Ecuador Vacation Package – Quito, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos (14N)

Experience the Wonders of Ecuador with this 15 Day / 14 Night Travel Vacation Package and Tour that includes the capital city of Quito, The Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador Vacation Package – Quito, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos (14N)

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, named by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, lies in a spectacular mountain setting at 2800 meters (9184 ft.) above the sea level and just 25 kms. (16 miles) south of the equator, with a magnificent blend of colonial and modern architecture. The Amazon Rainforest in the east of Ecuador cover an area of nearly 40% of the country. The rainforest is home to a wide range of species, many of whom are yet to be discovered and named. Toucans, parrots, caimans, freshwater dolphins and a hundred species of butterflies and insects exist within an incredible biodiversity of plants. The Galapagos Islands are a natural paradise. Between three and five million years ago, submarine volcanoes surfaced from the bottom of the ocean forming thirteen major islands, six lesser islands, and about forty two islets six hundred miles away from the continent. Wind and water currents from both Northern and Southern hemispheres carried foreign fauna to settle in this young archipelago, which, due to the absence of large predators, eventually became a sanctuary of life. These befitting conditions allowed animals to develop characteristics reconciled with a new environment. Evolutionary processes like those within the community of finches inspired Darwin’s thought, which redefined our origin. Giant tortoises, penguins, iguanas, playful sea lions, yellow and black marine turtles, magnificent frigates, blue-footed boobies, albatross, leaping bottlenose dolphins, white tipped sharks, whale sharks and sperm whales conform a rather limited account of the formidable wildlife in the archipelago. Pristine white-sanded and red-sanded beaches, coastlines dominated by giant mangroves, waters filled with multicolored forms of live, and animals that still behave as though man is no enemy make Galapagos the Enchanted Islands.

Ecuador Highlights Travel Vacation Package (14N) includes

Hotels in Ecuador:
6 nights accommodations in standard room at at JW Marriott hotel, 4 nights accommodations in standard rooms at Sacha and 4 nights in the Galapagos Islands aboard MV Galapagos.

Tours in Quito:

  • Visit Equatorial Monument Complex
  • Visit the Independence Square

Tours in Otavalo:

  • Visit Otavalo Market
  • Visit the province of Imbabura

Tours in Amazon Rainforest:

  • Visit Pilchicocha Lake
  • Visit the River Napo

Tours in Galapagos Island:

  • Visit all Galapagos Island

Observations:

Transportation:

  • Transfers from/to airport and tours in air-conditioned vehicles with your local English speaking expert guide, according itinerary.
    Private ground transfers include bilingual guide English/Spanish & soft drinks during transfers between destinations.

Adventure:

  • This is an easy paced trip perfect for anyone.

Group Size:

  • Minimum of 2 participants.

Staff:

  • Local professional bilingual guides will help you during the tours and transfers.

Day by Day Vacation Package Itinerary

This is a Sample Vacation Package that we have created for customers in the past.

Contact us for a Custom Package created just for you.

Day 1 – Quito
Assistance and transfer in Quito from airport to hotel Overnight in Quito at JW Marriott hotel, standard. Transfer from airport to hotel Check in at JW Marriott hotel. Overnight

Day 2 – Quito
The Colonial district, declared Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1978, displays architecture, character and traditions combining both the Hispanic and native cultures. Walk along the streets and discover beautiful houses, wealthy colonial churches with splendid stone facades, outstanding gold leafed altars and the beauty of historic plazas and monuments. Also drive to the Equatorial Monument Complex where there is the opportunity to stand on two hemispheres at the same time. Lunch included. Good opportunities for handicraft shopping. Breakfast, Lunch included Overnight at JW Marriott hotel.

Day 3 – Quito
An early start, to travel north of Quito to the province of Imbabura, a magical land of lakes. Just before arriving to the famous Otavalo market. The Otavalo Indian market, dates back to the pre-Inca times and is famous for its textiles woven on blackstrap and shuttle looms. The market is piled high with ponchos, hand made textiles, hats, indian jewellery, and various handicrafts. Will have time to wonder around the market. Lunch will be served at one of the Hosterias of the area. Afternoon if time permits visit to Cotacachi an artisans centre known for its leather woods or San Antonio de Ibarra where the highlight are the wood-carvings. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Otavalo/Quito Overnight in Quito at JW Marriott hotel.

