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Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

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 Trip Length
9 Days
 Trip Starts
Quito
 Trip Finishes
Quito
9 Day Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes Itinerary (G Adventures)
Countries Explored: Ecuador
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
16
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Trip Style
National Geographic Journeys
Trip Code
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Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 9 Day Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes. Ecuador is a small country that packs a punch when it comes to natural beauty, biodiversity, and indigenous heritage. Discover this South American jewel on a memorable adventure, travelling from the emerald-clad Andes to the Amazon’s thriving jungles. Come face-to-face with unique creatures on a nighttime walk through the forest and on a tour of an animal sanctuary; hike through awe-inspiring Cotopaxi National Park, crowned by the soaring Cotopaxi Volcano;...read more and delve into indigenous culture on a visit to an Amazonian community and Omaere Ethnobotanical Park.

Itinerary

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Stay: Hotel Mercure

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)

Make your way to the village of Papallacta, known for its abundant natural hot springs. En route, visit the home and studio of a renowned traditional weaver, who is working to preserve the indigenous weaving techniques of the Otavalo region. Get a glimpse of the family’s daily life, and observe them at work on the backstrap loom, which has been used in these parts for centuries. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for an afternoon of relaxation. Soak in the mineral-rich waters of the thermal pools, enjoying stunning mountain views, and indulge in a variety of optional spa treatments. Stay: Termas de Papallacta (B)

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)

Depart early by canoe to visit a saladero, or a parrot clay lick. Alongside our naturalist guide, observe brightly coloured parrots and parakeets gather here to snack on the mineral-rich clay, which studies suggest aids in digestion and provides an important nutrient supplement. Return to the lodge for breakfast, then take a tour of AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates wild creatures that have been victims of illegal trafficking. Later, we’ll visit the home of a local Amazonian family for a unique cultural experience. Chat with your hosts about their traditions and beliefs and learn about everyday life in the jungle; then sit down to a delicious homemade lunch. Stay: Itamandi Lodge (B/L/D)

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 Spa (B)

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 Spa (B)

Drive back to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, along the spectacular Avenue of Volcanoes. En route, we’ll venture through Cotopaxi National Park—home to the snowcapped Cotopaxi Volcano, the second highest peak in the country. As you explore this magnificent park, keep an eye out for the resident wildlife, which ranges from condors, foxes, and deer to the vicuna and the endangered Andean puma. Stay: Hotel Mercure (B)

Depart at any time. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • 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.

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Otavalo Weaving Lesson, Otavalo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Amazon Home Experience, Tena
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park, Baños
  • Your Wellness Moment: 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
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Hotels (4 Nights), historic hacienda (1 Night), jungle lodge (2 Nights), hot springs resort (1 Night)
  • On our Ecuador trip, we use various different types of accommodations that are unique to the various environments experienced on this trip. From a historic hacienda in the highlands to a hot springs resort at Papallacta, these are wonderful places to stay.

  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Private van, motorized canoe, walking

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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Amazing immersion into Ecuadorian culture and nature   1 , New Zealand, Nov 2018
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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