Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise Adventure

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Overview

Featuring A fascinating 4-night river cruise in the Amazon basin, then colonial Quito & the indigenous market at Otavalo; optional extension to the Galapagos
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures Scheduled Dates: 9 open departures, March – December 2019
Price Includes
  • Round-trip flights from Miami (MIA) including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All transfers, ground transportation & domestic flights
  • 4-night cruise on the Napo River in the Amazon basin
  • Superior class accommodations in Quito
  • 17 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours
  • Entrance fees
Optional
  • Optional Galapagos Extension
Highlights
  • Marvel at the rich biodiversity of the Amazon basin
  • Have a chance to see the river wildlife, including pink river dolphins, manatees, black caimans, and giant otters
  • Interact with a local Quechua family on the banks of the Napo River
  • See the “Middle of the World” at the equator
  • Visit Ecuador’s most famous indigenous market at Otavalo
  • Admire the Peguche Waterfall
Departs Miami (MIA); other gateways on request
Themes ActiveNature & WildlifeRiver Cruises
What to Expect This fast-paced, locally hosted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, as well as getting in and out of boats including wet landings. Good physical fitness required to fully enjoy the trip.

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Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise Adventure itinerary

Ecuador is traditional villages and picturesque colonial cities nestled in the shadows of the Andes Mountains. It is the primitive rainforests and diverse wildlife of the Amazon and the windswept islands teeming with unrivaled endemic species in the Galapagos. It’s the culture of indigenous tradition and European influence that weaves its way through the food and music, the art and architecture, and the traditional Sierra way of life like the strands of a straw basket or a rushing river through lush, dense rain forest. 

 

The wealth of experiences is incredibly diverse for such a small country, and you will explore it all on our small group cruise-tour. Cruise through the Amazon basin along the Napo River, a tributary of the mighty Amazon River aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Guided by an expert naturalist who knows the territory and its flora and fauna, take night walks through the Amazon, explore the river by guided canoes and kayak, search for pink river dolphins, anacondas, monkeys, caimans, turtles, manatees & more, and enjoy the amenities of your beautiful river boat. After, explore the capital city of Quito and the quaint market town of Otavalo along the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

 

And then, why not complete your tour of Ecuador’s world-renowned highlights with an optional extension to the Galapagos? You’ll spend three nights exploring the islands and wildlife that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution before you return home with a newfound appreciation for this South American gem, with memories that will last a lifetime and a newfound appreciation of nature at its best. 

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $500 per person if you book by Jan. 24, 2019!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
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Your
Price
Departs: Sun, Jan 27, 2019
Returns: Mon, Feb 4, 2019
Jan 27 – Feb 4 $4499 Closed
Departs: Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Returns: Mon, Feb 25, 2019
Feb 17 – Feb 25 $4599 Closed
Departs: Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Returns: Mon, Mar 18, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 10 – Mar 18 $4599 –$500 Jan 24 $4099 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr 7, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr 15, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 7 – Apr 15 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select
Departs: Sun, May 12, 2019
Returns: Mon, May 20, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 12 – May 20 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select
Departs: Sun, Jun 9, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jun 17, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 9 – Jun 17 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select
Departs: Sun, Jul 7, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jul 15, 2019
Jul 7 – Jul 15 $4499 Closed
Departs: Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Returns: Mon, Aug 26, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 18 – Aug 26 $4599 –$500 Jan 24 $4099 Select
Departs: Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Returns: Mon, Sep 23, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 15 – Sep 23 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select
Departs: Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Returns: Mon, Oct 28, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 20 – Oct 28 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select
Departs: Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Returns: Mon, Nov 25, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 17 – Nov 25 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select
Departs: Sun, Dec 8, 2019
Returns: Mon, Dec 16, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 24, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 8 – Dec 16 $4499 –$500 Jan 24 $3999 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise Adventure
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
Standard cabin, double occupancy included
Standard cabin, single room supplement +$1249
Deluxe cabin, double occupancy +$549
Deluxe cabin with single room supplement +$1999

1. Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. We will confirm your cabin selection usually within 1 business day of your reservation.

