Galápagos Highlights with Ecuador's Amazon 2021 - 12 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil
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Galápagos Highlights with Ecuador's Amazon 2021

12 Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

Starting at $6,389


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Destination & Sightseeing

Transportation:
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary below and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; Galápagos intra-vacation flights and taxes are not included.

MEALS

Buffet breakfast daily; 7 lunches; 7 three-course dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
Welcome to Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host

Day 2
Fly to Coca and travel by canoe trip downriver to your selected Amazon lodge, your home base for the next three nights
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Day 3
At the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view Sspider Mmonkeys, aracaris, toucans, Bblue and Ggold Macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the Rred-Rrumped Ccacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, and manioc. (B,L,D) At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy NATURE EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk, your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes
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Day 4
At the Napo Wildlife Center: Continue your Amazon exploration. (B,L,D) At the Sacha Lodge: Continue your Amazon exploration
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Day 5
Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure
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Day 6
Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows
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Day 7
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D) SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches that are abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool—and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy daily boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna
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Day 8
Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach
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Day 9
Board a yacht bound for Santa Fé, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles
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Day 10
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises
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Day 11
Depart the hotel this morning and visit the Twin Pit Craters en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador
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Day 12
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Day 13
EQUADOR

Day 14
QUITO–COCA–AMAZON LODGE

Day 15
AMAZON LODGE

Day 16
AMAZON LODGE

Day 17
COCA–QUITO

Day 18
QUITO

Day 19
QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ

Day 20
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS

Day 21
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ

Day 22
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY

Day 23
SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL

Day 24
GUAYAQUIL

Day 25
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 26
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 27
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 28
Breakfast

Day 29
Breakfast

Day 30
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 31
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 32
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 33
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 34
Breakfast

Day 35
Breakfast

Day 36 EQUADOR
Welcome to Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host

Day 37 QUITO–COCA–AMAZON LODGE.
Fly to Coca and travel by canoe trip downriver to your selected Amazon lodge, your home base for the next three nights
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 38 AMAZON LODGE.
At the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view Sspider Mmonkeys, aracaris, toucans, Bblue and Ggold Macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the Rred-Rrumped Ccacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, and manioc. (B,L,D) At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy NATURE EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk, your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 39 AMAZON LODGE.
At the Napo Wildlife Center: Continue your Amazon exploration. (B,L,D) At the Sacha Lodge: Continue your Amazon exploration
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 40 COCA–QUITO.
Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 41 QUITO.
Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 42 QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ.
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D) SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches that are abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool—and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy daily boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 43 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS.
Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 44 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ.
Board a yacht bound for Santa Fé, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 45 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY.
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 46 SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL.
Depart the hotel this morning and visit the Twin Pit Craters en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 47 GUAYAQUIL.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

QuitoQuitoQuitoSanta Cruz IslandSanta Cruz IslandGuayaquil
Hilton Colon Quito
Superior First-Class



Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1 Quito Ecuador

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.
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