Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

Comfort, Quito to Quito

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If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no further than this trip packed with Ecuadorian highlights. Among these are a jaunt through the Amazon jungle, a trip to the Papallacta hot springs, and a visit to the Otavalo handicraft market for souvenirs (because lava is kind of hard to pack in your suitcase). Throw in 2 nights in a luxury Amazon lodge and an overnight in a historic hacienda, and you'll have made a month's worth of memories in only nine days.

What’s included

  • Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit the community of San Clemente and enjoy a local lunch
  • Overnight in an historic hacienda
  • Explore the Otavalo handicraft market
  • Relax at Papallacta hot springs
  • Two nights at an Amazon lodge with jungle walks and canoe excursions
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Traverse the amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide
  • Be surrounded by towering volcanoes
  • Explore an andean community and have lunch with locals
  • Learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Quito/Otavalo (1B, 1L) Spend a night in the Otavalo area and visit its world famous handicrafts market, the largest in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. One of the most obvious signs of the Otavaleños' cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just worn for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily life. Otavalo is justly famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday animal market. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were transported from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods. Today's market has two different functions: the local market for buying and selling animals, food, and other essentials, and the crafts market for the tourists and other interested people. Included Activities: San Clemente Community Visit Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Otavalo/Papallacta (1B) Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for onsite hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 4 Papallacta/Baños (1B) Baños is one of the most popular spots in the country. Many Ecuadorian families vacation here. One look at this delightfully green mountain town and you will know why. Baños means 'baths' and this is precisely what the town is famous for. Some are thermal springs from the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means 'little hell' in Quichua. Other baths have melt water running into them from Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Locals swear that the baths are good for your health; it’s definitely worth rising early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains from a hot spring vantage point. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 5 Baños (1B) The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. Activities include horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting on the River Patate.
Day 6 Baños/Yasuni National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Transfer to the port to board a motorized canoe to go to La Selva's main dock. Continue on a short 15-min jungle walk leading to a creek. Enjoy a paddle by canoe across “Garzacocha” (the heron´s lagoon) in order to reach the lodge area. Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy a welcome drink and get an introductory briefing. Take part in a short activity to be introduced to the rainforest. Additional Notes: All activities in the Amazon depend on weather and natural conditions. Not interested in hiking or canoeing? Feel free to relax at the lodge. Included Activities: La Selva Lodge Excursions Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours) Motorized canoe (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 7 Yasuni National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) See the canopy of the rainforest from a tower, 43m (141 ft) in height, and choose from dozens of walks of varying lengths and difficulties; several routes can only be accessed by canoe. Choose from a variety of activities: wake up early for some bird watching or stay up late and go out on a boat to view caimans by flashlight. Learn about the environment and wildlife from the naturalist guide, who accompanies the group to ensure you get the most out of the excursions. The opportunities for birding, botany, hiking, herpetology, canoeing, photography, entomology, fishing, relaxing, and swimming at La Selva Lodge are boundless. Included Activities: La Selva Lodge Excursions
Day 8 Yasuni National Park/Quito (1B) Travel by boat back to Coca and catch a flight to Quito. Transport: Motorized canoe (2.50 hour(s)) Plane (0.50 hour(s))
Day 9 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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