Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands With The Amazon

Day 1 - Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Welcome to Quito!
Day 2 - Quito. Included sightseeing showcases Quito's treasures: the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. Next, see the impressive paintings at the WORKSHOP & MUSEUM of Oswaldo Guayasamin. Top off your day with a photo in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT, the "Center of the World." This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,D)
Day 3 - Quito. Excursion to Otavalo. An in-depth Local Favorite experience into the traditional ways of the Otavalo people is in store for you today. First, visit OTAVALO'S famous INDIAN MARKET, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a former hacienda before returning to Quito. (B,L)
Day 4 - Quito: Baltra - Galapagos Islands (Embarkation) - Cruising: Santa Cruz Island. Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where your Naturalist introduces the island's lush and vibrant landscapes. Visit the giant tortoise RESERVE, where you will see the famous Galapagos tortoises in their wild habitat. Next, see the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Continue to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands' tortoises. Later, board the sleek Isabela II for five days of CRUISING among various Galapagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. On board the ship, join a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (B,L,D)
NOTE: The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Day 5 - Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands. After breakfast, join your Naturalist for an exploration of SANTA FÉ ISLAND with its large population of sea lions. As you walk through the opuntia cactus forest, watch out for the endemic land iguanas found here. Galapagos hawks, a variety of finches, and mockingbirds are commonly spotted, too. Snorkel, swim, or kayak from the beach before returning to the boat for lunch. This afternoon at SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas), and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Galapagos Islands Cruising:North Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands. Disembark at NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. Alternatively, you can take a ride on the glass-bottom boat to view the colorful underwater world. In the afternoon, visit LAS BACHAS on Santa Cruz Island, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and white-sand beach, which is a feeding ground for various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Galapagos Islands Cruising:Bartolome & Santiago Islands. At BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel or cruise on the glass-bottom boat and possibly see Galapagos penguins in tropical waters, sea turtles, and even some sharks and rays! On SANTIAGO ISLAND, walk over the lava flows from less than 100 years ago and learn firsthand how pioneering flora and fauna adapt to the volcanic surroundings. End your visit with a swim off the beach with the playful sea lions. Tonight, join your ship's captain at a farewell cocktail party and toast to a memorable vacation! (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation) - Baltra - Quito. After breakfast, head to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening. (B)
Day 9 - Quito - Coca - Amazon. Fly from Quito to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River to a small tributary where you transfer to a DUGOUT CANOE for the remainder of your journey to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the British Isles put together, one hectare of forest boasts almost as many frog species as all of North America, and the great expanse of jungle contains more than 20% of the Earth's vascular plant species. Here you can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an 8-pound toad, a spider that eats birds, and the world's largest snake"the 30-foot-long anaconda. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Amazon. Early this morning, your Naturalist brings you to a parrot clay lick to see parrots, macaws, parakeets, and other species feeding. Continue with a walk through the jungle and learn of the medicinal plants and immense biodiversity that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Tonight, accompany your Naturalist on a night WALK or CANOE ride to discover creatures rarely seen during the day"you many even spot a caiman or two! (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Amazon. This morning, depart on a Napo River CRUISE through the flooded forest in search of the varied wildlife. Here you will have a good chance of seeing troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and maybe even the incredibly well-camouflaged 3-toed sloth. Later, visit a local community, school, and village, and spend some time with the natives to learn about their culture and way of life. Finish your day fishing for piranhas or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters"the less brave can send their guide in first. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Amazon - Coca - Quito. Depart by canoe this morning in search of monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca, for your flight to Quito. (B)
Day 13 - Quito. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands With The Amazon
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    13 Days
  Start City:   Quito
  End City:   Quito
  Price From   USD $6,199.00   See in Cart
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    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $740. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito; Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito. Air prices in this brochure were effective on April 8, 2015 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Land/Cruise price does not include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

    Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.

    Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

    Single Room Supplement:
    $2475

    Triple rooms are not available

    Cruise pricing is based on Classic cabins. Limited upgrades are available. Please call for prices.

    Extra Nights per person in Quito:
    in single room $220; in twin room $122

    2017 prices and itineraries are subject to change
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Charles Darwin Research Station; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist
    Quito: sightseeing with a Local Guide; San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner
    Otavalo: guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market
    Galapagos Islands Cruising: five days cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling and kayaking, expedition lectures on board; panga rides in the archipelago; visit Charles Darwin Research Station

    Napo Wildlife Center in the Ecuadorian Amazon:
    guided Amazon cruises and nature walks by expert Naturalists; parrot clay lick visit; canopy tower walk; nighttime dugout canoe excursion; visit a local village and school
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Galapagos_2016
  • Launch Date
  • 04/07/15 8:00 pm
  • Meals
    • American breakfast daily
    • 8 lunches
    • 8 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Quito and a farewell dinner on board the Isabela II
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day
    • Complimentary wine with all dinners on board
  • Notes
  • NOTE: Maximum elevation on tour: 9,200 ft.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
    Enjoy an Andean lunch at a traditional Ecuadorian Hacienda.
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  • Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands with the Amazon
 
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