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GALAPAGOS & YASUNI AMAZON CAMPING

GALAPAGOS & YASUNI AMAZON CAMPING

$4573 per person

This unique eco-tour is perfect for active and adventurous travelers in search of wildlife, nature and authentic ancestral cultures. Travel to Galapagos to witness wildlife closer than anywhere else on the planet. Swim with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, sharks, and the only marine iguana in the world. Hike the top of active volcanoes in Isabela Island and search for the famous giant tortoises. Flip to the Ecuador mainland and depart for the ultimate deep-Amazon kayak expedition in a remote and untouched area of the UNESCO YASUNI Biosphere Reserve & National Park. Experience the tremendous biodiversity and wildlife of the reserve and connect with a native Kichwa tribe still living in the authentic and traditional way, while camping in the heart of the dense rainforest. Live the adventure as you promote long-term conservation and sustainability in two of the most precious,diverse ecosystems in the world!

Unique Experiences:

  • Camp along the river shore in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and explore the jungle in the dark through an amazing night hike.
  • Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions and hummer head sharks at Kicker Rock, the best site in the Galpagos islands.

 

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  • Departure
    Quito / Ecuador
  • Included
    Activities
    Domestic flights
    Land Transportation
    Meals detailed in the itinerary
  • Not Included
    Fees and entrances to parks and museums
    Airport tranfer in & out
    International flight
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DAY 1: QUITO ARRIVAL DAY

Meet your AJ trip leader and group at 6:00pm. Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.

Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours. At this time we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an acclimation and information day.
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: none.

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DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN GALAPAGOS - SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago on the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristobal. Once arrived, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a short briefing about the next days, before the adventure begins.

In the afternoon we will head to "La Loberia", which is a home beach for large Galapagos sea lions, we can spot them while snorkeling, as they are very curios and approach to swim next to you underwater. They may also be lazying over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin’s finches along the beach. In between the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galapagos. We also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.

Accommodation: Blue Marlin Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 3: KICKER ROCK - SAN CRISTOBAL

In the morning, we will take a boat to Kicker Rock, located off the coast of San Cristobal, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of some resemblance. This is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Island’s natural monument has become a spectacular site due to the many tropic birds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful fish, such as rainbow fish and sharks, like the hammerhead and white tip. After lunch, we will spend some time on the beach and travel back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Blue Marlin Hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY 4: BIKING IN ISABELA

In the morning, hop to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. 

In the afternoon, we will explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail on our bikes, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife including flamingos, marine iguanas and giant tortoises. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the 1950s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced.
As we continue our ride along the coast, we will explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with a plethora of bird life, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many other shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas.
Before dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.
Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY 5: ISABELA ISLAND

Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around.

This will be the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel.

Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY 6: HIKE AND KAYAK

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.

Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations; great examples of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY 7: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - CHARLES DARWIN STATION - HIKE WITH GIANT TORTOISES

In the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town.

Accommodation: La Casa de Judy or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 8: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND FREE DAY - OPTIONAL DIVING

Today, you can experience the Galapagos at your pace to your own desire, whether that be scuba diving (request in advance) or just time to relax on the beach! As an option, you can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (3.5 mi/ 5.6 km), a beautiful white sand beach and a nesting site to thousands of marine turtles. This beautiful place invites for swimming or snorkeling. Alternatively, you can join any of the optional activities (at an extra cost), such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip, just to mention a few.

Accommodation: La Casa de Judy or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 9: FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 10: FREE DAY IN QUITO

Today will be a morning City tour in the UNESCO old town of Quito and a free afternoon to explore the city on your own or take an optional day tour. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip or city tour.

In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding your Yasuni rainforest adventure.
Accommodation:  Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY 11: FLIGHT TO COCA AND ENTER THE YASUNI PARK

Let’s board a morning flight to the town of Coca town to begin our adventure. We’ll take a scenic drive to the Tiputini River, at the entrance of the YASUNI National park. While the guides prepare our gear, we’ll enjoy a riverside picnic.Our first expedition will be canoeing down this gorgeous river surrounded by complete nature and wildlife. Along the way, we will have opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caiman and many species of birds like the Oropendola, caciques, king fishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY 12: AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH WILDLIFE

After a healthy breakfast, we will continue our canoeing exploration, heading deeper into the jungle. Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure: the more pristine and wild the jungle becomes with new exciting opportunities to encounter more wildlife, such as different types of monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. We will also take hikes to learn more about local plants and their medicinal properties. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our camp site, located on the Tiputini River side. Our chef will prepare a special gourmet dinner for us tonight.

