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8 Day Wildlife Tour in Galapagos & Amazon, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador & Yasuni, Amazon, Ecuador

Incredible Wildlife Tour Ecuador

Come with Green Adventures Ecuador in a wildlife tour that will take you to the two most incredible national parks in Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest - two vastly different ecosystems with a great variety of wildlife and endemic creatures. Get your camera and binoculars ready and get started!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Variety of Birds and Sealife, Monkeys, Toucans
  • Languages: English, Spanish

Highlights

  • Daily guided excursions
  • Various maritime excursions
  • Visit the giant tortoise reserve
  • Snorkeling at Galapagos Islands
  • Hikes in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Monkey watching
  • Parrot Claylicks
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Styles


7 activity days
Airport transfer included: Mariscal Sucre International Airport
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Accommodation

Program

Day 1: Quito - Galapagos Islands

Today you will transfer from Quito City to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Your guide will assist you at the airport.

Upon your arrival at the Galapagos Islands, you will be greeted by an English-speaking local guide at Seymour Airport (GPS). After crossing the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, you will head up to Los Ranchos in the highlands to visit this Giant Tortoise Reserve, where you will observe the emblematic Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

Walk through the lava tunnels formed after the eruption of the islands and enjoy of a delicious lunch. After this visit, you will transfer to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the afternoon is on your own to discover a little bit of Puerto Ayora, the capital of the Galapagos Islands.

  • Dinner is on your own.
  • Accommodation is included.

Days 2 and 3: Navigation days

In Galapagos Islands is the living museum of evolution. It is the place where Charles Darwin was inspired to write the theory of evolution of the species from natural selection and was declared by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage Site in 1978 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1985.

A variety of wildlife can be found on the islands, and almost all of it endemic. The islands appeared from lava eruption that came from the ocean floor; more than 2,000 craters have continuously changed the terrain of the region. Today, the archipelago includes 13 large islands, 6 minor islands, and more than 40 islets.

During these two days, you will go on a navigation tour to one of the inhabited neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolome, Santa Fe, Chinese Hat, or South Plaza. Each island has its unique natural habitat and wildlife. Snorkeling off the boat is a highlight of the trip.

  • The island to visit will be confirmed after booking the tour according to availability.
  • Lunch is included on board. Dinner is on your own.
  • Accommodation is included

Day 4: Galapagos Islands - Quito

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for your transfer to Baltra Island and back to the continent. Upon your arrival at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

  • Lunch and dinner are on your own.
  • Accommodation is included.

Day 5: Quito - Amazon Rainforest (Yasuni National Park)

Today you will travel to the Amazon region. The flight to Coca City is in the morning so your guide will transfer you from the hotel to the airport and will assist you with the check-in. After a 30-minute flight, you will land at Coca City where someone from the lodge you will visit will be waiting for you.

After a short ride on a private bus, you will get to the next part of the journey: a motorized boat ride. The ride will take approximately 2 to 2 and a half hours on the Napo River. After this ride, you will have or a short walk and a paddle canoe ride crossing a creak and a big lake in order to arrive at the lodge. This journey itself is already part of the adventure in the Amazon region.

At the lodge, you will receive all necessary information for your stay at the Amazon region. You will also meet your naturalist guide for this journey. This evening, you will start with one of the night activities offered at the lodge. It can be an evening walk or an evening canoe ride.

The Amazon Rainforest (and the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve) is the largest protected area in Ecuador and is considered the most bio-diverse place in the whole world with more than 1 million hectares in the Amazon Rainforest.

It is so diverse that in 2.5 acres, it is possible to find more species of trees than in the whole North American Continent. With an amazing flora and fauna, this is one of the highlights of the tour. Three nights will be spent in the Amazon region.

  • All meals are included.
  • Accommodation is included.

Days 6 and 7: Amazon Rainforest (Yasuni National Park)

Breakfast is served early in the morning because there is so much to see and do. There are a number of activities that you might do, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, canoe rides, forest walks, or an excursion to the canopy tower to watch monkeys and birds. The activities you will do will depend on the lodge operations and weather conditions.

A delicious lunch is served in the dining room at 1:00 pm. After lunch, guests have a variety of activities that can enjoy at the lodge like yoga sessions, kayaking on the lake, fishing for piranhas, enjoying the spa treatments, or just taking a nap or reading a book during your free time of the day.

Afternoon activities tend to be more low-key than morning ones. You might go for a canoe ride around the lagoon, take a short trail to watch some of the wildlife, and talk about the ecology of the forest. A well-deserved dinner awaits for you at the dining room as afternoon turns into evening.

  • All meals are included.
  • Accommodation is included.

Day 8: Amazon Rainforest - Quito.

Although you must depart the lodge in the morning in order to get to Coca for your flight, breakfast will be served before you leave. You will go out the way you came: a canoe ride, followed by a short walk, and then a 2-hour to 2-and-a-half-hour ride on the motorized canoe to Coca City.

Once you reach Coca, you will be taken to the airport, checked in, and directed to the waiting room for your return flight to Quito. At Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), your guide will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel in Quito and finish the tour.

  • Lunch and dinner are on your own.
  • Accommodation is included.

Included excursions

  • Visit Los Ranchos for the Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest and Yasuni National Park

Food

Meals as detailed in the itinerary are included in the price.

For Galapagos, Breakfasts and Lunches.

For the Amazon, All meals at the lodge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

Visit Charles Darwin's research station

Kayaking

Yoga

What's included

  • Daily excursions led by naturalist guides
  • Maritime excursions
  • Snorkeling at Galapagos
  • Transfer to and from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
  • Flights from Quito - Baltra - Quito and Quito Coca City - Quito
  • Airport assistance
  • Transit control card in the Galapagos
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and lunches at Galapagos
  • All meals at the Amazon lodge

What's not included

  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 USD)
  • Dinners at Galapagos and Quito
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport Airport transfer included: Mariscal Sucre International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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