Skip link for screen readers

Ecuador Holidays

The Primavera Tour

19 Night Itinerary from £ 6,355 6,408 $ 7,897

Private Individual Tour

Experience close encounters with friendly wildlife on a Galapagos Islands cruise, discover fascinating cultures in the Amazon rainforest and admire awe-inspiring volcanoes in the Andean mountains

Book Now Print/View Tour

Amazon Rainforest, Andean Villages and Galapagos Islands

Experience close encounters with friendly wildlife on a Galapagos Islands cruise, discover fascinating cultures in the Amazon rainforest and admire awe-inspiring volcanoes in the Andean mountains

Travel Highlights

  • Enjoy our most comprehensive tour of Ecuador
  • Get closer to nature and mind-boggling wildlife on a 7 night Galapagos Cruise
  • Stay for 4 nights in a remote Amazon lodge
  • Take daily excursions to explore the rainforest with an expert guide
  • Drive through the cinematic Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Explore the charming colonial centres of Cuenca and Quito
  • Visit a local Indian market in the Andes
  • Marvel at the lagoons of the Cajas National Park

Journey Breakdown

The Primavera Tour
Travel Itinerary

Quito & Otavalo Market Days 1-2

Day 1 - Fly from London to Quito

Day 2 - Otavalo and guided tour of Quito

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Fly from London to Quito

Take a daytime flight to Quito, arriving the same evening, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel. This is also the opportunity for our guide to provide you advice, explain your programme and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2 - Otavalo and guided tour of Quito 

We take a trip to the Andean town of Otavalo to visit its magnificent market, where men and women with long plaited hair, dressed in their traditional clothes, sell all types of weavings, handicrafts and homegrown produce. We return to Quito to explore the colonial quarter with its narrow cobblestone streets and many beautiful churches. We also visit the Archaeological Museum. (B)

Amazon Days 3 - 7

Day 3 - Fly to Coca, transfer to your Amazon Lodge

Day 4 - Amazon lodge & excursions 

Day 5 - Amazon lodge & parrot clay licks 

Day 6 - Amazon Lodge & canopy observation tower

Day 7 - Return to Quito 

Itinerary Description

Day 3 - Fly to Coca, transfer to your Amazon Lodge

Our day starts with a flight into the Amazon and a trip up river to our Amazon lodge located in the peace and tranquility of virgin rainforest, overlooking a lagoon. Choose from either the tourist class Yasuni Lodge or the first class Napo Wildlife Centre, both located about 2 hours downriver from the airport. Each lodge is on a full board basis with included walks and excursions with expert guides every day. Other optional activities are available, such as fishing and kayaking, at the lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Amazon Lodge & excursions

Today your resident naturalist guides take you on a variety of hikes, both by night and by day, canoeing trips up creeks and exploring the rainforest to observe the exuberant vegetation and the vast, dense tree canopy. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Amazon Lodge & parrot clay licks

Today we experience the parrot clay licks to observe flocks of brightly-coloured macaws, parrots and parakeets as they descend to feed on the soil, extracting vital minerals to help them digest the fruit and seeds found in the jungle. At some, sightings have also been reported of tapirs, ocelots, owls and others animals. Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit a local community learning about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. Then we take a 30 minutes walk through the forest and enjoy lunch. We return to the lodge by riverboat. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Amazon Lodge & canopy observation tower

Today, we visit the canopy observation tower, a high platform 36 metres high from which you will get a close up view of the most amazing views of the jungle. Here, birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right past you. Flocks of vibrantly coloured tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, we will trek deep into a rain forest to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior observing the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! We also visit the black water Añangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Return to Quito 

Transfer by riverboat to Coca airport for your flight to Quito for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. (B)

Yasuni Kichwa Lodge

Ecuadorian Amazon - Tourist Lodge

Local English speaking guides take you on excursions, showing a faschinating knowledge, which is practical and empiric, rather than academic. You can also interact with the people going on excursions in the jungle, rivers and stream, and viditing the canopy observation tower and clay lick where macaws and parrots congreagate. The lopdge is located two hours by canoe downriver from Coca airport. It is a hotel within the community and take a maximum of 40 guests in comfortable, spacious cabins with private facilities and balconies with a hammock, safe deposit box, hot water, ventillation and plugs to charge baterries. The beds are comfortable with sheets, blankets and mosquito nets. There is also a large dining room with thatched roof: the feedback is that the food is excellent.

