Galapagos and Amazon Quest

9 nights from €3,599 per person

Overview

Beginning and ending in Ecuador’s cultural capital, Quito, this action-packed 10-day tour will have you travelling across far-flung destinations in all forms; from hiking, kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, plus boat trips and flights from island to island.

Before escaping to island life howver, mainland Ecuador is not to be missed. The colonial city Quito offers an abundance of history and culture, whilst the Ecuadorian Andes welcomes you to a mystical adventure through tropical landscapes; not forgetting the Amazon rainforest, a wildlife haven for birds and bigger creatures too.

With a delicate yet thriving ecosystem, biodiversity that is unmatched elsewhere and landscapes that seem otherworldly, it is no surprise that the Galapagos Islands are a World Heritage Centre. This tour takes you to two of the best of the Galapagos Islands, Isabela and Santa Cruz, where you will scale enormous, active volcanoes; snorkel through the ethereal, lava tunnelled ocean waters; kayak across islets accompanied by penguins, sealions and sharks; and visit nature reserves and research stations. (AJ-GPAM)

Tours depart each Sunday with a minimum of 2 travellers - single travellers can book onto the guaranteed departures (please enquire). Minimum age is 8 years for this tour.

Highlights

  • Spot sealions, turtles, sharks, penguins, giant tortoises and hummingbirds along your island travels
  • Marvel at mile-long Volcanic craters such as Sierra Negra
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about Ecuador’s incredible nature-scene
  • Enjoy sunrise views as you canoe through Arajuno river
  • Stay in a Jungle eco-lodge in the Amazon
  • Meet members of the indigenous Kichwa community
  • Soak in the volcanic pools of Papallacta hot springs

Itinerary Overview

Quito 1 night – Galapagos Isabela 3 nights – Santa Cruz 1 night – Quito 1 night – Ecuadorian Andes 1 night – Amazon Forest 1 night – Quito 1 night

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Quito

Welcome to the cultural capital of South America, Quito! After your flight, take some time to settle in before meeting your trip leader and fellow explorers at 18:00pm. If you arrive early in the day and are raring to begin creating memories, your very own day-trip can be arranged.

Day 2

Quito – Galapagos Isabela

With no time to waste, your first full day begins with a flight to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Galapagos Islands. After landing in Baltra, you will take a bus and boat to reach Isabela, the biggest and most extraordinary of the 21 islands. As the place where Darwin was inspired to create his ground-breaking theory of evolution, we are sure you will be equally amazed by the nature that abounds here, along with the five active volcanoes.

Breakfast included.

Day 3

Galapagos Isabela

Day three is a day of exploring both land and sea. Discover the lava tunnels and arches left by erupted volcanoes along the seashore; marvel at sea lions, sea turtles and even sharks as you snorkel through the turquoise waters; or simply bathe on the perfectly white sands and watch this magical world go by.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4

Galapagos Isabela

After a good night’s sleep, you will be ready for today’s adventures which begin with a hike through tropical forests to Sierra Negra Crater, one of the active volcanoes unique for its six-mile long caldera. For more phenomenal views you can choose to continue this hike to Volcan Chico, a truly remarkable geological feat. To give your legs a rest, this afternoon you will take to the sea in a kayak and explore the Tintoreras Islet where you will find yourself surrounded by penguins, turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and sea lions.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5

Galapagos Isabela – Santa Cruz

Today you will be journeying to another slice of paradise, Santa Cruz. Here you will have the chance to learn more about the unique species residing across these islands at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Following this, you will be welcomed at ‘El Chato’ Reserve where a guide will educate you on the slow yet fascinating lives of age-old giant tortoises, along with other lesser known creatures.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6

Santa Cruz – Quito

After so much exploring you may be relieved to have a day of travel. A transfer will take you to Baltra’s airport and there you will catch a flight to mainland Ecuador.

Breakfast included.

Day 7

Quito – Ecuadorian Andes

Before today’s two-hour hike, enjoy a scenic drive through the east of Ecuadorian Andes, stopping at the enchanting Hummingbirds’ Reserve in Guango. As you walk through Cloud Forest, look out for the bursts of colour these delightful birds boast, along with the stunning flora. Having worked up an appetite, you will be provided with a traditional Ecuadorian meal. Enjoy a restful afternoon at Amazon Lodge before dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation: Amazon Lodge

Day 8

Ecuadorian Andes – Amazon Rainforest

An early start today will reward you with magnificent sunrise views as you canoe over Arajuno river. As you arrive at the Saladero, you will find you are not the only early risers, with hundreds of birds flocking here every morning. After stopping for breakfast and fuelling up, be at one with nature as you hike through the Amazon Rainforest.
A more restful afternoon awaits you, with a visit to the indigenous Kichwa community where you will meet with the locals who share their version of life with you.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation: Amazon Lodge

Day 9

Amazon Forest – Ecuadorian Andes – Quito

As your tour comes to a close, reflect on all you have seen and done as you soak in the volcanic Papallacta hot springs. For further relaxation, opt for a treatment at the spa and ease any aching muscles. Having done so, the tour comes full circle as you journey back to colonial Quito.

Breakfast included.

Day 10

Quito

After breakfast it is time to bid this tropical nirvana goodbye and head to the airport for your flight home.

  • International flights
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels and an eco-lodge in the Amazon
  • Comfortable land and sea transportation throughout
  • 9 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners (allow 180USD for meals not included)
  • All activities mentioned and accompanying gear
  • Trip leader and local guides
  • Maximum of 16 travellers
     

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