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April 25    Arrive Quito late in the day and transfer to the Airport Wyndham Hotel. 

April 26-27-28   Following a group breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight
       to Coca, down on the Amazon. Ride a motor-launch two hours down the sprawling
       Napo River, then paddle up a small tributary river to La Selva Eco Lodge. For four
       days we’ll explore the area on foot, by boat, and from the canopy platforms high
       in the trees. A web of walking trails spiders out from the lodge, giving access
       to some of the most remote areas in the Amazon. By dugout canoe we’ll paddle
       quiet shaded creeks and a large lake in search of wildlife, including caiman,
       anacondas, piranha, river otters, and the infamous stinky turkey. We’ll visit two
       clay licks that attract dozens of brightly-colored macaws, parakeets, and
       parrotlets. We’ll climb a tower constructed adjacent to a giant kapok tree in the
       midst of the forest that offers close-up inspection of all the levels of life in the
       tree canopy.  We can also visit the nearby indigenous community, where people still
       live by traditional means. Our lodge is located right on the lake. All outings will be
       accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. Each of 10 luxury cabanas is built with
       local traditional architecture with full modern amenities inside, and with a private
       porch with lake and forest views.
Interesting land-based wildlife seen in the area
       include jaguar, puma, tapir, giant
anteater, armadillo, capybara, three-toed
       sloths, many species of monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds.


April 29   After breakfast return via dugout and motor-launch to the airport at Coca
       for our flight to Quito. After lunch we’ll take a city tour to see the well-
       preserved architecture of the city, and some of its fabulous museums. Dinner at a
       traditional restaurant in the Old City, sampling many of the country’s typical dishes.


April 30   Catch a morning flight to Baltra airport in the Galapagos. Transfer to Nemo II,
       our home for the next 7 days. The Galapagos were made famous by Darwin’s voyage,

       and they retain their mystique to this day with myriad species of wildlife utterly
       unafraid of human approach. Here we can swim with sea lions, float eye-to-eye with
       penguins, stand next to blue-footed boobies, and watch a 500lb tortoise lumbering

       through a cactus forest. The Galapagos is one of the finest places on earth for up-
       close nature photography in an unspoiled setting. We’ll cruise to a different island
       each day to hike all around while learning and photographing their unique flora, fauna
       and natural history. Access to shore is by Zodiac. Our professional live-aboard
       naturalist will accompany each hike. The Nemo II is 82’ long and 33’ wide and
       provides 6 comfortable double cabins each with private bathroom and hot water.
       It has spacious lounge and dining areas, multiple sundecks, and great service from

       the crew of 5. It’s also equipped with snorkeling gear, wetsuits & sea-kayaks.
       Scuba diving can be arranged through outside outfitters. Some of the finest
       wildlife viewing is underwater here, most of which is close to the surface and
       easily visible. Dolphins and whales often accompany our passages back & forth across

       the Equator. Sunsets are exquisite

April 30–May 7 Cruise the Galapagos in Nemo II.


May 7 Unwind at the lovely Hotel Ikala in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.


May 8 Return to Baltra airport. Fly to Quito for onward flights home.

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