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Including Ecuador & the Amazon

This escorted tour promises to be a true journey of discovery not only of the rich, indigenous culture of Ecuador, but the real adventure of exploring the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.   Arrive by motorised canoe for your 3-night eco-lodge stay in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest where you will be  immersed in the natural world.   Then fly on to the Galapagos Islands to board a private exclusive cruiser from which you’ll explore this archipelago of 19 islands.  For 8 days explore this living museum and melting pot of marine species found nowhere else in the world.  

Why not join us for a truly remarkable tour that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. 

  • Cruise Itinerary

Your travel itinerary

Sunday 25 August

Auckland – Santiago, Chile

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Depart Auckland and cross the international dateline. Arrive in Santiago mid-afternoon for an overnight stay. 

Monday 26 August

Santiago – Quito, Ecuador

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An early morning flight to Quito (2,850m, 9,350ft).  On arrival rest at the hotel to acclimatise.  Dinner is at a local restaurant. 

Quito – perched high in the Andes amongst snow-capped mountains and misty volcanoes, Quito is a breath-taking destination. Spanning two hemispheres, its dramatic setting has always lured visitors, but its best kept secrets are hidden in the candlelit monasteries, leafy plazas and narrow cobblestone streets. 


Tuesday 27 August


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This morning’s tour of Quito highlights the well-preserved colonial centre blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. Including the San Francisco Church, Independence Square and the Virgin of Quito statue. Afternoon at leisure.   

Wednesday 28 August

Quito – Otavalo - Quito

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A day of high altitude.  First visit the colourful Otavalo market for handicrafts that will dazzle you (2,532m) before continuing to Peguche waterfall.  Lunch is at a local restaurant and serves typical local food. Return to Quito late afternoon. 

Thursday 29 August

Quito – Coca – Amazon Sacha Lodge

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This morning fly from Quito to Coca, a small town in the Amazon.  A two-hour boat journey in a motorised canoe up the Napo River transports you to Sacha Lodge for an all-inclusive three-night stay. 

Friday 30 August

- Sunday 01 September Amazon Sacha Lodge

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Your time here will be unique and may include a forest canopy tree-top walk, climbing the giant Kapok tree tower, nighttime Caiman spotting, guided forest walks during the day or after dark, the Butterfly House, paddling dugout canoes guided silently through forested creeks or swim in the safe Lake Pool. 

All activities and meals are included during your stay. 


Monday 02 September

Coca – Quito

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Transfer back to Coca for the flight to Quito.  Transfer to your overnight hotel. 

Tuesday 03 September

Quito – San Cristobal, Galapagos

This morning we fly to San Cristobal Island and transfer to our exclusive private cruiser ‘Natural Paradise’.  After lunch onboard we will cruise to Kicker Rock and Witch Hill. Blue footed boobies, turtles, spectacular rock formations and our first opportunity to snorkel awaits. 

Galapagos Islands  This isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem has taken on an almost mythological status as a showcase of biodiversity.  Yet you don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.  

Wednesday 04 September

North Seymour & South Plaza Islands

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Today is our first opportunity to step ashore. North Seymour Island is an uplifted submarine lava formation.  Home to land iguanas and thousands of nesting frigate birds. On South Plaza Island we find one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as yellow and red land iguanas.   


Thursday 05 September

Rabida & Bartholomew Islands

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Rabida Island is one of the most colourful islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkelling site. The island is also a bird watchers delight including Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.   This afternoon we visit Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy a trail of stairs to the summit for spectacular views. A swim or snorkel to finish the day with Galapagos Penguins.  

Friday 06 September

Santiago & Santa Cruz Islands

Today we walk a trail that passes through three different environments.  Land iguanas are plentiful, and the lagoons here contain shrimp which, when plentiful attract flamingos.  Later this afternoon we can enjoy a snorkel and possibly see Black-Tip reef sharks and a variety of rays. 


Saturday 07 September

Santa Cruz Island

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Today we travel into the highlands of Santa Cruz. We walk underground through lava tunnels, before lunch in the lush green forest. This afternoon we visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Centre where we can see hatchlings from 3 inches to adults 4-feet long.  