Napo Wildlife Centre

Ecuadorian Amazon - First Lodge

This ecotourism project includes the conservation of over 53,000 acres of the most pristine Amazon Rainforest within the Yasuni National Park, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador. You will be met at Coca airfield and taken to the bank of the river Napo for the two hour journey by motorised canoe to the Lodge. Once you arrive and settle into your room you will have a programme of daily guided excursions and walks to experience the exuberance of the Amazon rainforest.

Avenue of the Volcanoes Day 8

Day 8 - Experience Cotopaxi Volcano

Itinerary Description

Day 8 - Experience Cotopaxi Volcano

Your journey continues today as we head for the hills to explore the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes' and most particularly, the perfectly formed cone-shaped Cotopaxi Volcano which rises to a height of 5,897 metres. The volcano is set in the wild treeless páramo of the Cotopaxi National Park with stunning views. We stop at an Indian village where local weavers demonstrate their skills on the traditional shuttle looms and continue to Riobamba to enjoy its thermal springs surrounded by stunning scenery. (B,L)

Cuenca & Cajas National Park Days 9 - 12

Day 9 - Ingapirca and Cuenca

Day 10 - The Gualaceo Valley

Day 11 - Guided tour of Cuenca & Cajas National Park

Day 12 - Cajas National Park

Itinerary Description

Day 9 - Ingapirca and Cuenca

Today we journey south to Cuenca, a charming colonial city, embraced by silent mountains. On the way we stop at the small Inca archaeological site of Ingapirca. (B,L)

 

Day 10 - The Gualaceo Valley

A full day of exploration to the fertile Gualaceo Valley and Chordeleg, passing remote villages and farmsteads amidst quite beautiful gently rolling hills. (B,L)

Day 11 - Guided tour of Cuenca 

Morning guided tour of Cuenca including a visit to a Panama Hat factory and the elegant La Inmaculada cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure enjoying this charming colonial town. (B,L)

Day 12 - Cajas National Park 

We drive through evergreen cloud forests to Cajas National Park, with many lakes, lagoons and rich wildlife including Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and raccoon-like coatis. We continue to Guayaquil where we check into our hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.(B,L)

Galapagos Cruise Days 13 - 20

Day 13 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Days 14-19 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

Day 20 - Return to UK

Day 21 - Arrive in the UK

Itinerary Description

Day 13 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Take a domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands, where you transfer to your chosen ship, either the tourist class M/Y Samba or the first class M/Y Letty. Both cruise ships include full board accommodation with daily excursions from knowledgable local naturalists. (B,L,D)

Days 14-19 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

Enjoy the next 6 days exploring the incredible environment of the Galapagos. Observe basking marine iguanas, waved albatrosses, blue and red footed boobies, 500lb tortoises and friendly sea lions. The wildlife lives here without fear of humans; in fact you feel like you are a guest in their natural home. Every morning and afternoon enjoy guided excursions and activities including walking tours of each island visited, swimming with sea lions and snorkelling. Our expert naturalist will guide you to ensure you see as much friendly wildlife as possible and return home with unforgettable memories. (B,L,D)

Day 20 - Return to UK 

Fly back to the mainland and connect with your return flight home.

Day 21 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Image for: Boat descriptions Missing

Boat descriptions

Cruises -

The Samba was built in Holland with teak decks in 1966 it is now a perfectly well converted cruise yacht to explore the Galapagos Islands. She accommodates 14 guests, a perfect number to enjoy the magic of the Islands with privacy and flexibility. Its professional, experienced and friendly crew and naturalist guide are devoted to showing you everything that makes the Galapagos Islands such a unique and special environment.

On the main deck there is an outside area with reading, resting and also eating space; and inside, there is a dining salon with library with TV/VCR and Stereo. Here is where briefings and conference-talks are given and planning about next day activities. The upper deck has an outside dinning area and sun protection, ideal for watching the abundant bird and marine life. The Foredeck has enough space for sun bathing or just to relax.

