From Amazonas to Galapagos

ECU-40 / 12-day trip with 4-day Galapagos cruise

From Amazonas to Galapagos 1
OVERVIEW

Intro


Day 1 Arrival in Quito
Day 2 Quito: Full day City tour with “Mitad del Mundo”
Day 3 Quito – Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno
Day 4 Cuyabeno
Day 5 Cuyabeno
Day 6 Cuyabeno – Quito
Day 7 Quito – Galapagos – Darwin Center
Day 8 Puerto Ayora – Tortuga Bay with optional kayaking
Day 9-12 Galapagos: 4-day Cruise Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos 1
Day 12 Galapagos – Guayquil – End of tour
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Quito
Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Quito: Full day City tour with “Mitad del Mundo”
Full day private city tour in the historical part of Quito, including La Basilica Church, La Compañia Church and El Panecillo Hill. We leave the hotel by our private transport and will see the transformation from the new part of the city to the absolutely beautiful historical and colonial part of Quito. We will make some stops during the tour and visit all the interesting churches, plazas etc., but also will have time to simply soak up the local atmosphere, the many shops and sellers. Afterwards, we continue to “El Panecillo”, the hill in the center of Quito overlooking the city and the historical center. From here, on clear days, we may observe several of the snow-capped volcanoes surrounding Quito.
 After lunch, visit to “Mitad del Mundo” where you can stand on the equatorial line and do some fun experiments.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Quito – Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno
Transfer to airport in Quito and fly to Lago Agrio. In Lago Agrio you are picked up by the Siona Lodge-bus (it is easy, because the airport is very small) for a 1.5 hour drive East towards the border of the Cuyabeno Reserve. On the way, you will see clear signs of an increasing population in these tropical areas, and of the oil industry dominating the area. At the “puente”, the bridge from where we go by canoe to the Reserve, we will first enjoy a lunch in a small, local restaurant. After a minute in the canoe, you are in the wilderness, with chances to see small anaconda snakes, squirrel monkeys as well as other monkeys species, and lots of kingfishers, herons, cormorants etc. Upon arrival at the lodge, check in and briefing about the next days activities.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Cuyabeno
Full day jungle activities, including a highly exciting walk in the jungle (rubber boots are supplied) and a sail around the absolutely stunning lagoons viewing wildlife and the scenery. Afternoon perhaps fishing for piranhas/pirañas and searching for pink river dolphins. Opportunity for a swim in the lagoon at sunset with the other visitors in Cuyabeno. After or before dinner, we can take a night-walk in the jungle near the lodge to spot all the creepy night-life.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Cuyabeno
Full day jungle activities including a full day trip to the local Siona community. We will take a beautiful long canoe-ride to the area where the local people have their two communities, farming the area and fishing in the river. We visit a local family who will show us how to make yuca-bread and give us an idea of how their life is. Perhaps a visit to the local shaman. We will enjoy our picnic-lunch before returning along the river keeping an eye out for dolphins, parrots, monkeys and much more.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Cuyabeno – Quito
Transfer by canoe to Lago Agrio and afternoon flight to Quito. Transfer to hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Quito – Galapagos – Darwin Center
Transfer to airport. Flight to Galapagos and transfer to Puerto Ayora. After the transfer, there will be a guided tour to the Charles Darwin Center. This is an excellent introduction to this unique paradise you just have arrived in.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Puerto Ayora – Tortuga Bay with optional kayaking
Today we recommend a self-guided tour to Tortuga Bay. Tortuga Bay is one of the largest beaches with white sand in the archipelago, and it’s an excellent place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing or simply strolling.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9-12

Galapagos – 4-day Cruise  cruise-ship-
We suggest a 4-day itinerary on the tourist superior yacht Aida Maria or Eden, or any of our other cruises. (The itinerary below is for the Eden.)
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYVISITOR SITES
1 - ThursAM - Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boatPM - Highlands of Santa Cruz
2 - FriAM - Post Office Bay / Baroness Lookout (Floreana)PM - Cormoran Point / Devil´s Crown (Floreana)
3 - SatAM - Suarez Point (Española)PM - Gardner Bay / Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet (Española)
4 - SunAM - Kicker Rock / Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)Tour Ends - Transfer to San Cristobal Airport
See detailed Itinerary Eden 4-day cruise (pdf)

Day 12

Galapagos – Guayaquil – End of tour
End of Galapagos tour and transfer to airport. Flight to Guayaquil and international flight at night.
Included meals: Breakfast


PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • All transfers
  • English speaking guide during activities/tours
  • All activities/tours in private services except following tours (shared services): Tour to Siona Lodge (max 12 pax per guide)
  • Entrance fees (not included for Galapagos and Siona community
  • Domestic flight: Quito Lago & Agrio – Quito
  • Hotels according to “hotel list” (the availability will be confirmed at the moment of the booking)
  • Meals as described in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Galapagos flights
  • Galapagos Cruise (price depends on length and final choice of cruise – see options here)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Galapagos entrance fees: Galapagos Park Entrance fee (100 USD), Ingala (20 USD) and Isabela Island Local Taxes  (10 USD)
  • Beverages
  • Fee to Siona community and shaman (USD 5 per person)
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Everything not mentioned in the included list
HOTEL LIST

QUITO: Hostal Fuente de Piedra 1 & 2 or similar

AMAZONAS: Siona Lodge

SANTA CRUZ: Hotel Mainao or similar

MAPS

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Galapagos Islands:

GALLERY
Tags: Ecuador, Amazonas, Galapagos Cruises, Quito, Cruise