Quito + Galapagos + Amazon Tour Packages

All Amazon plus Galapagos packages offer you a visit to Quito and the Middle of the World, followed by Amazon Jungle and Galapagos programs of different lenghts. You can always choose your cruise, Amazon lodge and hotels to be budget, mid-range, first class or luxury.

If you feel like you just can't skip the Otavalo Market for seeing the handcrafts, choose the 12 day tour. If you think that the Amazon and Galapagos are both equally amazing, just visit them for the exact same amount of time in our 13 day tour. To get the longest Galapagos cruise possible and a 4 day jungle excursion, opt for the 15 day tour.

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AMAZON + GALAPAGOS

12 days / 11 nights.

Amazon + Galapagos

During your first days, you will visit Quito, the Middle of the World and the Otavalo Market. Afterwards, you can enjoy a 4-day Amazon package with jungle excursions followed by a 4-day cruise through the Galapagos archipelago.

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Amazon + Galapagos Itinerary Details

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights Type: Quito + Galapagos + Amazon Tour Packages

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  • Tours for 1-3 pax will be provided with a driver/guide

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  • Hotel nights based on double occupancy
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13 Days / 12 Nights

Amazon + Galapagos

During 13 days, you can first enjoy Quito and the Middle of the World. Afterwards, you will catch a flight into the Amazon Rainforest for some jungle excursions. From there, you will go straight to the Galapagos to enjoy a 5 day cruise.

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights Type: Quito + Galapagos + Amazon Tour Packages

15 Days / 14 Nights

Amazon + Galapagos

After visiting Quito and the Middle of the World, you will fly to the amazon for a 4 day Amazon lodge package. From there, you will fly over to the Galapagos archipelago to start your 8 day cruise through the Enchanted Islands.

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights Type: Quito + Galapagos + Amazon Tour Packages

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Indulge in the extreme biodiversity of Ecuador on this 14-day Galapagos and Amazon Tour, perfect for explorers and luxury seekers alike. Explore the Andean highlands, cruise the mysterious Amazon, indulge all your senses in the beautiful Galapagos Islands for a true trip of a lifetime.

Explore the Andean Highlands and Quito

Your tour begins with explorations throughout the Andean Highlands, starting with Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Along with exploring the nature of the area, you’ll visit the artisan cities and colorful markets of Cotacachi and Otavalo as a special treat.

There’s still more to see in the Andean highlands, including the Rapture Rescue Center, where wounded birds are rehabilitated, and the true Equatorial line. Finally, walk the rim of an extinct volcano before heading back to Quito to tour its remarkable colonial city center.

Venture Into the Mysterious Amazon Rainforest

Landing in the Amazon city of Coca, you’ll board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute ride to your floating accommodations aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer.

The 121-foot ship was built to cruise through this remote and biodiverse rainforest, offering comfort along the way. You’ll have your choice between the 14 spacious air-conditioned cabins onboard, four of which are Deluxe suites with whirlpool bathtubs.

While you may be deep in the thick rainforest, you don’t have to give up luxury. When not out exploring, enjoy the Rainforest Spa and Amazon Hot Tub while on board. Sip on a cocktail in the panoramic indoor lounge, and enjoy your meals either in the chic dining room or al-fresco in the outdoor lounge.

The observation deck is ideal for nighttime stargazing or relaxing during the day, and the Manatee Amazon Explorer offers satellite internet access, a rarity here in the rainforest.

You won’t want to miss experiencing all the Amazon has to offer though, so join in on nighttime rainforest walks, meet the local community, and gain treetop views from atop a canopy tower. Seek out the exotic wildlife also, including anacondas, giant otters, black caimans, and unique birdlife.

At the end of your Amazon cruise, you’ll once again board a motorized canoe for the trip back to Coca and your return flight to Quito.

Cruise the Galapagos Islands

After resting overnight in Quito, it’s finally time to fly to the famed Galapagos Islands! Once you arrive on Balta Island, you’ll soon board the luxury yacht, the Natural Paradise, your home for the last 3 nights of your Galapagos Amazon tour.

This 108-foot catamaran offers spacious staterooms and suites with private balconies to enjoy. You can also spend time on the panoramic sundeck , bar, or air-conditioned lounge.

Enjoy elegant expedition style cruising as the yacht makes its way to the various islands, including Santa Cruz and Genovesa.

Capture glimpses of various unique wildlife such as flamingos, iguanas, giant tortoises, and abundant birdlife. Don’t forget the incredible marine life also, such as giant tuna and rays, or the unique flora and fauna of the islands like the Opuntia cacti.

You’ll also have chances to disembark on the islands where you can hike through mangroves, watch as sea lions frolic in tidal pools, hike up steep, and swim or snorkel off gorgeous beaches.

As your Ecuador Amazon and Galapagos tour comes to an end, you’ll know the full biodiversity of this incredible country and may even start making plans to come back again soon.

Itinerary & Prices

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

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Cuicocha Lake and Cotacachi

After collecting you from Quito airport, we take a drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and embark on a short stroll through the reserve until the welcome center where we learn all about the flora and fauna of the area. We venture on to the beautiful Cuicocha lagoon, which was formed when an ancient volcano collapsed and formed a caldera. The result is a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi which makes for spectacular viewing, the diameter of its crater is about 3km, and the lake some 180 meters deep.

One of the unique aspects of this lake is the two islets in the middle of the lagoon which collapsed in from the sides of the caldera, leaving two spectacular islands right in the center of the lake. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means “Lago del Cuy” or Guinea Pig Laguna in English. It was given this name due to the guinea pig shape of the largest Island in the middle of the laguna which you can see quite clearly from the viewing point. After the hike, we will stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leatherwork. Here you will find a great variety of stores with top-quality leather articles.

At lunch, we visit the town of Agato to learn more about the local community and their lifestyle and culture where we are privileged enough to be hosted by a local family with whom we enjoy a traditional lunch made with traditional ingredients. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to see how the family produce handicrafts in the same exact manner that their ancestors have for centuries, using a back loom to weave intricate designs. This hand-woven technique produces products of outstanding delicacy and the end result is unique artisan products, the likes of which no machine or factory is able to replicate.

Meals (L, D)

Quito Colonial Building

Visiting Otavalo Market

Today we visit the town of Otavalo, known throughout South America for its enormous and colorful market, and one of the most interesting towns in Ecuador. Still heavily populated by the local  Kichwa indigenous culture, the roots and modern development of the local community can be clearly seen. Here our guide gives you some history of the town, the people, and the market before allowing you to explore in-depth the market. Be sure to keep an eye out not only for the fine fabrics and clothing but also the traditional wooden carvings particular to this area of Ecuador. To help you finds your way around we provide you with a map of the market so you can be sure not to miss anything.

The market sellers adopt a bargaining stance, so do remember to practice your negotiation skills when buying handicrafts. The market itself, known colloquially as “Poncho Plaza”, is situated at the foot of the majestic Mt. Imbabura and once on the outskirts do take a moment to appreciate the striking surrounding landscape.

Meals (B, L, D)

Andean Weaver with Loom multi colored fabrics

Raptor Rescue Center - Parque Cóndor

After a delicious breakfast, we embark on a picturesque trip and a destination with a difference. Condor Park is a rescue center for local avian species, acting as an education and rehabilitation center for wounded birds. Whilst the impressive Andean Condor, with its eight-foot wingspan, is the bird that gives this park its name, the park is host to a whole array of other avian species, particularly raptors, and acts as something of a mini zoo. For the brave of heart, you can don the glove and have one of the birds fly off and circle the surrounding sky before returning to you (not recommended for a bird the size of a condor though!) The bird handlers and staff will be happy to explain the little curiosities of each species and the fun facts that come with that, so expect to broaden your bird knowledge!

The birds of prey that you will see in this center are intrinsically linked to the local people and their centuries of tradition. To this end, you will learn the role each one plays in local folklore and tradition, and how some are venerated to almost god-like status. The center itself is situated atop a small mountain, some 20 minutes’ drive from Otavalo, and as such the journey up is an excursion in its own right as you marvel at the beautiful Andean mountainous surroundings.

As mentioned above, the bravest can take part in a fly-around where you man the glove and for the more cautious among the group you can observe as the bird handlers exercise these beautiful animals against the fantastic backdrop of the Andes.

Andean Condor in Flight

City Tour & The Equatorial Line

A trip to Ecuador encapsulates a mix of history, fascinating indigenous cultures, slow winding rivers, and lush tropical forests, spectacular snowcapped volcanoes, and some of the most exciting wildlife on earth.

Our starting place today is the ‘Mitad del Mundo’, a site located just 45 minutes north of Quito, where a monument marks the equator at its closest point to the city. Archaeological evidence shows that both pre-Inca and Inca civilizations recognized and celebrated the equinox, the day the sun is directly over the equator. We make the 45-minute journey northwest to the equatorial line, where we will walk the rim of the extinct Pululahua volcanic crater. From there we visit the “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” a group of buildings designed to explain the significance of the site, as well as the Ethnographic Initñam Museum, located right on the Equator. Here you will have the chance to plant your feet in two hemispheres at the same time!

Back in Quito, after lunch we will visit the city’s impressive colonial center, the reason Quito was the first city to be named a world heritage site. First on the agenda is a walk through the main plaza, the ‘plaza de la Independencia’, where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the San Francisco Monastery, the first building built in the whole city. We wind down from a busy day’s sightseeing with an excursion all about chocolate! Ecuador’s unique equatorial climate provides the perfect environment for growing the world’s finest cocoa – Cacao Arriba. Cocoa has been revered in Latin America for over 5,000 years and Spanish explorers loved it so much they called it the ‘Food of the Gods’. Our chocolate experience starts with a guide explaining the history of cocoa in Ecuador, followed by a chocolate tasting.

Meals (B, L)

Quito with Cotopaxi erupting in background

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi is the most prominent and famous volcano in Ecuador and its almost symmetrical cone visible on the skyline from Quito. Rising to a height of over 12 thousand feet the volcano is part of a complex of volcanoes on the Ring of Fire and is home to one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world.

At the foot of the volcano is the entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park where we make a stop at the visitor center to learn about the exciting history of the Cotopaxi, past eruptions, and the impact those eruptions have had on the surrounding area, culture, and agriculture. The mountain’s colorful past also has had an impact geographically and this has, in turn, affected the wildlife. Our guide will explain how the volcano is central to life in the area and talk you through the unique characteristics of the local flora and fauna.

From there we visit Lake Limpiopungo which offers a chance for some spectacular sights. We take a walk around a part of the lake till we reach the perfect point to see the whole of Cotopaxi reflected in the lake as a mirror image. Quite often the low lying clouds can offer an additional dimension to this view and many a fantastic photograph has been taken from this viewpoint. If you feel like a longer walk, a 2-hour hike will take us to Mt. Cotopaxi’s J. Ribas refuge (4,800 m) where you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the volcano and the surrounding Andean peaks.

Cotopaxi Mountain with Fog

Fly Amazon & Cruise Embarkation

AM: After breakfast, at the scheduled time, you will be picked up from your hotel and privately transferred to Papallacta airport, ready to board your departure flight to Quito!

PM : After a flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, we will transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon, until we reach the Manatee Amazon Explorer and receive our welcome aboard.

On the Manatee, we will be joined by expert local naturalist guides, who will provide us with a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon; afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to explore our cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River. After dinner, we will take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest’s nocturnal activity and vividly experience its biodiversity first-hand.

Meals (B, D)

Manatee Amazon Navigating

Yasuni National Park

AM : Early in the morning, we will visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, we can also find anacondas, river turtles, and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey”.

PM : In the afternoon, we will take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.

Canoe Ride through the amazon

Kichwa Family and Life Onboard

AM : We will start the day off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, where we will receive the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.

PM : We will then board the Manatee for lunch as we continue upstream. Guests will participate in a cooking class with our expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian. Guests are invited to try traditional handicrafts or enjoy our onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from our Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at our Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from our Observation Deck.

• This day we are pleased to offer a camping program for our adventurous guests, which is an alternative manner to explore this enchanting destination (optional activity for the 5 & 8-day itineraries).

Kids in cooking class

Forest Adventure and Observation Canopy Tower

AM : Our guests can relax and enjoy the Manatee Amazon Explorer during the morning and disembark to explore the nearby forest and discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin.

PM : In the afternoon, we will visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top as we loom above the lush treetops and look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening, we will take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

Amazon observation tower

Disembarkation & Departing Coca

AM: This is where our adventure ends! Enjoy the final part of our return journey, then disembark the Manatee Amazon Cruise to take the motorized canoe for 90 minutes back to Coca. From here you will take a flight back to Quito.

In Quito, you will stay near the airport for convenience, as you depart the following day to begin your adventure in the Galapagos Islands!

Campfire people having fun in the amazon

Departing Quito & Cruise Embarkation

AM: You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Natural Paradise staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

PM: Accessible by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green which contrasts beautifully with the dry, lower part of the islands. The predominant vegetation in the highlands is Scalesia trees which create a lush green forest. The lava tunnels, over half a mile long, are underground, and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience. At this place, you’ll have lunch.

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four-years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

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El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM:  In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

PM:  In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half-mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path, we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Blue Footed Boobies rockery

Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port

AM :In Espumilla Beach marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could come face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

PM:  Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent sight.

Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur seals bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Sally Lightfoot Crab On A Lava Rock Galapagos

Bachas Beach & Disembarkation

AM : The morning visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

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Machu Picchu, Ecuador Amazon & Galapagos Cruise

Visit three of the most fascinating destinations in South America in one trip. Explore the ancient ruins of the Inca civilization. Stay in a luxurious eco-lodge…

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Visit three of the most fascinating destinations in South America in one trip. Explore the ancient ruins of the Inca civilization. Stay in a luxurious eco-lodge in the Amazon amidst scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and countless other animals. Cruise the Galapagos Islands and view wildlife that inspired Darwin to introduce his theory of natural selection.

  • TRIP LENGTH  14 days
  • STARTING AT $6,290
  • DEPARTURE DATES  Every Sunday
  • BOAT CAPACITY 100 passengers

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  • Explore the Sacred Valley & Cusco
  • Visit an ancient Inca Fortress
  • Trek through the Amazon rainforest
  • View the forest from a canopy tower
  • Watch parrots flock at clay licks
  • Observe endemic wildlife in the Galapagos
  • Private tours in Peru and mainland Ecuador
  • Small group excursions on the Galapagos cruise
  • All lodging in double or triple occupancy
  • All activities per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Internal airfare (additional cost)
  • Detailed pre-departure materials
  • Dedicated Andean Discovery US & South American staff assisting you every step of the way!
  • International airfare to and from South America
  • $120 per person Galapagos park fees
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Meet your Andean Discovery guide and transfer to your hotel.

Quito, Ecuador, is a spectacular city positioned just a few miles shy of the equator in a narrow valley surrounded by volcanoes. At 9,350 feet above sea level, it is the second highest capital city in Latin America and maintains a pleasant spring-like climate all year round. Quito is also the cultural epicenter of Ecuador, with a plethora of museums, expansive outdoor parks, and colorful festivals and fairs. Upon evening arrival into Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport, you will be met by Andean Discovery staff and transferred to your hotel to relax after the long flights.

Meals : On your own

Standard Lodging: NH Hotel Quito

Superior Lodging : Swissotel Quito

Options & Add-ons: Consider flying in a day earlier and enjoy a city tour or explore an Andean cloud forest.

Nature walk with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and sea lions on North Seymour. Begin Legend Itinerary “C”.

This morning you will be met by Andean Discovery staff and transferred to the airport in time for your morning flight to Baltra Island, Galápagos. Upon arrival in the Galapagos, you will be met by your Galapagos naturalist guide and have lunch and a welcome briefing on board the Galapagos Legend. This afternoon you will disembark on North Seymour Island and enjoy a two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also observe sea lions, and land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging: Galapagos Legend – Standard Cabin

Cabin Upgrades: Standard Plus Cabin , Junior Suite, Balcony Suite

Options & Add-ons: If you prefer a smaller boat, opt for the 20 and 36-passenger Coral I & II vessels or upgrade to a luxury 16-passenger catamaran or yacht

Nature walk on Bartolome and Santiago Islands. See the varied types of volcanic geology.

Bartolome Island

This morning, discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones spatter, cinder, and lava bombs as you hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island), Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Sullivan Bay

This afternoon, explore Sullivan bay, a coral beach leading to an expanse of lava. Look for signs of plant life that have emerged over the past hundred years, since the most recent volcanic explosion. Explore the archipelago’s varied types of volcanic geology characteristics all in one spot.

High intensity hike along green beach and a volcanic tuff. White sand beaches and snorkeling at Wizard Hill.

Pitt Point / Pitt Islet

Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Wizard Hill

Wizard Hill or Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone* that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

Cabin Upgrades: Standard Plus Cabin, Junior Suite, Balcony Suite

Visit giant tortoises and learn about conservation programs, stop in the port village, then begin the journey to Quito.

Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. Transfer to the airport in Baltra in time for your flight to Quito. A light lunch/snack will be served on the flight. Additional lunch not included. Upon arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport, you will be met by Andean Discovery staff and transferred to your hotel.

