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Ecuador and Galapagos Adventure
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Tour Dates October 9th - 25th, 2017 (17 days)
Included meals 15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Dr Bob & Fay Jackson
Pricing from $11,295 CAD
Join us as we journey into the southern hemisphere to discover Ecuador and the amazing Galapagos Islands. Enjoy a special journey to the Sacha Rainforest Lodge and visits in the diverse country of Ecuador. See the World Heritage City of Quito, drive along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and take a ride on the Devil's Nose Train. Then spend five days aboard a luxury vessel sailing the Galapagos Archipelago, one of the richest marine sanctuaries in the world and home to an abundance of wildlife and rare wilderness. With an expert Naturalist Guide, get up close and personal with 200 year-old giant tortoises, sea lions and blue-footed boobies. This bucket list destination awaits!
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure day

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Our excitement grows as we meet our travelling companions at the airport. Our connecting flight arrives in Quito, Ecuador, where we are met and transferred to our hotel for the night.

Day 2 - Equator - Quito Tour

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Group on EquatorAfter a late breakfast, we take a wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito. The city has been recognized by UNESCO as a “World Cultural Heritage Site" (WHS) in recognition of its best-preserved, least altered historic centre. A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this spectacular visit. Later we return to our hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Amazon Rainforest

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Amazon rainforest waterfallThis morning we take a flight to Coca, where we travel by canoe to our lodge located in a rainforest in the heart of Ecuador's Amazon basin. After our arrival we'll have time to relax and get familiar with our new surroundings. Perhaps take your camera and binoculars to observe some of the wildlife around the lodge including several species of birds. After dinner we may join our naturalist guide on a night walk through the rainforest to observe the many nocturnal animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Amazon Rainforest

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Amazon rainforest bridgeA fascinating day of plant and wildlife viewing is in store for us today as we explore the rainforest. There will be opportunities to observe the canopy of the rainforest from observation decks on viewing towers. During hikes, native guides will point out the many species of medicinal plants that have been used by their culture for hundreds of years. After a exciting day of exploration, we'll retire to the comfort of our lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Amazon Rainforest

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Chorongo MonkeyAnother wonderful day of exploration in the rainforest of the Amazon Basin. Perhaps we'll start the day with a canoe ride along one of the tributaries of the Amazon. It will be a chance to spot anacondas, caimans and capybaras. We may even have a chance to fish for the infamous razor-toothed piranha. During our hikes, we’ll have a chance to spot a variety of wildlife including squirrel and howler monkeys, the shy and elusive three-toed sloth and many exotic birds.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - To Quito

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Quito skylineThis morning we travel by canoe to Coca and then take a flight back to Quito for an early afternoon arrival. The remainder of the day is free to explore on our own.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Quito - Otavalo - Rose Plantation

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Otavalo Textile MarketAfter breakfast we will travel north of Quito to the market town of Otavalo and see how handicrafts have become a big industry in this area. The local native people are skilled in weaving a large variety of designs in tapestries, ponchos, belts and other clothing items. This is a perfect time for souvenir shopping. We visit Peguche - known for its weavers, and crafting traditional Andean instruments. Finally, we tour a Rose Plantation to admire the many types of stunning Ecuadorian flowers. As millions of blossoms are shipped worldwide each year, we also see the preparation and packaging process.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Avenue of the Volcanoes - Riobamba

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Cotopaxi VolcanoToday we head south and travel along the central sierra of Ecuador known as "The Avenue of the Volcanoes", named for the series of snow-capped dormant and active volcanoes. Weather conditions permitting we may view the magnificent Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, reaching a height of 5,897 metres. Next, we stop at a traditional indegenous home for a visit. Later, we arrive in Riobamba, located in the foothills of Chimborazo volcano, and our hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Devil's Nose Train Ride - Ingapirca

