Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Ecuador and Quito - the second highest city in the world! After arriving at our hotel consider heading out to explore the city on foot before our group welcome meeting later this evening. Overnight - Quito
Days 2 - 3: Otavalo & Laguna Cuicocha
Quito - Otavalo – Quito. Heading north, our journey begins with a visit to the famous market town of Otavalo. The colourful market where the local people come from their villages to sell livestock, produce and textiles, is the perfect place to stock up on gifts and souvenirs. From Otavalo you could also visit Laguna Cuicocha, an extinct volcano famous for the deep lake in its crater before returning to Quito. Overnight - Otavalo (1), Quito (1)
Ecuador Express - 13 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Days 4 - 6: Amazon Jungle
Quito – Amazon Jungle - breakfast. On day 4 we descend into the humid Amazon Basin for three nights. To reach our remote Amazon accommodation, we hike through the rainforest climbing and canyoning through the dense undergrowth. After getting muddy and wet, we are transported to the hotel, home for the next few nights.
The next few days are packed with adventure and discovery and your local guide will help you make the most of your time spent in the jungle. You will have a chance to journey down the river by motorised canoe, visit museums, an animal rescue centre and meet local communities to live in the Amazon Jungle. You will be taught about the different plants that grow in the rainforest and their importance for jungle survival. You will also have the chance to float down the River Napo on tubes or swim in its waters. Overnight - Amazon Jungle (3) (B:2, L:2, D:3)
Days 7 - 9: Banos - spa town
Amazon - Banos. Leaving the Amazon behind, we head by bus to the spa town of Banos, known for its hot springs. On the way we pass spectacular scenery. In Banos you are free to relax in the thermal pools or take leisurely walks amongst the surrounding mountains. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy horseback riding in the hills. Banos is a great place to buy beautifully painted balsa wood animals and try the local sweet, taffy. Overnight - Banos (3) (B:1)
Days 10 - 12: Cuenca - World Heritage Site
Banos – Cuenca - Quito. Continuing on we reach the old colonial market town of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city. Despite its size, the centre of Cuenca retains much of its colonial charm with cobblestone streets, open plazas and whitewashed buildings with ironwork balconies, and is even an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city is also the home of the Panama hat and you’ll have the chance to visit a factory where the hats are made. Whilst in Cuenca you have the option to visit the celebrated Inca ruins of Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most important archaeological site. The original structures were made by the Canari people and you can still see the place where these pre-Inca people worshipped the moon.
A short flight takes us back to Quito where you will have more free time to discover the city. Wander around the UNESCO listed old town, a maze of colonial splendour where the vibrant indigenous character is still retained or head to the colourful Mariscal Sucre, the heart of the ‘new town’. Here you will find trendy cafes, international restaurants and lively bars. Overnight - Cuenca (2), Quito (1)
Day 13: Quito
Our tour concludes today. Spend the day further exploring before making your way to the airport for your flight back home.
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