Accommodation:  Camping in Yasuni National Park

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY 13: CANOEING IN THE ANACONDA LAGOON - FLOODED FOREST

After breakfast we will start navigating by canoe down the Tiputini to reach the entrance to the Amarun – Cocha, that means Anaconda Lagoon in the native language. This is located in the most pristine forest of the area and with luck we may see the biggest and most beautiful snake of the planet. We will also enjoy breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters in a flooded forest. Over here we will discover the mythic piranhas, caimans, boas and more. Later we will canoe back to the camp site and after a nice break at the hammocks, we will go on a night exploration to view insects, frogs and possibly some snakes.

Accommodation:  Camping Yasuni National Park 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY 14: EDUCATIONAL HIKE AND VISIT TO A NATIVE COMMUNITY

In the morning we will take a hike in the pristine forest to learn about the rich flora of the area and the medicinal plants. After lunch we will take a canoe ride to a local Kichwa community to learn about their way of life in the jungle, their stories and traditions. We will also see how they make the traditional drink called chicha. In the afternoon we will go fishing.

Accommodation:  Camping in Yasuni National Park 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY 15: VISIT TO THE CLAY LICK – BACK TO QUITO

This is an early morning venture because we want to get to the clay lick the earliest possible. It is one of our best adventures in the jungle, visiting the Lamederos or Saladeros (parrot clay lick) where there is a big concentration of different species of parrots and macaws, and few predators surrounding the area. They come to feed on the clay from the mineral enriched ground, which helps them digest and detoxify from the poisons of their main diet. Such places are unique in the Amazon rainforest, because they offer a great chance to see a wide range of Amazon wildlife species. Later we will return to Coca and take the flight back to Quito.

Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 16: DEPARTURE

Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!

Meals included: Breakfast.

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What's Included?

  • Transportation: Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip, airfare Quito-Coca round trip, airport transfers (national flights), one way flight San Cristobal-Isabela, sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands, private and comfortable land and sea transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe.
  • Accommodation based in double occupancy: 5* hotel in Quito, 3+ star hotels in Galapagos, comfortable camping in Yasuni National Park.
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 9 lunches,  5 dinners.
  • Activities: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock and Isla de los Lobos, trekking to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, snorkeling in Lava Tunnels, kayaking in Tintoreras, biking to the Wall of Tears, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands, kayaking Tiputini River, visiting the untouched zone in Yasuni National Park, hiking to the animals clay lick (Saladero), visiting the Quichua communities in the intangible zone of Yasuni National Park, piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, jungle night hikes.
  • Gear:  Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest, mountain bikes, dugout canoe with outboard motor, rubber boots, Eureka tents, air mattresses, bathroom tent, portable toilet, social kitchen.
  • Trip Leader:  Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader  and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park.

What is not included?

  • My Own Room & Tent supplement: $839.
  • International flights.
  • Airport transfer (international flights).
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).
  • Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $300 USD.

  • INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change).

  • Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change).

  • USD $10 pier-use fee at Puerto Villamil.

  • Wetsuit for rent: USD $10.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Tips.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER: It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions, it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention of specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

FLIGHT TIME:

30 min. flight each way (Quito-Coca-Quito).

2:45 hours each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers.
45 minutes from San Cristobal to Isabela. Small size aircraft. 9 passengers.

BOAT TRAVEL TIME:

2 hours from Isabela to Santa Cruz.

45 minutes each way - Lava Tunnels.
45 minutes each way - Kicker Rock.

DRIVING TIME:

1 hours driving each way to river.

45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.
45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.
45 minutes each way to Sierra Negra.

PROVINCE: Pichincha, Orellana, Pastaza and Galapagos

TERRITORY: Quito City, Yasuni National Park, Pañacocha Flooded forest reserve and Galapagos Islands National Park

ALTITUDE: From sea level (most activities) to 1 200m (3,937 ft -Sierra Negra Volcano).

AVG. TEMP. : Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF

KAYAKING TIME: 2 hours.

SNORKELING TIME: 1 – 2 hours a day.

BIKING TIME: 3 hours total.

HIKING TIME

Sierra Negra: 5 hours total.
El Chato Tortoises Reserve: 1 hour total.

WEATHER TEMPERATURES: December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC.

WATER: The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenge. This program is located in The Galapagos Islands, includes multisport activities, long hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling almost every day, sea kayaking to view wildlife, and biking mostly on flat roads.

GEAR: Adventure and protective equipment, snorkeling mask, fins, life jackets, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddle.

ACCOMODATION: All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.

MEALS: Traveling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.

Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.

YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES: All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.

In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.

In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.

SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon rain forest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.

HEALTH INFORMATION: Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.