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Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Lake nature-Ecuador-2504506-P

Ecuador in Depth

Aurora Expeditions
4.6 . Excellent
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
26 days
From: $ 15,600 $ 600 / day
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  • Explore historic towns of Quito and Otavalo
  • Travel aboard 36-passenger, luxury riverboat Anakonda
  • Canoe blackwater rivers, spotting caiman, manatee, monkey and sloth
  • Visit indigenous villages in Yasuní National Park, learn their traditional life
  • See scarlet and chestnut-fronted macaws at clay licks of the Amazon basin
  • Incomparable Galapagos wildlife: penguins, tortoises and much, much more
  • Snorkelling with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks, manta rays and marine iguanas
  • Trek up the flanks of 5897-metre Cotopaxi, world’s highest active volcano
  • Stay in traditional, exquisite haciendas and ride the famous Devil’s Nose Train

Short Description

From deep within the Amazon Basin, where rainforest tribes keep traditions alive, to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, and through the Andean spectacle of the Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador offers biological and cultural diversity found nowhere else on Earth.

This spectacular expedition explores the breadth of this special country, with each day bringing new wonders. Whether canoeing along a black water river, trekking on an active volcano or snorkelling with sea lions and reef sharks, our Ecuador exploration is indeed the adventure of a lifetime.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.
  • All meals on board ship.
  • All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.
  • Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.
  • Basic emergency medical services. 
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.
  • Pre-departure information and briefing.

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Days 1-4

Check into your hotel in Quito and explore this magnificent city on a city tour including San Francisco Church, the Presidential  and Archbishop Palaces and the Jesuit Compañía de Jesus. We also visit the Equator, Otavalo and Parque Condor.

Day 5

We fly to Coca, catch motorised canoe down Napo River to Pompeya to be welcomed aboard MV Anakonda. As we continue overnight past Nuevo Rocafuerte on the Peruvian border we will receive introductory and safety briefings.

Days 6-7

Explore Aguarico and Cocaya rivers, canoe Lagarto Cocha (small lakes and blackwater river), home to parrots, toucans, monkeys, tapirs, anacondas and caimans. Onboard lectures as we return to the Napo River tributaries of Yasuní and Tiputini.

Days 8-11

Visit Indian school, motor into blackwater creeks in search of giant otters; visit a fantastic wildlife observation tower, spectacular parrot clay-licks and Limoncocha Biological Reserve, home to more than 478 bird species and black caiman.

Day 12

We disembark in Pompeya, and board motorised canoes to Coca for flights to Quito, then transfer to our hotel with breathtaking views of Cotopaxi volcano.

Day 13-15

We visit the majestic Cotopaxi National Park, the historic town of Cuenca, ride the historical Devil’s Nose train, stay in traditional haciendas and hike on 5897-metre Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano. We watch for white-tailed deer, llamas, Andean foxes and the mighty condor.

Day 16

After some further exploration, we depart for Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. We visit the new urban areas and Las Penas, the city’s most charming district.

Day 17-19

We fly from Guayaquil to Baltra to join our expedition ship Isabela II. We receive introductory and safety briefings en route to Santa Cruz, for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Institute. We sail to northern islands including South Plaza and North Seymour with its blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds, and snorkel with sea lions, and spectacular fish. On Santa Cruz, we visit Bachas Beach, the main nesting site of sea turtles in the Galapagos.

Day 20-22

On Bartolomé, the summit trail provides views of Pinnacle Rock. We enjoy the red volcanic beach on Rabida and the birdwatchers paradise of Egas Port on Santiago. On Santa Cruz we search for the unique roving Galapagos tortoises, and Floreana Island offers an opportunity to view the great flamingos and nesting sea turtles.

Day 23-24

On Española Island we walk over lava terrain and see the famous blowhole. Then on San Cristobal, we visit the capital of the Galapagos Islands, taking in the Museum of Natural History and the Cerro Colarado Tortoise Reserve. We explore the tuff cone of Cerro Brujo, Pitt Point and Pitt Islet hoping to see blue footed and red footed Nazca, black-necked stilts and Ruddy Turnstones.

