EduTour Adventure to
the Amazon Rainforest & Galapagos Islands!

Ceiba’s EduTours combine education and tourism for the traveler that values learning as an integral part of exploring the world.  As a non-profit conservation organization, Ceiba’s trips are led by authentic conservation practitioners.  You will not just see amazing wildlife in remote wilderness, you will learn how important these ecosystems are for both biodiversity and humanity.  See details below for our trips to the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. These trips can be enjoyed separately or combined into one amazing adventure!

Required Covid-19 Testing and Safety Protocols

Currently, all travelers arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country. You will need to make your own arrangements to get this test prior to the trip and bring documentation of the negative result with you to Ecuador. We can’t be responsible for the airline, or Ecuador, preventing you from boarding if you lack the appropriate documentation.

To travel to Galapagos, a negative test is required within 96 hours of arrival. This can be the same test as the one used to enter the country, however the 4 day turnaround is very tight. Also, due to a spate of fake testing reports, Galapagos now requires direct communication of your results from the testing lab. To facilitate testing prior to entering Galapagos, we have arranged for the entire group to get tested at our hotel (by a certified laboratory based in Quito) on our first day in Ecuador. You will be responsible for paying the cost of this test (approx. $50).

To return to the USA, a negative PCR or rapid antigen test is required within 72 hours (3 days). We will arrange the testing laboratory to meet us in the Quito airport and administer antigen tests, with a turnaround time of 30 minutes (also approx. $50). This allows you the freedom to book your flight back to the USA on the same day we depart Galapagos (but not earlier than 8:00 pm, just to be safe).

Note that all Covid-19 tests must be taken at your expense. Currently, these tests are required whether you are vaccinated or not, except that you may enter the US without a test if you have a proof of recovery from a certified case of Covid-19 (see CDC requirements here: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html).

Travel restrictions change frequently. We encourage you to check the Ecuadorian embassy website frequently for updates on Covid testing requirements: https://ec.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-ecu-2/

Journey to Galapagos

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and discover the most amazing islands in the world

Highlights:

•  Explore Darwin’s enchanted isles aboard a 16-passenger live-aboard yacht.

•  Get up close with iconic Galapagos wildlife both above ground and in the water with daily land visits and snorkeling!

•  Educational presentations on the ecology, conservation, and history of these areas by experienced biologists.

Dates – June 25 – July 4, 2021

 

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Trip Details

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.  Besides an in-depth adventure in Galapagos, your tour offers some fun optional side-trips — read on!  You may also combine your Galapagos journey with an Adventure to the Amazon.

Sea Lion Posing in Galapagos

Your trip begins in the capital city Quito, from where you may opt for a day hike into the lush Andean cloud forest at the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve, led by a local guide.  That evening, you’ll have the option to 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, blue-footed boobies, and of course Darwin’s finches!  You’ll also have many opportunities to snorkel with the islands’ abundant marine life.  Ceiba staff give engaging presentations 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!

2021 Tentative Itinerary*

  • Blue-footed Booby FeetWithin 72 hours of arrival in Ecuador obtain a negative PCR Covid-19 test
  • Day 1 (Fri):  Arrival in Quito, Ecuador – transfer to hotel
  • Day 2:  Cloud forest at El Pahuma Orchid Reserve, Quito Colonial District (optional)
  • Day 3 (Sun):  Flight to Galapagos – Embark Yacht, Visit Bachas beach
  • Day 4:  Visit Isla Santa Cruz: Mosquera & Cerro Dragon
  • Day 5:  Visit Isla Isabela (Tagus Cove) & Isla Fernandina (Punta Espinosa)
  • Day 6:  Visit Isla Isabela: Urbina Bay & Elizabeth Bay
  • Day 7: Visit Isla Isabela: Punto Moreno & Punto Villamil
  • Day 8: Visit Isla Isabela: Sierra Negra & Darwin Station
  • Day 9:  Visit Isla Floreana: Post Office Bay, Punto Cormorant & Deveil’s Crown
  • Day 10 (Sun):  Cruise past Isla Daphne, Disembark – Flight to Quito, Covid rapid-testing, departure to US begins
  • Day 11 (Mon):  Depart Ecuador, or join the Adventure to the Amazon

Trip includes:  domestic round-trip airfare from Quito to/from the Galapagos, two nights hotel and dinners in Quito, 8-day Galapagos cruise with all food and lodging aboard, required tourist card, and airport transfers.

