Galapagos Islands Cruise with the Andes & Amazon
October 27, 2023 thru November 9, 2023
Join Pleasurebent Tours on an exclusive tour to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador! We have chartered a small yacht, with no more than 16 passengers, to take us through the diverse and spectacular Galapagos Islands. Traveling into mysterious jungles deep in the Amazonian rainforest, exploring the colonial heritage of historic Quito, experiencing indigenous communities in the Andean highlands, and making contact with the exotic evolutionary wonders of the Galapagos Islands, this tour allows you to explore four of the best and most diverse destinations in South America.
You will find that Quito is a treasure trove of architectural and artistic delights, boasting one of South America’s best-preserved colonial centers. Your guide will take you to neo-Gothic and Baroque churches, leafy plazas, political buildings, lavish palaces and, depending on your tastes, you might also visit some of the city’s museums or boutiques, or simply stroll along the colonial cobblestone streets as you learn about the history of this vibrant city. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city, we will head for the Galapagos archipelago, where snorkeling with sea lions, soaking up the sun alongside iguanas, and marveling at the natural beauty is just a typical day! Situated off the coast of Ecuador, this isolated haven of biodiversity is home to a dazzling array of birds, reptiles, fish and mammals that you won’t find anywhere else.
Leaving the land of evolutionary change, you will then head to a region where time stands still: the Amazon rainforest. Here, you will undoubtedly enjoy the rustic yet chic décor of your own upscale cabin at Sacha Lodge. Located in a private 5,000-acre reserve in the heart of the jungle, there is no end to the activities; and after a day of adventure exploring the Amazon, you’ll find that the Sacha Lodge is perfectly geared for total relaxation!
Still, before leaving Ecuador, you will have a chance to travel high into the Andes to discover traditional villages and truly indigenous ways of life. Filled with brilliant colors, pulsating music and exotic tastes, you’ll be introduced to the essence of South America on this final leg of your journey.
All in all — the Andes, Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest and Andean Highlands — will be a once-in-a-lifetime journey that you will never forget.
Please note that Travel Protection / Insurance is included in this package!
Our Galapagos Islands cruise is aboard the M/C EcoGalaxy, and is a first-class cruise catamaran, with a 16 passenger capacity, and the only eco-friendly cruise boat in the Galapagos! Each cabin is an ocean view, and all meals aboard are included, with lots of snorkeling and other gear.
Find out more information about the M/C EcoGalaxy here.
Roundtrip Air Transportation Included
Cruise the Galapagos Islands!
13 days, 12 nights
26 meals - 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Roundtrip Livery Service Included
- Small group tour, limited to 16 passengers!
- The amazing ecology of the Galapagos Islands – fauna and wildlife
- The cultural and geological wonders of Quito
- Cruising the amazing Amazon River
- The Andean Highlands, full of history and culture
- A Spanish speaking Tour Director to guide the group
- All meals included while on the Catamaran
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Ecuador
- Roundtrip air transportation Quito to Galapagos Islands
- Roundtrip air transportation Quito to “Coca”
- Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
- Travel protection/insurance
- Transfers and motorcoach transportation in Ecuador
- 6 day Galapagos Islands Cruise
- 5 nights aboard the EcoGalaxy Catamaran
- 7 nights lodging at excellent hotels
- Admissions and excursions as described
- 26 meals – 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
- All excursions within itinerary
- Professional bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) Tour Director
- Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 14 passengers)
- Accommodations in selected accommodation
- Gratuities and taxes for included items
CRUISE ECO GALAXY
- Transportation and fuel surcharge in the Marine reserve of Galapagos
- Accommodation in double or triple cabin according to you booking
- Bilingual naturalist guide (English, Spanish)
- Personalized crew service
- All meals during the cruise, from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day.
- One snack after each activity (except last day).
- Welcome cocktail.
- Unlimited purified water, coffee and tea.
- All visits, excursions & activities according to the itinerary.
- Snorkeling gear (Mask, tube, and fins)
- Use of kayaks and paddle boards in authorized places.
- Shampoo, hair conditioner, and soap for daily use.
- Beach towels.
- Hair dryer in the cabins
- Clothes/Towel dryer
DAY 1 - Fly to Ecuador
This morning we fly from Tucson to Quito, Ecuador. When you arrive in Ecuador’s capital of Quito — which lies at 9,350 feet above sea level at the foot of the Pichincha Volcano — you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel, where we rest up for a start to our tour tomorrow.
DAY 2 - Fly to Galapagos Islands, Darwin Station
This morning we transfer to the Quito airport, where we then fly to the Galapagos Islands to start our 6-day cruise. We’ll arrive at Baltra Airport, where our National Park naturalist guide will take us to the The Charles Darwin Station, a nonprofit organization which has been working for decades together with the Galapagos National Park to preserve the biodiversity of these unique islands.
Highlights: Galapagos giant tortoise & land iguanas breeding program, Darwin finches, Galapagos mockingbirds,Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers.