Day 25

After our breakfast onboard M/Y Isabella II, we depart of the airport for our flight back to the mainland and Ecuadorian capital, Quito. Tonight we celebrate new friends and a wonderful adventure with a group farewell dinner.

Day 26

After fond good-byes, we transfer to the airport.


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Not impressed!

Just got off polar pioneer. Got charged my bar bill on my credit card today. Pretty pissed off! Only had 2 bottles of wine and a dozen beers or so between the two of us. Bill was $700 AUD. Shame they failed to tell us that the only thing included is tap water. $3USD soft drink cans.... Nice way to take advantage of the captive audience there guys.
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I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in visiting the polar regions.

My South Georgia and Antarctic odyssey ended a few days ago. It was amazingly unbelievable and words will never be enough to describe the encounters experienced during my 18 days on the PP.
A huge thank you to the amazing crew who managed things perfectly, I'll forever be grateful for those arms coming out to assist when hoping in and out of zodiacs, especially when disembarking at Cape Horne and hoping out of the water after the polar plunge. I was totally in awe of the wildlife at South Georgia and the beauty of Antartica....
Thanks Aurora for exceeding expectations, everything I wanted to see/do was ticked off my list: Walking on a berg, sighting leopard seals, orcas, whale sightings in zodiacs to mention a few.
I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in visiting the polar regions.
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WOW! Awesome! This was the most incredible adventure we have ever taken

Just back from our amazing trip to Antarctica. WOW! Awesome! This was the most incredible adventure we have ever taken. Thank you to Aurora Expeditions for making a dream come true, and much thanks to the wonderful crew who made our time full of excitement plus. This is an incredible place, and as we left I felt the magic seeping into my veins. Antarctica is now part of me, and I must return.
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We went on the Polar Pioneer to Antarctica and it was fantastic. Now back for more - just booked on Jewels of the Arctic trip. Cannot wait.

Fantastic experience

We went on the Polar Pioneer to Antarctica in 2004 and it was fantastic. Now back for more - just booked on Jewels of the Arctic trip, leaving 22/8/14. Cannot wait
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Ship Stats

  • Staff & Crew: 25
  • Guests: 36
  • Length: 45 metres
  • Breadth: 9 metres
  • Decks: 4
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots

Ship Description

M/V Anakonda is a purpose-built, 45 metre, 36-passenger expedition ship offering all inclusive comfort in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

The observation deck with outdoor lounge and spa are ideal places to relax and enjoy spectacular views. Excursions are in fiberglass ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke, low emission engines.

The M/V Anakonda is truely the most unique way to experience the Amazon.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

We recommend cancellation insurance. If it becomes necessary to cancel your expedition, we ask that you notify your Travel Agent or our Sales Team immediately in writing. Cancellation will take effect upon receipt by Aurora Expeditions of your written notice. Cancellation made before 90 days of expedition departure are subject to a non refundable deposit of $2,500, however your deposit may be transferred towards a different expedition for a fee of $500. Transfers are subject to availability and are only valid on expeditions that depart within 12 months from date of transfer and you are permitted one transfer only. Funds will not be held in suspense and new booking must be advised at time of requested transfer. You must pay the difference between the original booked price and the price of any transferred booking including the new deposit amount. If cancellation takes place less than 90 days prior to departure, you will be required to pay the full cost of the expedition.

Additional Information:

Health, Fitness, Trip Grades and Age Limits

It is your responsibility to advise Aurora Expeditions of any preexisting medical conditions and /or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase risk of you requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of an expedition and the enjoyment of other expedition members. You are required to provide an assessment of your medical condition from a fully qualified medical practitioner.

Aurora Expeditions reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Aurora Expeditions also reserves the right to cancel your participation in an expedition at any time, including after the commencement of the trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to aff ect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other expedition members.

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Trip Excludes

  • Air transport to and from the ship not mentioned above.
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.
  • Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.
  • Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary.
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.
  • Emergency evacuation charges.

Meals Included:

All meals on board ship

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