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Galapagos & Amazon Wildlife Odyssey

10 Days | From $3,490 per person


Highlights

  • Observe wildlife in the Amazon rainforest
  • Cruise around the Galapagos Islands
  • Swim with sea lions and turtles

Experience two of the world’s most fascinating destinations in one trip: Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands.

Pricing

  • TRIP LENGTH10 days
  • STARTING AT$3,490


Included
  • Professional Andean Discovery guides
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All activities, transfers, and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Most meals as per the itinerary
  • Park fees (except for Galapagos National Park)
  • Internal round-trip flights as per itinerary, priced out separately above
Not Included
  • International round-trip airfare to Quito
  • Fees for passport and travel insurance
  • $110 per person Galapagos Park fees
  • Gratuities

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Surrounded by forested mountains and volcanoes at 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in Latin America. Upon evening arrival, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel to rest before you begin your adventure.

Overnight: Wyndham Quito Airport

This morning a 30-minute flight takes you to Coca, a small town located in the upper Amazon Basin. From there embark on a 2-hour motorized canoe ride along the Napo River. Look for marine birds, including herons and kingfishers, along the way. Next board traditional, dugout canoes for a majestic and peaceful 1- to 2-hour ride surrounded by trees overhead. You will be paddled along a narrow creek that connects to the lagoon where your lodge is located. Keep your eyes out for monkeys, toucans, parrot, and macaws. Arrive at your luxury eco-lodge, which is now 100% owned by the native Anangu community.

Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center (B, L, D)

A native Anangu guide and a bilingual naturalist guide lead you during today’s excursions, including visits to two parrot clay licks. Back at the lodge you may see a group of giant otters investigating near the dock; a large, black caiman crossing the lake; a capybara looking for rest near the water’s edge; or blue and yellow macaws soaring overhead.

Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, climb a 120-foot canopy observation tower and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is built into the tree to experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass through the tree canopy, Spider Monkeys search for fruit in nearby trees, and toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons. This afternoon hike into the forest interior where you may see lizards, colorful manikins, or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. Afterward, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant otter family.

Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center (B, L, D)

After an early morning breakfast, return to Coca do your flight to Quito.  This afternoon enjoy a privately guided tour of Colonial Quito’s cobbled streets, whitewashed adobe walls, and ornate balconies. Visit the Church of San Francisco, which was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, and Independence Plaza. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the city from El Panecillo. You  will then return to your hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s excursion to the Galapagos Islands.

Overnight: Swissotel (B, L, D)

Baltra Island | Santa Cruz Island

This morning fly to Baltra Island, Galapagos. This afternoon Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you will learn about current scientific research and the Station’s mission to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago. The Station is also a tortoise breeding and rearing center. Observe how tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will have some free time to visit Puerto Ayora, the largest port town in the Galapagos.

Overnight: Coral I or II (B, L, D)

Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion Island

Wet landing on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food.

This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

Overnight: Coral I or II (B, L, D)

Gardner Bay / Suárez Point

Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos Hawk, American Oystercatcher, Galapagos Dove, Hood Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine animals: King Angelfish, Creole Fish, Damsel Fish, parrot fish, manta rays, and White-tipped Reef Sharks.

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies and the spectacular red billed tropic bird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful sally lightfoot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.

Overnight: Coral I or II (B, L, D)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Quito.

Upon arrival in Quito, you will be met by your Andean Discovery guide and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon for last minute shopping, internet cafe, and dinner. A light lunch/snack is served on the plane. Dinner not included.

(Please note it is possible to return to Guayaquil, Ecuador or Lima, Peru after the Galapagos if you prefer to return home from either of those cities)

Overnight: Wyndham Quito Airport (B)

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight.



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