Ecuador: Amazonas to Galapagos

Ecuador: Amazonas to Galapagos Tour

Ecuador: Amazonas to Galapagos

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From $3,025USD

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Guided

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Highlights

Experience the best of Ecuador's most beautiful landscapes on this mesmerizing 12-day tour

Explore the historic and colonial parts of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, on a fascinating guided tour.

Walk, sail, and canoe through the jungle of Cuyabeno Reserve, where you’re sure to spot plenty of wildlife.

Visit a local Siona community, learning from a native family about their daily life and customs.

Enjoy a 4-day cruise through the incomparable natural diversity found only in the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador offers so many amazing adventures, it’s hard to decide what to do there. Visit the historic capital city of Quito? Explore the amazing tropical jungles and learn about native culture? But you can’t miss the magical Galapagos Islands! The Amazonas to Galapagos tour gives you all this and more.

This guided tour of the highlights of Ecuador takes you to all the attractions of Quito, including a visit to the Equator where you can straddle the hemispheres and perform fun experiments. In Cuyabeno Reserve, you will experience all the wonders of the jungle, by day and by night, then visit a local community to learn more about native life. Finally, end your tour in the incredible Galapagos Islands, experiencing all that this incredible part of the world has to offer. This tour is life changing is all the best ways – don’t miss a moment!

From Amazonas to Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Quito

Welcome to Quito, the capital of Ecuador! When you arrive at the airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Location
Hostal Fuente de Piedra, Quito
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Quito City Tour and Visit to “Mitad del Mundo” Equator Site

Take a private tour of the historic districts of Quito today. On the drive from your hotel in the newer section of the city, watch as your surroundings transform to the historic character. Notice architecture from the colonial period of Ecuador’s history. Visit beautiful churches, such as La Basilica Church and La Compañia Church. Tour the many plazas and local shops and take time to experience the wonderful atmosphere of the city. Your tour then continues to El Panecillo Hill, which is in the center of the city and offers amazing views of the whole city and even the snow-capped volcanoes that surround Quito. In the afternoon, visit the Equator at “Mitad del Mundo” – the middle of the world. Here you can straddle the equatorial line, placing one foot in each hemisphere, or try some experiments for fun.

Overnight Location
Hostal Fuente de Piedra, Quito
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Fly from Quito to Lago Agrio, Drive to Cuyabeno Reserve

Return to the Quito airport today for a flight to Lago Agrio. A bus from the Siona Lodge will pick you up and drive you to the east for about 1.5 hours to reach the Cuyabeno Reserve. Along your drive, notice the effects of increased human habitation in this important tropical region, especially the dominant presence of the oil industry. The bus brings you to “el puente,” which means “the bridge.” Stop for lunch here, then leave the bus and enter the reserve by canoe. Soon after your canoe is in the water, signs of civilization will disappear. In this exotic wilderness, watch for the amazing and diverse wildlife all around you. You might see snakes, including anacondas, a variety of monkeys, and many birds, including herons, kingfishers, and cormorants. When you reach the lodge, you’ll learn more about what is planned for your stay in the Cuyabeno Reserve.

Overnight Location
Siona Lodge, Amazonas
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Explore Cuyabeno

Today offers a full slate of activities to help you explore the jungle. The lodge will supply you with rubber boots for an exciting walk through the jungle. Sail through breathtaking lagoons where you can take in the exquisite scenery and watch for all kinds of wildlife. The afternoon holds opportunities to fish for piranhas or search the river for pink dolphins. At sunset, enjoy a swim in the lagoon, then after dark take a walk to experience the jungle at night. Rest well at the Siona Lodge after an absolutely magical day.

Overnight Location
Siona Lodge, Amazonas
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Visit Local Siona Community

Learn more about the indigenous people of this region with a visit to a local Siona community. Ride in a lovely long canoe from the lodge to the two local communities where the native people farm the land and fish in the river. Visit the home of a family who will show you more about their daily life and demonstrate how they make yuca bread. There may also be an opportunity to visit the local shaman. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the village then return to the lodge by canoe. Watch for parrots, dolphins, monkeys, and other wildlife along the river.

Overnight Location
Siona Lodge, Amazonas
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Canoe from Cuyabeno to Lago Agrio, Fly to Quito

Leave the Siona Lodge today, canoeing down the river to Lago Agrio. From here, fly back to Quito airport and transfer to your Quito hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
Hostal Fuente de Piedra, Quito
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Fly from Quito to Galapagos, Tour Darwin Center

Return to the Quito airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands. Begin your Galapagos experience with a guided tour of the Charles Darwin Center in Puerto Ayora. This tour provides you with a fascinating introduction to this truly unique part of the world and will help you to better appreciate and enjoy your time here.

