AMAZON KAYAK & GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE 10 DAYS - Quito

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Departure Details :
    Pick up from the hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Amazon river kayaking, sea-kayaking, snorkeling & trekking all in one trip! Join the combination adventure in Ecuador, discovering the high diversity of the pristine Amazon rainforest where you can spot parrots, toucans, monkeys, otters and more. Share time with the local Quichua community and learn about their ancestral customs and at the same time, enjoy the best comfort by staying at Itamandi Eco-Lodge. Travel to Galapagos to be part of the most amazing experience of wildlife, swimming with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and sharks, taking close pictures of the only marine iguana in the world, hiking the top of active volcanoes in Isabela Island and meeting the  giant tortoises."Unique Experiences:"Visit a native local family in the middle of the Amazon jungle and look for the smallest monkey in the worldSnorkel through lava formations with sea turtles, penguins, sea horses, sea lions and sharks at Lava Tunnels

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Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
transfer IN not included. Acclimatation day, welcome briefing
Day 2: Amazon Itamandi Eco-Lodge (B,D)
Drive to the Amazon. While exploring the upper part of the Arajuno River and paddling downstream for 2H, Check in at the Itamandi eco-lodge
Day 3: KAYAKING THE ARAJUNO RIVER (B,L,D)
Today we will paddle down the river for about two hours discovering the beauty and wildlife that inhabit this river. Later we will enjoy a picnic on the river side and then we will visit the Anaconda lagoon. In the afternoon visit Santa Barbara Community.
Day 4:PARROTS CLAY-LICK, HOT SPRINGS AND CLOUD FOREST HIKE (B)
canoe up the Arajuno river to the parrots clay lick, to watch different types of this colorful birds, then we continue and have a quick stop to see the pocket monkey, After breakfast we will go back up to the Andes to soak in the Papallacta volcanic hot springs
Day 5: TRAVEL DAY TO GALAPAGOS - ISABELA ISLAND (B)
Transfer to morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra.
Once arrived, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. From here we will take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago. 
Day 6: HIKE TO SIERRA NEGRA & SNORKEL IN TINTORERAS (B,L)
Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.
In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife.
Day 7: LAVA TUNNELS SNORKEL (B,L)
Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity. In the afternoon, we return to Puerto Villamil and we go kayaking in Tintoreras. 
Day 8: SANTA CRUZ , CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION & HIGHLANDS (B)
In the morning we will embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise
Day 9: TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT - FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO (B)
After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we will have a transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland
Day 10: QUITO DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer Out not included

Inclusions

  • Activities: Kayaking and hiking in the Amazon, visiting local Kichwa Community, night jungle walk, swimming in volcanic hot springs, hiking in the cloud forest, trekking to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, snorkeling in Tintoreras and Lava Tunnels, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class Hotel in Quito, First Class Jungle Eco-lodge, 4-star hotel in Puembo, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
  • Transportation: Airport transfers (national flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land and sea transportation, canoe in the Amazon
  • Meals Included: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 2 Dinners.
  • Gear: Hiking sticks, kayak and paddling gear, life vest, snorkeling mask and fins
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park

Exclusions

  • My Own Room supplement USD $630
  • International flights
  • Quito-Galapagos flight round trip (please check with EPL before booking)
  • Airport transfers (international flights)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $240 USD
  • INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Snorkelling gear (mask and fins) for rent: US$8 per day per person.
  • Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • USD$ 10 pier use fee at Puerto Villamil
  • Wetsuit for rent: USD $10
  • Tips

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

TERRITORY

Quito City, Galapagos islands National Park and Amazon rainforest

PROVINCE

Pichincha, Napo and Galapagos

FLIGHT TIME

2h 45 min each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft: about 140 passengers.

DRIVING TIME

2 - 3 hours a day while in mainland.

45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.

45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.

45 minutes each way in Sierra Negra.

BOATING TIME

20 minutes each way to Itamandi Jungle Eco-lodge.

2 hours each way from Isabela to Santa Cruz.

15 minutes each way - Tintoreras.

TREKKING TIME

Amazon: 3 hours moderate.

Amazon: 1 hour easy loop for the nocturnal hike in the jungle.

Cloudforest: 2 hours easy uphill; 1 hour downhill same way back.

Sierra Negra: 30 minutes easy uphill; 1 and a half hours on flat terrain; 30 minutes downhill; 2 hours same way back.

KAYAKING TIME

Amazon: 2 hours on day 2; 3 hours on day 3

Galapagos: 2 hours

SEASON

All year

WEATHER TEMPERATURES

December to May: 80F to 90F / 25C to 30C. June to September: 60F to 70F / 15C to 20C. October to December: 70F to 80F/ 15C to 25C

WATER TEMPERATURE

The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65F and 85F

ALTITUDE

In Quito: 2800 m (9,186 ft.)

Amazon: 510 m (1,640 ft.)

Papallacta: 3300 m (10,827 ft.)

In Galapagos: From sea level (most activities) to 1200 m (3,937 ft.) - Sierra Negra Volcano

AVG. TEMP.

Day 15-34C / 59-93F - Night 12-17C / 53-62F

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate to challenging: The jungle walks are moderate, but can become challenging in case of heavy rain; the kayaking on the Arajuno River needs no experience because it's on flat water; the trekking in the cloudforest is moderate, the hiking in Sierra Negra is moderate but long, and muddy during the wet season (from July to November); the sea-kayaking on Isabela Island is easy as well as the snorkelling.

GEAR

Expedition and inflatable kayaks, dry bags, life jackets, paddles and a dugout canoes with outboard motor, rubber boots, snorkels, masks and fins.

ACCOMODATION

All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.

MEALS

Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.

YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES

All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.

SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM

Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.

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