Inland & Amazon

Classic, Quito to Quito

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From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

What’s included

  • Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Discover Moment: Baños
  • Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts)
  • Ingapirca ruins stop
  • Orientation walk of Cuenca
  • Historic hacienda overnight stay
  • Otavalo visit
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Wander quito and colonial cities
  • Soak in andean hot springs
  • Feel like a local at a quichua homestay
  • Search for wildlife in the amazon and adventure in baños
  • Shop at the otavalo market
  • Visit ingapirca ruins
  • Travel back in time with a historic hacienda stay


Day 1 Quito There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available. Included Activities: 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. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: 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. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience Transport: 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. Included Activities: 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. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions
Day 6 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend another day exploring the area. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions
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. Transport: 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. Included Activities: Day Trip to Ingapirca Ruins Transport: 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. Transport: Plane 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. Transport: 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. Included Activities: 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. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 16 Quito (1B) We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.