Explore 3 unique eco-systems and the most beautiful landscapes of Ecuador iIN ONE TRIP!
Travel from Latitude 0 along the Andean Range called the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" to the tropics of the Route of Waterfalls and down to the Amazon jungle! Take a flight to remote Galapagos Islands archipelago., the Enchanted Islands
Travel assisted by professional english-speaking naturalist-guides in every region.
Continental Ecuador (Andes): 5D/4N
💒 Walk the colonial streets of Quito (the capital of Ecuador) in a company of a local
🇪🇨 Step from northern hemisphere to southern, and balance yourself at Latitude 0
🏔 Hike the foothills of iconic Cotopaxi volcano, admire the stunning emerald-blue crater lake Quilotoa, the Place of Power
🌟 Hunt for trophies at the vibrant local indigenous markets, meet Quechua people
💦 Zipline along the thundering waterfalls of tropical Baños sanctuary
🌋 Treat yourself relaxing in warm volcanic-origin thermal springs of Papallacta
Amazon Jungle Adventure: 4D/3N
🐢 Take an adventure deep inland into equatorial forests of the Yasuni National Reserve, a home to an incredible wildlife such as river dolphins, tapirs, caimans, anacondas, ocelots, howler monkeys, piranhas, toucans and more
🛖 Stay 3 nights in ecolodge - rustic cabins, designed to serve all your comforts
🌴 Visit the local indigenous community, and learn about their ways of life, that haven't changed for decades
🛶 Explore the unique green world of primary jungle walking the trails, from the observation tower elevated above the trees, and in daily motorized canoe rides on the maze of waterways and tributaries of the Amazon river
😎 Travel every day accompanied by a knowledgeable local naturalist guide
Galapagos Islands Hopping: 5D/4N
🦀 Following the steps of Charles Darwin, meet and interact with endemic Galapagos wildlife, terrestrial and marine
🐢 Take a 500-pound giant tortoise for a walk!
🐳 Snorkel in a company of sea lion puppies, colorful reef fish, sea turtles and rays!
🦎 Relax and soak in the sun with a family of lazy marine iguanas on a picturesque white-sand beach of Isabela island
🐦 Learn a bridal dance of blue-footed boobies birds, see how Pacific birds raise their chicks in a wild
🐧 Look for Galapagos penguins and pelicans fishing
🚢 Stay in comfortable small hotels by the water on the islands of Santa Cruz and Isablea, and travel by speed boat ferries to visit more islands on day-tours. Every single day will be full of ACTIVITIES, such as wildlife watching, easy hiking and snorkeling.
Updated June 27, 2022
Ecuador entry requirements (for ages 3 and over):
• a completed health attestation: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec plus…
• proof of medical & evacuation insurance, including Covid coverage, plus…
• proof of full vaccination, completed at least 2 weeks prior to arrival, OR…
• negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight to Ecuador
Galapagos entry requirements:
• proof of full vaccination, completed at least 2 weeks prior to arrival, OR a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight to Galapagos.
• INGALA tourist migration card (the form will be provided by the airline before departure)
• Galapagos national park entry fee paid ($100 + 20 USD for adults, $50+20 USD for kids cash only)
In if the Trip departure is canceled by Organizer, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable;
If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any personal reason, the following penalties will be applied:
Cancellation 89 to 45 calendar days before departure - up to 50% of the trip cost, including registration deposit
Cancellation 44 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable
At the elevation of the city of Quito (2850m) some people feel mild symptoms of altitude sickness. That's normal. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. With altitude sickness, you may have a headache, nausea or trouble sleeping.
As a suggestion for successful acclimatizing drink plenty of water and herbal teas, avoid alcohol drinks on the first days of your trip. If you have a headache, take medications immediately.
(!) People with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and pregnant women are strongly recommended to consult a therapist before having a high-altitude trip.
110-120V, 60Hz, American socket, available everywhere along the trip
Cellphone reception available in towns, partial in the rural areas and Galapagos
No cellphone reception in the Amazon rainforest (satellite phone in the lodge only used for emergencies)
WiFi will be available in hotels and public places
- The official currency of Ecuador is US Dollar
- Bring some USD in cash with you. Always have a variety of $5-$10-$20USD bills at hand, especially when you travel in the rural areas. Bills of $50 or $100USD are not common in Ecuador and sometimes are not excepted by smaller businesses.
- VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted in restaurants and hotels. However always ask if the credit cards payments are accepted before you make an order. in the restaurant.
- ATMs can be found in the airpot of Quito, and in town
- There is no ATM in Baltra airport , limited and not always functional on Galapagos islands (tip: withdraw enough cash before departure to Galapagos)
Middle sized suitcase for your main luggage (please check out for the airlines restrictions for max allowed checked luggage weight)
Duffel bag for your luggage on Amazon tour
A small day-pack (for day-tours and in town walks)
Refillable water bottle (1-1.5L)
Personal first aid kit (personal medication for migraines treatment, Imodium or similar, motion sickness (dramamine), band-a
** If you bring a photo-camera: charger + extra memory cards (if you run out of memory space, getting a new one can be expensive or difficult. If you bring a tripod, make it a lightweight non-bulky
QUITO & ANDEAN REGION
Average air temp: 55-70F, Windy, Possibility of rains in the afternoons (low in July)
Fleece jacket or warm hoodie
Hiking pants, windproof
Sunscreen UV 50+
Lip balm with sun protection
Cotopaxi day-hike: Trekking shoes, beanie & gloves
Refillable water bottle (1-1.5L)
Altitude 0-1500Feet, Average air temperature 80-85F,
Very humid, High possibility of showers and thunderstorm
Lightweight pants (sweatpants/ bermudas)
Change of t-shirts
Long sleeve loose cotton shirt (protection against the sun and insects)
Sunhat or bandana
A windbreaker jacket (for early morning and late evening canoe rides
Quick-dry sandals or flip flops for canoe rides
Sunscreen (SPF 50+).
