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Destination

Ecuador

Duration

10 Days

Price

On Request

Combine the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest in one remarkable journey. Stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp located in a 5000 acre private ecological reserve that is inhabited by spectacular wildlife. Continue to the Amazon where you will stay at the remote Sacha Lodge located in a pristine rainforest sanctuary where you will experience the jungle in safety and comfort. The cabins, made of traditional materials with high thatched roofs and shaded terraces, are nestled in the lush surroundings in order to preserve the ambience of the Amazon.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Quito
  • Arrival Transfer (International)
Swissotel - Swiss Advantage
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Galapagos - Santa Cruz Island
  • In Search of the Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
Full Board
Day 3
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos
  • Cruising to a Neighbouring Island
Galapagos Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
Full Board
Day 4
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos
  • Cruising to a Neighbouring Island
Galapagos Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
Full Board
Day 5
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos
  • Exploring the East
Galapagos Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
Full Board
Day 6
Baltra - Quito
  • Airport Transfer (Departure)
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
Swissotel - Swiss Advantage
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Quito - Coca
  • Departure Transfer (Domestic)
  • Flight Quito - Coca (25 Minutes) - Flight Quito - Coca (25 Minutes)
  • Into the Amazon
Sacha Lodge (Standard Cabin)
Full Board
Day 8
Coca
  • Rainforest Exploration
Sacha Lodge (Standard Cabin)
Full Board
Day 9
Coca
  • Rainforest Exploration
Sacha Lodge (Standard Cabin)
Full Board
Day 10
Coca - Quito
  • Transfer - Sacha Lodge - Coca Airport
  • Coca Transport - Coca - Quito (30 min)

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 - Swiss Advantage

Day 2
Galapagos - Santa Cruz Island

Having been met by an English-speaking-naturalist guide at Baltra Airport, you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, heading up to a farm in the Highlands for a delicious lunch. You will then have the opportunity to explore the area's vegetation and microclimates, as well as Pit Craters and Lava Tunnels, and to become acquainted with its endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve you will experience the emblematic Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat, in addition to the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your afternoon will conclude at Galapagos Safari Camp, with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 3
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

After and early wake-up call, a boat will take you to one of the uninhabited neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolome, Santa Fe, or South Plaza. Each island has its own unique natural habitat, and you will be guided through the evolutionary phenomena of your destination. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is a highlight of the trip. Alternatively, if you are a SCUBA certified, one or more day trips can be replaced with diving excursions.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 4
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

After and early wake-up call, a boat will take you to one of the uninhabited neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolome, Santa Fe, or South Plaza. Each island has its own unique natural habitat, and you will be guided through the evolutionary phenomena of your destination. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is a highlight of the trip. Alternatively, if you are a SCUBA certified, one or more day trips can be replaced with diving excursions.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

In the morning you will be driven to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers spectacular views and boasts the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island. It is home to a number of endemic plants, as well as seven subspecies of finch and the vermilion flycatcher. After lunch you will visit Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional activities.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 6
Baltra - Quito

After breakfast your Galapagos expedition will come to an end, and you will be transferred to the Baltra airport.

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

Swissotel - Swiss Advantage

Day 7
Quito - Coca

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

Depart Quito, Ecuador"s Capital City as you take a short 25-minute flight which takes you over the Andes Mountains" majestic snow-covered peaks and down over 8500 feet (2600 meters) into the Amazon Region. The flight destination is the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca.

Upon arrival in Coca, you will have a light lunch before you embark on a two-hour canoe ride down the Napo River to Sacha Lodge. After settling in to your room, you may go for a walk or have a swim, followed by dinner.

Sacha Lodge - Standard Cabin

Day 8
Coca

Guests are divided into small groups, each with an English-speaking guide, in order to tailor itineraries to each group"s specific interests and physical capabilities. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise, so as to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest animals are the most active. In the afternoon, excursions begin at around 3pm and often continue into the evening, when the frog chorus begins and the nocturnal insect start to stir. Activities extend over a wide area, allowing you to explore several different habitats. One of Sacha"s highlights is the 275 meter-long canopy walk, hanging 36 meters above the forest floor. The lodge also boasts three observation towers, for bird watching and enjoying the spectacular views. A popular activity is paddling in dugout canoes along creeks and lakes, through luxuriant vegetation on the lookout for monkeys, sloth and anacondas. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner: night walks and canoe trips often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight.

Sacha Lodge - Standard Cabin

Day 9
Coca

Sacha Lodge - Standard Cabin

Select from the many activities available at Sacha Lodge, try paddling in dugout canoes along creeks and lakes, through luxuriant vegetation on the lookout for monkeys, sloth and anacondas. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner: night walks and canoe trips often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight.

Day 10
Coca - Quito

At the designated time depart Sacha Lodge by dugout canoe, followed by motorized vessel as you travel 2 hours, 50-miles (80-kilometers) down the sediment rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in the Ecuadorian Amazonia, to the Coca private dock, where you will transfer by land to the Airport.

Depart Coca as you take a short 30 minute flight which takes you over the Andes Mountains' majestic snow-covered peaks to Ecuador"s Capital City.

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.

Enjoy the elegant style and comfort of the luxuriously appointed Swiss Advantage room, designed using choice materials, a spacious working area and cutting-edge in-room technology for the perfect blend of work and play. Guests will appreciate the sophisticated amenities and a sumptuously appointed bathroom. Key Features: Located on high floors, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Quiet rooms, Tea & coffee making facilities, CD Player, City or mountain view, 366 sq ft / 34 m2. Common Amenities: Free access to fitness centre, Tea & coffee-making facilities, Minibar, Electronic safe, Telephone with dataport, Cable and pay-TV channels, Large work desk, Ergonomic desk chair, Radio, Hair dryer, Iron & ironing board.

Galapagos Safari Camp

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the last places on the planet to be relatively untouched by man. With only 3 per cent of their landmass inhabited, the islands support a number of remarkable ecosystems, as well as being home to one of the planet"s most important marine reserves. The Enchanted Islands, as they are known, lie at the crossroads of science, nature, exploration and literature.Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way to experience the Galapagos, either in addition to a cruise or as a unique destination in itself. The eco-luxury tented camp - one of the first in Latin America - follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form.

Erected on wooden platforms, the Luxury Tents are composed of three layers: one to protect against the sun, another against the rain and an inner canvas shell. Inside they are spacious (27m2), and their custom-made furniture was designed with comfort, practicality and elegance in mind. Twin beds can be joined to become one queen bed; and there are cupboards, a writing desk and a fan/heater for temperature control. A sofa bed can be added for children under 12. The en suite bathrooms are tastefully designed with hot power showers and flush toilets. All the tents have a large balcony with a hammock and chairs from which to take in the wonderful view.

Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge was carefully designed to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. All of our cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and nestle well concealed into the lush surroundings

Each of the cabin includes a single, double or (upon request) triple accommodations, provides a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. All cabins are screened against insects, and contain ceiling fans. During free time, visitors may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin.

Terms and Conditions

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
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • 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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