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About Galapagos Islands and NYE Adventure

Fulfill your Travel Bucket List dreams this year! Be awed by exotic and unique scenery, have the rare opportunity to experience wildlife up close, and relax on some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. See all the Galapagos has to offer, with ease, safety and fun in the hands of STI’s expert, local guide.  With your own room, and all meals included, and all the top-rated attractions – you simply won’t find a better value for the Galapagos!

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Few people are fortunate enough to see the unique and distinctive wildlife of the Galapagos other than seeing them on the Discovery Channel.  Now is the time to cross the Galapagos off your bucket list.  Travel with other equally curious and adventurous singles on our journey of a lifetime!

The Galapagos Islands lie 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. During our visit, we will quickly understand why Spanish pirates named them “The Enchanted Islands”. Adventure lovers will be amazed by the Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises, Iguanas, and more endemic species that interact with visitors every day. Foodies will be treated to the freshest seafood and delicious South American cuisine.  And everyone will fall in love with the unique endemic plants, volcanic terrain and gorgeous beaches.

This carefully planned journey will take us to the best destinations in the Galapagos Islands, to see the top-rated attractions and spend our evenings on the most populated islands, San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. We’ll see wildlife closer than we ever thought possible! Sea lions, giant tortoises, pelicans, iguanas, and more interact with visitors daily. The endemic fauna and volcanic island rock formations provide so many incredible landscapes that we’ll have a hard time putting our cameras down.

Inclusive Features of our Up Close and Personal, Land Tour of the Galapagos:

  • 6 Nights Accommodations at Hosteria San Jose, Hotel Miconia, Hotel Fiesta or similar top-rated hotels
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Quito to the Galapagos Islands
  • Pre-Registration and Guided Galapagos Island Airport Check-In
  • 15 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, and 4 Dinners as noted
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner Celebration with Champagne Toast at Midnight
  • All Excursions, Tours, Airport Transfers, and Ground Transportation
  • Full Service, Bilingual Tour Guide, with time available for personal exploration
  • All Top-Ranked Activities and Attractions of the Galapagos Islands: Tortuga Bay Beach, Snorkeling at Kicker Rock, Giant Tortoise Reservations, and the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • All Ecuadorian Taxes and Service Fees

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Additional Amazon Luxury Riverboat Adventure Add-On.  See a video of this awesome Add-On here!
  • Additional Yacht tour with Snorkeling and hike to incredible views of the Islands.  This is a limited availability, must see excursion!   Visit our Price & Options page to add this option.
  • Scuba Diving at Kicker Rock or Bartolomé Island with Wet Suit, Gear Rental and Certified guide. (2) Opportunities, pending availability: San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. Must submit Padi License to Host 1 Month Prior to Departure Date.
  • Additional Mainland Ecuador Night Stays and Excursions. Each additional night is $159 per person and includes Airport Transfers, Breakfast, and all Ecuadorian Taxes and Service Fees. Additional Mainland Excursions can be quoted by contacting hosts.

NOT Included:

  • Roundtrip flights to Quito (UIO)
  • Mandatory Travel & Health Insurance Required by the Government of Ecuador
  • Galapagos Island National Park Entrance Fee ($100) and Visitor Card ($20), Must be paid on arrival in Cash
  • Alcoholic Beverages, and Personal Snacks
  • Additional Hotel options including but not limited to Phone Calls, Internet, or Massage Services
  • Any personal changes to the planned itinerary


Wed, Dec 25::  Optional: Early Arrival in Quito
Thur, Dec 26::  Day 1: Arrival in Quito (UIO), Welcome Dinner
Fri, Dec 27::  Day 2: Travel to Cristobal Island, Galapagos
Sar, Dec 28::  Day 3: Kicker Rock Snorkeling
Sun, Dec 29::  Day 4: Santa Cruz Island, Tortuga Bay
Mon, Dec 30::  Day 5: Highlands Tour or Optional Bartolome Yacht Tour
Tue, Dec 31::  Day 6: Return to Quito, NYE Celebration
Wed, Jan 1::  Day 7: Departure or Join our Amazon Luxury Riverboat Add-On January 1-5 for the Ultimate South America Experience!
Sun, Jan 5::  Optional Amazon Riverboat Departure or Optional Spa Day Wind Down Add-On
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Tour Begins in Quito (UIO) the afternoon of Dec. 26, 2019 and ends the morning of Jan. 1, 2020. 

