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Ecuador Quest

Strange how a country thats literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isnt it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This eight-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galpagos trip. Trust us. Its worth the time.

Latin America

Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141556
Starts: Quito, Ecuador Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will visit
  • Quito
  • Quito

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Quito/Baños (1B)

Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Baños

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

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Day 4: Baños/Tena (1L, 1D)

Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest.

Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand.

Optional activities include visiting an animal rescue centre, caving, and whitewater rafting.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Homestay

Transport:
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Homestay

06

Day 6: Tena/Otavalo

Travel to Otavalo with a stop at the Equator. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall and the Cotacachi leather market or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Otavalo/Quito

Explore the largest handicraft market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.

Included Activities:
Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit

Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Quito (1B)

Departure day.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Baños visit
    • Amazon Jungle homestay (2 nts)
    • Otavalo Market visit
    • 'Middle of the Earth' equator monument visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay
  • Witness Andean scenery
  • Soak in the hot springs of Baos
  • Shop the Otavalo Market