Adventure in the rainforest

Canyoning Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador

We will go canyoning, caving and rafting. And you will also visit a Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. This will be the adventure of your life, let us know, if you want to join: info@arutamecotours.com

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Paragliding Adventure – June 24

Paragliding in Cuenca

Enjoy the Andes view from a different perspective. Our paragliding tour has two schedules. You can go in the morning at 7 am or in the afternoon at 2 pm. You will do this activity with an experienced instructor, so you don’t have to worry about anything besides enjoying the amazing views. For more information visit our website or come by our office.

 

3-Days Inca-Trail: 13-15 of May OR 2 – 4 of June 2017

Hiking the Inca Trail

Do you want to hike the Inca-Trail with us? We are offering a 3-day Hiking Tour on the footpath of the Incas. Our guide will pick you up in Cuenca and take you to a small town near Alausi where you start the hike. You don’t have to worry about carrying your stuff, donkeys will do that for you. Each day you walk around 6 hours. The nights you spent in tents in the wilderness of the anden mountains and cook your food on the campfire. Your last day will end up at the ruins of Ingapirca, where you will have a guided tour before going back to Cuenca. If you want more information, please visit our website or come into the office today!

Biking and Canyoning Adventure (2 days)

Biking and Canyoning Adventure (2 days)

tours to the rainforest Ecuador tour a la selva tour in den Regenwald Canyoning Tour to the Rainforest in EcuadorFirst day: We start our tour at 8:30 am from Cuenca and drive about 1.5 hours to get to the highest point of the eastern mountains range of the Andes dividing Azuay and Morona Santiago. From there you swing yourselfe on a bike and go for the downhill biking adventure. You bike partly on asphalt and partly on dirt road along a windy road through the Andes. After about 1.5 hours you will have a break from biking and go on a hike trough the cloud forest to an amazing waterfall. Then you will enjoy lunch and when you are ready you go on the last leg to Limón. You reach the small town in the afternoon and before dinner everyone can refresh and relax for a while.

Second and last day: After breakfast, we meet to drive to the waterfalls for canyoning. The beautiful waterfalls are located in the rainforest and are great for a little adventure in the jungle. Besides rappelling down some walls you will also be able to slide and jump into pools to your heart’s content. For lunch we will return to Limón and then prepare our trip back to Cuenca, where we will arrive in the late afternoon.

Price per person:

$240 (2 people going)

$220 (3+ people going)

Small group
Tour time: 8:30 am to around 6 pm (following day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and all meals

  • Rubber boots, biking and canyoning equipment

  • Spanish and English speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Pullover
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (or a copy)
Birding Limon Indanza (3 days)

Birding Limon Indanza (3 days)

dscn3012-2 solangel-gorgiamatistaLimón Indanza is located in the southern Amazon region of Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes and only in this small area more than 430 bird species are registered. Parts of this birding tour will lead you into subtropical forest and partly you will be observing species from the tropical rainforest.

First day: We will meet at 9 am at the Arutam Ecotours office in Cuenca and start our journey to Morona Santiago in el oriente soon after. Our arrival at our hotel in Limón is scheduled around noon. Afterwards we will have a good lunch and explore the small town for a while. You will then need to put on “wet gear” (rubber boots and, in case of wet weather, a rain poncho), so that you can enjoy birdwatching in the rainforest. You will have the chance to observe a group of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus). Further sightings recently include: Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus), Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas), Chestnut-ipped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus derbianus), Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris), Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta), Scaled Pigeon (Patagioenas speciosa), Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis), Yellow-throated Tanager (Iridosornis analis), Blue-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera johannae), Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti), Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata), Blue-rumped Manakin (Lepidothrix isidorei) and Highland Hepatic-Tanager (Piranga flava). At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second day: In the early morning we head towards the mountains in the bird-rich protected subtropical woods of Tinajillas-Río Gualaceño, where the beautiful Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex) and the Black-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris) are avian highlights. During this morning activity we will have breakfast, while we move on to various spots, where the Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps), Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii), Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius), Black Caracara (Daptrius ater), Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis), Grass-green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii), White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata), Orange-banded Flycatcher (Nephelomyias lintoni) and Smoke-colored Pewee (Contopus fumigatus) have been spotted. Lunch break will be taken at a local restaurante and afterwards you can relax for a while. In the afternoon we will take a walk close to Limón to a spot called Niño migrante. Some species that we will look for include the Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans), Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata), Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata), Masked-Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta), Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra), Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota), Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolophus), Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii), Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus) and Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum). For dinner we return to Limón.