Please note: this trip includes an early flight to the Galapagos Islands on December 27th.  Early arrival and travel insurance is available and encouraged to manage any weather, flight or baggage delays, and breakup long travel schedules.  Meanwhile you can enjoy discovering the culture of Ecuador and learning about Quito’s rich history.


Day 1 – Thursday (December 26)

Arrival Quito, UIO (D)

Upon arrival in Quito, you’ll exit customs to be greeted by your driver.  Travel to the beautiful Garden Hotel San Jose where you’ll be welcomed for check-in to your room.  Guests arriving in the afternoon can enjoy the many onsite amenities at San Jose before joining the group for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation at about 7:00 PM. Meet your hosts and fellow travelers.

Day 2 – Friday (December 27)

Travel to Cristobal Island, Galapagos (B. L. D)

Welcome to the Galapagos!  Enjoy a personal pickup from the airport on San Cristóbal Island.  Upon arrival, guests will first need to pass Galapagos Park Registration and collect their bags.  Your airport transport will be waiting to help with bags and take you to the hotel.  Guests arriving by 12:00 PM can join a welcome lunch before the afternoon’s excursion.

Next it’s a short ride to the San Cristóbal Tortoise Reservation. In conjunction with the Charles Darwin Research Center, this Reservation is a remarkable sanctuary and breeding center for the Giant Tortoises. Quietly wander through open trails to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. They are often at arm’s length, sharing the trails and searching for leafy greens.

Finally, spend the afternoon in the beautiful and secluded Puerto Chino. This sandy beach is a surfer’s paradise and the perfect spot to enjoy a swim and look for Blue-footed Boobies & Ghost Crabs on the Rocky shore. In the evening take time to stroll through Downtown Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions share the cobblestone streets and harbor benches. Have dinner with the group at a delicious local restaurant.


Day 3 – Saturday (December 28)

Kicker Rock Snorkeling (B, L)

After breakfast, prepare for an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Enjoy a refreshing boat ride with beautiful views of the coastline. Then look at the volcanic rock formations ahead, two towers rising out of the water. Between these towers is an incredible channel filled with colorful schools of fish as well as exciting marine life. Float on the waves above while you watch all the beautiful life below swimming through the channel. This truly is a once in a lifetime snorkeling experience with tropic fish and sea turtles passing alongside you, and eagle rays and hammerhead sharks swimming in the distance. The boat will take us around Kicker Rock to view the best snorkeling sites and wildlife observation sites before returning to the port in late afternoon.

After a big day of snorkeling and swimming, guests can choose to rest and relax before dinner, or explore some nearby sites. Adventure seekers will love a quick hike through the Darwin Interpretation Center. The entrance museum holds a brief history on the Galapagos Islands, then opens to a unique dry forest filled with cacti, finches, and little lava lizards. Hike the volcanic rock trail to Tijeretas Point and Darwin Bay. You will be treated to your first sweeping views of the Galapagos and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Bay, with Tijeretas and Blue Footed Boobies flying by. This is a great area to see the stunning Volcanic Rock shoreline.

Beach lovers can take a short walk to Playa Mann, to enjoy the Seal Lions of the Loberia and a beautiful sunset on the beach. Since so many Sea Lions share the island, Cristóbal is also known as Isla Lobo and has many protected breeding areas. You’ll enjoy watching Sea Lions play in the sand alongside sun bathers and swimmers.

