13 Day: Andes, Amazon & Galapagos

    Experience three of the world's most fascinating destinations in one trip: the Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest, and Galapagos Islands.

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    Highlights: Observe tropical wildlife in the Amazon + Swim with sea lions in the Galapagos.

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    Andes, Amazon & Galapagos Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive | Quito, Ecuador

    Surrounded by forested mountains and volcanoes at 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in Latin America. Upon evening arrival, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel to rest before you begin your adventure.

    Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito

    Day 2: Quito

    This morning take a guided tour of Colonial Quito's cobbled streets, whitewashed adobe walls, and ornate balconies. See the Church of San Francisco, which was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, and Independence Plaza. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the city from El Panecillo. After lunch, visit the Middle of the World monument; zero degrees latitude, where you can put one foot in each hemisphere. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening at one of the city's wonderful restaurants.

    Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B, L)

    Day 3: Quito | Amazon Rainforest

    This morning a 30-minute flight takes you to Coca, a small town located in the upper Amazon Basin. From there embark on a 2-hour motorized canoe ride along the Napo River. Look for marine birds, including herons and kingfishers, along the way. Next board traditional, dugout canoes for a majestic and peaceful 1- to 2-hour ride surrounded by trees overhead. You will be paddled along a narrow creek that connects to the lagoon where your lodge is located. Keep your eyes out for monkeys, toucans, parrot, and macaws. Arrive at your luxury eco-lodge, which is now 100% owned by the native Anangu community.

    Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center (B, L, D)

    Day 4: Amazon Rainforest

    A native Anangu guide and a bilingual naturalist guide lead you during today's excursions, including visits to two parrot clay licks. Back at the lodge you may see a group of giant otters investigating near the dock; a large, black caiman crossing the lake; a capybara looking for rest near the water's edge; or blue and yellow macaws soaring overhead.

    Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center (B, L, D)

    Day 5: Amazon Rainforest

    After an early breakfast, climb a 120-foot canopy observation tower and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is built into the tree to experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass through the tree canopy, Spider Monkeys search for fruit in nearby trees, and toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons. This afternoon hike into the forest interior where you may see lizards, colorful manikins, or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. Afterward, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant otter family.

    Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center (B, L, D)

    Day 6: Amazon Rainforest | Quito | Imbabura

    After an early morning breakfast, return to Coca and fly to Quito. Then travel north to Imbabura, known as the "Province of the Lakes." This culturally rich area is home to the Otavalenos, Kichwa-speaking Indians famous for their traditional garments, ancient handicrafts, and expansive outdoor markets.

    Overnight: Hacienda Cusin (B, L, D)

    Day 7: Imbabura

    This morning transfer to the active crater lake, Laguna Cuicocha or “Lake of the Guinea Pigs.” This pristine lake fills the ancient, but active, crater of Cotacachi Volcano. Proceed on a short hike around part of the crater wall and take in spectacular views of the emerald-green lake below. A short boat ride will take you to the islets in the center of the lake where you can observe endemic birds and sulfur gas bubbling to the surface of the lake from the active caldera.

    Overnight: Hacienda Cusin (B, L, D)

    Day 8: Imbabura | Quito

    Visit the famous Otavalo market, one of the largest outdoor markets in South America, which dates back to pre-Inca times. Stroll around, chat with artisans, and have a shot at bargaining for local handicrafts. Afterward, a short hike takes you to the sacred Peguche Waterfall, one of the most important ritual places for the indigenous people in northern Ecuador. Opt to get sprayed by the powerful torrent of water or admire from a distance. Enjoy dinner on this own your evening back in Quito.

    Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B, L)

    Day 9: Quito | Baltra Island, Galapagos | Santa Cruz Island

    This morning fly to Baltra Island, Galapagos. Board your yacht for lunch and then step ashore onto Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. Behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called "Bachas" because the word "barges" in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.

    Overnight: Galapagos Legend (B, L, D)

    Day 10: Plazas Island | Santa Fe Island

    Land on Plazas Island for a walk that begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas. Be on the lookout for tropicbirds, Nazca and Blue-Footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. On South Plaza Island, there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. There is a population of approximately 300 individuals. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we you will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana. This afternoon on Santa Fe Island’s white sand beach covered in sea lions. Walk through an endemic cactus forest and search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches, and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Later enjoy deep-water snorkeling.

    Overnight: Galapagos Legend (B, L, D)

    Day 11: San Cristobal Island

    Visit Pitt Point on the north point of San Cristobal Island. It was this very same island that Charles Darwin first visited back in September 1835. Follow a trail for a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. Look for all three booby species, two species of frigatebirds, and a sea lion colony. Afterward opt for a dinghy ride or snorkeling. This afternoon land at Cerro Brujo beach for great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Then visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and White-cheeked Pintails among them.

    Overnight: Galapagos Legend (B, L, D)

    Day 12: San Cristobal Island | Quito

    Land at the small port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the San Cristobal giant tortoise Breeding Center. Transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and fly to Quito. Lunch and dinner are on your own today in Quito.

    Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B)

    Day 13: Quito | Home

    This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight to the U.S. (B)

    • Private tour with professional guides.
    • Accommodations based on double occupancy.
    • All activities, transfers, and entrance fees as per itinerary.
    • Most meals as per the itinerary.
    • Park fees (except for Galapagos National Park).
    • Internal round-trip flights as per itinerary, priced out separately above (round-trip Quito to Galapagos).

    Not included:
    • International round-trip airfare to Quito.
    • Fees for passport and travel insurance.
    • $110 per person Galapagos Park fees.
    • Gratuities.


    To book or customise this itinerary call: 01227 671 154

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