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Itinerary 1: Galapagos & Andes I

21-30 November 2020

This is an exciting combination, 5 nights in the Andes, and 4 nights on a Galapagos cruise, on board a first class catamaran. As well as taking in 6 different islands in the Galapagos, you will also experience the bird-rich, and hummingbird-rich, cloudforest of the Andes, just a few hours out of Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

On the Galapagos, you will visit dramatic volcanic sites the lava fields of Punta Moreno, and the base of Alcedo Volcano both on Isabela Island, where both Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins waddle around the shores nearby, and flamingos brighten the lagoons. Of course, any visit to this famous island group would not be complete without Blue-footed Booby, nesting frigatebirds, and an assortment of “Darwin’s” Finches, which shall also feature too on the cruise. Aside from the birds, other animals will be of interest, not least the Giant Tortoises that give the islands their name, Marine and Land Iguanas, and friendly Galapagos Sea-Lions.

In the Andes, the numbers of birds goes up steeply, and a totally different experience will involve flurries of hummingbirds like Booted Racket-tails, Violet-tailed Sylphs and Purple-throated Woodstars at several hummingbird feeders visited. You will be staying in the extremely comfortable Tandayapa Bird Lodge that sits within the cloudforests, and is famous not only for its birds, but its foods, and soups in particular too. Toucans, hummingbirds, trogons, barbets, antpittas and a gaudy variety of tanagers will all be on the cards, as we visit some of the most prestigious mainland sites in Ecuador. The highlight is likely to be a visit to the cloudforest display site of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, where scarlet males gather to dance spectacularly each dawn.

Galapagos Penguins can be seen on some cruises
Galapagos Penguins can be seen on some cruises (Nick Athanas)

Giant Tortoise is available on some cruises
Giant Tortoise is available on some cruises (Pablo Cervantes Daza)

Itinerary 1:

Day 1: Arrival in Quito/night Quito.
Day 2: The Tandayapa Valley/night Tandayapa Bird Lodge. (Andes)
Day 3: Milpe Bird Sanctuary/night Tandayapa Bird Lodge. (Andes)
Day 4: Refugio Paz de Aves/night Quito. (Andes)
Day 5: Fly Quito to Baltra Island (afternoon at Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz)/night Nemo III First Class Catamaran. (Andes-Galapagos)
Day 6: Isabela Island/night Nemo III First Class Catamaran. (Galapagos).
Day 7: Fernandina and Isabela Islands/night Nemo III First Class Catamaran. (Galapagos).
Day 8: Santiago Island/ night Nemo III First Class Catamaran. (Galapagos).
Day 9: Daphne and Baltra Islands; fly to Quito/night Quito
Day 10: Departure from Quito.

Galapagos boat details here: Nemo III

Target birds and other animals:
(selection only)
GALAPAGOS: White-cheeked Pintail, American Flamingo, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos Penguin, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Swallow-tailed and Lava Gulls, Galapagos Shearwater, Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds, Elliot’s Storm-Petrel, Galapagos Mockingbird, Common Cactus-Finch, Marine and Land Iguanas, Galapagos Sea-Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises.
*There are optional snorkeling excursions available too*

ANDES: Booted Racket-tail, White-whiskered Hermit, Purple-throated Woodstar, Velvet-purple Coronet, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Choco and Plate-billed Mountan-Toucans, Bronze-winged Parrot, Collared Aracari, Toucan Barbet, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, and Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager.

Flightless Cormorant can be found in cruises that visit Isabela Island
Flightless Cormorant can be found in cruises that visit Isabela Island (Sam Woods)

Displaying Andean Cock-of-the-rocks will be a highlight for Andean sections of the tour
Displaying Andean Cock-of-the-rocks will be a highlight for Andean sections of the tour (Pablo Cervantes Daza)

Tours that include Tandayapa, will also include Booted Racket-tail
Tours that include Tandayapa, will also include Booted Racket-tail (Sam Woods)

Choco Toucan is regular at Milpe in the Andes
Choco Toucan is regular at Milpe in the Andes (Jose Illanes)

Itinerary 2: Galapagos & Andes II

30 November-10 December 2020

This is an idyllic combination, 5 nights in the Andes, and 5 nights on a cruise, board a first class yacht in the Galapagos. As well as taking in 7 different islands in the Galapagos, you will also experience the bird-rich, and hummingbird-rich, cloudforest of the Andes, just a few hours out of Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

On the Galapagos, you will visit revered sites like Gardner Bay on Espanola and “Bird Island” (Genovesa), where Waved Albatrosses breed, tropicbirds hang in the wind, boobies dance, and frigatebirds display. You will walk among throngs of Marine Iguanas, while seeing an assortment of tame birds up close, like Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and an assortment of “Darwin’s” Finches, while standing amongst some of the Galapagos’s most famous volcanic landscapes.

