Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
transfer IN not included. Acclimatation day, welcome briefing
Day 2: OTAVALO MARKET (B)
Our day starts with a unique scenic drive back up to the highlands to the world-famous indigenous town of Otavalo there will be enough time for shopping and interaction with the locals.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Cotacachi town to enjoy the most amazing leather goods and the beauty of this small village.
Later we will finally arrive at this historical beautiful hacienda of Pinsaqui.
Day 3: PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS (B)
After appreciating the amazing views that this landscape offers, we will arrive at Papallacta Hot Springs Resort, where bliss awaits as you soak in the volcanic water pools surrounded by mountains and colorful flowers and birds.
Day 4: Amazon Itamandi Eco - Lodge (L,D)
HUMMINGBIRDS IN THE CLOUD FOREST
Early in the morning, we will drive down a curvy panoramic road towards the Amazon Rainforest; as we descend from an altitude of 3000 meters to 500 meters, you will observe how the landscape and vegetation change drastically.
Our first stop will be the Guango reserve, where we will have the unique opportunity to see different species of hummingbirds in their natural habitat. until we finally get to the Arajuno River, where a motorized canoe will take us for 20 minutes up the river to the Itamandi Eco-Lodge.
Day 5: AMAZON CANOE RIDE AND WILDLIFE (B,L,D)
In the morning, we will take a motorized canoe down the largest river in Ecuador, Napo River.
Later, we will enjoy a cultural activity.
Day 6: ROAD OF WATERFALLS TO BAOS (B)
Drive farther south to Puyo, where we will have a quick look at the balsa carving shop. Continuing our journey, we will stop at Rio Verde, located in the Sangay National Park. Here, we will hike down to the second highest waterfall in Ecuador, the Pailon Del Diablo.
Day 7: Chimborazo Volcano HIGHEST VOLCANO IN ECUADOR AND VICUAS (B,L)
Drive to the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, The visit includes a short hike for 0,9 km (0,57 miles) to reach the elevation of 5000 meters where the glacier begins.
Day 8: DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN AND INCA RUINS ()B
Drive to the small town of Alaus to the Devil's Nose train.
After the train ride, we will continue our visit towards Ingapirca, the most impressive Inca ruins of Ecuador.
Day 9: Cuenca City - Cuenca (B)
In the morning, we will enjoy a fantastic city tour, In the early evening we will take a 45-min domestic flight back to Quito.
DAY 10: QUITO DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer Out not included
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Free Cancellation
- Duration: 10 Days
Departure Details :
Pick up from hotel
OverviewDiscover the MAGIC of ECUADOR traveling through the Avenue of Volcanoes in the high Andes Mountains towards the best tropical Amazon destinations and explore outdoor town of Baos, Unesco classified city of Cuenca and local indigenous market in Otavalo. On your journey you will learn about all the different local tribes and their cultures. The Ecuador Highlights trip is the perfect combination of cultural experiences, wildlife spotting, adventure activities and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the most mega-divers countries on Earth."Unique Experiences:"Visit a native local family in the middle of the Amazon jungle and look for the smallest monkey in the world (Pygmy Marmoset) Breathtaking zig-zag train ride through the rocky slopes of the Andes and the switchbacks of the Devil's Nose
- Transportation: Airfare Cuenca-Quito one way, airport transfers (national flights), private and comfortable land transportation, train, motorized canoe
- Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, colonial hacienda in Otavalo, 5-star Spa Resort Papallacta, Itamandi Eco-lodge in the Amazon, 3 or 4 star hotel in Baos, 5-star Andean lodge in Chimborazo, 3 or 4 star hotel in Cuenca
- Activities: Indigenous Market, volcanic hot springs, encounter with indigenous people, road of the waterfalls, hiking up the glacier of Chimborazo, trekking, bird watching in the Amazon, canoeing and wildlife observation in the rainforest, Amazoonico Animal Rescue Center, chocolate making with indigenous people, train to Devil's Nose, cultural visit of Cuenca.
- Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- Gear: hiking sticks, life jackets
- Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides
- My Own Room supplement $350
- International flights
- Airport transfer (international flights)
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $180 USD
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Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
From 2 to 3 hours driving average from place to place.
All-year (best from May to October)
Pichincha, Imbabura, Napo, Pastaza, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Caar and Azuay.
All Inter-Andean Valleys and Andes ranges, Amazon Rainforest upper part, cloud forest and canyons.
From 500 to 5000m (1600 to 16500 ft).
Day 15-34C / 59-93F - Night 12-17C / 53-62F
Easy. This program will run from the high Andean Mountains to the Tropical Rainforest of the Amazon, which involves the hiking in flat areas of the Amazon, hike down the Pastaza canon to the Pailon Del Diablo waterfall for 1 km. Optional hike up to Chimborazo Volcano Base Camp 5000m.
Life jackets, hiking sticks.
Guides are certified as Wilderness First Aid Responders. We carry a complete first aid kit.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same gender. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Traveling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however, there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest and the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation to support responsible ecotourism as a sustainable alternative to surrendering to the oil industry's destructive appetites. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage.