TWO TOP DESTINIES IN ONE – 10 SPECTACULAR DAYS!
(from the 17th to 26th of May of 2017)
A tour, you should not miss! Please find the itinerary below:
MAY 17: Transfer In to your hotel in Quito. Best Western Zen Hotel
MAY 18: Transfer out to Lago Agrio. Your Cuyabeno National Park rainforest adventure starts in Lago Agrio, where our driver will pick you up. A fascinating drive will take you to the northeastern part of the Sucumbios province, while we pass by beautiful rivers and small villages going deeper into the rainforest.
When you arrive at “El Puente” (the bridge), we will have lunch before we continue our way to Tapir lodge crossing down the river by canoe. This part of the trip will give you a taste of the flora and fauna that Cuyabeno has to offer. We will ensure that you and your luggage stay dry during the river ride.
After welcoming you to the Tapir Lodge, you will have time to get settled in your room. Then you will join us for a wonderful dinner, an opportunity to get acquainted with your travel companions.
After dinner, your guide will give you an introduction to the Tapir Lodge, the Cuyabeno National Park and the fascinating experiences planned for your rainforest adventure.
MAY 19: In the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), you will see (Macrolobium), ancient majestic mimosa trees, which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.
We will continue the adventure to “Terra Firme”, where we will take a hike for the rest of the morning. You will get an introduction to the rainforest ecology and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. Here you will have the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species, as well.
After a delicious lunch and time to relax at the lodge, we will navigate back to Laguna Grande to enjoy a wonderful sunset, surrounded by animals of the rainforest as bats, bugs and frogs; and if the weather permits you will have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy the lagoon.
After a day of adventures, we will return to the Tapir Lodge where dinner will be waiting. After dinner you can enjoy refreshments at our bar and join us for a quick night hike around the lodge to explore night wonders of the rain forest.
MAY 20: After breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno River until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, which are carefully produced by the locals. We finish our visit meeting the shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he uses to heal his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through the generations.
In the afternoon we will meet the local Siona family. They will show us and invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once you have tried cassava bread we will head back to Tapir Lodge to spend another night in the middle of the jungle
MAY 21: Transfer out to Quito. City tour of Quito. You will start visiting the colonial center to walk along the Independence Square, Archiepiscopal Palace, Government Palace, and the Cathedral. Then, we will visit the Compania de Jesus Church, San Francisco Square, visit to San Francisco Church and La Ronda Street. The bus will meet you to take you to Panecillo viewpoint. On the route you will be able to see the Basilica del Voto Nacional. The tour will end at your hotel. Accommodation
MAY 22: Transfer out to Galapagos. Flight from mainland Ecuador to Baltra, with AVIANCA Airlines; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; we board the Yacht without delay. We greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack. In the afternoon, we make a dry landing on Dragon Hill, where we can see land iguanas; we walk to a hypersalinic lagoon (saltier than the ocean), where we can observe flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. We board the Yacht for dinner and the first of our nightly orientations.
MAY 23: After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then, we make a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office, where we can observe sea lion rookeries (the main attraction) on the beach and in the bay of the Lobería, sea turtles and marine iguanas. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano, for snorkelling for those who wish it (this is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Islands), then we make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. We then continue the walk until we reach the beach called “La Picona” to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. We return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation
MAY24: After breakfast, we make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where we will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May – December). Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, we make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Then we make a panga ride around the islet of Gardner. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation
MAY 25: After breakfast, we make a dry landing San Cristobal port, after a short drive we arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Center where we learn about its reproductive process and the programs to maintain the species. We take the bus back to the port to visit the Interpretation Center of Human History of the Islands; this tour takes us through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. We come aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, our experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/ or snorkel. Then we make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or Kayak. We return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation
MAY 26: After breakfast we make an early dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. We observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. We return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport. From here you will be flying back to your country.
END OF OUR SERVICES
- Accommodation in double occupancy
- 2 nights accommodation hotel Best Western Zen in Quito
- Full board onboard Tip Top III & in Tapir Lodge
- Breakfast in Quito
- All transfers
- City tour of Quito
- Galapagos cruise 5Days/4Nights
- Cuyabeno program Tapir Lodge 4Days/3Nights
- Air tickets to/from Galapagos, and to/from Lago Agrio
- English Naturalist guides
- Soft & hot beverages
NOT INCLUDED SERVICES:
- Travel insurance
- Galapagos National Park fee USD100 per person
- Transit Control Card USD20 per person
- Meals not specified in the program
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages
- Personal expenses