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Ecuador - Amazon and Galapagos Islands

12 Days / 11 Nights
Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos Islands
Quito, Yasuni National Park, Santa Cruz Island


Trip Highlights Include:

  • Snorkeling on Santa Cruz, Galapagos
    Mountain bike past iguanas, Magnificent Frigatebirds and Blue-footed Boobies to the coast of this small island. Wade into the pristine waters and float weightlessly as you snorkel alongside sea lions, a variety of reef fish and the occasional marine iguana or sea turtle.
  • Explore Life in the Amazon
    As you journey down the Napo by riverboat and motorized canoe, you'll make stops to visit a remote community, chat with the locals and learn to make jewelry and other handicrafts.
  • Cooking Class in Quito
    Engage in preparing Andean specialties like ceviche with fresh ingredients while Junior Adventurers prepare dessert at Zazu, a favorite local restaurant.
  • Visit to Limoncocha Biological Reserve
    As one of the most biodiverse places in the world, Limoncocha has an abundance of natural beauty and wonder. This tropical paradise is home to night monkeys, howler monkeys, giant otters, over 350 species of bird and—the king of the Amazon—the black caiman.
  • The Historic Center of Quito
    Stroll through the colonial core of one of the best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Visit local markets, artist studios, a chocolatier and one of South America's most beautiful Spanish cathedrals, La Compañía de Jesús.
  • Canoe into the Heart of the Rainforest
    Venture forth by motorized canoe from the stately Anakonda riverboat to a lush world where you might see a 3-toed sloth or one of the Amazon's famed pink river dolphins.

Adventure Dates

  • 2015
    • Apr 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015
    • Jun 16, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015
    • Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015
    • Aug 4, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015
    • Dec 22, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016
  • 2016
    • Jan 19, 2016 - Jan 30, 2016: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • Mar 22, 2016 - Apr 2, 2016

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One (2015)

Arrive in Quito
¡Bienvenidos! An Adventures by Disney representative will greet you, assist with your luggage and ensure smooth transport to the JW Marriott Hotel.

JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Welcome to Quito, also known as "The Middle of the Earth"! This grand hotel in Ecuador's capital is surrounded by mesmerizing views of the distant snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Sit back and stretch your legs while your Adventure Guides check you in. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may opt to have a family dinner on your own at the hotel.

Meals Included: None

 


Day Two (2015)

Welcome Breakfast
¡Buenos Días! Enjoy an early morning welcome breakfast with your fellow Adventurers as you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Travel into the Amazon Basin
Hop aboard a private motor coach to the airport for a short flight to the city of Coca. Here you will be introduced to water travel local-style—a motorized canoe. Now you're closing in on your destination—and your home for the next four nights—the Anakonda, a refined riverboat.

Settle into the Anakonda
Explore this finely appointed vessel—reserved privately for Adventures by Disney—with three levels, observation deck, multiple sitting areas, outdoor whirlpool spa and an al fresco lounge.

Nature Observation
Stroll the decks or find a nook to view the surroundings and relax with fellow Adventurers. As the Anakonda navigates the river, there are plenty of rewards for those with a keen eye.

Exclusive Welcome Dinner
Share your excitement and get to know your fellow Adventurers as you dine on delightful fare and toast your first night in the Amazon region.

Nocturnal Rainforest Walk
Venture into the rainforest for a guided experience like no other. You may possibly witness animals that would go unseen during daylight including night tree frogs, kinkajous and exotic insects. Go for it! You only live once.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Days Three (2015)

Early Morning Rainforest Trek
At the break of dawn, take a tour into the rainforest guided by a local expert who has called the Amazon home for his entire life. Witness and learn about the forest and its inhabitants as this rich ecosystem shifts from night to daylight activity.

Canoe Excursion Along the Napo River
Take an afternoon canoe trip to let your senses take in the sights, sounds and scents of this lush environment. There is a destination however; you will paddle through a habitat of the pink river dolphin. In and around the area you may also see black caimans, toucans, monkeys, bats, river turtles, and rare sloth sightings.

Disney Movie Night
Adults can relax while Junior Adventurers enjoy a Disney movie with snacks and soft drinks. Grownups can always join in if they wish!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


Day Four (2015)

Visit a Local Community
Visit a small village to meet local artisans and watch them at work. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet the locals, make crafts and acquire genuine craft work to commemorate your Amazon adventure.

Canopy Tower Walk
Ascend into the jungle canopy and see nature from a whole new angle, learning all about this unique habitat and the plant life that makes it possible.

Stargazing in the Amazon
During one of your nights in the Amazon (weather permitting), you'll turn your attention to the heavens as hundreds of far-off stars put on a dazzling light show.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


Day Five (2015)

Parrot Clay Licks
There are several theories as to why certain parrots and other birds eat clay. But one thing is certain—once you see hundreds of birds rain from the sky to eat soil, you will not forget it.

Lunch at Remote River Lodge
Visit a river lodge to interact with the locals and partake in a tasty cooked lunch.

