Experience the wonders of Ecuador on this 10-day adventure starting with old colonial Quito, followed by 4 days on the Galapagos La Pinta Yacht, island cruising, bird watching and sightseeing. Then you will venture into the Amazon, canoeing among monkeys, rare birds and under the forest canopy.
Our itinerary together begins on San Cristóbal Island, the capital of the Galápagos Province. From here, we venture east along the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, both full of life, taking us back to Charles Darwin’s visit of 1835. We then sail south down to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site (a favorite of many visitors): Punta Suárez. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (at certain times of year). In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming snorkeling or exploring aboard the glass-bottom boat. We end on Monday with a visit to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago.
Wherever we sail, whatever we do, all the crew aboard La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure your Galápagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.
AM Puerto BAQUERIZO MORENO AIRPORT. San Cristobal Island.
PM Cerro Colorado. Tortoise Center.
After the morning activity you will be transported to the airport for your flight to Coca with connection in Quito. After landing, a 5 min trip from the airport to Port Francisco de Orellana will take you to a comfortable covered motorboat. Here you start a boat ride along the Napo River, about 2 hours, enjoying a boxed lunch en route. Along the way birds such as herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for a restroom pause then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hour dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Good possibilities of monkey sightings of various species as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival at the lodge. Night in lodge.
Note: activities at the lodge are a sample only and can be subject to change due to lodge programs, river and weather conditions.
10 days - 9 nights