Amazon Rainforest Voyage
Experience Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest on a 4-night / 5-day river voyage through the legendary Amazon Basin. This extension is conveniently roundtrip Quito and available pre-cruise to your Galápagos adventure.
Saturday: Quito, Ecuador
After a warm welcome on your arrival into Quito, you’ll be transferred to the elegant and modern Swissotel (or similar) for your night’s stay. Take advantage of the on-site amenities including multiple restaurants, indoor/outdoor pool, and spa facilities to relax and unwind.
Sunday: Quito / Amazon Basin / Napo River (B, D)
Your day begins at leisure—utilize a few more of the hotel’s niceties before a mid-morning transfer to the airport with time for lunch on your own. The town of Francisco de Orellana—“Coca” to locals—is just a short flight away and marks the entry into the legendary Amazon Basin. Your adventure begins with a 90-minute motorized canoe ride through the silty Napo River, one of the Amazon’s many headwaters. Rainforest hugs the riverbanks and the sounds of life hum from the lush vegetation. Once aboard the Anakonda, cruise the vast Napo River surveying plant life and wildlife from the riverboat’s sundeck. After dark, a guided hike envelops you in the nocturnal sounds and sights of the rainforest.
Monday: Pañacocha Biological Corridor (B, L, D)
In the Pañayacu River delta, a morning canoe ride brings you to Pañacocha (“Lake of the Piranha”) Biological Corridor—a blackwater lagoon and river system. This rich ecosystem supports an incredible variety of plant and animal life. These waters are home to pink and grey river dolphins, squirrel monkeys, manatee, white caiman, and of course, piranha. Feeling daring? Opt for a refreshing swim. Or simply sit back and look high and low for action all around you. Following an Amazon-style barbecue lunch, navigate the reserve on jungle trails with a guided hike.
Tuesday: Yasuni National Park (B, L, D)
Today, experience a UNESCO Biological Reserve—Yasuni National Park, considered the most biologically diverse park in the world. Hike among giant kapok trees to a natural phenomenon, the Parrot Clay Licks. Being very quiet, you may see dozens, if not hundreds of brightly colored parrots, macaw, and parakeets descend from the canopy to take in vital minerals from the clay. Local women share native traditions at the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center and at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center. Learn about the daily lives of the river jungle’s inhabitants and discover a unique, unforgettable culture. Wrap up your day with an evening walk exploring the nearby trails.
Wednesday: Quito (B)
Your journey through the rich biodiversity of the Rio Napo and Amazon jungle comes to a close with your flight back to Quito. Settle into Quito’s historic City Center and meet your traveling companions who will join you on the coming days of discovery in Ecuador including the Galápagos Islands.
From $2,725 per person (2017)
From $2,795 per person (2018)
Available on these itineraries:
Available on these vessels:
- All tour services, transfers, lodging, meals, and beverages (water, tea, and coffee), taxes, tourist tickets, and community entrance fees
- All excursions come with an English language guide
- Domestic airfare (Quito-Coca-Quito)
Package does not include:
- Meals not listed in the itinerary, hotel extras, and personal expenses
- Tips/gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Prices are per person and in USD. Deluxe can accommodate double or triple. Two guest minimum to operate.
|Deluxe Double or Triple:||$3,250|
|Deluxe Double or Triple:||$3,445|
Deposit Payment: A minimum of 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to stay / beginning of extension.
Cancellation Policy: After final payment, cancellations for any reason are subject to a penalty. Penalties vary depending on package. Cancellations at 30 days or less are nonrefundable.
Please note that the Amazon package is NOT available in conjunction with the March 22, 2017 Galápagos departure.