Standard Lodging: Rincon de Puembo

Superior Lodging : EB Hotel Quito Airport

Featuring the Napo Wildlife Center itinerary. Fly to the small town of Coca and make your way to your lodge by canoe.

This morning a 30-minute flight takes you to Coca, a small town located in the upper Amazon Basin. From there embark on a 2-hour motorized canoe ride along the Napo River. Look for marine birds, including herons and kingfishers, along the way. Next board traditional, dugout canoes for a majestic and peaceful 1- to 2-hour ride surrounded by trees overhead. You will be paddled along a narrow creek that connects to the lagoon where your lodge is located. Keep your eyes out for monkeys, toucans, parrot, and macaws. After arriving at the lodge and enjoying dinner, opt to look for caimans around the lake as you take in the evening sounds of the jungle.

Standard Lodging: Sacha Lodge

Superior Lodging : Napo Wildlife Center

Visit two parrot clay licks, enjoy hikes through the forest, then relax at your lodge and observe all different wildlife.

A native Anangu guide and a bilingual naturalist guide lead you during todays excursions, including visits to two parrot clay licks. Back at the lodge you may see a group of giant otters investigating near the dock, a large black caiman crossing the lake, a capybara looking for rest near the waters edge, or blue and yellow macaws soaring overhead.

See the Amazon canopy from a bird’s eye view a-top an observation tower, hike the forest, and end with a canoe ride.

After an early breakfast, climb a 120- foot canopy observation tower and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is built into the tree to experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass through the tree canopy, Spider Monkeys search for fruit in nearby trees, and toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons. This afternoon hike into the forest interior where you may see lizards, colorful manikins, or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. Afterward, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant otter family.

One last canoe ride to conclude your amazon stay before beginning your journey to Lima, Peru.

This morning board the canoes for a paddle upstream back to Coca for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito enjoy a late lunch at a nearby restaurant and transfer back to the airport in time for your international flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met by Andean Discovery staff and transferred to your hotel.

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Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport

Options & Add-ons: Add an extra day in Lima to explore this vibrant city, boasting some of the best restaurants in all of Latin America

Meet friendly llamas and alpacas and enjoy lunch at a private Andean estate.

Wake up knowing the capital of the ancient Incan Empire awaits! An Andean Discovery staff member will ensure your journey to Cusco goes smoothly by assisting the check-in for your one-hour flight. After a spectacular trip over the Andes Mountains, your Andean Discovery guide and driver will greet you and you’ll begin your descent into the Sacred Valley. This area extends from Cusco, the Imperial City, to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. In this area, ancient civilization and modern life collide with an intriguing mix of archeological sites and vibrant small towns. Meet fluffy llamas and alpacas and learn about the important role of weaving in Peruvian culture, and visit an artisan textile market. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a private estate and peruse its fine collection of Inca and colonial artifacts. Later this afternoon, you’ll check into your room at an Andean paradise with fragrant gardens and mountain views.

Standard Lodging: Tierra Viva Sacred Valley

Superior Lodging : Hacienda Urubamba. Enjoy stargazing, panoramic views and more with this upgrade

Options & Add-ons: Visit a crafts market in Pisac and walk a trail up to ancient temples

Visit the fortress at Ollantaytambo and embark on the famous train ride through the cloud forest toward Machu Picchu.

This morning continue down the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, home to the royal estate of the ninth Inca, Pachacuti, one of the most important Inca rulers because of his role in expanding the empire throughout South America. Today, Ollantaytambo is thought to be the only remaining example of pre- Colombian urban planning. It still retains the original street plan and foundations designed by the Incas. Later this morning, experience one of the world’s great train rides as you embark on the journey to Machu Picchu. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as the mighty Urubamba River carves its way through the Andean peaks outside your window. Descend into the cloud forest and arrive in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. If you opt for the upgraded lodging, our staff will assist you to your boutique eco-lodge, Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, situated in 13 acres of cloud forest garden along the Urubamba River. This afternoon is free to spend as you desire, with opportunities to visit thermal hot springs, a natural sweat lodge sauna, and a serene orchid pavilion.

Standard Lodging: Casa Andina MP

Superior Lodging : MP Pueblo Hotel. Enjoy hot springs, nature trails, and other activities in the cloud forest with this upgrade

Options & Add-ons: Extra visit to Machu Picchu – Short Inca Trail trek to MP

Travel back in time as you explore Machu Picchu with your guide and enjoy a hike up nearby Wayna Picchu.

Take a short bus ride through tropical mountain forests to reach Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Flanked by steep Andean peaks on all sides and the mighty Urubamba River gorge below, it’s no wonder the Spanish were never able to find this secret Incan hideaway. Journey back in time with a walking tour through the complex and learn about the mysterious origins of this other- worldly citadel, which once served as a private retreat for Inca royals and their families. Marvel at the intricate and sophisticated stonework of its dwellings, sculptures, terraces and waterways, all of which make Machu Picchu one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time. Visit the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Plaza, and the famous Intihuatana stone, a sacred stone carved by the Inca to mark the solstice and determine the beginning and end of each agricultural year. After exploring Machu Picchu, relax and watch the clouds of mist roll in over the mountains or opt for an exhilarating hike up to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an unparalleled aerial view of the ruins. Return to Cusco this evening. Dinner on your own.

Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco

Superior Lodging : Palacio del Inka

Options & Add-ons: Hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu for a birds- eye view of Machu Picchu

Visit the Coricancha sun temple, Sacsayhuaman, and a local food market, then fly to Lima and depart.

This morning you will explore Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire and known as the ”Navel of the World” in the Quechua language. Quechua- speaking descendants of the Incas fill the streets, proof that this ancient culture is still vibrant today. Meet your guide and wander down cobbled walkways admiring the architecture, a unique blend of Inca and Spanish influences. The first stop is a local, open-air market where Cusqueños buy their produce, meats, and cheeses. Discover exotic fruits, and several varieties of Quinoa, the Andean superfood, as well as unusual items like guinea pig and live frogs. Sample local delicacies, such as Chuta bread, which is cooked in traditional wood-burning ovens. Later this morning, visit the Coricancha, a temple dedicated to the sun that was once covered in sheets of gold and filled with golden figures and statues. This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore Cusco on your own. Explore the colorful artisan shops of the San Blas neighborhood and search for the famed twelve sided stone. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, check in for your international flight. Dinner not included.

Lodging: Overnight flight

Options & Add-ons: Peruvian cooking class and food market tour with a local Chef

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Swissotel | Quito, Ecuador

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The Swissotel Quito is a luxurious hotel located in the Floresta neighborhood of Quito. Overlook the city of Quito from your room and enjoy the view of the mountains. Enjoy a relaxing stay in the wellness area after a long adventure, the wellness area includes an outdoor and indoor pool and a sauna. If you want to work out they also have a sports area and a gym and fitness centre. Amenities include free internet connection, air conditioning, and other modern amenities.

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Galapagos Legend Cruise

The Galapagos Legend provides luxury without formality. It has many social areas, such as the sun deck, pool and piano lounge. Guests dine on exceptional local and international cuisine buffet style in indoor and alfresco dining areas. 24 hr. room service is available. The conference room can accommodate 90 people. Seven multilingual guides lead guests on expeditions by foot and aboard a glass bottom boat to the islands' most popular sites. Guests can relax in the sauna, spa or massage room. The "Kids Korner" playground, games room and mini cinema ensure that children won't be bored.

EB Hotel Quito Airport | Quito, Ecuador

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Conveniently located at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), the Eurobuilding Hotel is the perfect home base for day trips exploring Quito's historic district, or to spend a layover before heading to the Galapagos Islands or Amazon.

Napo Wildlife Center | Amazon, Ecuador

Napo Wildlife Center

Located deep in Yasuní­ National Park, the Napo Wildlife Center is the most luxurious lodge in Ecuador's Amazon. It is 100% owned and managed by the native Añangu community, a pioneer in sustainable, culturally friendly tourism in Ecuador. The lodge consists of 12 luxury bungalows and a large dining hall with a library and a well-stocked bar. Attached to the bar is a 50-foot viewing tower from which you can see the Andes on a clear day! The surrounding rainforest is teeming with wildlife, including over 562 species of birds, troops of monkeys, giant river otters, and many other animals. Enjoy small-group excursions with a native guide and bilingual naturalist guide, both experts in spotting and identifying the wildlife of the Amazon.

Lima Airport Wyndham Hotel | Lima, Peru

Wyndham Lima Airport

Conveniently located within Jorge Chavez International Airport, the Lima Airport Wyndham Hotel offers guests first class accommodations and services.

Hacienda Urubamba | Sacred Valley, Peru

Hacienda Urubamba exterior

Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the luxurious Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary hacienda-style lodge. Set on a 100-acre property, the lodge is surrounded by imposing green mountains and boasts awe-inspiring panoramic views. All 12 rooms in the Casa Hacienda and 24 stand-alone luxury casitas feature breathtaking views of the valley, immersing guests in open space, serenity and relaxing solitude. The architecture and interiors are inspired by the area's cultural history, with colonial furniture, handcrafted woodwork, and authentic Inca masks that add to the hacienda's local charm. An "Earth to Table" culinary concept is operated with its own 10-acre organic plantation where guests are welcome to pick their own produce. Carbon-free crops such as quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes are farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen, as done centuries ago.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Urubamba, Peru

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel front

Inkaterra Machu Picchu is an intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel tucked within 12 secluded acres of cloud forest. Waterfalls and streams gently cascade through acres of orchids, and multiple species of hummingbirds whiz around the property. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas.

Palacio del Inka | Cusco, Peru

Palacio del Inka reception area

A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel is perfectly located in the historic center of Cusco. Directly across from the Koricancha, the temple of the sun, it is a five-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants. Uniting the past and present, Palacio del Inka offers traditional spa treatments and an indoor therapy pool. The Inti Raymi restaurant offers authentic Peruvian and international dishes.

Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center

Located deep in Yasuní­ National Park, the Napo Wildlife Center is the most luxurious lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon. It is 100% owned and managed by the native Añangu community, a pioneer in sustainable, culturally friendly tourism in Ecuador. The lodge consists of 12 luxury bungalows and a large dining hall with a library and a

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1-Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Follow the footsteps of ancient Inca messengers to enter Machu Picchu through the famous Gate of the Sun, while sleeping in comfortable eco-lodges. This one-day trek allows you to enjoy the wonder and mystique of the Inca Trail in an abbreviated version. You’ll follow the final day of the classic 4-day Inca Trail Trek for a legendary introduction to the majestic citadel Machu Picchu.

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City Tour of Lima, Peru

Spend an afternoon visiting colonial-era Lima. Founded by the ruthless Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima went on to become a viceroyalty of the Spanish empire before it became the capital of the newly independent republic.

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Nazca Lines & Paracas National Reserve

Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines and explore Paracas National Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site. A boat trip to the Ballestas Islands offers great perspective of the desert coastline and up-close viewing of coastal birds, sea lions, and fur seals. Day 1: Depart Lima early this morning for Paracas, taking in magnificent coastal

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Peruvian Cooking Class | Cusco

Peruvian cuisine is at once incredibly varied and surprisingly unique. It draws on the nation’s rich confluence of cultures and its diverse geography, which provides chefs with an extensive natural pantry. Peruvians have long been deeply proud of their gastronomic tradition but more recently the rest of the world has caught on to the fact

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Colombia is a great place to visit throughout the year because of its proximity to the equator. Although the official dry season is from December to March, the Caribbean coast and Medellin experience warm, dry weather all year round. The tourist high season is December to February and areas like Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park can be crowded during this time. Generally, Colombia requires light clothing suitable for warm to hot weather. During these months, the nights in the highlands can become chilly in areas of higher altitude so travelers should pack layers for when the sun goes down.

The lowlands enjoy similar tropical temperatures year-round but more frequent rain showers occur in April to June and again in October and November.

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon climate is wet all year long. Pack very light clothing but long sleeves and trousers to prevent mosquito bites during the evenings. It is also essential to have waterproof clothing in preparation for downpours.

What to Pack

The style of clothing worn by local Colombians generally depends on the region they inhabit. To fit in with the locals, pack a selection of light, summer-friendly options for visits to tropical Cartagena and a variety of big-city brights and fashionable nightwear for cities like Medellin and Bogota. Dressing in lightweight, easy-dry layers is a great way to stay cozy and comfortable throughout your trip to Colombia as the weather varies in each region depending on the time of day you travel.

Residents throughout Colombia pride themselves on being fashion forward and formal dress is often expected for fancy dinners and night-time activities. Male visitors may wish to purchase a Guayabera, or “fancy white shirt” after they arrive in Colombia as these garments are favored by locals and are considered acceptable attire for nearly any social situation within the country.

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Colombia is a popular hotspot for international tourists and South American natives alike and travelers have several options for accommodations during their stay. Our personalized Colombia tours offer a wide variety of lodging experiences and guests are able to choose from a huge selection of the best Colombia hotels available. We partner with several leading accommodation providers from small hostels to five-star hotels to ensure you have the best experience possible on your trip to Colombia!

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Colombia’s tourism sector has experienced huge growth over the last decade – and for good reason! Read on to learn more about the top trips and tours in Colombia at Andean Discovery!

COFFEE TRIANGLE

Coffee lovers curious about the origin of their morning buzz will love exploring eje cafetero, home to world-renowned Arabica coffee. The area’s mysterious scenery, an assortment of flora and fauna, charming Andean villages, and tasty traditional trucha (trout) will captivate the interest of people who don’t even drink the famed beverage.

Colorful colonial history, tropical Caribbean setting, and wonderful weather come together in Cartagena. Enjoy a laidback ambiance as you explore Ciudad Amurallada, one of the world’s best-preserved walled cities containing a plethora of flowers, colorful buildings, and intimate plazas. Make sure to pack your dancing shoes because Cartagena has a variety of authentic salsa joints where the bands play as their pay depends on getting people to dance.

AMAZON CALANOA LODGE

View the Amazon rainforest from the comfort of a low-impact, small-scale settlement with easy access to natural marvels. The Calanoa Project promotes respectful tourism by working with nearby indigenous communities to preserve ancestral knowledge and cultural practices. They have planted hundreds of hardwood trees, fruits and palms have been planted in order to supply food, fibers, and building materials for a self-sufficient operation. You will also enjoy Calanoa’s cuisine, a fusion of local Amazonian traditions with Brazilian, Colombian, and Peruvian influences using organic and fresh local produce.

NATIONAL PARK TOUR

One of Colombia’s most popular national parks, Tayrona National Park, encompasses the Caribbean coast from the Bahí­a de Taganga near Santa Marta to the mouth of the Rí­o Piedras. Tayrona National Park includes beaches, a rainforest, and even an arid landscape with cacti and light-brown hills in the western section. The park is home to at least 56 endangered species.

NATURE RESERVE

Birders and wildlife enthusiasts shouldn’t miss El Dorado Reserve, considered to be a Holy Grail for birding in the Americas. This 1,600-acre reserve hosts the highest concentration of continental, range-restricted bird species found anywhere in the world, just a two hours drive from the tourist city of Santa Marta. You can also find endemic and threatened amphibian specie, as well as local flora and fauna.

A historically infamous city, Medellin is now gaining attention for its incredible rebirth and inventiveness. Colombia’s second-largest city even beat cities like New York and Tel Aviv to be awarded “World’s Most Innovative City” in 2013. Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, the area boasts pleasant temperatures year-round and supports lush botanical gardens in its picturesque location in the Aburrá Valley. This vibrant city is filled with public art, modernist architecture, and impressive museums, but the party really starts when the sun goes down and rhythms of Colombian Salsa and Vallenato music fill the air. This city likes to eat, drink, dance, and watch soccer in its numerous bars and restaurants.

Little is known about the natives who inhabited the area that is now Colombia before the Spanish arrived in 1500.

Shortly after arriving, the Spanish established the colony of New Granada and built the settlement of Santa Fe de Bogota, which subsequently becomes known as Bogota. These new colonies thrived and many African slaves were taken to these cities to assist with building and maintenance. After a 14-year struggle, Simí³n Bolí­var’s Venezuelan troops defeated the Spanish at the battle of Boyacá in Colombia in 1819. The resulting Republic of Gran Colombia united Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador as a single country under one central leader. Due to regional differences, Gran Colombia dissolved in 1829-1830 when Bolí­var lost Venezuela and Ecuador to separatists.

In the 19th century, Colombia was a troubled country and suffered eight civil wars between its liberal and conservative parties as conservatives believed in a strong central government and a powerful church while liberals believed in a decentralized government, strong regional power, and a limited role of the church. Political instability continued through the late 19th century and culminated in the War of a Thousand Days which began in 1899 and resulted in the death of nearly 120,000 people.