Day 4 – Sunday (December 29)

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island, Tortuga Bay (B, L, D)

After an early morning boat taxi to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, take some time to check in and relax at the hotel. Then spend the afternoon at Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The walking path to the beach is about 1.5 miles and worth every step. While at the beach you can stroll along the pristine white sand while watching iguanas, herons or pelicans. Put on your snorkeling gear to see sea turtles, sea lions or manta rays and more colorful fish. The beauty of this bay will make it hard to leave. Catch a couple minutes of beautiful sunset views before hitting the trail back out of the park.

Day 5 – Monday (December 30)

Santa Cruz Highlands Tour or Optional Bartolome Yacht Tour

Start off the day with an early and refreshing breakfast at the hotel so that we can hit the road for the beautiful highlands of Santa Cruz.

An official Galapagos National Park guide will take everyone to a Private Tortoise Reserve Ranch. Step deeper into the Giant Tortoise’s natural environment as an official guide leads the way through lush endemic Galapagos ferns to ponds were the Giant Tortoises congregate. This site also features Los Tuneles underground Lava Caves. See the incredible rock formations created in these amazing underground caverns. After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring, enjoy a delicious lunch including freshly made empanadas and locally grown organic coffee – a favorite souvenir for foodies to take home.

Optional Tour, Limited Availability:  Don’t miss this chance to see iconic views of the Islands, availability is limited and sells out weeks in advance. Book early for your chance to see the endemic Galapagos Penguins. After breakfast, leave for a ride through the highlands to Puerta Itabaca on the far North Side of the island. From this port, board a luxury Yacht for a comfortable ride to Bartolomé, an uninhabited island off of Santiago. The day will be filled with the best snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands and a hike to the island’s peak along the path where the movie ‘Master and Commander’ was filmed to see the most incredible views of the islands.  Get back on board for a freshly prepared lunch (included) while the boat travels back to Itabaca Canal. See our Price & Options page to add this option.

Day 6 – Tuesday (December 31)

Return to Quito and New Year’s Eve Celebration (B, L, D)

An early breakfast will allow an opportunity to check out some sights in the highlands on the way to the airport. Our taxi will leave the hotel at 9:00 AM and travels north, stopping to see Los Gemelos or Twin Craters. Though they are called craters, these formations are actually the result of collapsed dormant volcanos. The Taxi will continue north to Itabaca Canal for a Ferry ride to arrive at the airport on Baltra Island about 10:30 AM.  Our flight will take us back to Quito, and we will check back in to the beautiful Hosteria San Jose.

Enjoy some time at the hotel to relax before an New Year’s Eve night to remember!  At 7 PM, board the party bus to join in the fun and culture of the local celebrations. Hear stories about the Ecuadorian traditions, hop on and off the bus to join the party!  At 9 PM the bus will return to the hotel for an incredible New Year’s Eve Dinner Fiesta.  With a gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, plus champagne toast at midnight!

Day 7 – Wednesday (January 1)

Departure (B)

Unfortunately, our adventure comes to an end, but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories. We look forward to having you and your friends with us soon on a Singles Travel International vacation! Have a safe journey back home!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided per the itinerary, a total of 15 meals. STI Guests will be responsible for one Lunch and two Dinners to allow for more personal time and flexibility.  STI Guests will be responsible for their own Beer, Wine and Cocktails.

  • Each morning there will be an American style breakfast provided.
  • Moderate lunches and snacks will be provided throughout the tour including local treats such as Empanadas, freshly prepared Fish or Chicken with Rice & Vegetables, or traditional favorites like Pizza and Sandwiches.
  • The hotels in both Cristóbal and Santa Cruz are located within walking distance to the restaurant and shopping districts. Each evening we will return to the hotel to freshen up and make dinner plans. You can choose to join the group dinner or explore the downtown areas at your leisure. There will be a different, top rated restaurant chosen each evening with a special group dinner and drink available. At both islands you’ll easily be able to choose from an array of restaurants featuring both local seafood specialties and traditional international meals.

