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Galapagos & Amazon

from $8,849.00

Ecuador’s contrasting ecosystems, from the Amazon jungle to the Galapagos
archipelago

  • Reviews 6 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Galapagos & Amazon.

Spend a week up high and down low in the Amazon jungle, looking for Giant otters, sloth, monkeys, caiman and many colourful species of bird. By contrast, the volcanic islands of the Galapagos offer a very different encounter: Sea lions scatter the beaches, fearless Marine iguanas find camouflage on blackened rocks and countless birds nest in the cliffs above.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport Arrival and departure transfers (at designated times)
* Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge on
board

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD$120pp, paid locally

Highlights

  • Stay in the Napo Wildlife Centre, a community-owned lodge within the UNESCO Biosphere of Yasuni National Park
  • Visit parrot clay licks, explore the lake by dug-out canoe and walk through primary rainforest
  • Seven nights aboard a First-Class Boat exploring the Galapagos Islands – a maximum of 16 clients on board
  • Snorkel with iridescent fish, playful Sea lions and turtles
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht, canoe and minibus
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus local naturalist guide
  • 7 nights on board a First-Class Boat in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 4 nights comfortable hotel and 3 nights comfortable jungle lodge

 

 

  1. Day 1 Start Quito.

    The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Quito city tour.

    Today is free to relax, recover from the flights and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Fly to Coca; canoe excursion to Napo Wildlife Centre.

    Transfer to Quito airport this morning for a 40-minute flight from Quito to Coca. A short drive takes us to the dock where we board a large motorized canoe for a two-hour ride down-stream. At the entrance to the Napo Wildlife Centre reserve we transfer to smaller, paddled dug-out canoes so as not to disturb the wildlife. This paddle can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on what sightings we have (we may have the chance to spot Giant otters, along with monkeys and countless bird species including toucans, parrots and macaws). The final part of the journey involves crossing the spectacular Anangu Lake and arriving at the lodge to receive a welcome drink and briefing.Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Centre*Comfortable Hotel*

  4. Day 4-5 Two days at the Napo Wildlife Centre.

    Spend the next two days at the Napo Wildlife Centre (NWC). Choice and flexibility are key at the lodge but hopefully the following information should give you a good idea of what to expect. Rather than fixed programmes, the guide will design the most suitable schedule to match the groups physical condition and personal interests. Early starts are necessary in order to maximise our wildlife viewing opportunities. NWC has one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador, located around one hour from the lodge. We aim to arrive at the lick before the parrot activity kicks off fully at around 7-8am. The lodge also has a 36m-canopy tower, which offers a fantastic insight into the various vertical layers of the jungle and their inhabitants. Spider monkeys frequent the higher canopy searching for fruit and the panoramic view from the top is magnificent, as is the bird viewing. Numerous trails from the lodge offer hikes amongst the primary rainforest and we will head out during the day to learn about the trees and the forest and at night in search of caiman and other nocturnal creatures. Naturally, exploring the lake and creeks by dug-out canoe is a highlight and one of the best ways to see larger animals.Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Centre*Comfortable Hotel*

  5. Day 6 Fly to Quito.

    Return to Quito the same way we arrived – paddled canoe down the creek, motorised canoe back up the river to Coca and then a short drive to the airport for the flight to Quito.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  6. Day 7 Discover Quito at your leisure.

    We include a free day in Quito to allow time for any delays coming back from the rainforest. An optional excursion to the cloud forest can be organised for this day at the start of the tour.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  7. Day 8 Fly to Galapagos; visit Charles Darwin Centre; embarkation.

    Transfer to Quito Airport and fly to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. We take a short ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island where we drive to the highlands to look for Galapagos giant tortoises. This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Centre to learn about the ecology of the islands and visit the centre’s tortoise hatchery. After this we board our First-Class boat at Puerto Ayora, the island’s main town. For today’s excursion it’s a good idea to have access to your camera, sun cream and appropriate clothing: comfortable footwear for some short walks (possibly amongst grass), light clothes, a hat/cap and a light waterproof in case of a shower or mist.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  8. Day 9 Galapagos Cruise Day 2

