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10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure


Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Quito, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Quito
    • 1 night Otavalo
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
    • 1 night Baños
    • 1 night Cotopaxi
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 19 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour Colonial Quito with its priceless treasures of art and architecture
  • Explore the Mindo Cloud Forest, a magnificent 47,000 acre reserve
  • Stand at latitude "0" at the Middle of the World Monument at the Equator
  • Browse for local goods at the lively Otavalo Market one of the largest in South America
  • View magnificent flora and fauna in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Stand before the powerful Devils Cauldron, one of Ecuador's most striking waterfalls
  • Meet with a local Quechua Indian family in the river side village of Ahuano
  • Tour a working rose plantation and learn about the process of this valuable export

This 10 day "on-the go" program features the highlights of Ecuador in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart on your flight to Quito, Ecuador; arrive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in this vibrant city aptly called "an urban jewel", with its priceless treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, get acquainted with Ecuadorian food at one of the town's wide choice of world-class restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Quito ▲

DAY 2, Friday - Mindo Cloud Forest
An excursion this morning to the beautiful Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve, home to over 350 species of birds, including toucans, parrots, and golden tanagers. See the diverse natural landscape, gorgeous waterfalls and rushing rivers amid the tropical rainforest. During your walk, the expert guide will enlighten you about the flora and fauna - from the mossy forest floor to the colorful bromeliads as we continue on our way to the inactive Pululahua Volcano. The volcano's huge crater is filled with fertile soil and covered with lush vegetation. The small agricultural communities here grow various crops in an area believed to be originally settled by the Incas. After lunch, on to the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve turned into an ecological center in the 1990s and now growing over 270 species of orchids. Enjoy the sight of these exotic flowers and the tranquil waterfalls. Visit the hummingbird sanctuary before returning to Quito. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and briefing on the exciting adventure that lies ahead
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3, Saturday - Middle of the World Monument
Today, a visit to the Middle of the World Monument at the Equator, which marks latitude "0". Here, you can stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere! Then, on to the magnificent Peguche Waterfall, situated in a protected forest important to the local indigenous people who still perform sacred rituals here. Arrive in Otavalo, a bustling city filled with friendly people that take great pride in their heritage and still dress in bright traditional attire. Dinner together in a popular restaurant
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
Visit the lively Otavalo market, one of the largest in South America, run by the local Otavaleño Indians - a great way to experience Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes. Local people use the market the same way today as their ancestors did during Ecuador's pre-Colombian history. Time to browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry, fruits and more. After, on to the surrounding town of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts. Shop to your heart's content before embarking on the scenic drive through small towns and villages to Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, known for its many hot springs and spas. After settling in, opportunity to join an optional tour to the Termas de Papallacta Spa. Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering and unwind in one of the thermal hot pools, the refreshing cold pool or opt for a facial or body massage
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Amazon Lodge, Meet a Quechua Indian Family
A contrast in scenery as we reach La Punta Ahuano, a tiny port on the north bank of the Napo River, where we board a motorized canoe that takes us to our lodge on the Amazon River where we'll spend the next two nights. Enjoy the sounds, the serenity and the magnificent foliage as we begin our exploration of the unique Amazon culture. You may be able to spot many different species of birds and monkeys along the way. After lunch at the lodge, a fascinating visit to Ahuano, a small river side Quechua village. Meet a local Quechua Indian family and learn about daily life, education and survival in the Amazon. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
**Please note upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Nature Trail Hike, Leisure Time at the Lodge
Arise early this morning for a hike along the flourishing nature trail to view the gorgeous flora and fauna up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the many different species of tropical plants and flowers, insects, and butterflies. Enjoy spectacular vistas as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike** a fun-filled rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft that winds slowly along the river's bend. Time to relax this afternoon at the lodge, or perhaps visit the nearby Butterfly Farm before dinner
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Patate & Baños
A canoe takes us on the short trip back to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. En route, stop in the town of Puyo, Ecuador's largest jungle town noted for its striking highland scenery. Watch a demonstration of a traditional craft that transforms palm nuts into jewelry and animal carvings. Stop along the way to view the powerful Devils Cauldron** (El Pailon del Diablo) one of Ecuador's most striking waterfalls, hidden in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Continue to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes-steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Tonight, dinner together at a restaurant in Banos
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Transfer to Cotopaxi
Drive this morning to Cotopaxi, known for its magnificent roses. After lunch, tour of the working Casa de los Perez rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation, and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation we'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. View the owner's artwork showcased at the plantation and meet a local artisan specializing in traditional painted sheepskin crafts on drums and masks. Visit a dairy farm to hear about farm life in the Andes before returning to Cotopaxi for an afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Cotopaxi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Friday - Quito City Tour
We journey to Quito today, the historic masterpiece in the high Andes, at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. Time permitting, stop to visit with the children at a local school along the way. Upon arrival in Quito, tour of the colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in Latin America, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the La Compania Church **with its beautiful gilded interior, or, the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive façade and atrium. Tonight, we say goodbye to our Tour Manager and new-found friends at the delightful Farewell Dinner
**Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly based on local conditions and holidays, therefore La Compañia Church may be replaced with a visit to the Church of San Francisco
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Depart Ecuador
Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
~Please note: Some flights to the US depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Saturday
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Mercure Hotel Alameda, Quito

This first class hotel boasts one of the most privileged locations in the city.

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Cabanas del Lago, Otavalo

This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

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Hacienda Cusin, Otavalo

This first class hotel is close to the Equatorial Line and the famous market town of Otavalo.

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Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta

This first class hotel, known for its thermal baths, is located on the banks of the Papallacta river.

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Casa del Suizo, Amazon

This tourist class lodge is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon in a lush tropical and tranquil setting on the banks of the Napo River.

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Hacienda Leito, Banos

This tourist class hotel is located at the Llanganates National Park in the Patante Valley with picturesque view of the volcano.

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Hacienda La Cienega, Cotopaxi

This tourist class hotel is a beautifully renovated XVIIth century Colonial residence making each room very unique in shape, size and decoration. Situated a short drive away the National Park, it is a calm and intimate place to enjoy the sights of Cotopaxi.

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

Day #4 01 Jan 2014 - 05 Jan 2016         $50
Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Turkish bath at the Thermal Steam Cave. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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*Not Included:
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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 10.

Apr 17 and Oct 9 departures will be accommodated at the Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo.


Accommodation Details:
Triple Rooms at Termas de Papallacta consist of 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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