In the early 20th century, social legislation was introduced and Colombia was generally peaceful and without conflict – trade unions were encouraged, the economy developed and the export of coffee increased. This period of rest was short-lived however and the assassination of the well-liked and respected left-wing mayor of Bogota in 1948 caused riots and began a civil war that lasted until 1957.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the situation in Colombia improved. In 2000, the United States pledged $1.3 billion to fight drug trafficking with “Plan Colombia”. Violence in Colombia declined after 2002 when President Alvaro Uribe increased Colombia’s security, aggressively campaigned against the drug trade, and passed several economic reform bills.

In 2012, the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) went into effect. This agreement eliminated tariffs and other trade barriers to the exchange of goods and services between Colombia and the United States. In the early 21st century, the Colombian economy grew rapidly and poverty and unemployment declined. Today, Colombia is booming, tourism is increasing and the country has a bright future.

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History of Peru

The history of Peru (before the Inca era) as we know it today has been uncovered, in large part, through large archaeological excavation endeavors. Historical artifacts including ceramics, textiles, and cave drawings have been collected, sorted, and displayed throughout Peru’s archaeological museums – a collection of clues as to the lives of Peruvian inhabitants who lived and worked nearly 20,000 years ago. Advanced hunting tools and well-planned irrigation systems lead many to believe that these early colonies were cutting-edge, organized, and well-established.

The Incan empire ruled from around 1400 A.C. to 1500 and is widely considered one of the largest dynasties in American history before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. This small tribe of peoples was based out of Cusco, which served as the country’s capital city throughout Inca rule. Machu Picchu is one of the most well-preserved ruins left behind by the Incan peoples, and thousands of tourists flock to visit the historical site’s peak each year. The Incas grew to be one of the largest and most powerful forces in South America and had a complex and interesting society that is well studied to this day.

Spanish soldiers arrived in the South American land in 1532 and began plotting to take over the rule of the fertile and bountiful country. These European soldiers brought smallpox and other illnesses into Peru, killing thousands of “New World” inhabitants including Huayna Capac who served as the 11th Inca or King. Capac’s sons were each given half of his kingdom and a civil war that began between the brothers helped to quicken the downfall of the Incan empire. Spanish rulers changed the capital of Peru from the land-locked Cuzco to coastal Lima to accommodate arriving soldiers and facilitate trade.

Peru’s Independence Wars were fought from 1810 until 1824 when a battle led by General Antonio Jose de Sucre secured freedom from Spanish rule. Peru continued to fight for freedom throughout the 1800s and 1900s – defeating Spanish rulers in 1866 and losing a large piece of land to Chile in a war that spanned from 1879 to 1883. A war with Ecuador in 1941 over borders wasn’t resolved until 1998 when Peru agreed to allow Ecuador access to the Amazon rainforest in exchange for keeping control over the land.

In 2001 Peru elected its first Native Indian President, Alejandro Toledo. The country has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of South America and thousands of tourists visit to hike, swim, shop, and to learn more about Peruvian history firsthand through the exploration of archaeological sites and artifacts each year.

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What to See in Peru

Peru is one of the most popular countries for tourist travel in South America. Although visiting Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of many adventurers worldwide, seasoned explorers know that this beautiful and eclectic country is not just a one-stop destination. Learn more about the top five things to do when visiting Peru below.

MACHU PICCHU

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous archaeological sites in all of South America and the popular peak has definitely earned its reputation for awe-inspiring views. Voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2001, the “lost city of the Incas�? contains so many historical monuments and examples of Inca architecture – it’s best to have a tour guide to walk you through the history, legend and folklore surrounding this mystical place. Travel to the peak of this historical mountain by hiking, or via a spectacular train ride via Ollantaytambo train station.

CUZCO (SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS)

This colorful city was once the capital of the Incan empire and remains a cultural hotspot to this day. This exciting town is extremely close to Machu Picchu and provides an excellent resting point for travellers who are looking to spend a bit of down time before they hike the popular summit. Visit an indigenous market in Pisac to purchase handmade crafts and to sample authentic Peruvian foods or take a brief hike throughout the cities’ ruins that previously made up the Incas’ agricultural system.

HIKING THE INCA TRAIL

This 26 mile trek isn’t for the faint of heart – but the satisfaction gained by finishing this challenging expedition more than makes up for the struggle of navigating a historical land. From beautiful mountain scenery to tropical jungle, hikers experience the beauty and wonder of many Peruvian landscapes. Begin your hike by crossing Cusichaca (aptly named “The Bridge of Happiness�?) and plan to spend around 6-8 hours hiking over a four day period to cross the finish line and enter Machu Picchu.

LAKE TITICACA

This large and diverse lake borders Peru and Bolivia and is home to over 500 species of aquatic life. Visit the floating islands of the Uros people to learn about a unique community with a spectacular way of living – or spend time in the small town of Puno, where folklore is cherished and celebrated in weekend festivals and markets.

COLCA CANYON & AREQUIPA

Peru’s epic Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and is home to large families of spectacular Andean Condors. Plan your trip from the comfort of Arequipa, a nearby town that offers hiking, hot springs and magnificent views.

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Peru is one of the most popular destinations for travelers to South America and popular tourist areas offer a variety of hotels, hostels and lodges that are as diverse and eclectic as the country itself! Our local guides have an intimate knowledge of the Peruvian landscape and know which locations provide the best experience overall for tourists and travelers alike. We partner with high-quality hotels to make sure each and every guest has the adventure of a lifetime. Read on to learn more about some of the lodging options we offer for custom tours to Peru!

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Peru is one of the most diverse countries in Latin America – with warm coastal deserts, cool rainforests and even snowy mountain regions. Located south of the equator, Peru experiences weather patterns that are opposite to those experienced by individuals living on the East Coast of the United States – so cold and snowy weather in Boston is a likely indicator of warm and sunny skies in Lima. If you’re planning to see everything that this amazingly unique country has to offer, you’ll need a wide variety of clothing options to keep you comfortable throughout the trip.

The weight limit for checked luggage on most internal flights, including Cusco and the Amazon is currently 20 kilos (44 pounds) per person. If you are over that limit, you’ll likely need to pay a surcharge.

Large suitcases are not permitted on the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, although these cases can be stored securely at the lodge during excursions. A small weekend bag is recommended as you’ll need a change of clothes and essential items when travelling to Machu Picchu overnight.

The typical dress code throughout the country is functional and casual – female travellers may want to bring one dress and a pair of dressier sandals for night-time outings or fancy dinner reservations.

Packing lightweight layers is an easy and effective way to make sure you’re prepared for any climate – fabrics should be waterproof whenever possible to allow for protection during short and sudden rainstorms.

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Best time to visit Peru

Peru is made up of three distinct geographical subsections, each with their own weather and temperature patterns. The country is split (N to S) by the Andes mountains and contains parts of the Amazon jungle in the East. Although each of these locals experiences slightly different weather patterns, November through March is generally considered to be the “Wet season�? and April through October is generally considered to be the “Dry season�? throughout the entire country. Read on to learn more about the best times to visit Peru on your next vacation!

COASTAL REGION

Temperatures are generally warm throughout the year and the coastal region usually experiences little rainfall. High daytime temperatures (80+ F) and lower nighttime temperatures (50+ F) make for a relaxing vacation. The city of Lima can get quite foggy from April through October but the sun breaks through clouds the further out from Lima you travel. The capital city is warm and humid from November through March.

ANDES / MACHU PICCHU

Expect high temperatures and dry climates from April through October – although temperatures vary by altitude so light layers are encouraged for those planning to visit the peaks of Machu Picchu. Sudden, heavy showers occur from November through March so raincoats are a must.

AMAZON RAINFOREST

Humidity is high throughout the year and rainfall should be expected from November through March. Warm days and cool nights demand layers for travelers who expect to be outside for long periods of time.

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History of Ecuador

Ecuador’s written history as we know it today begins with the concentration of early cultures of indigenous peoples throughout coastal areas that supported the majority of inhabitants from as far back as the year 9000 B.C. These early pioneers lived relatively peaceful lives in small clans and large tribes who survived by fishing, hunting, and eventually farming on the region’s fertile land. These wandering tribes eventually settled down into permanent societies including the Valdivia peoples who created intricate ceramic pottery creations, the Quitus peoples (after whom Quito is named) and the Caras who enjoyed considerable power and prestige in the region until the mid 1400’s when the small country was invaded by the Incas of Peru.

The Incas were ruthless in their pursuit of power over Ecuadorian land and many lives were lost defending the area – to no avail. Quechua, an Inca language still widely spoken in Ecuador was introduced to natives at this time and many great buildings and cities were built throughout the region. The Inca empire enjoyed its rule over Ecuador until the mid 1500’s when Spanish forces took the land in yet another series of bloody battles that ultimately led to the total conquering of Ecuadorian peoples. A period of enslavement ensued, and Spanish rulers continued to profit from the work of Ecuadorian citizens until major worldwide financial depressions caused economic downfall in the period between 1700 and 1800.

This collapse allowed for the possibility of native revolt and Ecuadorians from all walks of life banded together to retake the cities once ruled by their ancestors. Ecuador became fully independent in 1830 – but internal power struggles created a period of instability and fear. Democratic leadership and free elections in the 20th century helped to create a more peaceful society that has prospered over time – and tourism quickly became one of the fastest growing industries in this small South American hotspot.

Centro Quito

What to See

Ecuador is truly a place of beauty and of diverse landscapes – offering a wide selection of travel options that include epic volcano treks, wildlife-rich island hopping tours and mysterious jungle adventures. From the Andean Highlands to the Galapagos Islands, this small country is packed full of experiences that are hard to pass up. Learn more about the top five things to do in Ecuador below!

TRAVEL IN STYLE TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

View the flora, fauna and wildlife of this unique and historical site on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands!

Galapagos Santa Cruz II Beach Visit

VISIT THE ANDEAN HIGHLANDS

Travel throughout the colorful and welcoming indigenous villages that house generations of native Ecuadorian people. Visit authentic markets, view active volcanic peaks and discover the natural beauty of the land on a custom tour throughout the Highlands!

Horse back riding

TOUR THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON

Venture deep into the heart of the largest existing rainforest on this planet to view native flora, fauna and wildlife on a customized tour in the Ecuadorian Amazon!

Ecuador Amazon monkey

HIKE THROUGH THE CLOUD FORESTS

Be one with nature while visiting one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere – the Mashpi Reserve! Located on the western slopes of the Andes, this three-thousand acre reserve is home to a comfortable lodge that acts as the perfect homebase for nature lovers!

Mashpi Lodge room

QUILOTOA LOOP TREKKING TOUR

Truly experience nature in all of its spectacular glory on this five-day hiking trek through one of South America’s most scenic routes: The Quilotoa Loop.

Quilotoa Lake

Ecuador is a small country with a big tourism industry and travelers generally have no problems finding accommodations that suit their specific travel style. Our customized Ecuador tours allow for a wide variety of choices in lodging that include everything from high-quality hotels to inexpensive hostels to luxury Galapagos cabin rooms! We work hard to ensure that each and every guest is given a safe and comfortable room that acts as a home-away-from-home throughout your stay. Read on to learn more about the lodging options we offer in Ecuador!

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Ecuador Packing List

Ecuador’s unique landscape includes four diverse subregions that all have individual weather patterns and climates – so travelers should consult with their individual itineraries to pinpoint which areas they will visit during their stay. Although some areas (like Guayaquil and the Ecuadorian Amazon region) experience extremely high, humid temperatures at times during the year, other locations (like the country’s’ capital city, Quito) have consistently mild temperatures that hover below seventy degrees (fahrenheit) throughout the year.

If you are travelling to several regions during your stay, packing a suitcase full of light layers can help to accommodate temperature changes and keep you comfortable during your stay. Some areas at high-elevations experience light snowfall during the winter months, so a fleece jacket is recommended for travel during that time. All fabrics should be quick-drying as short rainshowers are common in many areas around the country.

The primary currency used in Ecuador is the US dollar and many personal-hygiene items are available for purchase so don’t bother loading your suitcase full of shampoo, toothpaste or the like. Purchasing clothing and shoes can be difficult, especially large sizes, as the average Ecuadorian is shorter than US travelers. No matter what region you will visit during your stay, make sure to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes that have been broken in before your trip to ensure comfort throughout your visit.

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When to Visit Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country with a hugely diverse population and a wide variety of biologically unique plants and animals. The peak travel season for tourists runs from June through September and from December through January – although stable weather patterns create a friendly environment for visitors throughout the year. There are four major climate zones in Ecuador, so tourists are able to plan travel around the current climate of each zone.

The Andes Region, including Quito and the Andean Highlands experiences cool and dry temperatures throughout the winter season which lasts roughly from June through September. Warmer temperatures are enjoyed during the summer months (December through March) but this time period is also considered the country’s rainy season so visitors can expect to experience a few showers during their travels.

The Amazon region experiences rainfall year round but temperatures are generally high – reaching 90+ degrees fahrenheit throughout the year. Heading towards the Pacific Coast region, travelers can expect high temperatures and sunny days, mixed in with short rainshowers during the day. Cooler temperatures and cloudy skies from June to September mean it will be too chilly to swim during the dry season in this area.

Finally, the Galapagos Region experiences dry weather and cool temperatures from June to December with rainy conditions and warmer weather starting in late December and lasting until May.

Napo Wildlife Center

The 15 Most Iconic Species of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands Wildlife & Nature – a Trip Approach: The Galapagos Islands , named after the shells of saddleback Galapagos tortoises, is a mind-blowing experience. The animals have no instinctive fear of humans, allowing you amazingly close encounters with unique species. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such a diverse group of wildlife in such close proximity: swim and snorkel with sea lions, watch a penguin waddle into the water, scuba dive with hammerhead sharks, stand right next to two male iguanas fighting for a mate, view a waved albatross, with its 8-foot wingspan, soar along coastal cliffs, and ponder a 400-pound giant Galapagos Tortoises

Andean Discovery has compiled this handy list of the 15 most iconic Galapagos species. Whether you choose to do a Galapagos land-based tour or a Galapagos cruise , you are sure to have the wildlife experience of a lifetime.

Galapagos Islands Descriptions

Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are made up of 13 main islands and 48 islets. Scattered over an area of 36,000 square miles around the equator, none of the islands have ever been connected by land to any mainland area. The Islands are entirely volcanic and are considered to be one of the largest and most active sets of oceanic volcanoes in the world. The formation of the Islands began between three and five million years ago, very “young” in geologic terms. Volcanic eruptions broke through the ocean floor and initiated the building of underwater mountains, which continued to grow with successive eruptions and form the Galapagos Islands. The islands are still active today with new eruptions typically occurring in the western part of the archipelago.

Explore the Galapagos Islands visitor sites below and contact us to start planning your adventure!

GALAPAGOS CENTRAL ISLANDS

Santa Cruz Island |  Santiago Island |  Santa Fe Island |  North Plaza Island | Bartolome Island

GALAPAGOS WESTERN ISLANDS

Fernandina Island  |  Isabela Island

GALAPAGOS NORTHERN ISLANDS

Genovesa Island |  Darwin Island

GALAPAGOS SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS

Floreana Island |  Espanola Island |  San Cristobal Island

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History of the Galapagos

The first visitors to the Galapagos Islands were Native Americans from mainland South America . The islands bear no archaeological remains of dwellings or other structures, so it is quite unlikely that any native colonies were ever established there. Pirates and renegades first inhabited the islands during the early 1500s. They would hide and camp out on the islands after raiding Spanish colonial ports. Due to their inhospitable nature and lack of water, the Spanish paid the islands little attention, giving them the name “Las Encantadas” or bewitched islands.

A new period began in 1832 when Ecuador proclaimed its sovereignty over the islands. There were only a handful of permanent settlers at that time but their number had increased to around 300 by 1835 when the HMS Beagle arrived with Charles Darwin on board. Darwin spent five weeks in the Galapagos collecting and preserving specimens from four separate islands. His field observations led him finally to conclusions published in On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859. The first Galapagos colony was established on the island of Floreana. The archipelago experienced many attempted settlements from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century by individuals from Norway, the US, and the UK. During World War II, a United States Army Air Force base was established on Baltra Island. From Baltra, crews patrolled the eastern Pacific for enemy submarines and provided protection for the Panama Canal.

Paddle the shores while kayaking where Darwin first set foot on our  Galapagos Multisport Adventure  or board a  Galapagos Cruise  to navigate the archipelago.

Tourist with Galapagos tortoise

What to See in Galapagos

Home to one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, the islands of the Galapagos contain animals, flora and fauna that delight and mystify visitors and locals alike. Visiting the Galapagos Islands is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for travelers of all ages – but tourists will want to reserve more than just a day trip in their itinerary to ensure they get the most out of this beautiful and historic area!

ISLAND ADVENTURE

Explore the islands at your own pace and take advantage of the many family-friendly activities available to travelers with Andean Discovery. Whether you want to head out for a bike ride to gain a scenic view of the coast or zip-line through a cloud forest to get your adrenaline pumping – we offer a wide variety of fun and fabulous things to do on the Galapagos Islands!

GALAPAGOS CRUISES

Experience the thrill of visiting pristine, white sand islands with all the comforts of home on a Galapagos Cruise! Travel in style on a cruise ship, luxury boat, or first class boat where you’ll have a cabin to yourself, air conditioning, and spectacular views! For travelers looking to add a bit of unconventional excitement to their trips, consider booking a snorkeling or scuba diving tour to view the majestic and stormy Galapagos sea from below!

