Duration: 15 Days
Ecuador and The Galapagos Adventure
This trip encompasses everything the Ecuador and the Galapagos has to offer. Begin your journey in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and travel to the Amazon Jungle to stay in an Eco lodge. You will discover the importance of this magnificent forest before leaving for the spectacular Galapagos Islands.
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The Edventure Travel Package
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- Return Flights
- All travel when at your destination
- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- Full Time Tour Director
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Overseas departure taxes if applicable
- Tips for guides and drivers
- UK Coach Transfers
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
- Luggage in the hold of the aircraft
Depart the UK
Depart the UK and arrive in Quito in the afternoon.
Upon arrival your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Quito.
Take breakfast and visit the Churches: Plaza de la Independencia, Sagrario, Compañía, San Francisco, Panecillo and Basilica.
Continue to Pululahua Crater, home to a small agricultural community, you will take lunch at Crater Restaurant.
After lunch visit the monument to the Equator. Later you will visit the Intiñan Museum. Here you will be able to participate in a series of experiments that can only be done at Latitude 0°.
After breakfast depart to Pahuma Reserve and visit Mindo’s butterfly farm. You will then travel to Quetzal Mindo where you can see the process of how chocolate is made from ”bean to bar”, lunch included.
Continue to Bellavista Cloud Forest where you can see humming birds.
Drive back to Quito, where you will have dinner at the URKO Restaurant.
Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast enjoy a day trip to Cotopaxi volcano, in Cotopaxi National Park. Departing from Quito, admire the beautiful Andes mountain range and enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tour includes: Lunch Box, transportation and a professional guide.
Visit the Flower-growing walk.
Tonight you will stay at Puyo El Jardin.
Kapawi Amazon Lodge
Travel to Shell. Breakfast (Lunch Box) will be provided for every passenger. Short stops will be made during the trip for bathroom breaks and photo opportunities.
Arrival in Shell. You will be welcomed by Achuar representatives and will be assisted onto small planes. The 50-minute flight from Shell will pass over unbroken pristine rainforest, arriving at the airstrip of the local Achuar community. There you will be welcomed by Kapawi guides, who will escort you on the final leg of your journey, a beautiful 30-minute canoe ride into the majesty and tranquillity of the rainforest.
Lunch at Kapawi Amazon Lodge. After lunch guests will have the opportunity to relax, unpack, and situate themselves with the surroundings.
Enjoy a quiet activity where you can walk along one of the Pastaza River beaches. Here guides will give guests an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
Explore the Kapawari River in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds. All this coupled with a fantastic starry sky.
Kapawi Amazon Lodge
Take a 30-minute motor boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Claylick, where you will see different species of parrots, macaws, and parrots such as the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut- Fronted Macaw, Yellow Crowned Amazon.
After breakfast you can take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, to learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.
You will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe.
Take a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the hotel.
Kapawi Amazon Lodge
You will have the opportunity to find and spotting the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret.
Travel along the Pitzacocha or Pama trail. During this time you can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar people. The guides will also teach you about Achuar hunting techniques and Arutam the spirit of the forest.
Visit one of the Achuar communities that is located close to the lodge. This is one of our most popular activities offered in Kapawi, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Return to the lodge followed by dinner.
Kapawi Amazon Lodge
In the last few hours before departure from the Achuar territory you can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who is the best hunter among the guides and guests.
Fly back to Shell and view San Rafael Waterfalls.
Continue to Papallacta Hot Spring to relax in the thermal pools.
Return to Quito along the same route as the arrival, dinner and overnight at Casa de Hacienda Jimenita.
Quito to Galapagos
Today you will travel to one of the most amazing places in the world, the Galapagos Islands. Early in the morning you travel to National airport in order to board your Galapagos flight.
At your arrival at the Galapagos National Park your guide will be waiting for you in order to transfer you to your hotel. Visit the Wall of tears, lunch in a local ranch and visit the Highlands with Twin Craters, Primicias tortoise ranch and lava tunnels.
Late in the afternoon return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Santa Crus - Isabela
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Isabela Island.
