12 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon from $5699 incl flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $5699 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides

Get up close to wildlife and immerse yourself in the local culture with this small group tour. Spend two nights in Guayaquil where you’ll visit a working Cocoa Plantation to learn about the history and current modern bean processing, enjoy lunch before an afternoon city tour. Experience the stunning panoramic views from Santa Ana Hill and an evening welcome dinner to get acquainted with your fellow travellers.

Depart for the Galapagos Islands where your naturalist guides accompany you on a ferry to Santa Cruz Island. View the volcanic sinkholes known as Los Gemelos and enjoy lunch before continuing by speed boat to Puerto Ayora to visit the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island where you’ll spend the next three nights.

Over the next two days enjoy a ride to Tintoreras Islet where you’ll have a chance to view and snorkel with sea lions, turtles, penguins & marine iguanas. Hike to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the archipelago, and trek across lava fields and explore thermal vents as well as other unique geological features. Explore the magnificent Turtle Breeding Center to learn more about the Galpagos Tortoises before visiting the El Chato Reserve where you’ll observe the giant tortoises. Head to Papallacta in the Andes Mountains where you’ll experience the thermal springs before continuing onto the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Journey deep into the Amazon, the world’s largest ecosystem, take in the views from the canopy walk suspended 120 feet above the forest floor, try your hand at paddling a dugout canoe and keep an eye out for all of the wildlife! Learn about the Kichwa lifestyle including traditional pottery, local food and handmade goods at the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center.

Depart the Amazon for two nights in Quito and discover the historic colonial quarter, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the wondrous scenery of Cotopaxi National Park including the Cotopaxi Volcano and enjoy a home-hosted lunch at a local artists home. Your farewell dinner will give you a chance to share stories with the other travellers before heading home!

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 24 APR 2018 

 

 This active trip covers a lot of ground each day. Our small group spends three to four hours on our feet during tours. The pace is active, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. In the Galapagos, it takes approximately 2 hours, on foot, to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. 

Departs SYD 30 AUG ’18
flying  & 
 Final Book By:24 APRIL 2018  Deposit: $2999pp
Final Balance: 30MAY18

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Escorted Package Includes
  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Sydney-Guayaquil, Quito-Sydney
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra, Baltra-Quito, Quito-Coca & Coca-Quito, *Baltra-Isabela & Isabela-Baltra
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 3 nights Isabela Island (Galapagos)
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 3 nights Coca (Amazon)
    • 2 nights Quito
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20
  • Services of English-speaking naturalists guides in the Galapagos and the Amazon
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

*Light aircraft (9 seat planes) are used for flights to and from Isabela Island for Jun 9, Jun 16, Jun 30, Jul 17, Aug 14, 2018 departures