Isabela yacht tub

MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS CRUISE

Visit both of these popular tourist destinations on the same trip with one of our fully customizable Machu Picchu & Galapagos tours! You’ll have the time of your life seeing history in action as you explore the home of the ancient Inca culture in Peru. Then hop on one of our luxury cruise ships to the Galapagos and discover the natural atmosphere that inspired Darwin’s scientific breakthroughs. Our friendly local tour guides accompany you throughout the entire trip so you’re sure to have the time of your life!

machu picchu view

MULTISPORT ADVENTURE

While some travelers prefer to sun themselves on the white sand beaches of the Galapagos, others like to get out there and get active! Thankfully, we offer several options for individuals who are hoping to make the most out of their time outdoors – ask about how you can kayak in the ocean along the Galapagos coast, hike through an active volcano or even snorkel with friendly Galapagos sharks when booking your trip with Andean!

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DARWIN DISCOVERY TOUR

Travel back in history as you explore the famed islands once inhabited by Charles Darwin himself. Visit Isabela and Santa Cruz islands and observe the animals that led Darwin to discover the theory of evolution and that forever changed the world of science as we know it!

Whether you’re looking to book passage on a luxury cruise ship, hoping to sign up for an intimate small-yacht tour, or just trying to visit the islands during a day trip – our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides can help you pick out the perfect itinerary to create an island vacation that is sure to please!

Begin your adventure by deciding which method of travel you’d like to utilize to reach the islands – via luxury yacht, cruise ship, first-class boat, or airplane. Read on to learn more about the advantages of each and to find out how you can begin preparing for your travel today!

GALAPAGOS LUXURY BOATS

Luxury Boats boast deluxe sleeping cabins, spacious common areas, delicious international cuisine, and unmatched personal attention. An excursion aboard a Luxury Boat ensures you superior Galapagos Naturalist Guides who are eager to share the islands with you. Luxury Boats range in size from 100-passenger ships to 16-passenger yachts and catamarans. No matter which boat you choose, you will have access to several amenities, such as mini-pools, jacuzzis, glass bottom boats, and libraries.

Galapagos Elite Catamaran golden suite

Galapagos cruise ships are the largest vessels to sail the Islands and tend to be more luxurious and more stable in the water than most smaller yachts in the Galapagos. Cruise ships carry between 40 and 100 passengers, so they are still small compared to cruise ships that sail in other parts of the world, though it enables you to enjoy the Galapagos free of crowds.

GALAPAGOS-LEGEND POOL

FIRST CLASS BOATS

Take a cruise through the Galapagos Islands in one of our Galapagos first class boats, yachts, and catamarans such as the Galapagos Archipell I Catamaran , Millennium Catamaran ,  Eric, Letty and Flamingo , and more. First-class level cruises offer an excellent combination of value for your money and quality. Relax on the sun deck and soak in the beauty of the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the unique wildlife that the Galapagos has to offer in a more private setting.

Galapagos Coral I & II Yachts

Galapagos Packing List

Perfecting a packing list for the Galapagos can be difficult – even for the most seasoned traveler. The close proximity of these small islands to their home country of Ecuador means that domestic flights will likely be utilized at some point during the trip – so packing light is a must for individuals who wish to make weight limits for their flights! Individuals who will be flying from Quito should dress appropriately for the cool weather in the Ecuadorian town – a waterproof jacket is ideal and can be used several times throughout your trip.

The fewer things you actually bring on your trip to the Galapagos, the better – but tours often begin or end in other destinations that might require more substantial luggage arrangements. Packing a small, lightweight backpack that can act as a weekend bag is a great way to make sure you aren’t stuck with a ton of luggage on your trip. The Island’s proximity to the equator makes them a prime target for harsh sun rays, so a high UV blocking sunscreen is absolutely essential for any traveler who visits during the day.

Water shoes can be useful in protecting feet from coral and plant life so plan on packing an already-broken-in pair of comfortable sandals. If you’re heading out on a Galapagos cruise or chartered boat, make sure to speak with the captain to learn more about the luggage storage options available during your trip!

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Galapagos Cruise vs. Land-Based

When making this once-in-a-lifetime trip, travelers have two main options to explore the islands: either through a land-based trip or a boat-based cruise through the islands. Find out what to expect and the relative advantages of each so you can choose the best option for making your Galapagos dreams come true.

What to Expect on a Galapagos Cruise

Your home for the duration of your Galapagos visit will be a live-a-board boat of your choice, ranging in size from 16-100 passengers. You will eat, sleep and relax on this vessel, which will be your base for the duration of your 4, 5, or 8-day expedition. Each morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will disembark into a 16-passenger dinghy, known locally as a “Panga” The Panga will take you for wildlife excursions, either onshore, or at snorkel sites. Your Galapagos naturalist guide will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the local wildlife, either on land or in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. After a morning of close encounters with some of the famous species of the area, you return to the boat for lunch and to prepare for the next excursion as the vessel navigates to another visitor site. Usually, your afternoon excursion will take you to a completely different island to add a whole new perspective to your Galapagos experience.

Advantages of A Cruise:

  • Once you arrive in the archipelago, you can unpack your bags once and for all you’ll stay in the same room on the vessel for the entirety of your stay.
  • Cruises are the most efficient way to visit the archipelago, especially remote islands without any human habitation.

What to Expect on A Galapagos Land-Based Trip

On land-based trips, you stay in eco-lodges or hotels in the port towns on the islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz, and San Cristobal. While you don’t visit as many islands as a cruise-based trip, land-based trips allow you to explore fewer islands in greater depth. From your land-based, you can get intimately acquainted with the island, independently exploring the wonders of the Galapagos in a small, private group with a Galapagos naturalist guide. Although it is impossible to visit as many islands as you would by sea, land-based trips will allow you to enjoy a variety of activities. For example, in the evenings relish fresh seafood at a family-run eatery then go for a sunset walk on Isabela’s beach and observe marine iguanas crawling out of the ocean onto the pristine white sand. During the day, active explorers might opt for sea kayaking, hiking on a dormant volcano, or mountain biking among coastal mangroves.

Advantages of a Land-Based Trip:

  • Land-based excursions allow you to spend more time on each island, with opportunities to visit multiple sites and engage in a variety of activities.
  • You will have more flexibility to experience the islands according to your own schedule and interests.

Both of these modes of exploration will allow you to meet most, if not all, of the iconic Galapagos species and expose you to many of the island’s distinct treasures. While your preference may depend on whether you prioritize flexibility or efficiency in visiting multiple islands, you cannot go wrong with either way of experiencing this extraordinary place.

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Best time to visit galapagos, wildlife year-round.

Because most of the wildlife remains on the islands year round, there’s always a lot to see. No matter when you visit, you’re guaranteed to encounter one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet!

The Galapagos Islands have a sub-tropical climate with two seasons, the Hot Season and the Dry Season. The seasons on the islands are set and defined entirely by the ocean currents that surround them. The Hot Season starts in December and gradually works its way until May . During this season, warm waters from the Panama Current move south and bath the islands creating tropical conditions. Seas are generally calm, and the warmer temperatures and evaporation cause occasional tropical showers, which turn the islands green and lush. Air temperatures are hot and humid and range from 79 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The water temperature averages 77 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a great time to enjoy the warmer waters for snorkeling and to view green sea turtles that come into the islands to breed.

From June to November, the cooler Humboldt Current runs up the west coast of South America carrying rich oceanic upwellings from Antarctica that stimulate the breeding season for sea lions and sea birds. A desert spreads gradually in this tropical paradise. Evaporation decreases and this forms a thin layer of clouds over the islands that opens and closes throughout the day. This is known as the Dry Season with air temperatures ranging from 72 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit and sea temperatures averaging 67 degrees Fahrenheit (a wetsuit is recommended for snorkeling). This is the best time of year for observing dancing boobies, courting albatrosses, baby sea lions, whales, dolphins, and whale sharks.

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Ecuador: Galapagos Islands & Amazon Rainforest Multisport Adventure

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

Two bucket-list trips rolled into one epic vacation! Join us as we explore two of the most magnificent natural environments Ecuador, let alone the world, has to offer: the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. We’ll traverse these incredible environs via foot, kayak, speed boat, canoe, and flipper, with a couple of nights near Ecuador’s capital city of Quito (pronounced KEE-toh). If you are a wildlife-lover, this is hands down our best trip to see an abundance of animals of all different kinds.

We begin our tour in the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago consisting of over 90 islands in the Pacific Ocean, and located approximately 1,000 kilometers off Ecuador’s west coast. They are considered one of the premier wildlife-viewing destinations in the world and were among the first group of sites added to the World Heritage List in 1978. Follow in the footsteps of a young Charles Darwin, whose observations of the different species living in the Galapagos, particularly the finches, later inspired his theory of evolution. Our days are fairly packed, creating amazing memories as we explore the islands’ isolated terrain where we travel from deserts to wetlands to beaches in a matter of minutes. Each individual ecosystem sheltering an enormous number of diverse plant and animal species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world! You’ll be able to see plenty of marine iguanas, white tip reef sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, a huge variety of birds, and more.

On the second half of our tour, we slow the pace down a bit when we visit the Amazon Rainforest, the largest rainforest on earth and home to 427 mammals (including monkeys, sloths, and giant otters), 1,300 birds (parrots, toucans, and harpy eagles), 378 reptiles (caimans and lizards), and a host of stunning flora. Surprisingly, you’ll notice very few mosquitos! You’ll have a chance to explore the lush and wonderfully bewildering rainforest from the inside (via daytime and nighttime hikes), from the outside (via canoe) and from above the canopy (via a 120-foot platform in the trees). We’ll be miles and miles from civilization, but you won’t realize it when you are in such luxurious accommodations.

Your final payment for the trip and internal airfare is due 90 days from the start of the trip, and at this point becomes non-refundable or transferable to another trip. Please strongly consider  travel insurance !

Private Tour Info

Want to make this trip even more memorable? Grab your friends and pick a date.

  • Cost Per Person: $6,650
  • Single Supplement: $1,200
  • Private Tour Minimum: 8
  • Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, & Kayaking
  • Difficulty: All Ability Levels
  • Guides: To Be Determined , And Local Guides

Other Info: Not included: two local round-trip flights (Quito to/from the Amazon and Quito to/from the Galápagos) plus one island hopper flight in the Galapagos which are estimated to total $900, and Galápagos entry fee of $100. This trip has a maximum of 15.

Trip Highlights

  • Snorkel and kayak through emerald waters, coming face to face with sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins and more
  • Experience the unique flora and fauna of two distinct islands while learning first hand from our expert local guides
  • Experience the Amazon rainforest by canoe and on foot, spotting different types of monkeys and insects, tasting native plants, and learning about dozens of species in this elaborate ecosystem
  • Climb your way up to the rainforest canopy, with breathtaking views of untamed wilderness, rare birds and howling monkeys

DAY 1 > ARRIVAL

Welcome to Ecuador, the most diverse country on the planet, offering more unique wildlife viewing experiences than almost any other place on earth! You can arrive at any time today and we will provide you with a shuttle from the Quito airport to our nearby accommodations for the night. If you have arrived the day before, we will help plan an optional tour of Quito including a visit to the Equator. We will also have an optional introduction dinner for those who arrive in time.

DAY 2 > FLY TO GALAPAGOS + OVERNIGHT ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today we embark on our exploration of the remarkable Galápagos Islands! We’ll begin with a flight to Baltra Island, and upon landing will meet our guide and naturalist, who will stay with us during our five days on the island. From there, we will ferry across the small Ithabaca Channel south to Santa Cruz Island for our first adventure, stopping to view “Los Gemelos” (craters created when magma chambers collapsed) and hike through lava tunnels. We'll then head to lunch at a local restaurant set on a family farm where wild Galapagos giant tortoises roam free. You'll have a chance to roam the grounds to say hello to as many of these gentle giants as you please. Afterward, we will check into our hotel in Puerto Ayora, the largest town in Galapagos, and have dinner in this lively place – we highly recommend trying the local seafood!

DAY 3 > TORTUGA BAY + TRAVEL TO ISABELA ISLAND

This morning we’ll hike approximately 30 minutes on a paved walkway through cacti, palo santo trees, and matasarno trees. The sunny walk ends with a reward of a spectacular white sand beach stretching across the southern coast of Santa Cruz. Tortuga Bay beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you may have ever seen and is famous for its expansive and pristine white sand. As we make our way along the beach, we'll be joined by another iconic Galapagos animal - the marine iguana - as dozens of them wake up and make their way to the water for a refreshing swim. After reaching a secluded bay, we’ll give our feet some rest and hop into our kayaks to explore its crystal-clear waters. You may see colorful reef fish, white-tip sharks, eagle rays, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, herons, and the beach’s namesake, sea turtles. We’ll then have a two-hour ride to Isabela Island via a private high-speed motor boat, arriving in the town of Puerto Villamil and checking into our beachfront hotel. You will have time for a sunset walk along the beach before having dinner at our hotel.

DAY 4 > HIKE SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO

Today we explore another one of the earth’s natural wonders – volcanoes! We’ll head to the entrance of the Sierra Negra volcano park to hike up to the rim of the second largest caldera in the world. Here we will have views of an otherworldly landscape as well as the beautiful blue sea that surrounds us. After enjoying a sack lunch under a shelter provided for shade, you have the option of carrying on to explore Volcan Chico, a landscape similar to that of the moon, or returning to base and town. This afternoon we will board a small boat to Tintoreras where you’ll get the chance to do your first of three snorkel trips. Clear aqua waters brimming with wildlife await us, and you may find yourself greeting a penguin or sea lion face to face!  A brief walking tour across lava flows provides an up-close encounter with marine iguanas, resting white tip sharks and juvenile sea lions. Tonight is a free night for you to explore on your own and have dinner at one of the many restaurants or beach bars.

DAY 5 > SNORKELING + TORTOISES

This morning we rise early to walk to a tortoise breeding center. Our local guide teaches us about flora or fauna that happens to be in our path along the way. We will then take a walk to a lake that has the largest concentration of flamingos in the Galapagos before we board our next speed boat to a wonderful snorkeling spot (with a chance to see seahorses!) that many will list as the highlight of their trip: Los Tuneles. Lava flows dating back to the origin of the island (yes, even before the origin of the species) create giant natural aquariums that offer views of iconic Galapagos wildlife such as sea turtles, sharks, blue-footed boobies, and a myriad of fish species. Back in town this afternoon offers an optional snorkel trip at Concha Perla near the docks, where you might be enticed to play with the juvenile sea lions or try to keep up with the penguins native to the area. The bay’s calm, shallow, and clear waters are ideal for observing an incredible array of marine life and tropical fish. Happy hour at the sunset bar awaits us and we can toast and celebrate a well-spent time together before walking to a delicious fresh lobster dinner.

DAY 6 > RETURN TO QUITO

Today we say goodbye to the Galapagos and depart our hotel early in the morning. However, this time we will fly back to the Baltra airport and on to Quito and another night at the convenient sanctuary of the Garden Hotel. This is essentially a travel day and you’ll have the chance to reorganize, dry out, and repack your gear, have a relaxing dinner at our hotel, and get a good night’s sleep in anticipation of tomorrow's early morning flight to the Amazon!

DAY 7 > WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! 

This morning we’ll head straight back to the airport for a short flight to Coca, the gateway to the Amazon. We will continue our journey via a two-hour trip down the Napo River (a tributary of the Amazon River) in a motorized canoe, then a 30-minute canoe ride on a small canal and across a lagoon to reach our secluded and luxurious headquarters for the next 3 days. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the grounds and become familiar with your surroundings before venturing into the jungle. We’ll be walking through among strangler fig trees, rubber trees, mahogany, and lots of bright beautiful heliconia plants – not to mention the array of creatures that may just walk, fly, crawl or swim our way. Perhaps we'll catch a "show" of squirrel or howler monkeys as the adolescents play in the trees before the troop settles down for the night. After our introductory walk into the largest rainforest on earth, we will relax while a gourmet meal using fresh local ingredients is prepared for us to enjoy, overlooking the Amazon jungle and listening to the incessant chatter of its inhabitants.

DAY 8 > MONKEYS, JUNGLE CANOPIES + HIKING

Breakfast will be served early today because there is so much to see and do! Today’s adventure begins with a birds-eye view of the jungle. After a short walk, we climb up the observation tower, giving us a vantage point usually seen only by those with wings. At 120 feet above the jungle floor, we have breathtaking views of the miles of wilderness and wildlife that surround us from the canopy level of the jungle. We’ll be able to see and hear many species of monkeys, birds, insects, plants, and flowers. After descending from the tower, you may choose to hike one of the numerous trails or take a canoe ride around the lagoon to look for monkeys. The beauty of our seclusion and the advantage of having a local naturalist as well as a native guide along with our Zephyr trip leader will ensure we make the best choice every time to see, hear and experience all that the Amazon has to offer.

