Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, witness Andean scenery, soak in the hot springs of Baños, shop the Otavalo Market
Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This 8-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. (Trust us. It’s worth the time.)
- Baños visit. Amazon Jungle homestay (2 nts). Otavalo Market visit. 'Middle of the Earth' equator monument visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow $200-250USD for meals not included.)
- Hotels (5 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share).
- Private van, public bus, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Days 2-3 Baños (1B)
Travel to Baños. Enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.
Days 4-5 Amazon homestay (2B, 2L, 2D)
Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights with a local Quichua family at a homestay in a small village.
Days 6-7 Otavalo/Quito
Optional activities include a visit to Peguche Waterfall, Cotacachi leather market or hike around Cuicocha Lake. Explore the Otavalo handicraft market for some shopping. In the afternoon on Day 7, return to Quito.
Day 8 Quito (1B)
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