Amazon Adventure & Galapagos Discovery - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

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Discover the diversity of Ecuador on an unforgettable journey from the tropical Amazon rainforest to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. Touch down in Quito, the historic Andean capital, before exploring the amazing Amazon in Tena. The island of San Cristobal is your gateway to the Galapagos Islands as you search for blue-footed boobies and sea turtles, before ending your adventure in Guayaquil.

All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
English-speaking guide.
ATOL Protection.
10 nights accommodation in Charm and Deluxe category hotels.
Internal flights: Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil.*
Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
International flights: UK/Ireland - Quito, Guayaquil - UK/Ireland.
Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
Destinations
  • Ecuador
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Circuits
  • Wildlife
  • Cities
Departure Points
  • Edinburgh
  • Dublin Airport
  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • London Heathrow
  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
Day 1: UK/Ireland - Quito

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport, ready for a flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Quito.

If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.


Day 2: Quito - Tena - Amazon

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off on a guided city tour to get to know Quito's most emblematic sights. Visit a local market, a number of picturesque plazas and the narrow streets of the city centre. In the afternoon, set off into the Ecuadorian highlands and down into the rainforest, headed for Tena, in the Amazon. Continue through verdant landscapes towards the lodge, in the heart of the jungle. Arrive in time for dinner and enjoy a night-walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown. Overnight stay in the Amazon.


Day 3: Amazon

Enjoy an early breakfast before setting off for a wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle. Return to the lodge for lunch before enjoying the afternoon at your leisure with the opportunity to join in optional Amazon activities organised at the lodge. However you choose to spend the remainder of the day, simply taking in the amazing natural environment and listening to the cacophony of wildlife sounds is sure to be a memorable experience. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.


Day 4: Amazon - Tena - Middle of the World - Quito

After breakfast at the lodge, return to Tena and continue your journey, heading back towards the capital. Along the way, visit the Middle of the World Monument, on the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere! Continue to Quito and transfer to the hotel. Get settled before enjoying the remainder of the evening at your leisure, exploring the old town if time allows. Overnight stay in Quito.


Day 5: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. We recommend enjoying one of our excursions to Quilotoa or Cotopaxi.* Overnight stay in Quito.

* Optional Quilotoa Excursion: Set off through the Andean Mountains, passing by the snow-capped peaks of Tungurahua and Chimborazo. Stop at a local market for a taste of the Andean culture and visit Quilotoa Crater Lake, known for its everchanging colour, depending on the sun and clouds.

* Optional Cotopaxi National Park Excursion: Discover the Cotopaxi National Park, located in the central highlands of Ecuador and famous for the stunning Cotopaxi volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Visit the small on-site museum and explore Lake Limpiopungo, home to various waterbirds. Next, hike up to the 300 metres high Cotopaxi checkpoint with an expert guide, where you can stop for a rest and enjoy the view.

Please note: You only can book one of these excursions.


Day 6: Quito - Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Baltra, in the wonderful Galapagos Islands. From Baltra, transfer to the island of Santa Cruz by crossing the Itabaca channel on a ferry. Stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a lush, green natural habitat of the famous Galápagos giant tortoises. Visit a private ranch, take a tour of the area and walk among the trees and look for the giant tortoises that prefer to stay near the small lagoons. Transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.


Day 7: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches or the wonderful wildlife. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.


Day 8: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Take the day at your leisure to discover the delights of the Galapagos. Overnight in Santa Cruz.


Day 9: Galapagos (Santa Cruz) - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from Santa Cruz airport. Arrive in Guayaquil, and join a shared-transfer to your hotel in the city center. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and is located on the Pacific Coast. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the Malecon, Paque Iguanas, and Las Peñas neighborhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.


Day 10: Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at your leisure to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, relax in the arty neighbourhood of Santa Ana Hill. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.


Day 11: Guayaquil - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

Please note: Depending on the flight departure time you may arrive back in the UK/Ireland today.


Day 12: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.


Dates Price Single Availability
29-Apr-2021 for 11 Nights Dublin Airport Flight Included View live deal View live deal
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