Days 7-8: Santa Cruz/Banos
After a brief but informative visit to the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station to meet the giant tortoise "Lonesome George," the Galapagos' most famous resident, your guide returns with you to the Baltra airport for your departing flight to Quito. After arriving in Quite, you'll drive through the "Avenue of the Volcanos" to the Luna Runtun Eco-Adventure Resort, a haven of peace and luxury nestled on the slopes of still-active Tungurahua Volcano, with spectacular views of the valley and the town of Banos glittering below. Spend the next few days exploring the exciting possibilities offered at the resort. Choose from hikes, horseback riding, mountain biking, canyoneering, white water rafting, and more. Rent an ATV to head south through the Avenue of the Waterfalls, the most famous being Pailon del Diablo, a 300-ft high sheet of water cascading over a sheer granite wall. Hike through lush vegetation, observing dozens of bird species and wild orchids. Or, simply relax at the resort, utilizing one of their luxurious Jacuzzis or saunas. Schedule a massage or other spa treatment (not included). Overnight Luna Runtun Eco Resort.