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10 Day Unforgettable Jungle Adventure, Galapagos Islands Exploration, and Wildlife Tour in Ecuador

Guacamayo Lodge, Ecuador

Jungle and Island Wildlife Tour Ecuador

Are you searching for a reliable tour operator to plan your trip to Ecuador and Galapagos? Galapagos Natural Life can be the perfect solution for you. They will take you to discover the Amazon jungle with its number of rivers and waterfalls and exotic vegetation with hundreds of delicious tropical fruits, aside from an impressive colorfully fauna especially as you are looking out for the tons of birds. The not-to-be-missed Galapagos archipelago, which is located around 960 kilometers from the Ecuadorian coast, offers a great opportunity to experience the unique wildlife and wonderful landscapes. Make your trip of a lifetime come true!

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Group size: Minimum 2 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 4 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Quito
  • Languages: English speaking guide
  • Park fees are not included, to be paid by cash: Galapagos Entrance fee 100 USD, Ingala ID card 20 USD, and Isabela dock fee 20 USD

Highlights

  • San Cristobal Island 360° tour
  • Snorkeling in amazing spots in Galapagos
  • Bilingual guide authorized by Galapagos National Park
  • Hiking in the primary forest and canoeing to enjoy the flora and fauna
  • Chance to see pink dolphins, birds, sea lions, marine turtles, and sharks
  • Visit the native community to learn about their culture and traditions
  • Roundtrip flights Quito-Galapagos, train ticket, and transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation with breakfast and lunch

Styles


10 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

The accommodation is depending on the requirement of the passenger. It can be private and if it is a single person, it would pay the supplement, and it can also be shared. For this tour, tourist superior class and first class are offered.

Accommodation in the jungle

  • Guacamayo Ecolodge: This ecolodge provides solar electricity to charge batteries of cameras or other electronic objects, rooms with private toilet and hot shower. To make as less impact as possible to nature, the lodge also provides biodigesters for the toilet system. Sure enough, the sustainable tourism industry is benefiting directly local communities in the reserve, and at the same time, protecting a part of the last refuge of wildlife on earth.
  • Samona Lodge
  • Nicky Amazon Lodge

Accommodation options in Galapagos

  • Royal Palm Hotel
  • Ikala Hotel
  • Galapagos Habitat Hotel
  • Hotel Sol Y Mar
  • Casa Opuntia Hotel
  • Galapagos Inn Hotel
  • Flamingo Hotel
  • Deja Vu Hotel
  • Palmeras Hotel
  • Galapagos Planet Hotel
  • Native Hostal
  • Espana Hotel
  • La Peregrina Hostel
  • Gran Hostel Tintoreras
  • Andry Galapagos Hostel
  • Mar Azul Hotel
  • Galapagos Garden Hotel

Program

  • Day 1: Jungle Tour (Guacamayo, Dracaena or Samona Lodge)
  • Day 2: Jungle Tour (Guacamayo, Dracaena or Samona Lodge)
  • Day 3: Jungle Tour (Guacamayo, Dracaena or Samona Lodge)
  • Day 4: Jungle Tour and Quito
  • Day 5: Galapagos: San Cristobal Island
  • Day 6: Galapagos: San Cristobal Island 360° tour
  • Day 7: Galapagos: Española Island
  • Day 8: Galapagos: Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 9: Galapagos: Pinzón Island
  • Day 10: Galapagos and Quito, end services

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Quito - Cuyabeno

  • Pick up at your hotel in Quito
  • Flight (9:15 a.m.) or bus (trip the night before the tour - 8 hours) to Lago Agrio
  • Private land transportation from Lago Agrio to El Puente
  • Canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge
  • Lunch
  • Visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset
  • Dinner
  • Exciting night walk

Day 2: Hiking day

  • Breakfast
  • Morning: three-hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, especially to know about medicinal plants, frogs, insects, birds, etc.
  • Lunch at the camp
  • Relax
  • Canoeing

In the afternoon, paddle in a traditional canoe on the lagoons or rivers to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of nature, where you can swim and enjoy the sunset. If conditions permit, you may be able to see pink dolphins.

  • Return to the lodge
  • Dinner.

Day 3: Community day

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Community Siona Tarabeaya

Learn the preparation of artisan chocolate and tropical fruits tasting. Additionally, you can see the preparation of the traditional bread (Casabe) and the naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of native people.

