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$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Papallacta Hot Springs Tour with Small Group from Quito

This small-group tour leads you to Termas de Papallacta SPA, Resort, and Convention Center, which is located 60 km east of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador in the heart of South America. In Papallacta, perched on a high Andean valley at the entrance route to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle you are free to decide whether you prefer relaxing in the thermal baths or indulging in pampering spa treatments.The resort offers its visitors health, recreation, and adventure programs.On the way to Papallacta is a chance to stop at incredible viewpoints in the Antisana Reserve, before entering the hot springs. After relaxing and enjoying the magical hot springs of Papallacta the trip returns to Quito with a rejuvenated new body.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Papallacta Hot Springs & Guango Cloud Forest Reserve PRIVATE

After an early departure from Quito at 7:30 am from your hotel, you'll drive some 65 km (41 miles) east of Quito the road brings you into the high elevation paramo at the Papallacta pass, a very tundra-like habitat. On clear days the views of the surroundings and various volcanoes are breath-taking; a stop right up at the pass is one of the best spots  to photograph the snow-capped Antisana Volcano as it towers over the mountains below. If weather allows, from this point on we should start scanning the sky from time to time for the Andean Condor,  Variable Hawk,  Carunculated  Caracara  and Black-chested  Buzzard-Eagle, that may soar overhead. At the highest elevations you’ll seek out the secretive and cryptic  Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and other unique wildlife of this region. Later you’ll drive to Guango Reserve, where you will embark on a hike along the trails  around the lodge to get a taste of the beautiful Andean temperate forests, hummingbirds will take your full attention. The cloud forest concentrates the highest diversity of these winged jewels in the Americas. Colorful mixed flocks with  birds such as Lacrimose and Hooded Mountain Tanagers, Blue-backed Conebill,  Black-capped Hemispingus can be seen around the lodge. Here you have possibilities of seeing very local birds like the stunning Gray Breasted Mountain-Toucan, Andean Guan, and  Northern Mountain Cacique. Along the Papallacta River you’ll try to find a unique resident of fast flowing mountain rivers, a powerful swimmer and diver: the Torrent Duck. This could definitely be one of our day highlights!I  Following the tour you'll continue to the Papallacta Hot Spring Complex where you'll get a delicious lunch and then have enough time to soak in the benefits of its therapeutic waters, relax and enjoy! You'll drive back to Quito late in the afternoon.

$594 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amazon Experience 3 days in Cotococha Lodge

Day 1 You will be picked up at your hotel in Quito to travel to Tena. On our way to Tena we pass a small mountain village, called Papallacta which is famous for its thermal pools. Here we will make a stop and enjoy the pool. The trip then continues to the lodge, which is about half an hour from Tena, where you arrive in the afternoon. Here you can relax for a while in our pool or in our beautiful spacious bungalow. A delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight-setting at the attractively decorated restaurant. Afterwards, we will be relaxing ourselves around the elegant fireplace, to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local crew. You’ll feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peacefull setting filled with nightly sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle. Day 2 After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling ourselves with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short hike, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “La Cascada de Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which, mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it an unforgettable experience. We return along the same way to have lunch at the lodge. However, you have the possibility to go back by canoe or take an exciting tube ride along the Napo River back to the lodge. After lunch we put on our rubber boots to start an exciting walk in the jungle’s primary forest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be explained in detail by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects, small groups of monkeys weaving around the giant trees; though we will need some luck to observe them, that’s why we must stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colourful birds tag along with us during our walk whistling enchanted notes delighting our senses. After about three hours of walking we will arrive at the Lodge again. At night, a delicious dinner will be served and there is the possibility to do an exciting night walk, when you will observe many night insects. Afterwards, it’s time for a good and peacefull rest delighted by the nightly sounds of the jungle.The other option for the afternoon is to visit a local community, living close to the lodge and to see some traditions and daily activities of the indigenous people. Day 3 After breakfast, we will have to prepare our return trip. You can decide if you want to the guide to drop you off at your hotel in Quito or in Baños. End of the program.

