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Fly to Ecuador
Fly from the UK to Quito today. Please note that international flights for this holiday are quoted separately. You should arrive in the Ecuadorian capital early this evening. Settle in to your charming and very comfortable hotel.
Guided tour of the city
Today usually starts slowly to give you time for a lie in and to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Your local guide comes to find you and take you on a tour of the city, including a walk around the newly renovated colonial centre.
Travel into the jungle
Travel into the Amazon to stay at a remote lodge. The lodge sits within its own reserve, part of the Yasuni National Park. This park has the highest documented tree diversity in the world.
Visit a parrot clay lick
Wake up to the sounds of the rainforest. There are blinds at two of the nearby parrot clay licks. Clay licks are basically river cliffs where parrots and macaws congregate at dawn and dusk to literally lick the clay.
The jungle is an amazing place but it is worth being prepared for what can be a hard environment.
Explore the rainforest
Because this lodge is so remote, the quantity and variety of wildlife is amazing. The terrain around the lodge is terra firme but also has small hills which provide a variation of habitat which means that a wider range of species can be seen.
Visit local communities
The Añangu people are active participants in the conservation and management of a large part of the National Park. You have the chance to accompany an Añangu family on their daily activity such as harvesting bananas or manioc.
Travel to the cloudforest
Travel out of the Amazon and into the cloudforest.
Cloudforest is basically high level rainforest – the canopy derives its moisture from the drifting clouds. It is particularly good for birdlife.
Explore the cloudforest
Lodge guides look after you while you are here. There is a menu of optional excursions such as guided walks to observe the cloudforest canopy as it comes to life, as well as more active pursuits.
Return to Quito
You may like to head out again with your guide for a walk this morning. This afternoon, your guide will collect you for the two hour drive back to Quito.
Galapagos, Santa Cruz
Fly to the Galapagos
Fly to the Galapagos early this morning. After lunch, set sail the short distance to North Plaza where you walk close to the fearless wildlife: Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions and land iguanas.
Galapagos, Santa Cruz
visit the Darwin Centre
Visit the giant tortoise breeding and conservation project at the Charles Darwin Centre this morning. After lunch on shore, continue to the highlands to look for giant tortoises in the ‘wild’.
sea lions and sea birds
Start today with a landing on ‘sea lion beach’. All along the sand are sea lions basking in the sun. This afternoon walk to the rugged cliffs of Punta Suarez to see spectacular bird life.
flamingos and rays
Walk across Floreana Island to see flamingoes and sea turtles. Continue to the Devil’s Crown where you can snorkel. After lunch, visit Post Office bay and learn something about the human history of the islands.
sea turtles and coves
Walk across a lava flow this morning on Isabela Island. There is very still little sign of life on these fairly new flows. Carry on to Urbina Bay where you should see penguins and turtles.
Start today with a walk on Isabela to see if you can see giant tortoises in the wild. You will almost certainly see land iguanas along the way. Swim in the bay before crossing to Fernandina Island to see marine iguanas.
Walk along the shores of Santiago Island to see the relatively rare fur seals. Snorkel offshore for some of the most abundant marine life of the week. Sail round to pinnacle rock from where you walk to the top of Bartolome Island for beautiful views.
Get up early this morning to paddle through mangroves in the dawn light. Fly back to the mainland and connect through to your flights home. Please note that international flights for this holiday are quoted separately.
Arrive back home.