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A stunning trip combining perhaps the two most unique and diverse habitats in the world, the Galapagos islands and the Amazon

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What's Included

  • Luxury Galapagos cruise
  • Excursions lead by naturalist experts
  • Private tour options in Guayaquil, the Amazon and Quito
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This is a remarkable trip that encompasses a grand tour of the Galapagos Islands and a comprehensive expedition into the Ecuadorian Amazon staying at one of our favourite jungle lodges.

Experience the magnificent and unparalleled wildlife kingdom of the Galapagos in the comfort of a luxury cruise with some of Ecuador’s most knowledgeable naturalist guides on a comprehensive seven night cruise.

Then return to the mainland to spend two nights in charming UNESCO city of Quito, allowing time to learn the customs and traditions of Ecuador, explore the cities art galleries and other sites of historical interest.

Finally, venture deep into the Amazon experiencing the biodiversity, flora and fauna of the rainforest with three last in this untamed wilderness.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Guayaquil

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Guayaquil airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Guayaquil

Two nights in Guayaquil Two nights in Guayaquil

The largest city in Ecuador and located on the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is the country's economic hub and with good flight connections, is more often than not simply a necessary stopover to or from the Galapagos. With a good selection of fine restaurants and cultural establishments, we can help you make the most of your short time here should you want to venture out.

Full day tour to El Castillo cocoa farm Full day tour to El Castillo cocoa farm

Head out of Guayaquil to Hacienda El Castillo, a traditional cacao farm. After a warm welcome at the main house, visit the chocolate factory, where you will see all the process of turning cocoa beans into fine chocolate. Guests can also relax in the hammocks, hike and birdwatch in the original native forest or along cocoa and mango plantations. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the main house’s dining room before returning to Guayaquil in the early afternoon.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Guayaquil hotel to the airport

Flight

Flight from Guayaquil to the Galapagos

Days 3-10

Galapagos

Galapagos yachts and cruise ships

Seven night Galapagos cruise Seven night Galapagos cruise

Spend your time cruising and exploring the Galapagos Islands on your choice of Jacada's selected luxury expedition cruises. The exact itinerary will depend on which you choose, our travel designer will help you choose which suits you best.

Nature walks on the Islands Nature walks on the Islands

There will be a number of varied nature trails with your guides to the different islands on your itinerary to explore both the wildlife up close and the astonishing geology of the islands.

Two Galapagos Sea Lions Frolic Together Underwater
Panga rides and snorkelling Panga rides and snorkelling

Small group excursions by inflatable 'panga' zodiac boats to snorkel and see the dense marine wildlife.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from the Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)

Days 10-12

Quito

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Quito airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Quito

Two nights in Quito Two nights in Quito

Enjoy Ecuador's capital, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this historical city and contemporary hub. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Talk to your travel designer about how you would like to spend your time here.

Quito 'Mystical City' Tour Quito 'Mystical City' Tour

The tour starts with a panoramic overview of the city and its surrounding volcanoes from one of the city’s viewpoints. Then stop at a local food, fruits and vegetables market. This is one of the oldest markets in the city and during the visit you will be able to enjoy the smells and colours of the fruits and vegetables and learn more about the history of this ancient market and the local products as well as some secrets of the local natural medicine.

Then continue to the Independence Square which is the centre of the political life of the country due to the presence of the President’s Palace. In the afternoon visit La Compañia church, known as the best example of baroque style in the country, and San Francisco Church, the first Catholic church built by the Spaniards in Quito. The tour ends with a visit to the museum Casa del Alabado, a Pre-Columbian art museum that owns more than 5,000 archaeological pieces from most of the communities living in Ecuador before the arrival of the Spaniards.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your Quito hotel to Quito airport

Flight

Flight from Quito to Coca

Days 12-15

The Amazon

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Coca airport to your lodge in the Amazon

Accommodation in The Amazon

Three days exploring the Ecuadorian Amazon Three days exploring the Ecuadorian Amazon

During your time in the Amazon you will be able to choose from a host of activities which will allow you to marvel at the incredible biodiversity of this magical area, which will allow you to experience nature at it's best.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from your Amazon Lodge to Coca airport

Flight

Flight from Coca to Quito

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