Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

“The dream three in one offer. A 17 day tailor made itinerary that takes you up into the cloud forests, down the Amazon and around the Galapagos. ”

Highlights

Quito | Amazon Basin | Canoe trip on River Amazon | Wildlife watching on Amazon | Day with Anangu people | Guided hike through Ecuador cloud forest | River tubing | 8 day live-aboard cruise of Galapagos Islands | Exploration around North Plaza island | Santa Cruz | Charles Darwin Research Station | Snorkel in the Devil’s Crown volcanic crater | Isabela Island | Wide array of Galapagos wildlife | Isla Bartolome | Snorkel around Pinnacle Rock | Turtle Bay

Description of Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

Amazon Jungle – Galapagos Islands – Andean Cloudforest – Diverse Habitats - Fearless Wildlife – Charming Lodges - Indigenous Culture - choice of cruise vessel - tailored to suit you.

Combine three unforgettable wildlife experiences in one holiday. Explore the Amazon Jungle by boat, kayak and on foot. Relax amidst the rich birdlife of the Andean cloud forest. Sail around the Galapagos Islands to see an amazing diversity of animals. Enjoy learning about your surroundings with your expert naturalist guides.

This is an outstanding holiday for families, with a host of experiences which will really suit children from around 7 to 16. The wildlife, cultural interaction and activities on offer should keep most young minds and bodies very entertained!

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Fly to Quito. Relax in your comfortable lodge near the airport this evening.
Day 2:Fly into the Amazon Basin. Meet your guides for the trip down the river by first fast boat, then dug-out canoe, to your remote lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 3:Parrot clay-lick. Set off early to get to the nearby parrot clay-lick, treasured by parrots and macaws for its toxin-neutralising properties. After sunset, paddle across the lake in dugout canoes to search for the endangered black caiman. (B,L,D)
Day 4:Explore the Amazon by canoe. Explore the lagoon in a small handmade canoe. Float down river in the company of your expert guide, who helps you to spot an amazing variety of wildlife, including 11 types of monkey and, if you are lucky, the Giant Otter. (B,L,D)
Day 5:Amazonian culture. Today you have the opportunity to spend the day with the Anangu people, learning about their way of life, how they live from the jungle, and the foods they eat. (B,L,D)
Day 6:Travel to the cloudforest in the highlands. Return by road and river to catch your flight back to Quito then drive up to the cloudforest. Stay in a private cabin alongside the clear waters of a river. (B,L,D)
Day 7:Explore the cloudforest. There is a menu of excursions to choose from each day, such as guided walks to observe the cloudforest canopy as it comes to life. Other activities include mountain biking and 'tubing', where you float down river in an inner tube. (B,L,D)
Day 8:Return to Quito. Take a final early morning walk in the forest to look for birds and other wildlife this morning, or even try a zip wire excursion (not included). Return to Quito this evening and relax in your first class hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 9:Explore Quito: Spend the day in the company of your expert local guide, who can take you on and off the beaten track in this charming city. (B)
Day 10:Fly to the Galapagos. Board your yacht for an 8-day live-aboard cruise. Walk close to the fearless wildlife on North Plaza this afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 11:Santa Cruz wildlife. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning for insight into the natural history of the islands. This afternoon, walk up to a collapsed volcanic crater to see giant tortoises in the wild. (B,L,D)
Day 12:Seabirds and sea lions. Swim or snorkel directly from the beach with playful sea lions. See a spectacular blow-hole and a broad spectrum of birdlife, including the blue-footed boobies and albatross. (B,L,D)
Day 13:Devil’s Crown snorkel. Snorkel in the Devil’s Crown volcanic crater through beautiful coral formations and teeming marine life. Head down into lava tunnels this afternoon for a closer look at the islands' geology. (B,L,D)
Day 14:Iguanas and penguins. This morning you walk across barren lava flow on Isabela Island. In the afternoon, walk around marine iguanas warming on the rocks to find the colony of Galapagos penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 15:Walk amongst wildlife. Visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes to walk amongst the flightless cormorants, sea lions and marine iguanas. (B,L,D)
Day 16:Pinnacle Rock views. See Galapagos fur seal basking in pools along the shoreline. Climb the steps to the top of Isla Bartolome for superb views over the eastern Galapagos before a snorkel around Pinnacle Rock. (B,L,D)
Day 17:Turtle Bay. Observe the delicate marine life in the sheltered Turtle Cove. Fly back to the mainland, connecting onto your international flight home. (B)

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and adapted to your requirements as necessary.
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Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

Environment

We have carefully designed this holiday to represent the full diversity of Ecuador. In the cloudforest the lodge is completely hand built with local materials. Much of the food is grown organically on site & the lodge generally operates on strict sustainable principles.

We work with a selection of boats in the Galapagos, carefully chosen for their sustainable credentials. In all cases we pay for you to become a benefactor of the Galapagos Conservation Trust for a full year. The GCT issues guidelines as to the sorts of tourist visits that have least impact on the sites - those guidelines are that small boats, owned and operated locally, are the best bet for the preservation of the Galapagos.

Most of our boats are SmartVoyager certified. Boats are only able to gain this accreditation by meeting a set of strict conservation standards for protecting the environment & wildlife. We only use naturalist guides trained and licensed by the Galapagos Natural Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Community

The lodge we work with in the Amazon is the only one in Ecuador to be both owned and run by the local community. You meet members of the local community in their village during your stay. Host families are rotated in order that every member of the local community benefits from the tourism to the lodge.

We recommend our favourite first class yachts in the Galapagos. In general, the boat owners and most of the crew on our boats come from the islands, which makes the enterprise sustainable and of economic benefit to the local community.

1 Reviews of Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Zip-Lining in the Cloud Forest but the Galapagos was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely take a torch, wet weather clothing and a sense of humour.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant but the cloud forest was a bit disappointing as we had continual rain and saw very few animals or birds. This also occurred in the Amazon. We were told by the operator that rain was minimal with short bursts. Obviously a joke.

Read the operator's response here:

Overall I am very pleased that our clients had such a good time on their trip. I would like to put up a quick response to point 4. In April/May 2008 the weather in Ecuador was exceptionally wet with rainfall around three times the expected average. We do try very hard to make sure that clients travel with realistic expectations of the conditions they will encounter. In this particular instance mother nature got in the way. On the plus side, this group had unbroken good weather in the Galapagos.

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