Third day: Very early in the morning we will drive to a small Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. We start birding around the Zamora River, where we can see the White-throated Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus), Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana), Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos), Voilaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus), Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons), Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana), Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus), Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and Grayish Saltador (Saltador coerulescens). Breakfast will been taken out in the nature. Around midday we return to the community, where we have a traditional meal prepared by the Shuar. After our good-byes, we will return to the hotel and prepare our trip back to Cuenca, where will get in the late afternoon.

Price from 2 persons on: $320 per person

Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm the last day

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation and all meals

  • Spanish and English speaking tour leader and birding guide with scope and audio gear

  • Rubber boots

The program does not include:

  • Binoculars

  • Drinks and personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Long-sleeved warm sweater
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (or a copy)
Climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo

Climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo

cotopaxiIn these 5 days we will climb the two most impressive mountains of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi (to the refuge at 4800 m) and Chimborazo (6310 m). A previous acclimatization is important to reach the peak of the Chimborazo. We therefore recommend to come a few days earlier to get used to the altitude, or to acclimatize already at your home country.

Day 1: Arrival in Quito (2800 m), Ecuador’s capital. We pick you up from the airport and bring you to your hotel.

Day 2 (B/L/D): After breakfast we drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. With 5897 m the Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanos on earth. Due to the current activity, the volcano can not be climbed up to the peak right now. For acclimatization we go on an 3-hour hike to the refuge at 4800 m and back to the parking lot. Then we continue south on the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to Riobamba.

Day 3 (B/L/D): This morning we go on to the Chimborazo (6310 m). The majesty of Ecuadors volcanoes has long been considered the highest mountain in the world. We reach the refuge Hermanos Carrel (4800 m) after about 1 hour. With packed backpacks we ascend slowly to the Whymper refuge (5000 m). After lunch at 6 pm, we are having a final check before the climb. At 11 pm we set off to the summit of the Chimborazo.

Day 4  (B): The rather steep climb to the summit can take up to 7 hours. Depending on weather conditions we remain up to half an hour on the peak. Enjoy an unforgettable view over the mountains of Ecuador. Then we descent around five hours back to the refuge Hermanos Carrel and return to Quito.

Day 5 (B): After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport or go a connecting tour to the Amazon Rainforest or the Galapagos Islands.

Price from 2 persons on: $620 per person

The program includes:

  • All transfers with Jeep or van

  • accommodation hotels and refuge

  • Meals see program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

  • Local englisch-speaking guide and mountain guide

  • Mountaineering equipment (pick, crampons, harnesses, etc.)

The program does not include:

  • Flight from/to Ecuador

  • Thermosflasche, Trekking clothing and equipment (sunglasses, headlamp, thermos, etc.)

  • Travel and mountain rescue insurance

  • Drinks

  • Single room

  • Tips

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

 

Experience Ecuador – Adventure, Culture & Recreation

Experience Ecuador – Adventure, Culture & Recreation

14-day round trip

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Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries in South America. From the colonial cities you are quickly in dense rainforest, where you can explore the flora and fauna while hiking and boating. Visit small Indian villages in the Andean highlands and enjoy the view of snow-capped volcanic peaks. At Indian markets you watch the hustle and bustle and relax in hot thermal baths.

Possibilities for extensions: Galapagos Islands, Amazon region, coast or individual tours

Travel program

Day 1 – Arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador

On arrival at the airport in Guayaquil your English-speaking guide awaits you already. After welcoming it goes directly to your hotel in Guayaquil, where you can recover from the journey and absorb the first impressions of Ecuador.

