Galapagos

 The Amazon rainforest of Ecuador is one of the highest biodiversity areas of the world. We offer luxury to modest eco lodges located in private and wildlife reserves such as Cuyabeno, Imuya and Kapawi. Scientists consider the Amazon basin to be one to the 10 hot spots on the planet that must be preserved for the earth's survival. It extends over 5.5 million square kilometers and is home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other place on earth. It will delight you with its natural and cultural mysteries.

All the jungle lodge programs provide visits to primary forest, gourmet food and personalized service. You also will be offered tours to the rainforest with a trained naturalist guide. There are many options available and you can create your own itinerary: choose between swimming, fishing, bird-watching and observing butterflies, take a walk by the lakes, canoe or take a walking trip after dark to view nocturnal animals such as caiman, monkeys, insects, owls (night excursions), or simply relax.

KAPAWI ECOLODGE & RESERVE:

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Located in one of the areas with the highest biodiversities on earth, Kapawi uses low-impact technology, such as solar power, waste management and recycling, and biodegradable soaps. Kapawi has set new standards for the ecotourism industry all over the world, and has been awarded the ecotourism Excellence Award 2000 by Conservation International.The lodge has 20 individual double cabins built around a lake, and each has a private bath and balcony with lake views.

 

LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE:
High-quality and responsible tourism as close to nature as you have ever been. Accommodation is in 16 double cabins and one family cabin, each with private bath and mosquito screens. Meals are excellent by any standards.

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TAPIR LODGE (CUYABENO):
Tapir Lodge is a complex of two bungalows, built following Quichua construction techniques: a tower and a social area.

The tower has four double suites each comfortably equipped, with private bathroom with hot water and each with its own balcony and hammocks.

The bungalows, each with 4 double rooms are comfortable and roomy

 

River Trips at Kapawi Days 5/8 - Tuesday 27th/ Friday 30th March I referred to our first river trip to the Rio Pastaza sandbanks in my blog for 26th March. I have now accumulated the various river trips by motorised canoe for the other four days. Kapawi Ecolodge is located a 10 minute river ride from the major Rio Pastaza. Our tributary is the Rio Capahuari. The lodges are situated at the edge of a flooded oxbow lake, or cocha. When we arrived the stilts supporting the lodges had dry feet and the lagoon was almost dry with vegetation extensive. During the next three days the river and lagoon levels would rise some 11 feet (3.5m), as the tropical rains falling on the eastern Andes arrived at Kapawi. One of our first early morning trips was to the banks of the Rio Pastaza, where we gradually drifted shorewards from the middle of the 250m wide river, The Ashuar boatman maintained our position against the building current, keeping a wary eye open for debris. Apparently, the parrots, macaws and parakeets ingest the mud from the forrested river banks as an aid to digestion, in view of all the fruit and seeds that that they eat. The parrot-lick provides a very useful way of getting close. I discard my earlier photos as we drift nearer. The noise is impressive. Especially when alarmed, some 150 Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Ara severa, see photo, (Chestnut-fronted Macaws) rise as one, circle and crash back into the foliage. A flurry of Dusky-headed Parakeets, Aratinga weddellii, see photo, (Dusky-headed Parakeets -above), maintain their prime spot beneath the overhanging bushes, despite the best efforts of the Macaws to dislodge them. As the colourful birds alight on the branches their bright colours merge with the varied foliage, photo. (Acrobatic Chestnut-fronted Macaws -below). One afternoon we motor the 4km upriver to the junction of the Rios Capahuari and Kusutkau where we fish for Piranha. Our bait is thin strips of red meat. Immediately, small, fat-bellied, black and yellow Piranha miniatures are razoring the bait from our hooks. As we coax them to the surface they dart away. Naturally, the local Ashuar, the boatman and our guide demonstrate the method. Soon, a respectable number of the more familiar Piranha have been landed, demanding some initiative to remove the hook from those eager jaws. The gringos make a small contribution. Returning along the Capahuari we spot a Pink River Dolphin, Inia geoffrensis. The gentle creature rises a number of times as we follow its path, but we fail to get a photo. The guides suggest that they are coming this far up because river levels are rising. We also glimpse a medium sized Capybara, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, as it swims into the vegetation. Its'' reddish rectangular head held above the surface. That evening we dine with an elegant side dish of grilled Piranha. Highly recommended. On other morning river excursions many birds and the occasional monkey, see photo, (Red Howler monkey) could be seen from the boat as we drifted along the Rio Capahuari and its creeks. There were regular sightings of the noisy and garrulous Hoatzin, (Opithocomous hoazin),see photo, (Hoatzin) as small groups perched ungainly in the tops of the riverside bushes. These colourful turkey-like birds hissed and croaked their displeasure at our presence. The local indigenous Ashuar pole their dugout canoe upstream, clinging to the slacker waters of the shallows.(Dugout punt), The morning light mirrors the vegetation of the river banks, see photo, (Capahuari reflections). As morning develops, the birds quieten and breakfast beckons. Our final river trip was in a 12ft rubber dinghy (rib), which was taken several km upstream strapped to the bows of the canoe. We then drifted lazily with the current. Three of us decided to go for a swim. The water was blissfully cool as our sweaty bodies were cleansed. Our legs were not nibbled, (piranhas preferring the slacker waters), we had seen no Caimen, and only one water snake. We had heard stories of strange methods of entry by parasites, but the water was coo......ool. We drifted with the dinghy. As we turned to swim back to the boat, we recognised the pull of the current. It was a tough swim the 30m back, during which time we probably drifted 300m. The attraction of this vessel was the silent approach, No vibrating , chuntering outboard, no clanking gearbox. We see a number of birds. A sleek flycatcher, the Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus , that tirelessly and repeatedly dives into the water after insects, See photo,(Tropical Kingbird). two other birds of particular note, which also drew enthusiastic murmurings from the guides were, the Plumbeous Kite, Ictinea plumbea,see photo, (Plumbeous Kite) and the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Cathartes melambrotus, photo (Greater Yellow-headed Vulture).

