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Amazon Adventure & Galapagos Discovery

Ecuador in 12 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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Our classic tour of Ecuador, complete with a stay in the Amazon rainforest and wildlife-spotting in the Galapagos Islands.

Trip Highlights

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    Amazon
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    Galapagos Islands
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    Guayaquil
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    Middle of the World Monument
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    Quito
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    San Cristobal Island

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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  1. Departures available until December 2025

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  3. Solo travelers from + £ 440

  4. Add up to 3 nights to your stay

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  • San Cristobal Galapagos Island
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Accommodation: 10 Nights

Itinerary

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. 

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Quito
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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.

 

If you want to have the hotel room available before 2:00 p.m., you can add early check-in at an additional cost. In case you are interested, you will be able to see the price and do the upsell in the next step of the purchase process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mercure Alameda or similar
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1039 Reviews

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2nd Day: Quito - Tena - Amazon
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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning take a guided Quito city tour to get to know the capital's most emblematic sights. Admire the colonial-era architecture and picturesque plazas and stroll through the narrow streets of the city center. In the afternoon leave Quito behind as you 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. Overnight in Tena.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Suchipakari Lodge or similar
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232 Reviews

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Activities

included
Quito City Tour

Moderate

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3rd Day: Amazon
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Enjoy an early breakfast before setting off for a wildlife walk through the  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 organized at the lodge. Once the sun sets, enjoy a fascinating night walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Suchipakari Lodge or similar
tripadvisor rating

232 Reviews

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Activities

included
Night-walk in Tena

Light

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included
Wildlife walk in Tena

Moderate

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4th Day: Amazon - Tena - Middle of the World - Quito
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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! Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mercure Alameda or similar
tripadvisor rating

1039 Reviews

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Activities

included
Middle of the World Monument

Light

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5th Day: Quito
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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 our excursion to Otavalo*. Overnight stay in Quito.

 

*Optional Otavalo Day Tour: Full-day tour to various towns in the Andean highlands where you’ll discover some of the local gastronomy and traditional way of life. Start off your experience by tasting the interesting Cherimoya fruits in Guayllabamba, carry on to try the local biscuits made by the community in Cayambe. You will then be guided around the indigenous markets in Otavalo, Peguche and Cotacachi and get to know the story of the native people.

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mercure Alameda or similar
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1039 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-day Otavalo Tour

Light

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6th Day: Quito - San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the airport this morning for a flight to the Galapagos Islands, a true wonder of nature known for its immense biodiversity! San Cristobal is the easternmost Galapagos island and is home to a rich array of unique wildlife, such as blue and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas and Galapagos sea lions. It's also the island that Charles Darwin first explored during his research into the islands. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and get comfortable before setting off on a brief afternoon tour of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Province. Explore this quaint coastal community and get to know its most important sights. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax before your adventure continues tomorrow. Alternatively, take part in a Ceviche-making workshop in a local restaurant near the beach of  Playa Mann!* Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

 

*Optional Beach Cooking Class in San Cristobal: Learn how to cook the traditional Galapagos dish of ceviche with this guided cooking class in a local restaurant near the beach of Mann Beach, known for its friendly sea lions! Use authentic ingredients to craft a delicious dish whilst listening to fascinating insights about Galapagos life from the locals. And of course, you can enjoy your homemade ceviche at the end of class!

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
hotel Casa Opuntia or similar
tripadvisor rating

309 Reviews

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Activities

included
Tour of Baquerizo Moreno

Moderate

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Optional
Prepare your own local Ceviche near the beach
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7th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a full-day tour of San Cristobal to explore the delights of the island. Visit Galapaguera, home to amazing giant tortoises and observe diverse species of sea birds from Puerto Chino. The white sand here is perfect for a short rest before continuing to La Loberia, home to a large colony of sea lions who can be seen resting on the rocks. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in San Cristobal.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
hotel Casa Opuntia or similar
tripadvisor rating

309 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full-day tour of San Cristobal

Moderate

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8th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
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After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for you to explore the Galapagos on your own. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

 

*Optional Half-Day Tour with Snorkel in Isla Lobos: Board a boat to visit Isla Lobos where you will encounter blue-footed boobies, sea lions, sea turtles and rays before getting to snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters of this island. From here, make your way to Ochoa Beach to relax, swim and take in the beauty of this stunning landscape. Lunch is included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
hotel Casa Opuntia or similar
tripadvisor rating