The ample and comfortable space on deck makes this boat ideal for nature and photography cruises. One naturalist guide  presents an evening briefing on the Galapagos wildlife and activities and accompanies guests on the morning and afternoon excursions on the islands.

The accommodation includes all meals (Full Board), all transport, daily guided excursions, while drinks and the Galapagos Park Fee of usd 100.00 per person are extra.

There is snorkelling equipment available aboard available for hire but wetsuits need to be requested and ordered in advance.Both are payable locally. Departures on Tuesdays.

Category:
Capacity:
Type:
LOA:
Beam:
Displacement:
Engines:


Generators:


Range:

Speed:
Sail:
Water capacity:
Accommodations:




Crew:

Navigation:

Safety:
Tourist Superior Class
14 passengers
Steel-hulled motor yacht with stabilizing sail
78 ft. / 23.77 m.
18 ft. / 5.48 m.
134 tons
Very efficient Twin DAV diesel engines 280 HP-CUMMINS that only use a remarkable 6 gallons of diesel every hour!
Two of 21 & 12.5 kW for 110v & 220v A/C and 12v & 24v D/C
2.500 miles
8.5 knots cruising
Steadying sails
1.500 gallons and water maker
6 air-conditioned double cabins and 1 exterior double bed cabin, all with private bathrooms and hot water. An ample dining-room/salon connects to an outdoor dining facility with large tables, 32" High Definition LCD TV, DVD video equipment, sound-system, mini-library with books and videos and a small bar.
6 + licensed Naturalist Guide
Furuno Navnet Radar, Plotter and Sonar, GPS, VHF & SSB radios, two tenders with outboard motors.
One self-contained 20-passenger life raft, EPIRB, two bi-directional VHF emergency-radios, one VHF (Motorola) wide-range radio, VHF and HF radios and one cell-phone communication system, life jackets, fire extinguishers, safety smoke and fire detectors and overhead sprinkler systems, A.B.C fire-control system and CO2 bank for the engine room.
Image for: Boat Description Missing

Boat Description

Cruises -

Ecoventura's signature fleet includes three identical expedition yachts custom-designed for Galapagos cruising: the M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty. Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom (hot and cold water showers), bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There's a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows. Or you can relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes and a sky full of stars.

Cruise highlights 

  • 7-night expeditions depart every Sunday from San Cristobal
  • 20-guest superior first-class motor yacht
  • 10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms
  • Dining room featuring gourmet style menu with locally sourced cuisine
  • Fully-stocked bar
  • Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library
  • Observation areas and open sun deck 

Accommodation includes ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom (hot and cold water showers), bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There's a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows. Or you can relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes and a sky full of stars

Travel Details
Primavera

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 15 Dec 1 July - 5 Sep, 16 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £6,354 £7,309 - £6,684 £7,639 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £1,569 + £2,988 - + £1,569 + £2,988 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £2,000 + £3,830 - + £2,000 + £3,830 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 15 Dec 1 July - 5 Sep, 16 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €6,407 €7,505 - €6,786 €9,694 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,804 + €3,436 - + €1,805 + €1,627 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €2,300 + €4,405 - + €2,301 + €2,596 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 15 Dec 1 July - 5 Sep, 16 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $7,895 $9,232 - $8,357 $9,694 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $2,197 + $4,183 - + $2,197 + $4,183 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,801 + $5,363 - + $2,801 + $5,363 -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 20 Days / 19 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 19 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners 
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 19 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 19 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners   
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 19 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 19 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners 
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Speak with a Specialist
Travel Enquiries

Complete a form or call our specialist advisors to start planning your trip.

Please provide as much information as possible, and we will aim to respond to your enquiry the same or next working day.

Speak to a Specialist

+44 020 8762 0616 travel@veloso.com

Travel in Confidence

  • Free Proposal Itinerary
  • 100% Customisable Tour
  • Specialist Advice & Inspiration
  • First-hand Knowledge
  • Expert Travel Consultants
  • Excellent Service & Support

Contact an Advisor

Please be a descriptive as possible
Spur your wanderlust with our beautiful brochures.


Get inspired each month with the latest travel news and tips.

We take your privacy very serious and will never share your personal data with a third-party. You can read more about our privacy policy and how we use your data here: Privacy Policy