Day 1 Quito There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.
Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Papallacta (1B) Take a local bus through the heights of the Andes en route to the Amazon. Stop for the night in Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools.
Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 3 Papallacta/Tena (1B, 1D) Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest.
Stay with a Quichua family enjoying the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand.
Optional activities include visiting an animal rescue centre, caving, and whitewater rafting.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 95km)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to a jungle lodge located on the Napo River, one of the Amazon’s two major tributaries.
Explore by foot and canoe to learn about the natural history of this area. There is also an option for an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip on the Napo.
Please note: wildlife viewing in this part of the jungle is limited for a number of reasons. This visit is more a cultural learning experience.
Day 6 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend another day exploring the area.
Day 7 Tena/Baños (1B) Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 8 Baños (1B) Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Day 9 Baños (1B) Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Day 10 Baños/Cuenca (1B) Travel along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', through Ecuador's central valley of mountains to the colonial town of Cuenca. Enjoy a full day trip with spectacular views along the way, stopping at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca — the largest and best-preserved archaeological site in Ecuador.
Explore the city’s sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.
Day Trip to Ingapirca Ruins
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 321km)
Day 11 Cuenca (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.
Day 12 Cuenca/Cayambe (1B) Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 13 Cayambe/Otavalo (1B) Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Otavalo (1B) Explore the largest handicraft market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.
Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit
Day 15 Otavalo/Quito (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore Quito, with the options to visit the Basilica or explore the old town. Enjoy the last evening in this energetic city.
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 16 Quito (1B) We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.