Splendor of Ecuador: Mainland & Amazonas

7 days/ 6 nights 

Departure:  2016 Saturday departures

Places Visited: Quito & Amazonia

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 6 nights accommodation in double room occupancy
  • Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides & local taxes
  • 1 half-day Quito City tour
  • 1 full-day tour Bombolí Cloud Forest
  • 4 nights accommodation in a double cabin onboard the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer with full board and activities

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International & domestic flights
  • Air Ticket Quito - Coca - Quito ($170 per person - subject to change)
  • Admission to communities and parks ($50 per person - subject to change)
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours and experiences
  • Any items not mentioned

FROM US$ 1,773.00* PER PERSON

*Price Per Person in US$, based on std. room in 4 and 5-star accommodation and double exterior cabin on board.

Prices are subject to availability and may change without notice. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.

Day 1: Quito

Upon arrival, private transfer tothe Selected Hotel.

Half day Quito City Tour 

This exclusive city tour includes visits to: the Independence Square, the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the various churches and Basilicas, such as: Compañía Church, the most ornate church in Quito with works representing true Spanish Baroque architecture in South America; the church of San Francisco with its impressive facade, atrium, gold interior, and a winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Drive to Quito’s “El Panecillo” for an amazing panoramic view of colonial and modern Quito. Free time for lunch in Quito’s downtown area. Overnight in Quito.

Day 2: Quito

Full Day Bombolí Cloud Forest

Early morning departure (approximate 30-minute drive) to the private Ecological Reserve Bombolí for a two hours hike in this ancient forest, filled with giant ferns, and over 200 species of orchids, begonias and countless of other species that grow richly in the area, and home of more than 150 species of birds.  The final destination of this easy hike is a small waterfall about 5 meters high, located in the center of this forest. The vast ecosystem of natural richness and breathtaking beauty is the result of 30 years of care and conservation by the owners Marianita and Oswaldito. After this experience, return to the country house for a delicious lunch, made with natural and organic products, which have been planted and harvested mostly in the garden of the family.

After lunch, choose among various recreational activities, such as: 

 Learn the cheese production process, which has been perfected here with dedication over the years resulting in a product of excellent quality and taste.

  • Cooking class with Marianita, preparing fresh cheese, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate or 1 of her 15 types of jams. (These products are for sale and contribute to the sustainability of the reserve.)
  • Visit the Orchids Hospital and the family garden filled with species like: mint, onion, lemon verbena, lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, leek, red alder, elderberry, and the bold “Bombolí” - idea of reusing tires as pots, creating microclimates capable of giving life to sick plants.

Before returning to Quito, enjoy a delicious hot coffee around the fireplace sharing experiences, anecdotes and tales from the hosts.

Day 3: Quito- Coca – Napo River

At appropriate time, private transfer to Quito airport for a short 30-minute flight to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Day 4: Border with Peru (The heart of Yasuni)

After a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.

After lunch, the M/V Manatee navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as "the Stinky Turkey". The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.

For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program.

Day 5: Meeting the community – Activities onboard – Island Exploration

Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.

We return on board the M/V Manatee for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.

Day 6: Observation Tower – Limoncocha Biological Rerserve

In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.

In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Manatee for dinner.

Day 7: Coca – Quito

In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 ½ hour ride); flight to Quito.

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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.

Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.