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Galapagos Extensions

Located approximately 1,000km from the Ecuadorian coast, Galapagos is made up of 13 large islands, 6 small ones and 40 islets. Due to its unique Equatorial location, the archipelago has an incredible variety of marine life. The Galapagos hold over 875 catalogued trees and plants, 400 fish species, 58 resident bird species, 22 resident reptiles and 16 resident mammal species, of which a large number are endemic.

Charles Darwin referred to the archipelago as a 'natural laboratory'. His observations of the adaptation of the fauna and flora were crucial in discovering his theory of natural selection.

We offer a range of trips from economy class boats to first class yachts. Activities include hiking, boating, snorkelling and diving (upon request).

Tours range from four to eight days.

GALAPAGOS CRUISE - 7 NIGHT SAMPLE ITINERARY.

Day 1: San Cristóbal – León Dormido – Lobos Island

Day 2: Española Island: Punta Suárez – Gardner Bay

Day 3: Floreana Island: Devil’s Crown – Post Office. Punta Cormorant

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station – Highlands

Day 5: Punta Moreno – Elizabeth Bay

Day 6: Urbina Bay – Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island)

Day 7: Bartolomé Island – Plazas Island
Mon: Interpretation Centre – San Cristóbal Airport

Amazon Jungle Extension

A total of 2% of the total area of the Amazon Jungle is Ecuadorian territory. Situated on the Equator, it contains an incredible diversity of species of plants and animals, beyond comparison elsewhere in the world.

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is found in north-east Ecuador. The reserve encompasses over 602.000 hectares of primary rainforest and boasts an incredible variety of Neotropical wildlife including river dolphins, tapirs, capybaras, caiman, anacondas, ocelots, monkeys and the infamous piranha.

The bird life is particularly spectacular: over 515 species have been recorded such as the prehistoric-looking hoatzin, the umbrella bird, blue headed parrot, the white eared jacamar, the scarlet macaw and the awesome harpy-eagle with its eight-food wingspan. Additionally, over 12.000 species of plants have been identified.

The Siona, Secoya and Cofan, indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon basin for thousands of years, also call Cuyabeno their ancestral homeland.

One of the best ways to explore the rainforest is by canoe and Cuyabeno with its maze of waterways provides you with ample opportunities to experience this wet and wild green world in a way that is intimate and highly rewarding.

You are guided through the forest by an indigenous guide in his canoe from the Siona Indian community. Activities include canoeing in motorized and dugout crafts, hiking, bird watching, night walks and swinging in your hammock.

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE - 4 NIGHT SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Quito - Lago Agrio - El Puente . Flight 10:30 a.m. or bus journey (one day before - 8 hours) to Lago Agrio. Drive from Lago Agrio to el Puente. Canoe trip down on Cuyabeno river to our camp place. Night walk.

Day 2: Cuyabeno river. After breakfast, trek into the primary rain forest learning about medicinal plants, flora and fauna. After lunch, journey downstream to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature on tubes (water tubing).

Day 3: Cuyabeno River. After breakfast, we paddle by traditional dug-out canoe on the Caiman-Cocha (Laguna del Caiman) where we will enjoy this unique nature. Hike in the primary forest including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Before we head back to our camp, we'll have a relaxing time to swim and enjoy the sunset on the magnificent Laguna Grande.

Day 4:  Cuyabeno river. In the morning, walk to the Tarapuy Siona Community, our naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of the native people. Piranha fishing in the afternoon. Return to the camp. Night canoe trip in search of caimans (alligators).

Day 5:  El Puente-Lago Agrio-Quito. Early morning bird watching. After breakfast journey upstream the Cuyabeno river to El Puente. Drive back to Lago Agrio at 16:00. Flight or bus journey back to Quito.