Trip does not include:  optional add-ons (see below), international airfare to Quito, dinner on Day 1 in Quito (unless this option is booked), 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).

Optional Add-ons:

  • Cloud forest hike at the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve (includes lunch):  $75 / person
  • Historic Old Town Quito walking tour: $45 / person
  • Third (final) night in historic Hacienda Su Merced (includes dinner and airport transfer):  $135 / person – note that if you are continuing on the Adventure to the Amazon, this night is included in the price.
  • Combine with an Adventure to the Amazon and receive 5% off

Here’s a brief sample of what you might see and experience in the Galapagos:

 

 

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Adventure to the Amazon

The most diverse place on planet Earth is the forest along the western edge of the Amazon, where you can see hundreds of birds and ten species of monkeys

Jaguar in Ecuadorian Amazon

Highlights:

•  Immerse yourself for 6 days and 5 nights in the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth — the Amazon rain forest

•  Amazing wildlife viewing potential, including spider monkeys, toucans, macaws, river otters, river dolphins, and the elusive jaguar

•  Learn about the world’s most vasts tropical forest from experienced biologists and naturalist guides

2021 Dates – Contact Ceiba for more information

 

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Trip Details:

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, puma, and jaguar.  This ultimate 7-day educational adventure takes you to an enormous and pristine wilderness at the doorway to the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve. You’ll stay at the world-class Tiputini Biodiversity Station, providing you access to the best rain forest on Earth without sacrificing comfortable accommodations and excellent food.

Arrival at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station requires a short flight over the  Andes from Quito to Coca, followed by a motorized canoe trip down the Napo River, a bus ride along the Maxus oil company road into the heart of Yasuní National Park, and another canoe ride down the meandering Tiputini River.  You’re rewarded by the sights and sounds of the primeval Amazon forest, largely untouched by humans, that few people ever get to experience.  Wake up in the morning to Red Howler or Dusky Titi monkeys roaring in the distance, and the cries of toucans and macaws.  Local guides, their uncanny ability to find elusive wild animals honed by years in the forest, will lead you quietly through the forest 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 Giant River Otters, an anaconda and perhaps a caiman or two.  River trips also may yield sightings of capybara or tapirs enjoying a swim, or glimpses of pink river dolphins.  And of course, at all times we’ll have our eyes peeled for the secretive king of the jungle, the mighty jaguar.  You’ll end your trip by reversing your tracks back to Quito.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Sun):  Arrival in Quito, Ecuador – transfer to hotel
  • Day 2:  Travel to the Amazon rainforest
  • Day 3:  Canopy tower birdwatching; River float
  • Day 4:  Morning hike; Evening wildlife presentation
  • Day 5:  Hike to lagoon; Sunset on the canopy tower
  • Day 6:  Travel to Quito – transfer to hotel
  • Day 7 (Sat):  Departure from Ecuador

Trip includes:  Two nights hotel in Quito, domestic travel from Quito to the Amazon, and a 4 night stay at a world-class rainforest lodge with three meals a day and daily guided hikes.

Trip does not include:  international airfare to Quito, dinner on Day 1 in Quito, alcoholic beverages, personal items, and tips.  A 20% deposit is due upon reservation (see below).

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Rates

Journey to Galapagos

2022 rates TBD (2020 base rate $4675 / person)

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.

Adventure to the Amazon

2022 rates TBD (2020 base rate $1980 / person)

The trip cost is based on double occupancy.  This means that you will share a room in the hotel in Quito, and a cabin in the Amazon forest lodge with one other person.

*Combine both tours and receive 5% off

Make Your Reservation

To book your space on either, or both EduTours, please complete the reservation request form. 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 May 1, 2021

You will receive final details (what to bring, where to meet, what to read, and much more) in early February.

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