La Selva Lodge Hotel

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The nineteen suite La Selva Lodge lies in a rainforest paradise overlooking the glassy waters of Lake Garzacocha and bordered by Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. A pioneer of the first Amazonian eco-lodges in Ecuador, the breezy, stylish cabanas are inspired by native bamboo designs. Guests experience vibrant wildlife at every turn, whether dining on fine cuisine at the restaurant, sipping cocktails made from fresh fruit, or relaxing to nature’s serenade at La Selva’s award-winning open-air spa. Photograph animals seen nowhere else on guided tours, or from the top of the lodge’s newly constructed Observation Tower.

SPA WITH A VIEW

Named in Fodor’s “World’s Top 15 Spas With a View,” La Selva was completely remodeled in 2012 and has since become the premier eco lodge in Ecuador. Guests receive soothing care within the spa’s open-air, screened rooms with views across Lake Garzacocha. Located near the resort’s butterfly farm, exotic butterflies often make an appearance. Yoga classes on the spa deck provide a chance to see many of lake’s monkeys, jumping fish, and caiman.

TOWERING RAINFOREST

The newest feature at the lodge is the 38-meter observation tower hovering high above the forest floor. Sturdily made from sustainable steel, the large and spacious platform presents prime opportunities to see and photograph the many species of wildlife that make this area home. More types of birds reside here than in any other region of Ecuador, even more than both the USA and Canada combined.

Guests also have the opportunity to get out into the rainforest through guided tours. Visit colorful parrots where they gather to eat salty clay. Meet several indigenous communities near the lodge to learn about their way of life. Handle endangered Charapa Turtles and set them free into the wild. Come nightfall, grab a flashlight and see the forest and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere or hop into a canoe as guides spotlight caimans, bats, owls and more.

Ideal forthose looking for a land-based Amazon adventure with top guides and diverse flora and fauna

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highlights

  • Named Fodor's “World's Top 15 Spas With A View”; Full spa services including massages, facials, and Amazonian Baths with almond oil and indigenous herbs, or Silk Baths--a total-body exfoliation with honey and brown sugar
  • 38-meter observation tower with full panoramic views of the rainforest and Lake Garzacocha
  • Suites constructed from sustainable bamboo plantations
  • Restaurant with panoramic views of the lake, serving both native and international cuisine made from local, fresh ingredients
  • Guided tours through the Amazon on foot, by canoe and kayak, to see wildlife and meet local communities

rooms

  • Family Suite: King bed and two double beds; Private porch with outdoor tub; Hammock; Ceiling Fan; Private bathroom
  • Superior Suite: King bed or two double beds; Private balcony; Rainforest shower; Luxury bed linens; Private bathroom; Ceiling Fan; Panoramic views
  • Scenic Suite: King bed or two double beds; Private balcony; Rainforest shower; Luxury bed linens; Private bathroom; Ceiling Fan; Panoramic views

services

  • Spa
  • Yoga
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Observation tower
  • Guided tours

Napo Wildlife Center Hotel

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At the edge of the great Añangu lake, surrounded by pristine rainforest, rests Napo Wildlife Center, one of Ecuador’s most beloved ecolodges. As the only lodge located inside the mesmerizingly diverse Yasuni National Park, guests experience Ecuador’s rich, extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture unlike anywhere else. Designed for nature lovers, this luxury lodge offers guests the chance to escape into the most most biodiverse place on the planet.

BUILT BY NATIVE HANDS

The most luxurious eco lodge in the Amazon was built by the indigenous Kichwa Añangu community. Providing spacious, large cabins with solar energy panels and water purification systems, the lodge is dedicated to both environmental and cultural preservation. Napo Cultural Center offers an unforgettable experience to meet the Kichwa Añangu community, taste their flavorful cuisine, and share ancestral rites like the “guayusada” ceremony, and Kichwa Catamaran, which emulates ancient forms of trade in the Amazon.

STEP INTO THE WILDERNESS

To get to Napo Wildlife Center, guests journey along the Añangu’s black-water creek by boat under the shaded canopy of the rainforest.

Guests have the chance to see over 600 bird species and hundreds of others like monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, endangered giant otters, turtles, and so many others that make this area of the world home.

From the lodge, guests are treated to guided hikes throughout the forest, and canoe tours along the surrounding waterways. Evening paddle boat rides offer an excellent opportunity to safely get close to black caimans, night monkeys, and others along the edges of the lake. Climb to the top of the lodge’s 40-meter observation tower for the best views of the Amazon.

