Experience the magic of Ecuador on a holiday to the Andes, the Amazon and the Galapagos.

Amazon and Galapagos Cruise Holiday MapDepartures: Fortnightly on Saturdays and Wednesdays (to match with cruise departure dates).

Length: 12 days / 11 nights

Destinations: Quito / Amazon Rainforest Napo Wildlife Center / Galapagos Islands (choose from 2 cruise itineraries) / Guayaquil

Treasure of the Galapagos CatamaranCruise: Choose from two different 5 days / 4 nights cruises on board the wonderful Treasure of Galapagos Catamaran, an excellent superior catamaran operating in the Galapagos. The Treasure of Galapagos operates a range of different itineraries in the Galapagos and we can also switch this catamaran for a range of alternative cruise ships in this holiday, please contact us for further information.

Highlights: In Peru surround yourself in the history of the Inca Empire with tours of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, then take the scenic train to visit Machu Picchu. Explore the cobbled streets and colonial architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito. Cruise the Galapagos, snorkel with sea lions at Gardner Bay, explore volcanic landscapes at Santiago Island, watch flamingos at Cormorant Point and spot blue-footed boobies at Punta Suarez.

Highlights: Ecuador is a country with fantastic diverse geography, and this holiday gives you the opportunity to visit the three key geographic regions: the Andes, the Amazon and the Galapagos. Starting in Quito tour this UNESCO World Heritage city centre before travelling to the Amazon for a stay in the excellent Napo Wildlife Center for a wildlife-watching extravaganza before finishing your holiday with a 5 day cruise through the Galapagos.

Price: from £3995 per person

Single Person Supplement: £POA

Price Information: Based on 2 people travelling and sharing a double or twin room in our selected standard-class hotel accommodation. See our Ecuador hotel guide and our Treasure of Galapagos guide for more information on our accommodation. For a quote based on superior or luxury accommodation, or to tailor this holiday itinerary with a range of options including alternative cruise itineraries and cruise vessels, please Contact Us.

Holiday Itinerary

Arrive in Quito to start your wonderful holiday in Ecuador. On arrival we will meet you and escort you to your hotel in the heart of Quito. The remainder of the day is free time for you to relax following your flight and to explore this wonderful city.

Meals: None

Overnight: Central hotel in Quito

Today you will enjoy a city tour through the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage City of Quito. Visit the stunning Compañia de Jesús (Church of the Society of Jesus) with its fantastically ornate gold interior, and explore San Francisco Convent nearby on Plaza de San Francisco to learn about the fascinating religious history of this city. The tour concludes with a visit to the Virgen del Panecillo lookout which is dominated by a giant iconic landmark statue of madonna and which has incredible landscape views over Quito and of the Andes beyond.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Quito

Quito
Quito
Quito

Today we will escort you to Quito airport for the short flight to the town of Coca in the Ecuadorian jungle. On arrival you will be met by your jungle guide and from Coca will travel to the lodge by motorised canoe along the Napo River, a fabulous journey where you can sit back and spot kingfisher, heron and other birdlife fishing in the waters. After 2 hours there is a short break where you transfer to paddle canoes to enter the Yasuni National Park (no motors, to protect the environment around the lodge and within the park), reaching the lodge via a narrow stream which opens into the beautiful Añangu Lake. On arrival at the Napo Wildlife Center, which sits on the banks of the lake, you will be welcomed with drinks and will have time to relax and enjoy the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (box lunch during journey), Evening Meal

Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center Lodge

A fabulous day of wildlife watching begins early as you depart from the lodge to travel to a parrot clay lick to marvel at the natural spectacle of up to 11 species of birds, including parrots, macaws and parakeets, descending from the trees to the lick to ingest the clay. After admiring this colourful display you will enjoy a short hike through the jungle to visit the Kichwa Anangu community where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the families and children of the community and learn about their traditions and way of life. From the community a further jungle hike visits a second clay lick and here you will enjoy lunch in the company of the nature all around you. In the afternoon you return to the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Meal

Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center Lodge

Today begins with a short 30 minute hike through the forest to visit a 36m high canopy tower which provides stunning views across the landscape and a great opportunity to get the chance to see the birdlife from up close. As you climb the steps of the tower you journey through the canopy to observe the different levels of the forest, and from the top the birdlife comes to life with the chance to spot flocks of tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans. The wildlife watching continues in the afternoon when you will enjoy a hike along a Terra Firme forest trail to discover the forest and try to spot a variety of wildlife including lizards, snakes, monkeys (including Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey) and bizarre insects. The day concludes with a visit to the Añangu Lake and the streams which feed it that are home to a variety of species including the Giant Amazon Otter.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Meal

Overnight: Napo Wildlife Center Lodge

This morning you will leave the lodge early to return by paddle canoe out of the national park, and by motorised canoe back to Coca for a return flight to Quito. The journey across the lake and along the rivers provides another opportunity to spot the wildlife of this incredible region. On arrival in Quito we will meet you and escort you to you hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Quito