Daily Itinerary

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1 – Depart for Ecuador


Depart for Guayaquil, Ecuador’s sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax or explore the city’s many museums and botanical gardens
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2 – Cocoa Plantation, Discover Guayaquil
The day begins with a close look at the lush natural tropical scenery of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador as you drive past rice paddies, banana and sugar cane plantations to a working Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation. Learn about the history of cocoa beans and see the modern process that begins after the beans are picked from the cocoa trees. After a lunch of local favorites, back to Guayaquil to visit the Parque Centenario, home of the Monument of the Independence Heroes and Seminario Park, (Parque de las Iguanas) a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Then, view the contrasting architecture of the city’s Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower, and the impressive La Rotonda Monument that depicts the historic meeting in 1822 of Bolívar and San Martín. At the end of the day, stunning panoramas of the city await you from Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded in the 16th century. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – Galapagos Islands, Los Gemelos, Isabela Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time on the flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Land at Baltra airport and continue your trip* to the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos considered the ‘gem’ of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabella of Spain, this enchanting island offers an expansive beach, beautiful natural surroundings and striking pink flamingos which gracefully traverse the lagoons and marshes at dusk. Arrive at your lodge nestled in the highlands in time for dinner
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. Jun 9, Jun 16, Jun 30, Jul 17, Aug 14, 2018 departures will use light aircraft flights (9 seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – Tintoreras Islet, Wall of Tears
    In Puerto Villamil, board a panga (dingy) to Tintoreras Islet. In this small bay with its calm turquoise waters and white sand beach, views of sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and marine iguanas. Enjoy time for swimming or snorkeling in the bay. When the tide is low, in the shallow crevice you can see the island’s famous whitetip reef sharks. There’s also a lava trail which leads to two beaches, an important nesting site for marina iguanas. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon hike to the historic ‘Wall of Tears’ that stands as a monument to prisoners brought to the island who perished while forced to construct the ‘pointless’ barrier – a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner together at the lodge
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – Sierra Negra Volcano, Los Humedales Mangroves, Turtle Breeding Center
A hike this morning to Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes on the archipelago; its caldera is the second largest in the world with a diameter of six miles. Trek across an alien landscape of lava fields and fumaroles with an opportunity to explore thermal vents and other fascinating geological features. After lunch at the lodge, a visit to Los Humedales, a complex of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in the Galapagos. Following the path, discover secluded beaches, lava tunnels, and natural pools. In this mating area for pink flamingos, you also can observe many different species of migratory birds. Then, a fascinating visit to the Turtle Breeding Center where you learn more about the National Park’s conservation programs to save the iconic Galapagos Tortoises on the brink of extinction. Tonight at dinner, share photos of some of today’s amazing sights
Overnight: Isabela Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – El Chato Tortoise Reserve, Papallacta Hot Springs
Today, bid farewell to the Galapagos as you journey back to Baltra*and fly to colonial Quito. From there, travel to Papallacta, a lovely small town tucked away in the Andes Mountains, best known for its hot springs and spas. Before dinner, there’s time to unwind in the comforting steaming thermal baths surrounded by the magic of nature. Later, perhaps opt for a soothing massage in this jungle paradise
*The trip by speedboat to and from Isabela Island is approximately 3 hours long and cruises through open sea. The ride can be very rough and passengers prone to motion sickness should consult with their physician. Jun 9, Jun 16, Jun 30, Jul 17, Aug 14, 2018 departures will use light aircraft flights (9 seat small planes) to travel to and from Isabela Island.
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – The Ecuadorian Amazon – A Living Jewel!
A short flight over the Andes Mountains takes you to the town of Coca, jumping off point to the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other place on earth! Stop for a box lunch before boarding a motorized canoe for a long but scenic journey down river to your lodge. Upon entering the lodge’s private reserve, walk along a raised boardwalk that stretches through a dense flooded palm forest in which several species of monkeys are often sighted. Dugout canoes await to transport you across Pilchicocha Lake to your accommodations at the lodge. Settle in, enjoy birdwatching from the mini-tower, or, refresh from the day with a cool swim. After dinner, a walk through the rainforest with your naturalist guide, or, perhaps a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans as you silently paddle across the lake. The Amazon is the world’s largest ecosystem
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – Exploring the Amazon, Rainforest Canopy Walk
Awake early this morning to begin your adventure — enjoy the sounds, the serenity, and the magnificent foliage. A highlight of the day is the “Canopy Walk,” one of only a few self-standing suspension canopy walkways in the world. Pause to view extraordinary panoramas from the observation platforms of this 900 foot long walkway, suspended at a height of 120 feet above the forest floor. Afterward, a walk in the pristine forest where native guides explain the many different species of medicinal plants used in their culture for hundreds of years. Later, try paddling dugout canoes along the nearby blackwater creeks where luxuriant lianas, bromeliads, and palm trees thrive. After an adventurous morning, a relaxing lunch before this afternoon’s choice of a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, a challenging hike on the trails or, a tranquil canoe ride. Dinner together caps an adventurous day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – Interpretation Center, Piranha Fishing, Canoe Ride in the Forest
Located across the Napo River, a morning visit to the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center where you speak with women from the community to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle. Here, you’ll see many different fibers used for weaving, watch as traditional pottery is created and have tastings of traditional local food! Upon your return to the lodge, a native guide teaches how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha. Then, a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest – you’ll be surrounded by friendly squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Later, arrive at a 135-foot metal tower from where you can get fabulous views of vibrantly colored birds through powerful scopes. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate by canoe through the narrow trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. After dinner tonight, a nocturnal jungle walk and canoe trip by flashlight to discover night creatures seldom seen during the day
Overnight: Coca (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 – Quito’s Treasures of Art and Architecture
Bid farewell to the amazing Amazon Basin this morning, and settle in for a long ride by canoe to Coca. After a box lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival, the discovery of Quito with its treasures of art and architecture begins in the historic colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour of the city starts at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior and the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive façade and atrium. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own with its lovely markets, cafes and superb cuisine
Overnight: Quito▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 – Cotopaxi Volcano, Home Hosted Lunch, Rose Plantation, Farewell Dinner
A day of wondrous scenery in Cotopaxi National Park with its active Cotopaxi Volcano that stands at a towering 19,000 feet above sea level, dwarfing the surrounding valleys, rivers, and lagoons. Walk around the lake at the foot of Cotopaxi with free time to enjoy the striking landscape before traveling to charming Latacunga. Here, you’re invited for a home hosted lunch in an artist’s home, along with conversation and demonstrations of his superb glass art and unique techniques. Afterward, tour a nearby rose plantation and hear about Ecuador’s major rose cultivation industry. Delight in the display of brightly colored roses before returning to Quito. Tonight, a fabulous Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends in the center of Quito
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
*Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 12 and will require a transfer on Day 11. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

 

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