INLAND AND AMAZON
Quito to Quito
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 experience.
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 a historic hacienda stay.
• Papallacta Hot Springs stay.
• Amazon Jungle homestay and cooking demonstrations (two nts). Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (two nts)
• Baños stay.
• Ingapirca ruins stop.
• Orientation walk of Cuenca.
• Historic hacienda overnight stay. Otavalo visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
• 15 breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners
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Day 1: Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2: Quito/Baños
Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs.
Day 3: Baños
Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
Day 4: Baños/Tena
Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community. Enjoy nature walks and learn about local culture.
Day 5: Tena
Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.
Day 6: Tena/Papallacta
Cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Later, take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.
Day 7: Papallacta/Quito
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore.
Day 8: Quito/Otavalo
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.
Day 9: Otavalo/Cotopaxi
Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. In the afternoon, opt to explore the area or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park.
Day 10: Cotopaxi/Alausí
In the morning, visit Cotopaxi National Park before continuing on to Alausi.
Day 11: Alausí/Cuenca
Board a train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture.
Day 12: Cuenca
Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Cuenca. Opt for a city tour, go hiking in Cajas National Park, or soak in nearby hot springs.
Day 13: Cuenca/Quito
Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city.
Day 14: Quito
Depart at any time.
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