309 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Half-Day Tour with Snorkeling in Isla Lobos

Moderate

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9th Day: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil
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Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from San Cristobal airport. Arrive in Guayaquil, and join a shared-transfer to your hotel in the city centre. 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 neighbourhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel River Garden - Stan... or similar
tripadvisor rating

167 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of Guayaquil

Light

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10th Day: Guayaquil
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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 or take an optional excursion to Puerto Moro for a dolphin-watching boat trip!* Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

 

*Optional Boat Excursion to Puerto Morro: From Guayaquil, visit the charming fishing village of Puerto Morro. Take a boat ride through the mangroves to watch colourful Ibis birds and look out for playful pods of dolphins! Spend some time relaxing at Puerto Morro Beach before returning to Guayaquil.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel River Garden - Stan... or similar
tripadvisor rating

167 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Boat Excursion to Puerto El Morro
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11th Day: Guayaquil - Night on board
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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.

12th Day: UK/Ireland
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Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

 

Included activities

Included
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At 8am, before the start of the excursion, there will be a briefing session to explain the program.

Quito City Tour

Included activity for day 2 in Quito

A guided city tour to get to know Quito's most emblematic sights. Visit a local market, a number of picturesque squares and the narrow streets of the city centre.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Night-walk in Tena

Included activity for day 3

Night-walk through the jungle to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Included

Wildlife walk in Tena

Included activity for day 3 in Amazon

Wildlife walk through the secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included
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The activity takes place during the route of this day.

Middle of the World Monument

Included activity for day 4

Visit the Middle of the World Monument, on the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere!

Duration 01:45h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Full-day Otavalo Tour

Suggested activity for day 5

Taste the Cherimoya fruits in Guayllabamba, try the local biscuits in Cayambe.Check out the markets in Otavalo, Peguche and Cotacachi and get to know the story of the native people.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

Prepare your own local Ceviche near the beach

Suggested activity for day 6 in Galapagos Islands

Learn how to make your own ceviche with a local near Mann Beach, known for its friendly sea lions! Use authentic ingredients to craft a delicious dish, and of course, you can enjoy your homemade ceviche at the end of class!

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional
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There is a second departure at 12:00 pm.

Half-Day Tour with Snorkeling in Isla Lobos

Suggested activity for day 8 in Galapagos Islands

Dive into the crystal clear waters of this stunning island to snorkel alongside blue-footed boobies, sea lions and other marine life.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Optional

Boat Excursion to Puerto El Morro

Suggested activity for day 10

From Guayaquil, we will travel 100 km west to the small fishing village of Puerto El Morro. The village is located within the marine protected area El Morro Mangrove Refugee and has access to a beautiful mangrove area which you will explore on a boat tour.

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Quito, Guayaquil - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil.*
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 10 breakfasts and Full-Board in the Amazon.
  • Transfers.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Transit Control Card (TCC) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park. More information in "Offer Conditions". More information in "Offer conditions".

If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.

ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html 

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

We strongly recommend you consult your doctor regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness before you travel.

If you would like to travel with children, please contact Customer Services to find out the conditions.

For the flight to Galapagos we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours in advance in order to complete the required formalities.

Travelers with passports from the following countries are required to present a tourist visa in their country of origin:
 
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burma, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Senegal, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Vietnam, Myanmar and Yemen.
  • Entry requirements

    Minimum of 6 months validity with one passport page. Mandatory travel insurance.

  • Visa

    No visa required for stays of up to 90 days

  • Currency

    US Dollar

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Electricity

    Types A and B, 110 V North American type plug

  • Health

    Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.

  • Time zone

    UTC -5

  • Other useful information

    It is mandatory for tourists to carry a valid health insurance policy.

  • Tourist Office website

    https://ecuador.travel/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice. 

Galapagos transit control card (TCC) is mandatory and is checked at the airport in both Quito and Guayaquil before travel to the Galapagos Islands. Cost US$20 per person (subject to change) and made by cash payment.

At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person until July 31, 2024, and from August 1, 2024 US$200 for adults and US$100 for children.
 
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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