DAY 3 - Moreno Point, Elizabeth Bay
This morning we visit Moreno Point, a magical place with extensive lava fields which look lifeless at first sight. Once inland, scattered brackish lagoons form oasis of life where you can find flamingos, gallinules, ducks and herons.
Snorkel: We will snorkel to see sea turtles, cormorants and many species of fish. Look carefully in the long seaweeds and you might find a sea horse.
Highlights: American flamingos, ducks, gallinules, penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, Galapagos mockingbirds, Darwin finches.
In the afternoon we sail to Elizabeth Bay, a beautiful sheltered bay surrounded by large mangroves and barren lava fields. There is no trail here so you will take a dinghy tour to explore many channels, pools and coves teeming with life.
Highlights: Galapagos hawks, sea turtles, rays, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, herons.
DAY 4 - Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove
This morning we visit Urbina Bay, known for the dramatic uplifting that happened here during the 1950’s. A large portion of the coast was pushed up, exposing many hectares of previously submerged land.
Snorkel: You can snorkel from the beach to see sea turtles, cormorants and penguins. Fish are also abundant in the area.
Highlights: Galapagos hawks, land iguanas, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos mockingbirds, Darwin finches, flycatchers.
This afternoon we visit Tagus cove, is one of the places Charles Darwin visited during his exploration of the Galapagos islands. You will get great views of Darwin’s lake and the large volcanoes of northern Isabela.
Snorkel: The nutrient-rich waters around Tagus Cove attracts a lot of sea turtles and a great diversity of fish, but also penguins, who feast on large schools of anchovies. It is common to see cormorants underwater as they chase fish through the reef.
Highlights: Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, herons, penguins, sea turtles, sea stars.
DAY 5 - Espinoza & Vicente Roca Points
This morning we visit Espinoza Point, located at the base of an imposing volcano (the most active in the Galapagos islands). Tthis site is one of the jewels of the Galapagos National Park.
Snorkel: The nutrient-rich waters around Punta Espinosa attracts great numbers and diversity of fish and sea turtles. Seaweeds are also abundant, making this place the best for seeing marine iguanas feeding underwater.
Highlights: Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, sea turtles, sea lions, herons, oystercatchers.
This afternoon we visit Vicente Roca, surrounded by some of the tallest cliffs in the Galapagos. It is a great location to observe spectacular landscapes and interesting volcanic features. The area is also known to be a good location for whales and dolphins.
Snorkel: Snorkel in the cove to look for sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, cormorants, rays and many different species of fish.
Highlights: Marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, sea turtles, fur seals, Nazca & blue-footed boobies.
DAY 6 - Egas Port, Rabida
Despite its name, there is no “port” at Puerto Egas, but you might see a few remains of the last attempts to colonize the island during the 60’s. The trail goes along the coastline which is rich in wildlife, with marine iguanas basking in the sun everywhere, Galapagos sea lions, herons, oystercatchers and many shorebirds.
Snorkel: You can snorkel from the beach and explore an area of rocky bottoms which is excellent for fish, turtles and reef sharks. Often, sea lions are also present and are happy to interact with divers.
Highlights: Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, oystercatchers, marine & land iguanas, Galapagos hawks, herons, shorebirds, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves.
This afternoon we visit Rabida, a small island famous for its reddish lava rocks, which gives it a unique look. There is a small salt water lagoon where we will see ducks and stilts and sometimes flamingos. The trail will take you inland to get beautiful views of the beach and the lagoon.
Snorkel: You can snorkel from the beach and explore a sheltered rocky area, which is excellent for fish, sea lions and reef sharks. Look at the high diversity of small invertebrates attached to the vertical walls.
Highlights: Red-sand beach, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos hawks, flycatchers, Darwin finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, ducks, flamingos.
DAY 7 - Black Turtle Cove, Fly back to Quito
This morning, on our final day of sailing, we visit Black Turtle Cove, which gets its name from the abundance of green see turtles. There is no landing here so you will be doing a boat tour on the dinghies, exploring shallow channels and small coves surrounded by beautiful mangrove forests. Reef sharks, sea turtles and several species rays inhabit this beautiful area which is considered an important mating area for turtles and a nursery for several species of sharks.
Highlights: White-tipped and black-tipped reef sharks, green see turtles, rays, herons, blue-footed boobies, mangroves.
Then, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to continental Ecuador. We’ll then check in to our hotel and we have an independent evening and dinner.
DAY 8 - Amazon Rainforest
This morning Quito airport, where you will embark on a 30-minute flight to the Amazonian town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as “Coca.” Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the aboriginal territory of the kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa”, the local hotel manager will give quick instructions and immediately will take you to your comfortable room with views of the rainforest in order to get ready for the first activity in the afternoon.
Hike along “Playas” trail to experience amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst of one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 min. to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. Then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner. After dinner sleep with the relaxing sounds of the amazon.