Meals may fluctuate according to the itinerary and seasonal availability. Your host will plan for Vegan or any other dietary restrictions or requirements if notified 2 weeks prior to arrival. Please email info@EcuadorMVI.com with any allergy or dietary needs.


Itinerary Changes: Itinerary details are established in advance and subject to change according to unforeseen factors and local conditions such as availability, weather, traffic or construction. In the event that conditions prevent an excursion your host and hotel staff will accommodate to the best of their ability a similar tour. If personal needs or preferences do not align with a certain day or portion of the trip, and the guides will do everything possible to accommodate or assist. However, changes will be the guest’s responsibility and priority will be given to the planned itinerary. Singles Travel International and tour hosts, Mountain Views Inn are not liable for itinerary changes.


The Galapagos Islands are an incredibly unique destination and vacation experience.   Our tour has been specially crafted to take you to the best excursions, to see the most wildlife with a perfect balance of rest and personal time to explore!

Enjoy the island nightlife with a sustainable land-based tour that supports and embraces the local community.  While yacht tours travelers are forced to board their ships daily by 6 PM, we will enjoy our evenings strolling through the downtown to see sea lions, pelicans and sharks at the docks, then having a relaxed, specially prepared dinner with longtime local restaurant partners.

Other tours try to impress visitors with numerous islands, but have similar experiences with the same animals from island to island and risk poor drinking water and food quality at lesser inhabited islands.  Our tour is based on the two most populated islands with reliable water treatment systems and trusted hotels and restaurants.  We feature the top-rated excursions and partner with the best local guides.  While every trip is unique and dependent on external day-to-day factors like the weather and wildlife, our excursions and guides will give you the best chances to have the most interactions with all the land and sea animals!

With their location along the Equator and few migratory species, the Galapagos is a fantastic destination year-round with temperatures between 68-88 degrees F.  The best time to visit depends on your personal tastes and preferred experience.  Due to typical current and wind patterns, the Galapagos is described to have two general seasons,  cool and dry (June to November) and warm and wet (December to June).

Our specially crafted trips are planned in key times of mid-November and early January.  During this time, the weather is transitioning from cool to warm, with little rainfall.  The seas are generally calmer allowing for better visibility during snorkeling and scuba diving.  The calmer water is also greatly appreciated by guests that want to enjoy snorkeling but suffer from motion sickness.  The transition to warmer weather means wildlife gets more active, with many species starting their mating seasons.

Make sure you’ve reviewed the Trip Options and made all reservations so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive Add-Ons.  The Bartolome Yacht Tour quantities are extremely limited and likely to sell out 1-2 months in advance. Make sure to check out the Luxury Amazon Riverboat Add On to make your South American Adventure complete!

Ecuador requires a valid passport from all people entering the country and proof of return tickets to the traveler’s home country or another country after Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure from Ecuador.  Please submit a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 28, 2019). Click here to upload to our secure folder.

Starting August 6, 2018, Medical insurance is mandatory for all tourists visiting Ecuador.  All tourists and travelers entering Ecuador will be required to submit a certificate, invoice or proof of international travel insurance, whether public or private, valid for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.

If you haven’t already made flight reservations, consider making reservations as early as possible.  Flights around holiday dates may be limited and high price increases can be expected if booked last minute. Our STI reservation specialists are available for assistance with airfare, travel insurance or to review your reservation and recommend additional services.

Are you thinking about staying extra nights in the Galapagos, adding additional tours, or visiting the Amazon Jungle?  Contact your hosts Sarah and Robert at info@ecuadormvi.com for additional help on getting the best deals on bundled tours.

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details. Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc. Contact us with your travel requests.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted on the Your Travel Documents button on the trip page 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The Galapagos are part of the Republic of Ecuador.  Ecuador requires a valid passport from all people entering the country and proof of return tickets to the traveler’s home country or another country after Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure from Ecuador. We recommend keeping your passport safely at the resort, and carry a copy with you at all times while in Ecuador.