_MG_0973Day 2 – From the Coast to Cuenca with a visit at a Cacao Farm   B L

Today you will go on to Cuenca. On the way there we take a break on a family-run Cacao Farm. After an introduction to the planting and processing of cacao, we will roast the beans and produce our own chocolate. You will have a delicious lunch at the farm, before continuing through the Andes to Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. On the way you pass the National Park Cajas with its rugged rock formations and countless lagoons. Your hotel is located in the historic center of the city, which was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 1999.

cuenca1Day 3 – Colonial City of Cuenca   B L

After breakfast you will get to know Cuenca. The city was founded in 1557 on the Inca settlement Tomebamba. For most Ecuadorians – and for many travelers alike – is the most beautiful city in the country. Located at an altitude of 2,530 m above sea level, it is a center for crafts, ceramics, Panama hats as well as gold and silverware. During the City Tour we will show you historic buildings along the Tomebamba River, the Ruins of Todos Santos, the flower market and the main square with the old and the new cathedral. There will be still time to visit a Panama hat factory. You will have the afternoon off for strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets with its whitewashed houses and noble façades and discover the beauties of the city yourself.

IMG_6170Day 4 – Cañari Community   B L

In the morning, upon our arrival at the community you will be offered a typical breakfast. During a walk in the primary forest you learn the Quechua names of the plants and their curative value. In a sacred place in the mountains rituals of energization and the greeting of Pachamama (“saludo a la Pachamama”) take place. Then, you will enjoy another small walk on the historical camino del Inca. For lunch we will share panpamesa with the community, a delicious traditional meal that is made from 100% organic ingredients. In the afternoon, you will be learning about daily activities of the community, like grinding corn and hear traditional music.

P1160012Day 5 – Hiking in the Cajas National Park   B L

After breakfast we will drive to the Cajas National Park, which lies in a hilly landscape with countless lakes and lagoons surrounded by tundra vegetation, the so-called Páramo. The first hike takes you to about 3,100 meters above sea level around the Laguna Llaviuco where you can observe numerous species of birds. Then you pass the pass “Tres Cruces” at an altitude of 4,167 m, where you will have an amazing view from a lookout point. At noon you will enjoy a hot meal and the second hike takes you to the Laguna Toreadora, where you can explore a fantastic Polylepis forest.

IMG_9582Day 6 – Ingapirca and arrival in the rainforest   B L

In the morning we start to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador Ingapirca (in Cañari “stone wall of the Inca”). The guide will show you around at this fascinating archaeological site, whose stone structures surround the temple of the sun. After exploring Ingapirca you will continue to Baños, a small town at the foot of the active volcano Tungurahua. Enjoy the thrilling swing of the “tree house” over the valley of Baños and with an amazing view at the volcano.

DSCN8651Day 7 – Amazing waterfalls   B L

Today you will admire the majestic waterfalls of the “Pailon del Diablo”. After lunch we head further east. During the trip, the landscape changes, passing deep canyons and numerous waterfalls until you reach the hilly Amazon lowlands. In Puyo you will visit a rehabilitation center for wild animals from the jungle. You have the possibility to see wild cats, monkeys, parrots and turtles among others. At the end of the day you will go on to Tena.

IMG_1983 (Large)Day 8 – Encounter with a rainforest community   B L

In the morning you will explore the rainforest on a hike and in the afternoon get to know the culture of the indigenous Kichua. After a short ride on a motor canoe down the Napo River you will arrive at the Kichua community. There you indigenous women will show you how to wash gold from the river, make chicha, a typical drink of the rainforest from the yucca plant, and manufacture traditional pots of clay.

Thermas de PapallactaDay 9 – Papallacta   B

After breakfast you will continue your journey to Papallacta which is primarily known for its hot springs. The thermal hot springs of Papallacta are located in an area of 250 ha at an altitude of 3,330 to 3,500 m, which is known for its bizarre Páramo landscape. Its pools are among the cleanest and most beautiful in the country. Enjoy the thermal springs in Papallacta and the beneficial effects of warm thermal water in a beautiful countryside surrounded by clear mountain air. A modern spa is available (optional applications).