Ideal fortravelers interested in staying inside one of Ecuador's most pristine Amazon areas, which is great for observing parrots and wildlife

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highlights

  • Guided hikes and canoe tours through the rainforest and along the Añangu lake
  • 40-meter observation tower providing full panoramic views of the rainforest
  • Interactive tours with the Kichwa Añangu community, including traditional cuisine and ancestral ceremonies
  • Eco-lodge dedicated to sustainability with solar panels, water purification systems, and cultural preservation

rooms

  • Luxury cabins: King-sized and twin-sized bed; Ceiling fan; Safety deposit box; Private balcony with views of Lake Añangu

services

  • Restaurant featuring local and international cuisine
  • Bar
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Laundry Service
  • Cultural center
  • Boutique with native-made crafts and art

Sacha Lodge Hotel

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Deep in the Amazon, on a pristine 5,000-acre ecological reserve, hides the luxurious eco-friendly Sacha Lodge. Hidden amongst the trees, built directly upon Pilchicocha Lake, the dense wildlife creates a vibrant backdrop and magical curtain into another world. Walk high above the rainforest canopy, paddle the riverways as colorful birds fly overhead and monkeys leap through trees. See the most biodiverse region on the planet from the lavish comforts of the lodge’s suites, built snugly into the jungle’s grandeur. Dine al fresco on a flavorful gourmet menu, looking at the immensity of the stars, listening to the calls of the wild.

BLEND INTO THE WILDERNESS

Designed to blend seamlessly into its surroundings, the lodge is like just another part of the forest. The Balsa, Spanish for “raft,” is the heart of the Sacha Lodge experience. A covered al fresco lounge with breathtaking views of Pilchicocha Lake, it’s the perfect place to read a book with a glass of wine, spot birds, caiman, and giant otters, or watch the crimson sunsets and tremendous thunderstorms. Meals are served in the airy restaurant, windows open, where guests can dine listening to the cicadas.

Using fresh, sustainable ingredients, the chef prepares a la carte meals to delight the tastes of a world traveler while satisfying the appetite of an adventurer. Menus change daily, and often include the ever popular Amazonian paiche fish. Settle into the safari-style bamboo bar, serving wine, spirits, and classic cocktails created by a master barman.

THE AMAZON AWAITS

Adventure is a given at Sacha Lodge. Each acre along the banks of the Napo River has more biodiversity than the whole of North America. Cross the rainforest across a bridge 100 feet over the treetops. Step onto the 135-foot observation tower, built on the highest branches of a giant kapok tree. Take a short canoe trip down the Napo to the edge of Yasuní National Park to witness hundreds of parrots, or take a night-time expedition to find caimans on the lake. Under cover of darkness, take a canoe onto the water, lit only by the stars and the light of a guide’s flashlight.

All programs and itineraries are tailor-made and flexible to each guest’s needs and interests.

Ideal fortravelers looking to stay in a primary Amazon rainforest sanctuary with canopy walk, birdwatching tower, and amazing wildlife

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highlights

  • Tailor-made guided tours of the jungle, canoe trips, night excursions, and overnight programs led by expert guides
  • Al fresco lounge area serving a la carte meals made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients
  • Plunge pool, protected by a mesh cage, allows safe swimming in Pilchicocha Lake
  • Rooms sealed against insects, and a mostly bug-free zone due to the black-water lake sediment
  • Turtle rescue program: adopt and name a baby turtle and release it into the wild
  • World-class bird-watching experts who know the best spots for those hard-to-find species
  • Largest butterfly farm in Ecuador with over 40 species
  • Shipati Warmi project, an initiative run by and for women of the Providencia community of Yasuní: learn about their daily lives in the jungle, taste their delicious foods, even learn how to shoot a blow gun

rooms

  • Room: Single, double, or triple accommodations; Screened against insects; Ceiling fans
  • Family suite: Two double beds; Private bathroom; Floor-to-ceiling windows in some; Screened against insects; Ceiling fans

services

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Canopy walk
  • Observation deck
  • Personalized guided tours
  • Bilingual staff
  • WiFi
  • Rubber boots and rain ponchos available for all guests
  • Laundry
  • Eco-friendly
  • Responsible, sustainable fishing practices
  • Highly knowledgeable, caring, and personalized guides from local communities dedicated to conservation, education, and guest comfort
  • Activities for children

Hacienda Zuleta Hotel

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Lying in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador is the historic Hacienda Zuleta. This colonial working farm, dating from the late 16th century, was named Outside magazine’s “Top Ten Finds” in the world, and one of National Geographic Traveler’s best Ecuador Hotel. Guests are treated to hospitality filled with intimacy and warmth reminiscent of a century’s past. This eco lodge offers guests the chance to revel in the mountain’s beautiful mystique, walk amongst ancient Caranqui sites, and dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine prepared from organic ingredients grown right on the hacienda’s soil.

