Galapagos and Amazon Quest 10 days
Experience the best combination adventure in Ecuador by exploring The Galapagos and Amazon, kayaking, snorkeling & trekking all in one trip! Travel to Galapagos to witness wildlife closer than anywhere else on the planet. Swim with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, sharks, and the only marine iguana in the world. Hike the top of active volcanoes in Isabela Island and search for the famous giant tortoises. Discover the high biological diversity of the pristine Amazon rain forest and share time with the local Kichwa community and learn about their ancestral customs, while enjoying your stay at the Amazon-Lodge.
- Visit a native local family in the middle of the Amazon jungle and look for monkeys
- Snorkel through lava formations with sea turtles, penguins, sea horses, sea lions and sharks
HIKING TO THE SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO
SNORKELING WITH SEA TURTLES, RAYS, PENGUINS AND SEA LIONS
KAYAKING IN TINTORERAS TO VIEW WILDLIFE
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
ENCOUNTER WITH WILD GIANT TORTOISES
ENCOUNTER WITH AMAZON TRIBES
NIGHT HIKE IN THE AMAZON
VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
LOOK FOR MONKEYS IN THE AMAZON
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO CITY
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 2: GALAPAGOS ISABELA
Day 3: SNORKEL AT LAVA TUNNELS
Day 4: HIKE AND KAYAK
In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Kayaking time: 2 hours
Accommodation: Cormorant or similar.
Day 5: CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
Day 6: FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO
What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat.
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 7: FIRST AMAZON EXPLORATION
What to wear today for hiking: pants, t-shirt, hiking shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
Accommodation: Amazon Lodge
Day 8: AMAZON HIKE AND KICHWA PEOPLE
In the Afternoon we will visit the nearby Kichwa community, they will share their traditions and stories with us.
What to wear today: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream.
Accommodation: Amazon Lodge
Day 9: HOT SPRINGS
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 10: DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES
- Activities: Trekking to Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, snorkeling in Tintoreras and Lava Tunnels, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands, hiking in the Amazon, visiting local Kichwa Community, night jungle walk, swimming in volcanic hot springs, hiking in the cloud forest.
- Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class Hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos, Amazon Lodge.
- 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, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners.
- Gear: Hiking sticks, sit on top kayaks, life vest, paddles, snorkeling mask and fins
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
- International flights
- Flight to/from Galapagos - $ 520 USD
- Galapagos Ingala Card - $ 20 USD
- Galapagos National Park Fee - $ 100 USD
- Isabela Pier Fee - $ 10 USD
- My own room supplement - estimated budget $ 630 USD
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget $ 160 USD
- Tips for guides, drivers and hotels. - estimated budget $ 160 USD
We recommend the use of a duffel bag (60 liters) for the main luggage and a daypack (20 liters) with rain cover for the outdoor activities.
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Quick dry clothing
- Fleece top
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Sun hat or cap
- 2 swimming suits
- Sport sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Tennis shoes
- Day backpack 20L. (with rain cover)
- Water bottle 1L. or camelback 1L.
- Watch or alarm clock
- Waterproof binoculars (if possible)
- Insect repellent
- Sun screen 60 SPF
- Waterproof camera (if possible)
- Money belt
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, seamotion sickness medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
- REMEMBER: IT IS VERY EASY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT'!
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.
Quito City, Galapagos Islands National Park and Amazon Rainforest
Pichincha, Napo and Galapagos
2h 45 min each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft: about 140 passengers.
2 - 3 hours a day while in mainland.
45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.
45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.
45 minutes each way to Sierra Negra.
2 hours each way from Isabela to Santa Cruz.
Sierra Negra: 30 minutes easy uphill; 1.5 hours on flat terrain; 30 minutes downhill; 2 hours same way back.
Amazon: 3 hours moderate.
Amazon: 1 hour easy loop for the nocturnal hike in the jungle.
Cloud forest: 1 hour easy uphill; 1 hour downhill same way back.
Galapagos: 2 hours
December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
Quito: 2800 m (9,186 ft.)
Galapagos: From sea level (most activities) to 1200 m (3,937 ft.) - Sierra Negra Volcano
Amazon: 510 m (1,640 ft.)
Papallacta: 3300 m (10,827 ft.)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Moderate: The hiking in Sierra Negra is moderate but long (muddy during the wet season from July to November). The sea-kayaking on Isabela Island is easy as well as the snorkelling. The jungle walks are moderate, mostly on flat terrain. The trekking in the cloudforest is easy.
Snorkels, masks and fins, sit on top double kayaks, dugout canoes with outboard motor, rubber boots, hiking sticks.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling 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.
Traveling 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.
Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.
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.
Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are recommended when traveling to the tropics. Please ask your doctor for advice.