$940 Private & Custom Tours

Andes and Amazon Tour from Quito in 5-Days

Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park From Quito your professional guide takes you south over the Avenue of Volcanoes. Today, you visit the Cotopaxi National Park, to visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the volcano. The Cotopaxi Volcano measures 5897 meters and its snow-capped peak can be seen from a wide area. Next, you travel to Lasso, where you spend the night in a charming hacienda. (Lunch included) Day 2: Salasaca community and Casa del Arbol in BañosThis morning, you visit the Salasaca community living across the province of Tungurahua, where you have the opportunity to learn more about the region´s traditional cultures. Subsequently, you continue to Baños and visit the famous swing of Casa del Arbol, from where you have a breathtaking view of the town and the Tungurahua Volcano. (Breakfast included) Day 3: Route of the Waterfalls and transfer to TenaBaños is located at a unique location between the Andean Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest; this lush green area is known for its many waterfalls. After breakfast, you follow the Route of the Waterfalls to the Amazon Rainforest. A short hike downhill brings you to the impressive waterfall El Pailon del Diablo, the largest of the area. Next, you travel to Cotococha Amazon Lodge in Tena, where you enjoy a delicious dinner. (Breakfast and dinner included) Day 4: Swimming in the waterfall, Amazon hike, and nocturnal walkAfter a delicious breakfast and a short canoe trip, you start a one-hour hike to the waterfall. Your professional guide leads you through the secondary rainforest. Upon arrival at the waterfall ‘La Cascada de Latas’, you can bath in the crystal clear water while enjoying the serene environment. In the afternoon you learn about the local flora and how the Amazon people use particular plants for medicall purposes, during a hike through the primary rainforest. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) **Please note that the activities in the Amazon are subject to change without prior notice due to natural and operational circumstances.** Day 5: Papallacta Hot Springs visit – QuitoAnother breakfast is served in the open restaurant facilitating close contact with the surrounding jungle. Subsequently, you head back to Quito. While traveling from the Amazon Rainforest back into the Andes, you see the beautiful transition from jungle to páramo highlands. In Papallacta you visit the naturally heated hot springs for a moment of ultimate relaxation. In the afternoon you arrive in Quito, where the tour ends. (Breakfast included)

$632 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amazon Experience with Cotococha Lodge - 4 days

Day 1: Quito – Papallacta – Cotococha From Quito, you travel to Papallacta for a moment of ultimate relaxation in its naturally heated hot springs. A beautiful drive through the stunning Andean Mountains brings you to Cotococha Amazon Lodge, where you are welcomed by the friendly staff. Here, you can enjoy the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and other facilities until a delicious dinner is served in the restaurant. (Dinner included) Day 2: Canoe trip, AmaZOOnico Rescue Center, and Anaconda Island After breakfast, you embark the canoe to travel across the Napo River. Prior to arrival in the village of Misahualli local authorities check your passport for a routine control. After a short walk through the village, the group continues to the AmaZOOnico Rescue Center, dedicated to the rescue and recovery of animals. You learn about the foundation´s work and observe Amazon species, such as toucans, sloths, and monkeys. Subsequently, you enjoy a delightful picnic on the riverbank and search for caimans around Ancaconda Island. This wonderful day ends with a nice dinner and relaxing around the fireplace. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) Day 3: Swimming in the waterfall, Amazon hike, and nocturnal walkA a delicious breakfast prepares you for a short canoe trip and the one-hour hike to the waterfall. Your professional guide leads you through the secondary rainforest and upon arrival at the waterfall ‘La Cascada de Latas’, you can bath in the crystal clear water while enjoying the serene environment. In the afternoon you learn about the local flora and how the Amazon people use particular plants for medicall purposes, during a hike through the primary rainforest. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) **Please note that the activities in the Amazon are subject to change without prior notice due to natural and operational circumstances.** Day 4: Return to Quito The last morning of this Amazon adventure has already arrived. After breakfast, you prepare for the departure of Cotococha Amazon Lodge and your return to Quito, where the tour ends. (Breakfast included)

$870 Outdoor Activities


DAY 1: We'll pick you up from your hotel at 08h00, towards the “Amazon basins”! After traveling through the Valley of Tumbaco and then descending through the cloud forest to reach the small village of Papallacta, we'll stop to enjoy its hot springs, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy it’s incredible healing properties! Then you continue the drive towards the Arajuno river, where our motorized canoe awaits for you! After a boat ride, we arrive at Itamandi Lodge, and after resting, we start a nocturnal walk to get used to the creatures and sounds that we'll hear for the next few nights in the rainforest! Dinner. DAY 2: Breakfast. You'll ride the canoe for about 30 minutes through the Arajuno river, to visit an animal rescue center, where you have the opportunity to see local birds, mammals and reptiles in their habitat! After this fascinating experience, you`ll have a pic-nic at the riverside, enjoying the sounds of the jungle at the same time! Then we continue with our spirit of adventure to visit a local Kichwa community; there we will learn all about their lifestyle, their traditions and daily nutrition. Walking around the community’s farm lands we'll find interesting tropical products. Dinner. DAY 3: After breakfast, you will ride through the river about 10 minutes, then we will take our private transportation to travel by land about one and a half hour more! We will make different stops on our way, accompanied by a native guide, in order to spot different interesting and exotic animals! Then suddenly we start seeing naked indigenous walking through the roads that were built by the oil companies!! They will invite us to pass to their territory! The first contacts with the Huaorani happened in 1956, by an evangelical mission, when after several contacts they reached the Curaray River area (Pastaza), throwing machetes and picks from the sky, to let them build a track to land on a sandy beach located at the banks of Curaray River, 1.300 meters far from what it is today Toñampari. The first 5 missionaries were found dead on January 21, 1956, pierced by several Huaorani spears! We will discover different types of flora and fauna that the Huaorani culture knows how to take advantage of their medicinal properties! We'll learn all about the jungle and people's lifestyle. After lunch, we will organize a blowpipe contest. Back to our lodge. Dinner. DAY 4: Before breakfast, you will wake up earlier, to visit a parrot licking spot. You'll be regaled, looking hundreds of colourful parrots approaching to you! After breakfast, we start our drive back to Quito. End of this unforgettable life experience, with one of the most recent human being groups contacted by the western world!

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