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Enchanted Ecuador: Rainforest, Andes, and Culture 9D/8N

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Ecuador’s diverse landscapes and cultures.

From exploring Quito’s historic centre and standing on the equator line at Intiñan Museum to immersing yourself in indigenous communities in Yunguilla and Amupakin, every moment is filled with discovery.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Amazon rainforest in Tena
  • Hike Cotopaxi, one of the world’s highest volcanoes
  • Stand on the equator line at Intiñan Museum
  • Immerse in indigenous culture at Yunguilla
Price from

$2,600.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 8 nights in Shared Hostel Accommodations
  • - Transport included
  • - 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • - English speaking tour leader
  • - Handy extras and accessories

Departures:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

Step off the plane into the bustling energy of Quito!

If you arrive early, seize the opportunity to explore the capital’s charming streets and vibrant markets at your own pace. Dive into its rich history, indulge in local cuisine, and soak up the lively atmosphere while waiting for your fellow adventurers to arrive.

Later, gather for an orientation meeting where excitement and anticipation fill the air as you get acquainted with your fellow travellers, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey together.

Day 2: Quito - Yunguilla, Ecuador

Get ready for an exhilarating adventure as your private transport swiftly takes you to downtown Quito!

Prepare to be amazed by the Historic Centre’s stunning architecture, a true gem of Latin American colonial culture. With our lively happiness leader leading the way, soak in the sights of iconic landmarks like the Basilica del Voto, Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, and Plaza Grande. Take a leisurely stroll along La Ronda, immersing yourself in the rich history of one of Quito’s oldest streets.

But the fun doesn’t end there! After your exciting walking tour, get ready for a mind-blowing experience at the Intiñan Museum, where gravity-defying experiments await. From balancing an egg on a nail to watching water spin in opposite directions, these unique exhibits will spark your curiosity.

Then, it’s time for Yunguilla, where adventure and community await. Feel the warmth of their extended family as you dive into their daily life or embark on a scenic hike. Get ready for an unforgettable overnight stay, ensuring you savour every moment of the full Yunguilla experience.

Day 3: Yunguilla - Tena, Ecuador

Rise and shine for an immersive morning in the community, engaging in activities before breakfast.

Afterward, embark on a journey to Tena, with a captivating stop at Amupakin. Delve into the rich Kiwcha tradition, rooted in a quest for intercultural healthcare recognition. Experience the healing power of Kichwa ancestral medicine, deeply intertwined with nature and spiritual wisdom.

Continue your Amazon adventure upon arrival at the lodge dock. Receive a warm welcome from the staff before unwinding in the lounge with a refreshing tropical snack. Gather for a briefing by our knowledgeable guides, offering insights into accommodation and activities.

Note: the itinerary is subject to change, according the weather conditions or the availability in the lodge

Day 4: Tena, Ecuador

Fuel up with breakfast before embarking on a thrilling trek through the secondary forest, lasting 2.5 to 3 hours.

In the afternoon, dive into cultural immersion as an Amazonian Kichwa community graciously welcomes us. Witness their unique way of life and profound connection with the jungle, unveiling a hidden part of the Amazon rarely seen on maps. Join in the tradition of preparing and tasting “chicha,” a beloved fermented yucca drink, and savour traditional dishes. Delight in the opportunity to support the indigenous community by purchasing handmade crafts, contributing to their livelihoods.

Day 5: Tena - Banos, Ecuador

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a journey to the charming town of Baños.

Along the way, make a meaningful stop at Yanacocha, a rescue centre dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the tropical forest. Witness their vital efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, and learn about their mission to educate communities on wildlife conservation.

Upon arrival in Baños, dive into the vibrant culture with a lively salsa lesson. Then, enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the town at your own pace.

Day 6: Banos, Ecuador

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation. Then, indulge in leisure time to explore the enchanting town of Baños at your own pace or opt for one of our exciting tours.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

For thrill-seekers, embark on the thrilling Canopy and Bridge Experience, featuring zip lines, a Tibetan bridge, and rock climbing above the river. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon off to partake in a variety of activities, from visiting the iconic “Casa del Arbol” swing for breath-taking views to rafting, hiking, canyoning, or unwinding at nearby hot springs.

As evening descends, join a shared tour aboard the traditional Chiva transport to a viewpoint for a mesmerizing nocturnal vista of the city. Later, embrace the nightlife of Baños on your own for an unforgettable evening adventure.

Day 7: Banos - Quilotoa, Ecuador

After savouring a delightful breakfast at our accommodation, we’ll embark on an unforgettable journey to the Quilotoa Lagoon, a mesmerizing volcanic crater lake known for its striking greenish hue. Delve into free time to hike down into the crater or explore its rim, soaking in panoramic views from various angles. Later, we’ll visit a studio in Tigua renowned for its vibrant and intricate artwork, offering insight into the area’s rich cultural heritage.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Experience the thrill of kayaking on the stunning Lake Quilotoa, where you can paddle through the crystal-clear waters and soak in the breath-taking views of this volcanic-crater lake.

(This activity will arrange locally directly paid to the community cost about 10 pp)

Day 8: Quilotoa - Quito, Ecuador

Today we will start the day early and head towards the Cotopaxi, which is with its 5897m considered one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. The first stop will be the entrance of the national park to register your entry and use restrooms in case you need them. We will get off the bus at the parking lot on the Cotopaxi and start to hike up towards the refuge José Róse, located at 4864m. It is a smooth hike, yet it takes some time to adjust to the height.

Upon arrival at the refuge, we will take a break and enjoy the great view. Afterward, we will return to the parking place, from where the downhill cycling towards the preserved area of the Limpiopungo Lagoon starts (optional). Arriving at the lagoon, you have some time to rest and take pictures of the stunning nature. Afterward, the whole group will reach the Hacienda, where we will enjoy a late lunch.

The rest of the day you will have free time, to discover the beautiful surroundings of the Hacienda, or just relax in the cosy rooms. In the evening we will enjoy dinner together. Overnight in Quito near to the airport

Day 9: Quito, Ecuador

On this last day, you will be taken to the Quito Airport on time to catch your flight back home.