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Activities & Transport
- Meet the Locals
- Wildlife Watching
- Bird Watching
- Swim with Dolphins
- Car with driver
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
16 Days Ecuador: Andes, Amazon & Galápagos Adventure
- Walk into a volcano crater and meet the locals of the Andes
- Snorkel with friendly sea lions, penguis, turtles and white tip sharks
- Experience standing on the Ecuador line
- Walk in the primary forest and discover its wildlife
Could you imagine standing on the equator line? Or observing exotic animals in free wildlife? Stepping into Darwin's footpaths on the Galapagos Islands and visiting active volcanoes? All these once-in-a-lifetime experiences could be made possible with this 16 Day Ecuadorian Adventure trip bringing you to the jungle, the Andes and the world-famous Galapagos islands.
This trip is perfect for nature lovers that fall for unspoilt landscapes and awe-inspiring sceneries. Enjoy the variety of landscape, the multicolored facets of Ecuadorian territory and the genuine friendliness of the local people.
- 15 night accommodation in double room
- 15x breakfast, 8x lunch, 3x dinner
- Transfers from and to the airport
- Internal flight Lago Agrio-Quito
- Internal flight Galapagos-Quito
- Shared tours as per itinerary
- Bilingual guide
- International flights
- National Park Entrance fee Galapagos and Ecuador ( Galápagos $100 / Ingala card $20 / Isabela entrance fee $5 / Water taxis $1 )
- Entrance fee Ecuador Land Tour: Approx. $30
- Extra meals
- Drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Laundry Services
- Personal expenses
- Bank transfer fees
- Siona community
- fee $10
- Transfer hotel –pier * walking distance
- Entrance fee not listed
- Extra tours
- Private tours
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Ecuador!
Upon your arrival in Quito you will be warmly welcomed by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name. On the way to your hotel, you can already gaze outside of the car window to get first impressions of vibrant Quito.
The rest of the day is yours to spend - take a rest from the flight, get acquainted with the Ecuadorian cuisine or just take an easy stroll through Quito. Bienvenido a Latinoamérica!
Discover Amazing Quito & Stand on the "Middle of the World"
You will begin your day by exploring the historic center of Quito. This colonial city was the first to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 because of its exceptionally well preserved historic center. The tour will show you Quito's awe-inspiring highlights such as La Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de San Francisco and the impressive Basilica de Voto Nacional. Learn about Quito's turbulent history and get an impression of daily Ecuadorian life.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to Mitad del Mundo - "Middle of the World". Here you will get the once-in-a-lifetime experience to stand on both hemispheres at the same time!
Welcome to the Jungle: Canoe Trip through the Rainforest
Good morning - Another exciting day awaits you. In the morning, you will be driven to the Cuyabeno Reserve, a lowland tropical rainforest in the Amazon region of Ecuador. It possesses some of the highest biodiversity on earth!
Before you embark on a two-hour canoe trip, a naturalist guide will brief you about the area and its wildlife. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing plants and wildlife found in the jungle. Stay sharp - you might be able to see a variety of monkeys and other animal inhabitants of the jungle.
You will arrive at Jamu Lodge at around 4:30pm, where you will spend the night. After a short siesta, grab your swimsuits and leave the camp for a refreshing swim in the lagoon, finished off by watching the beautiful sunset. After, return to the camp for dinner and feel free to finish your day in the jungle relaxing in a hammock or having a drink at the bar.
Participate in a Jungle Trek
Today is going to be active. Enjoy a strengthening breakfast and take on some proper shoes for a primary forest trek.
During the 3 to 4 hours trek, your guide will give you some insightful extra information about how this complex tropical ecosystem works. Learn about plants that serve as natural medicine, be amazed by the sheer beauty of these different greens, and spot some exotic birds or monkeys.
After, return to the camp for lunch and a well-deserved siesta. In the afternoon, we will have another swim in the lagoon (you cannot get enough of those) and watch the sunset. With a little luck you can observe the pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree.
You will return to the camp for dinner, and then another special activity awaits you: take a night canoe ride to look for caimans (small crocodiles).