CotopaxiDay 10 – Cotopaxi Nationalpark   B L

After breakfast, you are driving along the famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, which offers you stunning views on the surrounding mountain giants. We will visit the National Park Cotopaxi, that certainly belongs to one of the most attractive nature reserves in the country. During a walk around the shallow “Laguna de Limpiopungo” at an altitude of 4,000 m above sea level, you will get to know the typical vegetation of the “Páramos” and see the majestic Cotopaxi (5,897 m) in the background. Today, you will stay overnight in the historic Hacienda La Cienega in which already Humboldt resided.

P1160790Day 11 – Laguna Quilotoa   B L

This morning you will visit the Quilotoa lagoon and see how the water changes its color depending on the light of the sun. Upon arrival you can enjoy a wonderful view, take a walk down into the crater, or go for a walk along the crater rim. In the afternoon we continue to Quito, capital of Ecuador and world cultural heritage.

Calle_de_la_Ronda,_Quito,_Ecuador,_2015-07-22,_DD_215Day 12 – Quito   B L

After breakfast you will tour the historic old town with its wealth of Spanish, Flemish, Moorish and pre-Columbian architecture. You will visit the Cathedral and its Museum as well as the church of La Compañia. The Square of Independence, the main square of the city,  and the no less attractive Square of San Francisco are part of the tour. You will continue to the Panecillo (“small loaf”) on a hill of the old city with his angel statue “Virgen de Quito”. Here you can enjoy the great views over the city and surrounding mountains. In the afternoon the journey continues to the Equator Monument “Mitad del Mundo” (“Middle of the World”).

P1170194Day 13 – Indigenous Market in Otavalo   B L

Today you will visit the famous handicraft market of Otavalo. At arrival in the small town you see the Plaza de los Ponchos, which represents the central point of the colorful market. You can watch the Indians of Otavalo dressed in traditional costumes, that are considered prosperous and reputable. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market. Here, the Indígenas from the surrounding villages offer their colorful, handmade products, hand-woven rugs, wall hangings, knitted sweaters, colorful belts, hammocks and mountains of wool and fabric products.

Day 14 – Departure from Quito   B

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and start your journey back home. Alternatively, you can book an extension to the Galapagos Islands.

Price: $2490 per person in a double room of a middle-class hotel, single room supplement $370

Included:

  • All listed tours and activities with English-speaking guide and private transfers

  • Tour, transportation, sightseeings and entrance fees according to program

  • Accommodation in a double room of a middle-class hotel

  • Meals as described (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Not included:

  • International flights

  • Potential airport fees

  • Meals, unless mentioned in the program

  • Personal expenses for drinks, trips et cetera

  • Travel insurance

Exploring Ecuador’s Highlands – Nature and Culture

Exploring Ecuador’s Highlands – Nature and Culture

10-day round trip

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The country on the equator provides a selection of countless activities. Enjoy the Andean highlands with its beautiful colonial cities Cuenca and Quito, the culture of Cañari and Inca, the National Park Cotopaxi and the volcanic lake Quilotoa. At the end of the trip, you will get to know the Indian market of Otavalo.

Possibilities for extensions: Galapagos Islands, Amazon region, coast or individual tours

Travel program

Day 1 – Arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador

On arrival at the airport in Guayaquil your English-speaking guide awaits you already. After welcoming it goes directly to your hotel in Guayaquil , where you can recover from the journey and absorb the first impressions of Ecuador.

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Day 2 – From the Coast to Cuenca with a visit at a Cacao Farm   B L

Today you will go on to Cuenca. On the way there we take a break on a family-run Cacao Farm. After an introduction to the planting and processing of cacao, we will roast the beans and produce our own chocolate. You will have a delicious lunch at the farm, before continuing through the Andes to Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. On the way you pass the National Park Cajas with its rugged rock formations and countless lagoons. Your hotel is located in the historic center of the city, which was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 1999.

