that we learned and experienced with him. Highly recommend Rico Tours
Travel Advisor:  Julie Snyder

Pura Vida

By: Felici H


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

Our tours can be summed up with the Costa Rica motto Pura Vida. This company and all the people of Costa Rica we had the pleasure of meeting truly understand customer satusfication.
Travel Advisor:  Diana Dopson