You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your flight. The old part of the city is still very much as it was at the end of the colonial period, but entering the new city you find a very modern place with few relics from the past. Perhaps do a bit of gentle shopping in the gorgeous arts and crafts shops in the new town?
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 one and a half 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.
Quito To Napo Wildlife Centre
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to Coca. You will be met on arrival and transferred to Napo Wildlife Centre for the start of your four day stay. The lodge's buildings keep the traditional native architecture with cool shaded terraces and inviting hammocks. There is a separate dining room and bar, and an observation tower. Meals include traditional Ecuadorian dishes.
Napo Wildlife Centre
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.
Napo Wildlife Centre
Another full day of activities at Napo. The birdwatching around the lodge is excellent, with a bird list of 562 species. From the centre's 38m canopy tower over 80 species of birds have been seen in one morning! There are two parrot and parakeet clay licks inside the reserve where hundreds of birds congregate daily (weather permitting) to eat the nutrient-rich clay from the river banks.
Napo Wildlife Centre To Quito
Today you return to Coca for the flight back to Quito and the transfer back to your city hotel to prepare for the next part of your holiday.
Quito To Galapagos
You fly to San Cristobal in the Galapagos today where you will be met and transferred to your yacht, complete with interiors of polished teak, picture windows with panoramic views and a spacious sundeck. We quote the current yacht itinerary but please note this is subject to change. This afternoon visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado.
Today you visit the island of Genovesa in the north of the archipelago to climb Prince Philip's Steps and see Darwin Bay. It is well-known for its large colony of red-footed boobies, but other bird species are found here too such as lava gulls, mockingbirds and various finches.
Santa Cruz & North Seymour
This morning's destination is Bachas Beach or Mosquera in Santa Cruz island. In the afternoon you visit North Seymour which has one of the largest colonies of magnificent frigatebirds with their bright red throats. You also find blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls here.
Fernandina & Isabela
Today you land at Fernandina Island's Punta Espinosa. Here you should see flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, pelicans and sea lions. On neighbouring Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago, you stop at Elizabeth Bay or Punta Moreno. Isabela is known for its volcanoes and its population of giant tortoises, though there are many other species such as penguins, blue-footed boobies and flamingoes.
Today you continue your exploration of Isabela with visits to Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. You see lava flows and a coral wall exposed by a volcanic eruption at the former plus land iguanas and giant tortoises and at Tagus Cove you can see inscriptions left by passing pirates in the early 19th century.
Santiago & Rabida
On to Santiago today where you visit Puerto Egas. There are fur seal grottoes here and some great natural features such as lava tubes. Later you head to Rabida Island with its red sand beaches, sealions, doves, ducks and flamingoes.
Santa Cruz & Santa Fe
On Santa Cruz you have the chance to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station with its giant tortoise breeding programme or the Highlands where you can see these creatures in the wild. In the afternoon continue to Santa Fe Island. There is a protected cove here which is great for swimming and snorkelling and it is not uncommon to be joined in the water by sea lions. There are land iguanas here and the birdlife is also excellent.
San Cristobal To Quito
This is the last morning of your cruise and you visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal before travelling back to the airport for your flight to Quito. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.
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