Sunday 08 September

Genovesa Island

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This morning’s walk takes us along a rocky path to view red-footed boobies, short eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels and Galapagos doves. In the afternoon we visit Darwin Bay and see Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. 

Monday 09 September

Santiago Island

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Today we arrive at Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons. Snorkelling today is highly recommended as we have the chance to see Octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of tropical fish. Afterwards we visit Buccaneer Cove once a refuge site for British buccaneers where hundreds of sea birds perch in front of a dark red sand beach. 


Tuesday 10 September

Santa Cruz Island – Guayaquil

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On arrival at Bachas Beach, a great spot for a swim. We may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot Crabs and turtles who also nest on the beach.  Later transfer to the airport for the flight to Guayaquil.   

Wednesday 11 September

Guayaquil – Santiago, Chile

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A leisurely start today before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Santiago. Arrive and change planes for our journey home. 

Thursday 12 September

Santiago - Auckland

Cross the international date line.

Friday 13 September

Arrive Auckland

An early morning arrival into Auckland 



• International flights Auckland - Santiago // Santiago – Quito // Guayaquil – Santiago // Santiago - Auckland 

• Domestic air flights – Quito – Coca // Coca – Quito – Galapagos // Galapagos - Guayaquil

• All transfers / assistance and transport as outlined

• Transportation by air-conditioned private vehicles

• 4-star hotel accommodation in Santiago,  Guayaquil and Quito

• 3 night / 4 day all-inclusive stay at Amazon Sacha lodge 

• Galapagos National Park entrance fees

• Meals as specified

• 7 nights aboard ‘Natural Paradise in a cabin of your choice including all meals, purified water, coffee and tea on board

• Use of wetsuits and snorkelling equipment on board ‘Natural Paradise’

• Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified

• Professional English-speaking bilingual guides throughout

• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 14 persons travelling



Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Upper Deck Suite            $23,395  $39,997
 Main Deck Jr Suite   (Sold Out) $21,595  $36,719
 Upper Deck Jr Suite   $20,150  $33,695
 Main Deck Stateroom (Sold Out)  $18,575   $30,547
Lower Deck Stateroom (Sold Out)  $17,195  $29,195
Business Class Upgrade T.B.C
Early Booking Discount (01 March 2024 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Items of a personal nature 

• Travel Insurance - please ask us for a quote.

• Airline and Security Taxes (approx. NZD225)

• Tipping and gratuities

• Porterage

• Meals not indicated in the itinerary

• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on board ‘Natural Paradise’

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person secures a place on the tour

• Full payment is due no later than 01 June 2024 


•   From date of booking until 01 June 2024 – loss of deposit   

•   After 01 June 2024 – no refund

• It is highly recommended that clients take out Travel Insurance – please ask us for a quote

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information


•     A current passport is required – valid six months beyond return date of travel

•   All other passports – please ask

•   Visas are not required for NZ passport holders for Chile or Ecuador

Climate/Temperatures – 

Santiago   5˚c min - 19˚c max

Quito 9˚c min - 21˚c max

Coca, Amazon Rainforest 16˚c min - 27˚c max

Galapagos 18˚c min - 24˚c max



• Clean drinking water is available while touring.

• Please take your own re-useable water bottle



• The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso. 

• The official currency in Ecuador is the US dollar.

• In both countries, ATMs are widely available in the cities and credit cards (Visa & MasterCard most popular) are accepted in most established businesses.

Health and Mobility

•   A good standard of fitness and health is required.  The ability to walk unaided on uneven, fairly steep surfaces and negotiate steps for a period of time are part of many daily activities on this tour.

•     Ability to step onto a small zodiac craft for shore landings in the Galapagos

•     Ability to walk across island tracks for upto 3km on uneven ground

• No obligatory vaccinations are required for this tour.

