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 tourit's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Duration: 16 Days
Activities: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Quito, Ecuador
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: 3 - Average
Trip Rating: 80.0%
Trip ID: 126666
End City: Quito, Ecuador
|Duration: 16 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife||Physical rating: 3 - Average|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126666|
|Starts: Quito, Ecuador||Finishes: Quito, Ecuador|
There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take a local bus through the heights of the Andes en route to the Amazon. Stop for the night in Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools.
Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
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 enjoying 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.
Amazon Jungle Homestay
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 95km)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.
Amazon Jungle Homestay
Travel to a jungle lodge located on the Napo River, one of the Amazon's two major tributaries.
Explore by foot and canoe to learn about the natural history of this area. There is also an option for an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip on the Napo.
Please note: wildlife viewing in this part of the jungle is limited for a number of reasons. This visit is more a cultural learning experience.
Spend another day exploring the area.
Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Travel along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', through Ecuador's central valley of mountains to the colonial town of Cuenca. Enjoy a full day trip with spectacular views along the way, stopping at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca — the largest and best-preserved archaeological site in Ecuador.
Explore the city's sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.
Ingapirca Ruins Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 321km)
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.
Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
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.
Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit
Enjoy a free day to explore Quito, with the options to visit the Basilica or explore the old town. Enjoy the last evening in this energetic city.
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.
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The Inland and Amazon was fantastic. I cannot say enough great praise about our tour leader, Marcelo. He was organized, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and his love of Ecuador really helped make this a trip of the lifetime. I would definitely recommend Inland & Amazon to other travellers -- the local Quechua homestay, amazon visit, and Otavalo markets are not to be missed. This was my first G Adventure, and it definitely will not be my last!Overall Rating
This was a well planned & organized trip. There was enough variety in locations to experience different parts of Ecuador.Overall Rating
Once again, G Adventures has proved that they are the sole provider of true adventures throughout the world. The inland and Amazon tour of Ecuador took us to diverse locations, through many adventures, and created hundreds of memories of this beautiful country. I cant wait to book with them again.Overall Rating
As a European it was the first time for me in Latin America. It's a whole other world than Europe but really amazing and beautiful nature. I really enjoyed the trip!!Overall Rating
Trip Name: Inland & Amazon
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: 1449
Trip Code: 126666
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