The lodging in Guayaquil or Quito, before embarcarte to the Galápagos

Because most flights arrive in Ecuador in the evening, visitors usually have to stay in Quito or Guayaquil for at least one overnight before continuing on to the Galapagos.

There are lots of high quality hotels in both Quito and Guayaquil.

Besides the large standard hotels in both Quito and Guayaquil there are also a number of smaller family operated lodgings.

Although these hotels typically lack some the amenities of the larger hotels, they often more than make up for this with a much higher degree of cultural and personal experience.

Often times the owners will greet you in person and this enables you to meet and get to know “real Ecuadorians” – very atypical in most of the larger hotels.

There is a brand new international airport in Quito, which is located outside the city.

You can take a tour of Quito’s incredibly beautiful churches, shop at the world famous Otavalo Market, hike a volcano, visit a cloud forest, go whitewater rafting, travel to the Amazon region, and/or visit the equator line where you can see scientific experiments that can only be performed on the Equator.

The majority of companies operating tours in the Galápagos and many of the mainland hotels will arrange for transfers between the airport and hotels on the mainland for their clients, making it extremely convenient after a day of travel.

Check with the agency that booked your tour or your hotel to find out whether there is an additional charge for this service.

You can ask about this services in our Travel Agency in Ecuador, Galasam.