Ecuador, Galápagos, Andes & Amazon

USD 3.590
Price per person in double room
12 days - Domestic ✈ and tours included.
Guayaquil, Isabela Island (Galápagos), Papallacta, Coca (Amazon) and Quito.
Ecuador, Galápagos, Andes & Amazon

Great trip to discover the Galapagos and the Amazon

Guayaquil, Isabela Island (Galápagos), Papallacta, Coca (Amazon) and Quito.

Daily departures from two people.
Excursions included in all destinations.
24 hours assistance

Price valid to travel until December 30, 2020.


Cotapaxi-National-Park-in-Ecuador

Hotels 4*

4* star hotels
Price per person in double room.
USD 3.590

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Guayaquil

Day 1: Arrival to Guayaquil

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

Day 2: Guayaquil

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

Day 3: Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island (Flight)

Day 3: Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island (Flight)

Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time on the flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Land at Baltra airport and continue your trip to the small village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos considered the ‘gem’ of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabella of Spain, this enchanting island offers an expansive beach, beautiful natural surroundings and striking pink flamingos which gracefully traverse the lagoons and marshes at dusk. Arrive at your lodge nestled in the highlands in time for dinner 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island

Day 4: Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island

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

Day 5: Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island

Day 5: Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island

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

Day 6: Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island - Papallacta (Flight)

Day 6: Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island - Papallacta (Flight)

Today, bid farewell to the Galapagos as you journey back to Baltra and fly to colonial Quito. From there, travel to Papallacta, a lovely small town tucked away in the Andes Mountains, best known for its hot springs and spas. Before dinner, there’s time to unwind in the comforting steaming thermal baths surrounded by the magic of nature. Later, perhaps opt for a soothing massage in this jungle paradise 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Papallacta - Coca (Flight)

Day 7: Papallacta - Coca (Flight)

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

Day 8: Coca

Day 8: Coca

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

Day 9: Coca

Day 9: Coca

This morning, visit the Nueva Providencia Interpretation Center located across the Napo River, where you speak with women from the community to learn more about the Kichwa lifestyle. Here, you’ll see many different fibers used for weaving, watch as traditional pottery is created and have tastings of traditional local food! Upon your return to the lodge, a native guide teaches how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed Piranha. Then, take a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest - you’ll be surrounded by friendly squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Later, arrive at a 135-foot metal tower from where you can get fabulous views of vibrantly colored birds through powerful scopes. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate by canoe 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Coca - Quito (Flight)

Day 10: Coca - Quito (Flight)

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

Day 11: Quito

Day 11: Quito

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

Day 12: Depart

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

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra, Baltra-Quito, Quito-Coca, Coca-Quito.
  • 11 nights accommodations2 nights Guayaquil.
  • 3 nights Isabela Island (Galapagos).
  • 1 night Papallacta.
  • 3 nights Coca (Amazon).
  • 2 nights Quito.
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges.
  • Hotel porterage.
  • All transfers.
  • 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners.
  • Sightseeing in modern air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary.
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100.
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20.
  • Services of English-speaking naturalists guides in the Galapagos and the Amazon.
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features.

Not Included

International flights.
Tips and baggage porters.
Baggage excess.
Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water.
Personal expenses.
International or National personal telephone calls
Meals not mentioned.