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Inland & Amazon

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.

Latin America

Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126666
Starts: Quito, Ecuador Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will visit
  • Quito
  • Quito

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Quito/Papallacta (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Papallacta Hot Springs Visit

Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)

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Day 3: Papallacta/Tena (1B, 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 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.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Homestay

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 95km)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 4: Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Homestay

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

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Jungle Excursions

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Day 6: Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend another day exploring the area.

Included Activities:
Jungle Excursions

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Day 7: Tena/Baños (1B)

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

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 8: Baños (1B)

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

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Day 9: Baños (1B)

Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

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Day 10: Baños/Cuenca (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Ingapirca Ruins Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 321km)

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Day 11: Cuenca (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.

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Day 12: Cuenca/Cayambe (1B)

Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.

Transport:
Plane
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

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Day 13: Cayambe/Otavalo (1B)

Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Transport:
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Otavalo (1B)

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

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Day 15: Otavalo/Quito (1B)

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.



Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 16: Quito (1B)

We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Papallacta Hot Springs stay
    • Amazon Jungle homestay and cooking demonstrations (2 nts)
    • Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts)
    • Baños stay
    • Ingapirca ruins stop
    • City tour of Cuenca
    • Historic hacienda overnight stay
    • Otavalo visit
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (9 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, taxis, motorized canoe, private van, 4x4 vehicles, pickup truck
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander Quito and colonial cities
  • Soak in Andean hot springs
  • Feel like a local at a Quichua homestay
  • Search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baos
  • Shop at the Otavalo Market
  • Visit Ingapirca ruins
  • Travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.


Reviews (4)
Ashley Posted on: 

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!

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Lynne Posted on: 

This was a well planned & organized trip. There was enough variety in locations to experience different parts of Ecuador.

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Guy Posted on: 

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.

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Karen Posted on: 

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!!

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