A FRESHLY MADE TABLE

As a recognized South American ecolodge, Zuleta takes pride in its beautiful organic garden, which produces vegetables, herbs, and fruits that wind up right on guests’ plates. The hundreds of Holstein Friesian cows produce the milk used to make the wide variety of Ecuadorian cheese, cream, and yogurt for Zuleta’s own creamery. Guests are invited to view the whole process, from cow milking, to cheese making.

LAND MADE FOR HORSES

Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit, however the specialty is horseback riding. Housing nearly 100 horses, from pure Andalusians to polo horses, horses are the mode of transportation for workers inside and outside the hacienda. Guests enjoy horse tours through the scenic Andean mountains, and a horse drawn carriage for trips on the hacienda grounds.

The hotel also offers mountain bikes and knowledgeable guidance on hikes through the surrounding wilderness.

PRESERVING CULTURES, THEN AND NOW

Mr. Galo Plaza lasso, a former president of Ecuador, bought the hacienda more than 100 years ago. Still owned by the Plaza family, Zuleta’s 4,000 acres provides a sanctuary for the best preserved relics of the ancient Caranqui culture. There are over 100 small mounds dating back to 700 A.D. and several large remnants of pyramids dating to 1200 A.D.

Ideal forthose seeking an excellent eco-lodge experience that's close to both cultural and scenic hotspots of the Ecuadorian Andes

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highlights

  • Working hacienda with its own organic vegetable garden and creamery
  • Horseback riding through the Andes
  • Acres of ancient Caranqui archaeological sites

rooms

  • Junior Suites: King bed or two twin beds; Antique decorations; Fireplace; Authentic hand embroidered linens; Garden and mountain views. Some have access to private gardens, terraces, or a courtyard
  • Deluxe Room: Queen bed or two twin beds; Antique decorations; Fireplace; Authentic hand embroidered linens; Garden and mountain views. Some have access to private gardens, terraces, or a courtyard
  • Standard Room: Queen bed; Antique decorations; Fireplace; Authentic hand embroidered linens; Garden and mountain views. Some have access to private gardens, terraces, or a courtyard

services

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Tours of the working creamery
  • Barn with farm animals
  • Stables filled with over 100 horses
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Organic vegetable gardens
  • Movies and games
  • Satellite television
  • Wifi

Anakonda

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The Anakonda is the only luxury boutique cruise of Ecuador’s untamed Amazon. Leisurely cruising an area of astounding biodiversity and exotic wildlife, Anakonda accommodates 40 passengers in true decadence. A charming 45 meter (148 ft) riverboat, she features an expansive observation deck complete with reclining chairs, as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi of refreshingly cool water. The al fresco lounge is ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. Outstanding cuisine is served to you either on the outdoor terrace or from the spacious indoor dining room, and boasts a fusion of irresistible tropical delights, Ecuadorian dishes rich in Amazonian ingredients and perfectly crafted classics of International origin. When not out exploring on an excursion, you might relax in the plush lounge areas or the large and comfortable bed of your cabin. The Anakonda has 14 standard cabins and 4 slightly larger Deluxe Suites with their own Jacuzzi baths and private balconies from which to enjoy the spectacular starry skies.

WINNER OF THE 2016 WORLD TRAVEL AWARD

Proud winner of the 2016 World Travel Award as South America’s Leading Boutique Cruise, the Anakonda offers a one of a kind journey. Her expert naturalist guides and special travel concierge excel in providing you a personalized cruise experience. Excursions take you into the heart of the Yasuni National park, home to Indigenous tribes and extraordinary wildlife including jaguars, monkeys, iguanas and, of course, anacondas! Enjoy an afternoon of kayaking, or on a longer itinerary, you could spend a night glamping in the jungle for an even closer and more intimate glimpse into the unparalleled diversity of flora and fauna (please note that glamping incurs additional cost).

FLOOR to CEILING WINDOWS

The Anankonda winds its way through the upper basins of the Napo and Aguarico Rivers that border Limoncocha Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park, Ecuador’s largest protected animal reserve. Offering an opportunity to see the Amazonian Basin of the Ecuadorian Rainforest from a place of optimal comfort and style, all cabins are graced with air-conditioning and fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows for unrestricted viewing of the unforgettable scenery.

