Journey to the Galapagos and Amazon:
March 22 – April 5, 2019
Tour the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador with Ceiba biologists Catherine Woodward and Joe Meisel! Join us for the week-long cruise on a yacht in the Galapagos, or descend to the Amazon lowlands for a week with monkeys and toucans, or get the most out of your trip and take both tours back-to-back! Each day will be spent exploring the sights, sounds, and experiences of these incredible sights, plus one-of-a-kind presentations on the ecology, conservation, and history of these areas, making this truly an edu-tourism adventure.
Trip Overview – Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are a living museum of evolution, a World Heritage site, and Charles Darwin’s most famous destination! Share the above-ground and underwater wonders of this volcanic archipelago with Ceiba biologists who have traveled and studied in these islands for more than a decade, and a highly knowledgeable local naturalist guide (bilingual, of course), all aboard a comfortable 16-passenger live-aboard vessel that plies the seas between these world renowned islands.
Your trip begins in the capital city Quito, from where a local guide leads you on a day hike into the lush Andean cloud forest at the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve. That evening, you’ll tour Quito’s colonial district and get to know your fellow travelers over traditional Ecuadorian food. The next morning, we fly to Galapagos and board comfortable motor-yachts for our 8-day natural history cruise. We visit new sites each day for close-up views of the islands’ unique wildlife, including Galapagos tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins, and of course Darwin’s finches! You’ll also be able to snorkel daily with the islands’ abundant marine life. Ceiba staff give engaging presentations in the afternoon, on topics ranging from the success of giant tortoise reintroduction to the challenge of invasive species to modern discoveries about the theory of evolution. Don’t worry, there’s no homework and no quizzes … and plenty of time for rest and relaxation too!
Trip Overview – Amazon Rainforest
The western Amazon basin in Ecuador is definitively the most biodiverse place on planet Earth. There are more species of birds than in all of North America, a dozen species of primates, and some of the iconic large mammals of the rainforest: tapir, capybara, peccary, and the iconic jaguar. We will be living very near the heart of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, and enormous and pristine wilderness, but enjoying the proverbial lap of luxury with comfortable accommodations and excellent food, in the heart of the rainforest.
You may wake in the morning to Red Howler or Dusky Titi monkeys roaring in the distance, followed by the loud cries of macaws flying overhead on their way to a salt lick. Local guides, their uncanny ability to find elusive wild animals honed by years in the forest, will lead the group to some of the diverse sites available near the lodge. A canopy tower provides world-class birding, and a chance to see parrots, toucans, and perhaps even a Harpy Eagle, the world’s “most powerful bird of prey.” Canoeing through nearby lagoons offers an opportunity to spy labrador-sized Giant River Otters, and perhaps a caiman or two. River and lagoon trips also may yield glimpses of capybara or tapirs enjoying a swim, or the famous Pink River Dolphin. And of course, at all times we’ll have our eyes peeled for the secretive king of the jungle, the mighty jaguar.
Day 1 (Fri): Arrival in Quito, Ecuador – transfer to hotel
Day 2: Cloud forest at El Pahuma Orchid Reserve, Quito Colonial District
Day 3 (Sun): Flight to Galapagos – Embark Yacht, Visit Bachas beach
Day 4: Visit Isla Genovesa – Darwin Bay & El Barranco
Day 5: Visit Isla Bartolomé & Isla Santiago
Day 6: Visit Isla Daphne, Black Turtle Cove & Cerro Dragon
Day 7: Visit Isla Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station & Highlands
Day 8: Visit Isla Floreana – Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant & Devil’s Crown
Day 9: Visit Isla Española – Punta Suárez & Bahia Gardener
Day 10 (Sun): Visit Isla San Cristobal, Disembark – Flight to Quito
Day 11: Optional departure from Ecuador, or join the Amazon Excursion
Day 11: Flight to Amazon – transport to Rainforest lodge
Day 12: Visit rainforest canopy tower
Day 13: Birdwatching morning, visit rainforest trails
Day 14: Visit Amazonian lagoons and river
Day 15 (Fri): Flight to Quito; departure from Quito
2019 Adventures: Galapagos – $4150, Amazon – $2250, both excursions $6000 (save $400!)
Price includes: domestic round-trip airfare from Quito to/from the Galapagos, three nights hotel and dinners in Quito, optional cloud forest excursion with lunch and old town tour, 8-day Galapagos cruise with all food and lodging aboard, required tourist card, and airport transfers. Rainforest excursion includes domestic round-trip airfare to the Amazon, and a 5-day stay at a world-class rainforest lodge with all meals and guiding expenses. Price does not include: international airfare to Quito, any additional meals in Quito, Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 payable in cash upon arrival to the park), alcoholic beverages, personal items, and tips. A 20% deposit is due upon reservation (see below).
Note: The trip cost is based on double occupancy. This means that you will share a room in the hotel in Quito, and on the boat with one other person; room assignments at the rainforest lodge are more flexible.
To book your space in this unique edu-tour, contact Ceiba; when you book:
- You will receive an invoice for a 20% deposit payable by check to Ceiba Foundation
- Please pay your deposit by the due date on the invoice to confirm your reservation
- Please pay your balance by February 1, 2019
You may mail us a check, or pay with a credit card online, however there is a 5% fee for this service. Ceiba is a non-profit organization, so we thank you for your understanding.
You will receive final details (what to bring, where to meet, what to read, and much more) in early February.
Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
301 S. Bedford Street, Suite 7A
Madison, WI 53703
Questions? Contact Us!