Ecuador and the Galapagos

This page outlines the posts related to a trip we took to Ecuador in December of 2011. I hope it will help those planning their own adventure.

Trip Overview

This 11 day trip was done as three mini jaunts out of Quito; the first, 5 days at Sani Lodge on the Napo River in the Amazon Basin, the second an overnight stay in the rain forest at the El Monte Eco-lodge outside of Mindo, and last but not least a 4 day/3 night cruise through the Galapagos with Klein Tours. The following are links to posts related to each destination. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer.

Sani Lodge – Amazon Basin

Arriving at Sani Lodge – Logistics on getting to Sani Lodge.

Day 2 – Description of the canopy viewing platform, canoe trip up a tributary and a jungle walk.

Day 3 – Piranha Fishing – Jungle walk in the morning followed by an afternoon of piranha fishing on the tributary.

Day 4 – Clay Lick – The most spectacular day of the four, first visiting the clay lick where parrots and other birds swarm a small patch of earth. Followed by a

Traditional Lunch at the Sani Community Center – where we actually eat grubs!

Slow Boat to Coca – Plagued by mechanical difficulties our boat barely makes it back to Coca in time for us to catch our flight back to Quito.

El Monte Eco-lodge, Mindo

A visit to the Rain Forest – Our arrival and description of the eco-lodge followed by a guided walk around the property.

Rain Forest – Day 2 – An early morning walk to see the toucans followed by a visit to the butterfly house.


Day 1 – Logistics on getting to the islands and a visit to Darwin Station.

Espanola Island – The Best of the Galapagos – The day with the most wildlife encounters including – sea lions, blue-footed boobies, albatross, marine iguanas, etc.

Floreana Island – Including a panga ride around Champion Island and a visit to the “post office”.

North Seymore Island  – Home to the impressive red-chested frigatebirds.

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