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Amazon Adventure & Galapagos Discovery

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

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Amazon
Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Middle of the World Monument
Quito
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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Departures Available
until December 2023
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From + £ 250
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san cristobal island
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santa cruz island
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superior san cristobal
From + £ 500
superior santa cruz
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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. 

1st Day: 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.

* Optional Meal Package: Add 4 dinners and 1 lunch to your trip, so you can relax in the knowledge that you have a meal waiting for you! Includes: 2 dinners in Quito, 1 dinner in Galapagos, 1 dinner in Guayaquil and 1 lunch box for the journey from Galapagos - Guayaquil.

Please note: If you purchase the Optional Meal Package and your arrival flight lands late this evening you will be provided with a cold dinner box if the hotel restaurant is closed when you arrive. 

2nd Day: Quito - Tena - Amazon

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital 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 and enjoy a night walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown. Overnight stay in the Amazon.

3rd Day: 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. We recommend our Culinary Excursion package to enjoy a delicious chocolate-making workshop this afternoon!* Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon. 

* Optional Culinary Experience Package- Pack of 3 Excursions: Get to know the culinary heritage of Ecuador with this pack of three food-focused excursions. Take part in a delicious chocolate workshop in the Amazon to learn about cocoa cultivation and chocolate production and enjoy a guided fruit and food tasting tour at a local market in Quito. Finally, enjoy an authentic Galapagos Ceviche cooking class on Playa Mann in San Cristobal, to learn the secrets of the local cuisine!

4th Day: 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 take a guided city tour to get to know the capitals most emblematic sights. Admire the colonial-era architecture and picturesque plazas and stroll through the narrow streets of the city centre. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

5th Day: 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 our excursion to Quilotoa* or booking our Pack of 3 Excursions.** 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 color, depending on the sun and clouds.

** Optional Experience Ecuador - Pack of 3 Excursions: Experience Ecuador to the fullest with this pack of three excursions. Visit the famous Quilotoa Crater Lake on an excursion through the Andean Mountains to discover the local culture and natural wonders of the Andes. In the Galapagos Islands, enjoy an authentic cooking class on Playa Mann in San Cristobal, known for its population of sea lions, to learn the secrets of the local cuisine. Finally, take a tour of Puerto el Morro in Guayaquil to visit a natural dolphin reserve, accompanied by a professional biologist guide.

***For a Culinary Experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 food-focused optional excursions to your trip!

6th Day: Quito - Galapagos (San Cristobal)

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. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

  * For a Culinary Experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 food-focused optional excursions to your trip!

 

7th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

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.

8th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for you to explore the Galapagos at your own.  Overnight stay in San Cristobal.

For a full experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 optional excursions to your trip!

9th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal) - Guayaquil

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.

10th Day: 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.

11th Day: 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.

12th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

 

12 days trip including flights*

11 days and 10 nights in destination

1

LON - UIO

Quito

2

Tena

3

Tena

4

Quito

5

Quito

6

San Cristobal

7

San Cristobal

8

San Cristobal

9

Guayaquil

10

Guayaquil

11

GYE - LON

12

GYE - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 10 Nights

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Included activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
Included

Night-walk in Tena

Night-walk through the jungle to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown.
Included activity for day 2
Included

Wildlife walk in Tena

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.
Included activity for day 3
Included

Quito City Tour

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.
Included activity for day 4
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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Meal Package (4 dinners & 1 lunch)

Add 4 dinners and 1 lunch to your trip. Includes: 2 dinners in Quito, 1 dinner in Galapagos, 1 dinner in Guayaquil and 1 lunch box for the journey from Galapagos - Guayaquil.
Suggested activity for day 1
Optional

Paquete Culinary: 3 Excursions Package

Includes: Fruit and food tasting local market in Quito, Chocolate workshop in amazon and an authetic cooking class on the beach in San Cristobal to learn the secrets of the local cuisine
Suggested activity for day 3
Optional

Experience Ecuador - 3 Excursions Package (Limited Offer)

Includes an excursion to the famous Quilotoa Crater Lake, an authentic cooking class on the beach in San Cristobal to learn the secrets of the local cuisine and a tour of Puerto el Moro in Guayaquil to visit a natural dolphin reserve with a guide.
Suggested activity for day 5
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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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.

Not included

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

Transit control card (TCC)* (20 USD) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (100 USD).

* More information can be found 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.

  • 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.
 
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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