Andes & Amazon Adventure - 10 Days

DISCOVER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA

Tour Design

Private tours and allows for customization based on customer requirements

Departure Dates

All year around - Daily based on availability

Difficulty Level

Easy – Moderate

OVERVIEW

This Adventure will give you the opportunity to explore two worlds of Ecuador, the tropical Amazon rainforest and the magical Andes region. Travelers will visit the Andean Region of Ecuador, with a focus on sightseeing the beauty of the highlands and learning about Ecuador’s history and culture. The trip will start in the historical city of Quito, listed as Cultural Heritage of Mankind by Unesco. You will visit the colorful market of Otavalo, and hike around crater lake Cuicocha. In the rainforest you will stay in a charming lodge, and explore this gigantic and mysterious jungle, home to a rich diversity of animals, plants and Indian communities. You will have the perfect ending of your trip when enjoying Banos, the town of hot spings and waterfalls.

Highlights

Duration: 10 Days
Departure: Daily
Hotels: First Class Accommodation
Highlights: Quito – Otavalo – Papallacta Hot Springs – Amazon Rain Forest – Baños – Cotopaxi National Park

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 - Transfer in Quito

When you arrive in Ecuador, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your charming hotel in Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)

 

Day 2 - City tour in Quito & the Middle of the World visit

After breakfast, your will visit “Quito” the most beautiful and colonial city in South America, declared by UNESCO part of the Cultural Heritage of mankind. You will explore the colonial part of the city and you will start in the Independence square, with the presidential palace, the city hall, the Sagrario church and the Cathedral. You will then, visit San Francisco church and museum-monastery (1535), the San Agustin monastery and the finest example of baroque art in America, La Compañía church (1605) and its breathtaking gilded altars. You will then visit the art & crafts gallery of Tianguez and finally, drive up to the Panecillo hill and enjoy an amazing view of Quito from above, and admire the only winged-Virgin statue in South America. This is a great spot to take pictures above Quito.

After visiting the Colonial center of Quito you will arrive to the Middle of the World Monument and Museum, which is located 25 km north of Ecuador’s capital. There you will find the monument on the equatorial line marking latitude 0° 0´0”, where you will have the opportunity to stand in both hemispheres and take wonderful pictures. Here you can also visit the ethnographic museum on site as well.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)

 

Day 3 - Otavalo Indian Market & Peguche waterfall visit

Today you will visit the biggest and most colorful indigenous market in Latin America, the famous Otavalo. Its market is famous around the world for its colorful tapestries, hand-knitted wool sweaters, native paintings, wood carvings, silver jewelry, woolen and straw hats, and much more at bargain prices. After this, you will go to the Peguche Waterfall near Otavalo, where you will arrive after a refreshing walk. After your tour you will be transfer to a nice colonial hacienda to overnight.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaquí (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 4 - Cuicocha Lake & Surroundings

Today you will visit Cuicocha one of the most interesting crater lakes in Ecuador. This active volcano has a lagoon inside its crater as well as 2 small islands. If you like, you can enjoy a boat ride around the crater and listen to the stories and legends of this magical place. On your way back to Quito you will enjoy the fantastic agricultural mosaic of rural Ecuadorian.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Days 5 to 7 - Amazon Rain Forest tour

Today you will be transferred from Quito to La Casa del Suizo lodge in the Amazon basin. You will travel along a scenic stretch of road, which takes us out of the majestic Andes highlands, Quito – Papallacta – Baeza – Tena – Ahuano and down into the jungle. This route is 140 miles long, and during the trip there are several opportunities to stop for photographs, overlooking lush green valleys and sparkling waterfalls. Here you will enjoy rare and exotic wildlife with intriguing insects, unique species of birds and butterflies and magical sceneries. Here in the next 3 days, you will explore one of the most diverse, unique and richest rainforest environments in the world. Explore this gigantic and mysterious jungle, visit a butterfly farm, Kayak down the river, visit an authentic indigenous home on the Arajuno River, meet native communities that have inhabited this land for over 10,000 years, and you can engage in other optional activities. You will also have some good opportunities for bird-watching.

Accommodation: La Casa del Suizo Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 

 

On the morning of the 7th day, you will be transferred to Baños, the gateway of the Amazon Rain Forest.

Accommodation: Hotel Sangay (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 8 - Route of the waterfalls tour in Baños

Today you will explore Baños, the entrance to the Amazon Rain Forest, which is located near the active volcano Tungurahua. Baños is a small town on the edge between the Andes and Amazon and it is surrounded. It offers a large number of adventurous activities, beautiful surroundings and peace and tranquility. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the Pailón del Diablo waterfall and admire the route of the waterfalls. You will have free afternoon in Baños, where you can do any adventure activity like mountain biking, rappelling, rent a motorcycle or bike and explore the area or just relax in your  Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Samari (Breakfast)

 

Day 9 - Cotopaxi National Park visit

In the morning you will be transferred from Baños and up the Andes to the Cotopaxi Area. Here you will admire the Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) the highest active volcano on earth and it’s National Park. Upon your arrival to the park you will visit the interpretation center where you will find history about the last Cotopaxi eruption as well as information about the flora & fauna of this beautiful national park. Afterwards you will visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the Andean moorlands and its highland birds, or you can start climbing up to the snow line and arrive to the first shelter of the mountain located at 15,744 ft.

Lunch will be included in an historical hacienda, in the afternoon you will return to Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 10 - Transfer Out

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

INCLUDED

Private transportation

Hotel accommodation in first class hotels

Tours described in the itinerary

English - spanish speaking guides

Meals described in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

International & domestic flights

Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

Tips & Gratuites

Personal Expenses

It is the best trip we've ever experienced. It perfectly fit our needs and the company answered all of our questions about Ecuador.

Reg Prewitt

Canada

MAP & AREA

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