Galapagos Islands Extension
Galapagos Islands Extension
Mar 10, 2019;  Sep 15, 2019 +$1799
Apr 7, 2019;  May 12, 2019 +$1899
Jun 9, 2019 +$1999
Jan 27, 2019;  Feb 17, 2019;  Jul 7, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$1699
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement +$499

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable. The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1500

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel, Quito.

  • Depart the USA for your flight bound for Quito, Ecuador
  • Upon arrival in Quito this evening, meet our representative and transfer by hotel shuttle service to your hotel for check-in

Full Day Itinerary: This evening, arrive in Quito (9,350 feet above sea level) and after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred by scheduled shuttle service to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Day 2: Quito, Coca & Napo River

Accommodations: 4 nights Manatee Amazon Explorer. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Coca
  • Short transfer to the dock to board a motorized canoe
  • Journey down the river to reach the Manatee Amazon Explorer
  • Experience the sounds and aromas of the forest during a night walk

Observation deck, Manatee Amazon EpxlorerFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to the Amazon city of Coca. Upon arrival, drive to the dock and board a motorized canoe which will take you to your riverboat on the Napo River. Relax, and enjoy your first experience of the sights and sounds of the Amazon!

After settling in, you will be joined by expert local naturalist guides who will provide a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorean Amazon. Then, you can discover the different features of the ship, such as the observation deck, where you can admire the changing rainforest landscape as you glide down the Napo River.

After dinner, immerse yourself in the Amazon during a guided nighttime forest walk to observe the nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid sounds that come from such biodiversity.

Day 3: Yasuni National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Visit the habitat of the legendary pink river dolphin
  • Canoe in a black water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee
  • Enjoy a pleasant hike through the riverside forest

Squirrel monkeyFull Day Itinerary: Early this morning, visit Yasuni National Park. This pristine area of the Ecuadorean Amazon is home to the legendary pink river dolphin. Other wildlife found here include anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colorful Hoatzin, a unique species of bird.

Later this afternoon, go canoeing in a black water lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, but elusive manatee. Then, enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian forest, for a chance to spot a flock of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leafcutter ants by the “Giant Fig Tree”, a majestic tree that is home to an abundant diversity of life.

Day 4: Quechua family & life on board

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Visit a local Quechua family
  • Participate in a cooking class
  • Enjoy the amenities of the ship

Exploring the Amazon on a kayakFull Day Itinerary: Start the day by visiting an authentic local Quechua family on the banks of the Napo River. Immerse yourself in the culture as you learn about life in the Amazon directly from members of the local community.

Then, return to your ship for lunch and leisure time as you sail upstream. Enjoy a cooking class with the ship’s expert chef, who will share recipes and techniques using fresh, organic ingredients to prepare delicious Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. You will also have a chance to try your hand at making traditional crafts. Or enjoy any of the onboard facilities: be pampered at the Rainforest Spa, soak in the scenery from the hot tub on the observation deck, sip a delicious cocktail at the bar and lounge, or just admire the sunset and the night sky from the observation deck lounge. For those looking for something more active, you can explore the surrounding nature by kayak!

Day 5: Forest adventure & canopy observation tower

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Walk through the forest to look for various plants and animals
  • Visit a canopy tower for a breathtaking view of the Amazon basin
  • Search for black caimans from a canoe at night

Black caimanFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a leisurely morning aboard your ship. Later, explore the forest on foot, discovering a myriad of plants and animals endemic to the Amazon basin.

In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower built against a giant Kapok tree. This observation tower offers a glorious view above the lush treetops, offering a glimpse of the vastness of the Amazon basin.

This evening, venture into the river on a canoe to search for black caimans with the help of a flashlight!

