Galapagos & Amazon Quest

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Every Sunday - 10 Days/09 Nights

Experience the best combination adventure in Ecuador by exploring The Galapagos and Amazon, kayaking, snorkeling & trekking all in one trip! Travel to Galapagos to witness wildlife closer than anywhere else on the planet. Swim with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, sharks, and the only marine iguana in the world.

Hike the top of active volcanoes in Isabela Island and search for the famous giant tortoises. Discover the high biological diversity of the pristine Amazon rain forest and share time with the local Kichwa community and learn about their ancestral customs, while enjoying your stay at the Amazon-Lodge.

Highlights:

  • Hiking to the Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles, Rays, Penguins and Sea Lions
  • Lava tunnels
  • kayaking in Tintoreras to view wildlife
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Encounter with wild Giant Tortoises
  • Encounter with Amazon tribes
  • Night hike in the Amazon
  • Volcanic hot springs
  • Look for monkeys in the Amazon
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Departure Day - Every Sunday (10 Days/09 Nights)

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Rate per person (Based on double occupancy) - USD $3299

Single Supplement - USD $995

Rates per person in USD - Terms & Conditions applied - Valid until December 2021.

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DAY 1 – QUITO ARRIVAL – TRANSFER & ACCOMODATION

Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.

Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours. At this time, we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an acclimation and information day.

Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito

Meals: In-flight

DAY 2 – GALAPAGOS ISABELA

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory on the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once we arrive, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. From here we will take a quick boat to the largest island in the archipelago and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

The Galapagos Islands is located 600 miles (965.6 km) from the coast of Ecuador, it is really important to understand that you will have to take air, road and sea transportation to get there.

Flying time: 3 hours (including the stop at Guayaquil city on the way to Baltra airport)

Speed boat time from Santa Cruz to Isabela: 2 hours (If you normally get seasick is very important to take medication before getting on the boat)

What to wear today: Light pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat, sun cream.

Accommodation: Cormorant or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 – SNORKEL AT LAVA TUNNELS

Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal-clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around.

Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at “Concha de Perla”, taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel.

Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each way

Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each

What to wear today: shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, bathing suit, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff.

Accommodation: Cormorant or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – HIKE AND KAYAK

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in June 2018.

Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Chico Volcano, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations; great examples of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Hiking time: 4 hours both ways

Hiking distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) (10 miles -16 km- optional to Chico Volcano)

Hiking elevation gain: 950 feet (289.5 meters)

Maximum elevation while hiking: 3687 feet (1124 meters)

What to wear today for hiking: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.

Kayaking time: 2 hours

Snorkeling time: 1 hour

What to wear today for kayaking and snorkeling: sandals, shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, bathing suit, hat, sun cream, mosquito repellent.

Accommodation: Cormorant or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

In the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the ‘El Chato’ reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos’ most populous town.

What to wear today: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream.

Accommodation: Silberstein or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat.

Accommodation: Swissotel Quito

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – FIRST AMAZON EXPLORATION

Today after breakfast we will take a scenery drive across the eastern range of the Ecuadorian Andes, our first stop will be at Guango, this is a Hummingbirds Reserve located at the Cloud Forest, here we will go hiking for 2 hours searching for this beautiful colorful birds and to learn about the magnificent flora that we can find in this ecosystem. Later we continue down the road and have a great experience while having a traditional lunch. In the late afternoon we will arrive at the Amazon Lodge and have a break, before dinner there is an optional nocturnal hike to view insects.

What to wear today for hiking: pants, t-shirt, hiking shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.

Accommodation: Amazon Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – AMAZON HIKE AND KICHWA PEOPLE

Early in the morning with the sunrise we take a canoe up the Arajuno river to go visit the Saladero, this is how the locals call a Parrot´s clay lick, here we will have a very close wildlife encounter, as this birds come almost every morning, they like licking this clay as it is full of minerals they need to be able to digest, this is because their main diet are nuts. After breakfast we will go for a hike in the Amazon pristine forest to learn more about the flora, fauna and the technics of survival that people need when living here.

In the Afternoon we will visit the nearby Kichwa community, they will share their traditions and stories with us.

What to wear today: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream.

Accommodation: Amazon Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – HOT SPRINGS

Today we head back to the Andes Mountains and before going to Quito we will stop at Papallacta hot springs to soak in the volcanic pools, it is optional to take any spa treatment.

Accommodation:Swissôtel Quito.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES

Today our trip will end with your International departure. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this spectacular paradise. We wish you a “Buen viaje!”

Meals: Breakfast

 

Inclusions: 

Activities: Trekking to Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, snorkeling in Tintoreras and Lava Tunnels, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands, hiking in the Amazon, visiting local Kichwa Community, night jungle walk, swimming in volcanic hot springs, hiking in the cloud forest.

Accommodation: Based on double occupancy: First Class Hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos, Amazon Lodge.

Transportation: Airport transfers (national flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz – Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land and sea transportation, canoe in the Amazon

Meals Included: 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners.

Gear: Hiking sticks, sit on top kayaks, life vest, paddles, snorkeling mask and fins

Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park

 

Exclusions:

  • International flights
  • Flight to/from Galapagos – USD 520
  • Galapagos Ingala Card – USD 20
  • Galapagos National Park Fee – USD 100
  • Isabela Pier Fee – USD 10
  • My own room supplement – estimated budget USD 995
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Tips for guides, drivers and hotels.

 

Lodging In The Trip →

 

  • Night Stop: Quito – Hotel: Swissôtel Quito 5* Room Type: Standard Business Room (website)
  • Night Stop: Galapagos / Isabela Island – Hotel: Cormorant Beach House 3+* Room Type: Standard Rooms (website)
  • Night Stop: Galapagos / Santa Cruz Island – Hotel: Silberstein Hotel 4* Room Type: Standard Rooms (website)
  • Night Stop: Tena – Hotel: Itamandi Eco Lodge 3+* Room Type: Standard Rooms (website)

 

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