Galapagos Islands. Amazon Rainforest: ECUADOR

Tour duration: 13 days
Tour Rate: $6,050
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include eco-lodges, intra- Ecuador/ Galapagos flights and water transfers, park entry fees, road transportation (incl. airport transfers, city tours), meals and house beverages, naturalist guide, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Galapagos Islands nature tour explores mainland Ecuador, the islands off its coast (the Galapagos), and Amazon rainforest.

Charles Darwin theory of biological evolution is forever linked to the Galapagos Islands. The region is noted for its contribution to natural scientific research. During the voyage of the Beagle, Darwin arrived at the archipelago here comprising 13 key islands, 6 less notable islands, and over 40 islets. Galapagos Islands nature tour takes travelers on a journey that follows in the footsteps of Darwin. Wildlife in the region include mammals (32 species), reptiles (28 species), Darwin finches (13 sub-species), sea birds (42 species), shore birds (34 species), water birds (21 species), and land birds (49 species). About five hundred species of plants are identified on the Galapagos Islands, of which 180 are endemic to the region.

On Galapagos Islands nature tour, you will see a variety of flora and fauna. Visit natural lava tunnels, large enough to walk through. The islands have experienced over 60 volcanic eruptions within a period of the last 200 years; the region is enlisted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the Amazon, Galapagos Islands nature tour and rainforest excursion tour starts by taking you on an exploration through the jungle by trekking and canoe riding. National parks and biosphere reserves of Ecuador in the Amazon region comprises Yasuní, Sumaco Napo-Galeras, Cayambe-Coca, Llanganates, and Cuyabeno.

It is estimated that the Ecuadorian Amazon has over 800 species of fish, including three types of piranhas, 350 kinds of reptiles, including anacondas and iguanas. Mammals include over 300 varieties and comprise monkeys and jaguars. Thousands of species of insects are found in the Ecuadorian Amazon. And the rainforest so vast, that the true number of plants, trees, and animal species remain unknown.

Galapagos Islands nature tour and Amazon rainforest voyage incorporate as much as possible aspects of the wildlife and innate attributes of the islands and mainland.

Tour’s Program

  • You'll arrive in Quito at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), where you'll be greeted by your naturalist guide, and transported to your eco-lodge.
QUITO

Packed with colonial monuments and architectural wonders, Quito is a capital city high in the Andes. It is noted as one of the most admirable colonial centers of any Latin American region and is embraced by mountain peaks.

  • On the outskirt of Quito, you'll stay for the two first nights of your tour so that you can explore nature attractions here such as botanical reserves and cloud forest. Here, you'll traverse Ecuador's birding circuit and observe much wildlife and plants.
AMAZON RAINFOREST

The Amazon is home to the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some impenetrable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered.

The Ecuadorian rainforest is centrally located in the Amazon Basin, and in addition to the array of plants and animal that inhabit the region, travelers can also delve in the indigenous cultures and learn about some of the many conservation programs here that are dedicated to the preservation of this colossal and crucial biome.

  • You'll fly to El Coca at Francisco de Orellana Airport (OCC).
  • By canoe, you'll traverse the Napo River, lake and creek on your way to your lodge. On this voyage, you'll encounter nature's scenery along the forest floor.
  • Arriving at your lodge, you'll be a part of a community of environmentalist and conservationists. The resort is located in a natural setting and operates in a manner that is conducive to the sustainability of the Amazon rainforest and its wildlife species.
  • In the Yasuni National Park, you'll visit the renowned Parrot clay licks at the Napo Wildlife Center. Here, you can see the macaw, the toucan, parrots, parakeets, and the howler monkey. A great way to see the species and surrounded landscape is by the Canopy observation Tower.
  • You'll embark on a hiking and canoeing exhibition of the rainforest to discover the interior of biome.
  • While traversing the forest, you and your guide will be on the lookout for monkeys, rare and weird insects, reptiles, and mammals. [Since the species that live in the Amazon are wild they wander about the forest freely and we never know which and when they will show during the tour. However, you are bound to numerous animals]
  • You'll visit indigenous communities and learn about the peoples' lifestyles. [The indigenous tribes of Ecuadorian each have their own language and culture; they however have in common respect and appreciation for their natural environment, living in harmony with nature].

