Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.
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From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
- Papallacta Hot Springs stay. Amazon Jungle homestay (2 nts). Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts). Baños stay. Ingapirca ruins visit. Historic hacienda overnight stay. Otavalo visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners. (Allow USD240-315 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (9 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts).
- Public bus, plane, taxis, motorized canoe, private van, 4x4 vehicles, pickup truck.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Please Note: The below itinerary starts March 1, 2014. All departures before March 1, 2014 will overnight on Day 11 in Quito, spend days 12 and 13 in Cayambe, Day 14 in Otavalo, heading back to Quito on Day 15. All inclusions remain the same.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Papallacta Hot Springs (1B)
Travel by public bus to Papallacta Hot Springs and opt for a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs.
Days 3-4 Amazon Homestay (1B,1L,2D)
Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights with a local Quichua family at a homestay in a small village.
Days 5-6 Jungle Lodge (2B,2L,2D)
Journey further into the Amazon to a jungle lodge. Included guided walks and canoe rides to learn about the natural history and to spot wildlife. Optional whitewater rafting excursion on the Napo River.
Days 7-8 Baños (1B)
Continue by bus to Baños. Numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.
Days 9-10 Cuenca
Private transfer south to the colonial city of Cuenca. Stop at Ingapirca ruins, the largest and best preserved archaeological site in Ecuador. Optional day trips to Cajas National Park.
Days 11-12 Cayambe
Fly back to Quito. Private transportation to Cayambe. Spend two nights at a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of volcano.
Days 13-14 Otavalo
Visit Otavalo and the famous handicrafts market. Return by bus to Quito in the afternoon on Day 14.
Day 15 Quito (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Quito. Option to visit Basilica or explore the old town.
Day 16 Quito (1B)
Depart at any time. We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.
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