DAY 9 > PARROTS + INDIGENOUS POPULATION

Packing our cameras and spirit of adventure, after another hearty breakfast we will take our motorized canoe to a place along the shores of the Napo River unlike any other: the parrot clay licks. Hundreds of vibrantly colored parrots gather and squawk near the clay licks in Yasuni National Park, a colorful and striking experience. From there, we will continue by boat to a nearby river community. A local host introduces us to the real way of life of the Amazon via their schoolchildren, agriculture, food, shelter, handicrafts and community. Their simple way of life is a treat to experience! We will head back to La Selva in the afternoon, in time for a siesta before another gourmet dinner, taking in the breathtaking sunset of another magical day in a place where humans are the rarest species.

DAY 10 > CANOE, BOAT, BUS, PLANE BACK TO QUITO + DEPARTURE

After breakfast and saying goodbye to our beautiful lodge and friendly hosts, we will go out the way we came in: by a human-powered canoe, then motorized canoe to Coca and then by air back to Quito. From there, you can catch a flight home in the late afternoon / evening or extend your stay in South America.

Trip Accommodations

NIGHTS 1 & 6 >> SAN JOSE DE PUEMBO GARDEN HOTEL  / SAN JOSE

A 10-minute ride from the Quito airport, this spacious hotel offers a great spa, a pool and beautiful gardens with one of the most important collections of trees of the Ecuadorian highlands: palm, pine, eucalyptus, kapok, sequoia, coffee, magnolia, nag, cholan, walnut, pink sauce - with some over 200 years old.

NIGHT 2 >> IKALA HOTEL / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Our small hotel in the cute main town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island is brand new and family-owned. We love the pool bar and the views of the water at breakfast! We can walk everywhere right from the hotel.

NIGHTS 3 - 5 >> IGUANA CROSSING  / ISABELA ISLAND

Nestled between the beach and a wildlife area, our boutique eco-hotel offers a quiet end-of-the-road location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, comfortable rooms, and a peaceful setting.

NIGHTS 7 - 9 >> LA SELVA ECOLODGE & SPA  / GARZACOHA

This 5-star accommodation is located on a lagoon in the remote Amazon rainforest and boasts spacious private lodges, luxurious beds, peaceful hammocks, and gourmet meals. The surrounding scenery is astoundingly beautiful and wildlife is all around us.

Arrivals & Departures

We will meet you at the Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) airport on the first day of our tour and transport you to our hotel for the evening, the Garden Hotel of San Jose, 15 minutes from the airport. Since many flights from North America arrive late in the evening, we have no activities scheduled and our dinner tonight is optional. You can also choose to arrive a day early. The next morning, we will head back to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos.

On the last morning of the tour, we will be flying from Coca (in the Amazon) back to the Quito airport. You may book flights back home this evening (many flights back to North America depart late at night) or extend your stay in the area. We will provide further travel details upon booking.

What's Included

  • A Zephyr trip leader will accompany this trip along with local experts and naturalists.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • Except for one dinner we purposely leave "open" to explore on your own, all meals are included (only dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day), as well as gratuity for these meals.
  • All of your ground and sea transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
  • All group activities are included as well as snorkel gear and kayak rentals.
  • NOT INCLUDED: Travel to and from the destination, Galapagos entrance fee ($100 that needs to be paid in cash), two internal round-trip flights (one to Coca and one to the Galápagos) that we will purchase for you and include on your invoice, personal expenses, beverages, and gratuities to your guides.

Because we are so close to the Equator, the overall climate does not vary much from month to month. We will be traveling in several climates throughout this tour, but typical weather is as follows:

  • Quito :  Average high temps vary from 66 – 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Quito is at an altitude of over 9,000 feet, so the sun can feel more intense at the altitude!    The months we visit (February – April + November – December) have an average of over four to six inches of rain per month, so always keep a raincoat handy!
  • Amazon :  In the Amazon rainforest, most days have some sunshine and some rain and climate does not vary much from month to month. Although temps are usually in the 70s and 80s during the day (and a bit lower at night), it can feel stiflingly hot due to the high humidity and you will likely feel most comfortable in loose-fitting lightweight clothing.
  • Galapagos :  The rainy season in the Galapagos is roughly January to May though this usually means showers in the afternoon and otherwise sunny skies.  Temps don’t vary much from month to month and average highs are in the mid-80s each day.

The Amazon rainforest is home to an estimated 30 million species of insects, so yes, there are a lot of bugs and you will see them! But assuming you’re worried mostly about mosquitoes, you can put your mind at ease. Our travelers have told us they were surprised at how few annoying insects there were.  But don’t be surprised to observe spiders, ants, and even tarantulas and scorpions (from a respectful distance) while hiking in the rainforest.

All necessary gear for kayaking and snorkeling will be provided on the trip. You are welcome to bring your own snorkel gear but since you would need to carry it with you throughout the trip, just your well-fitting mask/snorkel would be ideal, and we will provide flippers in the Galapagos.

Extending Your Vacation in Ecuador

If you would like to extend your stay in Ecuador, we highly recommend checking out Cuenca, Banos, and Otavalo.

Ability Level

This Adventure is rated  For All Ability Levels .  We will be hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling, but no special skills are required to enjoy this trip and everything is optional. Like on all of our tours, you can certainly opt out of any planned group activity if you would rather relax and spend the day at our hotel or chill out on the beach. Note this is NOT one of our most active trips!

Who Would Enjoy This Tour

This tour is perfect for anyone who loves getting off the beaten path to explore secluded and spectacular regions of our natural world, who is interested in observing wildlife in their natural habitats, and who like to mix up the types of activities they do while on vacation.

As we are traveling through the Quito area, either before or after the tour, please be mindful and aware of pickpockets. We would recommend leaving your valuables at home, especially when snorkeling as some fish are attracted to shiny objects.

Land-based vs Boat-based Galapagos Trips

Many Galapagos trips take place on boats. We prefer land-based trips for a few reasons. Staying in hotels allows you to access the beach, the pool, and the charming town near our hotel, connecting you to the local culture. Hotel rooms are much more spacious, allowing you to spread out a bit. Boat-based tours occasionally encounter high seas, which is never fun for anyone, particularly those who are prone to motion sickness. While we will use small boats to travel from place to place on our trips, we can generally work around any weather we encounter and limit our time on the water if conditions make this necessary.

Changes to Your Itinerary

While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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Our classic tour of Ecuador, complete with a stay in the Amazon rainforest and wildlife-spotting in the Galapagos Islands.

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The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Dann Carlton Quito - Standard Room, Hotel Rio Amazonas

Discover the diversity of Ecuador on an unforgettable journey from the tropical  Amazon  rainforest to the wildlife-rich  Galapagos Islands.  Touch down in  Quito , the historic Andean capital, before exploring the amazing Amazon in  Tena.  The island of  San Cristobal  is your gateway to the  Galapagos   Islands  as you search for blue-footed boobies and sea turtles, before ending your adventure in  Guayaquil.  

1st Day: US - Quito

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.

If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

If you want to have the hotel room available before 2:00 p.m ., you can add early check-in at an additional cost. In case you are interested, you will be able to see the price and do the upsell in the next step of the purchase process.

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2nd day: quito - tena - amazon.

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 and stroll through the narrow streets of the city center. In the afternoon leave Quito behind as you set off into the Ecuadorian highlands and down into the rainforest, headed for Tena , in the Amazon. Continue through verdant landscapes towards the lodge, in the heart of the jungle. Arrive in time for dinner . Overnight in Tena.

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3rd Day: Amazon

Enjoy an early breakfast before setting off for a wildlife walk through the secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle. Return to the lodge for lunch before enjoying the afternoon at your leisure with the opportunity to join in optional Amazon activities organized at the lodge. Once the sun sets, enjoy a fascinating night walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.

Night-walk in Tena

Wildlife walk in Tena

4th Day: Amazon - Tena - Middle of the World - Quito

After breakfast at the lodge, return to Tena and continue your journey, heading back towards the capital. Along the way, visit the Middle of the World Monument , on the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere! Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

Middle of the World Monument

5th Day: Quito

Breakfast  at the hotel. 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*. 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.

Full-day Otavalo Tour

6th Day: Quito - San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

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 the easternmost Galapagos island and is home to a rich array of unique wildlife, such as blue and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas and Galapagos sea lions. It's also the island that Charles Darwin first explored during his research into the islands. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and get comfortable before setting off on a brief  afternoon tour  of Baquerizo Moreno,  the capital of the Galapagos Province. Explore this quaint coastal community and get to know its most important sights. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax before your adventure continues tomorrow. We recommend an optional cooking class in a local restaurant near the beach of Mann Beach to uncover the secret to making the perfect ceviche!* Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

*Optional Beach Cooking Class in San Cristobal:  Learn how to cook the traditional Galapagos dish of ceviche with this guided cooking class in a local restaurant near the beach of Mann Beach, known for its friendly sea lions! Use authentic ingredients to craft a delicious dish whilst listening to fascinating insights about Galapagos life from the locals. And of course, you can enjoy your homemade ceviche at the end of class!

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Prepare your own local Ceviche near the beach

7th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Breakfast  at the hotel. Set off on a  full-day tour of San Cristobal  to explore the delights of the island. Visit  Galapaguera , home to amazing giant tortoises and observe diverse species of sea birds from  Puerto Chino.  The white sand here is perfect for a short rest before continuing to  La Loberia , home to a large colony of sea lions who can be seen resting on the rocks. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in San Cristobal.

Full-day tour of San Cristobal

8th day: san cristobal, galapagos islands.

After  breakfast  at the hotel, the day is free for you to explore the Galapagos at your own. We recommend enjoying our half-day tour with snorkel to Isla Lobos*.  Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

*Optional Half-Day Tour with Snorkel in Isla Lobos: Board a boat to visit Isla Lobos where you will encounter blue-footed boobies, sea lions, sea turtles and rays before getting to snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters of this island. From here, make your way to Ochoa Beach to relax, swim and take in the beauty of this stunning landscape. Lunch is included.

Half-Day Tour with Snorkeling in Isla Lobos

9th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil

Breakfast  at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from  San Cristobal  airport. Arrive in  Guayaquil,  and join a shared transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and is located on the Pacific Coast. Later, enjoy a  walking tour  of the city,   visiting the Malecon, Paque Iguanas and Las Peñas neighbourhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

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10th day: guayaquil.

Breakfast  at the hotel. The day is at your leisure to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, relax in the arty neighbourhood of Santa Ana Hill or take our optional excursion to beautiful Puerto Morro*. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

*Optional Excursion to Puerto Morro:  From Guayaquil, visit the charming fishing village of Puerto Morro. Take a boat ride through the mangroves to watch colourful Ibis birds and look out for playful pods of dolphins! Spend some time relaxing at Puerto Morro Beach before returning to Guayaquil.

Boat Excursion to Puerto El Morro

11th Day: Guayaquil - Night on board

Breakfast  at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

Please note: Depending on the flight departure time you may arrive back in the US today.

12th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Included activities

At 8am, before the start of the excursion, there will be a briefing session to explain the program.

Included activity for day 2 in Quito

A guided city tour to get to know Quito's most emblematic sights. Visit a local market, a number of picturesque squares and the narrow streets of the city centre.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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Included activity for day 3

Night-walk through the jungle to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx

Included activity for day 3 in Amazon

Wildlife walk through the secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

The activity takes place during the route of this day.

Included activity for day 4

Visit the Middle of the World Monument, on the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere!

Duration 01:45h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Available Activities

Suggested activity for day 5

Taste the Cherimoya fruits in Guayllabamba, try the local biscuits in Cayambe.Check out the markets in Otavalo, Peguche and Cotacachi and get to know the story of the native people.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Suggested activity for day 6 in Galapagos Islands

Learn how to make your own ceviche with a local near Mann Beach, known for its friendly sea lions! Use authentic ingredients to craft a delicious dish, and of course, you can enjoy your homemade ceviche at the end of class!

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:30 Approx

There is a second departure at 12:00 pm.

Suggested activity for day 8 in Galapagos Islands

Dive into the crystal clear waters of this stunning island to snorkel alongside blue-footed boobies, sea lions and other marine life.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Suggested activity for day 10

From Guayaquil, we will travel 100 km west to the small fishing village of Puerto El Morro. The village is located within the marine protected area El Morro Mangrove Refugee and has access to a beautiful mangrove area which you will explore on a boat tour.

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Quito, Guayaquil - US.
  • Internal flights: Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil. * more information
  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels. See hotels included
  • 10 breakfasts and Full-Board in Amazon.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. See itinerary
  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • English-speaking guide.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Transit Control Card (TCC) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park. More information in "Offer Conditions". More information in "Offer conditions".

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* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

We strongly recommend you consult your doctor regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness before you travel.

If you would like to travel with children, please contact Customer Services to find out the conditions.

For the flight to Galapagos we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours in advance in order to complete the required formalities.

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Entry requirements

Minimum of 6 months validity with one passport page. Mandatory travel insurance.

No visa required for stays of up to 90 days

Electricity

Types A and B, 110 V North American type plug

Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.

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It is mandatory for tourists to carry a valid health insurance policy.

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Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met. While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

Booster seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

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Galapagos did not disappoint, I was surprised to see how underdeveloped it was. The sea lions, tortoises, birds, all such a great memory and so protected in this pristine environment. On to Guayaquil, what a pleasant surprise that city was. Make sure you spend time on the Malecon 2000 boardwalk.

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Explore the Galapagos Islands & Amazon Rainforest on a Unique 11-Day Tour

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This adventurous 11-day tour combines two of Ecuador’s most iconic and wildlife-rich regions, the incredible Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest. Guests will explore Isabela and Santa Cruz islands and take a yacht to other nearby islands. Scalesia Galapagos Lodge and Finch Bay Hotel will provide a comfortable base for this guided Galapagos Islands tour. Starting in the highlands of Isabela, guests will explore some of the island’s most fascinating areas, including the Giant Tortoise Reserve and Charles Darwin Research Station. Guests will then visit Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest and, from the comfortable Sacha Lodge, head into the jungle on expertly guided tours to discover colorful birds, fascinating reptiles, many species, different monkeys, and an array of other wildlife.

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The tour includes: 3-nights at Scalesia Lodge – Isabela Island 3-nights at Finch Bay Hotel – Santa Cruz Island 1-night at Quito Airport Hotel – Quito 3-nights at Sacha Lodge – Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest Scalesia Galapagos Lodge is situated in the highlands of Isabela Island on the slopes of a volcano, about 20 minutes from the town of Puerto Villamil. The modern, luxurious, safari-style tent resort is in the middle of a 40-acre forest with a spectacular view of the coast of Isabela Island, the Pacific Ocean, and other Islands of Galapagos dotting the horizon.

The award-winning Finch Bay Hotel enjoys a peaceful and magical beachfront location in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. The hotel makes the ideal base for exploring the natural diversity and attractions of the island – including Tortuga Bay beach – and for taking day trips to nearby islands, aboard its own, specialized yacht. The hotel also implements best practices in sustainable tourism.

Located in a 5,000-acre private ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge provides a safe and comfortable base to experience the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Highlights include exploring the forest on rainforest walks, canoeing the lake, the Sacha Lodge butterfly house, visiting the Yasuni parrot lick, and walking high in the trees on the 940-foot (275-meter) long canopy walkway. As this is a private reserve, the wildlife is well protected. It’s not uncommon for different monkeys to even play on the boardwalk or cross through the canopy over your comfortable accommodations.

