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Andes to Amazon Adventure in Ecuador

8 Days | From $1,945 per person


Highlights

  • Observe one of the highest active volcanoes
  • Explore Amazonian communities
  • Cruise two miles by canopy zip-line
  • Enjoy whitewater rafting in the Amazon
  • Travel with private guides

Experience the diversity of Ecuador. Towering Andean peaks, steam belching volcanoes, tropical Amazon rainforests and fast moving river currents await you. A visit to the Papallacta Hot Springs is always a relaxing treat for travelers after a long day of exploring. Appropriate for guests ages 6-100.

Pricing

  • TRIP LENGTH8 Days
  • SUPERIOR PRICEFrom $2,390 (4/5 star hotels)
  • STANDARD PRICEFrom $1,945 (3 star hotels)
  • GROUP SIZEPrivate Tour
*Prices based on 4 travelers

Included
  • Private tour with professional Andean Discovery guides
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All activities, transfers, and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Most meals as per the itinerary
Not Included
  • International round-trip airfare to Quito
  • Fees for passport and travel insurance
  • Gratuities

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Surrounded by forested mountains and volcanoes at 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in Latin America. Quito’s elevation gives it a wonderful spring-like climate year-round. Upon evening arrival, you will be met by Andean Discovery staff and transferred to your hotel to rest before beginning your adventure.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito

After breakfast, travel with your guide by private vehicle to Mindo Cloud Forest in the Andean foothills. Cloaked by swirls of mist, the landscape is dominated by waterfalls and thick jungle. This is a bird-lover’s paradise – bring your binoculars to look for more than 20 species of hummingbirds, rare golden-headed quetzals, and orange-colored cock-of-the-rocks.

Climb into a zip-line harness and soar over two-miles of treetop canopies. Then lower yourself into an inflated tube for a leisurely mile-long float down the gentle Mindo River. Keep your eyes peeled for the flora that flourishes here, including more than 170 orchid species.

Refuel with a lunch of local favorites before heading to the Middle of the World Monument where you can straddle the Equator line. At the nearby Intinan Solar Museum try balancing an egg to test the unique physical forces of zero-degree latitude. Head back to Quito and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the city’s many fine restaurants.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B, L)

Travel south along the Ecuadorian Sierra, known as the “Avenue of Volcanoes,” to Cotopaxi National Park. The second highest mountain in the country, Cotopaxi is also one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

The Inca considered Cotopaxi a sacred place and built a palace into its foothills. On that ground your hotel for the evening, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, stands. Also a working farm and important archeological site, the hacienda’s history expands through the conquistadors to the early days of Ecuador’s republic.

Following lunch, travel the old Inca paths by horseback. Pine scented forests lead the way to towns and villages inhabited by early native and European descendants. Upon your return, enjoy dinner at the hacienda. Savor the cheese and potato soup, called “locro,” served with swimming wedges of green avocado. Or opt for the tamales wrapped in achira leaves, quinoa croquets, or maize patties.

Overnight: Hacienda San Agustin de Callo (B, L, D)

Cotopaxi is calling and you will need a hearty breakfast for the morning’s 1-2 hour hike to Refugio Jose Rivas. From this base camp at nearly 16,000 feet above sea level, mountain climbers stage their summit. An optional additional ascent rewards you with views of glacial ice sparkling in the sunshine.

Descend the volcano by vehicle and head to Lake Limpiopungo. This high altitude lake, ringed by mountains, welcomes year-round and migratory wildlife. Continue on to the cloud forest town of Banos. Situated at the base of ever-belching Tungurahua Volcano, Banos’ thousands of native orchids sweeten its air. Arrive at the beautiful Samari Spa and Resort, your home for the next two nights.

Overnight: Samari Spa and Resort (B, L, D)

An early breakfast and departure begins the exhilarating descent by private vehicle into the Amazon Basin. Stop at the thundering Pailon del Diablo waterfall, which can be observed from a suspension bridge.

Travel down the Napo River by dugout canoe to your lodge. Climb into a hammock and enjoy expansive views of the river and rainforest.

Overnight: La Casa del Suiso (B, L, D)

Today’s adventures include whitewater rafting on the Upper Napo River’s Class 3+ rapids. No experience is necessary – professional rafting guides will lead you along this unforgettable 15-mile journey. Take a short rainforest walk during a riverbank lunch stop and swim in calmer waters before hitting the final take out spot near the town of Tena.

Overnight: La Casa del Suiso (B, L, D)

Searching for eco-expeditions takes you over the Eastern Andes and through thousands of microclimates from the tropical jungles to the alpine grasslands. Respect and conservation are keywords for the fragility of Ecuador’s Paramo. Where once herds of wild llamas roamed now live white tailed deer, the Andean fox and the spectacled bear. With a pair of binoculars you might spot them or any of the close to 5,000 indigenous plants scattered across the plains. Combine relaxation with wondrous views at the natural hot springs of Papallacta. Heated from the thermal waters of surrounding volcanoes, the nearby snow-peaked top of Antisana pokes through clouds. Your Andean – Amazonian adventure comes to a close upon your arrival back in Quito’s La Mariscal neighborhood. The evening is open to shop for souviners from silver and leather goods and savor your last taste of quinoa soup.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B, L)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.



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  • Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

    Nestled in the foothills of the Andean mountains aside the tallest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi, stands the magnificent, historic, and majestic Hacienda San Agustin de Callo.

  • Samari Spa & Resort

    The Samari Spa & Resort is located near the beach in Banos. It provides numerous amenities to ensure that guests experience the most comfort and relaxation possible.

  • La Casa del Suizo

    La Casa del Suizo is perched comfortably above the riverbank and the small Quechua Indian village of Ahuano. It rests between the shore of the Napo River and the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains.

  • Mercure Hotel Quito

    The Mercure Hotel Quito is located in the heart of the bustling Mariscal district with easy access to shop and restaurants.



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