Day 6: Coca & Quito

Accommodations: 2 nights Swissotel Quito. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Return to Coca by motorized canoe
  • Flight to Quito, transfer to your hotel for check-in

CanoeFull Day Itinerary: Your river adventure ends as you return to Coca by motorized canoe. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito.  Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 7: Quito

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • City tour of Quito and Equatorial Monument

Equatorial MonumentFull Day Itinerary: Today, enjoy a city tour of Quito. Arguably one of the loveliest of all South American cities, Quito offers a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains and several snow-capped volcanoes, including the still-active Mt. Pichincha. Begin your walking tour at the Presidential Palace. Continue to the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito's oldest church and the largest colonial building constructed in Latin America. Visit the largest neo-gothic basilica in the Americas, noted for its gargoyles in the form of native Ecuadorian animals such as iguanas, armadillos and Galapagos tortoises. The next stop, La Compañía de Jesús, has an ornate and richly sculptured facade and interior, with colored columns, 10-sided altars, and gilded balconies.

After lunch, drive north of Quito to the Equatorial Monument, the Mitad del Mundo ("Middle of the World"), commemorating the exact place where Charles Marie de la Condamine established the Equator, where you can stand with one foot in the northern and one in the southern hemisphere.

For those interested in seeing a spectacular panoramic view over Quito and the snow-capped surrounding volcanoes of Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, take a ride on the Teleférico. This gondola lift transitions to approximately 13,285 ft above sea level for a breathtaking experience. For those who opt out of the Teleférico ride, enjoy a visit to the Quito National Museum. NOTE: The Teleférico experience reaches high altitudes and may not be suitable for all passengers. Warm clothes are suggested.

This evening, dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Quito & Otavalo, depart Quito

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Explore the Otavalo Market
  • Visit the Peguche Waterfall
  • Transfer back to the airport for your international flight home

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast travel to Otavalo, the land of the “Otavaleños” Ecuadorian community where all families speak Quichua as their first language and Spanish as their second. See women garbed in colorful embroidered clothing, and men in broad-brimmed hats with blue ponchos.

Explore the Otavalo Market located around the Plaza de Ponchos, the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador. The Otavaleños travel to the town to sell a multicolored variety of handicrafts including sweaters, ponchos, hats, necklaces and other handmade products.

Following lunch, visit the Peguche Waterfall. The area includes a park with a hiking trail and several bridges which offer good views of the falls.

Later today, transfer back to Quito Airport. Enjoy the comforts of the Layover Stay lounge before your international flight back to the USA that will depart late tonight.

Or, take advantage of your already included international airfare and extend your trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Day 9: Arrive USA

  • Arrival in the USA early this morning.

Galapagos Islands Post-Tour Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already included international airfare to visit the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders? You'll return to the U.S. 4 days after the return dates shown.

Day 8: Quito & Otavalo

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Explore the Otavalo Market
  • Visit the Peguche Waterfall
  • Transfer back to Quito and check in to your airport hotel

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast travel to Otavalo, the land of the “Otavaleños” Ecuadorian community where all families speak Quichua as their first language and Spanish as their second. See women garbed in colorful embroidered clothing, and men in broad-brimmed hats with blue ponchos.

Explore the Otavalo Market located around the Plaza de Ponchos, the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador. The Otavaleños travel to the town to sell a multicolored variety of handicrafts including sweaters, ponchos, hats, necklaces and other handmade products.

Following lunch, visit the Peguche Waterfall. The area includes a park with a hiking trail and several bridges which offer good views of the falls.

Later today, transfer to your hotel near Quito Airport.

