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Andes, Amazon and Galapagos

Andes, Amazon and Galapagos

Andes, Amazon and Galapagos Overview

A classic combination of Ecuador's worlds: Quito, the Andes, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands.

Andes, Amazon and Galapagos


Quito


Day 1 You are met on the arrival of your international flight at Quito airport and are transferred to a 3* hotel (or your chosen upgrade), your base for 2 nights.

Day 2 BL In the morning your private English- speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a walking tour of the Old City. After lunch, visit the Equator at either the unconventional Inti-Ñan museum or the Mitad del Mundo complex. Alternatively you could take the cable car up Pichincha volcano, which would be best done in the morning, with your time in the Old City moved to the afternoon.

Amazon


Day 3 BLD You are collected from your hotel for the journey to the Amazon. Usually this involves an early start, a short flight and a journey by boat at the other end to reach your destination in the rainforest. A 3 night stay is the norm for a visit to a land-based lodge, and is assumed here.

Choose from

Napo Wildlife Centre
Sacha Lodge
La Selva
Yachana Lodge


You could also choose instead from:

Manatee river boat (sails from Coca)
Cotococha Lodge (situated above Coca on the Napo river and accessible by road)


Day 4 BLD In the Amazon.

Day 5 BLD In the Amazon.

Andes


Day 6 Returning to Quito, you are met at the airport and driven to your choice of three destinations in the Andes, for a two night stay. Your time is free in each location to relax at the hotel or for optional excursions which can be arranged by you locally at extra cost.

Otavalo B (markets and craft villages) Stay at either Hacienda Pinsaqui or Hacienda Cusín. Both are convenient for visits to Otavalo and its neighbouring villages.

Cotopaxi BLD Stay at El Porvenir, a beautifully located small hacienda style lodge situated on the edge of Cotopaxi national park, offering hiking, biking and riding.

Mindo (Andean cloud forests) BLD Stay in your choice of cloud forest lodge in the Mindo area.

Day 7 Free at your hacienda or lodge. Each has options for things to do, some at extra cost.

Day 8 Morning free. Afternoon transfer back to Quito. Overnight at the same hotel as Day 1.

Galápagos


Day 9 BLD Transfer to the airport at Quito for a flight to the Galápagos, where you join your chosen boat for a voyage around the islands.

Day 10 onwards BLD Galápagos cruise.

Final day of the cruise. Disembark from your boat in time for a midday flight to Guayaquil, arriving in time for international overnight flights to Europe.
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Andes, Amazon and Galapagos by Cecilia, 22 Dec 2017
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We had 3 destinations in Ecuador: hiking in the Andes: excellent guide, Marcial. Then Napo river lodge - very comfortable ... read more

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Andes, Amazon and Galapagos by Cecilia, 22 Dec 2017
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We had 3 destinations in Ecuador: hiking in the Andes: excellent guide, Marcial. Then Napo river lodge - very comfortable ... read more