The Ecuador Experience

Classic, Quito to Quito
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Tour description

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman apprentice for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture of the jungle. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Local Living Moment: Indigenous Community Homestay, San Clemente
  • Train excursion to Devil's Nose
  • Machalilla NP stay
  • Otavalo Market visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Feel like a local at an amazon homestay
  • Relax on ecuador's beaches
  • Witness andean scenery
  • Ride by train to the devil's nose
  • Learn from the locals at an indigenous community
  • Shop the otavalo market

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Quito/Tena Head down winding roads to the Amazon Basin and spend the night in Tena.

Day 3: Tena Enjoy a free day in Tena, opt to visit an animal rescue centre or go whitewater rafting. Later, head to a local Quichua community in a small Amazonian village to spend two nights in rustic jungle huts. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman.

Day 4: Tena Spend the day exploring the area around the Quichua community and learn more about local life in the jungle.

Day 5: Tena/Baños Travel to Baños and enjoy the numerous outdoor optional activities available. Opt to go hiking, ziplining, or soak in the hot springs.

Day 6: Baños Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Day 7: Baños/Alausí Travel to Alausí via Riobamba and take in the architecture of this local town.

Day 8: Alausí/Guayaquil Board the train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose. After, continue by bus to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.

Day 9: Guayaquil/Puerto López Head to the beach town Puerto Lopez and Machalilla National Park. There are tons of activities in the area to take part in over the next few days.

Day 10: Puerto López Enjoy free time to explore. Optional activities include a day trip to Isla de la Plata, hiking in Machalilla National Park, snorkelling or relaxing on the beach. Opt to go whale watching (when in season).

Day 11: Puerto López Enjoy free time to explore. Optional activities include a day trip to Isla de la Plata, hiking in Machalilla National Park, snorkelling or relaxing on the beach. Opt to go whale watching (when in season).

Day 12: Puerto López/Quito Spend another full day in Puerto López before an overnight bus to Quito.

Day 13: Quito Arrive in the morning and enjoy a free day in Quito. Opt to take a city tour, ride the cable car up the nearby volcano or relax in one of the city's many cafés and restaurants.

Day 14: Quito/San Clemente Travel to the indigenous community of San Clemente. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditional ways during a homestay. Opt to enjoy a cultural evening and show with typical food.

Day 15: San Clemente Spend a full day here with optional hikes to learn about the area's medicinal plants or trek up the Imbabura Mountain. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditions.

Day 16: San Clemente/Otavalo Head to Otavalo, famous for its market. Opt to visit the Peguche Waterfall and Cotacachi leather market or hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Day 17: Otavalo/Quito Explore some more before travelling back to Quito in the afternoon for one final night out in the capital city.

Day 18: Quito Depart at any time.