Ideal forthose looking for a first-class yacht experience in the Amazon -- also a great adventure to combine with a Galapagos program

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
40
Number of Cabins:
18
Facilities:
Al fresco dining, bar, boutique, conference room, dining room, library, jacuzzi, observation deck
Length:
148 ft
Speed:
12 knots
All cabins feature:
Private bathroom with air conditioning and hot water
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

Itineraries

Journey to Ecuador

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this comprehensive two-week adventure of Ecuador’s Andes mountains, Galapagos islands, and Amazonia. What could be better than exploring the Andes–Western World’s highest peaks–then snorkeling with sea lions and experiencing the legendary exotic wildlife and geology that has inspired scientists and naturalists for nearly 200 years. Then conclude with a journey deep into Amazon jungle, where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive in Quito

Welcome to Ecuador! On arrival in Quito, you are greeted at the international airport by your local English-speaking guide and privately transferred to your boutique hotel in the historical city center.

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

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Quito

Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you are met at your hotel for a half-day private guided excursion.

Activity Options:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insiders look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback riding in high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

Meals B

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Galapagos Islands

This morning, take your private transfer to Quito airport for flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos (via Guayaquil)

Be met at Baltra airport by your naturalist guide and transfer to embark your boat to begin your 5D/4N cruise through the Galapagos Islands! This afternoon, enjoy your first Galapagos excursion to one of the islands.

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or Coral yachts

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands

Over the next three days, explore the Galapagos by boat with daily morning and afternoon landings and excursions.

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or Coral yachts

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands / Lodge Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy your last morning excursion of your Galapagos cruise. While the other cruise guests take their return flight back to the mainland, you are met by your private naturalist guide at Baltra airport and to be transferred across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island.

Enjoy lunch in town and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before transferring to your new home base for your Galapagos land program. Spend the rest of afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight Options:

The Safari Camp has a circuit that takes you up two natural volcanic formations and viewpoints, where you’ll appreciate much of the native flora of the area, including scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo, and get acquainted with the finches, warblers, fly-catchers, Galapagos Doves, and with any luck, the Galapagos Rail. End the day with a sunset cocktail, followed by dinner.


Pikaia Lodge offers guided tours of their very own wild great tortoise reserve. Or wonder along the white sand beaches, or check into the Sumaq Spa for some relaxation and pampering.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Activity Options:

• Specially custom designed program highlight the interests of your family such as special nature
• Full-day shared scuba diving excursion from Puerto Ayora. Visit two dive sites (TBD), with maximum 1 hour immersion at each
• Visit and tour of farm with two natural volcanic formations where you can observe the native plants and wildlife
• Tortoise Reserve visit to see giant tortoises roaming the ponds; visit nearby lava tunnels as well
• Visit Cerro Mesa that offers dramatic views and has the largest crater on Santa Cruz. After lunch, visit Garrapatero beach: mangroves, black lava, white sand, busy coastal bird life, small pink flamingo lagoon; kayaking and mountain biking excursions also available on request

This evening, return to your lodge for relaxation time and dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Early in the morning, visit a Giant Galapagos Tortoise reserve with your private guide (this is a different reserve from the one visited during cruise). Then, continue to an organic coffee farm to learn more about sustainable farming in the Galapagos and to sample some local coffee. Afterwards, you are driven to the eastern part of the island for a hike at Cerro Mesa. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. Following lunch, explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional here as well.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Day10

Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Activity Options:

• With your private guide, hike to Puntudo and Cerro Crocker or Media Luna (this is a more demanding hike but offers great views and amazing wildlife; highest point on the island and great for birdwatching). Continue to Puerto Ayora for lunch, followed by snorkeling at Las Grietas or a one-mile walk at Tortuga Bay with swimming and relaxation time.
• Scuba diving excursion
• Sea kayaking or snorkeling excursion with private guide

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands / Quito

On your last day, have a leisurely morning or take a sunrise walk on the property before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Flight Baltra, Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)

Airport reception at Quito airport upon arrival.

Overnight Wyndham Airport Hotel

Meals B

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Amazon Adventure

Today, begin your 4D/3N Amazon program of your choice. See options below.

Accommodation Options:

La Selva Lodge - one of the leading Amazon lodges


Napo Wildlife Center - lodge inside Tupinini National Park


Sacha Lodge - fabulous lodge for birdwatching and wildlife observation


Mashpi Lodge - Luxury lodge on private 3,000-acre cloud forest reserve (3-day Amazon program only for this option)

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

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Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon

Spend today exploring the cloud forest around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Activity Options:

Nature walks

Canopy observation tower or sky bike

Visit butterfly farm or bird clay lick

Waterfall hikes

Nocturnal excursions

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

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Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon

Enjoy a second full day exploring the cloud forest around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Activity Options:

Nature walks

Canopy observation tower or sky bike

Visit butterfly farm or bird clay lick

Waterfall hikes

Nocturnal excursions

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

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Depart Quito

After lunch at your lodge, return to Quito.

