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Ecuador Wildlife Adventure

Galapagos Islands and the Amazon’s rainforest

4 April – 19 April 2018

15 nights – 16 days

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – 4 April – Arrival in Quito

Arrival in Quito, the capital of Ecuador that lies at 2800m above sea level in the middle of the Andes. Assistance and transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Day 2 – 5 April – Photographic tour of Quito

Afternoon panoramic tour of the city ending in Itchimbia from where you will get the best views of Quito and the old part of the city. You can order some nibbles and enjoy a drink or two (snacks/drinks not included).

Day 3 – 6 April – Galapagos Islands

Depart Quito in the morning. Upon arrival in Baltra you will meet with your guide and take the ferry boat across the Itabaca Channel. You will then board a private bus that will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit the giant tortoise sanctuary and enjoy lunch. Later on you will be transferred to Puerto Ayoras to board the spacious and comfortable motor yacht Beluga which offers a fantastic way to cruise the islands in speed and style.

Day 4 – 7 April – Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.

South Plaza Islands consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.

Day 5 – 8 April – San Cristóbal Island

San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest. Witch Hill (or Cerro Brujo) is a volcanic cone that looks over a beautiful white sandy beach which has plenty of sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, waders and marine iguanas.

Day 6 – 9 April – Española (Hood) Island

Hood Island (Española) is the oldest of the Southern Islands. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here.

Gardner Bay has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.

Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles and the wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.

Day 7 – 10 April – Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable) is the second largest island and the most populated of all islands. In Puerto Ayora visitors can enjoy a stroll through town and shopping at one of the many tourist shops, visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center.

Highlands of Santa Cruz: Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild .

Day 8 – 11 April – Sombrero Chino Island / James Island

Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin.

James Island (Santiago): James Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.

Sullivan Bay: This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles.

Day 9 – 12 April – Tower (Genovesa) Island

Tower Island (Genovesa): Tower is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.

Darwin Bay: The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches.

El Barranco: There is a good possibility of seeing the unique “Short eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.

Day 10 – 13 April – Santa Cruz Island / Baltra for return flight to Quito – Cabañas San Isidro

Caleta Tortuga is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat.

Baltra: Transfer to the airport and return flight to Quito. Upon arrival, welcome and private transfer to San Isidro Lodge (overnight).

Days 10/12 – 13 to 15 April – Cabañas San Isidro – Cloud Forest

Spend 3 days surrounded by gorgeous forest, unparalleled scenery and sensational food in a comfortable lodge atmosphere – peace and tranquillity at its best. Different activities are organised for serious birders, casual nature lovers, and even first-timers to the cloud forest. There is a niche for everybody …

Days 12/16 – 15 to 19 April  Sacha Lodge

Morning drive (after breakfast) from the Cloud Forrest through the Amazon Basin to the oil town of Coca where after a quick lunch you will get on board Sacha´s private canoes for the 2 hour journey down the river to the Lodges.

Daily activities during the morning and afternoon will take you away from the lodge into the incredible Amazon forest. Our daily outings will vary in length and will be coordinated with the leader the previous day. We will always return to the lodge for lunch and a midday siesta.

Day 16 – 19 April – Sacha Lodge to Quito

Before departing, we will enjoy an easy walk on the boardwalk to watch monkeys one last time before our final departure. Arrival at Quito near lunch time.

 

Extension to Peru

This extension can be organised prior or after the Ecuador Wildlife Adventure and it can be tailor made to suite your calendar and budget. The below day by day itinerary is a suggestion made by our experts in Peru.

Day 01 – Arrival in Lima

Day 02 – Lima – city tour

Day 03 – Flight Lima – Cusco

Day 04 – Cusco / Sacred Valley / Cusco

Day 05 – Cusco / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu

Day 06 – Aguas Calientes / Cusco

Day 07 – Flight Cusco – Juliaca and transfer to Puno

Day 08 – Lake Titicaca

Day 09 – Return flight to Lima in time to catch your international flight

Price to be quoted upon request.

 

Dates & Prices

Ecuador Wildlife Adventure – 4 to 19 April 2018 –  USD 7,595 per person. 

Price Includes:

  • All transfers in private transportation
  • Flight Mainland – Galapagos – Mainland
  • Flight Coca – Quito
  • Excursions, activities and overland tours as mentioned above
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • All meals as per the itinerary above
  • English speaking naturalist guides in the Andes, rainforest and Galapagos.

Price Does Not Include:

  • International flights to Quito
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100.- per person)

Peru Extension – prior or after the Ecuador Wildlife Adventure

8 nights / 9 days – request a quote

Price Includes:

  • All transfers in private transportation
  • Return Train (Vistadome) and bus tickets from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Fee (1 day)
  • Excursions, activities and overland tours as mentioned above
  • Accommodation based on double rooms
  • Meals according to the itinerary description
  • English speaking naturalist guides

Price Does Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature