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Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos Islands
(For Families)

12 days with Adventures by Disney  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 
Arrive in Quito
¡Buenos Días! An Adventures by Disney representative greets you, assists with your luggage and ensures smooth transport to the JW Marriott Hotel.
 
JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Welcome to Quito, the city near "The Middle of the World"—the monument that marks Ecuador's position on the equator. This grand hotel in Ecuador's capital is surrounded by mesmerizing views of the distant snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Sit back and stretch your legs while your Adventure Guides check you in. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may opt to have a family dinner on your own at the hotel.
 
Day 2
Welcome Breakfast
¡Buenos Días! Enjoy an early morning welcome breakfast with your fellow Adventurers as you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
 
Travel into the Amazon Basin
Hop aboard a private motor coach and be driven to the airport for a short flight to the city of Coca. There, be introduced to local-style water travel—a motorized canoe! Head across the water to a refined riverboat called the Anakonda, which will be your home for the next 4 nights.
 
Settle into the Anakonda
Explore this finely appointed vessel—reserved privately for Adventures by Disney—with 3 levels, an observation deck, multiple sitting areas, outdoor whirlpool spa and an al fresco lounge.
 
Nature Observation
Stroll the decks or find a nook to view the surroundings and relax with fellow Adventurers. As the Anakonda navigates the river, there are plenty of rewards for those with a keen eye.
 
Welcome Dinner
Share your excitement and get to know your fellow Adventurers as you dine on delightful fare and toast to your first night in the Amazon region.
 
Nocturnal Rainforest Walk
Venture into the rainforest for a guided experience like no other. You may possibly witness animals that would go unseen during daylight including night tree frogs, kinkajous and exotic insects. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Day 3 
Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda
Wake up to a delicious breakfast and get ready for a day of adventures.
 
Early Morning Rainforest Trek
At the break of dawn, take a tour into the rainforest guided by a local naturalist who has called the Amazon home for his entire life. Witness and learn about the forest and its inhabitants as this rich ecosystem shifts from night to daylight activity.
 
Lunch at a Remote Lodge
Taste the flavors of the Amazon region as you and your fellow Adventurers enjoy a tasty cooked lunch.
 
Canoe Excursion Along the Napo River
Let your senses take in the sights, sounds and scents of this lush environment on an afternoon canoe trip. Paddle through a habitat of the pink river dolphin. Keep your eyes open—you might see black caimans, toucans, monkeys, bats, river turtles and the rare sloth.
 
Dinner Onboard the Anakonda
Relax with the other Adventurers while you share a meal as well as stories from the day.
 
Disney Movie Night
Adults can relax while Junior Adventurers enjoy a Disney movie with snacks and soft drinks. Grown-ups can always join in if they wish! (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Day 4
Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda
Wake up to a satisfying breakfast and begin your day of adventures.
 
Visit a Local Community
Visit a small village to meet local artisans and watch them at work. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet the locals, make jewelry and acquire genuine craft work to commemorate your Amazon adventure.
 
Lunch Onboard the Anakonda
Gather together in the main dining room and enjoy a tasty lunch with your fellow Adventurers.
 
Canopy Tower Walk
Ascend into the jungle canopy and see nature from a whole new angle, learning all about this unique habitat.
 
Dinner Onboard the Anakonda
Join your fellow Adventurers for a fantastic family meal in the dining room.
 
Stargazing in the Amazon
If the weather permits, during one of your nights in the Amazon, turn your attention to the heavens as hundreds of stars put on a dazzling light show.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Day 5 
Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda
Start off your day by joining fellow Adventurers for a delicious breakfast.
 
Parrot Clay Licks
There are several theories as to why certain parrots and other birds eat clay. But one thing is certain—once you see hundreds of birds rain from the sky to eat soil, you will not forget it!
 
Lunch Onboard the Anakonda
Gather with your fellow Adventurers to partake in a savory lunch in the dining room.
 
Limoncocha Biological Reserve
With over 450 species of birds, this reserve is a birdwatcher's paradise and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The dense marshland contains many medicinal plants that have been used for generations and new ones being discovered regularly. At dusk, watch the fireflies appear in a natural light show. If you're lucky, you might also get to see a black caiman!
 
Dinner Onboard the Anakonda
Enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the Anakonda as the sun sets. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Note: Animal sightings are not guaranteed.
 
Day 6 
Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda
Enjoy a satisfying breakfast to give you energy for your morning outing.
 
Morning Excursion in the Amazon
Take one last stroll through the Amazon for another chance at a rare wildlife sighting before returning to the Anakonda for lunch.
 
Lunch Onboard the Anakonda
Savor your last lunch onboard and then head to Quito for your next round of adventures.
 
Say "Adiós" to the Amazon
Disembark the Anakonda and head via motorized canoe back to the city of Coca.
 
Flight Back to Quito
Return to Quito, where you will transfer from the Quito International Airport to your hotel.
 
Check-In at the JW Marriott Hotel
Explore this conveniently located luxury hotel with its breathtaking views, comfortable rooms and superb amenities.
 
Cooking Class and Dinner at Zazu
Zazu is one of Quito's top restaurants and you're in for a treat! Before you are served dinner at this trendy eatery, you'll learn how to create local favorites like ceviche—using fresh, local ingredients—while the Junior Adventurers prepare dessert! (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Day 7 
Breakfast at the Hotel
Fuel up for the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
 
Walking Tour of City Center
Take in the regional flavor in Quito, named one of the best preserved cities in the Americas by UNESCO. Be guided through the colonial core on this walking tour by a resident expert and meet a local craftsman. Stroll down the famous thoroughfare Calle la Ronda and appreciate the architecture, culture and shops.
 
Lunch at a Local Restaurant
Gather for a story about Ecuadorian cuisine as you savor a traditional lunch featuring a special dessert presentation.
 
The Sweetest Parts of Quito
Visit a chocolate shop on Calle la Ronda and learn how some of the world's greatest chocolate is made—and then taste it!
 
Mercado Artesanal
Mingle with the locals as they shop among the bustle, sounds, scents and hues of the Mercado Artesanal. Discover wonderful handmade textiles, jewelry and crafts.
 
On Your Own Dinner and Evening in Quito
Take the motor coach back to the hotel and the evening is yours to do with as you wish. Explore Quito's wide variety of dining options—from fine cuisine to family fare—for a delicious evening of your own making. Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
Day 8 
Breakfast at the Hotel
Enjoy an early breakfast before your flight to the Galápagos Islands.
 
Fly to the Galápagos Islands
Head to the airport for your flight to Baltra and the next leg of your adventure. When you arrive, your first stop will be the Galápagos Tortoise Reserve!
 
Galápagos Tortoise Reserve – Lunch & Privately Guided Tour
After a tasty lunch at the Reserve, discover the pride of the Galápagos Islands! See famed giant tortoises in their natural habitat, moving at their usual unhurried pace. Take a privately guided tour of the Galápagos Tortoise Reserve and learn about these elegant behemoths as you walk among them. Also in this area you can see many of the islands' bird species including Darwin's finches, cattle egrets and short-eared owls.
 
Check-In and Afternoon at The Finch Bay Hotel
As your Adventure Guides check you in, enjoy an introduction to the hotel and surrounding environs, along with a well-deserved beverage. Take in ocean vistas from the pool deck as the sun dips into the horizon. And enjoy an afternoon of leisure!
 
Dinner at the Hotel & Stargazing in the Galápagos
Savor your first night in the Galápagos with a dinner at the hotel. Then, for your evening entertainment, turn your gaze skyward for a welcoming display of stars in the heavens! (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Day 9 
Breakfast at the Hotel
Fuel up for a particularly active day covering land and sea, with a dip in the sea
 
Santa Fé Island Yacht Excursion*
After breakfast, travel through azure waters to the small, conspicuously flat Santa Fé Island. Discover Palo Santo trees ("holy trees"), which are said to have traditional healing powers. The island is also home to a large colony of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls. If you're lucky, you might catch a sea lion body surfing the onshore swells!
 
Lunch on the Yacht
Return to the yacht to grab a bite, relax a bit—then head off for the next adventure.
 
Dinner at the Hotel
Head back to the Finch Bay Hotel to share stories around the pool and enjoy a satisfying meal.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
*Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary. APangawill take Adventurers from the yacht to the beach, where they will experience a wet landing upon disembarkation.
 
Day 10 
Breakfast at the Hotel
Wake up to a delicious breakfast and get ready for the activities ahead.
 
