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Rainforest & Galapagos holiday

 

 

A wildlife enthusiast’s dream! Enjoy the Amazon rainforest and 8 days cruising the Galapagos Islands.

Rainforest & Galapagos

15 days from £7,550 pp for 2024 departures

(ex flights)

Enjoy a couple of days exploring the colonial charm of Quito, a UNESCO world heritage site with beautiful plazas and ornate churches. Then travel to Napo – one of the most amazing places in the Amazon.

Your visit here will be full of activities on the trails, the lake and the canopy tower. You are likely to see lots of species of monkeys and of course there are caimans, lizards, turtles, frogs and army ants in addition to an array of birds. Larger mammals such as jaguars and pumas have been spotted in the area, although sightings are rare.

It might be your lucky day!

After an overnight back in Quito you will fly to the Galapagos to spend 8 days cruising aboard your small comfortable yacht. Nothing compares to the stunning volcanic scenery and abundant wildlife of this spectacular destination – spend your days visiting the islands and walking amongst the birds and wildlife.

Summary

  • Quito – 2 nights
  • Napo – 3 nights
  • Quito – 1 night
  • Seaman Journey – 7 nights
  • Quito – 1 night

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Quito
DAY 1: SATURDAY

Having landed at Quito airport you’ll be met and transferred to your charming city centre hotel. Nothing has been arranged for the remainder of the day, so you can unwind after your journey, enjoy some food and drink and look forward to the holiday to come!

Quito
DAY 2: SUNDAY

Your guide will meet you at the hotel at a pre-arranged time to escort you on a tour of the city. This generally begins in the old town, with visits to a handful of Quito’s historic churches and the cathedral which dominates Plaza de la Independecia. The tour ends at the top of El Panecillo from where you can take in a wide angle view of the city and valley. The afternoon is free for further exploring or relaxing. Breakfast

Napo Wildlife Centre
DAY 3: MONDAY

You’ll take a flight from Quito to Coca this morning, where you’ll be shown to the waiting motorised canoe for the first part of the journey to Napo Wildlife Centre, which will take about 2½ hours. Transferring to a smaller dugout canoe you’ll be paddled the rest of the way (about an hour) to the lakeside lodge. Depending on when you arrive there may be time for a nature walk, though today’s journey is quite an adventure in itself! Full board  

Amazon
DAY 4: TUESDAY

The Amazon awaits! There are all manner of activities to choose from, such as walking trails, boat rides and canopy tours. You’ll have 2 main activities each day, in the morning and afternoon, in a small group led by a resident guide. The abundant wildlife includes several species of monkey, some of which are found only on the south side of the Napo River, caimans, lizards, frogs and turtles, as well as plentiful birds. For a different perspective you should climb the canopy tower to gain commanding panoramic views out over the treetops. Full board

Clay Licks
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY

Another full day in the Amazon. Today you might want to visit one of the clay licks where you can see hundreds of brightly-coloured parrots feasting on the mineral rich clay. Activity is at its height in the early morning and is weather dependent as the parrots will not visit in the rain. Later you might want to take a canoe ride along narrow water channels and around the lake. If you’re lucky you may see the resident giant otters. Full board

Canoe ride
DAY 6: THURSDAY

After breakfast you’ll begin the journey by water and air back to your hotel Quito. The canoe ride will give you a last chance to spot some the Amazon’s wildlife. Once back at the hotel you can relax and look forward to the next big adventure, in the Galapagos! Breakfast

Seaman-Journey
DAY 7: FRIDAY

You’ll be transferred to the airport for the 4-hour flight to Baltra in the Galapagos, where a crew member will transfer to your waiting yacht, The Seaman Journey. After lunch you’ll set off for North Seymour. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Full board

Storm petrols
DAY 8: SATURDAY

Genovesa is one of the best bird watching sites in the Galapagos. El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The cliffs have become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. There are also masked boobies and during the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen. At Darwin Bay in the afternoon you should see swallow-tailed gulls and lava gulls by the shore, while amongst the mangroves you may catch sight of frigatebirds. Full board

Land Iguana
DAY 9: SUNDAY

Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. There are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
In the afternoon you head for Santa Fe in the southeastern part of the Galapagos. Home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. In these clear waters you will see one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish. Full board

