Ecuador Cloud Forest & Galapagos 2018 Trip

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Nov 3

Arrive in Quito. Airport meet and greet and transfer to Airport Hotel Wyndham

Nov 4

QUITO-ALAMBI CLOUD FOREST

  • Early pick up towards the highlands of Pichincha Volcano. Birding towards the Yanacocha reserve. At this reserve, very good birding is expected with several target birds such as Black Backed Grosbeak, Sword-Billed Hummingbird, Blackbreasted Puffleg, Tyrian Metaltail, Andean Condor.
  • After Yanacocha The Old Nono-Mindo Road is taken birding as we go with the incredible landscapes and changes of habitats, target birds at the road will include Grass-Green Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Orange Breasted Fruit Eater, Beautiful Jay, Plate-Billed Mountain Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, Giant Antpitta. Visiting Tony’s hummingbird garden for an amazing dance of 200 plus hummingbirds and later stopping at the Alambi ridge.
  • Late afternoon arrival to the award-winning Septimo Paraiso Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 5

ALAMBI CLOUD FOREST

  • Early breakfast, full day trip towards the area of Los Bancos (1050 meters above sea level) birding the road to Milpe and other options. Visit to the trails of the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation and Silanche Reserve in the lowlands Box Lunch on location and late afternoon return to Septimo Paraiso.
  • The target birds here are just amazing with species such as Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan, Moss-Backed Tanager, ChestnutThroated Antwren, Choco Vireo, Crested Owl.
  • Late afternoon arrival to award-winning Septimo Paraiso Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Nov 6

ALAMBI CLOUD FOREST – QUITO

  • Very early wake up to be led to a cock of the rock lek Paz Reserve, some hiking in the dark is expected Breakfast at location.
  • Return for lunch at Lodge. Afternoon enjoy the birds at this impressive location (1580 m. above sea level), Birding in the gardens of the Hosteria (hummingbird and fruit feeders) and trail birding.
  • Transfer to Quito, evening in Wyndham Airport hotel

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 7

QUITO– BALTRA: PRIMICIAS RANCH

BARTOLOME ISLAND – SULLIVAN BAY

  • At 6:00 a.m. a bus to pick us up for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take our tour of this island with turquoise
  • and beautiful white sand beaches. We will take on board breakfast and after 2 hours of sailing arrive at Bartholomew. Upon arrival, we have to climb a staircase and from the top, you will see a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones. Here is the famous Darwin’s Pinnacle. This is a huge black lava formation that has eroded over time and is the most representative image of the Galapagos archipelago. Near Pinnacle Rock you can also see two beautiful beaches in the form of a crescent. After we snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, white tip reef, tropical fish, sea lions and many other unique marine species. Also, this is the perfect area to observe the Galapagos Penguins.
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  • After lunch, we visit Sullivan Bay, here you can see some amazing lava formations, the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903. This is an excellent example of typical forms and colors that contrast with lavas from older types.

Nov 10

PLAZAS ISLAND – CARRION POINT

  • At 7:00 a.m. a bus for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take us to Plazas Islands. After 2 hours of navigation we land to see one of the largest colonies of sea lions. Then just a few meters behind the dock landing a group of land iguanas can be observed. Then the trail goes to the other side of the island, which is very small and rectangular, walking along a ravine, where you can watch land iguanas, some marine iguanas and birds in the ravine as well as: boobies, blue footed and masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls nesting, puffins and tropical birds. Besides frigates and pelicans often you fly over the ravines.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 11

SANTA FE ISLAND – HIDDEN BEACH

  • After breakfast you will board a yacht for an hour sail to Santa Fe Island. From its huge precipices you can observe a forest of giant endemic cactusand colonies of sea birds, including pelicans, boobies and gulls in a calm turquoise bay, inhabited by a large number of sea lions. This is an ideal place to snorkel, swim with stingrays and tropical fish, also occasionally observing sea turtles. Lunch on board. Then we will visit Hidden Beach and have a relaxing time before to return to the hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 12

TWIN CRATERS – AIRPORT

  • After breakfast, take a bus to the airport, on the way you will make a final stop to visit the Twin Craters, geological subsidence in the middle of a forest of escalecias (native vegetation) located in the highest part of the island.

Included: Breakfast

INCLUDES:

– Accommodations

– Meals on the islands

– Local Naturalist Guide

– Transfers in Galapagos

 

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

– Air ticket

– Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park

– Ingala Transit Control Card

– Extra drinks and meals

Amazonia Expeditions operates in the Amazon Basin, on the Tahuayo River, which is a tributary of the Amazon River in Peru. Our mission includes protecting the Amazon Rainforest through providing education, healthcare and jobs for the native population to encourage respect for their homes. We also have supported multiple researchers in our lodge for long term studies of the Amazon Rainforest. By utilizing our services, you are helping to preserve the region for the future.

Venue Highlights

We offer signature Eco Tours including:
- Canopy Experience
- Pink Dolphins
- Nature Photography
- Hiking
- Insect Collecting
- Night Hike
- Piranha Fishing
- Anaconda Search
- Forest Canoeing
- Lake Swimming
- Primate Search

Our Specialty Amazon Trips include:
- Birding
- Fishing
- Camping
- Jungle Survival

Group Activities
Amazonia can accommodate any group from a few friends, families, up to large school groups of up to 25 guests. Group travelers can join any of the standard eco-tour activities, but in addition there are several options specifically for groups, and experiences can be tailored to young or old travelers.

Machu-Picchu Trips:
- Combo Trip – Amazon Jungle and Machu-Picchu
- Peruvian Andes Expedition

World Adventures:
- Ecuador Cloud Forest and Galapagos 2018
- Expedition to Chile
- Souther African Safaris
- African Serengeti Great Migration
- Uganda Gorillas & Chimpanzees

Guests are free to choose dates, pick activities they wish to attend and are always accompanied by a qualified guide.

Accommodations

TAHUAYO LODGE
Amazonia’s main lodge on the Tahuayo River is not a resort, nor a hotel, but a rustic lodge, comfortable for adventurous travelers. There are seventeen cabins; some are honeymoon cabins, with a king-size bed, others are cabins with two beds and a few are family style cabin-3-inside cabins with two floors with a matrimonial bed on the first floor and several single beds on the second floor. More than half of the cabins now have new private bathrooms. The others, often used for student groups, have shared bathrooms.

Each cabin is raised above the jungle floor on stilts and is connected to other buildings of the lodge by a raised boardwalk. Other buildings include a modern kitchen built to the highest standard of sanitary food preparation, dining hall, bar, areas to socialize and relax and a conservation education laboratory with library. The modern flush toilets and showers use a sanitary septic system. The water used in the plumbing comes from a well rather than water pumped from the river, which is typical of most jungle lodges.

AMAZON RESEARCH CENTER PERU LODGE
The Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge (ARC), is deeper in the forest than our main lodge, and allows for the viewing of undisturbed nature. Take advantage of our trail grid, which is the largest scientific trail grid offered in the Amazon. This trail grid spans over 1000 acres, and covers 4 separate ecosystems, making it more remote pristine forest, and offering a greater diversity of wildlife.

VISTA AMAZONICA – IQUITOS
For our guests convenience we also offer our bed & breakfast service in Iquitos city. A great addition to our main office and port complex, the rooms here are exclusively offered to our jungle guests, so you will not find much information about it online except on our website. It is located right on the riverbank and is only a few minutes away from the main plaza (tourist district) by motor taxi. If you have the time, it is a great place to stay for a few days before or after your visit to our lodges. These rooms fill up fast so please let us know well in advance if you wish to add a stay at “Vista Amazonica” to enhance your trip!

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