In ths Tour you will enjoy nature to the fullest in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Galapagos Islands.
All activities of this tour are accompanied by our native guides.
All our services are of high quality and we have qualified and professional staff. For any additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at the phone numbers that appear at the bottom of the page, or send us an email and the VIVA ECUADOR staff will contact you as soon as possible.
1st Day: Arrival in the city of Quito.
You will be received at the Quito airport and transferred to the hotel. Once in the hotel, you will have a free afternoon so you can get settled in your room and also adapt to the height of the beautiful city of Quito. You can also admire the surroundings of this wonderful city. Dinner at the hotel and accommodation.
2 nd Day. Towards the Amazon. Arrival at the Lodge.
We’re going to a whole different region in the Ecuadorian territory, the Amazon. Once we arrive at the lodge, located at the mouth of the Pusuno Bajo River, our Staff will be waiting for you, to help you with your bags. Once you arrive at the lodge, you will be welcome with a Cocktail and our lodge manager will give you a short talk about the place and its facilities. Then your room will be shown and we will go to the restaurant to start with the Welcome Lunch.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore the jungle, observing the flora and fauna with our native guides through an extensive system of trails full of wildlife in what many consider the most biologically diverse area in the entire Amazon. At the end of our tour we find one of the sandy beaches on the rivers, here we can cool off in its waters and relax enjoying the sunset in the jungle, while we float down buoys along the river.
During the dinner, together with the guide they will agree on the activities for the next day. After dinner, depending on the weather and the desire of the group, you can coordinate short activities, such as a night walk, light a fire to listen to the wildlife around the lodge or coordinate the bird watching tours in the mornings.
3rd Day. OPTION A: Rayucocha Waterfall. In the morning after our breakfast. We will get the rubber boots ready to move to one of the hidden waterfalls deep in the tropical forest. We will make a walk to the parking lot to make a rowing canoe crossing, we will take a taxi to make a 45-minute tour. Then we walk for 20 minutes to the Quichua bridge and arrive at the Stone Plate. In this walk through the primary forest we will find several species of flora and fauna. With a little luck we can observe monkeys through the trees and lots of birds, which will be detailed by our native guide. We will enjoy a box lunch; after this we move to the viewpoint of the Rayucocha waterfall located in one of the buffer zones of the Sumaco – Napo Galeras National Park.
3rd Day. OPTION B: Wildlife. After breakfast, we will cross the river in paddle canoes, to go downstream where we will embark a motorized canoe, crossing the wonderful Ecuadorian jungle in the waters of the imposing Napo River. The canoe is covered, in case of bad weather, like rain or strong sun.
After lunch, a short boat trip will take you to know how a typical Quichua family lives in its natural and historical environment. You can learn about various aspects of the culture …
Finally, get ready for the alligator watching experience in the lagoon, with our local guides, who know how to find them and their sounds to call them.
In the evening after a delicious dinner and if conditions permit you can enjoy new and exciting nighttime activities. This forest is full of thousands of species and there are wonderful views and sounds for everyone.
4th Day. Chocolate Route. After breakfast, discover why Ecuador is the best place to enjoy chocolate to the fullest. This is a space created to keep alive the ancestral culture of production of fine aroma cocoa, the management of the “chacras” agricultural plantations and the techniques of artisanal elaboration that after their cultivation, drying and grinding will be transformed into a delicious chocolate. Customs used with cocoa beans or “gold nuggets”. Feel how this fruit dominates your senses!
Learn about the native Quichua communities of the east…
We will check out and continue to the city of Tena. Then, we’re returning to Quito city so there we could start our next big adventure, but you’ll need to rest and recover! That’s why you will have a free day in Quito once you arrive. Accommodation.
5th Day Flight Quito – Baltra.
Accommodation in the hotel.Lunch.
In the afternoon a taxi-boat will be taken from the Port, where passengers will be left on the path that leads to Finch Bay Beach, a small, but very beautiful beach of fine sand. Continuing your journey, you will arrive at “Las Grietas”, an impressive rock formation that filters the sea water and gives rise to a huge natural pool of brackish water, an impressive landscape, you can swim among thousands of colorful fish easily visible by the water crystalline Return, dinner and accommodation.
6th DayTortuga Bay Beach.
7:30 am Breakfast. Visit at Tortuga Bay Beach, fine white sand like talcum powder, a turquoise pool, black iguana colonies … the coolest thing in the world.
Lunch and navigation to Isabela Island, room delivery and visit to Playa Grande until the sun goes down. Accommodation and dinner.
7th Day Galápagos Giant Turtles.
06h00 am Breakfast. The tour starts early in the morning, our transport will take you to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the walk lasts approximately 4 hours, most of the trail is flat, with few ups and downs. When you are entering the Volcano, you will realize that it is still active and there are many holes that feel hot when you enter your hand. At the end of the tour you will reach one of the most fascinating viewpoints of this island.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Poza de Flamingos, Puerta del Jeli and Poza Baltazar, until you reach the Arnaldo Tupiza Terrestrial Turtle Breeding Center, here you can see the giant Galápagos turtles from the small to the huge ones of over 150 years old. Dinner and Accommodation.
8th Day Snorkeling.
07:30 am Breakfast, overlooking the Concha De Perla Beach, an incredible place to snorkel, where all passengers will have their snorkeling gear and life jacket. Upon returning to the hotel, your bags will be ready to sail to Santa Cruz. Dinner and accommodation.
9th Day. Full Day on Floreana Island.
Breakfast, FULL DAY NAVIGATION FLOREANA ISLAND. It was one of the first islands to be inhabited, here you can see pink flamingos and nesting sea turtles between December and May. You can also find a small population of the Galápagos penguins. Return to Santa Cruz. Dinner and accommodation.
10th Day. Charles Darwin Research Station.
07:30 am Breakfast. Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Departure to the airport, on the tour there will be a technical stop to visit The Twin Craters, two huge crater holes located at the highest point of the Island, continue your trip to Baltra, flight back to the city of origin.
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