Ecuador Beaches, Amazon & Highlands

Classic, Quito to Quito

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Reach new highs on this 14-day adventure through Ecuador that takes you from highlands to beaches and the Amazon jungle. See wildlife that rivals the Galápagos on Isla del Plata, choose your own adventure with thrilling activities in Baños, and learn about local life in the Ecuadorian Amazon by staying in a small village with a Quichua family. Ecuador is a multifaceted country and this itinerary gives you the opportunity to take in as many of its rich, fascinating perspectives as you can in two weeks.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
  • Manta full-day tour
  • Agua Blanca Community Visit
  • Isla de la Plata full-day excursion
  • Internal flight
  • Shandia Biking & Community Experience
  • Amazon Jungle Experience
  • Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Learn about manta's local fishing traditions
  • Take a mud bath in agua blanca
  • Spot blue-footed boobies on isla del plata
  • Get adventurous with ziplining or canyoning in baños
  • Stay overnight in jungle huts in the amazon
  • Relax in natural mineral hot pools in papallacta

Itinerary

Quito Arrive at any time.
Quito/Manta Take an early morning flight to Manta. Located on Ecuador's central coast, Manta is port city known for its fishing industry. Get familiarized with this bustling city with a guided tour of the Cancebi Museum and Tagua workshop, and a visit to Montecristi.
Manta/Puerto López Travel to Puerto Lopez. On the way, visit the Agua Blanca Community. Hike, check out the museum and take a mud bath. Enjoy lunch in the community before continuing to Puerto Lopez. Enjoy free time on arrival.
Puerto López Embark on a day-trip to Isla del Plata, home to a variety of seabirds including blue-footed boobies and fantastic snorkelling that rivals the Galápagos.
Puerto López Enjoy free time to explore. Optional activities include hiking in Machalilla National Park, relaxing on white-sand beaches, or whale- watching (when in season).
Puerto López/Quito Transfer to Guayaquil and fly back to Quito. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Options include taking a city tour, riding the cable car up the nearby volcano, or relaxing in one of the city's many cafés and restaurants. This evening, opt to enjoy a night out on the town with the group.
Quito Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the many sights Quito has to offer.
Quito/Baños Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs.
Baños Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
Baños/Tena Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community. Enjoy nature walks and learn about local culture.
Tena Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.
Tena/Papallacta Cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Later, take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.
Papallacta/Quito Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore.
Quito Depart at any time.
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