Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Wander Quito and colonial cities, get adventurous in Banos, feel like a local at an Amazon jungle homestay, soak in an Andean hot spring, shop at the Otavalo Market
It's quite poetic that Ecuador is the centre of this big, beautiful planet of ours. In so few kms the peaks of the Andes, the jungles of the Amazon, and historical cities all have some square footage here and with this 14-day journey you can see some of it all. Get to know the Amazon during a homestay with a friendly Quichua family, find treasures at a local handicraft market, and later slip into a world of "ahh" in a mountain hot spring.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Banos||Day 2 Quito/Banos (1B)|
Travel to Banos and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in the hot springs. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Banos||Day 3 Banos|
Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
|Day 4||Tena||Day 4 Banos/Tena (1L, 1D)|
Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Local Experience Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 5||Tena||Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Local Experience
|Day 6||Papallacta||Day 6 Tena/Papallacta|
Take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views. Transport: Local bus
|Day 7||Quito||Day 7 Papallacta/Quito (1B)|
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 8||Otavalo||Day 8 Quito/Otavalo (1B)|
Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. Included Activities: Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Cotopaxi||Day 9 Otavalo/Cotopaxi (1B)|
Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike national park trails or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Alausi||Day 10 Cotopaxi/Alausi (1B)|
Enjoy the morning in Cotopaxi before continuing on to Alausi. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
|Day 11||Cuenca||Day 11 Alausi/Cuenca (1B)|
Board the train for an included excursion bound for the Devils Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture. Included Activities: Devils Nose Excursion Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Cuenca||Day 12 Cuenca (1B)|
Explore the city's sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.
|Day 13||Quito||Day 13 Cuenca/Quito (1B)|
Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city. Transport: Flight (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Quito||Day 14 Quito (1B)|
We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.