Day use of hotel, or overnight in Quito if your flight departs the following day.

Note: If you select Mashpi for your Amazon program, your return to Quito would be a day earlier (return to Quito on day 14).

Meals B

Journey to Ecuador’s Amazon

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this impressive mix of Ecuador’s Andes mountains and the Amazon jungle. What could be better than going directly to the Andes, the Western World’s highest peaks with rich coffee plantations? Then, we take you deep into the Amazon jungle where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever. You can’t help but feel you are at the very center of the natural world.

Stay in historic haciendas

Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at family-friendly restaurants

Explore vibrant local markets

Explore the rich sights and sounds of pristine jungle from the comfort of an Amazon lodge

Visit a parrot clay lick to view spectacular wildlife such as Giant Otters

View spectacular wildlife in the unparalleled Amazonian rainforest of Yasuni National Park

Ideal for families with tailor-made experiences

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Itinerary

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Day1

Quito

Welcome to Ecuador!

Airport reception at Quito Airport upon arrival and private transfer to your hotel in the city’s historical center.

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

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Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country's finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B

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Exploring the Amazon

In the morning, take your private transfer back to Quito airport for your flight to Coca, gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon.

On arrival in the Amazon, transfer to the dock to embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down the great Napo River (approx. one hour) to board the Anakonda Amazon. An evening walk is organized after sunset to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B, D

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Exploring the Amazon

Continue downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip upriver (1hr) to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and much more. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, and white caiman. After a refreshing swim, enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on trails and return onboard for dinner.

Overnight Overnight: Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Amazon

Weather permitting, set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks. Unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets every day. Later, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center where Kichwa women speak about their customs, cuisine and everyday life. Have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs. After lunch, visit the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center before concluding your day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (dependant on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

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Quito / Ecuadorian Highlands

In the morning, disembark the Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1hr) for your return flight to Quito.

Flight: Coca to Quito (40 min)

Upon arrival in Quito, meet your guide for your private transfer into the northern highlands, where you will spend the next few tranquil days. The drive is approx. 1.5-2 hours and your guide will introduce you to the cultural and historical context of this rich area of the country along the way.

At Hacienda Zuleta, you are welcomed by staff and shown around the property. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy some activities on the property.

Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit; however, the specialty is horseback riding. Housing nearly 100 horses, from pure Andalusians to polo horses, horses are the mode of transportation for workers inside and outside the hacienda. Guests enjoy horse tours through the scenic Andean mountains, and a horse drawn carriage for trips on the hacienda grounds. The hotel also offers mountain bikes and knowledgeable guidance on hikes through the surrounding wilderness.

Optional Activities:

Horseback riding

Horse drawn carriage rides

Mountain biking

Hiking / nature walks

Learn about everyday farm activities (i.e. cheese production)

Cooking Class

Embroidery Class

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

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Ecuadorian Highlands

Spend the full day at Hacienda Zuleta, relaxing or enjoying the many activities offered on the property. Hundreds of winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration.

The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Optional Activities:

Horseback riding

Horse drawn carriage rides

Mountain biking

Hiking / nature walks

Learn about everyday farm activities (i.e. cheese production)

Cooking Class

Embroidery Class

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

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Ecuadorian Highlands

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, depart the hacienda to visit some highlights of the northern highlands en route back to Quito. Customize your afternoon to your interests. Dinner and overnight at a hotel near Quito airport.

Activity Options:

Visit Inca sites and ruins

Visit the colorful Otavalo artisan market, famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries

See and learn about the local Zuleta culture and their mastery of a special weaving technique

Visit the country’s foremost Condor restoration project and learn why this is the national bird of the Andean cultures and country

Overnight Overnight: Su Merced ­(or similar)

Meals B,L,D

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Departure

In the morning or afternoon, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight home, or continue your trip to the Galapagos or Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Meals B

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

This 13-day adventure combines the best of mainland Ecuador private tour with colorful artisan markets and mountainous recreation with the mesmerizing wonder of cruising the Galapagos Islands. Begin in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital perched high in the Andean foothills and constructed on an ancient Incan city. Tour this UNESCO World Heritage site with visits to renowned museums of pre-Columbian art. Retreat to the mountain sanctuary of Hacienda where winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration. The second half of your journey includes a yacht cruise around the Galapagos, bounding with opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and explore volcanic craters, lava tunnels and impressive seabird colonies. This expertly crafted itinerary covers all the highlights in an ambience of romantic luxury, artisanal character and pioneer adventuring.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador!

