9 Day Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

G Adventures Small Group Tour starting in Quito and finishing in Quito

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Overview
Operator: G Adventures
Type: Small Group Tour (Affordable)
Style: National Geographic
Max Group Size: 16
Duration: 9 Days
From: Quito to Quito
Tour Code: SEANG
Visits: Ecuador
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Quito
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Stay: Hotel Quito
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Quito - Otavalo
Spend a night in the Otavalo area and visit its world famous handicrafts market, the largest in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. One of the most obvious signs of the Otavaleños’ cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just worn for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily life. Otavalo is famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday animal market. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were transported from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods. Today's market has two different functions: the local market for buying and selling animals, food, and other essentials, and the crafts market for the tourists and other interested people. Stay: Hotel Pinsaqui (B/L)
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Otavalo - Papallacta
Visit the home and studio of Don Miguel to learn how the Indigenous people of the Otavalo region have used the backstrap loom to create their woven goods. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for a dip in hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views. Stay: Hotel Termas Papallacta (B)
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Papallacta - Tena
The lodge is located along the bank of the Arajuno River approx. 40min. from Tena. We stay in comfortable cabañas next to the river, which have private bathroom with hot water in the rainfall-shower, electricity and a balcony. From your balcony, you can relax in a hammock or deck chair and observe hummingbirds, shore river birds and butterflies. In the evening, listen to the night music of the multitude of frogs and other nocturnal creatures. The Lodge also has an open-air lounge with pool and full service bar, all connected by a raised and roofed boardwalk to guests rooms. The lodge is dedicated to protecting the pristine jungle environment and has a dedicated recycling program, energy conservation program and offer biodegradable amenities including shampoo and shower gel in the bathrooms. Stay: Itamandi Lodge (B/L/D)
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Tena
Depart early by canoe to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). With our naturalist guide, view parrots and parakeets who gather to eat the mineral-rich clay which helps them digest fruit and seeds. Return to the lodge for breakfast then continue on to visit AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, enjoy a unique cultural experience at a local family’s home. Meet the family to learn about their traditions and what daily life is like in the Amazon. Stay: Itamandi Lodge (B/L/D)
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Tena - Baños
Baños is one of the most popular spots in the country. Many Ecuadorian families vacation here. One look at this delightfully green mountain town and you will know why. Baños means “baths” and this is precisely what the town is famous for. Some are thermal springs from the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua. Other baths have melt water running into them from Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Locals swear that the baths are good for your health; it’s definitely worth rising early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains from a hot spring vantage point. Stay: Hotel Sangay (B)
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Baños
The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. Activities include horseback riding, canyoneering, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting on the River Patate. Stay: Hotel Sangay (B)
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Baños - Quito
Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route. Enjoy stunning views of the perfectly shaped volcano (it's one of the highest active volcanoes in the world). Stay: Hotel Quito (B)
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Quito
Depart at any time. (B)
G Adventures Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Visit the Otavalo Weaving studio and get a lesson from Miguel Andrango.
  • Explore villages and learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from locals.
  • Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide.
  • Learn about the relationship between cultures and the plants around them at the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park.
  • Be surrounded by towering volcanoes.
Trip Inclusions
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Otavalo Weaving Lesson, Otavalo National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Amazon Home Experience, Tena National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park, Baños Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
  • Arrival transfer
  • Overnight in an historic hacienda
  • Explore the Otavalo handicraft market
  • Cloud forest reserve visit
  • Two nights at an Amazon lodge with jungle excursions
  • Excursion to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodation
  • Hotels (4 nts), historic hacienda (1 nt), jungle lodge (2 nts), hot springs resort (1 nt)
  • On our Ecuador trip we use various different types of accommodations that are unique to the various environments experienced on this trip. From an historic hacienda in the highlands to a hot springs resort at Papallacta, these are wonderful places to stay.
Your Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Included Meals
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
  • Private van, motorized canoe, walking
Trip Notes
Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your hotel, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions.
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Reviews (1)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes with G Adventures.
New Zealand
Nov 2018
1 Helpful Vote
“Amazing immersion into Ecuadorian culture and nature”
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The guide on this trip was very knowledgeable and was able to provide in-depth information on the customs of all sorts of indigenous Ecuadorian people, plants and wildlife (from what to eat and which bugs can kill you), to the layout of the land. I felt like this was more than an introduction to Ecuador but it still left me wanting more.

I would've never chosen any of the accommodations for myself, however they were all very comfortable and charming. Free bottled water and breakfast included everywhere. If you love nature, wildlife and love to explore places less travelled by other tourists then this is a fantastic trip.
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