Overnight Location
Hotel Mainao, Santa Cruz Island
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Visit Puerto Ayora and Tortuga Bay

Explore the Galapagos today on your own. A recommended destination is Tortuga Bay, where you’ll find a large, sandy beach. It’s a great location to go snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or surfing depending on your interest. You can also relax on the beach or take a walk to enjoy your incredible surroundings.

Overnight Location
Hotel Mainao, Santa Cruz Island
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Galapagos Cruise, Day 1

In the morning, make your way to the Baltra Island Airport and transfer to your cruise ship for your Galapagos Island Cruise. Cruise itineraries vary depending on which tour you choose. Some cruises will explore the Santa Cruz highlands in the afternoon.

Overnight Location
Cruise Ship
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Galapagos Cruise, Day 2

Your itinerary will vary, however for example you may cruise to the island of Floreana. Spend the morning exploring Post Office Bay and the Baroness Lookout. In the afternoon, enjoy Devil’s Crown and Cormoran Point.

Overnight Location
Cruise Ship
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Galapagos Cruise, Day 3

Your itinerary will vary, however for example you may visit the island of Española today. On the itinerary are stops at Suarez Point, Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, and Osborn Islet.

Overnight Location
Cruise Ship
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Finish Galapagos Cruise, Departure Day

End your Galapagos cruise today with a visit to San Cristobal Island. From the airport at San Cristobal, fly to Guayaquil airport on the mainland. Your Amazonas to Galapagos tour has now reached its end. Please plan your return flight from the Guayaquil airport late in the evening.

Overnight Location
N/A
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

From Amazonas to Galapagos Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided tour of Amazonas and the Galapagos islands depends on your group size and what level of Galapagos cruise you select (yacht vs. Catamaran and tourist class vs. First Class). The prices below are for tourist class yacht, and you can upgrade your accommodation for an extra charge.

Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 2 from: $3,275USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-5 from: $3,125USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+ from: $3,025USD per person
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Accommodation on the From Amazonas to Galapagos tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels that offer modern conveniences to make your tour even more enjoyable. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement. The last 3 nights of this tour will be spent onboard a Galapagos cruise ship.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Contact us if you require a single room and we can confirm pricing. We can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hostal Fuente de Piedra, Quito

Enjoy a comfortable stay with all the modern conveniences you would expect, including free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a cafe, and an outdoor terrace.

Siona Lodge, Amazonas (Lodge)

Experience the delights of the Cuyabeno reserve from this eco-hotel. Each room has a private bathroom and a private balcony. Enjoy fresh, local meals.

Hostal Fuente de Piedra, Quito

Enjoy a comfortable stay with all the modern conveniences you would expect, including free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a cafe, and an outdoor terrace.

Hotel Mainao

This cheery hotel is in the main area of Puerto Ayora, offering spacious rooms, a nice breakfast, and helpful staff.

Night 9-11

Aboard Galapagos Cruise Ship

The are several different cruise ships that you can choose from and the amenities onboard and final price depend on it. Simple, but fully equipped tourist class yacht to luxurious boat – you choose!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the From Amazonas to Galapagos tour?

Meals

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners are included in the tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights in hotels along the tour and 3 nights onboard the cruise ship are included as described.

Transportation during the Tour

  • All transfers
  • Domestic flight from Quito to Lago Agrio on day 3 + return flight on day 6

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide during all activities and tours
  • All activities and tours described in itinerary, except tour to Siona Lodge
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking guide. Itinerary is subject to change
  • Snorkelling gear

Not included

  • Transportation to and from Ecuador before and after the tour
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos islands. Prices range from $400 USD to $600 USD round trip
  • Galapagos entrance fees: Galapagos Park entrance fee ($100 USD), Ingala ($20 USD), Isabela Island local taxes ($10 USD)
  • Fee to Siona community and shaman ($5 USD per person)
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Meals not listed as included
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything else not listed as included

Optional Extras

  • You can extend your cruise in Galapagos Islands for an extra charge

Frequenty Asked Questions about Ecuador: Amazonas to Galapagos

How hard is the Amazonas to Galapagos tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. This incredible tour is active but not strenuous. There is a lot of flexibility in choosing activities that suit your abilities and interests.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Amazonas to Galapagos tour?

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included in the tour. Three meals per day are also provided on the Galapagos cruise.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Quito to start this tour?

Fly to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito (UIO) and transfer to your hotel in Quito.

Where does the Amazonas to Galapagos tour end?

The tour ends with a flight from Galapagos to the airport in Guayaquil. Continue your return travel from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Please plan your flights for late in the evening.

Is the Amazonas to Galapagos tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Ecuador?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour?

The best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour is from November 15 to March 15.

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Prices

From $3,025USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. This incredible tour is active but not strenuous. There is a lot of flexibility in choosing activities that suit your abilities and interests.


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