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately escorts you to your hotel, primely located in the historical center of Quito. The Hotel Plaza Grande is a restored, Spanish Colonial Mansion offering exclusive lodging in lavishly decorated suites.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

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Walking Tour of Quito

The morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

In the afternoon, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Quito’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a visit to the El Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Otavalo Market / Hacienda Zuleta

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, take your private transfer to Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador’s northern highlands. On the way, visit the traditional artisan market in Otavalo, which is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles, and tapestries. Other highlights are available according to your personal interest.

Lunch is included in the Otavalo area. Upon arrival at Zuleta, representatives will introduce you to the property and all the activities on offer. Take time to relax and explore before a delicious dinner.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Enjoying Hacienda Zuleta

Spend two full days at Hacienda Zuleta (with private guide), enjoying the property and its array of activities, including hiking, horseback riding (extra cost), biking (extra cost for bike rental) and nature walks. The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito to Baltra, Galapagos Islands

After breakfast at the Hacienda, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Welcome to the Galapagos!

Guides from the Pikaia Lodge meet you at the airport and take you to the Itabaca Channel for a 7-minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge. Check-in at the lodge, then enjoy lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Take time to relax and familiarize yourselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or taking a swim in the infinity pool. An afternoon briefing will introduce you to the following days’ activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and the Galapagos Islands.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Today, enjoy a full-day yacht excursions to neighboring islands, Punta Carrion and South Plazas, aboard the Sea Finch.

This morning, you have the option of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you might observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom.

Located a few hundred meters away from the eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving both a uniquely tilted tabletop quality. Disembark on South Plazas where a colony of sea lions greet visitors. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. The trail gradually leads towards the southern cliff of the island where you may observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Land Exploration

Each morning, Pikaia Lodge plans exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on conditions, you might visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Enjoy a full-day yacht exploration aboard the Sea Finch to neighboring islands, North Seymour and Bachas Beach.

North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event that created its low lying, flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in cliff ledges that sit only meters above the shoreline and a forest of Palo Santo trees lie just above the landing site. The islands are known for emblematic fauna, including sea lions, land iguanas and blue-footed boobies. As the scenic trail turns inland, dynamically active colonies of both “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds engage in courtship displays. The males sport magnificent and ballooned throats, accentuated by their impressive wing spans, which can reach up to 9 feet!

Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, is the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming or simply kicking back to enjoy the soft, white sands. Several brackish lagoons lie only a few steps away from the sea are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to the iconic flamingos.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Baltra / Quito, Mainland Ecuador

After a leisurely morning and delicious breakfast, check out of the lodge and take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Quito: Half-day Tour

This morning, your guide picks you up for your half-day, privately guided tour in Quito. Begin with a visit to the Guayasamin Museum. This compound is a museum dedicated to one of Ecuador’s most famous artists, Oswaldo Guayasamin. Tour his home, a gallery of his artwork, and a museum depicting life in Ecuador. Afterwards, take the Teleferico (cable car) up the slope of Pichincha Volcano for a spectacular, panoramic view of the city and, on a clear day, the surrounding volcanoes. Your guide drops you off at your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax or explore further at your leisure.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Quito / Optional Day Tour

Today is yours to explore Quito at your leisure. Additional day trips to Nono Cloud Forest or the Antisana Ecological Reserve, for example, are available at an extra cost.

In the evening, transfer to Quito airport for your international flights back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Best of Galapagos & Ecuador for Families

World-renowned as Darwin’s playground, the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos are home to one of the most remarkable wildlife viewing experiences on Earth, having evolved with absolutely no fear of human visitors. This expertly crafted itinerary delivers an entertaining, engaging and safe adventure for families of all ages–children to grandparents and everything in between! Discover the Galapagos by land and sea on an immersive land safari and eight-day luxury yacht cruise aboard the 16-passenger Integrity. Spend two nights in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in luxury African-style safari tents; during the day, enjoy personalized excursions into the islands. Then, don your sea legs for a full week of Galapagos exploration by boat, visiting highlights such as Isabela Island (the largest in the archipelago), Fernandina Island (the youngest island); and some of the gems in the Eastern Islands. Snorkel with sea turtles and other marine life; learn about unique flora, fauna and geology; swim with playful sea lions and kayak along wildlife-rich mangroves and into secluded coves. Return to the mainland for an authentic, upscale hacienda experience on a working local farm, brimming with the vibrant culture of the Ecuadorian Andes.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

After a meet and greet at the international airport, transfer with your guide to your hotel, primely situated in downtown Guayaquil, a port city of colorful houses and a waterfront promenade known as the gateway to sweeping Pacific beaches and the famed Galapagos.

