Galapagos & Amazon Rainforest
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Without doubt Ecuador's two biggest draw cards are the breath-taking Galapagos Islands and pristine Amazon Rainforest, this tour includes the very best of both sites!!!
Our trip starts with a flight out to Coca and canoe trip down the mighty Napo River to the renowned Napo Wildlife Centre where you spend 4 days / 3 nights getting acquainted with the fascinating Rainforest eco-system. Expect to see a great range of wildlife and to learn about native life from your naturalist guide.
Returning to the capital city of Quito there is time to slip in a day tour of Quito's memorable sites - the UNESCO world heritage colonial centre and a trip north to step foot on the equator.
Saving the best for last we have 5 days to discover the amazing Galapagos Islands with the Red Mangrove Island Hopping Trip. We visit memorable sites on and around Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands including unique endemic wildlife, white-sand beaches, volcanic landscapes and plenty of time to relax too!
Note that choice of Amazon lodge & Galapagos tour are flexible so just ask our sales staff if you prefer to make any changes.
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|1||Arrival to Quito - Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize to your new surroundings.||-|
|2||Flight to Coca, Amazon Rainforest - Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca where we start a canoe ride along the Napo River for about 2 hours, lunch box in route. After arriving at the Napo Wildlife Centre's entry dock we then take a majestic and peaceful 1 hour dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge, welcome drink and tour of facilities. After dinner optional cayman (alligator) observation around the lake.||BLD|
|3||Amazon Rainforest - An early start to visit the parrot clay licks in Ecuador; a total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. Later, we hike along a forest trail to visit the Quichua community of Añangu and share time with a family during their traditional activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick Box lunch at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.||BLD|
|4||Amazon Rainforest - Morning visit to the 36m tall canopy tower on the Napo - a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. As you ascend the 12-story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. Lunch is served at the lodge. Afternoon trekking in the primary forest to discover the forest interior and then a dugout canoe ride with great chance of running into a Giant otter family on the way.||BLD|
|5||Amazon Rainforest - Return journey to Coca with wildlife spotting opportunities along the way in the dugout canoe.||B|
|6||Quito Tour - A full day to acquaint yourself with the best sites of the city of Quito. In the morning you will enjoy a tour of the colonial highlights including the cathedral and most impressive churches and pretty plazas. After lunch we head north to the equator - stand literally in the middle of the world! We also visit the unique Inti ñan museum where you can prove (or disprove) various scientific phenomena that only hold true at the equator. Don´t forget to take your passport along if you want a special equator stamp in it!||B|
|7||Galapagos: Santa Cruz - An early flight to the Galapagos Islands where your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the
airport in Baltra. He/she will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). In the afternoon y our guide will take you the Giant Turtle Reserve – Rancho El Manzanillo
located in the upper part of Santa Cruz. Here giant tortoises can be found wandering
freely. Lunch at Rancho El Manzanillo.
Afterwards we visit the Charles Darwin Station to learn about the ongoing
conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic
Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and Giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.
|8||Galapagos: Day tour - by Yacht to one of the following destinations:
*Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, you will take a boat ride to one of the islands listed above. All of them offer fascinating insights into the plant and animal life of the Galapagos Islands where your natuaralist guide will explain all about the flora and fauna that you encounter.
Note: The destinations depends on availability.
|9||Galapagos: Isabela - After breakfast we will take the Public speedboat to Isabela Island (7:00 aprox), which lasts
approximately two and a half hours. On arrival at Isabela we will take a brief rest at
the hotel and then head to the Concha de Perla lagoon where you can swim with sea
lions, colorful varieties of fish, and with luck sea turtles.
After lunch we visit Tintoreras Islet - the name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in fact all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas it is an excellent place to see a large community of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby where with luck we may see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. After this fascinating experience we will return to the hotel for dinner.
Galapagos: Isabela - Today you have 2 options available:
OPTION 1. CAPE ROSE TUNNELS - After breakfast we will prepare ourselves to depart for snorkelling at the Cape Rose Tunnels located 40 minutes by boat southwest of Puerto Villamil. The sighting of birds and marine animals from the lava platform is one of the most important attractions. While snorkeling at this site you may experience up-close encounters with many species of fish, rays, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions.
OPTION 2: HIKE VOLCAN SIERRA NEGRA & VOLCAN CHICO -
Early in the morning (8:00 am aprox.), after breakfast, we will prepare ourselves for
During the rest of this day you will be able to use the Bicycles of our Hotel. We
suggest visits to the Tortoise Breeding Center and the wetlands on
Please advice your choice of option in advance so that we can guarantee the tour service of your choice.
Return to Santa Cruz & flight back to Quito - At 5:00 a.m. we head to the dock to take the public speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island (timing subject to change). From Puerto Ayora we will transport you across the highlands and to Baltra Airport. Depending on the timing of your flights we may have time for a quick visit to the twin crater sunken “holes”. These craters were formed by the collapse of the earth beneath which lava had passed and created giant tunnels, which facilitated the collapse and creation of the craters.
On arrival to Quito our driver will transport you to your hotel.
|12||Transfer out - Our driver will transfer you back to the airport in time for your international flight out.||B|
This program can be adapted to your personal needs - just let our sales team know of any changes you would like to make, and they will be happy to help!
Past Clients Feedback
“With limited time to visit Ecuador this tour was exactly what the doctor ordered - action packed from start to finish without a dull day in there! There were so many wonderful moments it is impossible to pick just one highlight!” (Rosemary & Pete Collier, UK)
“Thanks for such an incredible trip! We changed the Galapagos section to include a 5 day cruise instead of the island hopping, it was great to have this flexibility. The Quito day was a great way to break everything up in the middle of the tour. Overall highly recommended!” (Alice Peters, USA)“Brilliant, definitely one of our best ever holidays!!!” (Hans Schroeder, Germany)
AVAILABILITY: This tour is available throughout the year.
START DATES: flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.
Prices (per person)
|# OF PASSENGERS||2017 PRICE|
|2||$3995 standard / $4495 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|3||$3695 standard / $4195 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|4||$3550 standard / $4035 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|5||$3465 standard / $3965 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|6 or more||$3425 standard / $3895 comfortable||Request this Tour|
- Accommodation in double or twin rooms
- All transfers to and from the airport in Quito + in Galapagos + at Coca
- English-speaking guide and private transportation for Quito tour
- Native guide + bilingual naturalist guide in Rainforest (group tour)
- River transportation to / from Lodge and Coca
- All meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- Drinking water at lodge and hotels
- Use of rain poncho and boots at lodge
- Return flight Quito- Coca-Quito & Quito-Galapagos-Quito
- Excursions with a Freelance English speaking Naturalist guide, provided by the Galapagos National Park.
- All snorkeling gear at Galapagos
- International flights
- Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
- Personal Expenses
- Meals not listed as part of itinerary
- Local entry fees ($25 Yasuni Park, $100 Galapagos National Park)
- Galapagos Transit Control Card ($10).
- Alcoholic Beverages