DAY 9 - Amazon Rainforest
Early breakfast and then head in the motor boat to one of the highlights of Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the parrot clay lick in the riverside of River Napo, bring your binoculars and camera lenses to see flocks of blue headed, yellow-crowned parrots and even dusky-headed parakeets, from the boat. Then walk around 30 min, through “pericos” trail to reach the blind in the forest with a direct view to the amazing parakeet clay lick, which brings visitors face to face with up to 11 species of parrots and parakeets (including parrotlets and macaws), sometimes even mammals like howler monkeys, tapir and peccaries come to this place to drink water and get vital minerals for their body.
We end this morning with a visit to the intercultural interpretation center “Kuri Muyu” which means golden seed in native language, handled by the women of the community also knows as “mamakuna” learn about the kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the aboriginal community.
We return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking one hour in order to climb up the observation tower reaching 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths. Time for dinner followed by a unique activity at Napo river, onboard the ancestral catamaran to know more about their legends and traditional chants, while women grill some delicious snacks in the fire.
Day 10 - Amazon Rainforest
Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the sustainable community projects, talk about the worldview Kichwa Addition to medicinal and walk in the Mama Cuna road, excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic from Yasuní. In the afternoon, after a delicious local lunch, paddle around “Añangu” stream, a black water ecosystem where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish.
Upon arriving you will have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional typical dinner to taste local flavors of the amazon, such as “maito” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf and if you have an adventurous palate try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”. After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night walk around the lodge to see different kind of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals like the night monkeys.
DAY 11 - Amazon and Return to Quito
To close with a flourish, take part on the optional “wayusada” ritual, in which at dawn around 4:30 am is the time when the kichwa family share together the sacred “wayusa” and has been a way to past their ancient knowledge to the new generations, here you also share traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” at the community, a mystique experience indeed.
Then head back for breakfast, before our return to Coca town, onboard our comfortable motor boats for the last chance to appreciate the Ecuadorian rainforest landscape, until you reach “La Mision” river port. After our short flight to Quito, we transfer to our hotel.
Independent evening and dinner in Quito.
DAY 12 - Quito Tour & Middle of the World
This morning we will explore Quito’s colonial center: the best-preserved historic district in the Americas. Here, you can learn about Quito’s history and artistic legacy while admiring the stunning architecture of its colonial buildings and the uniqueness of its pieces of religious art. We will visit, Basilica Church, La Compañia church, main square Quito, San Francisco and Panecillo Hill. This afternoon, we will continue to the famous “Middle of the World” complex on the equatorial line, where you’ll be able to straddle the planet’s two hemispheres. A great photo op..!!. We will continue to visit Intiñan Museum.
Independent evening and dinner in Quito.
DAY 13 - Fly Back Home
This morning we depart from the Andes and Quito, flying back home, taking with us only wonderful memories from our South American adventure, and leaving only footprints!
Itinerary is subject to change it. Quito is at 9350 ft in elevation.
Born of fire!
The Galápagos Archipelago is one the most volcanically active areas in the world.
Ocean View Cabin Per Person Double Occupancy
Deposit: 20% of package price
Ocean View Cabin Single Occupancy Limited Availabilty
Deposit: 20% of package price
Final Payment Due:
June 20, 2023
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Ecuador
Roundtrip air transportation Quito to Galapagos Islands
Roundtrip air transportation Quito to "Coca"
Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
Transfers and motorcoach transportation in Ecuador
6 day Galapagos Islands Cruise
5 nights aboard the EcoGalaxy Catamaran
7 nights lodging at excellent hotels
Admissions and excursions as described
26 meals - 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
All excursions within itinerary
Professional bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) Tour Director
Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 14 passengers)
Accommodations in selected accommodation
Gratuities and taxes for included items
CRUISE ECO GALAXY
Transportation and fuel surcharge in the Marine reserve of Galapagos
Accommodation in double or triple cabin according to you booking
Bilingual naturalist guide (English, Spanish)
Personalized crew service
All meals during the cruise, from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day.
One snack after each activity (except last day).
Unlimited purified water, coffee and tea.
All visits, excursions & activities according to the itinerary.
Snorkeling gear (Mask, tube, and fins)
Use of kayaks and paddle boards in authorized places.
Shampoo, hair conditioner, and soap for daily use.
Hair dryer in the cabins
- $750 until June 20, 2023
- 50% – June 21, 2023 to July 25, 2023
- 100% – July 25, 2023
Travel Insurance – Included on this Tour
In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer the following Travelex Insurance Services protection plan for this tour:
360° GROUP CHOICE
360° Adult Group Choice Flyer – Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number GCB-0521.
The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. X41
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a Delta Airlines frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away. No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Ecuador. Check with your physician or call Passport Health at 505-881-8785 for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
There is no smoking in the lodges or hotels or cruise. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Afternoon temperatures are usually around 25°C/77°F. Most days have a fine, clear sky. It gets mild at night with minimum temperatures around 14°C/57°F. We advise you bring a light jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in small towns and on the cruise. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
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