The deluxe Hotel Oro Verde is teaming with authentic Ecuadorian hospitality and with five gourmet onsite restaurants, a wide array of culinary delights await. Rooms feature hardwood or tile floors, plush bedding and exquisite bathrooms, all of which make this sanctuary complete with a spa, fitness center and outdoor pool and hot tub, the perfect place to unwind after your flight and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Overnight Hotel Oro Verde or similar

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Flight to Galapagos Islands

After breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport in Guayaquil for an exciting flight to the Galapagos Islands, a World Heritage Site full of exotic surprises!

Flight Duration 1 hr 55Ms approximately.

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, your guide will warmly greet you and escort you to your hotel, the Galapagos Safari Camp, where an otherworldly family adventure awaits. Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, this stylish camp allows your family to reconnect with nature while enjoying a very flexible and personalized program. Stay in the comfort luxury safari tents, or for added privacy and space, rent out the three-bedroom family suite. A panoramic lodge, an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees, a farm and a seasonal kids club makes this the perfect base from which to creating exciting memories for the whole family.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp Adventures

In an environment characterized by volcanic craters, exotic plants, lava tubes, white sand, turquoise waters, abundant birds and giant tortoises you truly cannot go wrong no matter which adventure you choose. The Galapagos Safari Camp offers an array of activities into this enchanted landscape, including a yacht trip to an uninhabited island, or a day on a private boat with local fisherman, or a naturalist guide to lead you in an exploration of the coastline. Perhaps you fancy snorkeling, sea kayaking or mountain biking, the choice is yours! Arts and crafts activities with a local artist are a great option for crafty kids.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Embark Galapagos Cruise

You are already awed by the exotic beauty surrounding you and today it is about to get even more exciting as a private transfer escorts you from the Safari Camp to Puerto Ayora to board your 7-night expedition cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos aboard the yacht Integrity. Like true adventurers, you will retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on this 8-day cruise to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. At the varied stops, enjoy panga rides to different islands, wildlife watching, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and hiking.

Superb naturalists explain the history of these islands while pointing out unique wildlife at every turn. Dine on exquisite traditional cuisine, relax on the sun deck or in the jacuzzi, and nestle into your spacious stateroom. With its state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity carries you through Darwin’s islands more smoothly than any other yacht.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Cruise: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

The Galapagos is such an ecologically unique place, seeped in the history of Darwin’s discoveries, that an educational visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz islands are an ideal stop-over before embarking on your cruise. Here lies the opportunity to see giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat of lush vegetation. In a forest of native daisy trees, watch vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against the emerald green backdrop where Darwin’s finches reside.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about conservation and research efforts and the refuge for tortoises and iguanas.

Board the Integrity just in time to set sail as you sit for a gourmet meal specially crafted from local ingredients.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Floreana Island

This morning you will awaken to the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island, next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other diverse water birds. Today’s highlights include a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf and a snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Next, stop at the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century. Leave a postcard, or take a postcard to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Afterwards, head into the highlands to visit a collection of tortoises and learn about the island’s ghostly human history at Wittmer Caves. End the day with a walk along Black Beach followed by an onboard barbecue as the sun sets.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows and past numerous prickly pear cacti. The area is dotted with numerous oases of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of wildlife, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.

In the golden light of afternoon, a comfortable skiff will carry you through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay past mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Don’t forget to watch the waters for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish inhabiting the lagoons.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island is a visually stunning landscape. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours and this is the legacy. Walk along the skeletal coral gardens, now home to lizards, mockingbirds and large, colorful land iguanas. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises from the highlands nest in the warm sands of the bay.

The peninsula of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine of the Galápagos. Upon landing, an abundance of marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs litter the sands like drops of paint. Walk out onto the lava flow where, along the sandy shore, you can see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and numerous lounging sea lions.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, sits to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers, whose names are literally carved into the rock. A short, steep hike takes you to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. The cove is an excellent place to view tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes even the woodpecker finch.

At Punta Vincente Roca, the large cave and caldera wall are impressive geological formations that provide a beautiful backdrop for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. A calm, gathering area for sea turtles, the area makes for superb snorkeling full of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and a myriad of other sea life.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santiago Island

This morning, you will reach a fork in the road! Choose from two trails of Puerto Egas, the first meanders along the coast to an inlet where shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and marine iguanas and sea lions abound. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds soar and dance.

Afterwards, sink your toes into the red sands of Espumilla Beach, a sea turtle nesting site. Hike inland to a small lagoon where many land birds fly overhead, including Galápagos hawks. Along the coast, snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to amazing underwater geologic formations where sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks are to be found.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at the exquisite white sands of Bachas Beach.“Bachas” is so named due to the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines still visible today. More striking are the resident flamingos that reside at the small lagoons just over the dune.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, an area also home to three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons. This is the perfect last chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour island to visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the area.