Medical insurance is mandatory and can be satisfied with travel insurance.  All tourists and travelers entering Ecuador will be required to submit a certificate, invoice or proof of international travel insurance, whether public or private, valid for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.

Medical insurance is mandatory and can be satisfied with travel insurance.  All tourists and travelers entering Ecuador will be required to submit a certificate, invoice or proof of international travel insurance, whether public or private, valid for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

The Tour Begins in Quito (UIO), December 26, 2019 and Ends January 1, 2020. Therefore, the tour is 7 days/6 nights.  You can purchase additional nights in Quito as needed by checking the Price My Trip Page.

Early Arrival and Travel Insurance is highly recommended to ensure no weather, flight or luggage delays cause you to miss your flight from Quito to the Galapagos. If you arrive after the flight boards on December 27th, you will miss the departure to the Galapagos. Guests that miss the flight from Quito to the Galapagos will be responsible for the cost of flight changes, additional hotel nights, meals, and any additional costs for the personal itinerary change.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 28, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after August 28, 2019, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.

Please remember the tip for the local guide is not included in our package price. We recommend $20/day, per guide, per person. Also, Galapagos Registration costs of $120 must be paid in cash upon arrival.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $300.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Between August 28 and September 27, 2019 – 35% penalty applies.

*Between September 28 and October 27, 2019 – 50% penalty applies.

*Between October 28 and November 26, 2019 – 75% penalty applies.

*After November 26, 2019 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

Plan your flights into Quito (UIO) on December 26, 2019.  Once your flight lands you will proceed through customs and collect your bags.  Our package includes airport transportation and a host or driver will meet you at baggage exit with a sign with your name. They will take you to the hotel, about 20 minutes away where you will meet your fellow travelers.

Guests arriving to the Hotel by 7:00 PM can join the welcome dinner.  Guests arriving late in the evening are recommended to purchase snacks or meals at the airport if needed as the restaurant closes between 9-10 PM.  Later arrivals will meet the group in the hotel lobby at 6:30 AM on December 27th with luggage packed and ready to depart for the Galapagos Islands. If a guest is not packed and ready to depart at 6:30 AM, guest may miss the flight to the Galapagos and is responsible for any and all costs associated with changing flights, meals, new hotel reservations and individual itinerary changes.

Due to the early morning departure to the Galapagos on Dec 27th, early arrival and travel insurance is highly recommended to prevent missed flights to the Galapagos Islands.  If you arrive after the flight boards on December 27th, you will miss the departure to the Galapagos. All flight and hotel reservations and pre-booked and guests will be responsible for any additional charges incurred due to late arrival or missed flights.  Guests that miss the flight from Quito to the Galapagos will be responsible for the cost of flight changes, additional hotel nights, meals, and any additional costs for the personal itinerary change.

All Guests:

Please submit your flight schedule and photocopy of your passport, as soon as your plans are made. Please submit no later than August 28, 2019 or within 24 hours if booked after August 28.  Make sure to include your airline and flight number so we can track flight changes or delays for your pickup. Email us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course! Early arrival is encouraged to prevent any potential problems with weather or flight delays. Additional nights in Quito can also be purchased for before or after the tour. Each additional night is only $159 per person and will include airport transfers, lodging, breakfast, and all Ecuadorian tax and service fees. To ensure your reservation is made with the group and airport transportation is arranged, additional nights must be paid for in advance with STI.

Additional excursions can also be planned for early arrivals or late departures. Please contact hosts Sarah and Robert at info@ecuadormvi.com as soon as possible to confirm cost and make reservations.

To accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, international airfare into Quito (UIO) is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.  Contact a reservation specialist for help purchasing your airfare.

Your roundtrip flights between Quito and the Galapagos Islands are included as part of your vacation package.

Plan your flights into Quito (UIO) on December 26, 2019.  Plan to arrive by 5 PM in order to enjoy the welcome dinner at 7 PM. If your flight arrives after 7 PM you can skip the welcome dinner, but make sure you are prepared to be packed and ready for departure at 6:30 AM on December 27.  To prevent problems with flight delays, early arrival on December 25 is highly recommended.