Transfer to your hotel with some time to relax. Later you will visit Los Tuneles, a beautiful place formed by lava tunnels eroded by the ocean. Here you can snorkel or swim in this unique habitat and you will find hundreds of marine iguanas, penguins and sea lions playing. You can relax in the sun on the sandy beaches and if you are lucky it is possible to see flightless cormorants. This is one of Isabela’s most beautiful visitor sites.
Isabela Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano
After breakfast your guide will be waiting for you in order to visit Sierra Negra, a volcano that is located at the southern end of Isabela Island which is one of the most impressive volcanoes of the Archipelago. Its caldera measures 10 Km across from north to south.
Return to Puerto Villamil and stop en route in Campoduro where a delicious lunch will be waiting for you. Continue your trip to Tintoreras, a beautiful small island located at just few minutes away from Isabela where it is possible to see the endemic Galapagos penguin, white tippet sharks, and hundreds of baby iguanas.
Isabela – Santa Cruz
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the pier of Puerto Villamil to take a speed boat to a Santa Cruz Island. Here you are able to see the Giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Visit two big craters known as “Los Gemelos” or twins.
Take lunch at a local farm and then visit Tortuga Bay. Relax on this beach with soft sand and clear water, it is a great place to rest and enjoy the sun.
Return to Puerto Ayora where you will have time to buy souvenirs, mail postcards and absorb some local colour in the social heart of the islands.
Santa Cruz – Baltra - Quito
After breakfast your guide will drive you to Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you will learn at first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands including seeing the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs. These programs are saving several races of tortoises from extinction.
After this visit you will be transferred to Baltra airport to board your flight back to Quito.
Hacienda Molino San Juan & Otavalo Indian Market
Otavalo is one of most visited indigenous markets, rich in traditions and customs that allows you to enjoy the typical, colourful handcrafts and feasts, as well as showing off the fascinating environment and spectacular Andean mountains.
On the way you will briefly stop in Guayabamba Village and then San Pablo´s Lake viewpoint to enjoy the landscape and try ”biscochos”, cookies typical of the region. You will have lunch at Sacha Ji.
Next stop will be a weaving workshop in Peguche to look at and learn about the local handmade artisanal products, souvenirs and clothes.
You will then take to the road once more and soon arrive at Otavalo Market.
Lunch will be served in Cotacachi Village before heading to the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon.
Travel to Quito for your flight back to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK
Kapawi Amazon Lodge
Kapawi Ecolodge is an award-winning indigenous community ecotourism enterprise in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador that offers conscious and responsible travellers the opportunity to engage in authentic cultural experiences with people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in an unspoiled rainforest setting, while directly supporting the sustainable development of the Achuar indigenous nation.
The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are a group of 13 major islands and dozens of smaller islets and rocks. This is the result of volcanic activity and is out of this world. These islands are in fact an unpredictable wilderness and a living laboratory of evolution filled with an extraordinary population of unique species which have developed apart from human influence. For nature lovers, the are hundreds of birds, playful sea lions, exotic plant life, volcanoes and haunting land seascape.
Cotopaxi National Park
One of the most impressive national parks in Ecuador, this national park contains the Cotopaxi Volcano and is surrounded by an ecological reserve. Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, this national park is truly impressive with the area surrounding the Volcano relatively flat.
Mindo Cloud forest
A haven for nature and bird enthusiasts, this cloud forest opened in 2001 and is a non-profit conservation organisation.
Pahuma Reserve consists of magnificent cloud forests that are blanketed in spectacular flower and plant life, including various species of orchids such as the mosses, bromeliads and ferns complimented by three calming waterfalls found within the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve. You can enjoy a variety of trails leading through the reserve, of which some differ in the length and difficulty.
Sierra Negra Volcano
Visit Sierra Negra volcano that is located at the southern end of Isabela Island, it is one of the most impressive volcanoes of the Archipelago. Its caldera measures 10 Km across from north to south.
Charles Darwin Research Station
At the Charles Darwin Research Station, you will learn at first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands seeing the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction.
The capital of Ecuador is situated at the Andean foothills and is famous for its colonial centre mixing European and indigenous styles. The is the access point for trips throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos.
One of most visited indigenous markets, rich in traditions and customs that allows you to enjoy the typical, colourful handcrafts and feasts, as well as showing off the fascinating environment and spectacular Andean mountains.
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.
Inspire students with interactive science attractions on this tour.