Our Friday morning river trip was cancelled due to torrential rain from 04:00 hrs. I was awake at six, and dressed nonetheless to watch the sun rise a few minutes later. As I looked over the cocha from my dry verandah, the rain formed a moving curtain in front of me. Gradually it stopped. The cocha had now filled from the shallow connection to the Capahuari. The water was only 3 feet below my feet. Four days ago the water had ben less than a foot deep, and some 14 feet below. The level had risen 11 feet in less than three days. The rain stopped. As it did, the Philodendron plants, an antidote to the mosquito, were occupied by the morning chorus. Three yellow-breasted Social Flycatchers scattered back and forth, photo (Social Flycatcher). A pair of Masked Crimson Tanagers courted brazenly between the large round leaves, photo (Masked Crimson Tanagers). An Amazonian Kingfisher, Chloroceryle amazona, photo,(Amazonian Kingfisher), vies with a White-winged Swallow, Tachycineta albiventer, photo (White-winged Swallow), for the best perch. Two poles in the mud and the boardwalk rail, perfect models!

Economy Class Cruises, Galapagos Islands

Detailed yacht! Cool Middle Class Galapagos,

econamy Ecuaodor galapagos yachts

 

 Galapagos

 

 

Yacht Loops Price Days Capacity

Includes

dive / HW

style

Golondria

south 8 day North

$$ 4,5,8
14
no/yes
MS

Rumba

South $$ 4,5,8
10
no/no
MB
Sulidae South $$$ 8
12
no/no
MS

Amigo

South $$$ 4,5,8
16
no/yes
MB

Guantana

South

north

$$$$ 5
16
no/yes
MB

Floreana

South

north

$ 8
16
no/yes
MB

OLA works with a few guides depending on the your chosen adventure, as all adventurer''s need to feel that they are with the right person for the trips in Ecuador. The two guides shown below are both of the highest level. Alfredo Carrera Has over 15 years of guiding and trekking experience in Ecuador, he has lead some big expeditions to the edges of this beautiful country and not only has he received fully international evaluation from the Ecuadorian government but has been distinguished by many expedition and trekking companies as the finest of guides.

OLA works with a few guides depending on your chosen adventure, as all adventurer''s need to feel that they are with the right person for their trip in Ecuador. The two guides shown below are both of the highest level.

Alfredo Carrera Has over 15 years of guiding and trekking experience in Ecuador, he has lead some big expeditions to the edges of this beautiful country and not only has he received fully international evaluation from the Ecuadorian government but has been distinguished by many expedition and trekking companies as the finest of guides.