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Day 3 – Colonial City of Cuenca   B

After breakfast you will get to know Cuenca on a City Tour. The city was founded in 1557 on the Inca settlement Tomebamba. For most Ecuadorians – and for many travelers alike – is the most beautiful city in the country. Located at an altitude of 2,530 m above sea level, it is a center for crafts, ceramics, Panama hats as well as gold and silverware. During the City Tour we will show you historic buildings along the Tomebamba River, the Ruins of Todos Santos, the flower market and the main square with the old and the new cathedral. There will be still time to visit a Panama hat factory. You will have the afternoon off for strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets with its whitewashed houses and noble façades and discover the beauties of the city yourself.

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Day 4 – Ingapirca and Chimborazo   B

In the morning we start to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador Ingapirca (in Cañari “stone wall of the Inca”). The guide will show you around at this fascinating archaeological site, whose stone structures surround the temple of the sun. After exploring Ingapirca you will continue to the mountain giant Chimborazo (6310 m). The scenic mountain landscape provides you with spectacular views. In the evening you arrive at your hotel in Riobamba.

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Day 5 – Vulkansee Quilotoa   B

After breakfast, we are heading north on the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. You will visit the famous volcanic lake Quilotoa and  see how the water changes its color depending on the light of the sun. Upon arrival you can enjoy a wonderful view, take a walk down into the crater, or go for a walk along the crater rim. Today, you will stay overnight in the historic Hacienda La Cienega in which already Humboldt resided.

CotopaxiDay 6 – National Park Cotopaxi   B

This morning you will visit the National Park Cotopaxi, that certainly belongs to one of the most attractive nature reserves in the country. During a walk around the shallow “Laguna de Limpiopungo” at an altitude of 4,000 m above sea level, you will get to know the typical vegetation of the “Páramos” and see the majestic Cotopaxi (5,897 m) in the background. In the afternoon you continue your journey towards Papallacta, which is primarily known for its hot springs.

Thermas de Papallacta2Day 7 – Papallacta   B

The thermal hot springs of Papallacta are located in an area of 250 ha at an altitude of 3,330 to 3,500 m, which is known for its bizarre Páramo landscape. Its pools are among the cleanest and most beautiful in the country. Enjoy the thermal springs in Papallacta and the beneficial effects of warm thermal water in a beautiful countryside surrounded by clear mountain air. A modern spa is available (optional applications). In the afternoon we continue to Quito, capital of Ecuador and world cultural heritage.

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Day 8 – Quito   B

After breakfast you will tour the historic old town with its wealth of Spanish, Flemish, Moorish and pre-Columbian architecture. You will visit the Cathedral and its Museum as well as the church of La Compañia. The Square of Independence, the main square of the city,  and the no less attractive Square of San Francisco are part of the tour. You will continue to the Panecillo (“small loaf”) on a hill of the old city with his angel statue “Virgen de Quito”. Here you can enjoy the great views over the city and surrounding mountains. In the afternoon the journey continues to the Equator Monument “Mitad del Mundo” (“Middle of the World”).

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Day 9 – Indigenous Market in Otavalo   B

Today you will visit the famous handicraft market of Otavalo. At arrival in the small town you see the Plaza de los Ponchos, which represents the central point of the colorful market. You can watch the Indians of Otavalo dressed in traditional costumes, that are considered prosperous and reputable. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market. Here, the Indígenas from the surrounding villages offer their colorful, handmade products, hand-woven rugs, wall hangings, knitted sweaters, colorful belts, hammocks and mountains of wool and fabric products.

Day 10 – Departure from Quito   B

After breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport and start your journey back home. Alternatively, you can book an extension to the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon region.

Price: $1490 per person in a double room of a middle-class hotel, single room supplement $250 (this price is from 2 persons on, please ask for group prices via email)

Included:

  • All listed tours and activities with English-speaking guide and private transfers

  • Tour, transportation, sightseeings and entrance fees according to program

  • Accommodation in a double room of a middle-class hotel

  • Meals as described (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Not included:

  • International flights

  • Potential airport fees

  • Meals, unless mentioned in the program

  • Personal expenses for drinks, trips et cetera

  • Travel insurance

Cruise on the Xavier III Yacht

Cruise on the Xavier III Yacht

Xavier Deck Xavier IIIXavier III is a spacious Galapagos Cruise Boat for 16 guests – there’s plenty of room to relax in the bar, dining room, or back deck of the yacht with beautiful views. At the same time, it’s not so large that you won’t make plenty of friends!

