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CRUISETOUR

Ecuador and Its Galápagos Islands With The Amazon (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Quito, Ecuador to Quito, Ecuador
Dates: 17 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
17 Oct 2018
Quito, Ecuador
DAY 2
18 Oct 2018
Quito, Ecuador

Included sightseeing showcases Quito's colonial history and treasures including the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza, and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and the Jesuit La Compañía Church with its stunning golden altars. Next, take a walk down one of Quito's oldest streets, La Ronda, which is home to many artist's workshops and galleries. Here, you will have the chance to meet some of the local artists and talk with them about their work before visiting a chocolate factory to learn why Ecuador is considered one of the finest chocolate producers in the world. After seeing the chocolate-making process, a tasting is a must! Top off your day with a photo in front of the Equatorial Monument in the "Middle of the World". Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 3
19 Oct 2018
Quito, Ecuador
Air travel
Baltra Island, Ecuador
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Baltra–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation)–Cruising: Santa Cruz Island: Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, embark the Treasure of Galápagos for five days of cruising among various Galápagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. After lunch, join your Naturalist for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos' natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands' tortoises. Later, on board the ship, join a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); Note: The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

DAY 4
20 Oct 2018
Sullivan Bay, Ecuador
Bartolome Island, Ecuador

Santiago & Bartolomé Islands: After breakfast, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Join your Naturalist for an exploration of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, where you will walk on newly-formed, less than 100-year-old lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. Keep your eye out for lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galápagos penguin. This afternoon at Bartolomé Island, hike to the summit for one of the best panorama views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. End your visit with a chance to snorkel or swim off the beach with the playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, harmless whitetip reef sharks, and if you are lucky—the Galápagos penguins! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
21 Oct 2018
Isla North Seymour, Ecuador
Isla Mosquera, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

North Seymour Island and Mosquera Islet: Disembark at North Seymour Island, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the magnificent and the rarer great frigatebird breeding next to each other. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit Mosquera Islet, a sandy island with one of the largest concentrations of Galápagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. A walk on the white coral beach reveals shorebirds like the endemic lava gull, waders like the yellow-crowned night heron, and intertidal hunters, such as the striking reddish-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
22 Oct 2018
South Plaza, Ecuador
Cerro Brujo, Ecuador

South Plaza and San Cristóbal Islands: At South Plaza Island, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, visit the first site Charles Darwin visited in the Galápagos, Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal. Admire the stunning views of Kicker Rock before visiting a lagoon home to many migratory birds such as pelicans, black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and the great blue heron. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
23 Oct 2018
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Air travel
Quito, Ecuador

After breakfast, disembark the boat in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a visit to the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center. Here, you will learn about the islands' volcanic genesis, their remoteness, ocean currents, special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment. Next, head to the airport for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening to prepare for your return flight home tomorrow. (Breakfast)

DAY 8
24 Oct 2018
Quito, Ecuador
Air travel
Coca, Ecuador
Amazon Lodge, Ecuador

Fly from Quito to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River to a small tributary where you transfer to a dugout canoe for the remainder of your journey to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the British Isles put together, one hectare of forest boasts almost as many frog species as all of North America, and the great expanse of jungle contains more than 20% of the Earth's vascular plant species. Here, you can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an eight-pound toad, a spider that eats birds, and the world's largest snake—the 30-foot-long anaconda. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9
25 Oct 2018
Amazon Lodge, Ecuador

Early this morning, your naturalist brings you to a parrot clay lick to see parrots, macaws, parakeets, and other species feeding. Continue with a walk through the jungle and learn of the medicinal plants and immense biodiversity that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Tonight, accompany your naturalist on a night walk or canoe ride to discover creatures rarely seen during the day—you many even spot a caiman or two! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
26 Oct 2018
Amazon Lodge, Ecuador

This morning, depart on a Napo River cruise through the flooded forest in search of the varied wildlife. Here, you will have a good chance of seeing troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and maybe even the incredibly well-camouflaged three-toed sloth. Later, visit a local community, school, and village, and spend some time with the natives to learn about their culture and way of life. Finish your day fishing for piranhas or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters—the less brave can send their guide in first. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
27 Oct 2018
Coca, Ecuador
Air travel
Quito, Ecuador

Depart by canoe this morning in search of monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca for your flight to Quito. (Breakfast)

DAY 12
28 Oct 2018
Quito, Ecuador

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ecuador and Its Galápagos Islands With The Amazon map

About the Ship

Avalon Suite Ship
Treasure of Galapagos

Chartered exclusively for Avalon guests, the Treasure of Galapagos features spacious suites with balconies and takes you around the archipelago to explore the natural wonders of the region.

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Included

  • Air-conditioned

  • Expert crew and multilingual Naturalist Expedition lectures on board

  • Indoor lounge & bar

  • Shaded outdoor lounge & bar Observation area

  • 24-hour complimentary water, tea, coffee

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