    This Galapagos cruise alternates between two itineraries and so for the next seven days your specific itinerary depends on the departure date of the trip (please ask your sales consultant or see the dates & prices section of the website if you’re unsure).Itinerary A: Walk on tiny Plazas Island to see a cactus forest, land iguanas and seabirds, then cruise to the white sand beaches of Santa Fe.Itinerary B: A short walk on the small island of Chinese Hat before snorkelling with Sea lions (and penguins if lucky!); on to the dark red beach of Isla Rabida to walk amongst spatter cones, pelicans, Blue-footed and Nazca boobies.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  9. Day 10 Galapagos Cruise Day 3

    Itinerary A: A day at San Cristobal Island: the white sand beach, Blue-footed boobies and old cone of Cerro Brujo, Galapagos giant tortoise at Galapaguera and crystal clear waters around the striking spear of Kicker Rock.Itinerary B: We start our three days exploring the largest island of Isabela with a walk to the huge 5-mile wide caldera on Sierra Negra volcano. In the afternoon it’s possible to visit the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre on Isabela island.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  10. Day 11 Galapagos Cruise Day 4

    Itinerary A: Swim with Sea lions and Marine iguanas at Gardener Bay on Espanola Island. In the afternoon, walk amongst Nazca and Blue-footed boobies and nesting Waved Albatross (in season) next to pounding surf at Punta Suarez.Itinerary B: Cruising round Isabela’s west side, we hope to see whales and dolphins. We land at Punta Moreno’s swirling fresh lava flows and also explore the islets of Elizabeth Bay with the largest colony of penguins in the Galapagos.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  11. Day 12 Galapagos Cruise Day 5

    Itinerary A: At Floreana Island snorkel in the spectacular sunken crater of Devil’s Crown amongst thousands of fish. Visit the lagoon at Punta Cormorant (often with flamingos) and Post Office Bay, the mailbox used by 18th Century whalers.Itinerary B: In 1954 Urbina Bay was uplifted 4 metres. Walk here amongst exposed coral heads, wandering Galapagos giant tortoises and huge land iguanas. In the afternoon we visit Tagus Cove and Darwin Lake, directly opposite the recently active Fernandina Volcano.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  12. Day 13 Galapagos Cruise Day 6

    Itinerary A: To Dragon Hill, a nesting site for land iguanas with a large lagoon; dramatic Sullivan Bay with a walk on a huge lava flow only 100 years old before swimming from the white-sand beach in crystal clear waters.Itinerary B: Land at Punta Espinosa on Fernandina in the midst of a huge colony of Marine iguanas; the sea life is very rich here and supports a large Sea lion and Fur seal colony. Cross the straights and explore the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  13. Day 14 Galapagos Cruise Day 7

    Itinerary A: Less-visited Genovesa Island is home to an abundance of Red-footed boobies, Fur seals, Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls. Here, we look for tropicbirds at Prince Philip Steps before snorkelling, whilst at Darwin Bay, Galapagos mockingbirds are usually seen.Itinerary B: Excellent birding on Santiago Island at Puerto Egas followed by an afternoon snorkel and a walk amongst incredible volcanic scenery on Bartolome Island – cones, lava tubes and Pinnacle Rock.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  14. Day 15 Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

    Itinerary A: Explore the mangroves of Turtle Cove at dawn watching turtles rising for air as herons fish from the trees.Itinerary B: An early morning walk on North Seymour amidst Palo Santo trees and colonies of Blue-footed boobies.Both itineraries: After a late breakfast we disembark for the journey back to Baltra to transfer to the airport and fly back to the mainland. We fly to Guayaquil airport where it’s possible to connect with international flights this evening from 6pm onwards. Alternatively, you can extend your stay for a few extra nights. Land only clients may prefer to organise post-tour accommodation for the night in Guayaquil and organise their international flights for the following day in case of delays coming back from the Galapagos.

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Hotels, First-Class Boat & Lodge
The Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador

7 nights on board a First Class Boat, the Cachalote Explorer, in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 4 nights comfortable hotel and 3 nights jungle lodge.

Cachalote Explorer: A 16-passenger Motor-Sailer with 8 comfortable double/twin cabins, each with en suite facilities. All cabins are air conditioned and have the following: shower with hot water, toilet, amenities and towels, porthole windows. Max speed 8 knots, size 88ft. Renovated in 2018.

At the Napo Wildlife Centre, you will stay in individual wooden and concrete cabins. The centre is small with only 12 cabins.

Optional single supplement available in Quito & Napo only.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners included.

On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal, toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main course. Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$32.50 for a bottle of wine, around US10 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available at no additional charge.