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Devil's Nose TrainWe start the day with a drive through one of the most picturesque areas of Ecuador on our way to Alausi where we board the train for the famous ride along the Devil's Nose. We'll enjoy the views of the magnificent Andes as the train takes a series of switchbacks along a steep incline. Next we stop at Ingapirca where the view of the Andes from the ruins is incredible. We stay here tonight in a wonderful Hacienda.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Ingapirca - Guayaquil

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Cathedral of the Immaculate ConceptionToday we visit the Ingapirca site, renowned as one of the best maintained Inca ruins in Ecuador. We'll tour around Ingapirca Fortress which is a most important archeological vestige left by the Inca Civilization in Ecuador. Afterwards, we continue to Guayaquil along a wonderful scenic route that takes us from the highlands of Ecuador to the lowlands of the Pacific Coast. On the way we pass through El Cajas National Park, and appreciate the many potato, corn, banana, and coffee plantations of this high plateau. At the highest point of our drive we reach 4000 meters, before descending down to sea level in Guayaquil.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Start Galapagos Cruise

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Galapagos cruise ship - mv LegendOur morning flight takes us to the Galapagos Islands (WHS) where we are met by our naturalist guides and taken to board the M/V Galapagos Legend, a 100-passenger luxury expedition vessel and our home for the next four nights. Onboard, we have all the amenities of a large ship but enjoy the intimacy of a smaller one. All shore landings are made in groups of sixteen people in Zodiacs (rigid inflatable boats). This afternoon we sail to Black Turtle Cove on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Cruising Galapagos

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Sea Lions on the beachOur destination this morning is Sullivan Bay on the island of Santiago. Here we see the most impressive lava fields in the Galagpagos. Later, we arrive at Rabida Island, another of the most unique in the archipelago with dark red beaches. The unique red colour of the sand comes from the high iron content in the volcanic material.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Cruising Galapagos

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Great Frigate BirdThis morning we disembark at Urbina Bay for an easy wet landing on a gentle sloping beach. This area is very interesting in that it is a perfect example of the geological activities of the islands. During volcanic activity in 1954, over three miles of the marine reef at the edge of the shore was raised by 13 feet. This afternoon we visit the towering cliffs of Tagus Cove, where 19th and early 20th century ships’ graffiti can be seen. After hiking beyond Darwin Lake, a saltwater lagoon above sea level, we'll be rewarded with extraordinary views of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Cruising Galapagos

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Blue Footed BoobyFernandina Island has the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos with eruptions taking place every few years. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape, but here flightless cormorants build their nests, sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and marine iguanas dot the sand. Later, at the northern 'mouth' of Isabela Island's Vicente Roca Point, a dinghy ride showcases the great diversity of sea and coastal birds such as the blue-footed booby, noddies, pelicans and penguins.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Santa Cruz - Quito

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Giant TortoiseThis morning we return to Santa Cruz Island and take a bus ride into the highlands to visit a nature reserve with giant tortoises which can live up to 200 years. This afternoon we fly back to Quito on the mainland. We will be met and transferred to our hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Quito - late flight home

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

We travel north of the city today to tour the Middle of the World complex, marking a spot where the equator passes through Ecuador, and where we can stand with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern Hemisphere. Our guide will entertain us with demonstrations on either side of this imaginary line. We return to Quito to rest, freshen up or pack away any of the day's purchases. Later we gather for our farewell dinner before going to the airport to begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 - Arrive home

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Today we arrive home to our family and friends who are eager to here all about our amazing trip!

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Kleintours Galapagos Cruises
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Galapagos Legend
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Special Inclusions

  • Three night stay at Amazon Rainforest Lodge
  • Devil's Nose Train Ride
  • Five-day cruise to Galapagos Islands
  • Visit Middle of the World Complex

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$11,295
Single supplement$4,295

Deposit

Deposit of $300 is fully refundable until June 30th, 2017

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Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for all services including cruise
  • Bottle of water daily on the coach
  • All foreign taxes
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation
  • Cruise in standard plus stateroom
  • Galapagos National Park Fee and transit card
  • Airfare and taxes to/from Galapagos

Not included

  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
  • Beverages
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