Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

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Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide, be surrounded by towering volcanoes, explore an Andean community and have lunch with locals, learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans

If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no further than this trip packed with Ecuadorian highlights. Among these are a jaunt through the Amazon jungle, a trip to the Papallacta hot springs, and a visit to the Otavalo handicraft market for souvenirs (because lava is kind of hard to pack in your suitcase). Throw in 2 nights in a luxury Amazon lodge and an overnight in a historic hacienda, and you'll have made a month's worth of memories in only nine days.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit the community of San Clemente and enjoy a local lunch
  • Overnight in an historic hacienda
  • Explore the Otavalo handicraft market
  • Relax at Papallacta hot springs
  • Two nights at an Amazon lodge with jungle walks and canoe excursions
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD200-275 for meals not included.)
  • Private van, boat, flight, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
  • Comfort hotels (4 nts), historic hacienda (1 nts), luxury jungle lodge (2 nts), hot springs resort (1 nt).

Additions Available on This Tour

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2Quito/Otavalo(1B, 1L)

Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.

Day 3Otavalo/Papallacta(1B)

Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for onsite hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.

Day 4Papallacta/Baños(1B)

Take one last dip in the hot springs before continuing along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' to Baños where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking.

Day 5Baños(1B)

Free day to explore Baños.

Day 6Baños/Yasuni National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Early start in the morning. Drive to Coca, the gateway to the Amazon. Continue by motorized canoe to the luxurious La Selva Lodge. Explore the Amazon jungle with a local guide. Activities can include jungle walks, a canopy tower visit, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and photography. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a drink by candlelight, listening to the sounds of the jungle, before retiring to stylish cabanas.

Day 7Yasuni National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies, just a short walk or canoe ride away. Overlooking the lake, the recently remodelled lodge is a perfect base for exploration. Relax in the lounge with a cocktail and dine by candlelight. Enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared by a gourmet chef. Sleep well in stylish cabanas. Let the sounds of the rainforest sing you to sleep, and the call of birds wake you in the morning.

Day 8Yasuni National Park/Quito(1B)

Travel by boat back to Coca and catch a flight to Quito.

Day 9Quito(1B)

Depart at any time.

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