Sit back and marvel at your last sunset at sea, glancing back at the iguanas and sea lions lounging on the shores, and you, alive with memory and adventure inside!

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Disembark / Balta Island / Return Flight

Enjoy breakfast onboard the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island, where you will join your flight back to the mainland.

Fly from Baltra to Quito, Ecuador. Duration 3 hours (with short layover in Guayaquil)

Upon arrival at the airport, you are transferred two hours to your lodge.

Dating from the 16th century, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountains range on a charming, private farm. The atmosphere is one of warmth, characterized by antique gardens, cozy living and reading rooms, and a fireplace in each of the tastefully decorated bedrooms. The homey feeling is accentuated by the Plaza family themselves; who welcome you with their natural warmth and hospitality to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Hacienda Activities (near Otavalo)

Miles of meandering roads through lush pasture land, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking. Hacienda has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area. Whether it’s bird watching, hiking, mountain biking or a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage, the choice is yours!

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito City Tour

After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to your Hotel in Quito, a world renowned World Heritage Site. A half-day private city tour will lead you to exquisite churches, museums and picturesque neighborhoods filled with cobblestone streets, Spanish architecture and impressive plazas.

Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Situated in the heart of Quito’s historical center and surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings, the Hotel Plaza Grande combines vintage taste with modern details. Furnished with fine woods and in a style beckoning Colonial Spanish times, the suites will transport you through time with all the luxury amenities of today!

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande (or similar)

Meals B

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Depart Ecuador

Today, your visit to the Galapagos and Ecuador comes to an end. Relax and reminisce on your flight home, or perhaps fly onto other adventures if the allure of the unexplored has caught your spirit forever!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Amazon Cruise – Anakonda

Travel aboard the

Anakonda

Journey into the endless web of biodiversity aboard a highly comfortable, state-of- the-art vessel through the Yasuní (Ecuador’s largest National Park), a wild and untamed realm in the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Climb observation towers for bird’s eye views of the canopy, explore black water tributaries escorted by otters and turtles, and hike trails while learning about the fascinating flora and fauna that inhabits this region. The 40-guest luxury Anakonda features floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins, an expansive observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi, al fresco lounge and fantastic cuisine.

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Itinerary

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Quito / Coca / Napo River

Depart Quito on a short 30-minute flight to the frontier town of El Coca (Francisco de Orellana) and transfer to the dock, where you embark a motorized canoe and navigate down river for an hour to board the Anakonda.

Following a safety evacuation drill, your journey will be underway. Settle into your suite and acquaint yourself with the vessel’s spacious social areas and observation deck.

A local naturalist guide boards the Anakonda to share an introductory presentation about the Ecuadorian Amazon. Following this talk, enjoy dinner beneath a mesmerizing sunset. An evening walk is organized after sunset, giving you an opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity while listening to the incessant sounds of nature.

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Panacocha’s Biological Corridor

Continuing downstream to the Pañayacu River Delta, take a canoe trip up river to explore this reserve.

Upon reaching the Pañacocha Lake (Piranha Lake, in native language Quechua) marvel at the unique creatures that inhabit this area: squirrel monkeys and, of course, the infamous Piranhas. Pañacocha’s Lake ecosystem offers the perfect habitat for the Piranha, as well as water monkey fish and the White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and refreshing beverages at a nearby campsite. This afternoon, head out for a trail walk before returning onboard for dinner.

This evening, listen to a briefing delivered by your local guides, who are always happy to answer questions and provide thorough explanations and stories.

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Sani Warmi / Yasuni National Park

After breakfast on board, weather permitting, you witness natural phenomenon as we set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacle located on this side of the western Amazonia, known as Parrot Clay Licks. These unique pools of mud are rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazon birds every day.

Later, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center where a group of Kichwa women speak about their customs, cuisine and daily life. These women developed this center to showcase and share their culture, giving visitors a window into Amazonian life along the Napo River. Handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs are available for purchase.

Enjoy lunch on board as the boat navigates to Puerto Pedro. Weather permitting, you can take a short excursion to the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre.

Prior to sunset, visit the Añangu Tower for some outstanding photographic and bird watching opportunities.

Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon ends here as you begin your trip back to Itaya. Enjoy a farewell cocktail with the staff to celebrate your last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Coca / Quito

This morning, disembark the Anakonda in Itaya and transfer by motorized canoe to El Coca (one hour ride). From Coca, fly to Quito, Ecuador.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.