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Destination

Ecuador, Galapagos

Duration

17 Days

Price

From $7,398 pp

Travel to Ecuador and experience the natural and cultural diversity of this unique county. Explore colonial Quito, travel to Cotopaxi and stay in a traditional hacienda, experience the natural wonders of the Amazon and explore the enchanted Galapagos Island in this comprehensive journey.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Quito
  • Arrival Transfer (International)
Swissotel - Premier Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Quito - Cotopaxi
  • Cotopaxi Volcano & National Park (including lunch)
Hacienda El Porvenir - Suite
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Quito
  • Transfer Cotopaxi - Quito
Swissotel - Premier Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Quito - Napo Territory
  • Departure Transfer (Domestic)
  • Transfer - Coca Airport - Napo Wildlife Centre
Napo Wildlife - Standard Cabana
Full Board
Day 5
Napo Territory
  • Parrot Clay Lick - Kichwa Anangu Community
Napo Wildlife - Standard Cabana
Full Board
Day 6
Napo Territory
  • Amazon Canopy Tower & Nature Walk
Napo Wildlife - Standard Cabana
Full Board
Day 7
Coca - Quito
  • Transfer - Napo Wildlife Centre - Coca Airport
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
Swissotel - Premier Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Guayaquil - Black Turtle Cove - Galapagos
  • Departure Transfer (Galapagos)
  • Saturday - Arrival & Black Turtle Cove
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 9
Galapagos - Puerto Egas
  • Sunday - Rabida Island & Puerto Egas
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 10
Galapagos - Espinosa Point
  • Monday - Tagus Cove & Espinosa Point
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 11
Galapagos - Vincente Roca Point
  • Tuesday - Urbina Bay & Vincente Roca Point
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 12
Galapagos - Highlands
  • Wednesday - Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 13
Galapagos - Darwin Bay
  • Thursday - El Barranco & Darwin Bay
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 14
Galapagos - Cerro Dragon
  • Friday - Bartolome & Dragon Hill
M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom
Full Board
Day 15
Baltra - Quito
  • Saturday - Bachas Beach
  • Arrival & Panoramic Quito by Night
Swissotel - Premier Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 16
Quito
  • Otavalo & Cotacachi (including lunch)
Swissotel - Premier Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 17
Quito
  • Departure Transfer (International)

Day 1
Quito

Welcome to Quito! A Travelous representative will be waiting for you in the passenger area holding a sign with your name on it. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to your hotel for overnight.

Swissotel - Premier Room

Day 2
Quito - Cotopaxi

We will depart from Quito heading south through the famous "Avenue of the Volcanoes." Around midday we will arrive in the National Park, which is located 60km away from the city of Quito. The Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the most important landmarks in Ecuador because it is the highest active volcano in the world. Lush endemic flora and fauna of the area can be observed, including: one of the most representative species is the Chuquiragua (also known as the mountaineer"s flower), wild horses, deers, llamas, and more. Whilst in the National Park you can also visit Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumi\u241\'f1ahui volcano (4757 meters), or go hiking to observe birds.

We will enjoy lunch in a traditional hacienda. In the afternoon we will return to Quito.

Hacienda El Porvenir - Suite

Day 3
Quito

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from Cotopaxi to Quito.

Swissotel - Premier Room

Day 4
Quito - Napo Territory

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the hotel to the airport for your domestic flight.

Upon arrival at the Coca Airport you will be welcomed by Napo Wildlife Centre staff who will accompany you to the Francisco de Orellana Port - which is only 5 minutes away from the airport.

Here you will commence you Amazon adventure. At the port you board a motorized canoe moving downstream along the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers, herons and more, in addition to the incredible views of the Amazon jungle that opens before your eyes. A boxed lunch will be provided enroute.

After our two-hours ride along the Napo River, you will arrive at the Napo Wildlife Centre dock entrance where you will have a short break to freshen up. From the dock you will continue to the lodge on paddle-canoes as motorized canoes are not permitted within the Napo Territory. This majestic and peaceful dugout canoe ride travels down a narrow stream that leads to the Abangu Lake, where the lodge is located. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at the Napo Wildlife Center where the staff will welcome you.

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge - Standard Cabana

Day 5
Napo Territory

Today"s adventure at the Napo Wildlife Center begins early in the morning as you will witness one of the most incredible nature spectacles, the parrot clay licks. It will only take about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick which is of easy access from the lodge. Once we get there, at about 7:30 or 8:30 am it will take just a few minutes for birds to show up. It is a real spectacle of colors, about 11 species of bird such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed with the minerals that are concentrated in the soil.

Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Anangu community to share time with the men, women and children of the community and learn about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. Then, we will say goodbye to the families and continue our adventure. Later we will go back to the creek and go hiking for 30 minutes throughout a Terra Firme forest until reaching the second parrot clay lick and repeat the experience of seeing a great variety of parrots, parakeets and macaws as you eat a delicious picnic lunch.