On day 8, you'll check out of your Amazon lodge and depart at El Coca for Quito, where you will take a flight to the Galapagos Islands.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Noted as the inspiration for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, Galapagos Islands comprises 19 islands and an array of tiny ones, located just 620 miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. These islands are protected lands (World Heritage Sites) and are home to an array of wildlife species such as the blue-footed booby, the sea lion, the killer whale (or orca), the giant tortoise, marine iguanas, land iguanas, and the fur seal. The Galapagos Islands, each are unique landscape, showcasing barren and black surface to volcanic site to patches of white sand beaches.

  • You'll fly in to Baltra at Seymour Airport (GPS), where you’ll be greeted by your naturalist guide. Hereon, you’ll traverse sea to your eco-lodge. On this day, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the locality and learn about the lodge’s environmental programs…on go for a short self-guided walking tour.
  • You will visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park.
  • You’ll go exploring organic coffee farms in the highlands and see how the local people here live.
  • You’ll stroll sites for observing volcanic craters and lava tunnels, and learn about the events that created these islands.
  • This tour takes you to the Cristobal highlands; including El Junco (lake) and the Tortoise Breeding Center- at these sites you will see many endemic species.
  • You’ll embark on a boating expedition to Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock (towering monoliths jutting out of the sea), and snorkel. The site has the eagle ray, the harlequin wrasse, and the Galapagos shark.
  • You’ll visit La Loberia, a coral sand beach inhabited by sea lions. Some other wildlife here includes marine iguanas, and birds such as the frigatebird, the finch, and the yellow warbler.
  • You'll fly back to Quito, where you'll be greeted and transported to your eco-lodge to unwind for your departure the next day.
  • You'll be transported to the airport for your final departure for this tour.
The tour ends today.
  • You'll most likely be flying out of Quito, and depending on your flight time require one final short tour of the city.
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodges (the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador)
  • Naturalist guides
  • Ground transportation (incl. airport transfers in Quito, Amazon, and Galapagos, and all land tours)
  • Sea transportation (incl. arrival/departure transfers to and from eco-lodges in the Amazon and Galapagos)
  • Local entry and park fees, Transit Control Card (Galapagos)
  • Snorkeling equipment and gear in Galapagos
  • All meals and house beverages at the lodges/accommodations
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international)
  • Hotels (eco-lodges), service taxes/fees plus gratuity at an additional 15%
Ecuador is a small country but it packs in a diverse landscape with various climatic conditions; it has wet and dry season in place of summer and winter. Peak seasons in Ecuador coincide with holidays – mid-June through to early September and late December through to early January is when most tourists come. Ecuador does not attract the large crowds you may find in other places, however.

The Galapagos Islands too has two distinct seasons, there are rainy season and dry season....the islands can be visited and enjoyed all-year-round. June through to September and December through to January experience peaks in visitors to the islands. Manage by the Galapagos National Park; the number of tourists allowed on the islands at a specific time is limited. Nevertheless, visitors flock to Galapagos during peak season, which can prove hectic on the region, overcrowding at hotels, eco-lodges, and docks. [L' Ecostay recommends that you make your reservation early, with us, to secure your vacation]

  • December through to May is rainy season in Galapagos, and June through to November is dry season. In Galapagos, the rainy season seems to produces calmer waters and matches up with breeding season for the sea turtles and sea lions. March through to April young wildlife roams about the islands with their family, and plant blooms abound.
  • The dry season is preferred for underwater diving and sea birding, according to Frommer's Travel Guide. Some wing-creatures are notable present during this period, including penguins and the albatross. Marine life too journeys to the islands. And the blue-footed boobies and Genovesa owls mating period begin.
  • The Amazon (rainforest) experience rain all through the year, but December through to May is predominantly wet, with some roads impassable. Some areas may experience flooding during the rainy season. In this event, travelers can move around by small boats or rafts – this can provide an opportunity to explore areas that you might not otherwise see. Pleasantly cooler temperature are felt during this time, however wildlife may not be spotted easily during the rain period.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, intra- Ecuador/Galapagos flights and water transfers, park entry fees, road transportation (incl. airport transfers, city tours), meals and house beverages, naturalist guide, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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