Once your flight lands you will proceed through customs and collect your bags.  Our package includes airport transportation and a host or driver will meet you at baggage exit with a sign with your name. They will take you to the hotel, about 20 minutes away where you will meet your fellow travelers.

Early arrival is encouraged to prevent any potential problems with weather or flight delays. Additional nights in Quito can also be purchased for before or after the tour.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Your package includes all airport transfers and ground transportation throughout the tour. Guides will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotels.  While in the Galapagos Islands, hotels will be located within safe walking distance to restaurants or shops, with taxis readily available for $1-3 per ride.

The tour does not include Ecuador required international health insurance which can be satisfied with travel insurance.

An additional expense which is not included are the Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance ($100) & Visitor Card ($20) Fees. Guests must bring cash to pay these fees upon Check-In to the Galapagos Islands. After checking in for your flight to the Galapagos, you will be required to pass a special registration for the Galapagos. You will be required to pay $20 in cash for your Visitor Card.  Once your plane arrives in the Galapagos, you will need to pass through Galapagos Island National Park customs where you will be required to pay $100 in cash for your entrance.  The currency in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is the US Dollar, and you will need to bring cash for these fees.

Package does not include gratuities to hosts ($10-15 per day for excellent service) or local guides ($2-10 for excellence on special excursions).

You are responsible for alcoholic beverages, personal purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, incidentals such as massages, laundry and meals outside of the established itinerary.

A Luxury Yacht Tour of Bartolomé Island and Scuba Diving at Kicker Rock or Bartolomé and can be arranged pending availability. See our Price & Options page to add these options.

Additional nights in Quito are available for $159 per person, per night and include airport transfers, lodging, breakfast, and the Ecuadorian tax and service fees. In order to ensure your reservation is made with the group and airport transportation is arranged, additional nights must be paid for in advance with STI. Please contact hosts Sarah and Robert at info@ecuadormvi.com as soon as possible if you would like to quote additional excursions for early arrival or additional nights in Quito.

The itinerary is established in advance and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. However, if you opt to do something that is different than or in addition to what is planned for the group, you are at your own expense.

The tour includes 2 Nights Accommodations in Quito, 2 Nights Accommodations on San Cristóbal Island and 2 Nights Accommodations on Santa Cruz Island.

Lodging in Quito is at the beautiful Garden Hotel San Jose, a restored colonial hacienda with newly updated rooms, each with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. The grounds are exquisite with acres of gardens and walking trails, two pools, a Jacuzzi, workout room and spa. It is conveniently located with a short commute to the airport, and in a tranquil valley outside the traffic of the city.

Depending on the group size and seasonal availability, Galapagos tour accommodations will be selected from one of our many trusted, highly-rated partners in the Galapagos Islands.  All have been personally reviewed so we can ensure quality accommodations and service.  Hotels are located within walking distance to restaurants and shopping, with taxis readily available for about $1-3 per ride.

Breakfast is served every morning at the hotels. Lunches and Dinners will be served either on location or at the hotel depending on the day’s excursion.

Dining will be a mix of group meals at your hosts’ favorite restaurants with some personal dinners where you can explore and choose to your liking.  One of the best parts of a land-based tour is the opportunity to enjoy the freshest seafood selections or other culinary treats.  You’ll be treated to some traditional highlands and coastal Ecuadorian cuisine, along with international favorites.

For any dietary restrictions or requirements, notify your host at least 35 days prior to arrival.  Every effort will be made to cater to these dietary needs, as long as the products are available.  Please email info@EcuadorMVI.com with any allergy or dietary needs.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 20 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Travel Directors are waiting to meet you (in this case, Robert & Sarah, from MVI). Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The nature of the trip is trying something new, challenging yourself and motivating those around you. The bonds that develop on our adventure tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

Be sure and take advantage of our community features including the viewing of profiles of those already signed up to go. Send messages and meet your fellow travelers even before you take off!