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge - Standard Cabana

Day 6
Napo Territory

This morning we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will have amazing views of the jungle. This wooden platform of 36 meters high was built just next to an ancient Kapok tree. To get to the top you have to pass through different levels of the forest. Then, when you are finally there, the immensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle opens before you a sight of indescribable beauty that must be experienced.

Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right by you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons.

In the afternoon, after lunch at the Napo Wildlife Center, we will go deep into a Terra Firme trail to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior. There are great possibilities to see lizards, different species of monkeys such as the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! Also, we will take you to explore the black water Anangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon.

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge - Standard Cabana

Day 7
Coca - Quito

Today you say farewell to the Napo Centre as we depart after an early breakfast to go back to Coca city and repeat the river adventure to go out the way you came, a ride on a paddle-canoe to the docking area and then embarking on a motorized canoe to Coca.

During this last excursion the creek may reveal new sights of rare bird species and monkeys and a Giant Otter will possibly show up to good-bye.

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel for overnight.

Swissotel - Premier Room

Day 8
Guayaquil - Black Turtle Cove - Galapagos

After an early breakfast, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Quito Airport in time to catch your flight to the Galapagos Islands. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 hours.

Once you arrive at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration, be met by your guide, and escorted to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/V Eclipse, where you will be greeted by the Cpatain and crew.

Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle cove is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water islets, surrounded by three different species of mangroves. It's waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This site is only accessible by dinghy. Difficulty level: Easy.

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 9
Galapagos - Puerto Egas

Rabida Island

Rabida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rabida is not only considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, but it's great for kayak and dinghy rides. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

Santiago - Puerto Egas

The trail leads to tidal pools which are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers and possibly the Galapagos Hawk. The trail leads to the Fur Sea Lion Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where these unique animals can be seen. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles, rays and some reef sharks. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 10
Galapagos - Espinosa Point

Isabela Island - Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and dinghy rides. Difficulty level: Easy to Difficult.

Fernandina - Espinosa Point

Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the entire world and also one of the most dynamic. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April 2009, and also dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk. Difficulty level: Moderate

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 11
Galapagos - Vincente Roca Point

Isabela Island - Urbina Bay

Urbina Bay is located in Western Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano. After a wet landing on a beautiful black-sand beach, you may be able to observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings and is one of the best places to see Darwin"s finches as well as large land iguanas. Be on the lookout for Galapagos tortoises which like to feed within the site"s dense vegetation. Difficulty level: Moderate.Isabela Island - Vicente Roca Point

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who do not snorkel, a dinghy ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 12
Galapagos - Highlands

Charles Darwin Resarch Station

On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the great efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands namesake.

Highlands

After the visit we drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. The afternoon is at leisure. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 13
Galapagos - Darwin Bay

Genovesa Island - El Barranco

El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip"s Steps, is a steep path with stairs carved into the rock which leads to a plateau full of bird life amongst a Palo Santo forest. You will see Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. With some luck, you may spot a short-eared lava owl. Difficulty level: Moderate

Genovesa Island - Darwin Bay

Darwin Bay"s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 14
Galapagos - Cerro Dragon

Bartolome Island

Bartolome is a small island that has two very different visitor sites. At the first site, you can snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Then, it"s back on board for a quick change of clothes followed by a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit you will have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. For those not interested in the hike, there is the option of a dinghy ride.Difficulty level: Moderated.

Santa Cruz -Dragon Hill

The name Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) stems from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. After landing at a pier, a hike takes you to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go swimming after the walk. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

M/V Eclipse - Deluxe Stateroom

Day 15
Baltra - Quito

Bachas Beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. It's soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Difficulty level: Easy.

Disembark for airport transfer

Welcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking guide who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Before arriving at the hotel we will take you for a panoramic tour towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Historico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

There is no better way of seeing a city than at night and colonial Quito is no exception as you will enjoy breathtaking views of the famous colonial churches illuminated by night.

The Panecilllo Hill will be the next stop with a panoramic night time view of Quito and the Virgin.

Swissotel - Premier Room

Day 16
Quito

This morning you will leave Quito heading to Otavalo, the town famous for its weekly artisan market. On route on the Pan-American Highway we will stop at Calderon, a town where the famous "masapan" dolls are made, continuing on through Guayllabamba town where you can sample its typical fruit the cherimoya. We will also stop on the highway to admire the beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains in the area. We continue on, making a short stop at San Pablo Lake before arriving in Otavalo. Here we will visit the textile market located at the "Plaza of Ponchos"; this is one of the most famous markets in South America. You will find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on the Spanish weaving loom as well as the indigenous back strap loom. After which you will enjoy some free time for bargaining and buying with the friendly Otavalenos.