  • Lunch
  • Visit the shaman, who will explain about the ceremonies in the jungle
  • Return to the camp
  • Dinner
  • Night canoe expedition in search of caimans

Day 4: Cuyabeno

  • Early morning bird watching
  • Breakfast
  • Navigating the Cuyabeno River back to El Puente
  • Box lunch
  • Transfer to Lago Agrio
  • Return to Quito by bus or plane (5:00 p.m.)
  • Transfer out from Quito’s airport to your hotel in Quito

Day 5: Quito - Galapagos (San Cristobal Island)

  • Arrival by plane to San Cristobal Airport (SCY) and hotel check-in
  • Welcome lunch
  • Visit Los Lobos Island

Have your first snorkeling at Los Lobos, where you are gonna have the opportunity to see a big rock where tropical fish live, a great experience in this clear water.

  • Lunch in town
  • Visit Tijeretas Hill, Punta Carola, and Playa Mann

After a rest and the lunch in town, you will have the snorkeling in Tijeretas Hill where you can see turtles, fish in the clear water. After that, you can continue along the beach to arrive at Punta Carola to continue to Playa Mann, where you have time to relax on the beach or go snorkeling. You can choose between these options.

  • Transfer to the hotel

Day 6: Galapagos (San Cristobal Island 360°)

  • Pick up at 7:30 a.m. from your hotel
  • Site 1: Leon Dormido (snorkeling with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and fish varieties)
  • Site 2: Cerro Brujo (Panga ride - Fotografia: Arch of the cathedral, Blue-footed and Pelican boobies)
  • Site 3: Bahia Sardina (snorkeling, landscape photography, walking on the beach, and resting place on the beach)
  • Site 4: Punta Pitt (bird watching and photography (blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies)
  • Site 5: Bahia Rosa Blanca (snorkeling with sharks, blue sharks, sea turtles, bird watching and wolves)

Please note that Leon Dormido can be at the morning (8:00 am) or in the afternoon (3:30 pm) in according to this established in the itinerary of the Galapagos National Park.

Day 7: Galapagos (Española Island)

  • Punta Suarez

Punta Suarez is located on the west end of the island. The tourist trail is about two kilometers long and goes from one end of the island to the other while revealing the spectacular life of the birds. There are many blue-footed boobies nesting, which must be careful not to step on one of their nests (depending on the season). You can observe red marine iguanas that are spread out in the sun or buzzards on top of the trees. They hunt the juvenile blue-footed boobies. Following the path, you can find masked boobies that are nesting almost all year round on the cliffs.

The culminating moment of the tour is undoubtedly the colony of the Galapagos albatross, which are endemic to this island, not found anywhere else in the islands or the world. In mid-March and the end of December, there are around 12,000 of these fascinating birds with wings of around 2.40 meters. On the cliffs, they seem to be really uncomfortable but when they fly they are the kings of heaven.

A short distance from the albatross colony is the Blow Hole. This is a source of water up to 20 meters (50-75 feet) high that has been created by waves. All energy is pressed through a small hole between the cliff. The phenomenon resembles a geyser. The walk lasts between 2 and 2:30.

  • Gardner Islet

About 50 meters from the coast is a rock where you can find tropical fish and rays while doing surface diving. But more spectacular is the Gardner Rock that can be reached with a panga. This is the home of reef white reef sharks and other colorful sea inhabitants popular with divers. You can also do one dive in spectacular caves, and in its course, you observe turtles, sea lions, fish, and sharks. Depending on the itinerary of the boat, it can be in the morning or in the afternoon.

Day 8: Galapagos (Santa Cruz Island)

  • Transfer from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island.
  • It can be the next following tours: Highlands and Charles Darwin Station or Santa Cruz Tour Bay

For Highlands and Charles Darwin Station option, you will visit the El Chato 1, El Chato 2 or Primicias Farm. In any of these, you can see the Giant Galapagos Tortoises and the typical vegetation of Galapagos. There is a perfect place to enjoy the delicious lunch, and after that, transfer to Puerto Ayora to your hotel.

For Santa Cruz Bay Tour option, it includes La Lobería (snorkel), a pool of reef sharks, Franklin Bay, Las Grietas (snorkel), Playa de Los Perros. Upon entering the canal, you will see blue-footed boobies, pelicans, great frigatebirds, and brown Noddys. On the path along the beach and leading to the pool of reef sharks, many sally lightfoot crabs (zayapas) are seen. On the path to Playa de los, Perros, finches will accompany you, and finally, at the beach, you will find marine iguanas, sea lions Sally Lightfoot, and hermit crabs.

