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Itinerary map of Ecuador & Galápagos Islands: Quito, Yasuní National Park, Santa Cruz Island 2019

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

Arrive in Quito ¡Bienvenidos! An Adventures by Disney representative will greet you, assist with your luggage and ensure smooth transport to the JW Marriott Hotel. JW Marriott Hotel Quito Welcome to Quito, also known as "The Middle of the Earth"! This grand hotel in Ecuador's capital is surrounded by mesmerizing views of the distant snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Sit back and stretch your legs while your Adventure Guides check you in. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may opt to have a family dinner on your own at the hotel.

Day 2: Napo River, Ecuador

Welcome Breakfast ¡Buenos Días! Enjoy an early morning welcome breakfast with your fellow Adventurers as you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Travel into the Amazon Basin Hop aboard a private motor coach and be driven to the airport for a short flight to the city of Coca. There, be introduced to local-style water travela motorized canoe! Head across the water to a refined riverboat called the Anakonda, which will be your home for the next 4 nights. Settle into the Anakonda Explore this finely appointed vessel reserved privately for Adventures by Disneywith three levels, observation deck, multiple sitting areas, outdoor whirlpool spa and an al fresco lounge. Nature Observation Stroll the decks or find a nook to view the surroundings and relax with fellow Adventurers. As the Anakonda navigates the river, there are plenty of rewards for those with a keen eye. Welcome Dinner Share your excitement and get to know your fellow Adventurers as you dine on delightful fare and toast to your first night in the Amazon region. Nocturnal Rainforest Walk Venture into the rainforest for a guided experience like no other. You may possibly witness animals that would go unseen during daylight including night tree frogs, kinkajous and exotic insects. Go for it! You only live once.

Day 3: Napo River, Ecuador

Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda Wake up to a delicious breakfast and get ready for a day of adventures. Early Morning Rainforest Trek At the break of dawn, take a tour into the rainforest guided by a local naturalist who has called the Amazon home for his entire life. Witness and learn about the forest and its inhabitants as this rich ecosystem shifts from night to daylight activity. Lunch at a Remote Lodge Taste the flavors of the Amazon region as you and your fellow Adventurers enjoy a tasty cooked lunch. Canoe Excursion Along the Napo River Let your senses take in the sights, sounds and scents of this lush environment on an afternoon canoe trip. Paddle through a habitat of the pink river dolphin. Keep your eyes open you might see black caimans, toucans, monkeys, bats, river turtles and the rare sloth. Dinner Onboard the Anakonda Relax with the other Adventurers while you share a meal as well as stories from the day. Disney Movie Night Adults can relax while Junior Adventurers enjoy a Disney movie with snacks and soft drinks. Grownups can always join in if they wish!

Day 4: Napo River, Ecuador

Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda Wake up to a satisfying breakfast and begin your day of adventures. Visit a Local Community Visit a small village to meet local artisans and watch them at work. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet the locals, make crafts and acquire genuine craft work to commemorate your Amazon adventure. Lunch Onboard the Anakonda Gather together in the main dining room and enjoy a tasty lunch with your fellow Adventurers. Canopy Tower Walk Ascend into the jungle canopy and see nature from a whole new angle, learning all about this unique habitat. Dinner Onboard the Anakonda Join your fellow Adventurers for a fantastic family meal in the dining room. Stargazing in the Amazon If the weather permits, during one of your nights in the Amazon, turn your attention to the heavens as hundreds of stars put on a dazzling light show.

Day 5: Napo River, Ecuador

Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda Start off your day by joining fellow Adventurers for a delicious breakfast. Parrot Clay Licks There are several theories as to why certain parrots and other birds eat clay. But one thing is certainonce you see hundreds of birds rain from the sky to eat soil, you will not forget it! Lunch Onboard the Anakonda Gather with your fellow Adventurers to partake in a savory lunch in the dining room. Limoncocha Biological Reserve With over 450 species, this reserve is a birdwatcher's paradise and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The dense marshland contains many medicinal plants that have been used for generations and some yet to be realized. At dusk, you can watch the fireflies come out in a natural light show, and you might also get to see a black caiman. Dinner Onboard the Anakonda Enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the Anakonda as the sun sets. *Note: Animal sightings are not guaranteed.

Day 6: Quito, Ecuador

Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda Enjoy a satisfying breakfast to give you energy for your morning outing. Morning Excursion in the Amazon Take one last stroll through the Amazon for another chance at a rare wildlife sighting before returning to the Anakonda for lunch. Lunch Onboard the Anakonda Savor your last lunch onboard and then head to Quito for your next round of adventures. Say "Adiós"" to the Amazon Disembark the Anakonda via motorized canoe back to the city of Coca and to your flight back to Quito. Flight Back to Quito Return to Quito, where you will transfer from the Quito International Airport to your hotel. Check-In at the JW Marriott Hotel Explore this conveniently located luxury hotel with its breathtaking views, comfortable rooms and superb amenities. Cooking Class at Zazu Zazu is one of Quito's top restaurants and you're in for a treat! Before your dinner at this trendy eatery, you'll learn how to create local favorites like cevicheusing fresh, local ingredientswhile the Junior Adventurers prepare dessert!