  1. Biking expert, Orientation awards, 4 X 4 accreditation, speaks Spanish and English

Patricio Tisalema Well what can one say the picture below says it all. We have the priviledge to work with Patricio Tisalema, an internationally acclaimed Mountain professional. Patricio like Alfredo are professionals among the elite of Ecuador. I will not go into a great detail about Patricio as that would spoil meeting him, you can all look up on line and read all you want. But a man that has summited some of the highest mountains in the world without oxygen, yes including Everest, needs no more said. But there is just one thing left to say that takes Patircio above the hand full of people that have achieved this great feat is that he achieved climbing Everest not only without oxygen but completely alone.

Seeing is believing

.Ecuadors mountain man

Mountain Expert World record for the fastest summit of Cotopaxi, Ecuador in 1:55. This takes the average mountaineer 7 hours. Last year he achieved the 7 highest mountains in 7 continents. Expedition leader for extreme adventurers in Spanish, English, German & Japanese.

The Galapagos Islands, an archipelago created by volcanic eruptions around 10 million years ago which is found 600 miles of the coast of mainland Ecuador. The 19 islands, and dozens of other islets have a total land area of 3,086 square miles, spread over an area of sea covering some 20,000 square miles. The islands became a unique habitat to many species, which either flew or drifted there by currents. In 1831, Charles Darwin carried out his studies on the islands from which he then revolutionized the principles of human evolution which changed the face of biological history forever. Thanks to Darwin, few other places on earth can lay claim to have had such an important influence on science or human development.

Today the islands are a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and are home to a wealth of protected wildlife and fascinating volcanic landscapes. The Galapagos Islands have species which are endemic to the islands, such as the Darwin finche, the Galapagos peguin and theGalapagos giant tortoise amongst others. An incredible mix of polar and tropical species, from penguins and fur seals to flamingos and tropical fish. It is a rare destination where you become accustomed to being surprised. Nothing quite compares to the joy of observing animals in the wild, or the sense of wonder and privilege felt while spending time with animals who don’t run or fly away when humans approach,truly unique treasures of our earth. Setting foot on barren coasts of fresh black lava frozen in its descent to the shoreline, you’ll see why early explorers likened the islands to an inferno on earth. However, you’ll quickly come to appreciate each island as a little “world unto itself” with its own distinctive character, terrain, climate, and wildlife

Please read more here about Diving Galapagos.

 Follow in Darwin’s footsteps. Be inspired. There’s always something new to discover in the Galapagos islands. Allow OLA to guide you in creating your tailor made adventure! You can contact us by calling us in Quito  (English spoken:-) or in the UK, Or you can email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Remember its an adventure not a tour!

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 Location   Price   Deep  jungle   Adventure    rating  Community   No.  of  days
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 Bataburo  Coca   $$   Yes        8    Huarani  4,5,6,7 & 8
 Yacht  Flotel  Cuyabeno   $$$   Yes       6     Siona  4 & 5
 Kapawi  Kapawi  $$$$   Yes       8    Achuar  4 & 5

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Designing your perfect cruise is best started by selecting a boat or a couple of boats that meets your needs.  From there we can check availability and begin creating your the vacation of a lifetime. Everyone at OLA-Adventures Online is here providing you the support you need to make your Galapagos Cruise a dream come true.

Selecting the perfect Galapagos Yacht or Cruise Ship to complete your dream adventure can be simple. By providing you the specifications and itineraries, you can now make well-informed choices. The most common cruise length is 8 days / 7 nights though if you have time constraints some boats offer 4 days / 3 nights or 5 days / 4 nights options.

Please take the time to think about, Price , Islands you want to see, style of yacht (Motor yacht, Catamaran, Motor sail boast), Also size of yacht! 

 

 

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Guides Speciality Price

Level

Languages

Includes

car / equip

style

Patricio

Mountain & General
$$$$
10
Spanish, English,85% German & Japanese
yes/yes
e

Alfredo

General
$$$
7
Spanish & English 95%
yes/no
l

Carlos T

Off the normal
$$
5
Spanish & English 100%
yes/no
l
Fredy Mountain
$$$
7

Spanish & 70% English

yes/yes
e

Carlos

Mountains
$$
5
Spanish & 15% English
no/yes
e

jungleeconamy Ecuaodor galapagos yachts

Mountains Ecuador

level is based on Qulifications and experiance, style of guiding e=easy going, f=fun, l=lively,

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Ecuador mountains

Ecuadors most climbed mountains
great climb summer time

Galapagos First Class 

Please note there is big difference between 1st & Luxury!

 
Yacht Loops Price

class

1st or Luxury

Capacity

Inculdes

dive / HW

style

Diamante

South
$$$$$
1
12
no / yes
MS

Lamme Law

South
$$$$
1
16
yes / yes
MS
South
$$
1
16
yes / yes
Cat.
South
$
1
16
yes / yes
SB.

