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Wildlife of Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos

11 days from $6,165pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Quito
  • Coca
  • Sacha Lodge
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos Islands - "Darwin's laboratory" and a truly unique location with incredibly fearless wildlife.

  • Ecuadorian Amazon - home to some of the Amazon's most recognised eco-lodges with excellent set up, guides and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  • Quito - A UNESCO World Heritage Site with fine colonial architecture.

Audley Travel specialist Ryan

What our specialists say...

An itinerary to appeal from anyone with a general interest in nature through to the most serious naturalist. This itinerary explores the Amazon and Galapagos, some of the planet's most diverse natural landscapes and the creatures that inhabit them.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Quito
  • Coca
  • Sacha Lodge
  • Coca
  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Quito

Quito

On arrival today you will be met and taken to your hotel.

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Day 2 Quito

Quito

Private city tour of the highlights of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 3 Sacha Lodge

Quito , Coca , Sacha Lodge

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Coca. Here you will be met by members of your lodge who will take you to your accommodation. Afternoon activities.

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Day 4 Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge

Today you'll embark on activities from your Amazon lodge. These might include small group guided walks through the rainforest with a qualified naturalist guide, who can explain all about the biology and botany of the area. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths and squirrel monkeys. You may also visit a butterfly farm.

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Day 5 Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge

You'll spend a second day exploring the Amazon from your lodge. Today, you might find yourself canoeing through creeks, going on a canopy walk, or visiting a Parrot Lick at nearby Yasuni National Park.

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Day 6 Quito

Sacha Lodge , Coca , Quito

Transfer back to Coca in time for your flight to Quito. Here you will be met and taken to your hotel for one night.

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Day 7 Galapagos Islands

Quito , Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival you will be met by a member of your crew and transferred to your boat. Group excursions.

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Day 8 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit Santa Fe Island. Sea lions usually snooze on its sandy beaches and birdlife to spot includes Darwin's finches and yellow warblers. The island also has its own species of land iguana. In the afternoon you may visit South Plaza, a tiny island covered in red low-lying sesuvian plants and inhabited by sea lions and copper-orange land iguanas. Look out, too, for swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon shearwaters and red-billed tropic birds.

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Day 9 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost island of the Galapagos archipelago. You'll explore the beaches around the volcanic cone of Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill) which are usually bristling with sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, waders, and marine iguanas. Other places to explore on the island include El Junco, a ferny freshwater lagoon, or Cerro Tijereta, where a colony of frigate birds live.

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Day 10 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Española Island is on the agenda for today. After breakfast, you'll go ashore for a short guided walk in search of the island's resident sea lions and hood mockingbirds. At Punta Suárez, you can take a guided walk over lava terrain to observe the island's colony of waved albatrosses. Nazca and blue-footed boobies, as well as swallow-tailed gulls, can also be seen in this area.

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Day 11 Return home

Galapagos Islands

Excursions on Santa Cruz Island, exploring its highlands and scalesia forest, followed by flight back to the mainland to connect with your international flight home.

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