Galapagos Cruise & Wild Amazon Immersion

Ecuador in 10 Days, 9 Nights in Destination

A once in a lifetime trip which includes an Amazon adventure and Galapagos cruise! As well as a tour of Ecuador’s capital city. A combination of nature and adventure that can’t be missed!

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Travel: 10 Days
Accommodations: 9 Nights
Meals: Some meals
Availability: Departures available until December 2024

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Quito

INCLUSIONS

  • All flights
  • Accommodation
  • Some transfers
  • Activities
  • Some meals

Itinerary

Arrive at your US departure airport, ready for a flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Quito.

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day meeting your local guide to get an overview of the next few days. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. We recommend enjoying our excursion to Otavalo* that will take you around various Andean towns. Overnight stay in Quito.

*Optional Otavalo Day Tour: Full-day tour to various towns in the Andean highlands where you’ll discover some of the local gastronomy and traditional way of life. Start off your experience by tasting the interesting Cherimoya fruits in Guayllabamba, carry on to try the local biscuits made by the community in Cayambe. You will then be guided around the indigenous markets in Otavalo, Peguche and Cotacachi and get to know the story of the native people.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, take a guided Quito city tour to get to know the capital’s most emblematic sights. Admire the colonial-era architecture and picturesque plazas. Stroll through the narrow streets of the city center and visit a local market where your guide will introduce you to local produce.

In the afternoon leave Quito behind as you set off into the Ecuadorian highlands and down into the rainforest, headed for Punta Ahuano in the Amazon. Continue through verdant landscapes towards the lodge, in the heart of the jungle. Arrive in time to behold the extraordinary sunset and enjoy a welcome cocktail on arrival. Dinner and overnight in Tena.

Enjoy an early breakfast before setting off for a wildlife walk through the secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Your local guide will point out tropical wildlife endemic to the region, so you can really appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle. Return to the lodge for lunch before enjoying the afternoon at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.

*Specific details of hikes and activities are to be decided with your local guide at the Lodge.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning take a moment to appreciate your last few moments in the Amazon Rainforest as it’s time to head back to Quito. During your return journey through the mountains, stop at the serene Papallacta Hot Springs, where you can bathe to relax and reflect on your adventure so far.

Continue your journey to the capital city and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to do some souvenir shopping for example or try some delicious food in the gastronomic neighborhood of La Floresta. Overnight stay in Quito.

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the airport this morning for a flight to the Galapagos Islands, a true wonder of nature known for its immense biodiversity. San Cristobal is home to a rich array of unique wildlife and the first island that Charles Darwin explored.

Meet your guide on arrival, who will take you to the cruise ship! After lunch on board, your guide will give you a brief overview of the afternoon’s activities. Your first excursion is the San Cristobal Interpretation Center, in the small town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Walk to “La Colina de las Fragatas”, a hill visited by frigate birds that nest there at certain times of year. From the hill, descend to the small inlet known as Punta Carola, to find a colony of sea lions. Dinner and overnight aboard.

Breakfast onboard. In the morning visit Punta Suarez, a destination of great interest due to the abundant bird life. This island has endemic animal species, such as the spanish mockingbird, spanish lava lizard, marine iguanas, tropical birds, the waved albatross, blue-footed boobies and many others.

In the afternoon you will visit Gardner Bay, which has a beautiful beach perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Observe a large colony of playful sea lions, and if you’re lucky, you may even observe Galapagos hawks. You will be sure to see Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds and sea turtles. Lunch, dinner and overnight aboard.

Breakfast onboard. In the morning visit Punta Cormorant, the best lagoon to observe flamingos in the Galapagos. Discover both the “green beach” and the “flour sand beach”, which are two of the most interesting due to their fascinating colors. Return to the ship to enjoy a snorkeling activity in a place known as Devil’s Crown.

In the afternoon, visit “Post Office” Bay: it historically served as a letter exchange station through a wooden barrel, placed by the crew of a whaling ship in the 18th century. Next, visit the “Asilo de la Paz”, known for its peculiar history as one of the first occupied spaces on the islands by a German family. Finally, return to the ship and begin navigating toward Puerto Ayora, the largest city in Galapagos. Lunch, dinner and overnight onboard.

After breakfast, visit the Fausto Llerena Interpretation Center to observe different species of land turtles of all different sizes, before heading to the airport.

Transfer to the Itabaca Channel where you’ll take the local ferry and shuttle to Baltra Island Airport. Sadly, it’s time to end your exciting adventure through the natural wonder of the Galapagos Islands. Take your flight back to Quito, and take a shared shuttle service to your hotel located near the airport.

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, take a shared shuttle to the airport for ypur flight back to the US. Night on board.

Terms & Conditions:

Prices quoted are per person based on double occupancy, for select dates and gateways, and reflect all promotional savings, and are subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are available from other departure cities, contact your travel agent. Prices were valid at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice. Promotional offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.

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