Nature Walk to Tortuga Bay Beach*
Start your day with an invigorating hike with a naturalist to Tortuga Bay Beach. Tortuga Bay is a perfectly preserved beach that is forbidden to swimmers and is reserved only for wildlife. You'll get a chance to see marine iguanas, Galapagos crabs and birds. Discover a nearby separate cove where you can swim, snorkel and soak up the sun.
 
Lunch At Your Leisure
Enjoy lunch back at the Finch Bay Hotel and get ready for an afternoon of activities on your own.
 
Afternoon Activities On Your Own
Hike back to a small canyon in the earth to explore the various pools at high tide. When the tide is in at Las Grietas, the lower pools are accessible to sea life, so bring snorkel gear from the hotel. You'll also be able to go biking, birdwatching, sea kayaking, shopping in Puerto Ayora or just enjoy the pool and beachfront access.
 
Dinner at the Hotel
Look back on this magical adventure as you watch your last sunset in the Galapagos. Junior Adventurers get to celebrate together with a pizza party and Disney movie. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
*Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary. APangawill take Adventurers from the yacht to the beach, where they will experience a wet landing upon disembarkation.
 
Day 11 
Breakfast at the Hotel
Bid goodbye to the finches at your last breakfast at the Finch Bay Hotel and get ready to fly from Galapagos to Guayaquil in preparation for your trip home.
 
Flight to Guayaquil and Lunch
Be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight from Baltra Island to the mainland. Enjoy lunch on the plane.
 
Check-In at Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel
As your Adventure Guides check you into your hotel for the evening, make yourself at home in this comfortable, modern hotel.
 
Farewell Dinner in Guayaquil
Meet with your fellow Adventurers for this final feast in Ecuador. A surprise awaits you as you relive the highlights of your trip together.
 
Traditional Ecuadorian Musical Entertainment
Sway with the rhythms that rock the Andean mountains at this exclusive musical show featuring Ecuadorian musicians. They even give music lessons to anyone wanting to play the pipes! (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
Day 12 
Breakfast at the Hotel
Fuel up for your trip ahead.
 
Transfer to Guayaquil International Airport
Board your pre-arranged transportation to Guayaquil International Airport and say adiós to Ecuador—until you return again! (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
  • Early Morning Rainforest Trek - Take a guided journey into the rainforest just after sunrise. Encounter animals, birds and exotic insects as they begin their day. And feel inspired by the diverse sights and sounds the rainforest reveals in the early morning.
  • Canoe Excursion Along the Napo River - Paddle into the habitat of the pink river dolphin! Fill your senses with the ambiance of this tropical environment as you keep alert for animal sightings, such as black caimans, river turtles and sloth.    
  • Jungle Canopy Tower Walk - Walk through the upper layer of the Amazon rainforest and you just mightencounter wildlife you've never seen before living in this lush habitat that contains half of all plant species.
  • Cooking Class In Quito - Learn how to make Andean specialties like ceviche using fresh ingredients while Junior Adventurers prepare dessert at Zazu, a favorite local restaurant.
  • Visit To Limoncocha Biological Reserve - Discover a tropical paradise, rich with unique trees and a large variety of bird, fish and mammal species. Be awestruck by the beauty surrounding you as you learn about the reserve's history and culture as well as the role it plays in protecting wildlife.
All This Included
Journey to a country that sits exactly on the equator! Officially known as the "Republic of the Equator," Ecuador boasts extraordinary geographic areas—many listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience guided tours with a natural historian. And be awestruck by Amazon rainforests and the astonishing Galápagos Islands where you can encounter animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth.
  • The services of two Adventure Guides
  • VIP access and private events
  • Outstanding accommodations
  • Most meals during trip (11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners)
  • Admission fees to attractions and performances
  • Cultural experiences with local experts
  • Family activities and special thrills just for kids
  • Transportation within your vacation
  • Luggage service
Accommodations on this Tour
Quito: JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Amazon: Anakonda Riverboat
Galapagos: Finch Bay Hotel
Guayaquil: Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel 
Notes
  • Minimum age: 7; Suggested age: 8+. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary.
  • The following dates are Adult Exclusive departures geared toward travelers 18 and up: September 12, 2016, January 9 and February 13, 2018. 
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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