Reina

Silvia

South

North

$$$
1
16
yes / yes
MB

Eclipse

South

 

$$$$$
L
48
yes / yes
MB

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Galapagos First Class 

Please note there is big difference between 1st & Luxury!

 
Yacht Loops Price

class

1st or Luxury

Capacity

Inculdes

dive / HW

style

Diamante

South
$$$$$
1
12
no / yes
MS

Lamme Law

South
$$$$
1
16
yes / yes
MS
South
$$
1
16
yes / yes
Cat.
South
$
1
16
yes / yes
SB.

Reina

Silvia

South

North

$$$
1
16
yes / yes
MB

Eclipse

South

 

$$$$$
L
48
yes / yes
MB

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Adventure Travel In Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

 

Amazon

The Amazon Jungle of Ecuador is the most diverse place in the world.

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Mountains

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The adrenalin capital of Ecuador.


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Itinerary

Quitos night life as well and the old town is a must.


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Information

`Get to 20,000 feet you can in Ecuador, everything is possible.

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OLA ECUADORE

Adventure Travel In Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

 

Amazon

The Amazon Jungle of Ecuador is the most diverse place in the world.

Read More

Galapagos

We have the bst prices on yatchs


Read More

Mountains

See the highlands and so much more.


Read More

 

Blogs

The adrenalin capital of Ecuador.


Read More

Itinerary

Quitos night life as well and the old town is a must.


Read More

Information

`Get to 20,000 feet you can in Ecuador, everything is possible.

Read More

 

Designing your perfect cruise is best started by selecting a boat or a couple of boats that meets your needs.

 

Gallery

Great photos

 

Testimonials

What customers say about us

 

WELCOME TO OLA ADVENTURE

Seeing Is beliving 

From the spectacular beaches of the Galapagos Islands to the high mountains of the Andes Ecuador has it all.

OLA ECUADOR

Adventure Travel In Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

 

Amazon

The Amazon Jungle of Ecuador is the most diverse place in the world.

Read More

Galapagos

We have the bst prices on yatchs

Read More

Mountains

See the highlands and so much more.

Read More

 

Blogs

The adrenalin capital of Ecuador.

Read More

Itinerary

Quitos night life as well and the old town is a must.

Read More

Information

`Get to 20,000 feet you can in Ecuador, everything is possible.

Read More

 

Designing your perfect cruise is best started by selecting a boat or a couple of boats that meets your needs.

 

Gallery

Great photos

 

Testimonials

What customers say about us

 

A list of great trips submitted by friends of OLA Adventures. Ecuador has a huge selection of multi day expeditions into the jungle areas, some of these on the edge and others in the depth of the virgin Jungle. Being deep in the Jungle is really a special feeling that has to be experienced.

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Ecuador is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to stay deep in the jungle without a lot difficulty in getting there. Join us for the thrill of being deep in the jungle, feeling life all around you . Ecuador is surrounded by such diversity that it is hard to see everything but I do suggest you try and get at least a 4 day trip into this great jungle lodge. In just one day, it is possible to get you to this most remote and beautiful place.

Choosing the right galapagos yacht, is not always easy so let OLA help! Galapagos yacht information

Designing your perfect cruise is best started by selecting a boat or a couple of boats that meets your needs. From there we can check availability and begin creating your the vacation of a lifetime. Everyone at OLA-Adventures Online is here providing you the support you need to make your Galapagos Cruise a dream come true.

Selecting the perfect Galapagos Yacht or Cruise Ship to complete your dream adventure can be simple. By providing you the specifications and itineraries, you can now make well-informed choices. The most common cruise length is 8 days / 7 nights though if you have time constraints some boats offer 4 days / 3 nights or 5 days / 4 nights.

ecuadors most difficult mountains
  • Most of these mountains are used as preparation for bigger climbs and serve well to get acclimatized. More detailed information on each mountain below.
middle of the range mountains in difficluty ecuador
  • In order to attempt to climb these mountains it is necessary that you are well acclimatized and in good physical health. More detailed information on each mountain below.
easy mountains to climb in Ecuador
  • These mountains require experience & a certain amount of ability, not to mention excellent acclimatization. Your guide will assess your chances of success when climbing these mountains. For some of these mountains it is necessary to have 1 guide per person.

More details about each mountain in Ecuador are inside the links below or in the search button at the top!