Ecuador in Depth Dates & Rates
dates & prices
Ecuador in Depth (ECQ01)
Dates: 15-09-2014 to 07-10-2014
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.
|23 Day Voyage||15-Sep-14 to 07-Oct-14|
Check into magnificent Patio Andaluz, Quito, relax and enjoy a city tour.
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.
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.
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.
Anakonda offers birdwatching from the observation deck and stargazing at night. Our itinerary is indicative only, due to the ever changing river conditions.
We disembark in Pompeya, motorised canoe to Coca for flights to Quito, then Cuenca, and a city tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
Your visa arrangements are your responsibility. Please contact our reservations staff for assistance, or if you are unsure if you require a visa.
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.
How to Book
If you are interested in an Aurora Expeditions voyage, please contact our sales team to check availability.
Either email an expert here or call our experienced consultants direct on + 61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688 (Freecall within Australia).
Complete a booking form
Once availability is confirmed, please download, print and complete the booking form. Please return it to us, along with your deposit to secure your berth. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of contract before sending us your signed booking form.
Terms & Conditions
Click here to view the terms and conditions.
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.
Extend your Holiday
|Iguazu Falls: The Spectacular Natural Wonder
Visit the world’s most spectacular falls, flying from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sightseeing and rewarding walks in the magnificent Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks.
Travel through the glittering emerald lakes of Chile and Argentina witnessing the regions rivers, glaciers, waterfalls, valleys, forests, mountains & snow peaks.
|Buenos Aires: The City of Romance
From the Rio Plata to Recoleta, fine art museums to tango bars, a whirlwind of experiences awaits you in a city renowned for its sensual elegance.
|Peru: The Land of the Incas
Explore the haunting beauty and cultural wonders of the Peruvian Andes and visit the fabled lost city of the Incas.
|Santiago: The Cosmopolitan City
Chile's capital city is cosmopolitan; graced with tree-lined streets, manicured parks, distinctive neighbourhoods and an ample assortment of restaurants and hotels.
|Ushuaia: The End of the World
Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and allows you to enjoy ice capped mountains, lush forests and sea at the same time
|The Singular Patagonia: a Luxury Extension
This is the perfect option for those who prefer luxury over the hard work of trekking. This extension starts and finishes from Punta Arenas or El Calafate
Amazing landscapes await you in this fascinating area. The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and a visit there is a truly unique experience.