15 days from £4355pp plus international flights.
Your holiday begins with an exploration of colonial Quito then continues with a visit to a wonderful rainforest lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. There are many activities you can enjoy here. Guided walks are lead by a local guide as well as an English-speaking naturalist who will tell you about the wildlife and the traditional usage of the forest. You can go on river excursions in a dugout canoe, and maybe take a night excursion (walking trip or by canoe) to view nocturnal wildlife. For activities guests are split into groups of 8 or so. Birdlife here is stunning, including cobalt-winged parakeets and hoatzins, but should also get a chance to see caybaras, pink dolphins, monkeys and tapirs.
The second half of your holiday is a superb 8-day cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Your home for the next week is a prestige class yacht with up to 20 passengers.
This week your focus will be on birds and mammals which uniquely have almost no fear of man! Watch fur seals playing in their blue marine grottos, stare at curious seals as they swim next to you, converse with a blue-footed boobie, smile at the antics of the waved albatross mating dance, sit with a giant tortoise ... All this and more in dramatic volcanic island scenery.
This morning you have a guided city tour. Quito is a city of two halves - old and new - with each having its attractions. It is home to 1½ million people. It became a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1978, and so modern building is now strictly controlled. Your tour should include some of the old and the new city. The afternoon is free for you to spend as you wish. Breakfast.
A full day of activities at Napo. Visitors are divided into small groups, each led by a native Aangu guide with great deal of knowledge in tropical forest biology. Exploring the lake and creeks by dug out canoe up to 11 species of monkeys can be seen. Giant otters are regularly observed, and all four species of caiman can be found. The surrounding forest is host to a stunning diversity of wildlife. Full board.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £4355 (ex. international flights)
Transfers, ground transport, meals as specified, guides in the Ecuadorian Amazon, on the cruise and for the Quito city tour, Quito-Coca-Quito flight, Quito-Galapagos-Quito flight.
International flights, departure taxes, visas, travel insurance, meals not specified, drinks, Galapagos National Park tax currently US$100 but subject to change and payable locally is US$.
This tour starts and ends in Quito. Flight prices from the UK start from around £675.
Departure dates: We have based this itinerary on the Eric (or sister yacht the Letty) for the Galapagos cruise. This means that you need to start this trip on a Monday. In addition, the specific routing of the Galapagos cruise is Eric's 'B' itinerary. If you would like to see the 'A' itinerary for this yacht, please go to the yacht web page.
If you want to use a different yacht this can be arranged too.
2 identical 20 passenger custom-designed motor yachts, offering twin and triple cabins and 2 naturalist guides.
La Casona de la Ronda is a charming colonial house dating back to the 18th century in the heart of historic Quito.
Intimate 16-cabin lodge located on an oxbow lake on the south bank of the Napo River in Ecuador.
How this holiday helps
This lovely nature holiday brings together two of Ecuador’s most sensitive natural areas – the Galapagos and the Amazon rainforest.
In the Amazon we’re taking you to stay at a rainforest lodge which is owned by the local community who do things very sustainably and protect a large area of forest. You're getting the 'real thing' from your Amazon rainforest stay, and the community uses funds from the lodge to pay for education, health and conservation projects. The lodge has the Rainforest Alliance 'Smart Voyager' certificate for its efforts in conservation.
The yacht we've based this trip on has also been awarded with the Rainforest Alliance 'Smart Voyager' certificate. This means it is active in its care of the Galapagos Islands - the flora, fauna and inhabitants. We know that this matters to you as a nature and wildlife lover, as much as it matters to us and the many other clients we've sent on this trip.
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Time: GMT -5 hours
Flight time: There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.
Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.