Two of the planet's most sacred ecosystems combine in this unique Best of Amazon and Galapagos Tour of Ecuador's natural jewels. Cultural and natural history blur together as you spend five days exploring the untamed Amazon with indigenous Huaorani guides. Seamlessly discover the eclecticism of endemic wildlife with a five-day luxury cruise through the Southern Galapagos Islands. The ancient city Quito connects the two kaleidoscopic ecosystems, providing the third distinctive treasure of Ecuador.
Quito – Spa Relaxation Before the Jungle
Land in capital city Quito and it's a quick transfer to a nearby spa hotel, where you can relax amongst the tranquility of the Ecuadorian landscape. Snow-capped peaks rise above you while the valley below twists and turns towards volcanic cones. With so much adventure to come, today is about lounging around and settling into the country. Enjoy a traditional Ecuadorian dinner at the hotel and get your first glimpse of wildlife: llamas that wander the hotel's vast gardens.
Amazon – An Unforgettable Journey into the Amazon
Amazon – Immersed in the Ways of the Huaorani
Amazon – Hiking and Canoeing Through Exotic Rainforest
Amazon – Vibrant Amazonian Birds and Visiting the Apaika Community
Quito – The Delicate Amazonian Balance
Quito – Walking Tour of the Old City
Galapagos Cruise – Giant Tortoises and Your Luxury Yacht
Galapagos Cruise – Spectacular Marine Worlds and Rare Endemic Life on Floreana Island
Galapagos Cruise – Espanola's White Sand, Sea Lions, and Unique Birds
Galapagos Cruise – An Eclectic Collection of Galapagos Life on San Cristobal
Quito – Farewell to These Remarkable Volcanic Islands
- Spend five days cruising through the Southern Galapagos Islands
- Immerse yourself in the Amazon Rainforest with five days at a remote lodge in the land of the Huaorani indigenous tribe
- Discover the dramatic wildlife that inhabits these rare ecosystems, everything from the red-footed booby to caimans and giant tortoises to howling monkeys
- Snorkel or glass-bottom boat ride along pristine reefs teeming with sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays
- Kayak beside volcanic cliffs in the Galapagos and canoe down enchanting jungle rivers in the Amazon
- Marvel at hundreds of rare birds that inhabit these unique ecosystems, including albatrosses, scarlet macaws, endemic mockingbirds, red-lored parrots, toucans, and hawks
- With your face smeared in red achiote, you get completely involved in Huaorani traditions, including using a blowgun and building fires without matches
This Best of Amazon and Galapagos Tour combines five days in the untouched Amazon with a five-day Galapagos cruise, providing an untrammeled immersion in these remarkable ecosystems. Eclectic natural spectacles cover the Ecuadorian landscape. At one extreme lie the Galapagos, young and fiery volcanic islands where endemic species have evolved to flourish in desolate conditions. To the other is the Amazon Rainforest, over 50 million years old and home to an incredible abundance that brings constant competition. Both are threatened yet continue to showcase the incredible diversity of our planet. And it's not merely a natural history that you discover. Indigenous Huaorani are your guides through the Amazon while the tales of pirates and scientists are found on the islands. During a two-night stop in Quito, you discover another enchanting slice of cultural history, with a walking tour through the world's first ever World Heritage site.
First the Amazon and a remote ecolodge that's far from any road. With red achiote smeared across your face, you discover how the Huaorani coexist in this landscape of tropical abundance and competition. Canoe down mysterious rivers, head out with hunters and their traditional weapons, and learn all about lifestyles that only became known to the outside world in the 1950's. Comfortable and blending into nature, your lodge is a leading example of community tourism and cultural involvement, as well as offering an unforgettable immersion in the wilds and wildlife of the Amazon. You'll also learn how this ancient indigenous community has been battling oil companies to save the rainforest.
Then the Galapagos Islands, a series of intriguing islands rising from the Pacific, packed with mystique. It's dry and desolate here, with only the most specialized surviving...sea lions, diving cormorants, giant tortoises, red-footed boobies, and a dozen other iconic species. And with no competition and little predatory threat, this wildlife isn't fussed by your presence. You'll get exceptionally close throughout the five-day cruise of the southern islands on a beautiful yacht. Snorkel or glass-bottom ride on vibrant reefs, hike on stunning volcanic islands, and trace the theory of evolution through your encounters with reptiles. Like the Amazon, the journey is continually graced by endemic birds and wildlife that's adapted to the most unique of conditions.
$8,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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