Champions Special Tours

In the chapter Champions we offer you a variety of tours on special interest.


Champions’s Highlights: Ecuador and Galapagos

This Special Interest Tour is tailor made for biologists, ornithologists and nature enthusiasts. It combines Mindo, a bird’s paradise, Montalvo, in the jungle of the Amazon and a Galapagos cruise on board of the Lobo de Mar III.




Saturday: Transfer in to the hotel, welcome cocktail and briefing to your tour.

Every evening the guide explains to you the programme for the next day.

Sunday: After a short city tour in Quito you head on north to Mitad del Mundo

on the Panamerican Highway. There you visit the equator monument and the ethnological museum and get lunch. Further north you reach Mindo for dinner.

Monday: Early in the morning you start a walk into the jungle for bird watching.

After lunch you visit a butterfly farm and later on an Orchid garden.

Tuesday: From Mindo once more you go on an early morning jungle walk for

bird watching. After lunch you get an afternoon tea at a hacienda and enjoy

colorful colibris. Later you go back to Quito.

Wednesday: This morning you head on the Panamericana south and follow the Avenue of the Volcanoes up to Banos. There you get a small city tour and lunch.

In the afternoon you reach Puyo and visit a Quichua Indian Workshop.

After diner you get a night city tour and come back to the hotel.

Thursday: Here you visit Fatima a silvester life farm and the Orchids Botanic garden. After lunch you get an introduction to Ecuadorian Indian communities at Omaere botanic park. Rest of the afternoon free

Friday: Early morning flight from Shell to Montalvo, your jungle lodge.

You visit the Pucayacu Quichua community with an interview of the shaman.

In the afternoon you raft to the lagoon for some sport fishing. At night you assist

to a traditional bonfire with Quichua dances, music and Chicha drinking.

Saturday: All day long you go on canoeing on the Bobonaza river. Watching

fauna and flora. You stop for lunch at the Tarchipaya Quichua community and

reach the La Boca base camp in the afternoon. Dinner and camping.

Sunday: On a jungle walk to Camungicocha Lagoon you observe alligators

and lots of birds. At Ishpingo base you get a box lunch and on a river ride you reach the estuary of Bobonaza and Pastazza river to see river dolphins.

After diner you leave once more to a night jungle walk.

Monday: Departure to Montalvo upstream the Bobonaza river with a stopover for lunch at Morete beach. In the late afternoon you reach Montalvo. Rest.

Tuesday: After a flight from Montalvo to Shell you head on back to Quito. On

the way you make a stop over in Banos and enjoy a great view to the Cotopaxi.

Wednesday: After your flight from Quito to Baltra Airport you go aboard to

the Lobo de Mar boat with full accomodation. There you get your cabin and instructions about the procedures and life aboard. After lunch and a short rest

your guide explains the Galapagos National Park rules and in the afternoon you

visit Bachas beach. On a walk along the shore you see the Galapagos animals

and you can go swimming from the beach. Back on board you get some snacks and a hot shower. Before dinner the guide introduces the crew to you.

Thursday: After breakfast you visit Rabida island with a red sandy beach. On

a walk along the shore, a laidback lagoon and up a small hill you see typical

Galapagos vegetation. On the beach you can relax or swim or snorkel with sea lions. Back on board you get lunch and may have a small siesta. Later on you

visit Puerto Egas with its wild coast line and natural pools with Fur Seals, marine iguanas and seabirds. From the beach you can swim or snorkel along the rocks.

Friday: In the morning you climb up Bartolome with incredible lava formations

to get a wonderful view to the Pinnacle Rock and all over Galapagos Islands.

After a dinghy ride along the coast and swimming/snorkeling you go back aboard.

In the afternoon you visit Sullivan Bay to see more lava formations and to get

a refreshing bath in the sea.

Saturday: Early in the morning you visit South Plazas Island with its wonderful landscape and unique vegetation. You see land iguanas, sea lions, red crabs

and sea birds. Going on to Santa Fe you enjoy great swimming and snorkeling

with sea lions, sharks and with good luck marine turtles and manta rays.

On the visit in the afternoon you watch a sea lion colony, land iguanas and the typical Opuntia Cactus. In the late afternoon you sail to Puerto Ayora.

Ther you can enjoy a cold beer in one of the bars in town.

Sunday: In the highlands of Santa Cruz you visit the Gemelos, a very good

place for bird watching. Later on you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see giant turtles. At night you can explore the small town.

Monday: Today you visit Floreana at the Post Office Bay with the old whalers'

post barrel. After a dinghy ride along the shore you get great snorkeling at Devil’s Crown. In the afternoon you can observe flamingos at Punta Cormorant and on a white sandy beach maybe marine turtles.

Tuesday: The visit of Punta Suarez on Espanola island is one of the highlights

of your Galapagos trip. You see breeding seabirds and from April to December,

the famous Albatross and a very colorful subspecies of marine iguana.

At Gardner Bay with its white sand you have your last chance for great

swimming,snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

Wednesday: Very early in the morning you visit Seymour island, the breeding area of the frigate birds and the boobies. After a short ride to Baltra you catch

your flight back to Quito. Afternoon free.

Thursday: Today you visit the Indian Market in Otavalo famous for its handmade handicrafts made by local Indians. In the surrounding areas you see the indian colonial village Cotocachi, known for its leather goods and make a walk along the lagoon of Cuicocha and in the evening you go back to Quito.

Friday: Today you make a big tour to Quito city to the old colonial centre and

Quito new town. In the afternoon shopping and in the evening you get a farewell diner. Last accommodation.

Saturday: Transfer out and end of services.


Tour Facts:

Interest: Wildlife & Natural History, Bird watching

Difficulty: All abilities

Activities: Guided excursions, Jungle Hiking and Camping, Boat rides, Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking

Group size: min. 5, max.16

Duration: 20 days, 21 nights

Departure: Sunday from Quito

Price: $ 3985,- High season, $ 3885,- Low season


Price includs: Accommodation and cruise, 3 meals a day, Transfer in/out,

Transport and guided excursions, bilingual guide and local native guide

Not included: Flight to Ecuador, NP Entrance Fee, Bar consumption, Tips for crew/guide

Note: The program is subject to change due to NP rules, weather or seasonal changes !

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