  • Disembark at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
  • Briefing for next day activities.

Day 9: Galapagos (Pinzón Island)

  • Breakfast
  • Boat trip to Islote Pan de Azucar where you can see different birds.
  • Boat trip to Isla Pinzon

During the ride, you can see maybe some dolphins and maybe fish. Snorkel at the Bay Pinguino, where you can see sharks, rays, marine turtles, sea lions, and penguins

  • Lunch
  • Boat ride to Playa Las Palmitas, snorkel and relax
  • Return to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island
  • Briefing for next day activities

Day 10: Galapagos - Quito

  • Breakfast
  • Twin Craters

This area has received much use in recent years due to several trails created that lead to the two craters. In 1989, a circular path around the largest crater was opened, which passes through the interior of the Scalesia forest, an excellent place to observe land birds, especially the woodpecker finch and the vermillion flycatcher.

  • Transfer out: Transfer to the airport and come back to the continent.
  • Transfer in: From Quito’s airport to hotel in Quito.
  • End the services

Please note that the itinerary may be subject to changes.

Location

About 2% of the Amazon Rainforest lies within Ecuador's borders in the foothills of the Andes. Although it is a small percentage, this 2% contains about a third of Amazon’s diversity. The Ecuadorian Amazon Region takes up almost half of the country, starting from the eastern slope of the Andes, the rainforest descends to the Amazon basin. It is defined by low altitude up to 1,000 meters, high temperatures between 25 - 28 degrees Celsius, and daily rainfall. Among the oldest of all ecosystems, Amazon basin forests are at least 10 million years old, and large percentages of Ecuador's animals and plants live into this area.

Cuyabeno is a protected Wildlife Reserve in the northeast area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. It was officially declared wildlife reserve in 1979 and has been considered a paradise for scientists and later the tourist activity started. Its geography gently ranges from about 300 meters to slightly under 200 meters above sea level.

There are many different ecosystems in the Cuyabeno Reserve, and it is seasonally flooded, traversed by sediment-poor dark rivers in the lower part of the Cuyabeno River. There are also other areas flooded by sediment-rich rivers or varzea like at the area of Lagartococha. Flooded forests by black-water rivers or igapó like in Laguna Grande are dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees which are home to countless Epiphytes and Herons. Permanent lakes rarely fall dry, like in Zancudo Cocha downstream the Aguarico River. The well-drained forest is located on small hills and in the upper watershed in the upper part of Cuyabeno River.

Cuyabeno offers the possibility to identify over 500 different species of colorful birds starting from tiny hummingbirds to the majestic Harpy Eagle, which is found only in the rainforest. There are 240 different species of plants in one hectare, each one with a specific practical and medical use. Monkeys, anteaters, sloths, dolphins, tapir, capybara, otters, manatees and armadillos are just some of 165 species of mammals that live in the Cuyabeno Reserve. Amazing anacondas and caimans are two of the 91 species of reptiles found. Piranhas, catfish, the gigantic arapaima reaching over two meters and approximately 470 species of fishes thrive there in the black water rivers and lakes.

Some species of amphibians like the colorful and poison frogs and a great percentage of insects such as the blue morpho butterfly or leaf-mimicking praying mantis can also be found. The Cuyabeno Reserve provides home and habitat for countless plant and animal species as well as for local and Indigenous communities such as Sionas, Secoya, Kichwa, Shuar, and Cofanes.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation in tourist superior or first-class hotels and in the lodge during the jungle tours
  • Airport - hotel - airport transfers in Galapagos
  • Bilingual guide authorized by Galapagos National Park
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Galapagos flight ticket (roundtrip)
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Tickets for the train
  • Transport in Ecuador tours

What's not included

  • Additional expenses
  • Dinners
  • Galapagos entrance fee 100 USD (cash)
  • Ingala ID card 20 USD (cash)
  • Isabela dock fee 10 USD (cash)
  • Tips
  • Wetsuit

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Please send an inquiry to Galapagos Natural Life for more information. You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito on the first day.

When in Galapagos, roundtrip transfers from the airport, hotel, and back to the airport are included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available all year round with arrival every Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Please select your arrival date.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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