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Ecuador & Its Galápagos Islands with the Amazon 2025

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This exciting cruise vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the “Center of the World.” You’ll also explore one of the oldest streets in Quito to visit with local artists, taste some Ecuadorian chocolate at a chocolate factory, and visit a nature reserve. Before taking to the sea, a highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts for the giant tortoises. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galápagos Islands on the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. Each day venture to a new island which is home to species found nowhere else in the world! You’ll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays.Following your adventure around the Galápagos Islands, continue on to encounter a new set of flora and fauna in the Amazon! From Quito, fly to Coca and travel by canoe to your Amazon lodge for a 3-night stay that includes a rainforest canopy walk, a guided night tour to see the wildlife that comes out at night, cruises through the flooded forest, and spend time with the natives on a visit to a local village and school. A remarkable cruise adventure!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR
    Bienvenido a Ecuador! South America’s Most Biodiverse Country

    Take free time today to relax and prepare for your upcoming Galápagos adventure or walk through the historic city to sample ceviche or helado (Latin-American ice cream). Dine out tonight or ask about the best clubs for music and dancing.

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  2. Day 2
    QUITO
    A Gold Altar, Artistic Avenues, and Two Hemispheres in One Day

    DISCOVERY Travel through the Tandayapa Valley to the Andean Chocó cloud forest and nature reserve. The Alambi Reserve, renowned for bird watching, is home to more than 250 species of birds, including 30 different hummingbirds. While here, visit the hummingbird garden to observe these characteristic birds in their natural habitat.

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city’s historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous, sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You’ll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church—the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture—more than 160 years in the making.

    DISCOVERY Take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda—one of Quito’s oldest streets—with a wealth of artist’s workshops and galleries where you’ll meet local artists and learn about their original works. Later, visit a local chocolate factory for a tour and a tasting to discover why Ecuador is one of the world’s finest chocolate producers.

    CLASSIC Your day in Quito ends with a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo—a monument to the Equator—the “middle of the world.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth’s Equator. Observe the equatorial effects of the dual-spiraling directions of water and balancing eggs on end.

    This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a famed local restaurant with delicious regional cuisine.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    BALTRA–GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (EMBARKATION)–SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
    The Theory of Evolution—and Giant Babies

    This morning, take a flight to the Galápagos Island of Baltra where you’ll embark on your five-day cruise aboard the Treasure of Galápagos.

    DISCOVERY Join your naturalist on a Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station— established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands’ tortoises.

    Later on board your ship, join in a briefing of the next day’s adventures, and enjoy a Captain’s welcome with cocktails and dinner.

    NOTE:
    The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    SANTIAGO ISLAND
    Volcanoes, Marine Life, and Lunar Landscapes

    DISCOVERY This morning, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Take a Naturalist Led Excursion of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island where you will walk on newly formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. You can catch sight of lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galápagos penguin.

    This afternoon, cruise to Bartolomé Island.

    BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND

    Hike the Summit, Snorkel, and Swim

    ACTIVE Take a Guided Hike to Bartolome’s 114-meter summit for spectacular panoramic views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. Later, take a snorkel and swim off the beach here—home to playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, white tip reef sharks, and Galápagos penguins.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
    Masterful Marine Iguanas and Birds of a Different Color

    CLASSIC Take a Naturalist-Led Excursion to see colonies of remarkable bird species, including blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds, and magnificent frigate birds—with its inflated red chest and nearly 7-foot wingspread. Watch for gulls and herons of all assortments.

    ACTIVE Take a Guided Snorkeling Excursion in the aqua blue waters just off North Seymour Island’s shore—teeming with sea lions and amphibious marine iguanas—found only in the Galápagos.

    This afternoon, cruise for the sandy island of Mosquera Islet.

    MOSQUERA ISLET

    A Sea Lion Haven of White Coral Sand

    DISCOVERY Take a Guided Walk on the white coral beaches to the islands’ largest congregation of Galápagos sea lions. You’ll see a wide variety of shore birds reflecting the island’s amazing biodiversity—from the deep-gray lava gull to the yellow-crowned night heron.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND
    Tracing Darwin’s Footsteps and Audubon’s Muses

    DISCOVERY This morning, take a Naturalist-Led Excursion to South Plaza Island to observe wildlife, including sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). You will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon’s shearwaters, and many other species.