Day 4 – Amazon Rainforest
Transfer to airport to take the flight to El Coca. A 25-minute flight will take you over the Andes Mountains’ majestic snow-covered peaks and down over 8500 feet (2600 meters) into the Amazon Region. The flight destination is the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca, where you will be met by a bilingual guide and taken to a private dock. Here you will have a snack and the chance to use the rest rooms before boarding a covered motorized canoe for a 2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. During the ride it is easy to spot handsome shore birds such as herons, kingfishers, spoonbills and ospreys between the scattered native huts as you travel steadily away from civilization. Upon arrival to Sacha Lodge’s 5000-acre (2000-hectare) private reserve, the passengers will take their first walk along a raised boardwalk through dense flooded palm forest where several species of monkeys are often sighted. The path leads to Pilchicocha lake, a blackwater paradise where you’d least expect to find any sign of people, but dugout canoes (and even paddlers) await to carry you even farther. As you cross the lake, the cries of tropical birds lead you to your final destination and home base for an exciting jungle experience. The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. All cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and nestle well concealed into the lush surroundings. Each of 26 the rooms provides a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. All cabins are screened against insects, and contain ceiling fans above two comfortable double beds. During free time, you may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin! Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Quito/Amazon Rainforest Check in Quito at Sacha Lodge Overnight

Day 5 – Sacha Lodge
Enjoy a 4-night-program in the Amazonia at Sacha Lodge, where activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active. Each group may decide on its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, visits begin at around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail many choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland! A favorite activity is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, swimming and piranha fishing are also activities not to be missed… but don’t worry! ! Piranhas are scavengers and the guides will prove that swimming is perfectly safe. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset… Do you dare search for them? Breakfast, lunch and dinner included Overnight at Sacha Lodge

Day 6 – Sacha Lodge
Enjoy a 4-night-program in the Amazonia at Sacha Lodge, where activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active. Each group may decide on its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, visits begin at around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail many choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland! A favorite activity is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, swimming and piranha fishing are also activities not to be missed… but don’t worry! ! Piranhas are scavengers and the guides will prove that swimming is perfectly safe. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset… Do you dare search for them? Breakfast, lunch and dinner included Overnight at Sacha Lodge

Day 7 – Sacha Lodge
Enjoy a 4-night-program in the Amazonia at Sacha Lodge, where activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active. Each group may decide on its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, visits begin at around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail many choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland! A favorite activity is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, swimming and piranha fishing are also activities not to be missed… but don’t worry! ! Piranhas are scavengers and the guides will prove that swimming is perfectly safe. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset… Do you dare search for them? Breakfast, lunch and dinner included Overnight at Sacha Lodge

Day 8 – Sacha Lodge
Early wake up to catch the flight back to Quito. Arrival to Quito and transfer to hotel. This sightseeing driving excursion offers the best of Quito with its rich cultural legacy, ornate facades lighted on multicoloured spotlights. Visit the Independence Square with The Archbishop’s palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral as well as other very representative samples of colonial art and architecture. At the end, drive to a local restaurant for a fixed menu dinner. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Amazon Raindforest/Quito Check in at JW Marriott hotel. Overnight

Day 9 – The Galapagos Islands
Transfer to airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands Upon arrival to Galapagos, transfer to MV Galapagos Explorer (category: deluxe) to enjoy the cruise in the islands Geological conditions lead towards the emergence of an ecosystem beyond comparison. Between three and five million years ago, submarine volcanoes surfaced from the bottom of the ocean forming thirteen major islands, six lesser islands, and about forty two islets; six hundred miles away from the continent. Wind and water currents from both Northern and Southern hemispheres carried foreign fauna to this young archipelago and over time became a unique sanctuary of life. These befitting conditions allowed animals to develop characteristics reconciled with a new environment. Explore this unique and diverse archipelago, go beyond the islands and snorkel or dive into a life-bursting world, the possibilities in the Galapagos Islands is ample. From luxury ships to personal sailboats and yachts, or land based programs. Discover these Enchanted Islands by cruise of 5 days / 4 nights (from Saturday to Wednesday) aboard MV Galapagos Explorer – category deluxe. www.excitingalapagos.com Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Quito/Galapagos Island Overnight at MV Galapagos Explorer in the selected cabin

Day 10 – The Galapagos Islands
Transfer to airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands Upon arrival to Galapagos, transfer to MV Galapagos Explorer (category: deluxe) to enjoy the cruise in the islands Geological conditions lead towards the emergence of an ecosystem beyond comparison. Between three and five million years ago, submarine volcanoes surfaced from the bottom of the ocean forming thirteen major islands, six lesser islands, and about forty two islets; six hundred miles away from the continent. Wind and water currents from both Northern and Southern hemispheres carried foreign fauna to this young archipelago and over time became a unique sanctuary of life. These befitting conditions allowed animals to develop characteristics reconciled with a new environment. Explore this unique and diverse archipelago, go beyond the islands and snorkel or dive into a life-bursting world, the possibilities in the Galapagos Islands is ample. From luxury ships to personal sailboats and yachts, or land based programs. Discover these Enchanted Islands by cruise of 5 days / 4 nights (from Saturday to Wednesday) aboard MV Galapagos Explorer – category deluxe. www.excitingalapagos.com Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Quito/Galapagos Island Overnight at MV Galapagos Explorer in the selected cabin