Our Adventure is perfectly suited to physically active members in the 35-65 age range. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee the ages or ratios.

The average daytime temperature for December in the Galapagos varies from 70-85 F.  Late December to early January is generally an ideal time to visit the Galapagos as weather is transitioning from the dry/cool to wet/warm season.  Temperatures in late December are ideal with lower chances of rain.

In Quito, our resort is in the warm valley of Puembo, at a lower altitude than Quito. Weather is similar year-round, with warm sunny days giving way to very cool nights. Our resort enjoys the perfect weather with 60s in the early morning and nighttime, but reaches temperatures of 80-85 during the daytime, all year round.

Due to the environmental protection and regulation of the Galapagos Islands, luggage is more strictly checked and regulated. Since this tour involves travel between multiple islands, packing light is recommended.  The following are current baggage recommendations only, you must verify with your carrier for the latest and most accurate restrictions.

Check-in luggage: 1 Piece with a weight of 50lbs. Total dimensions not to exceed 62 inches (height+length+width)

Carry-on luggage: 1 Piece, not to exceed 22lb or 45 inches (height+length+width)

Standard international airline baggage quantity, weight, and size restrictions vary greatly by airline and seat purchased.  Please verify with your carrier for the latest and most accurate restrictions.

Please abide by the carry-on luggage restrictions. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. All items must be stored in a clear, 1 quart, zip lock bag.

Just in case your luggage is lost, we strongly recommend that you pack a change of clothing in your carry-on luggage. Do not pack money, travel documents, jewelry or medicine in your checked baggage. Hand carry these essential items!

The Galapagos and Quito are located along the Equator, so be prepared for intense sun exposure.  Comfortable, casual clothes are recommended throughout the trip.  Since this tour involves travel between multiple islands, packing light is recommended.  Minimize packing and suitcase weight by mixing and matching using 1-3 colors, such as khaki, brown and white that you can layer as needed.

Days will be a mix of light hiking excursion and snorkeling/beach excursions.  You’ll have time to return to the hotel and change for dinner.  Evenings are casual, but can be cool and a light jacket is recommended.  Temperatures in November range typically range from 70-80 F. Comfortable walking/hiking shoes are a must, and water shoes or secure sandals are recommended for snorkeling excursions.

For traveling through Quito, prepare for high elevation with evening temperatures dropping to the low 60’s.  Spring/summer clothing is best, with lightweight layers and a warm jacket or sweatshirt. Lightweight, long sleeves and pants will help minimize sun exposure.

For New Year’s Eve, a full celebration with live music, Ecuadorian traditions, dancing, gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, and champagne toast will be provided onsite at the hotel. Dress to your comfort from nice casual to dressy.

It is required that you bring US Dollars for Galapagos Registration Fees ($120). The currency in Ecuador and the Galapagos is the US Dollar, so no exchange is necessary.  Many locations do not accept major credit cards and ATM machines availability may be limited. We recommend you bring US dollars in small denominations, $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills that are not too old, worn or ripped for personal purchases, incidentals and tipping.

**Packing Tips:** Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.  This tour includes boat and bus rides.  If you suffer from motion sickness, Dramamine or a similar medication is recommended.

**Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.**

– Reusable water bottle
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking or hiking shoes for easy to medium terrain
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc)
– Water shoes or secure sandals for snorkeling and walking along beaches
– Clothing for walking/light hiking, beach wear, and casual evening attire for restaurants
– 1-2 bathing suits
– Lightweight rain gear, poncho
– Sunglasses, sun block (30 or higher for face), sun hat, baseball cap or visor
– Hairdryer
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials
– Personal washcloth, Makeup remover towelettes
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, anti-bacterial medication, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), neosporin, anti-itch cream.
– Mosquito repellant
– Photography Equipment: Water Protection, extra memory cards and batteries recommended
– Ziplock baggies to carry wet clothing
– Binoculars

The food and water systems of mainland Ecuador, Santa Cruz and Cristobal Islands are well developed, but safety is recommended to ensure you have no problems during your trip.  Stick to bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.  Bring a reusable water bottle which can be filled at the filtered water stations in the hotels.