Treasure of Galapagos Itinerary A Map

Day 7 (Fri) AM: We escort you from your hotel to Quito airport for a flight to the Galapagos Islands, on arrival you will meet your guide and transfer to Treasure of Galapagos catamaran / PM: Visit Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island to learn about the Galapagos and see giant tortoises in the breeding and rearing centre

Day 8 (Sat) AM: Explore the volcanic landscapes of Sullivan Bay and a beautiful coral beach nearby and spot the wildlife that lives in this bizarre environment / PM: Visit the beautiful Bartolome Island, enjoy snorkelling from the beautiful beaches near Pinnacle Rock and climb to the summit of the island for iconic views of the archipelago

Day 9 (Sun) AM: Visit North Seymour Island to spot the birdlife that nests here including magnificent frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies / PM: Go snorkelling and swimming in the waters around Mosquera Islet and observe the seabirds, sea lions and colourful crabs on the beach and rocks

Day 10 (Mon) AM: Spot the land iguanas and wildlife of South Plaza Island / PM: Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin with a visit to Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island and its beautiful coral beach and wildlife including sea lions, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and marine iguanas

Day 11 (Tue) AM: Visit the Galapagos Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal Island to discover more about the natural and human history of the islands / PM: Return transfer from your cruise ship to the airport for a flight to the city of Guayaquil on the Ecuador mainland, on arrival we meet you and escort you to your hotel

Meals: Breakfast daily, 3 lunches (days 8, 9 & 10), 4 evening meals (days 7, 8, 9 & 10)

Overnight days 7-10: 4 nights on the Treasure of Galapagos Catamaran

Overnight day 11: Central hotel in Guayaquil

Santiago Island Sullivan Bay
Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island
San Cristobal Interpretation Centre
Galapagos Boat Excursion
Blue Footed Booby

Treasure of Galapagos Cruise Itinerary B Map

Day 7 (Tue) AM: We meet you at your hotel to escort you to Quito airport for a flight to the Galapagos Islands, on arrival you are met by your guide and will transfer to the Treasure of Galapagos catamaran / PM: Visit the Cerro Colorado Giant Tortoise Protection Centre to see these iconic animals

Day 8 (Wed) AM: Gardner Bay is a beautiful white sandy beach on Espanola Island where you can spot sea lions and sharks and enjoy swimming and snorkelling / PM: Punta Suarez on Espanola Island is home to some of the most impressive birdlife in the Galapagos with the chance to spot albatross and nazca boobies as well as a giant blowhole

Day 9 (Thu) AM: Visit the historic Post Office Bay on Floreana Island / PM: The flamingo lagoon at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island is one of the best places in the Galapagos to spot flamingos

Day 10 (Fri) AM: Follow an overland trail on Santa Fe Island to spot sea lions, the prickly pear cactus plant, and endemic species including the rice rat, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake and the mocking bird / PM: Visit the white sandy beach of Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, spot sea lions, marine iguanas and sea turtles

Day 11 (Sat) AM: Visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises and spot birds including Darwin's finches / PM: Return transfer from your cruise ship to the Galapagos airport for a flight to the city of Guayaquil on the Ecuador mainland, on arrival we meet you and will escort you to your hotel for the evening

Meals: Breakfast daily, 3 lunches (days 8, 9 & 10), 4 evening meals (days 7, 8, 9 & 10)

Overnight days 7-10: 4 nights on the Treasure of Galapagos Catamaran

Overnight day 11: Central hotel in Guayaquil

Floreana Island Cormorant Point
Galapagos Dinghy Boat Excursion
Floreana Island Post Office Bay
Espanola Island Wet Landing
Espanola Sea Lions
Espanola Island Punta Suarez

At the appropriate time we will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Guayaquil airport from where you can check-in for your return international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: N/A

Included

  • Four domestic flights within Ecuador (Quito - Amazon / Amazon - Quito / Quito - Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil)
  • All excursions
  • English-speaking guides for all excursions
  • INGALA Galapagos Control Card
  • Entry fees to all sites included in the itinerary (with the exception of Galapagos National Park Entry Fee which is payable on arrival in Galapagos)
  • Accommodation
  • All meals detailed
  • Private transfers to / from airports or hotels
  • All transport and travel within South America

Not Included

  • International flights to/from South America. We exclude international flights to give the option to compare flight pricing or use air miles, however we can include and provide international flights as part of your holiday and any international flights booked through us would be ATOL-protected as part of your package with us. Depending on time of year, departure airport and airline preference flight prices start from around £480pp economy for return flights. If you would like us to include international flights or provide a quote just let us know your preferred departure airport when you enquire.
  • Galapagos National Park Entry Fee (payable on arrival in the Galapagos).

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