Ecuador in Depth Dates & Rates
From deep within the Amazon Basin, where rainforest tribes keep traditions alive, to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, and through the Andean spectacle of the Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador offers biological and cultural diversity found nowhere else on Earth.
Over 24 spectacular days we explore the breadth of this special country, with each day bringing new wonders. Whether canoeing along a blackwater river, trekking on an active volcano or snorkelling with sea lions and reef sharks, our Ecuador exploration is indeed the adventure of a lifetime.
dates & prices
Ecuador in Depth
Please note: The Galapagos Islands section of this itinerary is aboard the Isabella II
Prices quoted are per person in USD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.
|24 Day Voyage||22-Oct-15 to 14-Nov-15|
Check into the magnificent Patio Andaluz Quito, relax and enjoy a city tour.
Visit the Quitsato, a sundial positioned in the middle of the world! Also visit the cities of Otavalo and Parque Condor.
Fly to Coca, catch a motorised canoe down the Napo River to Pompeya and join M/V Anakonda. After introductory and safety briefings we visit Rocafuerte on the Peruvian border and explore the Auguarico and Cocaya rivers, keeping an eye out for pink dolphins.
Canoe throughout Lagarto Cocha, exploring small lakes and rivers home to parrots, toucans, monkeys, tapirs, anacondas and caimans. Enjoy a rainforest walk and on-board lectures as we return to the Napo River to explore its tributaries, the Yasuní and Tiputini.
Enjoy a cultural visit to an Indian community school, then learn about Amazon history, and follow black water creeks in search of giant otters. Climb a fantastic wildlife observations tower, and visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, home to more than 478 bird species and black caiman.
We disembark in Pompeya, boarding motorised canoes to Coca for flights to Quito, with an afternoon at leisure to prepare for our Galapagos adventure.
Fly from Quito to Baltra, Galapagos, to join our expedition ship Isabella II. Introductory and safety briefings are held en route to Santa Cruz, followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Institute. We sail to the northern islands including South Plaza and North Seymour. Here we can observe populations of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds, and snorkel with sea lions, and spectacular fish. On Santa Cruz Island, we visit Las Bachas, the main nesting site of sea turtles in the Galapagos.
On Bartolomé, the summit trail provides views of Pinnacle Rock. We enjoy the red volcanic beach on Rabida and the birdwatchers paradise of Egas Port on Santiago. On Santa Cruz we search for the unique roving Galapagos tortoises, and Floreana Island offers an opportunity to view the great flamingos and nesting sea-turtles.
On Española Island we walk over lava terrain and see the famous blowhole. Then on San Cristobal, we visit the capital of the Galapagos Islands, exploring the Museum of Natural History and the Cerro Colarado Tortoise Reserve. We explore the tuff cone of Cerro Brujo, Pitt Point and Pitt Islet hoping to see blue footed and red footed Nazca, black-necked stilts and Ruddy Turnstones.
This morning we fly to the largest city in Ecuador, Guayaquil and commence our exploration of the city in the early afternoon.
We visit the majestic Cajas National Park, the historic town of Cuenca, ride the historical Devil’s Nose train, stay in traditional haciendas and hike on 5897-metre Cotapaxi, the world’s highest active volcano. We watch for white-tailed deer, llamas, Andean foxes and the mighty condor. We return to Quito for traditional farewell dinner.
After fond farewells we take our transfer to the airport onward to other adventures.
Anakonda offers birdwatching from the observation deck and stargazing at night. Our itinerary is indicative only, due to the ever changing river conditions.
Final shopping at Otavalo’s Indian markets and visit to the Equator Line at Quitsato. After breakfast on our final day, we transfer to the airport.
|24 Day Voyage||22-Oct-15 to 14-Nov-15||Snorkelling, Canoeing|
How to Prepare
How to prepare for an Ecuador and Galapagos Expedition
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