10 DAYS GALAPAGOS AND AMAZON ADVENTURE

Image yourself traveling through two of the most exotic and distinctive destinations in Ecuador. Ten days of sea lions, sea iguanas, sea tortoises, pink dolphins, hikes, amazing discoveries and pure awe. Join in on the fun!

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DAY 1 – QUITO – BALTRA – ISABELLA

We fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, we will meet with our English speaking guide who will take us to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela, which takes approximately three hours. We will arrive at HOTEL SAN VICENTE GALAPAGOS or LA LAGUNA HOTEL. After a brief rest at the hotel, we will head to the FLAMINGO LAGOON, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. (L,D)

 DAY 2 – SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO TREKKING –  CONCHA PERLA ISABELA

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano.  This volcano is located 13 miles from Port Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep.  To arrive at this incredible sight we travel in bus or similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park where we will register our visit and then begin our hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano.  We’ll then proceed to the Volcan Chico where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of its activity.  Here we’ll stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel.  After a brief rest, we’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where we can observe the colorful fish, sea urchins, starfish, sea lions, or even sea turtles. Hotel Accommodation provided. HOTEL SAN VICENTE GALAPAGOS or LA LAGUNA HOTEL. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 – TORTOISES BREEDING CENTER – TINTORERAS

After breakfast we will go to the GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER, where we will visit “THE WALL OF TEARS”. From 1946 to 1959, Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government and prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “EL MURO DE LAS LAGRIMAS”. Additionally, we will visit a small lava tunnel and another FLAMINGO LAGOON, and then we will return to the hotel to have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will sail to “ISLOTA TINTORERAS”. It’s got its name due to a large crevice with very clear calm water in which white-tip sharks known as “TINTORERAS” come daily to rest on the bottom. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas and go snorkelling with sharks as well as other colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. HOTEL SAN VICENTE GALAPAGOS or “LA LAGUNA HOTEL. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 – PTO AYORA – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

After breakfast, we will take the public speedboat to PUERTO AYORA, where the guide will be waiting for us in order to check in to the hotel. Immediately, we will enjoy a wonderful visit to see GIANT TURTLES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITA. After lunch in the Highlands, we will return to Puerto Ayora and go to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. Here we will have the opportunity to remember the history of the famous Lonesome George. HOTEL FERNANDINA or SIMILAR. Optional: You may visit the town again at night for dancing and entertainment. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – THE TWINS – BALTRA 

After breakfast, we will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way we will stop by “The Twins” (“The Gemelos”), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end with the arrival at the airport where we will depart to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)

DAY 6 – FREE DAY IN QUITO 

(Or ask your agent for a Day Trip Option – extra cost)

Today we will have the opportunity to enjoy the famous old town with a free walking tour of Colonial Quito, the guide will tell us some of the many stories that this place had witnessed along its existence, while walking through its magical streets you will feel like living 500 years in the past. (shared tour start 10:30am) (B)

At night we will go to the local bus station to take our transportation to Lago Agrio, this ride will take around 7 hours in an overnight bus. (-)

DAY 7 – CUYABENO AMAZONS EXPEDITION

Our adventure begins at 10h00 am. We travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2 hours), where we start our canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river, to our Lodge (3 hours aprox.). After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a captivating lecture. (-,L,D) 

DAY 8 – CUYABENO AMAZONS EXPEDITION

Early morning canoe excursion, the brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest thriving activity. After breakfast, we trek in primary rainforest with our naturalist and native guides who will explain us about the practical and medical uses of the plants. After lunch we go out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and to try to find species of monkeys or dolphins. After dinner we venture in the forest to find species of insects and with a bit of luck species of snakes or frogs. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 – CUYABENO AMAZONS EXPEDITION

Starting early in the morning we spend the whole day exploring. We navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colourful Parrots and Parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies. Return to the Lodge. After breakfast we trek into pristine primary rainforest. Our native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, showing us the medical and practical uses of the rainforests flora and fauna that their ancestors have taught throughout generations and we learn how all life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. After lunch, we navigate along the Cuyabeno River where we have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the spectacular scenery. We also try our luck at Piranha fishing. We visit the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower; here above the canopy we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest and observing a variety of species; including Toucans, Parrots, Monkeys, and many more. After dinner, we venture out on a night excursion to search for Caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 – CUYABENO AMAZONS EXPEDITION

After breakfast, we navigate along Cuyabeno rivers towards to the Kichwa Indian Community where our naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions of the native people from the past to the present and then we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back along the Aguarico River to Pto. Gregorio, from where our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio (arrival at 16h00 aprox.). Departure flight/bus to Quito. End of services. (B,L)

*  The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

– Comfortable Tourist Superior class hotel in Galapagos: 4 nights

– Accommodation in a hotel in Quito: 1 night

– Comfortable jungle lodge (Nicky Lodge): 3 nights

Meals:

– Breakfast: 8

– Lunch: 5

– Dinner: 3

Transportation:

– Internal flights in Ecuador: Quito-Galapagos-Quito

– Bus transportation Quito-Lago Agrio

– Airport transfer for Galapagos flights

– Sea transportation in Galapagos provided

Guides:

– Bilingual guide

– Galapagos National Rangers guide level II

– Transfer Inn/Out

– Bus transportation Lago Agrio – Quito

– Or book an air ticket Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito ($200p.p)

– Extra expenses, meals not mentioned in the itinerary and tips.

– Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100

– INGALA transit card: $20

– Isabela Island fee: $5

– Tips

– Travel Insurance

Minimum 2 pax – ask price for single supplement

Regular Price: $1990p.p