Ecuador in Depth Dates & Rates

From deep within the Amazon Basin, where rainforest tribes keep traditions alive, to the Andean spectacle along the Avenue of Volcanoes, and down to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers biological and cultural diversity found nowhere else on Earth. Over 23 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 inaugural Ecuador exploration is indeed the adventure of a lifetime.

dates & prices

Ecuador in Depth (ECQ01)

Type: 23 Day Voyage
Dates: 15-09-2014 to 07-10-2014
Embark: Quito, Ecuador
Disembark: Quito, Ecuador
Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.

+ All meals on board ship.

+ All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.

+ Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.

+ Basic emergency medical services. 

+ Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.

+ Pre-departure information and briefing.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Air transport to and from the ship not mentioned above.

+ Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.

+ Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.

+ Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary.

+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.

+ Emergency evacuation charges.

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DECK CABIN PRICE
Main Standard USD $11,990
Main Deluxe USD $13,990

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.

Itinerary

TRIP DATES
23 Day Voyage 15-Sep-14 to 07-Oct-14

Days 1-2
Check into magnificent Patio Andaluz, Quito, relax and enjoy a city tour.

Days 3-4
Fly to Coca, catch a motorised canoe down the Napo River to Pompeya and join Anakonda. Introductory and safety briefings, then visit Rocafuerte on Peruvian border and explore Auguarico and Cocaya rivers, searching for pink dolphins.

Days 5-6
Canoe into Lagarto Cocha, small lakes and blackwater river home to parrots, toucans, monkeys, tapirs, anacondas and caimans. Rainforest walk and on-board lectures as we return to the Napo River, to explore its tributaries, the Yasuni and Tiputini.

Day 7-9
Cultural visit to an Indian community school, forays into blackwater creeks in search of giant otters; Amazon history, a fantastic wildlife observations tower, spectacular parrot clay-licks and Limoncocha Biological Reserve, home to more than 478 bird species and black caiman.

NOTE
Anakonda offers birdwatching from the observation deck and stargazing at night. Our itinerary is indicative only, due to the ever changing river conditions.

Day 10
We disembark in Pompeya, motorised canoe to Coca for flights to Quito, then Cuenca, and a city tour.

Days 11-13
We drive the Avenue of Volcanoes, between Cuenca and Quito, visiting Gualaceo, Riobamba and specialised market towns like Chordeleg (silver jewellery), 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.

Days 14-16
Fly from Quito to Baltra, Galapagos, to join our expedition ship Coral I. Introductory and safety briefings en route to Santa Cruz, for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Institute. We sail to northern islands including South Plaza and North Seymour with its blue-footed and magnificent frigate birds and snorkel with sea lions, and spectacular fish. On Santa Cruz, we visit Bachas Beach the main nesting site of sea turtles in the Galapagos.

Days 17-18
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.

Days 19-21
Sail to Mosquera Islet, a sandy island between between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, home to a large colony of sea lions. On Bartolomé, the summit trail provides views of Pinnacle Rock. We enjoy the red volcanic beach on Rabida and a birdwatchers paradise at Egas Port on Santiago. Before returning to the Baltra airport, we venture into the highlands to see where the giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat.

Days 22-23
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.

Activities

TRIP DATES ACTIVITIES
23 Day Voyage 15-Sep-14 to 07-Oct-14 Kayaking, Snorkelling

How to Prepare

How to prepare for an Ecuador and Galapagos Expedition

To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe expedition we have developed some import pre-departure information to help you prepare for your voyage. We strongly recommend you read below and plan carefully. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.

Is your passport valid? 
Your passport will be required to have validity that will extend to six months after the date of your return.

Visa arrangements 
Your visa arrangements are your responsibility. Please contact our reservations staff for assistance, or if you are unsure if you require a visa.

Travel insurance 
All passengers are required to provide travel insurance details including policy number and emergency contact number to Aurora Expeditions prior to departure. We strongly recommend insurance coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation from the vessel.

Emergency contact details 
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ and your Ship’s contact numbers.

Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.

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How to Book

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Preparation for your voyage

On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.

Aurora Expeditions - Your Personal Travel Agent

Aurora Expeditions is a licensed travel agent. Our experienced reservations consultants all have specialised expertise on the destinations we travel to. Each voyage has a dedicated travel expert solely working on developing dynamic itineraries for our passengers.  Contact our reservations team and allow us to create a personal itinerary to compliment your voyage, including airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and pre and post voyage travel options.

We look forward to assisting you with your journey of a lifetime.

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