In the Andes, the numbers of birds goes up steeply, and a totally different experience will involve flurries of hummingbirds like Booted Racket-tails, Violet-tailed Sylphs and Purple-throated Woodstars at several hummingbird feeders visited. You will be staying in the extremely comfortable Tandayapa Bird Lodge that sits within the cloudforests, and is famous not only for its birds, but its foods, and soups in particular too. Toucans, hummingbirds, trogons, barbets, antpittas and a gaudy variety of tanagers will all be on the cards, as we visit some of the most prestigious mainland sites in Ecuador. The highlight is likely to be a visit to the cloudforest display site of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, where scarlet males gather to dance spectacularly each dawn.

Blue-footed Booby, a Galapagos Icon
Blue-footed Booby, a Galapagos Icon (Keith Barnes)

Displaying frigatebirds are an attraction of a Galapagos cruise
Displaying frigatebirds are an attraction of a Galapagos cruise (Sam Woods)

Itinerary 2:

Day 1: Arrival in Quito/night Quito.
Day 2: The Tandayapa Valley/night Tandayapa Bird Lodge. (Andes)
Day 3: Milpe Bird Sanctuary/night Tandayapa Bird Lodge. (Andes)
Day 4: Refugio Paz de Aves/night Quito. (Andes)
Day 5: Fly Quito to San Cristobal Island (afternoon at El Junco Lagoon)/night Beluga First Class Yacht. (Andes-Galapagos)
Day 6: Espanola Island/night Beluga First Class Yacht. (Galapagos).
Day 7: Floreana Island/night Beluga First Class Yacht. (Galapagos).
Day 8: Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands/night Beluga First Class Yacht. (Galapagos).
Day 9: Genovesa (Tower) Island/night Beluga First Class Yacht. (Galapagos).
Day 10: Santa Cruz and Baltra Islands; fly to Quito/night Quito
Day 11: Departure from Quito.

Target birds and other animals:
(selection only)
GALAPAGOS: White-cheeked Pintail, American Flamingo, Galapagos Dove, Swallow-tailed and Lava Gulls, Galapagos Hawk, Waved Albatross, Elliot’s Storm-Petrel, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds, Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Galapagos, San Cristobal and Espanola Mockingbirds, Common Cactus-Finch, Espanola Ground-Finch, and Gray Warbler-Finch. Marine and Land Iguanas, Galapagos Sea-Lion.
*There are optional snorkeling excursions available too*

ANDES: Booted Racket-tail, White-whiskered Hermit, Purple-throated Woodstar, Velvet-purple Coronet, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Choco and Plate-billed Mountan-Toucans, Bronze-winged Parrot, Collared Aracari, Toucan Barbet, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, and Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager.

Marine Iguanas can be readily found in the Galapagos
Marine Iguanas can be readily found in the Galapagos (Sam Woods)

A Waved Albatross colony exists on the island of Espanola
A Waved Albatross colony exists on the island of Espanola (Pablo Cervantes Daza)

WHAT’S INCLUDED?: Accommodations listed above; meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day; safe drinking water throughout; naturalist park guide on the Galapagos and Tandayapa Bird Lodge guide for the Andean section; transport to all sites in the itinerary; 1 airport transfer on each of the official arrival and departure days listed above.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?: Any tips; any flights (a domestic, return flight within Ecuador is required between Quito-Galapagos-Quito-currently around $US550); entrance fees to Galapagos National Park (currently $US100 entrance fee plus an extra $US20 per for a transit card, each per person); alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; excursions not included in the tour itinerary; extras in hotels such as laundry service, minibar, room service, telephone calls, and personal items; medical fees; other items or services not specifically mentioned as being included.

*Please note: Entrance fees and air fares quoted here are merely current rates, and estimated, and are therefore subject to change at any time. Please call the office for an update on these.