At Napo Wildlife Centre, breakfast is a large buffet of cereals, fresh fruit and breads with cheese, eggs and jams. Lunch and dinner are usually three courses and served by a waiter. The lodge has a well stocked bar.

The chefs can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements provided advance notice is given – please inform us at the time of booking.

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

It is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

In the Galapagos, each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types – wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles, Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be one or two snorkelling sessions.  Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however, is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort.

We offer the Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus’ minimum age for this trip.

Although there is electricity 24 hours a day at the Napo Wildlife Centre, you are requested to conserve it wherever possible. Hot showers exist in all en-suite bathrooms in the lodge.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Met and exceeded expectations

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many moments to choose from. Highlights were swimming with sea lions, watching wave albatrosses mate and watching land iguanas battle for territory. A difficult but natural moment occurred when we watched a boa attack and absorb a parrot
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader in Napo was great. Knowledgeable and highly skilled communicator. Group leader in Galapagos was a nice young man but we could tell he was on one of his last trips.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready to wake up early and go to bed early. Eat everything they feed you; you’ll either work it off in activities or sweat it out in the heat.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were flummoxed and frustrated with the tipping of staff. We found the suggested tip rates to be far too high and we’re concerned that the tips are being used to supplement wages which is not the purpose of a tip. Exodus needs to find a better system. That was the only thing we were very dissatisfied about

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Galapagos and Amazon

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When the boat was surrounded by a pod of minky whales. We could even hear them calling to one another.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Delfin was informative and knowledgeable, keen and enthusiastic, whilst Fabio had eagle eyes. Together they were amazing. In the Galapogas Christina was equally knowledgeable and as a resident showed her love of the islands.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pracice snorkelling and buy a good camera or you will be very left out!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Having travelled from Manchester via Amsterdam I would have been happier to return from Guayaquil to avoid a day travelling back to Quito to return to Guyaquil the next day and spend another 2.5 hours in the airport there whist plane refuelled and a new crew came aboard,but apart from that it was a wonderful experience and well organised

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Galapagos and Napo Wildlife Centre

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are so many it is hard to choose but when you get out of the sea after swimming with a pod of about 100 dolphins and struggle to control your emotions I guess it has to be that but honestly everything had it's own special moment.. to be able to swim with dolphins, turtles, sea lions, penguins, sharks, sea iguanas, and the most amazing fish was a privilege beyond compare. Climbing the volcanoes and seeing the views was equally amazing. Napo was beautiful and the highlight has to be the macaws flying over the canopy as we stood on the tower. We saw lots of parrots and birds. Also several types of monkey, The setting on the lake is beautiful.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Darwin....well I think he is a merman! Fantastic guy who swam with the most able and then equally came on to the beach to be with the least able. Good sense of humour and very knowledgeable. Could not fault him. Kind and caring without being patronising. In Napo we were guided by Delpin and he was brilliant. Even managed to find a blue frog.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it and extend to Napo Wildlife Centre after. Such a contrast to the Galapagos and equally as amazing. It is an active trip but all abilities are able to go.. the fit and not so fit...
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I honestly can not fault this trip. The food was excellent. The crew on the boat were friendly..just amazing.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

GALAPAGOS & AMAZON

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to pick out just one memory. The Napo Lodge, run by Anangu Kichwa community, is breathtaking. Snorkling with sealions and huge turtles was also a fantastic experience. Cachalote is a wonderful yacht - great atmosphere and the best way to island hop in the Galapagos.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    This trip did not involve just one group leader. The three we met were all excellent. A special mention to Glorio in Quito who helped us find an alternative hotel when we arrived in Quito without accomadation at one o'clock in the morning!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take sun protection with a high factor. You will need plenty of protection whilst on the Cachalote.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although arrangements had been made to be picked up at the Quito airport, we discovered that Gloria, Exodus's representative in Quito, was not expecting us. Fortunately we had arrived 15 minutes before the group she was waiting for. Neither had we been allocated a room at the Vieja Cuba! Quite a shock at 1.00 a.m.  Fortunately again Gloria was on hand to help us out.But had we arrived at Quito airport half an hour later we would have had problems. 

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

What an experience!!!!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snorkeling with sealions, a turtle and penguin (never having snorkeled before!) And the animals and birds just being truly fearless and natural I could go on....
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very pleasant and efficient
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try snorkeling at home first! I panicked the first 2 times in the water (although it was a deep water snorkel) but after an hour's practice in the shallows I took to it like a penguin to water. And take lots of SD cards!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just GO!!

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