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16 days,Quito to Quito
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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.

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.

What's Included

  • 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 stop
  • Historic hacienda overnight stay
  • Otavalo visit
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners. (Allow USD240-315 for meals not included.)
  • 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
  • Hotels (9 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts).

Additions Available on This Tour

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Places Visited

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Quito/Papallacta(1B)

Travel to Papallacta Hot Springs and opt for a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs.

Day 3Papallacta/Tena(1B, 1D)

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend 2 nights with a local Quichua family at a homestay in a small village. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman.

Day 4Tena(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy hiking to nearby waterfalls and cooking lessons.

Day 5Tena(1B, 1L, 1D)

Journey further into the Amazon to a jungle lodge. Included guided walks and canoe rides show the natural history and wildlife. Opt to go whitewater rafting on the Napo River.

Day 6Tena(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend another day exploring the area.

Day 7Tena/Baños(1B)

Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

Day 8Baños(1B)

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Day 9Baños(1B)

Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Day 10Baños/Cuenca(1B)

Travel south to the colonial city of Cuenca, stopping en route at the Ingapirca ruins.

Day 11Cuenca(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.

Day 12Cuenca/Cayambe(1B)

Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night at a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.

Day 13Cayambe/Otavalo(1B)

Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Day 14Otavalo(1B)

Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market.

Day 15Otavalo/Quito(1B)

Travel back to Quito and spend free time in the city.

Day 16Quito(1B)

Depart at any time.

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