Day 11 – The Galapagos Islands
Transfer to airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands Upon arrival to Galapagos, transfer to MV Galapagos Explorer (category: deluxe) to enjoy the cruise in the islands Geological conditions lead towards the emergence of an ecosystem beyond comparison. Between three and five million years ago, submarine volcanoes surfaced from the bottom of the ocean forming thirteen major islands, six lesser islands, and about forty two islets; six hundred miles away from the continent. Wind and water currents from both Northern and Southern hemispheres carried foreign fauna to this young archipelago and over time became a unique sanctuary of life. These befitting conditions allowed animals to develop characteristics reconciled with a new environment. Explore this unique and diverse archipelago, go beyond the islands and snorkel or dive into a life-bursting world, the possibilities in the Galapagos Islands is ample. From luxury ships to personal sailboats and yachts, or land based programs. Discover these Enchanted Islands by cruise of 5 days / 4 nights (from Saturday to Wednesday) aboard MV Galapagos Explorer – category deluxe. www.excitingalapagos.com Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Quito/Galapagos Island Overnight at MV Galapagos Explorer in the selected cabin

Day 12 – The Galapagos Islands
Transfer to airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands Upon arrival to Galapagos, transfer to MV Galapagos Explorer (category: deluxe) to enjoy the cruise in the islands Geological conditions lead towards the emergence of an ecosystem beyond comparison. Between three and five million years ago, submarine volcanoes surfaced from the bottom of the ocean forming thirteen major islands, six lesser islands, and about forty two islets; six hundred miles away from the continent. Wind and water currents from both Northern and Southern hemispheres carried foreign fauna to this young archipelago and over time became a unique sanctuary of life. These befitting conditions allowed animals to develop characteristics reconciled with a new environment. Explore this unique and diverse archipelago, go beyond the islands and snorkel or dive into a life-bursting world, the possibilities in the Galapagos Islands is ample. From luxury ships to personal sailboats and yachts, or land based programs. Discover these Enchanted Islands by cruise of 5 days / 4 nights (from Saturday to Wednesday) aboard MV Galapagos Explorer – category deluxe. www.excitingalapagos.com Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included Transfer to Quito/Galapagos Island Overnight at MV Galapagos Explorer in the selected cabin

Day 13 – Quito
Assistance and transfer in Quito from airport to hotel Overnight in Quito at JW Marriot. Breakfast included. Transfer to Galapagos Island/Quito. Check in at JW Marriott hotel. Overnight.

Day 14 – Quito
An ideal opportunity to be taken to the best handicraft shops in Town where you will find the finest selection of crafts from all over Ecuador. Breakfast, Lunch included Overnight at JW Marriott hotel.

Day 15 – Quito
Transfer to airport to take the international flight Breakfast included Transfer to airport

Sacha Lodge
The journey to Sacha Lodge begins in Quito, Ecuadors capital city. From here, a 45-minute flight takes you over the Andes Mountains majestic snow-covered peaks and down over 8500 feet (2600 meters) into the town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana. Here, a covered motorized canoe will be awaiting you for a 21/2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Upon arrival to Sacha Lodges 3200-acre (1300-hectare) private reserve, guests will take their first walk along a raised boardwalk through dense flooded palm forest to Pilchicocha lake, a blackwater paradise where dugout canoes (and even paddlers!) await to carry you to the Lodge. Imagine yourself drifting down a narrow, winding creek surrounded on all sides by a lush, endless sea of tropical greenery. All that separates you from the deep black Amazon waters is a canoe hand-carved out of a single tree trunk. As you maneuver around a bend something unidentified crashes off into the underbrush, and you catch a glimpse of two magnificent, colorful macaws startled into flight. Suddenly, the forest erupts with a roar so loud that all you can imagine is some giant, fierce predator on the prowl. But as you turn to face your destiny, the menace is revealed as a family of furry red howler monkeys huddled together in a treetop. With a sigh of relief you continue onward, deeper into the unknown.

MV Galapagos Explorer
The M/V Galapagos Explorer II is designed to provide comfort and scientific information to 100 passengers visiting the Galapagos National Park. Its operation is emphasized with interesting itineraries that offer the best of this pristine paradise. Expert naturalist guides will offer an environmentally friendly and educational cruise focused in the Natural History of the Galapagos. Facilities on board: 50 suites, Boutique, Library, Karaoke Bar, Conference Room, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Solarium, observatory deck, electronic Elevator, 24 hours coffee and tea Station, Medical Assistance, Massage Suite, Satellite communication.

JW Marriott Hotel
The JW Marriott Quito is a luxury property situated on the famous Amazonas Avenue, approximately five miles from Quito Airport. Local attractions include the Bird Sanctuary, Casa de la Cultura, Banco Central Museum, and Metropolitan Park. Hotel amenities include free coffee in the lobby, shoeshine, babysitting, ATM, concierge, daily housekeeping services, evening turndown service, onsite parking (fee), express check-in/out, guest laundry, 24-hour room service, safe deposit box, laundry/dry cleaning services, local area shuttle (fee), florist, and gift shop. Guests may also enjoy the outdoor heated pool, childrens pool, fitness center, and Jacuzzi. Onsite drink and dining is available at the Bistro Latino, La Haciena Restaurant, and The Exchange Lobby Bar & Sushi Bar.