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Day 1 Arrival in Quito and transfer to hotel

Day 2 Transfer to airport and flight Quito – Coca – La Selva Ecolodge tour

Day 2 to 5 4-day Jungle Lodge Tour LA SELVA in suite

Day 5 Flight back to Quito – transfer to hotel

Day 6 transfer to airport – flight Quito – Galapagos – Galapagos tour:

Disembark in Baltra, pick up from the airport TRANSFER IN + LAVA TUNNELS + LUNCH AT THE HIGHLANDS (EL CHATO TORTOISE RESERVE) : Our naturalist guide will be waiting for you at Baltra airport to give you assistance in the bus to the Itabaca channel and the ferry to cross to the northern side of Santa Cruz (tickets included) , then take our private transportation and enjoy the 25km drive to the highlands where El Chato Tortoise Reserve is located. There is a lot to learn along the way, our guide will be sharing information about the U.S. military base in Baltra, the vegetation, the different zones and climates of those two very different islands. As soon as you arrive, enjoy a guided walk with the Giant Tortoises and get underground along the lava tunnels, the lunch will be served in the same place surrounded by a lot of vegetation and an amazing view. Then our private transportation will drive you to our hotel, Check in and continue the optional activity to the Darwin Station, the naturalist guide will take around in order to learn about one of the most successful projects which is the breeding center of giant tortoises and a lot others run by the National Park and the Darwin Station. Lunch included Visit Charles Darwin Station Accommodation at Galapagos Habitat (Standar Room) Dinner included

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Breakfast Navigable tour (yacht and destination to be confirmed) Lunch onboard Accommodation at Galapagos Habitat (Standar Room)

Day 8 Day Cruise:

Day 9 TRANSFER OUT+ TWIN CRATERS- QUITO:

Our naturalist guide will pick you up at the hotel, our private transportation will take you to the Itabaca channel and then the guide will take you on the ferry and bus to the airport. On the way to Itabaca channel stop and enjoy an amazing view of two collapses called Los Gemelos (the twins), the guide will share a lot of information about the geology, fauna and flora of the place. Flight to Quito on your own, and transfer to hotel

Day 10 Transfer out to airport in Quito

in this program

In Galapagos: Accommodation in double standard room with private facilities 3 daily meals Daily excursions with bilingual guide All transfers in Galapagos

In Amazon Jungle: Accommodation 3 daily meals Pure water River transportation and local Coca airport transfers All excursions Native guide and naturalist bilingual guide Rubber boots provided when needed for excursions Flight Quito – Coca – Quito fuel charges

In Quito: Accommodation Breakfast transfers to/from airport as described in itinerary

Not included: International flight in/out of Quito Flight Quito – Galapagos – Quito Meals and services not specified Entrance fees to National Park Galapagos 100 usd per person Migratory card 10 usd pp Personal expenses Tips

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Galapagos Amazon Tour – Ecuador

  • Follow in Darwin’s footsteps on the Galapagos Islands, Earth’s most famous ecosystem
  • Paddle in canoes deep into the Amazon
  • Come within touching distance of exotic birds, lizards, and tortoises
  • Straddle the equator in Quito, UNESCO’s first World Heritage site
  • Comfortable lodging and undemanding hikes for travelers of all ages
  • All itineraries are fully customizable

from 10+ Days

Includes transfers, tours & hotels – internal flights will be added

Ecuador Tour of the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Jungle Ideal South America

Sample Itinerary – Will Be Customized

Day 1: quito ecuador.

We know you’ll be tired after your trip, so we’ll pick you up at the airport in Quito—the UNESCO city whose beauty has earned it the nickname of “Florence of the Andes”—and take you straight to your downtown hotel.

Day 2: Amazon Jungle Lodge, Day 1

After a short flight over the Andes, you’ll arrive at the Amazonian city of El Coca, where a motorized canoe takes you straight to the heart of the jungle’s mystery. Here herons, kingfishers, and macaws will surround you. After a break to freshen up, you’ll paddle the waterways with expert guides who will point out toucans and exotic monkeys, before coming in the late afternoon to your beautiful lakeside lodge. In the evening, you can take a night safari to hear the jungle’s wild cries and follow the track of the crocodile-like caiman.

Day 3: Amazon Jungle Lodge, Day 2

After a restful night under the jungle’s dense canopy, you’ll head out to experience the region’s clay licks. Here hundreds of brilliantly colored parrots, macaws, and parakeets swarm to supplement their diet with the clay on the riverbank, and you’ll experience two of the biggest in the area. Afterwards, following an easy hike with our expert naturalists as your guide, you’ll visit some local indigenous communities to meet their families and learn about their traditions. In the evening, sway gently in the lodge’s hammocks, letting the Amazon’s nighttime calls soothe you to sleep.

Day 4: Amazon Jungle Lodge, Day 3

The next morning, you’ll experience the Amazon as never before: from above. Perched 120 feet off the ground, in the top of a huge ceiba tree, you’ll look out over the jungle’s lush canopy and sense its true vastness. From there, you’ll cross over to a wooden platform for a bird’s-eye view of the region. Later we’ll navigate the Amazon’s waters in a dugout canoe, looking for river otters, following our guide’s lead as he takes us to the best wildlife-viewing spots.

Day 5: Amazon Jungle Lodge – Quito

After breakfast, spend the morning making friends with tamarinds and capybaras before returning to El Coca for your afternoon flight back to Quito.

Day 6: Quito

Ecuador means “equator” in Spanish, and on this full-day tour of Quito, you’ll straddle the Big Line itself as you visit Mitad del Mundo, the place where Earth’s two hemispheres come together. You’ll also visit the gorgeous colonial cathedrals and convents of this UNESCO World Heritage city, savoring its museums, artwork, and cuisine before returning at night to your hotel in Quito’s historic downtown.

Days 7—10: Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos’ isolation has made them unique: many of their flora and fauna exist nowhere else on Earth. On this final stretch of your tour, you’ll meet the same finches, tortoises, sea lions, and sharks Charles Darwin encountered when he disembarked here almost 200 years ago.

After arriving at the islands’ airport and boarding the ship of your choice (choose from larger, more stable vessels of 90-100 passengers and smaller, more intimate ones of 16-20), you’ll set out on a four-day cruise that takes you from mangrove swamps to cactus forests to beaches made of volcanic rock. Expert guides will take you on  pangas  (motorized rafts) as you meet boobies, flamingoes, albatrosses, seals, iguanas, and other rare species, and locals will tell you strange tales of the islands’ earliest inhabitants.

Each day offers a choice of two excursions, which may include trekking through the highlands of San Cristobal to meet hundred-year-old tortoises, snorkeling with sea turtles and Galapagos penguins, or watching sea lions rolling on the beach with their iguana friends. If you like, you can also extend your cruise for up to eight days, or stay extra days in one of the islands’ hotels.

Day 10 – Quito – Home

In the morning, you’ll catch your flight back to Quito on the mainland, and from there your connection home.

All our tours are fully customizable and can depart on any day. Please contact us for your personalized tour program.

Background to Amazon  &  Galapagos Tours

Golden-lion tamarinds and neon-blue macaws, capybaras and hundred-year-old tortoises: South America’s wildlife is legendary. On this once-in-a-lifetime tour, you’ll have the chance to come within touching distance of these and other species as you venture into two of the most important bio-reserves on the planet, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest. Your adventure begins with a canoe expedition deep in the jungle, where you’ll be surrounded by the screams and smells of countless exotic birds, mammals, and insects. From your thatched-roof rainforest lodge, you’ll climb high above the jungle’s canopy to glimpse the vastness of the Amazon, before returning to ground level to track caimans and river otters.

Ecuador Tour of the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Jungle Ideal South America

Later, after a brief stopover in civilization, in the dazzling Andean city of Quito, you’ll travel to the Galapagos, where Darwin made the observations that culminated in his epoch-making theory of evolution.  Here, on your extended island cruise, you’ll meet finches, sea lions, and tortoises so unspoiled by outside predators that they come right up to you as you cross their path.

Best of all, throughout your adventure, you’ll have with you our expert guides, who’ll teach you about the species you encounter and the ecosystems they inhabit. They’ll make sure your hikes are as informative as they are comfortable. Travelers to the Amazon and Galapagos frequently describe their experiences as life-changing. Learn why when you come with us to these pristine sanctuaries in the wild heart of nature.

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ECUADOR Amazon and Galapagos | Tour Packages | Vacation Packages

One of the most magnificent countries in Latin America....Ecuador has everything, history, culture, archaeological sites, nature, native market, The Andean Mountains, the mighty Amazon rainforest, plus some of the most beautiful and preserved colonial cities in Latin America and to top all this...you will find the amazing Galapagos Islands, 600 miles due west of mailand. It is a seafaring safari to a world where nature reigns supreme....!! 

Come -Join us to discover Ecuador ! 

Due to the variety of programs in this country, we have divided in 4 sections: Ecuador Land programs, Galapagos programs, Amazon programs and mixed programs (a bit of everything...)

IMPORTANT: The Galapagos National Park goes up to US$200 per person, Aug.01, 2024...!!!

Ecuador Land Programs Only:

Mashpi Deluxe Cloud Forest Lodge     8 days, Exploring primary rain forest -plus Quito at Deluxe Casa Gongotena

Special Quito, Cuenca & Papallacta      7 days, Exploring two of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America plus visit to Papallacta Thermal baths.....

Private Deluxe Quito     6 days in Quito with deluxe hotels with private transfers and private tours

Galapagos Programs :

Galapagos with the Isabella II     8 days, Cruising the Galapagos Islands for 5 days and visiting Quito for 3 days. (with optional extension to Cuzco & Machu Picchu)

Galapagos with the M/V Legend (also Coral I or Coral II)     8 days.  Cruising Galapagos aboard the M/V Legend for 3 nights (also options for 4,7,11 night cruise) and visiting Quito and surroundings areas for 4 nights.

Magnificent Galapagos    Cruising around the islands for 8 days...(plus one night in Quito) Deluxe and First Class Yachts options....

Special Land stay in Galapagos + Quito   8 day program with daily excursions from your hotel in Galapagos plus Quito ..... ( Silberstein, Finch Bay, Royal Palm, Safari Camp, Pikaia)

Galapagos Specials  Last minute deals...

Amazon Rain Forest Programs :

A nakonda and Manatee River Cruises       -8 days, visiting the Ecuadorian Amazon aboard the Manatee for 5 days and 3 days in Quito.  

Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest   4 & 5 days at La Selva Jungle Lodge, Kapawi and La Casa del Suizo

Combine Programs :

Galapagos & the Amazon Rain Forest

12 days visiting the Amazon Rain forest aboard the Manatee, cruising Galapagos for 4 days and exploring Quito for 3 days.

Short visit to Galapagos and Machu Picchu

9 days/8 nights ...for those people on the run ....Guayaquil, Galapagos aboard the M/V Legend, plus Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu

Extensions:

Extension to Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu   for Ecuador trips only...

Extension to the Amazon Rain Forest La Selva Lodge, Kapawi, Casa del Suizo.......

Extension to the beaches Mompiche, Salinas, Punta Centinela 4 days/3 nights -Great all inclusive...Royal Decameron Mompiche, Barcelo Colon Miramar Salinas, Royal Decameron Centinela

Ecuador Andean Cloud Forest

Ecuador Quito Mashpi vacation deals

Featuring Deluxe Properties Casa Gongotena  in Quito

and Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

8 days/7 night Program

Locally Hosted

5 days- 4 nights at Mashpi Deluxe Lodge in the Cloud forest with all meals.

Accommodations at the Wayra deluxe rooms with air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms.

English speaking naturalist guides for daily excursions to primary forest, aerial tram and lagoons along the reserve.

Specialize lectures while at Mashpi.

Visit the Tulipe Archeological site.

3 nights in Quito at Deluxe Casa Gongotena or Hilton -see rates below (2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the program)

Luxury rooms with daily buffet breakfast and tea time.

Private City tour of Quito.

Private transfers Airport-Quito-Airport

Transfers Quito-Mashpi Reserve-Quito

Entrance fees.

Assistance of our local representative in Quito & Mashpi.

English speaking tour guides .

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* Child rate under 12 years old sharing room with 2 adults

Not included: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance . Airport departure taxes for your international flight  (usually this tax is included in your international air ticket). Tips to tour guides, drivers. Bar, gifts and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI:

SAMPLE ADD-ONS FROM OTHER USA CITIES:

For same package add $220 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY; $250 from ATL; add $300 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS. Add $350 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $380 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU; Add $430 from LAX, SFO.  RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME  

Galapagos Aboard The M/V LEGEND

Ecuador Galapagos Legend deals

Visiting Quito, Otavalo and cruise around the

Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V LEGEND, Coral I, Coral II

8 day/7 night Program

INCLUDING:    Meeting and transfer service.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  Hotel GO QUITO for 4 nights including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 4 day/3 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –PLEASE see below different types of cabins. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Round trip airfare from  Quito to  Baltra Island . Tips to airport porters. NOT INCLUDED:    International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket) ; Galapagos fuel surcharge ...about $90pp for the 3 night cruise.

2024 COST LAND TOUR CRUISE RATE PER PERSON: (Includes local air Quito-Galapagos-Quito)

* Triple accommodations subject to space availability. Does not include international airfare.

Same program with 4 night Cruise DBL $5,740 (std plus cabin) -per person rate

Same program with 7 night Cruise DBL $8,800 (std plus cabin) -per person rate

Same program with 11 night Cruise DBL $10,960 (std plus cabin) -per person rate

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For more information about the Coral I or II yacht click here

For map of Galapagos click here

  SEE OPTIONAL TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU AT THE END OF THIS PAGE

DEPOSITS:  

US$700.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure.

CANCELLATIONS:  

Sample air from Miami US$500-600; New York $700-800; Los Angeles $800-900

  RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

Magnificent Galapagos  

Galapagos cruises vacations deals

Cruise around the Galapagos Archipelago for 7 nights

plus 1 night in Quito

9 days/8 night Program

Sample itinerary

DAY 01  SUN. ARRIVE QUITO:

 Arrive in Quito and after going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to hotel Wyndham by Quito airport.

DAY 02  MON. QUITO-BALTRA-GALAPAGOS

Shuttle transfer to airport for flight to Galapagos. Arrive in Baltra and transfer to the vessel of your choice (see selection at the end of itinerary.

PM Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) The sand at   Bachas beach is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. On this hike, you will see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. (B,L,D)

DAY 03 TUE. GALAPAGOS

AM   South Plaza (South Plaza Island) This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds, boobies and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cacti grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year.

PM Santa Fe

It is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos, ages of its lavas range from 750,000 to nearly 3 million years.

ts maximum elevation is only about 200 m .. Among the unique species that can be seen there are the Santa Fe land iguana and Galapagos snake (whose bite is mildly poisonous). Also, opportunity to see Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks, sea turtles and sea lions. (B,L,D)

DAY 04 WED. GALAPAGOS

AM Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. (B,L,D)

DAY 05 THU. GALAPAGOS-

AM Cerro Colorado Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the  Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos*. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the  islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also  showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.  (B,L,D)

DAY 06 FRI.  GALAPAGOS

Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española)

Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are  no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds*, Yellow Warblers, lava  lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small  Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling* offer a great variety of Galapagos marine  wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

PM - Suárez Point (Española)

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting  wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies*, right up  to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross*, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).(B,L,D)

DAY 07 SAT GALAPAGOS

Post Office (Floreana)

Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in 1793  Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our  visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! We may also encounter Darwin’s finches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling  opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort.  Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

PM - Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)

Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. (B,L,D)

DAY 08 SUN GALAPAGOS

Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years.

PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station(Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. Time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)

DAY 09 MON GALAPAGOS-QUITO- DEPART

AM  Daphne

We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation* that was created  by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown  Noddies. Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Quito or Guayaquil and  connect with your international flight. (B)

(SEE OPTIONAL TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU AT THE END OF THIS PAGE)

INCLUDING:   

Meeting and transfer service.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  Hotel Windham by Quito airport for 1 night including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 8 day/7 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the your choice of vessel –PLEASE see below different options. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Round trip airfare from  Quito (or Guayaquil) to  Baltra Island. Tips to airport porters.

NOT INCLUDED:   

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket) .

DELUXE YACHTS

Origin or Theory     8 day cruise and one night in Quito -Beagle deck  DBL US$11,500  TRP $10,960 (call for Single rates aboard this deluxe vessels The Origin and Theory)

Elite or Endemic     8 day cruise and one night in Quito -Main deck    DBL  $10,600  TRP NA

Yacht La Pinta        7 day cruise and one night in Quito -Deluxe twin  DBL  $ 9,970  TRP NA  CHD $6,91

Sea Star Journey    6 day cruise and one night in Quito -Main Deck  DBL    $8,998

FIRST CLASS VESSELS

M/V Legend          8 day cruise plus one night in Quito  -Superior plus           DBL US$7,999  TRP $7,600  CHD $5,990

Isabela II                7 day cruise and one night in Quito - Classic cabin twin     DBL US$8,680  TRP NA  CHD $6,100

FIRST CLASS YACHTS:

Coral I or II          8 day cruise plus one night in Quito  -Superior plus   DBL $7,820 

Tip Top II or V     8 day cruise plus one night in Quito -Main Deck      DBL $6,290  CHD $4,990

Nemo III                8 day cruise plus one night in Quito  -Main Deck    DBL $6,280  CHD $4,952

Galapagos Seaman Journey 8 day cruise plus one night in Quito  -Main Deck    DBL $6,370

Seaman Journey 5 day cruise plus one night in Quito  -Main Deck    DBL $5,200

Program does not include international airfare.