In the early afternoon we will visit a colonial hacienda where lunch is optional, before going to the small artisan village of Cotacachi. In the late afternoon we will return to Quito.

Swissotel - Premier Room

Day 17
Quito

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to the Airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you in Ecuador again soon. Stay Travelous!

With its abundance of plants, animals, microorganisms and ecosystem, its four natural regions (Amazon, Andes, Galapagos, Pacific Coast, and its relatively small surface (approximately 280,000 km2/173938.88 square miles), Ecuador positions itself as the most diverse country per square meter in the world. A touristic paradise where in just a few days you can discover the glory of the Andes, bathe on lush Pacific Ocean beaches, explore the richness of the Amazon and marvel at the wonders of the Galapagos Islands.

Swissotel

Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito - both a commercial and residential area. Each of Swissotel Quito's 232 elegant guest rooms and 43 executive apartments are air-conditioned and feature modern design. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free internet connection. Executive rooms and the Swiss Executive Club lounge provide additional luxury and exclusivity. Swissotel Quito's central location between near the old town means that guests are never far from great shopping, fascinating museums and architectural & cultural gems of the city.

Premier Rooms offer state-of-the-art in-room technology, stylish contemporary design and modern comforts. As a single or double it offers an oversized bed with Swiss fabrics, Egyptian cotton bedding and an ergonomic work area. Rounding out the benefits of this category is a pampering bathroom with all the amenities you"ll want for a luxurious stay.

Hacienda El Porvenir

Hacienda El Porvenir offers a different kind of experience. Located about 60km south of Quito, beyond the robust little town of Machachi and set in grassy highlands at a breathtaking 3,600m. This is the homestead of a 4,500 hectare working cattle property. Grass roofed and terracotta walled, the hacienda is heated by roaring log fires beside which you can enjoy hearty Ecuadorian highland meals like locro de papa (a creamy potato soup served with avocado and cheese) or llapingachos (potato and cheese pancakes). This is a relaxed, rural accommodation - and an excellent base for mountain adventures. The estate"s property borders Cotopaxi National Park, the centrepiece of which is the magnificent snow-capped, active volcano Cotopaxi. Vistors use the hacienda as a base for acclimatisation before an attempt on Cotopaxi"s summit; however, there are also excellent trails for lower altitude trekking and mountain biking. Horse riding, of course, is also on the menu of activities; kitted out in a highland poncho and llama-skin chaps to keep out the cold, you will feel like one of the chagras (cowboys) who are the hacienda"s expert riding guides.

Suites offer spectacular views where guests may enjoy a wonderful rest after a day of adventures. Each suite has a private bathroom, living-room with fireplace or efficient ecological wood-burner.

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge

The Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge has been carefully built and designed by the Anangu indigenous community to offer tourist maximum privacy and comfort in Amazon Wildlife Tours. Luxury rooms and commodities, first class attention, beautiful views of the jungle and the lake, nature within your reach. It is a real paradise for nature lovers, eco-travelers, and adventure seekers.

Located in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest, the Napo Wildlife Center is considered one of the best eco-hotel of the world. The Anangu community has been recognized worldwide for its effort to preserving the flora and fauna found in this region declared by UNESCO a biosphere reserve.

The dining hall of the Napo Wildlife Center ecolodge is the perfect place for having a meal in the surroundings of the Anangu lagoon. Meals are carefully prepared to fit everyone"s tastes. Either you want some Ecuadorian traditional food or international, there is nothing to worry about because everything is delicious. In this large dining area guests can enjoy the beauty of nature just in front of you while you take breakfast or lunch, with a complete variety of exotic fruits and organic products.

The cabanas are decorated with native furnishings and are fully equipped with a private room with hot water, ventilation, energy and a balcony with the most incredible views of the jungle and the Anangu Lagoon. Ammenities include: A king-sized bed and a twin-sized bed, A safety deposit box, Private bathrooms with hot water, A private balcony with views of the lake and the sourrandings, 24/7 electricity provided by a solar pannel system and silent power generators, Plenty of 120v outlets to recharge your batteries, Mosquito nets and screened windows, Ceiling fans.

M/V Eclipse

The Eclipse is an upscale expedition vessel that offers unparalleled levels of comfort and service. Large enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, small enough to dock at remote ports and negotiate inter-island landings with agility, the Eclipse is the perfect size for an expedition-style adventure and the choice for travelers who prefer the intimate, comfortable atmosphere and attentive service of a smaller boutique vessel to a larger cruise ship. She features outstanding open-air spaces, comfortable cabins, and spectacular al fresco dining.

Situated on the Boat Deck, the Deluxe Staterooms boast large scenic windows and a complimentary one-time fully stocked minibar. Two of the four Deluxe Staterooms have an extra bed for triple occupancy.

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What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

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  • tips and gratuities
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  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

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