Inland & Amazon

Classic, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

It’s quite poetic that Ecuador is the centre of this big, beautiful planet of ours. In so few kilometres, the peaks of the Andes, the jungles of the Amazon, and historical cities all have some square footage here and with this 14-day journey you can see some of it all. Learn about the traditional Quichua culture in the Amazon, find treasures at a local handicraft market, and later slip into a world of “ahh” in a mountain hot spring.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
  • Otavalo Handicrafts Market visit
  • Cotopaxi National Park visit
  • Devil's Nose train excursion
  • Orientation walk of Cuenca
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander quito and colonial cities
  • Get adventurous in baños
  • Feel like a local and stay right in the amazon jungle
  • Soak in an andean hot spring
  • Shop at the otavalo market

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Baños (1B) 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. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Baños Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
Day 4 Baños/Tena (1L, 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 and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 6 Tena/Papallacta Take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views. Transport: Local bus
Day 7 Papallacta/Quito (1B) Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Quito/Otavalo (1B) Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. 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 Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Otavalo/Cotopaxi (1B) Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. In the afternoon, opt to explore the area or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Cotopaxi/Alausí (1B) In the morning, visit Cotopaxi National Park before continuing on to Alausi. Included Activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Alausí/Cuenca (1B) Board a train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture. Included Activities: Devil's Nose Excursion Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Cuenca (1B) Explore the city’s sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.
Day 13 Cuenca/Quito (1B) Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Quito (1B) We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.
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