 Sample air from Miami US$500-600; New York $700-800; Los Angeles $800-900

See our video on Galapagos and Ecuador:   https://youtu.be/EuAzOsBSuH0

Ecuador and the amazon rain forest vacations

Visiting Quito, Otavalo, cruise around the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Legend (3n) and exploring the mighty Amazon Rain Forest aboard the M/N Manatee (3n)

12 day/11 night Program Locally Hosted DAY 1 FRI. ARRIVE-QUITO:   Arrive Quito  and a fter going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to the new hotel Go Quito. DAY 2 SAT. QUITO :  Afternoon sightseeing of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. (B) DAY 3 SUN. OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR & MARKET:   This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Pan-American Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts, hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine backstrap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. Return to Quito and to hotel Go Quito. (B,L) DAY 4 MON. QUITO-BALTRA-GALAPAGOS (M/V Legend -Cruise C or Cruise A) Transfer to the airport for flight to Galapagos (Baltra). Arrive and t ransfer to the M/V Legend. PM Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) The sand at   Bachas beach is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. On this hike, you will see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. (B,D) For map of Galapagos click here DAY 5 TUE. GALAPAGOS AM   South Plaza (South Plaza Island) This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds, boobies and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cacti grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year.PM Santa Fe It is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos, ages of its lavas range from 750,000 to nearly 3 million years. ts maximum elevation is only about 200 m .. Among the unique species that can be seen there are the Santa Fe land iguana and Galapagos snake (whose bite is mildly poisonous). Also, opportunity to see Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks, sea turtles and sea lions. (B,L,D) DAY 6 WED. GALAPAGOS AM Pitt Point (San Cristobal)Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. (B,L,D) DAY 7 THU. GALAPAGOS-QUITO AM Cerro Colorado Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Quito with transfer to hotel Go Quito. (B) DAY 8  FRI. QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V MANATEE, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, the M/V Manatee will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region. After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to your first encounters with the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. More information about the Manatee. (B,D) DAY 9  SAT. VISITING THE PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 10 SUN.  KURY MUYU & PARROT CLAY LICK Breakfast served on board. Today we will enjoy a cultural & ethnic encounter with the locals. We will spend some time at one of the forest communities to learn about their everyday lives. Take advantage to shop for local handcrafts and souvenirs. Later we head over to the Parrot Clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia. After lunch, explore one of our local jungle trails as we head to a most unique water museum, where you will learn about many of the creatures that inhabit this environment. After the visit, conditions permitting, paddle your way downstream back to the Napo and enjoy more opportunities to observe wildlife. (B,L,D) DAY 11 MON.  MANATEE-COCA-QUITO Early departure from the Manatee and transfer back to Coca (two-hour boat ride).  Return flight to Quito and transfer to hotel Go Quito. (B) DAY 12 TUE. QUITO-DEPART:   Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami and homeward bound. (B) (SEE OPTIONAL TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU AT THE END OF THIS PAGE)   INCLUDING:    All transfers Hotel-Airport-Hotel and Airport-Ports-Airport.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  Hotel Go Quito for 5 nights including room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 4 day/3 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –outside SUPERIOR cabins-with 2 lower berths. 3 nights aboard the Manatee with 2 lower berths (air conditioned cabins) and all meals while on the cruise. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Airfare from  Quito to  Baltra Island via Tame Airlines and from Quito to Coca. Tips to airport porters. US$ 25 Parrot Clay Leek  fee and Yasuni National Park entrance of US$20. Galapagos cruise fuel surcharge of US$90. NOT INCLUDED:    International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket) and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section. DEPOSITS:   US$900.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure. CANCELLATIONS:  

COST LAND/CRUISE TOUR RATES PER PERSON: (Includes local airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito-Coca-Quito)

NOTE : For this same program you can use the Coral I or Coral II...same rate.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

*  From Dec.09 to 31 -please add $300 per person. Children rate based –sharing room with 2 adults.

  Note: Upgrade to Junior Suite for $300 per person. For the Legend Suites add $520 per person.

Upgrade to five star hotel HILTON COLON please add $340 per person/double for the five nights in Quito (SGL US$619)

SAMPLE AIRFARE:

From Miami US$450-650; from New York $550-750; Los Angeles $700-900; Dallas $600-800

The Manatee & Ankonda River Cruises

Departs every Saturday

Ecuador and the amazon vacation deals

8 days/7 nights

5 days- 4 nights aboard the Manatee or Anakonda River Boat (see rates below) with all meals, shore excursions, guided boat and land excursions..

Main deck cabin with 2 lower beds, air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms

3 nights in Quito at hotel selected (2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the cruise)

Private transfers in Quito.

Local airfare Quito-Coca-Quito

Entrance fees

Assistance of our local representative in Quito, Coca and while on the cruise

English speaking tour guides

LAND & RIVER CRUISE TOUR COST PER PERSON - Based on Double Occupancy

Child rate under 12 years old sharing room/cabin with parents 35% discount.

Single rate: Please add 50% (of the double cost); Triple accomodations very limited -apply $200 less pp

Call for details or emial us: [email protected]

Not included: National Park fees of about US$80. INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance and any other service not specifically mentioned in the included section. Airport departure taxes for your international flight Quito US$48 (usually this amount is included in your international air ticket)

NOTE: The Manatee departs every Monday and The Anakonda every Wednesday from the port of Coca.

For an upgrade to Hotel Hilton Colon in Quito add US$90 pp to abover rates.

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$550-650 from New York $550-750; Los Angeles $700-900; Dallas $600-800 . Airfares from any city in USA or Canada available upon request.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 01 SATURDAY  ARRIVE QUITO

After going through customs and immigration, you will be transfer to hotel Dann Carlton

DAY 02 SUNDAY QUITO

Morning sightseeing tour of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito (B)

DAY 03 MONDAY Quito-Coca-Manatee Amazon Explorer Transfer to the airport for flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), arriving to Coca at around 12:00. Transfer to the Napo River port then the motorized canoe ride downstream will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Once aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer will start navigating downstream. The courteous crew will attend to your needs and the guides will introduce you to the surprising Amazon world, its people, more than 600 species of birds, and hundreds of botanical wonders. The Manatee sails along different ecosystems and important natural reserves such as the Yasuní National Park and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve. Late afternoon briefing on next day activities. (B,L,D)

NOTE: PLEASE BE ADVISE THE ANAKONDA DEPARTS ON WEDNESDAY FROM COCA AND THE MANATEE ON MONDAYS. Your itinerary will be adjusted accordingly to the departure of each vessel. DAY 04 TUESDAY Manatee Amazon Explorer Terra Firmae Forest, Lakes and Gorges Morning disembarkation for a stroll on terra firma forest, towards an internal lagoon on the Yasuní National Park, observing the different ecosystems and accompanied by the naturalist guide. The excursion includes the opportunity to swim and fish for the famous piranha, time to rest and lunch. The return to the mighty Napo River will be on board a native canoe, rowing along a small black water creek or gorge. (B,L,D) DAY 05 WEDNESDAY Manatee Amazon Explorer Parrots and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve Early departure by motor canoe to visit a very special corner of the jungle, the clay banks of the river where different species of parrots gather daily to eat this clay that helps them digest the seeds they feed on, it is quite a sight, colorful and noisy! Then, back aboard the Manatee to sail upriver and reach one of the tributaries of the Napo to observe the flora and fauna, the surprising pygmy monkeys and then a trek to the facilities of what used to be South America's Summer Institute of Linguistics in Limoncocha, currently the only Biological Reserve of Ecuador. Upon reaching the Limoncocha Lake, we will board a canoe and travel along the banks of this marshy ecosystem, where over 470 species of birds have been recorded. There is a possibility to fish for piranha, and for a short walk. At night, it is possible to observe the black caimans that inhabit the lagoon; quite an experience... Late return to the Manatee for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D) DAY 06 THURSDAY Manatee Amazon Explorer Culture / The Amazonian man / Giants of the Forest The adventure today begins with a visit to the Museum of Pompeya, a small archaeological sample with Amazonian funeral urns that date back several centuries, as well as utensils and ways of life of the ancient denizens of the rain forest, which can still be seen today. We will also have the opportunity to see the giant trees of the Amazon, like the kapok, which rises over the forest canopy to more than 40 meters high, with huge, protruding roots. Guests can also try rowing the canoes on a tranquil tributary of the Napo River up to the house of a native family, to share a moment with them and learn their ways of life. (B,L,D) DAY 07 FRIDAY Manatee-Coca-Quito While the Manatee navigates upriver, the guides wrap up our knowledge of the great Amazon region. Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito.

Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel selected for the night. (B)

DAY 08 SATURDAY QUITO - DEPART:  

Transfer to the airport . (B)

For information about the Manatee click here

For information about the  Anakonda  click here  

Galapagos aboard the Isabella II

Galapagos vacations and cruises

Visiting Quito and cruise around the Galapagos Islands for 5 days...

Departs every Saturdays or Tuesday

DAY 01 SAT or TUE. ARRIVE - QUITO 

Arrive Quito an after going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to five star hotel Hilton.

DAY 02 SUN or WED. QUITO- City Tour

MOrning sightseeing tour of Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will visit the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito . Overnight Hilton Colon (B)

DAY 03 MON or THU . QUITO-GALAPAGOS with deluxe yacht Isabella II (Northern or Western Island Itinerary)

Baltra Island

Morning arrival to Baltra Island  and immediate transfer to the dock to board the  Deluxe Yacht ISABELLA II.   Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

NOTE: Northern itinerary departs Baltra on Monday and the Western itinerary departs Thursdays

For more information on the Isabella II click here

DAY 04 TUE or FRI . GALAPAGOS Espumilla Beach (James Island) After breakfast, a wet landing on the large coffee-coloured sand beach, just north of the prized fresh water supply that once attracted pirates and whalers. Galápagos Islands visitors who today come to Espumilla Beach arrive in search of birds rather than water. A short walk inland takes guests through a mangrove forest. Sea Turtles also visit these mangroves to nest. Beyond the mangroves lies a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails can be seen. Lunch on board. Puerto Egas (James Island)

Wet landing for a mid-length walk.  Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds.  At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions.  Opportunity for snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 05 WED or SAT . GALAPAGOS

Rábida Island (Jervis)

Disembark at Rábida Island (wet landing) on a red-coloured beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times greater flamingos migrate. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted. Lunch on board.

Bartolomé Island

Disembark at Bartolomé Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. A great way to start the day! This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase with handrails; the view from the top is worth the effort. Dinghy ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, then time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and some snorkelling, possibly with Galápagos penguins, or else a ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.  Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 06 THU or SUN . GALAPAGOS

Prince Philip's Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a stimulating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Lunch on board.

Darwin Bay (Tower/Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, a wet landing for an easy stroll observing thousands of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs. Briefing and dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 07 FRI or MON .  GALAPAGOS - QUITO

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal (Chatham) Island)

A fter breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel Wyndham by the airport . (B)

DAY 08 SAT or TUE. QUITO-DEPART

Transfer to the airport for flight home or to continue your vacation with an optional extension to Peru and Machu Picchu ( click here ) or to the Amazon Rain Forest. (B)

2024 LAND TOUR CRUISE COST PER PERSON  (includes local airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito)

* Single accommodation in Standard cabin (only 1 available). Triple accomodations based on a Classic Family Cabin (only 2 available)

Not include international air. Approximately from Miami US$550-650.

For more information about t he deluxe yacht Isabella I I  -click here

INCLUDING:  

Meeting and transfer service.  Tours as noted in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides.  hotel accommodations  for 3 nights in Quito with room taxes and service charges with Buffet Breakfast.  The 5 day/4 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the ISABELLA II –with 2 lower berths. Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. · Airfare to/from to Galapagos Island. Tips to airport porters.

NOT INCLUDED:  

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax of $100; immigration card to enter Galapagos of US$20; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA/Ecuador international departure taxes (usually included in your international air ticket)

15% per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 65 days before departure.

Short Visit to Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Ecuador Galapagos n Machu Picchu vacation deals

Visiting Quito, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and

Cruising the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Legend

RATES PER PERSON Includes local airfares Quito-Galapagos-Quito and  Lima-Cuzco-Lima

* Does not include international airfare USA-Quito, Quito-Lima and Lima-USA

Children under 12 years old –sharing room with 2 adults, 20 % discount.

Note: Upgrade to Junior Suite for $490 per person. For the Legend suites add $880 per person.

Triples available on Junior Suites only -call or email us for rates. ( [email protected] ) 1-800-327-0080

INCLUDING : Meeting and transfer service; Tours as mentioned in itinerary with entrance fees and English speaking naturalist guides;  Hotels (4 stars) as per itinerary with room taxes, service charges and Buffet Breakfast for 5 nights ; The 4 day/3 nights Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –outside standard plus cabins- with 2 lower berths;  Meals as noted in itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner. Airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito  and Lima-Cuzco-Lima. Tips to airport porters.

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare; Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Galapagos National Park Tax upon entry $100; $20 immigration card to enter Galapagos; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador and Peru; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA, Ecuador & Peru departure taxes (usually included in your international airticke); fuel surcharge for all Galapagos cruises ...about $50 per person for the 3 night cruise.

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI : US$700-900

SAMPLE ADD-ONS: $180 from ORL, TPA, JAX, FMY; $220 from ATL;  add $250 from BDL, BOS, BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS - Add $300 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $330 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU; Add $390 from LAX, SFO, SEA. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

Cancellations must be in writing and received by Tara Tours Inc.

Penalties are as follows prior to departure date:

- At any time....deposit to Galapagos cruises of $300 is not refundable.

- 120-61 days $350 penalty per passenger service charge.

- 60-31 days 50% penalty

- 30 or less -no refunds 

Ecuador Deluxe

With private tours of Quito and Otavalo

Ecuador and quito vacation packages

Daily Departures

5 nights at the new DELUXE Casa Gangotena (Luxury rooms).

Hotel room taxes and service charges

Private transfers on arrival and departure

Private City tour of Quito

Private full day tour to Otavalo Indian Market with lunch at La Mirage

  • Assistance of our local representatives 24/7

Daily Buffet Breakfast

Daily Tea time at Casa Gangotena

  2024 COST PER PERSON:

International airfare not included.

Not included:

Airfare, Travel & Health insurance , meals and any other service not specifically mentioned in the including section.

Airfare available upon request. Sample cost from Miami US$500-600; New York $600-700; Los Angeles $750-850

Special Andean cities Quito, Cuenca & Papallacta Thermal Baths

Ecuador Quito Cuenca n Papallacta vacation packages

8 days-7 nights

  • Transfers on arrival and departure in Quito and Cuenca.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations of your choice in Quito (see below hotel choices)
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast.
  • Half day tour of Quito.
  • Full day excursion to Otavalo native market and lunch at local Hacienda.
  • Hotel with room taxes and service charges
  • Local airfare Quito-Cuenca-Quito
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Cuenca at hotel selected.
  • City tour of Cuenca.
  • English speaking tour guides.
  • One night at the Papallacta Spa and thermal baths

NOT INCLUDED INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE MIAMI-LIMA-MIAMI: Approximate cost US$500-650

3 stars hotels: Quito: Boutique Hotel Silbertein; Cuenca: Dorado; Papallacta: Hotel Papallacta

4 stars hotels: Quito: Go Quito; Cuenca: Santa Lucia; Papallacta: Hotel Papallacta

5 stars hotels: Quito: Hilton Colon; Cuenca: Mansion Alcazar; Papallacta: Hotel Papallacta

Not Included : International airfare, personal expenses, Travel and Health Insurance, Alcoholic beverages, Gratuities.

ITINERARY:  Quito, Otavalo, Cuenca & Papallacta Thermal Baths

DAY 1 ARRIVE-QUITO: Arrive in Quito and after going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to hotel selected.

DAY 2 QUITO –City tour Afternoon drive along the northern residential section and see the impressive Parliament Building. Then stroll downtown to visit the colonial temple and monasteries designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Continue to the Independence Plaza flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. Next, visit the great church and Monastery of San Francisco with the Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Your scenic tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito (B)

DAY 3 QUITO- OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR & MARKET –Full day tour This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Pan-American Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts, hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine backstrap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. Return to Quito . (B,L)

DAY 4 QUITO-CUENCA Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Cuenca. Upon arrival in Cuenca, meeting and transfer to hotel selected. About Cuenca: In the southern Ecuadorian Andes lies the nation's best-kept secret: the charming colonial city of Cuenca. Its marvellous historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that still retains all of its traditional charm. Cuenca is a city to be visited leisurely with strolls along flower-lined, cobblestone streets. Take photos along the riverbanks, stop at one of the many colonial churches, or peek into one of the many antique shops and art galleries. The city includes some fine museums and religious art collections, excellent restaurants and wonderful boutique hotels.

Day 5 CUENCA- City tour This comprehensive tour includes the Plaza of San Sebastian, a colorful artisans market, where handicrafts are sold. Then, visit the Museum of Modern Art, featuring an excellent collection of contemporary fine art. The original building was the "House of Temperance" where alcoholics were once shut inside its thick walls in an effort to cure them. A stop is made at Plaza San Francisco, where small handcraft shops can be visited and the exquisitely embroidered skirts of the cholas are for sale. Next is a visit to the flower market at the small plaza in front of the carved stone entrance to the church of El Carmen de la Asunción. From here, a stroll to the main square, surrounded by the imposing blue-domed Cathedral, the Court of Justice, the Municipal Palace, the Governor's Palace and the Church of El Sagrario. Also, visit the ruins of Todos Santos, where in different archaeological strata are vestiges of the rough Cañari construction, the classical Inca stone walls without mortar and remains of Spanish arches. Then, a drive along the Tomebamba river to admire the city's overhanging houses and the laundry spread out to dry on its river banks and a great view of the city from the Hill of Turi.