Marine iguana
DAY 10: MONDAY

This morning you are in San Cristobal and pay a visit to the giant tortoise breeding centre. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learnt at the Jacinto Breeding Center. You can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why this breeding centre does what it does.
In the afternoon you will be at the interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts. Full board

mockingbird
DAY 11: TUESDAY

On San Cristobal a short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as: the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko and the tortoises. All of these species can be seen here, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine turtles. Between January and May, it is common to find the footprints of the female turtles who have climbed to the sand dunes to deposit their eggs.
In the afternoon you head for 
Cerro Brujo which is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. Among the fauna you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizards, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Vegetation covers the visitors walking route, and you'll can find species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Full board

waved-Albatross
DAY 12: WEDNESDAY

You are at Espanola Island, also known as Hood. Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. You can see three species of Darwin finches as well as other resident and migratory birds.
In the afternoon, Suarez Point is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses (between April and December), and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities. Full board

flamingos
DAY 13: THURSDAY

At Floreana, Cormorant point has probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral. After the interesting walk, you'll be taken to Champion Islet, a great place to enjoy snorkeling and underwater wildlife. Some of the animals that can be seen are sea turtles, sea lions, and multiple fish thanks to the nearby coral reef.
Later you visit the famous Post Office Bay. Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. Full board

Interpretation Centre
DAY 14: FRIDAY

This morning, you have an excursion on the turtle trail. Having said your goodbyes to the crew you’ll be transferred back to Baltra to the airport for the flight back to Quito on the mainland. Once here, you'll be dropped at your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Breakfast

Interpretation Centre
DAY 15: SATURDAY

After breakfast this morning, you'll be collected from the hotel and driven to the airport in good time for your flight home. Breakfast

2024 Price from (pp sharing): £7,550 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Transfers, ground transport, 13 nights twin share accommodation (3 in hotels, 3 in a rainforest lodge and 7 on board Eric or Letty), meals as shown, guided half-day tour of Quito, guided activities at Napo Wildlife Centre, 8 day Galapagos cruise with daily shore excursions as offered by Eric/Letty, drinking water, tea and coffee on cruise, house wines and local beer with dinner on cruise, snorkelling equipment and kayaks on cruise, return flights to the Galapagos Islands from the Ecuadorian mainland.

Excludes: International flights, departure taxes, visas (not currently required by British passport holders), travel insurance, meals not shown as included, drinks, Galapagos National Park tax currently US$100 payable locally in US$, personal expenses, tips.

Getting there: This tour starts and ends in Quito. Flight prices from the UK start from around £655. We can book these for you.

Departure dates: We have based this itinerary on the Letty for the Galapagos cruise. This means that you need to start this trip in Quito on a Monday. In addition, the specific routing of the Galapagos cruise is Letty’s ‘B’ itinerary. It is possible to use Letty’s  ‘A’ itinerary for this holiday, which you can view on the yacht page. NOTE: If you want to use a different cruise vessel this can be arranged too, which may alter the start day and will affect the overall price. Please click here for the full collection of Galapagos yachts.

La Casona de la Ronda

La Casona de la Ronda is a charming colonial house in the heart of historic Quito. The en-suite rooms are a blend of traditional features and modern comforts. The restaurant, Cafe La Ronda, serves local and international cuisines. You can take coffee, tea, soft drinks or wine in the cosy lounge by the open fire. There is a lovely central courtyard and an unusual vertical garden. This has more than 150 species of plants including many orchids native to Ecuador. This hotel is an excellent base for exploring the city of Quito

Napo Wildlife Centre

Napo Wildlife Centre combines high standards of accommodation with superb guiding. Built in traditional style, the centre has several terraces fitted with hammocks, ideal for relaxing when not out exploring the Amazon. Your guest room has a bathroom with running hot and cold water, and a private veranda overlooking the lake. Communal areas comprise the restaurant, bar and reading lounge. You can’t miss the 20-foot high observation tower, from which you’ll get panoramic views of the rainforest.
seaman-journey

Seaman Journey

Seaman Journey is a stylish, modern catamaran offering great space and comfort. She carries snorkelling equipment, kayaks and surfboards. The eight cabins have picture windows, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The lounge and dining room are attractively furnished and you’ll spend time here chatting to other passengers and sampling some fine food.
There’s a broad sun deck, ideal for lazing between excursions. This has both shaded and sunny areas, sun loungers, day beds and an outdoor bar. If you’re feeling energetic there are surfboards, kayaks and snorkelling gear onboard that you can use, free of charge.

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