Headlamp with extra-batteries
Binoculars – good to have for canoe rides and observation tower wildlife watching
Refillable water bottle (1-1.5L)
Provided gear at the lodge:
Rubber boots for jungle walks
Altitude 0-3000 Feet, Average air temp 80-90F
Average water temp: Nov to May ~75-77F, June to Oct ~65-70F, Possibility of light rains
Light pants /bermudas
A change of loose t-shirts
Long sleeve loose shirt (for sun protection)
A light sweatshirt (for ocean evenings)
A waterproof jacket /windbreaker (for speedboat rides between Santa Cruz and Isabela isalnds)
Quick-dry sandals or tennis shoes for day-tours
Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
Binoculars – optional
Refillable water bottle (1-1.5L)
Provided gear on day-tours:
Masks and flippers for snorkeling
ECO-LODGE & CABINS
Located in the natural reserve (national park), at the water, allowing you to experience a special affinity with wildlife. The Lodge is a few guest bungalows and a gazebo-dining room, a terrace for relaxing in the hammocks. All bungalows are interconnected by small wooden bridges and footpaths. Everything is built from the same simple eco-friendly materials as the native houses. Bungalows are built on platform on stilts, elevated above the ground. Each room is divided into two parts: bathroom cabin and a bedroom. The rooms are provided with bed linen, towels, toilet paper
ELECTRICITY is provided from solar panels. Do not forget to turn off the lights in your bungalow every time before leaving, to save the energy and also because light attracts small insects.
You won't find TV's, radio, hair-dryers, or iron in the rooms due to the high energy consumption. There is no laundry facilities at the lodge, that’s why bring a change of clothes.
Artificial lighting is not arranged outside the bungalows during the night, as it can disturb or change the behavior of nocturnal inhabitants of the jungle. Therefore, every time you leave your room after the dark don't forget to take a headlamp or flashlight with you.
You can charge your electronic devices/camera for free in the dining area.
WiFi is available to use in the dining are, however it can be slow
TAKING A SHOWER
Water heating for taking shower in each bungalow is for max 18-19L per day and taken from rivers and lakes. Please, try to save the water when taking a shower. Be prepared for the fact that the water is heated from the sun, so if the day is cloudy, the water may be just warm, but not hot as at home :)
For the sake of sustainability please try not to use any spray-fragrances or spray-deodorants (use repellent or sunblock in a lotion, not spray please).
Travelers are encouraged to use their bio-gradable cosmetics/shampoos
Throw used toilet paper in the trash container in your bathroom (please follow this rule everywhere in Ecuador)
DAY-TOURS in the rainforest are always accompanied by local naturalist-guide and consist of moderate hikes and exploring the area in motorized canoe for up to 10-12 passengers. Naturalist guide is a true wildlife expert, who was born and raised in the region, he is a ranger who is looking out for animals and responsible for the safety of the group. Always listen to his advice and recommendations and try to keep quiet not to frighten the wildlife.
Swimming is possible in the rainy season when the water level in the rivers and lakes is high enough. Always follow the recommendations of your guide about the choice of places for swimming
VISITING NATIVE COMMUNITY:
Remember that you are guests in a completely different culture and traditions which may seem rather strange to a western world
Please don't take pictures or videos of locals without their permission
Guests are usually offered to taste “chicha”, the local beer made from cassava. Do not decline, as it may offend the hosts. You can sip a drink or just pretend you are drinking
Please do not give money to local children, it may lead to begging. You can bring small learning materials, small gifts from your country. Locals will happily accept that
MEALS AT THE LODGE - FULL BOARD
Breakfast at the lodge is usually served at ~8AM, lunch ~at 1PM, and dinner - at 7.30PM.
Meals and non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price of your package.
Drinking water for bottle refills are provided at no cost.
Tea and coffee are always available in the dining area.
Sodas and alcoholic drinks are available at the additional cost at the bar (although don't expect the variety except local beer and wine, it is allowed to bring your own alcohol)
TELEPHONE CALLS / WiFI
There is no telephone reception in the lodge.
In the case of emergency, the staff of the lodge use satellite phone.
WiFi is available in dining area
Ecuador is considered to be one of the most traveler-friendly and safest countries in South America. However, we would very appreciate if you keep in mind and follow a few simple rules for the success of your overall travel experience:
- Keep your valuables and travel documents in your hotel room in security-box or in your suitcase under the lock /code.
- Save a photo-copy of your passport, vaccination certificate and travel insurance on your smartphone.
- For city walks in Quito and day-tours elsewhere you don't need all your cash. Just take as much as your daily spending can be (snacks, drinks, souvenirs, admissions)
- Please do not leave your valuables, photo-cameras and wallets unattended
- Old town Quito can be unsafe after 6pm as any other city at night time, please stay away from exploring on your own. Rural areas of Ecuador, Baños, Amazon and Galapagos are totally safe.
- Keep the name and address of your hotel you stay at, and the cellphone of your travel guide
- For cash withdrawals in Quito town use only the ones inside the bank buildings with security guard nearby
Please use ONLY bottled drinking water. Tap water is good for brushing your teeth
Arrival to Quito in the afternoon.
Meet with your local english-speaking guide at the airport terminal exit and drive to town (45min - 1 hr).
Free time to explore, relax and acclimate.
Overnight in Hotel Dann Carlton, Quito.
Quito altitude - 2850m