Guided Tour of Ecuador and the Amazon
This eight-day tour spotlights the historic capital city of Quito, the Amazon rainforest, and breathtaking Cotopaxi National Park. There’s an active itinerary each day—you’ll go on hikes and walking tours and have a few early starts.
The tour includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Miami (flight time is approximately 4 hours)
- Two nights standard accommodations at Hotel Quito in Quito
- One night standard accommodations at Cabanas del Lago in Otavalo
- One night standard accommodations at Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta
- Two nights standard accommodations at Casa del Suizo in Ahuano in the Amazon
- One night standard accommodations at Hacienda Manteles in Patate
- Daily breakfast, three lunches, and four dinners
- Guided hikes and sightseeing tours per itinerary<p>
To see the full itinerary, click here.
Days 1–3: Quito City Tour, Otavalo Market, and Papallacta Hot Springs
The tour begins with a visit to the capital city of Quito, the world’s highest capital at more than 9,000 feet above sea level. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Quito has rugged, cobbled streets lined with elaborate 16th-century churches.
The real must-see attraction is the Middle of the World Monument, located right along the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere.
On Day 2, you’ll drive about 1.5 hours north to Otavalo, a town surrounded by three volcanoes. The Otavalo market provides a glimpse of contemporary Ecuadorian culture, with stands stocked with colorful, hand-woven garments, traditional Andean musical instruments, and fresh vegetables.
Travel to Papallacta later on for an afternoon of leisure in the city’s famed spas and hot springs.
Days 4–5: Amazon Rainforest Tour
The tour journeys deep into the Amazon rainforest, first by bus and then on a short canoe trip down the Napo River. Early the next morning, embark on a hike that follows the river’s meandering path. Along the way, you’ll cross swinging bridges and trek through patches of dense tropical foliage. Keep an eye out for exotic wildlife, as the forest is a natural habitat for parakeets, wild monkeys, and more than 4,000 types of butterflies.
Day 6: Banos Hot Springs and Devil’s Cauldron
The day begins with brief tours of Puyo and Banos, a city known for its mineral-infused hot springs and traditional palm nut carvings. In the downtown area in Banos and you can watch as local producers stretch and hand-make huge batches of taffy from cane sugar. Next up, you’ll take an exhilarating hike to Devil’s Cauldron, a spectacular waterfall that spills out of a mountainside carpeted in thick, green vegetation.
Days 7–8: Cotopaxi National Park and Back to Quito
At an elevation of more than 19,000 feet, the snow-capped Cotopaxi Mountain is among the world’s tallest active volcanoes. You won’t reach the summit on this trip—that hike would take several days—but there’s plenty to take in at the lower elevations. Try to catch a glimpse of a rare Andean condor during a one-hour hike around Lake Limpiopungo.
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