Indulge in the extreme biodiversity of Ecuador on this 15-day Galapagos and Amazon Tour, perfect for explorers and luxury seekers alike. Explore the Andean highlands, cruise the mysterious Amazon, indulge all your senses in the beautiful Galapagos Islands for a true trip of a lifetime.
Explore the Andean Highlands and Quito
Your tour begins with explorations throughout the Andean Highlands, starting with Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Along with exploring the nature of the area, you’ll visit the artisan cities and colorful markets of Cotacachi and Otavalo as a special treat.
There’s still more to see in the Andean highlands, including the Rapture Rescue Center, where wounded birds are rehabilitated, and the true Equatorial line. Finally, walk the rim of an extinct volcano before heading back to Quito to tour its remarkable colonial city center.
Venture Into the Mysterious Amazon Rainforest
Landing in the Amazon city of Coca, you’ll board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute ride to your floating accommodations aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer.
The 121-foot ship was built to cruise through this remote and biodiverse rainforest, offering comfort along the way. You’ll have your choice between the 14 spacious air-conditioned cabins onboard, four of which are Deluxe suites with whirlpool bathtubs.
While you may be deep in the thick rainforest, you don’t have to give up luxury. When not out exploring, enjoy the Rainforest Spa and Amazon Hot Tub while on board. Sip on a cocktail in the panoramic indoor lounge, and enjoy your meals either in the chic dining room or al-fresco in the outdoor lounge.
The observation deck is ideal for nighttime stargazing or relaxing during the day, and the Manatee Amazon Explorer offers satellite internet access, a rarity here in the rainforest.
You won’t want to miss experiencing all the Amazon has to offer though, so join in on nighttime rainforest walks, meet the local community, and gain treetop views from atop a canopy tower. Seek out the exotic wildlife also, including anacondas, giant otters, black caimans, and unique birdlife.
At the end of your Amazon cruise, you’ll once again board a motorized canoe for the trip back to Coca and your return flight to Quito.
Cruise the Galapagos Islands
After resting overnight in Quito, it’s finally time to fly to the famed Galapagos Islands! Once you arrive on Balta Island, you’ll soon board the luxury yacht, the Cormorant I, your home for the last four nights of your Galapagos Amazon tour.
This 108-foot luxury catamaran offers spacious staterooms and suites with private balconies to enjoy. You can also spend time on the panoramic sundeck with jacuzzi, outdoor bar, or air-conditioned lounge.
Enjoy elegant expedition style cruising as the yacht makes its way to the various islands, including Santa Cruz, South Plaza, and San Cristobal.
Capture glimpses of various unique wildlife such as flamingos, iguanas, giant tortoises, and abundant birdlife. Don’t forget the incredible marine life also, such as giant tuna and rays, or the unique flora and fauna of the islands like the Opuntia cacti.
You’ll also have chances to disembark on the islands where you can hike through mangroves, watch as sea lions frolic in tidal pools, hike up steep, and swim or snorkel off gorgeous beaches.
As your Ecuador Amazon and Galapagos tour comes to an end, you’ll know the full biodiversity of this incredible country and may even start making plans to come back again soon.