8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure - Monday Departure

8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure - Monday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ecuador

Tour Itinerary

This 8 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of Ecuador in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, capital of Ecuador, founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city; transfer to your hotel. The Quito airport is approximately an hour drive from the city. Balance of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this lively city’s priceless historical treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Ecuadorian food at one of the city’s world-class restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Quito

DAY 2, Tuesday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. Then, take a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry and more. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Transfer to Amazon Resort
After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge*. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano and a local Quechua community interpretation center to learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel *Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry on luggage
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Hike in a Private Nature Reserve
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up-close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and insects. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft*. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park*This is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - El Pailon del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron"*, one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel in the Valley of Patate. Balance of the day is at leisure *This is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Patate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Visit to a Rose Plantation, Lunch at Hacienda La Cienega
Today, enjoy a tour of a beautiful rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation, you'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. Continue to Hacienda La Cienega for lunch, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in Ecuador, belonging to the descendants of Marques of Maenza dating back to the 17th century, with a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, in the background. After lunch, time to wonder around the grounds of the Hacienda. Continue to the hotel in Quito for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" Dinner with your group
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flightSome flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 8 and will require a transfer on Day 7. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Quito, Quito-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Quito
  • 1 night Otavalo
  • 1 night Papallacta
  • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
  • 1 night Baños or Patate
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
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    Special Features

  • Visit Colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 8 and will require a transfer on Day 7. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.


    Accommodation Details:
    Feb 10, Feb 21, Feb 24, Mar 27, Mar 30, May 4, May 8, Jun 15, Jun 19, Aug 3, Aug 21, Sep 28, Oct 2, Nov 16, and Nov 20 departures will be accommodated at the Puertolago Country Inn in Otavalo.

    Dec 18 & 25 departures will be accommodated at Hacienda Leito in Patate

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    Accommodations

    Hilton Colon Quito
    This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of Ecuador's capital with easy access to the financial district and the colonial sector of the city.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Cabanas del Lago
    This first class hotel is located on the shore of San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Puertolago Country Inn
    This first class hotel overlooks San Pablo Lake.

    Termas de Papallacta
    This first class hotel, known for its thermal baths, is located on the banks of the Papallacta river.

    Casa del Suizo
    This tourist class lodge is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon in a lush tropical and tranquil setting on the banks of the Napo River.

    Hacienda Leito
    This tourist class hotel is located at the Llanganates National Park in the Patate Valley with picturesque views of the volcano.

    Hilton Colon Quito
    This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of Ecuador's capital with easy access to the financial district and the colonial sector of the city.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews


    Ratings based off 5 reviews . Currently showing 3 reviews with comments only.
    By Anil L on Mar 29, 2019

    Itinerary was good and provided varied overview of Ecuador. Settings of hotels were quite nice. Guide was very courteous. Otavalo Lunch restaurant service very, very slow and wasted time. Middle of the World Lunch time was not sufficient. Very Basic amenities in most hotels. Two hotels (in Otavalo and in Punta Ahuano) had no phone in room so no wake up service.

    By Ronald H on Feb 11, 2019

    Good experience. First vacation with a tour operator. Tour guide extremely knowledgeable and professional. One quibble - tour should have included offerings geared toward nature observation. A boat ride specifically for nature would have satisfied several fellow travelers.

    By Frances F on Feb 01, 2019

    This was a perfect getaway. Accommodations were top notch and provided a taste of the ambiance of the region we were in. Food was good (and ample) and the pace relaxed and interesting. Best of all was the excellent guide. He made sure that everything went smoothly from start to finish. I'd recommend this trip to anyone with a fair degree of mobility. It had something for every taste.


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