• We recommend that you consult your GP regarding recommended health precautions for the countries and areas visited


Ship Information

The Natural Paradise 

  • An exclusive private charter
  • Built in 2016 
  • 34 meters long 
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Ten crew for 16 passengers ( 9 cabins )
  • Bar, dining room and separate social area
  • Sundeck with jacuzzi
  • Snorkelling gear and wetsuits included
  • Kayaks available
  • All meals and excursions included 
  • All cabins are air conditioned with private bathrooms 



Upper Deck Suite including balcony 

  • Area 355 ft² / 33 m² (including balcony) 
  • 1 King Size bed 
  • TV and DVD in the room 
  •  Panoramic windows 
  • Private balcony 

Upper Deck Junior Suite including balcony 

  • Area 226 ft² / 21 m² (including balcony) 
  • 2 Twin Beds (can convert into California King Size) 
  • TV and DVD in the room
  •  Large windows 
  • Private balcony 

Main Deck Junior Suite  

  • Area 355 ft² / 33 m² 
  • 1 King Size bed + sofa bed 
  • TV and DVD in adjacent room 
  •  Large windows 

Main Deck Stateroom 

  • Area 172 ft² / 16 m² 
  • 2 Twin Beds (can convert into California King Size) 
  •  TV and DVD in the room 
  • Large windows 


Lower Deck Stateroom 

  •  Area 215 ft² / 20 m² 
  • 2 Twin Beds (can convert into California King Size) 
  •  TV and DVD in the room 
  • Porthole windows 


Sacha Lodge

Remote yet accessible, unspoiled yet comfortable, Sacha Lodge has protected the fabulous wildlife for more than 20 years, enabling it to flourish. Our all-inclusive jungle lodge is the ideal base to explore the fascinating rainforest in small groups, led by expert guides. 

Explore the rainforest canopy along a 94-foot high (36m) bridge above the treetops!  This 940-foot long (275m) sturdy walkway offers an astounding opportunity to spot dozens of animals.
You'll feel like you're on the very top of the world on our 135-foot (43-meter) observation tower, a platform built on the highest branches of a giant kapok tree.
Take a high-flying ride up 150 feet (45 meters) above the forest floor into the canopy of the amazing Amazon Rainforest in a hot air balloon-like basket.  Explore early 2 acres (.78 hectares) of rainforest canopy with its 150 foot (45 meters) long boom.
A nighttime expedition to look for caimans on the lake is a magical experience filled with wonder.  You will take a canoe out onto the water under the cover of darkness, your way lit by glittering stars.
Creeping along jungle paths, your naturalist guide might take you through the territory of crested owls or howler monkeys, mimicking the creatures' calls to win their trust and coax them out of hiding.
When darkness falls, have your flashlight ready to spot creatures of the night such as tarantulas, frogs, boas and stick insects while the rainforest symphony unfolds around you.
Creek paddling in dug-out canoes is a fabulous adventure, with the bonus that it requires little physical exertion.  Paddling down the streams is like entering a tunnel leading into a lost world.
In ideal conditions (sunny and dry), you may be able to witness hundreds of brightly coloured parrots as they perch on and eat exposed clay.  A spectacular show of sound and colour.
Through unobtrusive dialogue, we will learn about the day-to-day lives of local Kichwa residents at the Providencia Community of Yasuni.  Here you can even help to prepare and taste some of their traditional foods.
The Butterly House was designed as a live exhibition conservatory, where guests will be shown how these beautiful insects are bred and raised.  Later, roam through "the flying room" where hundreds of colourful butterflies flutter from flower to flower.
Our plunge pool, the only one of its kind in the Amazon region, is protected on all sides by a mesh cage that allows you to cool off in the black waters of Pilchicocha Lake without fear of encountering the unknown.  You may even spot a caiman or giant otters swimming by on the other side of the net!
Your native guide will teach you how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed piranha.  You can ask your guide to coordinate this activity during your free time at the lodge.

Galapagos Flora and Fauna Highlights

  • Blue- Footed Boobies 
  • Nazca Boobies 
  • Land and Marine Iguanas 
  • Frigate Birds, Finches, Audubon’s Shearwaters, swallow tailed gulls, Mocking Birds, Pelicans, Swallow Tailed Gulls, white – checked pintail ducks, Herons, Sort Eared Owls, Storm Petrels, Galapagos Doves,  
  • Sea lions 
  • Fur seals 
  • Reef Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles 
  • Penguins 
  • A range of tropical fish 
  • Wild Tortoises, Giant Tortoises 
  • Sally Lightfoot crabs 




Galapagos Activities

  • Numerous snorkelling opportunities 
  • Walking up to 3km along tracks including stairs 
  • Swimming 


Terms and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or please ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change