Limoncocha Biological Reserve
With over 450 species, this reserve is a birdwatcher's paradise and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The dense jungle contains many medicinal plants that have been used for generations and some yet to be realized. At dusk, you can watch the fireflies come out in a natural light show, and you might also get to see a black caiman.

Dinner
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as the sun sets aboard the Anakonda.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Six (2015)

Morning Excursion
Take one last stroll through the Amazon for another chance at a rare wildlife sighting before returning to the Anakonda for lunch.

Say "Adiós" to the Amazon
Disembark the Anakonda via motorized canoe back to the city of Coca and to your flight back to Quito. Transfer from the Quito airport to the JW Marriott Hotel.

Cooking Class at Zazu
Zazu is one of Quito's top restaurants and you're in for a treat! Before your dinner at this trendy eatery, you'll learn how to create local favorites like ceviche—using fresh, local ingredients—while the Junior Adventurers prepare dessert!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


Day Seven (2015)

Walking Tour of City Center
Named one of the best preserved city centers in the Americas by UNESCO, Quito is a wonderful place to walk and take in the regional flavor. Guided through the colonial core by a resident expert, you will stroll down the famous thoroughfare La Ronda, enjoy its architecture and meet a local craftsman.

The Sweetest Parts of Quito
Visit a chocolate shop on La Ronda, learn about how some of the greatest chocolate in the world is made here and—of course—taste some! After you sample a selection of Quito's delicious sweets, you'll have a delicious lunch.

Mercados Central and Artesanal
See the locals shop amongst the bustle, sounds, scents and many hues of the Mercado Artesanal and Mercado Central. Here you can discover handmade textiles, jewelry, crafts, fresh produce and local delicacies.

Evening on Your Own
Take the motor coach back to the hotel and the evening is yours to do with as you wish. Explore Quito's wide variety of dining options from refined cuisine to family fare for a delicious evening of your own making.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Eight (2015)

Fly to the Galapagos Islands
After an early breakfast, you will head to the Quito airport for your flight to Baltra and the next leg of your adventure.

Afternoon at The Finch Hotel and Lunch
Enjoy an introduction to the hotel and surrounding environs, along with a well-deserved beverage! Take in ocean vistas from the pool deck as the sun dips into the horizon.

Dinner at the Hotel & Stargazing in the Galapagos
Savor your first night in the Galapagos with a spectacular dinner at the hotel. Then, for your evening entertainment, turn your gaze skyward for a welcoming light show from the galaxies!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


Day Nine (2015)

Breakfast
Fuel up for a particularly active day covering land and sea, with a dip in the sea, as well.

Santa Fe Island Yacht Excursion
After breakfast you'll navigate the azure waters to this small, conspicuously flat island. On land can be seen Palo Santo trees, which translates as "holy trees" and are said to have traditional healing powers. The island is also home to a large colony of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls. If you're lucky, you might catch a sea lion body surfing the on-shore swells.

Lunch
Return to the yacht to grab a bite, relax a bit—then head off for the next adventure.

Dinner
Head back to the Finch Hotel to share stories around the pool and enjoy a most well-earned and satisfying meal.

**Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary.


Day Ten (2015)

Mountain Bike to Snorkeling
Bike and explore a new snorkeling spot! Ride to a leeward point where you can explore the sea life along the bluffs and underwater rocks. You'll get a chance to see pink flamingos, marine iguanas and land iguanas.

Las Grietas at High Tide
Hike back to this small canyon in the earth to explore the various pools at high tide. When the tide is in, the lower pools are accessible to sea life, so bring snorkel gear. You'll also be able to go birdwatching, sea kayaking, shopping in Puerta Ayora, or just enjoy the pool and beach-front access.

Dinner
Look back on this magical adventure as you watch your last sunset in the Galapagos. Junior Adventurers get to celebrate together with a pizza party and Disney movie.

**Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


Day Eleven (2015)

See the Galapagos Tortoise in the Wild
After breakfast, take a short walk to see the famed giant tortoises cruising their natural habitat at their usual unhurried pace.

Galapagos Tortoises and Lava Tubes
After lunch, take a privately guided tour of the El Chato Tortoise Reserve to learn about these elegant behemoths as you walk among them. Continue on to explore the otherworldly realm of underground lava tubes. Along the way you can see many of the islands' bird species including Darwin's finches, cattle egrets and short-eared owls.

Return to Quito
Bid goodbye to the finches as you take wing and fly back from the Galapagos to Quito in preparation for your trip home.

Farewell Dinner in Quito
Meet with your fellow Adventurers for this final feast in Ecuador. A surprise awaits as you relive together the highlights of your trip.

Traditional Ecuadorian Musical Entertainment
Sway with the rhythms that rock the Andean mountains at this exclusive musical show featuring Ecuadorian musicians. They even give music lessons to all who want to try playing the pipes!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


Day Twelve (2015)

Depart Quito for all Points Homeward
After breakfast, transfer to Quito Airport where your Adventure Guides will provide you and your luggage with a final assist.

Meals Included: Breakfast


**Parts of this trip take place at altitudes between 8,000-11,000 ft/2,438-3,352 m.

 

     


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