Encounters at a Local Village & Baking Yucca Bread
Today, a truly authentic experience awaits you. After breakfast, you will head to the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar - the largest ethnic group in the Reserve - where you will learn about their traditions and way of life. You will take part in preparing Casabe, a local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community) and have lunch with the locals. A truly spiritual encounter will be the visit of the Shaman, the healer of the community.
During the 2 hour canoe ride to the community, you can admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins and tortoises.
After returning to the lodge, we will go for a short nocturnal hike through the primary forest in search of insects, spiders, geckos or scorpions. Listen to the amazing sounds of a jungle at night - an experience like no other.
Bird-Watching Excursion and back to Quito
Today starts off early - if you wish. You get the chance to take part in an early bird-watching excursion before breakfast. See spectacular exotic birds in their own habitat.
After, you can enjoy a proper breakfast before you return to Lago Agrio to take the flight back to Quito.
Experience Otavalo Market & Route to Cuicocha
Short stop in Quito before you will head further to Cayambe, a stunning town nestled in between many hills and mountains. Cayambe is renowned for its flower growing, the cheese making and their delicious traditional biscuits "bizcochos", cooked on an open fire. Muy rico!
From there, you will head towards Otavalo whilst admiring the beautiful scenery of San Pablo Lake. Once in Otavalo, discover the most famous indigenous artesian market in Ecuador. You will have free time to explore and purchase local handicrafts. The guide will provide additional explanations of the local indigenous culture, if you wish.
After, continue to the town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods then onward to the beautiful Cuicocha lagoon.
Experience the Cotopaxi Volcano by Foot & Bike
Are you ready for a magnificent volcano adventure?
Today you will see one of the highest active snow-capped volcanoes in the world, the Cotopaxi (5897m), up-close.
This amazing adventure includes hiking and scenic drives through the park’s majestic landscape including a visit to Limpiopungo Lagoon which provides a spectacular reflection of the beautiful volcano on a clear day. During the trip you will also learn about the different fauna, flora and history of the park. Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate and the weather in this area is very unpredictable so be prepared and bring some warm clothes.
The hiking adventure begins from the lagoon. From here you ride along a mostly flat route through the paramour landscape. Cotopaxi volcano is within view the whole time. A support vehicle will be traveling along behind so if at any stage you want to take a break you can jump in and relax.
Crystal-blue Waters at the Quilotoa lagoon
Today, you will visit a must-see highlight of Ecuador: The Quilotoa lagoon. This volcanic crater is filled with crystal-blue water and holds a special place in local indigenous mythology for being bottomless.
Along the drive to reach the crater, you will pass the local market in Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujilí (Sundays) where you will gain an appreciation for the indigenous way of life. Along the way, don't miss out of a great photo opportunity at the canyon of Zumbahua.
When you reach Quilotoa itself, you can walk down from the rim to the water’s edge and gaze at this magnificent natural beauty up close for yourself. The hike back up is rather steep, however, for the less active ones there is the option of renting a mule for a few extra dollars.
Visit the "Gateway to Amazon" - Baños
Discover the beautiful surroundings of the tranquil town of Baños and its powerful waterfalls and lush forests.
During your day in Baños you begin by visiting the magical waterfalls of Pailón del Diablo and you will use a cable car across a ravine to see Manto de la Novia up close in person.
In Darwin's Footpaths: Galapagos Islands
Today is the day you will set foot on the Galapagos Islands - be ready for making memories that last a lifetime. Upon arrival in the Santa Cruz highlands, you will take a short ride to a 600-acre private reserve. Here, the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the tortoises in wild, will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip. After, you will take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel. With a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, this is an incredible opportunity see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, and the rippled floor formed from lava along this unique lava formation.
Birds and Sea Lions at North Seymour Island
On this day, you will be visiting one of the 3 islands (North Seymour, Bartolome and Plazas) according to the operations day of our operators.
