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The Ecuador Experience

The Ecuador Experience
From £ 799
Duration 18 Days
From £799
Duration 18 Days

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador’s dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman apprentice for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture of the jungle. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We’ll travel from the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B)

Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Watch the scenery change dramatically heading away from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Transport: Local bus

Day 3 Tena (1L, 1D)

Enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Take guided hikes to learn about the natural environment and the traditional knowledge of the local people. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience

Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day exploring the area around the Quichua community and learn more about local life in the jungle. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions

Day 5 Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños and enjoy the numerous outdoor optional activities available. Opt to go hiking, ziplining, or soak in the hot springs. Transport: Local bus

Day 6 Baños

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Day 7 Baños/Alausí

Travel to Alausí via Riobamba and take in the architecture of this local town. Transport: Local bus

Day 8 Alausí/Guayaquil

Enjoy Ecuador's most spectacular train journey. The famed Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) ride descends in a spectacular display of engineering around stunning mountain terrain. The journey returns back to Alausí after more than 1000m (3280 ft) in elevation loss. After disembarking the train, journey south to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. Located at the mouth of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is also Ecuador's most important port. Spend the evening exploring the city's highlights including Bolivar Park, the Old South Market, and Barrio de las Penas. Take some time to stroll along the malecon (boardwalk) dotted with shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums. Opt for a boat ride down the Guayas River. Included Activities: Devil's Nose Excursion Transport: Local bus

Day 9 Guayaquil/Puerto López

Enjoy Puerto Lopez. Optional activities in the area include a trip to Isla de la Plata, hiking in Machalilla National Park, a visit to an archaeological site, diving, and snorkelling. Transport: Local bus

Days 10-11 Puerto López

Other optional activities in the area include day trips to Isla de La Plata, with colonies of nesting blue-footed boobies and a number of other sea birds. Visitors usually come to view migrating whales (June to October) and dolphins around the island. Scuba diving and snorkelling are also popular activities in the area.

Day 12 Puerto López/Quito

Spend another full day in Puerto López before an overnight bus to Quito. Transport: Overnight bus

Day 13 Quito

Arrive in the morning and enjoy a free day in Quito. Opt to take a city tour, ride the cable car up the nearby volcano or relax in one of the city's many cafés and restaurants.

Day 14 Quito/San Clemente (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the indigenous community of San Clemente. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditional ways during a homestay. Opt to enjoy a cultural evening and show with typical food. Included Activities: Indigenous Community Homestay Transport: Local bus

Day 15 San Clemente (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day here with optional hikes to learn about the area's medicinal plants or trek up the Imbabura Mountain. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditions. Included Activities: Indigenous Community Homestay

Day 16 San Clemente/Otavalo (1B)

Explore the largest handicrafts market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. Included Activities: Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Local bus

Day 17 Otavalo/Quito

Explore some more before travelling back to Quito in the afternoon for one final night out in the capital city. Transport: Local bus

Day 18 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time.

Region South America
Country Ecuador

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