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10-Day Amazon Kayak and Galapagos Adventures Tour from Quito

Tour Code: 923-8174
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Quito, Ecuador
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10 Days 9 Nights

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Highlights: You will discover Ecuador's Amazon in the Yasuni National Park with the Amazon camping expedition.

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    Add-on Option Date / Date Range Adult
    Book the Quito-Galapagos round flight with us - Surcharge Year round $600
    Day 1

    Quito

    Welcome to Quito! Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area.
    In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel at 18:00pm for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
    • Quito, ECUADOR

      The capital city of Ecuador sits on the slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the northern Andes Mountains. At an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world.
    Standard Hotel: Dann Carlton Hotel or similar
    Day 2

    Quito - upper part of the Arajuno River

    Early in the morning we will start our drive across the eastern Andean range towards the Amazon basin. This journey of 4 hours will show you fascinating landscapes of the Amazon forest, waterfalls and small, colorful local villages. Before we get ready for kayaking, a picnic will be served on the river shore. While exploring the upper part of the Arajuno River and paddling downstream for 2 hours, we will be on the lookout for wildlife such as neo tropical otters, caimans, toucans, parrots, monkeys, etc. After reaching and checking in at the Itamandi eco-lodge you will have the possibility to go on a night hike to discover all the beautiful night- active creatures. Our guide will tell you a lot about the wildlife in the jungle.
    Standard Hotel: Itamandi Eco-lodge or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 3

    Arajuno River - The animal shelter

    Today we will paddle down the river for about two hours discovering the beauty and wildlife that inhabit this river. With some luck we may see neo tropical otters and caimans, also colourful tropical birds are quite common along the Arajuno. The animal shelter we are visiting today is home of different species of mammals, birds and reptiles that have been rescued and some have been reintroduced into the wild. Our support is essential for this project to continue. Later we will enjoy a picnic on the river side and then we will visit the Anaconda lagoon. In the afternoon after arriving at the lodge we will canoe to Santa Barbara Community, so we can learn more about the Kichwa indigenous people, they are always happy to share their tradition and even some jungle food.
    Standard Hotel: Itamandi Eco-lodge or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 4

    Arajuno river - Puembo

    Early in the morning before breakfast we will take the canoe up the Arajuno river to the parrots clay lick, to observe different types of these beautiful birds, then we continue and have a quick stop to see the pocket monkey, the smallest primate in the world. After breakfast, enjoy a break soaking in the volcanic hot waters of Papallacta and also attend a relaxing walk into the cloud forest to see bromeliads and orchids. In the late afternoon we will be transferred to Puembo, a lovely village near to the Quito airport.
    Standard Hotel: Dann Carlton Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 5

    Quito - Isabela Island (1410 km)

    Today we will catch a morning flight to Baltra Island. Once we arrive, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in Galapagos. From here we will take a quick boat ride to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. During our inter-island travel, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

    Remark:

    • Flying time: 3 hours (including the stop at Guayaquil city on the way to Baltra airport)
    • Speed boat time from Santa Cruz to Isabela: 2 hours (If you normally get seasick is very important to take medication before getting on the boat)
    • What to wear today: Light pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat, sun cream.
    • Isabela Island, ECUADOR

      This island is the largest of those in the Galapagos chain off the coast of Ecuador. Because of the rich animal life, both on land and sea, Charles Darwin reasearched his theory of evolution here.
    Standard Hotel: Cormorant or Similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 6

    Isabela Islands

    Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around. In the afternoon, we return to Puerto Villamil to go kayaking in Tintoreras to observe sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas. This will be the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel..

    Remark:

    • Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each way
    • Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each
    • What to wear today: shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, bathing suit, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff.
    • Isabela Island, ECUADOR

      This island is the largest of those in the Galapagos chain off the coast of Ecuador. Because of the rich animal life, both on land and sea, Charles Darwin reasearched his theory of evolution here.
    Standard Hotel: Cormorant or Similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 7

    Puerto Villamil - Sierra Negra Crater - Volcan Chico - Tintoreras Islet

    After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations; great examples of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife.

    Remark:

    • Hiking time: 4 hours both ways; Hiking distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) (10 miles -16 km- optional to Volcan Chico); Hiking elevation gain: 950 feet (289.5 meters); Maximum elevation while hiking: 3687 feet (1124 meters)
    • Kayaking time: 2 hours
    • Snorkeling time: 1 hour
    • What to wear today for hiking: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
      What to wear today for kayaking and snorkeling: sandals, shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, bathing suit, hat, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
    • Galapagos Islands, ECUADOR

      The Galapagos Islands, part of the Republic of Ecuador, are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the centre of the Western Hemisphere. The islands are known for their vast number of endemic species.

      Sierra Negra Volcano

      Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano at the southeastern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos that rises to an altitude of 1124m. It is one of the most active of the Galapagos volcanoes with the most recent historic eruption in June 2018.

      Tintoreras Islet

      Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
    Standard Hotel: Cormorant or Similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 8

    Isabela Islands - Santa Cruz Island (17 km)

    In the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town..

    Remark:

    • What to wear today: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream.
    • Santa Cruz Island, ECUADOR

      The second largest of the Galapagos Island chain in the pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is home to the settlement of Puerto Ayora, the most populous town on the islands. The island itself is a dormant volcano.
    Standard Hotel: Silberstein Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 9

    Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island - Quito

    After our final breakfast in the Islands and the last photos taken with the sea lions, we will transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.
    • Santa Cruz Island, ECUADOR

      The second largest of the Galapagos Island chain in the pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is home to the settlement of Puerto Ayora, the most populous town on the islands. The island itself is a dormant volcano.
    Standard Hotel: Dann Carlton Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 10

    Quito

    Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
    Breakfast: Included
    • Departure & Return

    • Please take the taxi or other transportation on your own between airport and the hotel. Or guests can contact with us with a fee of $70 per way for the the group of 1 person or 2 person and $90 per way for the group up to four people.
    • Price Includes

    • Activities: Kayaking and hiking in the Amazon, visiting local Kichwa Community, night jungle walk, swimming in volcanic hot springs, hiking in the cloud forest, trekking to Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, snorkeling in Tintoreras and Lava Tunnels, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands
    • Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class Hotel in Quito, First Class Jungle Eco-lodge, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
    • Transportation: Airport transfers (national flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land and sea transportation, canoe in the Amazon
    • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 2 Dinners. Allow USD 180 for meals not included.
    • Gear: Hiking sticks, AIRE and NRS kayaking and paddling gear, life vest, snorkeling mask and fins
    • Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
    • Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Quito-Galapagos flight round trip (please check with EPL before booking)
    • Airport transfers (international flights)
    • Travel insurance (mandatory)
    • Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $240
    • INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
    • Snorkelling gear (mask and fins) for rent: USD $8 per day per person.
    • Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
    • USD $ 10 pier use fee at Puerto Villamil
    • Wetsuit for rent: USD $10
    • Tips for guides and drivers: estimated budget USD $ 140
    • Additional Note

    • We recommend the use of a duffel bag (60 liters) for the main luggage and a daypack (20 liters) with rain cover for activities, if possible bring a 10 liters dry bag for your small belongings while SUP, the luggage will be transport by canoe to the campsite.
    • SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
    • HEALTH INFORMATION: Please inform EPL of any existing medical conditions ( i.epregnacy, diabetes etc). Yellow fever , Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.
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