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Inland & Amazon

It’s quite poetic that Ecuador is the centre of this big, beautiful planet of ours. In so few kms the peaks of the Andes, the jungles of the Amazon, and historical cities all have some square footage here and with this 14-day journey you can see some of it all. Get to know the Amazon during a homestay with a friendly Quichua family, find treasures at a local handicraft market, and later slip into a world of “ahh” in a mountain hot spring.

Latin America
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEIA/205173
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Baños
  • Tena
  • Papallacta
  • Otavalo
  • Cotopaxi
  • Alausí
  • Cuenca

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

02

Day 2: Quito/Baños

Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in the hot springs.

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Day 3: Baños

Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.

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Day 4: Baños/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community. Enjoy nature walks and learn about local culture.
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.

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Day 5: Tena

Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.

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Day 6: Tena/Papallacta

Take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.

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Day 7: Papallacta/Quito

Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore.

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Day 8: Quito/Otavalo

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

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Day 9: Otavalo/Cotopaxi

Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike national park trails, or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park.

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Day 10: Cotopaxi/Alausí

Enjoy the morning in Cotopaxi before continuing on to Alausi.

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Day 11: Alausí/Cuenca

Board the train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture.

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Day 12: Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Cuenca. Opt for a city tour, go hiking in Cajas National Park, or soak in nearby hot springs.

Explore the city's sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.

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Day 13: Cuenca/Quito

Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city.

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Day 14: Quito

Depart at any time.
We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
    • Otavalo Handicrafts Market visit
    • Devil's Nose train excursion
    • Orientation walk of Cuenca
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (9 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share), rustic mountain lodge (2 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Local 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
  • Get adventurous in Baños
  • Feel like a local at an Amazon jungle homestay
  • Soak in an Andean hot spring
  • Shop at the Otavalo Market