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10-Day Galapagos and Amazon Quest

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Day 1: Arrival in Quito City

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
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.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Swissotel 5 stars or Similar

Day 2: Galapagos - Isabela

Stop At: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
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.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or Similar

Day 3: Snorkel at Lava Tunnels

Stop At: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
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.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or Similar

Day 4: Hike and kayak

Stop At: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
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 Volcan Chico, 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 Volcan Chico)

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.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or Similar

Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Silberstein Hotel or Similar

Day 6: Flight back to Quito

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
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.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Swissotel 5 stars or Similar

Day 7: First Amazon Exploration

Stop At: Tena, Ecuador
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 seaching for this beautiful colorful birds and to learn about the magnificent flora that we can find in this ecosistem. 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.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Amazon Lodge

Day 8: Amazon Hike and Kichwa People

Stop At: Napo River, Ecuador
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 becasue their main diet are nuts. After breakfast we will go fo 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.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Amazon Lodge

Day 9: Hot Springs

Stop At: Termas de Papallacta, Km. 65 vía Quito - Baeza, Papallacta 150753 Ecuador
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.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Swissotel 5 stars or Similar

Day 10: Departure day

Pass By: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
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 included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hotel Swissôtel Quito, Av 12 de Octubre 1820 y, Luis Cordero, Quito 170525, Ecuador
Duration
10 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 9x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Activities
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Gear: Hiking sticks, kayak and paddling gear, life vest, snorkeling mask and fins
  • Certified expert English-speaking Adventure Naturalist local guides
  • Airport shuttles (Domestic flights)
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Cruz Island
  • Entry/Admission - Quito Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Tena
  • Entry/Admission - Napo River
  • Entry/Admission - Termas de Papallacta
Exclusions
  • My Own Room supplement USD $839
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers (international flights)
  • Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip
  • Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $240
  • Galapagos National Park fee USD $100 per person & TCT USD$20 per person
  • USD$ 10 pier use fee at Puerto Villamil
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
  • Territory: Quito City, Galapagos islands National Park and Amazon rainforest
  • Provinces: Pichincha, Napo and Galapagos
  • Flight time: 2h 45 min each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft: about 140 passengers.
  • Driving time: 2 - 3 hours a day while in mainland.
  • 45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.
  • 45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.
  • 45 minutes each way in Sierra Negra.
  • 20 minutes each way to Itamandi Jungle Eco-lodge.
  • Boat time: 2 hours each way from Isabela to Santa Cruz.
  • 15 minutes each way - Tintoreras.
  • Hiking time: Amazon.- 3 hours moderate.
  • Amazon.- 1 hour easy loop for the nocturnal hike in the jungle.
  • Cloudforest.- 2 hours easy uphill; 1 hour downhill same way back.
  • Galapagos: Sierra Negra.- 30 minutes easy uphill; 1 and a half hours on flat terrain; 30 minutes downhill; 2 hours same way back.
  • Season: All year
  • Weather: December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC
  • The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
  • Elevation: In Quito.- 2800 m (9,186 ft.
  • Amazon.- 510 m (1,640 ft.
  • Papallacta.- 3300 m (10,827 ft.
  • In Galapagos.- From sea level (most activities) to 1200 m (3,937 ft.) - Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Level of Activity: Moderate to challenging: The jungle walks are moderate, but can become challenging in case of heavy rain; the trekking in the cloudforest is moderate, the hiking in Sierra Negra is moderate but long, and muddy during the wet season (from July to November); the sea-kayaking on Isabela Island is easy as well as the snorkelling.
  • Sit on top kayaks, dry bags, life jackets, paddles and a dugout canoes with outboard motor, rubber boots, snorkels, masks and fins.
  • All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
  • Food: Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
  • Guides: All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
  • In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
  • Sustainable travel: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
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