10-Day Classic Ecuador and Amazon Adventure

  • Tour code: 400-896
  • Available: Sat
  • Depart from: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
From USD$1349

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6 nights accommodations. Special Features: Quito City Tour. Excursion to the Middle of the World. Otavalo Market. Rainforest Excursions. Cotopaxi National Park.

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Single: $1727
Double (/Person): $1349
Third Person Adult: $1332
Child : $1332
Fourth Person Adult: $1332
Child : $1332

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. Minimum age for European River Cruises is 12. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.
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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Quito
  • Day 2 Quito - Mindo Cloud Forest - El Pahuma Orchid Reserve - Quito
  • Day 3 Quito - Otavalo(90 km)
  • Day 4 Otavalo - Cotacachi - Papallacta(126 km)
  • Day 5 Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest(659 km)
  • Day 6 Amazon Rainforest
  • Day 7 Amazon Rainforest - Patate - Baņos(20 km)
  • Day 8 Cotopaxi
  • Day 9 Quito
  • Day 10 Quito
  • Note: 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.
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Day 1 Quito

As guests arrive in Quito, they will transfer to the local hotel and have the rest of the day free to spend at their own leisure. Tonight, we will get acquainted with Ecuadorian food at one of the city's world-class restaurants.

Day 2 Quito - Mindo Cloud Forest - El Pahuma Orchid Reserve - Quito

Today, we will take an excursion to the beautiful Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve, home to over 350 species of birds, including toucans, parrots, and golden tanagers. Here, we will see a diverse natural landscape full of gorgeous waterfalls and rushing rivers amid the tropical rainforest. During our walk, our guide will enlighten us with information about the local wildlife. After lunch, we will continue on to the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve, where over 270 species of orchids grow. On our way back to Quito, we will visit a local hummingbird sanctuary. In the evening, we will gather as a group to discuss the adventure ahead.
Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included

Day 3 Quito - Otavalo(90 km)

Today, we will take a visit to the Middle of the World Monument, which marks where the Equator passes through Quito. Then, we will continue to the Peguche Waterfall, situated in a protected forest that is sacred to the local indigenous people. After that, we will arrive in Otavalo, a bustling city filled with friendly people who take great pride in their heritage and still dress in bright, traditional attire. We will enjoy dinner together in a popular restaurant before checking into our local lodging for the evening.

The capital city of Ecuador sits on the slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the northern Andes Mountains. At an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world.

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Day 4 Otavalo - Cotacachi - Papallacta(126 km)

Today, we will visit the lively Otavalo Market, one of the largest in South America. Here, we will take some time to browse the various stalls for traditional goods, such as hand-woven clothes, rugs, jewelry, fruits, and much more. Afterwards, we will visit the nearby town of Cotacachi, known for its leather crafts. After this full day of shopping, we will drive to Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes mountains and known for its many hot springs and spas. After we settle in, we will have the remainder of the day free at our own leisure. We may also take an optional tour to the Termas de Papallacta Spa, where we can relax in a thermal pool, get a facial, or a body massage. We will stay in Papallacta for the evening.
Breakfast: Included

Day 5 Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest(659 km)

After breakfast, we will transfer to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River, where we will board a canoe that will take us to our lodge in the Amazon rainforest. In the afternoon, we will visit Ahuano, where we will get the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life firsthand before returning to the hotel.
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Day 6 Amazon Rainforest

This morning, we will be able to hike along the Napo River for approximately 2 hours while viewing the diverse wildlife up close. The Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so we should be sure to keep an eye out for interesting flora and fauna. We will enjoy the views as we cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, we will take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. We will then be able to spend the afternoon at our own leisure. It is recommended that we visit the local Butterfly Farm. This is a very active day, so we should be sure to rest well the night before. Those who participate in the rafting trip will need to wade through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride. We will spend another night in the Amazon.
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Day 7 Amazon Rainforest - Patate - Baņos(20 km)

Today, we will take a canoe trip back to La Punta Ahuano, where we will board a bus bound for Patate. On the way, we will stop in the town of Puyo, the country's largest jungle town, where we will get to see a demonstration of a traditional craft that transforms palm nuts into jewelry and animal carvings. Then, we will make a stop at El Pailon del Diablo (the Devil's Cauldron), one of Ecuador's most striking waterfalls. Afterwards, we will arrive in Banos, an idyllic little town known for its thermal hot springs and the Tungurahua volcano. We will enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town.
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Day 8 Cotopaxi

This morning, we will drive to Cotopaxi, known for its magnificent roses. After lunch, we will tour the working Casa de los Perez rose plantation. Although these flowers are not native to Ecuador, the country has the perfect environment for their cultivation, and is presently one of the world's major producers of roses. On the plantation, we'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. We will view the owner's artwork and meet a local artisan specializing in traditional painted sheepskin crafts on the drums and masks. Then, we will visit a dairy farm to hear about agrarian life in the Andes before returning to Cotopaxi for an afternoon free at our own leisure.
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Day 9 Quito

Today, we will explore the city of Quito, a historic masterpiece in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. Here, we will tour the colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of its kind in Latin America. We will begin at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Church, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building, and the Archbishop's Palace. Then, we will continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center, which features exhibits that highlight Ecuadorian culture and history. We will visit either La Compania Church or the Monastery of San Francisco. Then we will go to the Middle of the World, which marks the Equator.

The capital city of Ecuador sits on the slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the northern Andes Mountains. At an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world.

Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 10 Quito

Today, guests will transfer to the airport for their flights out of Ecuador. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding when to schedule flights.
Note: 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.

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