The Xavier III carries a team of seven crewmembers and one naturalist guide well-versed in the local wildlife, vegetation and geology and certified by the Galápagos National Park Service.

Snorkelling equipment and beach towels included at no extra charge. Wetsuits available for rent. Comprehensive breakfast and gourmet Ecuadorian and international cuisine prepared fresh daily. All meals on board included.

Write us for Last Minute Offers! Just let us know how many days you want to go and when.

Napo Birding Tour (5 days)

Napo Birding Tour (5 days)

MG_6933-300x200 MG_6205-200x300First day: A short flight will take you from Quito to the jungle town of Coca. At the Coca airport our staff will take you to the Orellana port, the gateway to the pristine lands of the Ecuadorian Amazon. From there, a motorized canoe will take us down the Napo River 2 hours until reaching the Napo Wildlife Center welcome station on the banks of the Napo River. From here you will be transferred to smaller paddle-canoes to go up the Añangu Creek to the Napo Wildlife Center ecolodge, located on the banks of Anangu Lake. Along the way you will discover the region’s diversity and different bird species such as hoatzins, kingfishers, and herons.

Second-fourth day: For three days or more (you have the option to extend your days at the lodge) you will have the opportunity to explore the great diversity of birds of the western Amazon jungle. The Ecuadorian Amazon is considered one of the top birdwatching places in the world with more than 500 bird species. Early in the morning we will visit the Canopy Observation Tower to see the avifauna of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. Get a stunning close-up view of flocks of birds that wander past and through the Canopy tower: oropendolas, tanagers, euphonias, aracaris, cotingas, flycatchers, purpletufts, parrots and macaws glow are seen dropping from the trees in search of fruits and seeds. The forest trails are also a great opportunity to admire the wilderness of the Amazon jungle, with good chances to see different bird species such as antbirds, toucans, woodcreepers, tinamous, the black-necked red cotinga and the vocally-striking screaming piha. Visit the parrot clay licks where hundreds of parrots, macaws and parakeets gather to obtain the minerals contained in the soil that help them to digest the seeds and fruits they feed with. Enjoy the canoe rides on the Anangu Lake and along the creeks and rivers that surround the lodge accompanied by different birds such as silvered and plumbeous antbirds, herons, the point-tailed palmcreeper, orange-crested manakin and river birds as the yellow-billed tern, the capped heron and the collared plover. Also, the islands in the Napo River are home to a variety of birds including the black-and-white antbird, the olive-spotted hummingbird and different species of spinetails. Apart from the varied avifauna you will probably see several monkey species and the giant river otter, a species unique to the Amazon Basin.

The welcoming area of the Napo Wildlife Center, where the local community lives, is also rich in fauna and flora. Here you may find other bird species such as the rufous-headed woodpecker, swallow-winged puffbird and the turquoise and magpie tanagers.

Fifth day: On this last day we’ll head back to the jungle town of Coca to return to Quito.

Price per person: $2699 (private room) $1799 (double or triple)

The program includes:

  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Lodging, all meals, excursions as specified, purified water, river transportation and local shuttle to and from the Coca Airport.
  • Community and bilingual naturalist guides.
  • Entrance to Yasuní National Park.
  • Impermeable ponchos and rubber boots.

The program does not include:

  • Beverages
  • Tips

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

  • Passport or Ecuadorian I.D.
  • Suitcase or backpack
  • Knapsack for daily excursions
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Cotton t-shirts and some long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of socks for every day in the jungle.
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • 1 light sweater or jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
  • Sunglasses, with retainer
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • Batteries
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Plastic bottle for water
  • Small lantern (mining-type head gear is recommended)
  • Sandals for use at the lodge.
  • Extra cash and small change for the bar and souvenirs.

NOTE: There is a 20 kg per person limit on the airplane. If your baggage exceeds this limit, you will be charged by the airline.