Day 7: Quito, Ecuador

Breakfast at the Hotel Fuel up for the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Walking Tour of City Center Take in the regional flavor in Quito, named one of the best preserved cities in the Americas by UNESCO. Be guided through the colonial core on this walking tour by a resident expert and meet a local craftsman. Stroll down the famous thoroughfare Calle la Ronda and appreciate the architecture, culture and shops. Lunch at a Local Restaurant Gather for a story about Ecuadorian cuisine as you savor a traditional lunch featuring a special dessert presentation. The Sweetest Parts of Quito Visit a chocolate shop on Calle la Ronda and learn how some of the world's greatest chocolate is madeand then taste it! Mercados Artesanal Mingle with the locals as they shop among the bustle, sounds, scents and hues of the Mercado Artesanal. Discover wonderful handmade textiles, jewelry and crafts. On Your Own Dinner and Evening in Quito Take the motor coach back to the hotel and the evening is yours to do with as you wish. Explore Quito's wide variety of dining optionsfrom fine cuisine to family farefor a delicious evening of your own making. Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations.

Day 8: Galápagos Islands

Breakfast at the Hotel Enjoy an early breakfast before your flight to the Galpagos Islands. Fly to the Galápagos Islands Head to the airport for your flight to Baltra and the next leg of your adventure. When you arrive, your first stop will be the Galápagos Tortoise Reserve! Galápagos Tortoise Reserve Lunch & Privately Guided Tour After a tasty lunch at the Reserve, discover the pride of the Galápagos Islands! See famed giant tortoises in their natural habitat, moving at their usual unhurried pace. Take a privately guided tour of the Galápagos Tortoise Reserve and learn about these elegant behemoths as you walk among them. Also in this area you can see many of the islands' bird species including Darwin's finches, cattle egrets and short-eared owls. Check-In and Afternoon at The Finch Bay Hotel As your Adventure Guides check you in, enjoy an introduction to the hotel and surrounding environs, along with a well-deserved beverage. Take in ocean vistas from the pool deck as the sun dips into the horizon. And enjoy an afternoon of leisure! Explore Tortuga Bay Beach with a naturalist guide. Dinner at the Hotel & Stargazing in the Galapagos Savor your first night in the Galápagos with a dinner at the hotel. Then, for your evening entertainment, turn your gaze skyward for a welcoming display of stars in the heavens!

Day 9: Galapagos Islands

Breakfast at the Hotel Fuel up for a particularly active day covering land and sea, with a dip in the sea. Santa F Island Yacht Excursion* After breakfast, travel through azure waters to the small, conspicuously flat Santa F Island. Discover Palo Santo trees ("holy trees"), which are said to have traditional healing powers. The island is also home to a large colony of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls. If you're lucky, you might catch a sea lion body surfing the onshore swells! Lunch on the Yacht Return to the yacht to grab a bite, relax a bit then head off for the next adventure. Dinner at the Hotel Head back to the Finch Bay Hotel to share stories around the pool and enjoy a most well-earned and satisfying meal. *Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary. APangawill take Adventurers from the yacht to the beach, where they will experience a wet landing upon disembarkation.

Day 10: Galapágos Islands

Breakfast at the Hotel Wake up to a delicious breakfast and get ready for the activities ahead. Nature Walk to Tortuga Bay Beach* Start your day with an invigorating hike with a naturalist to Tortuga Bay Beach. Tortuga Bay is a perfectly preserved beach that is forbidden to swimmers and is reserved only for wildlife. You'll get a chance to see marine iguanas, Galápagos crabs and birds. Discover a nearby separate cove where you can swim, snorkel and soak up the sun. Lunch At Your Leisure Enjoy lunch back at the Finch Bay Hotel and get ready for an afternoon of activities on your own. Afternoon Activities On Your Own Hike back to a small canyon in the earth to explore the various pools at high tide. When the tide is in at Las Grietas, the lower pools are accessible to sea life, so bring snorkel gear from the hotel. You'll also be able to go biking, birdwatching, sea kayaking, shopping in Puerto Ayora or just enjoy the pool and beachfront access. Dinner Look back on this magical adventure as you watch your last sunset in the Galapagos. Junior Adventurers get to celebrate together with a pizza party and Disney movie. *Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary.A Panga will take Adventurers from the yacht to the beach, where they will experience a wet landing upon disembarkation.

Day 11: Quito, Ecuador

Breakfast at the Hotel Bid goodbye to the finches at your last breakfast at the Finch Bay Hotel and get ready to fly from Galapagos to Guayaquil in preparation for your trip home Flight to Guayaquil and Lunch Be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight from Baltra Island to the mainland. Enjoy lunch on the plane. Check-In at Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel As your Adventure Guides check you into your hotel for the evening, make yourself at home in this comfortable, modern hotel. Farewell Dinner in Guayaquil Meet with your fellow Adventurers for this final feast in Ecuador. A surprise awaits you as you relive the highlights of your trip together. Traditional Ecuadorian Musical Entertainment Sway with the rhythms that rock the Andean mountains at this exclusive musical show featuring Ecuadorian musicians. They even give music lessons to all who want to try playing the pipes!

Day 12: Quito, Ecuador

Breakfast at the Hotel Fuel up for your trip ahead. Transfer to Guayaquil International Airport Board your pre-arranged transportation to Guayaquil International Airport and say adiós to Ecuadoruntil you return again!

Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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