GLOBUS 2025: Independent Galapagos at the Finch Bay Resort with Ecuador's Amazon (ISQ2)

12-Day Package from Quito to Guayaquil

How deep is your love of adventure? Is it deep enough to follow the course of Charles Darwin to discover your own love affair with the wildlife paradise of the Galapagos Islands? If so, this Independence by Globus vacation in Ecuador is pointing you in the right direction. Ignite your independent spirit on a canoe trip downriver from Coca to the comfort of your lodge the Amazon Rainforest, where you're in good hands with a Naturalist guide to explore the jungle from its rainforest canopy to the forest floor. Be awestruck by the wealth of wildlife that thrives in this tropical wilderness. Explore the historic heart of Quito and depart for parts unknown where blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and diving iguanas of the Galapagos give new meaning to mind-blowing discoveries. You'll stay at the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, offering a private, seaside location to kayak, snorkel, bike, and take boat excursions to the various Galapagos Islands with expert Naturalists. Sail upon pristine waters to discover the perfectly evolved creatures who thrive on this volcanic archipelago. Stroll the sand where sea lions bask and albatross brace against the updrafts above the cliffs. Sail, snorkel, and simply stay in a state of astonishment through the sanctuaries of spectacular species on North Seymour, South Plaza Island, and Santa Cruz Islands. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where conservationists work to protect the gentle giants for which the islands are named. You'll also find the I-time you deserve to fall in love with adventure again!

Call (201) 288-4330 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18514958

Tour Operator
Globus
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
12 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Quito
Welcome to Quito, where your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2Amazon Lodge
- Fly to Coca where you will be met by your Naturalist.
- Travel by motorboat down the Napo River with opportunities to spot birds like herons, kingfishers, and others.
- Next, transfer to a canoe and float through narrow channels looking for monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots, or even macaws.
- Arrive at your Amazon lodge located on Anangu Lake surrounded by pristine rainforest.
- Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink, briefing, and dinner.

(B,L,D)
Day 3Amazon Lodge
- After an early breakfast, journey to a parrot clay lick where 11 different species of parrots, parakeets, and macaws can be seen on a daily basis.
- Later, walk to a local community where you are invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, and manioc.
- Take a Naturalist-guided walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and vibrant or well-camouflaged insects.

(B,L,D)
Day 4Amazon Lodge
- This morning, ascend a canopy tower over 100 feet above the forest floor at the top of a Ceiba tree. From here, you can view spider monkeys, aracaris, toucans, blue and gold macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the red-rumped cacique.
- After lunch at the lodge, explore lakes and creeks on a dugout canoe in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys.

(B,L,D)
Day 5Quito
- Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today.
- The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

(B)
Day 6Quito
- Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

(B)
Day 7Santa Cruz
- Fly to Baltra in the Galapagos.
- Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galapagos' largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs.
- Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel.

(B,L,D)
Day 8Santa Cruz
- Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers.
- After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared.
- Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach.

(B,L,D)
Day 9Santa Cruz
- This morning, travel to Punta Carrion on Santa Cruz Island for some time to snorkel. The shallow reefs and mangroves make this an ideal site to snorkel with plenty of reef fish as well as occasional sea lions and sharks.
- Next, sail to South Plaza Island, a small island full of fascinating wildlife, both along its shore and along its dramatic, wind-swept cliffs. Here you will see large, yellow land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, masked and blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and much more during your guided walk.
- Return to the hotel this afternoon.

(B,L,D)
Day 10Santa Cruz
- Today's adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters.
- Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitats and protect the area's famous giant tortoises.

(B,L,D)
Day 11Guayaquil
- Depart the hotel this morning for the airport in Baltra. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador's Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador.

(B)
Day 12Guayaquil
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/07/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
01/14/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
02/25/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/04/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/11/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/18/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/25/2025$8,529.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
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This vacation includes the following Intra-Vacation Air segments in the vacation price: Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito.

Galapagos package does not include Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.Travel Terms & Conditions
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