Your tour includes a meal package with carefully planned meals and restaurants.  The water and ice provided with your meals can be well trusted.  For meals outside the group itinerary, it is recommended to take care or avoid street vendors and small restaurants. Raw fruits and vegetables must be cleaned properly to ensure they are sterilized and not contaminated with untreated water.  Check with your hosts for recommendations on the best restaurants to visit.

The Anakonda sets a spectacular al fresco dining experience, offering refreshing and irresistible tropical cuisine. These Ecuadorian dishes highlight the rich ingredients from the most diverse plants and trees of international origins. Enjoy all facets and food offers, this is an excellent opportunity to explore.

For any dietary restrictions or requirements, notify your host at least 35 days prior to arrival.  Every effort will be made to cater to these dietary needs, as long as the products are available.  Please email info@EcuadorMVI.com with any allergy or dietary needs.

110 Volts, 60 cycles which is the same as the US.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands do not practice daylight savings time and in comparison with the US.  The Galapagos Islands are at UTC -6:00, and Quito is at UTC -5:00.

The currency used in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is the US Dollar.

Many locations do not accept major credit cards and ATM machines availability may be limited. It is required that you bring US Dollars for Galapagos Registration Fees ($120). We recommend you bring US dollars in small denominations, $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills that are not too old, worn or ripped for personal purchases, incidentals and tipping.

Although no inoculations are required, pre-departure health checkups are essential for any major Latin American trip so do check in with your doctor for vaccinations in plenty of time before journeying, we recommend at least 3-4 weeks.  Today immunizations against smallpox and Cholera are not necessary or recognized even by the World Health Organization.

If you choose to get vaccination, we highly advise completing at least 3 weeks prior to travel.  This will allow you to ensure you do not have complications and that you are healthy to travel.  The major vaccinations recommended for Latin America travel to combat diseases are as follows: Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Infectious Hepatitis, & Rabies in the jungle areas or other epidemics that may have recently sprung up such as Meningitis.

Two excellent websites outlining the major precautions are: www.cdc.gov and www.who.int which are the official sites for the centers of disease control prevention and the World health organization respectively.

**Take Precautions:** Never eat from street vendor stalls due to contamination of the handlers or street pollution from passing vehicles or drink the local water unless you have purification tablets, preferably iodine based.

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info document, available here on the FAQ tab 14 days prior to departure, will include a phone contact number for your Hosts and Hotels. Instructions on international dialing codes will be provided. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

**United States:** Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.


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Sarah & Robert

We love sharing Ecuadorian Sites and Culture through our Mountain Views Inn B&B and Tour Company. Robert's family moved from Ecuador to New York just before he was born. Sarah met Robert on the STI Ecuador NYE Adventure and we married in an epic destination wedding. We're so happy to be sharing the adventures of Ecuador and beauty of the Galapagos Islands, making sure you relax and enjoy the most memorable vacation.

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The most life-changing part was not just the country itself which was unbelievable and beauty, but was our hosts Robert and Sarah. They were phenomenal. Robert was an unbelievable foodie, he is a mix of New Yorker and Ecuadorian and really loves his country and really knows good food and really knows the right places to eat. The group dynamics were unbelievable. The whole trip was really life changing for me, I met great people, I had fantastic experiences, and I saw fantastic beauty. I recommend this trip and probably any Singles Travel International trip to anyone who is single and wants to travel with great educated interesting people all over the world.

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    Jay E.

I have enjoyed the trip very much! First, it’s a unique place and a paradise for people who appreciate nature and is interested in learning, and the trip was very educational.  I also liked that it was very active and included a good amount of physical activity. It seemed to have covered all significant attractions on each island, so the itinerary was well-designed.  The optional excursion to the Bartolomé Island was one of the highlights, so it was a good option/recommendation.

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