Ecuador Cloud Forest & Galapagos

ECUADOR CLOUD FOREST AND GALAPAGOS 2019

November 23-30, 2019 (8 Days 7 nights)

Led by Biologist Andy Bicerra

Group Size: 15 Traveler Limit

Difficulty: Easy

 

Nov 23

Arrive in Quito. Airport meet and greet and transfer to Airport Hotel Wyndham

 

Nov 24

QUITO-ALAMBI CLOUD FOREST
• Early pick up towards the highlands of Pichincha Volcano.
Arriving at Septimo Paraiso Lodge late morning.

• After lunch, observe the nature of the reserve in a guided excursion hike through the cloud forest.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 25

ALAMBI CLOUD FOREST- QUITO

• Early breakfast, full day trip towards the area of Los Bancos (1050 meters above sea level) birding the road to Milpe and other options. Visit to the trails of the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation and Silanche Reserve in the lowlands Box Lunch on location and late afternoon return to Septimo Paraiso.
• The target birds here are just amazing with species such as Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan, Moss-Backed Tanager, ChestnutThroated Antwren, Choco Vireo, Crested Owl.
• Late afternoon return to Quito, Wyndham Hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Nov 26

QUITO– BALTRA: PRIMICIAS RANCH

• Transfer to Quito Airport for a flight to
Baltra Island, Galapagos National Park 

• At the Baltra Airport, our staff will transfer to the hotel, located on Santa Cruz.
• After lunch, we will visit the “Primicias” Ranch, a privately owned ranch of over 150 acres, adjacent to the territories of the Galapagos National Park. Tortoises migrate from the park to this property in certain seasons. They go there looking for shade, water or suitable places to incubate their eggs. When visiting this farm we stop to see a natural lava tunnel nearly 300 meters long, you can go through a soft lighting installed by the owners.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 27

SANTA FE ISLAND – HIDDEN BEACH

• After breakfast, you will board a yacht for an hour sail to Santa Fe Island. From its huge precipices, you can observe a forest of giant endemic cactus and colonies of seabirds, including pelicans, boobies and gulls in a calm turquoise bay, inhabited by a large number of sea lions. This is an ideal place to snorkel, swim with stingrays and tropical fish, also occasionally observing sea turtles. Lunch on board. Then we will visit Hidden Beach and have a relaxing time before to return to the hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nov 28

NORTH SEYMOUR

• At 7:00 a.m. a bus for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take us to North Seymour Island, which is a great place for hiking.
• There is a circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island and takes us to explore the rocky coast path. This trail will take you through some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands.
• Here you will have the opportunity to observe nesting sites of Blue-Footed Boobies bright and colorful Magnificent Frigates, which are one of the biggest attractions of Galapagos. After lunch, we will snorkel with green sea turtles and the famous Galapagos sharks, you’ll also appreciate the mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the sea. Visit Bachas where we can enjoy the wonderful sun and Galapagos Sea. Finally, we will be back at 5 pm for transfer to your hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Nov 29

BARTOLOME ISLAND – SULLIVAN BAY

  • At 6:00 a.m. a bus to pick us up for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take our tour of this island with turquoise
  • and beautiful white sand beaches. We will take on board breakfast and after 2 hours of sailing arrive at Bartholomew. Upon arrival, we have to climb a staircase and from the top, you will see a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones. Here is the famous Darwin’s Pinnacle. This is a huge black lava formation that has eroded over time and is the most representative image of the Galapagos archipelago. Near Pinnacle Rock you can also see two beautiful beaches in the form of a crescent. After we snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, white tip reef, tropical fish, sea lions and many other unique marine species. Also, this is the perfect area to observe the Galapagos Penguins.
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  • After lunch, we visit Sullivan Bay, here you can see some amazing lava formations, the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903. This is an excellent example of typical forms and colors that contrast with lavas from older types.

Nov 30

DARWIN RESEARCH CENTER – AIRPORT

• After breakfast, visit the Darwin Research Center, then bus to the airport.

Included: Breakfast

Rate:

Deposit – $500

$2880 per person in double occupancy room

Single in room add $500.

 

INCLUDES:

– Accommodations

– Meals on the islands

– Local Naturalist Guide

– Transfers in Galapagos

 

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

– Air ticket

– Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park

– Ingala Transit Control Card

– Extra drinks and meals

 

NOTES:

– Itinerary subject to changes only if beyond our control

Reservation made with deposit of $500 per person

Payment can be made by credit card on our PayPal site

Cancellation Policy: 50% of cost up to 120 days before departure. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. https://buy.travelguard.com/TGI2/proc/stateselector.aspx?br=agentlink&arc=51868&agentlinkasp=yes