Day 9: Quito, Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 3 nights Hotel Solymar or similar, Puerto Ayora. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Transfer via hotel shuttle to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands
  • Flight from Quito to Baltra Island, gateway to the Galapagos
  • Take a short ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island
  • See Los Gemelos lava chambers
  • Explore a 600-acre private giant tortoise reserve
  • Continue to Puerto Ayora for check-in and welcome drink

Lava tunnel, Santa Cruz Island photo by Peter GeneFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, gateway to the Galapagos Islands to begin your adventure. Next, take a short ferry ride across Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, then drive through the various micro climates on your way to the village of Puerto Ayora on the south side of the island.

Today you'll see Los Gemelos (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers - an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The path to the lava chambers a wonderful introduction to the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands, teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including a Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort and mosses, as well as numerous birds such as Darwin Finches.

Giant tortoisesAfterward, drive to a 600-acre private reserve where giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze and sleep. Feel free to mingle with these gentle giants. As prehistoric as these creatures look, wait until you hear what they sound like! Galápago is Spanish for tortoise, and the islands were named for these amazing creatures. There will be a selection of field boots for your use if conditions are muddy.

Next, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the remnants of an illuminated lava tunnel. Created by ancient lava flows, the tunnel is 1350 feet long with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, adorned with stalagmites & stalactites, mineral-colored walls, and a rippled lava floor. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before continuing to Puerto Ayora to check into your hotel.

Day 10: Sailing to North Seymour

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Sail aboard a yacht from Itabaca Channel to North Seymour Island
  • Enjoy the variety of bird life
  • Hike along the trail to one of the largest sea bird colonies on the Galapagos

Blue-footed boobiesFull Day Itinerary: Leave your hotel early in the morning and head to Itabaca Channel to board your yacht. Depending on the winds, the trip to North Seymour takes about 45 minutes.

North Seymour is a wonderful island to hike on. The island is mostly flat and arid. The vegetation consists primarily of palo santo (incense stick), cactus, and saltbush. The island is also breeding grounds for a wide variety of seabirds, including blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and frigatebirds.

Enjoy lunch on board the yacht as you return to Santa Cruz Island and to your hotel.

Day 11: Tortuga Bay

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Hike to the beach at Tortuga Bay for a chance to observe marine iguanas, sea turtles and pelicans
  • Return by speedboat to Puerto Ayora
  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure

IguanaFull Day Itinerary: Take a leisurely hike along a comfortable footpath for about 45 minutes to reach Tortuga Bay. Here you can relax on the beach, rest on the white sand or take a swim. In this area, you may also encounter iguanas, sea turtles and pelicans. Return by speedboat to Puerto Ayora and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Additional full day trips to other islands are available locally.

Day 12: Galapagos, Quito & Departure

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Fly from Baltra airport to Quito
  • Relax at the Layover Stay lounge until your return flight to the USA

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, drive back to Itabaca Channel, cross by ferry to Baltra Island and take your flight back to Quito. At Quito airport, relax and enjoy the amenities at the Layover Stay lounge until it is time to board your overnight return flight to the USA.

Day 13: Arrive USA

  • Arrive back in the USA early this morning

Hotels

Swissotel Quito

Swissotel Quito

Superior First Class

Swissotel Quito is one of the city’s top luxury hotels, located in the commercial and residential area of the Floresta neighborhood.

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Wyndham Quito Airport

Wyndham Quito Airport

First Class

Experience the warmest of welcomes when you visit the 4-star Wyndham Quito Airport hotel. With a prime location at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), the Wyndham Quito Airport is your top choice for an overnight stopover or day-room in transit. From the moment you step into the lobby, you will find impeccable services and amenities. Relax in your well-appointed room, indulge in the finest international dishes at the onsite restaurant or meet up with friends at the lobby bar for a signature cocktail.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

Cruise Ship

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Manatee Amazon Explorer

The Manatee Amazon Explorer provides a beautiful way to explore and discover the Ecuadorian Amazon. With cruises from Coca, on the Napo River, this expedition vessel allows you to reach many parts of the jungle that would otherwise be inaccessible, and discover the vast biodiversity that inhabits this part of the world’s largest rainforest.

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