This remarkable tour of Ecuador takes us to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, the Andes, and around the capital city of Quito. The Amazon: From Quito, we fly 30 minutes to the frontier town of Coca and travel by speedboat down the Napo River deep into the Upper Amazon Basin. Biologists think that this part of the world has had no major climatic change for 100 million years! The diversity of life is astounding: jaguars, caimans, piranhas, monkeys, sloths and more exotic tropical birds than you can possibly imagine. We will venture daily into the surrounding jungle on foot and by canoe. Best of all, there are surprising few annoying insects! The Galapagos: We then have a week in the Galapagos on one of the finest yachts in the archipelago, and we swim and snorkel every day. Our yacht carries 16 passengers so we are guaranteed an intimate visit to islands where fauna show little fear of humans. We’ll see close-up giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, sea lions, fur seals—we’ll even swim with penguins and sea lions! The Andes: Back on the mainland, we will tour dramatic Quito and the Highlands‑‑ 9300’ high and surrounded by the Andes snowcapped volcanic peaks. Colorful Indian markets offer incredible shopping, and we’ll have a birding and wildflower adventure on the lower slopes of Volcano Cotachaci.
COST: $8100. Non-refundable deposit $500
DATE: January 3 to 21, 2017