    This afternoon, cruise to Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island.

    SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

    Blue Herons, Blue Lagoons, and a Sleeping Lion

    ACTIVE Take a Guided Walk at the site where Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos. See the volcanic remains of magnificent Kicker Rock—also called León Dormido (Sleeping Lion). Walk beside one of the island’s blue lagoons to see a number of migratory birds, including pelicans and great blue herons.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (DISEMBARKATION)–SAN CRISTOBAL–QUITO
    The Geological Genesis of a Magical Archipelago

    DISCOVERY This morning, cruise to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a Naturalist Guided Tour of the San Cristobal Interpretation Center. You’ll learn about the Galápagos’ fascinating volcanic origins, remote location, climate, and the arrival of diverse species that inspire both imagination and science.

    This afternoon, you’ll say farewell to the magical islands of Galápagos and fly to Quito. This evening, spend free time relaxing or enjoy one of Quito’s many fine restaurants.

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    QUITO–COCA–AMAZON
    Fly from Quito to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River to a small tributary where you transfer to a dugout canoe for the remainder of your journey to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the British Isles put together, one hectare of forest boasts almost as many frog species as all of North America, and the great expanse of jungle contains more than 20% of the Earth’s vascular plant species. You can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an 8-pound toad, a spider that eats birds, and the world’s largest snake—the 30-foot-long anaconda.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    AMAZON
    Early this morning, your Naturalist brings you to a parrot clay lick to see parrots, macaws, parakeets, and other species feeding. Next, a walk through the jungle introduces medicinal plants and immense biodiversity that have been used by native cultures for hundreds of years. Tonight, accompany your Naturalist on a night walk or canoe ride to discover creatures rarely seen during the day—you many even spot a caiman or two!

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    AMAZON
    This morning, depart on a Napo River cruise through the flooded forest in search of the varied wildlife. Here, you will have a good chance of seeing troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and maybe even the incredibly well-camouflaged 3-toed sloth. Later, visit a local community, school, and village, and spend some time with the natives to learn about their culture and way of life. Finish your day fishing for piranhas or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters—the less brave can send their guide in first.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    AMAZON–COCA–QUITO
    Depart by canoe this morning in search of monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca for your flight to Quito.

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    QUITO
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Maximum elevation on tour: 9,200 ft.

The ship’s itinerary may vary according to water levels, National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
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Accommodations

Land/Cruise price includes the Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($220 value).

Price is per person based on double room occupancy. Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

Call for single accommodation details and prices. Triple rooms are not available.

Quito: Swissotel
This contemporary hotel is located in the commercial district of Quito, minutes away from historical Old Town. The hotel offers a wide variety of dining with six restaurants and two bars. Other features include a luxury spa, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, tennis and racquetball courts, beauty salon, gift shop, and business center.
Address:
12 de Octubre 1820 y Luis Cordero
Quito , Ecuador
Coca: Napo Wildlife Center
The Napo Wildlife Center Amazon Lodge is the ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, two parrot clay licks, two canopy towers, boutique, library, Internet, and laundry service.
Address:
Río Yaupi N 31-90 y AV. Mariana de Jesus
Coca , Ecuador

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
3
Professional Staff
3
Repeat with Operator
3
Value for Money
3

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The staffs were exceptional and helpful. The Galapagos catamaran had material problems and hot water was spotty and uncertain. The chef tried but fell short. Much more snorkeling than advertised was provided but most accepted the change. The Napo Wildlife center was a first class operation on every respect. Staff , accommodations, amenities, activities and food outstanding. The Swishotel in Quito was a great hotel and a good choice. Tipping guidelines we were given said said tipping in Quito was covered in tour price. The people providing services in Quito did not seem to understand that being the case. That was a little uncomfortable to all. Overall a good tour. Thanks.

Isabella II was not a luxury ship as described. There were also some concerns with knowing each day's schedule. Tour leader in Quito was great as was the staff at Napo Wildlife Center.

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