North Seymour Island:
This island is teaming with life and is a great visitor site on Galapagos. Be prepared to cross paths with sea lions or marine iguanas. Blue-footed boobies nest on either side of the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance.
Further along the rocky shore, a strand of white sand lies inland, and large flocks of sea birds mass for outstanding feeding frenzies, rendering a tableau for us from ages long past. The trail in North Seymour Island turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galapagos of the magnificent frigate bird. These huge, dark acrobats have 5 foot wingspan, and males, with inflated scarlet gular pouches, sit precariously in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks.
Magnificent insights into seemingly untouched nature await you.
Here is where you'll see the most photographed view of the islands walking about 600 meters to the summit of the island. The walk is surreal, taking you through recent volcanic eruptions and Mars-like landscape. It's a walkthrough evolution, comparing the beginnings of Bartolome to the more developed islands in the Archipelago. This is a great snorkeling spot as well due to the abundance of underwater rocks and formations. Here, look for penguins, sharks, rays, sea stars, flounders and an array of colorful tropical fish.
The Plazas are a pair of islets situated just off the east coast of Santa Cruz. Only South Plaza is a Visitor Site and is another example of geological uplift. In this case, the southern portion of this narrow islet (only a couple hundred yards wide) has considerably more uplift to it, forming cliffs with spectacular views. The tour begins with a dry landing. There is often a sea lion guarding the natural dock; let the Guide take care of the situation (which is often achieved with little more than a clapping of the hands).
Speed boat to Isabela and Lava Tunnels
This is the most spectacular site for scuba diving in Isabela Island. The water is shallow, calm and very clear-a sea sanctuary. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water-a habitat for many local Galapagos Species.
The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. The best time to visit the tunnels is between January and May.
Sierra Negra and free afternoon
Climbing the Sierra Negra volcanic crater is simply not to be missed for geology lovers and adventure seekers. Since its last eruption in 2005, the geographically unique Sierra Negra Volcano is home to incredible lava paths adorned with the local plant and animal life.
On the way to Sierra Negra Volcano, there is an evident change of scenery as you get closer to the highlands, from volcanic dryness with black soil and little vegetation to a humid forest with local and foreign plants introduced into the environment. Sierra Negra is an excellent place for birdwatching (finches and "curracas" among many others).
There are two paths to take, depending on the stamina of each person, one is a circuit which goes until the Sierra Negra Volcano lookout, and the other path goes is a straight way to the to the Chico Volcano. In the morning we will travel by car to the highlands of Isabela, following the route until the end of the road. There, we will begin a hike to a new geological world. During the hike we will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful views and incredible contrast between the volcanoes and the sea, to finally arrive at the edge of the Sierra Negra volcanic crater, the second largest active volcanic crater in the world. From there we will walk around this enormous 30 square mile crater.
If we still have the energy, we can continue walking top the Chico Volcano, a place with very unique scenery where there is a fusion of shades of red, oranges, yellows and blacks. Here, we can observe fumaroles and spectacular lava formations.
Tintoreras and Speedboat to Santa Cruz
"Las Tintoreras," is a chain of small islets full of cove and hidden beaches. The islet of Tintoreras is situated in the south of Puerto Villamil. It has a bay where it is possible to see sea lions, marine turtle, iguanas, manta rays, etc. This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In this crack, it is possible to see the sharks from Blanca Point swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions public Speedboat: Isabela -Santa CruzTravel Time: 2.5 hours Please be ready at the lobby of the hotel, our driver will pick you to take you to the pier to check in on the speed boat. From Isabela pier to the Speed boat, you will have to pay the water taxi ($1.00pp). Once arriving in Santa Cruz you will have to pay the water taxi ($0.50pp) from Speed boat to Santa Cruz’s pier. Finally, you can take a taxi ($1pp) to get to your hotel.
Fly Back to Ecuador Mainland
Every vacation has to come to an end - your amazing journey to Ecuador, as well.
With precious memories and experiences gained throughout the last 15 days, you will embark on your plane to the mainland of Ecuador where you will commence your onward flight back home.
Ecuador would love to welcome you again soon.