Day 6 – CUENCA- Day at leisure to explore Cuenca and sorroundings at your own pace or take an optional tour to visit the country side or visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. (B)

Day 7 – CUENCA-QUITO-PAPALLACTA THERMAL BATHS Transfer to the aiport for flight to Quito w here you will be picked up and transfer to Papallacta Thermal baths -with spectacular views of the Tungurahua Volcano-  time at the Spa  to enjoy yourself for some pampering, massages and relaxation before you return back to USA the next day. (B)

Day 8 - PAPALLACTA-QUITO-DEPART: Transfer to the airport for flight back home. (B)

Galapagos Land Program

For those who don't like to cruise, but rather stay in a hotel in Galapagos

Ecuador Galpapagos Hotel Silberstein Vacations deals

Christmas and New Years dates have an increase of 5% to all prices above.

* Galapagos Habitat (ex-Red Mangrove) . For Pikaia Lodge -passengers need to arrive to Lodge on Mondays)

Some hotels in Galapagos required a minimun of 4 to 7 night stay during Christmas and New Years. Please call.

For Pikaia Lodge add 5% during Spring break and Presidents day (7 night minimun during Christmas and New Years)

Casa Natura,Royal Palm, Finch Bay, Safari Camp, Pikaia Lodge includes all meals while in Galapagos. Silberstein includes Breakfast and lunch (lunch on daily excursions only).

For more information and  itineraries for this program click here

  For map of Galapagos click here

  Not Included : US$ 100 Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park per person (must be paid in cash upon arrival) and US$20 per person Immigration card. Personal expenses, Health and Travel Insurance, Alcoholic beverages, Gratuities, International airfare. Covid19 Vaccination cards or personal PCR or AntigentTest

Sample airfare: from Miami US$500-700, New York $700-900, Los Angeles 800-1000

DEPOSITS : 15% of the land tour cost (per person)

FINAL PAYMENT : 65 days before departure.

CANCELLATIONS LAND TOUR PROGRAM : 121-90 days before departure: deposits are refundable less $150 adminastrative fee per person ; 89-65 days before departure: deposits are not refundable; 64-50 days before departure 50% of the cost cancellations fees; 49 days before departure or less no refunds PLEASE email us to verify this cancellations penalties  as each hotel in Galapagos have diferent cancellations fees (Above cancellations apply when using hotel Silbertein.) TAKE NOTE FOR PEAK SEASONS: New Years, Christmas, Holy Week or special events-There are no refunds at any time. We highly recomend to buy Travel Insurance. Cancellations -Air Arrangements: · AIRLINE TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE

Extension to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Vacations and tours

(Applies to Galapagos programs only)

DAY 01 GALAPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL or QUITO/LIMA: Cruise ship arrive in Baltra or San Cristobal. Transfer to the airport for flight to Guayaquil or Quito  where you will be connecting  with flight to Lima. Reception and transfer to hotel Costa del Sol by Lima airport. DAY 02 LIMA-CUZCO: Walk to the domestic sector of Lima airport for flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco where you will be met and transfer to your hotel.  Afternoon city tour of Cuzco and the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B) DAY 03 CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU: Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip with spectacular views of the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. (Optional overnight in Machu Picchu upon request). (B, L) DAY 04 CUZCO-LIMA-DEPART Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima where you will be connecting with your international flight. Along with the souvenirs, you will carry memories of your journey through the Galapagos and Machu Picchu (B)

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NOT INCLUDED AIRFARE GUAYAQUIL or QUITO-LIMA-CUZCO-LIMA approximate cost US$550-650

3 stars hotels: Cuzco:San Agustin Dorado

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5 stars hotels: Cuzco: JW Marriot or Boutique hotel & Museum Aranwa Cuzco. (For hotel Monasterio Belmond -please add US$556 per person for double )

Overnight in Machu Picchu available upon request.

INCLUDING: Tips to porters at airports and ports (not at hotels); tours as mentioned in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking tour guides; Hotel accommodations for 3 nights including room taxes and service charges of 25% in Peru; round trip bus/train tickets to Machu Picchu (Vistadome) ; meals as noted B=Buffet Breakfast; all transfers to airport, hotel and ports; Airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima.

NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic airfares; Other services not mentioned in itinerary; passport, visa, tourist car fees or insurance; departure taxes: airport departure taxes (usually included in your airline ticket ; tips to tour guides and drivers.

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Galapagos & Amazon Tours are ideal for travelers that want to view as much wildlife as possible during their vacation. In the Galapagos Islands , you can see endemic species such as giant tortoises , marine iguanas , Galapagos penguins , and Galapagos sea lions , and native species, such as blue-footed boobies , and magnificent frigatebirds. The Amazon , which is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, contains 10% of the world’s known species. Here, you can see a wide variety of animals including monkeys, giant river otters, caiman, and macaws. Both the Galapagos and the Amazon can be visited by either a cruise ship or a land-based tour .

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Arrival and transfer to your Quito hotel. If you arrive early for your Ecuador adventure travel tour, we can arrange optional tours to explore the city, its museums and other sites of interest.

In the morning you'll be transferred to the Quito airport for a breathtaking flight high over the Andes to the frontier town of Coca. From Coca, a motorized canoe will deliver you to the Sacha Lodge along the Napo, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon. To help you get your bearings on arrival, you'll receive a welcome orientation with refreshments. Spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with all the lodge has to offer on a guided walk through the Amazon jungle and visiting an amazing butterfly farm. (B,L,D)

Amazon tours are known for their lush, exciting ecology, and this one is no exception. Your two days in the rainforest are filled with fascinating activities, including jungle walks, dugout canoe rides, birdwatching and visits to the clay lick favored by parrots where you'll witness some of the jungle's most colorful displays. On this Amazon adventure, you'll also explore the rainforest from the treetops on the lodge's observation tower and canopy walkway. (B,L,D)

In the early morning, you'll depart the Amazon for the airport to take the return flight to the capital. You'll be transferred to your Quito hotel and have the rest of the day and evening to yourself on the eve of your Galapagos tours. (B)

Another early morning transfer will take you to the airport for the 600-mile flight to the Galapagos. Galapagos island tours are a varied mix of some of the world’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Upon arriving in the Islands, you'll be transferred to your vessel to begin your Galapagos wildlife adventure. Depending on the Galapagos cruise you've selected, you'll be spending five to eight glorious days in this magical archipelago. (B,L,D)

According to your chosen itinerary, you will visit between four and ten different islands. Each of the Galapagos Islands has its own particular topography, ecology and wildlife. Dinghies provide daily transport to shore for walking tours, enabling you to get closer wildlife views. All tours allow ample time for the activities included in the itinerary, whether snorkeling, scuba diving or swimming. If you prefer pure relaxation, you'll find it on the boat as well as under the equatorial sun on the beach. For more details, please refer to the individual vessel itineraries. (B,L,D)

Alas, Galapagos tours don't last forever. Your final morning will include one last island visit before being transferred from the vessel to the airport for your return flight to Quito. Arrive in the late afternoon and transfer to your comfortable Quito hotel. (B)

Transfer to the airport for the international departure home, the end of Southern Explorations services. If you are interested in more Galapagos tours, trip extensions to other regions or extra days in Quito, we would be happy to arrange them. (B)

Due to fairly stable seasonal weather conditions in Ecuador, travelers can enjoy year-round travel to the country. Some areas have better weather at certain times of the year, but it is always a good time to travel to Ecuador. Ecuador has a surprising variety of climates. The weather can be very localized and tends to change quickly because of the country’s unique geography. Located on the Equator, Ecuador is divided into four main regions: the Andes, the Amazon, the Coast, and the Galapagos Islands. Within these four regions of this small country, roughly the size of Colorado, elements of all four seasons can occur in a single day. The Andes (Highlands) Visitors can experience the Andean Highlands year-round, though June to September and late November to mid-January tend to be the drier months. February to May and October to mid-November are considered the rainier season. During the rainier months, one will find warm sunny weather in the morning followed by almost daily showers in the afternoon. Temperatures show little variance throughout the year with averages in the 60s during the day and 50s at night, though sunny days may get into the 70s and cooler nights may drop into the 40s. Despite these averages, it is common to have rainy streaks in the dry season and nice sunny weather in the wet season. It is best to come prepared for both rain and sun, as visitors will likely run into both during any month of the year. Warm days and cool nights are normal so packing layers is essential. The Amazon The Amazon basin is what you would expect of a tropical rainforest: wet, hot and humid. January marks the beginning of the less rainy period, which extends through March. Calling this the dry season would be a misnomer as it still rains quite frequently. March through July tends to be rainier than the first two months of the year, with July tending to be the rainiest. August through December is known as the fluctuation season. During this time, it is nearly impossible to predict weather patterns. One minute could be hot and sunny with clear blue skies and then the next minute a heavy downpour could begin. Temperatures year-round range in the 80s (27-33°C) and rain, sometimes even cool rainstorms, can be expected most days in the afternoon, as the Amazon basin is truly a rainforest. Any time of year is great to visit the Ecuadorian Amazon despite the level of rain. Contrary to what one may think, the months with higher averages of rainfall are great times to visit. Higher levels of rain increase fruit production, which results in more activity from monkeys and other fruit eating species. The Amazon is an unpredictable environment from both a weather and wildlife standpoint. The best approach for visitors to have an excellent Amazonian experience is to come prepared for the unexpected and to have an open mind! The Coast On coast, the dry season runs from about June to December with a temperature drop to the high 70s. The garua, a damp mist, has a tendency to cast itself over the coastline and the sun. The sun can disappear for three months at a time. Then in January to June, temperatures go up and despite the occasional heavy rain, the days will be bright and sunny. The Galapagos The great weather of the Galapagos Islands makes them a fantastic destination for travel year-round. Every month of the year is a good time to enjoy a tour of the region. The Galapagos Islands have a subtropical climate that is almost completely determined by sea currents. Although most believe the Galapagos to be a very hot destination, the cool water currents in the area keep the climate fairly temperate year-round. The mild variations in weather from month to month result in an overall climate of warm days, cool nights and low humidity. Anytime is a great time to travel to the Galapagos; while visiting one can expect to see plenty of sunshine, blue skies and a possible chance of light rain.  

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Galapagos & Amazon Tour 10+ Days

This tour combines any Galapagos cruise of your choice with the Amazon.  Your trip costs depend on which vessel and cruise duration you select, as well as which Amazon option you choose.  Prices listed here are per person starting at rates. Domestic Airfare: Galapagos: $560 Entrance to Galapagos to National Park: $100 Adult / $50 Child Galapagos Transit Control Card: $20 A single supplement applies to single travelers in a private cabin. Single travelers willing to share a cabin with another passenger of the same gender can avoid the single supplement on certain vessels.  

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The overall holiday was excellent. The Southern Explorations element was fantastic and the Eclipse could not be faulted, except I ate far too much!  - Natasha Rowlands, UK (Galapagos Island Cruise)

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I was very impressed with the organization of our trip.  Everything Southern Explorations was responsible for went smoothly and everything was on schedule.  The Manatee on the Amazon had some initial trouble but it could not have been known or anticipated by SE.  Once again I would like to compliment Jorge on his work.  He made our comings and goings to and from Quito very easy.  If I go to South America again my first call will be to Southern Explorations. Thank you. - Peter Tuck, CA (Corals & Manatee)

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La Selva Lodge Tour

Ecuador has a significant portion of the Amazon Rainforest where you can find some of the best lodges in Amazonia . From these lodges, you’ll enjoy guided Ecuador Amazon tours for spectacular wildlife experiences. And off the coast of Ecuador, you also have the famous Galapagos Islands to explore.

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The Galapagos Islands

One of the most famous archipelagos on the planet, the Galapagos Islands sit off the coast of Ecuador and are home to an impressive array of unique animals. Many of these are found nowhere else on Earth. The animals you can find include Galapagos giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, seals, and a fascinating variety of birds.

The Ecuadorian Amazon

Ecuador is home to one of the world’s greatest diversities of animals and plants. And this diversity is found predominantly in the Amazon Rainforest, the largest container of tropical life worldwide. Most Amazon Rainforest tourists in Ecuador fly from Quito to Coca. And from here, you are transported by river to your chosen Amazon Rainforest lodge or river cruise.

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Located in a 5000 acre private ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge provides a safe and comfortable base for you and your family to enjoy the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. This was a wonderful experience. Not a detail ... | 4, 5 days+

Darwin & Orellana Discovery Tour - Amazon & Galapagos

The Darwin & Orellana Discovery Tour

Enjoy a seamless journey to combine two of Ecuador’s most iconic and wildlife-rich regions. And over 11 days, you will explore Ecuador’s incredible Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest. Your tour includes: Isabela Island – Galapagos ...

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The Isabela & Santa Cruz – Island to Island Tour

Step into a world of natural wonder with the Island to Island tour, a unique 6, 7 or 8-day land-based journey through the Galapagos Islands. This adventure begins on Isabela Island, where the Scalesia Lodge, ...

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The Alya Galapagos Cruise

The Alya Cruise is a luxury catamaran for exploring the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy a very comfortable cruise experience, personalized service and a fusion of local cuisine and international favorites. In addition to enjoying the Alya’s ...

Anakonda Amazon Cruise

The Anakonda Amazon Cruise

The Anakonda Amazon Cruise provides an immersive and unique experience of the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy large and comfortable beds, a spa room, outdoor jacuzzi, and al fresco lounge. You can relax on on your comfortable ... | 4, 5, 8 days

The Elite Galapagos Cruise, Ecuador

The Elite Galapagos Cruise

The Elite Cruise invites you on an extraordinary exploration of the Galapagos Islands. With modern luxury, the Elite had its maiden voyage in 2019 and provides unrivaled luxury in the magnificent Galapagos Islands. The twin-hulled ... | 4, 5, 8 days

Endemic Galapagos Cruise

The Endemic Galapagos Cruise

The Endemic Galapagos Cruise is a luxurious modern catamaran designed to offer you a fantastic experience of the Galapagos Islands. The luxury yacht offers spacious cabins with private balconies, comfortable social areas and delicious cuisine. ... | 4, 5, 6, 8 days

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The Manatee Amazon River Cruise is a fantastic cruise for adventures into the wonderful Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s richest areas for animals and plants. From the very comfortable vessel, we will head ... | 4, 5, 8 days

Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise

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Aboard the Ocean Spray Cruise, you will embark on a memorable journey through the mesmerizing Galapagos Islands. The 16-passenger luxury catamaran offers spacious suites and social areas with more comfort and stability as you hop ... | 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 days

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A guide to the Galapagos Islands

T here's no place like the Galapagos Islands. One of the most biodiverse spots on Earth, visitors will leave here having seen something entirely new, like a marine iguana or colony of Darwin's finches. It's not just the wildlife attracting intrepid travelers, either — the pristine beaches, turquoise waters and active volcanos are also big draws. The Galapagos Islands are about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, and while it takes plenty of planning and time to get there, the payoff is worth it.

How to get there

First, travelers have to fly into Ecuador, to either the capital Quito or the port city of Guayaquil. From there, you'll catch a connecting flight to the Galapagos, where there are two airports: one on San Cristobal Island and the other on Baltra Island. 

Jess Heuermann, senior trip planner with Adventure Life , told The Week she recommends arriving in Ecuador two days before a scheduled trip to the Galapagos Islands, just in case of flight delays. The islands sit on the equator and are a year-round destination, with the peak travel season in the summer and around Christmas. It's best to plan a trip a year in advance, if possible. 

Note: Before flying to the Galapagos, you'll have to pay $20 at the airport for a Galapagos Transit Control Card. Once you're in Galapagos, there's another $100 national park entrance fee. The Galapagos National Park covers 97% of the islands, and this helps fund conservation efforts. Typically, your cruise or tour company will pay these fees in advance. 

Where to stay

Visitors can either explore the Galapagos Islands on a cruise or a land-based tour, where they stay overnight in hotels rather than on a boat. Cruises are the more popular choice, since they can cover more ground and travel to remote destinations. "I always recommend a cruise, because for all the time and effort it took to get there, you want to make the most of your vacation," Heuermann said. 

These are not cruises with thousands of people on board and several decks filled with entertainment. The vessels are required to have one certified guide for every 16 passengers, and cannot have more than 100 passengers total. Whether it's a relatively budget-friendly cruise or one that's more luxurious , it's all about experiencing nature and getting off the boat once or twice a day to explore, which is why you won't find huge water slides or casinos on these vessels. 

What to see and do

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago, with 13 major islands, including four that are inhabited. The main draw is nature's splendor, with travelers wanting to spend time outdoors hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, and observing wildlife. "You are almost guaranteed to see on any trip sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas," Heuermann said. 

You'll want to make sure your phone or camera battery is fully charged, because photo opportunities will abound. When looking at cruise itineraries, see if there are stops on Española Island, where the waved albatross lives, and Isabela Island, home to the Galapagos penguin (the only penguin species found north of the equator). 

Most visitors will also stop at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. There are exhibits about the flora and fauna, as well as opportunities to see giant tortoises, baby tortoises and land iguanas. One popular beach on the island is the stunning white sand Tortuga Bay, where the turtle watching can't be beaten. This is your chance to embrace your inner Darwin, so have a notebook handy to write out your thoughts and observations.

Over the last decade, there's been a surge in travel to Galapagos. Visitors are asked to show respect to the land by picking up their trash and leaving no trace behind. 

Visitors to the Galapagos Islands are "almost guaranteed to see ... sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas"

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