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ECUADOR: AMAZON, HOT SPRINGS & VOLCANOES

9 Days, Quito to Quito
ECUADOR: AMAZON, HOT SPRINGS & VOLCANOES

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Get in touch with the power of the Earth on this nine-day adventure packed with many of Ecuador's must-see highlights. Hike through the greener-than-green Amazon read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 8 nights accommodation (Hotels (4 nts), historic hacienda (1 nt), jungle lodge (2 nts), hot springs resort (1 nt)).
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van, boat, plane, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flights.
  • Visit the community of San Clemente and enjoy a local lunch.
  • Overnight in an historic hacienda.
  • Explore the Otavalo handicraft market.
  • Otavalo weaving lesson and studio visit.
  • Relax at Papallacta hot springs.
  • Two nights at an Amazon lodge with jungle walks and canoe excursions.
  • Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD250-325 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Day 2 Quito/Otavalo
Day 3 Otavalo/Papallacta
Day 4 Papallacta/Banos
Day 5 Banos
Day 6 Banos/Yasuni National Park
Day 7 Yasuni National Park
Day 8 Yasuni National Park/Quito
Day 9 Depart Quito
Departures
  • Dec
    2017
  • Jan
    2018
  • Feb
    2018
  • Mar
    2018
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Oct
    2018
  • Nov
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Fri, 15 Dec '17
  • Sat, 23 Dec '17
  • Fri, 12 Jan '18
  • Sat, 20 Jan '18
  • Fri, 09 Feb '18
  • Sat, 17 Feb '18
  • Fri, 09 Mar '18
  • Sat, 17 Mar '18
  • Fri, 23 Mar '18
  • Sat, 31 Mar '18
  • Fri, 04 May '18
  • Sat, 12 May '18
  • Fri, 29 Jun '18
  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Fri, 27 Jul '18
  • Sat, 04 Aug '18
  • Fri, 24 Aug '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Fri, 21 Sep '18
  • Sat, 29 Sep '18
  • Fri, 19 Oct '18
  • Sat, 27 Oct '18
  • Fri, 02 Nov '18
  • Sat, 10 Nov '18
  • Fri, 16 Nov '18
  • Sat, 24 Nov '18
  • Fri, 14 Dec '18
  • Sat, 22 Dec '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Quito
  • Otavalo
  • Papallacta
  • Banos
  • Yasuni National Park
  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Quito/Otavalo

    Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.

    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 Otavalenos' 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Otavalo 2h 30m-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    San Clemente Community Visit
    Cayambe
    Visit the small highlands community of San Clemente. Meet locals in this traditional Andean community and enjoy an included lunch.

    Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit
    Otavalo
    Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo's famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Try to arrive early for the best bargains (it starts at dawn), and try your hand at haggling - it's expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Otavalo/Papallacta

    Visit the home and studio of Don Miguel, and 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 onsite hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.

    Private Vehicle
    Otavalo - Papallacta 2h-3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Otavalo Weaving Lesson
    Otavalo
    Visit the home and studio of Don Miguel, a man working to keep his culture's traditions alive. For thousands of years the indigenous people of the Otavalo region have used the backstrap loom to create their woven goods, however new technologies have slowly been pushing out the tradition. Learn how Don Miguel and his family are working to help revive this ancient art as he demonstrates every step of the process, from cleaning the wool, to naturally dyeing it, to backstrap weaving.

    Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
    Papallacta
    Soak in the natural hot springs the area is known for and let the mineral waters soothe sore muscles.

    Free Time
    Papallacta
    Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, as you relax and soak in the natural hot springs.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking Excursion

    Papallacta
    Head out to explore. Take a hike or walk in the areas surrounding Papallacta. Enjoy the region's great natural beauty and views of the snow-capped Antisana Volcano. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Papallacta/Banos

    Take one last dip in the hot springs before continuing along the "Avenue of Volcanoes" to Banos. Along the way visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany - the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them.

    Banos 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. Banos 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Papallacta - Banos 3h-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
    Papallacta
    Soak in the natural hot springs the area is known for and let the mineral waters soothe sore muscles.

    Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park
    Banos
    Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany - the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them. Plants are integral to the lives of Amazonian indigenous groups who use them for shelter, nourishment, medicine, and in spiritual practices. Set out on the trails with an expert guide to learn about the diverse plant life and the local Shuar and Waorani people, and enjoy unique botanical experiences like tasting cinnamon and being painted with Achotillo sap.

    Free Time
    Banos
    Opt to take a walk through town and visit some shops.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Banos
    Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Banos is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

    Horseback Riding
    Banos
    25USD per person
    Hop in the saddle and explore Banos' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Banos

    Free day to explore Banos where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking.

    The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. Activities include horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting on the River Patate.

    Free Time
    Banos Full Day
    Relax at leisure or opt to take part in some active pursuits.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Banos
    Free
    Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Banos provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

    Hot Springs
    Banos
    Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Banos is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

    Mountain Biking
    Banos
    10USD per person
    Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Banos. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation - depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

    Horseback Riding
    Banos
    25USD per person
    Hop in the saddle and explore Banos' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Banos/Yasuni National Park

    Early start in the morning. Drive to Coca, the gateway to the Amazon. Continue by motorized canoe to the luxurious La Selva Lodge. Explore the Amazon jungle with a local guide. Activities can include jungle walks, a canopy tower visit, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and photography. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a drink by candlelight, listening to the sounds of the jungle, before retiring to stylish cabanas.

    Transfer to the port to board a motorized canoe to go to La Selva's main dock. Continue on a short 15-min jungle walk leading to a creek. Enjoy a paddle by canoe across "Garzacocha" (the heron's lagoon) in order to reach the lodge area. Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy a welcome drink and get an introductory briefing. Take part in a short activity to be introduced to the rainforest.

    Private Vehicle
    Banos - Puerto Francisco de Orellana 6h-7h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Motorized canoe
    Puerto Francisco de Orellana - Yasuni National Park 1h 30m-2h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

    La Selva Lodge Excursions
    La Selva Lodge
    Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies. They're all just a short walk or canoe paddle away. Learn from expert naturalist guides about the flora and fauna of the rainforest and the Indigenous peoples who live in the area. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Yasuni National Park

    Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies. They're all just a short walk or canoe ride away. Overlooking the lake, the recently remodelled lodge is a perfect base for exploration. Relax in the lounge with a cocktail and dine by candlelight. Enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared by a gourmet chef. Sleep well in stylish cabanas. Let the sounds of the rainforest sing you to sleep, and the call of birds wake you in the morning.

    See the canopy of the rainforest from a tower, 43m (141 ft) in height, and choose from dozens of walks of varying lengths and difficulties. Several of these routes can only be accessed by canoe. In the morning, wake up early for some bird watching and as night falls go out on a boat to view caimans. Learn about the environment and wildlife from the naturalist guide, who accompanies the group to ensure you get the most out of the excursions. The opportunities for birding, botany, hiking, herpetology, canoeing, photography, entomology, fishing, relaxing, and swimming at La Selva Lodge are boundless.

    Not interested in hiking or canoeing? Feel free to relax at the lodge.

    La Selva Lodge Excursions
    La Selva Lodge
    Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies. They're all just a short walk or canoe paddle away. Learn from expert naturalist guides about the flora and fauna of the rainforest and the Indigenous peoples who live in the area.

    Free Time
    Yasuni National Park
    Enjoy free time at the lodge. Opt to take a canoe out on the lake, visit the spa, or even go for a swim. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 8 Yasuni National Park/Quito

    Travel by boat back to Coca and catch a flight to Quito.

    Motorized canoe
    Yasuni National Park - Puerto Francisco de Orellana 2h 30m
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

    Plane
    Francisco De Orellana Airport - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 45m-1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Depart Quito

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD250-325 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt. of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. THE TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO: Please note this tour travels to Banos. The Tungurahua volcano in the area around Banos is constantly active. G Adventures have operated countless tours to the Banos area over the years without incident. However, we are obligated to point out that travel to the area is at your own risk, to exercise caution when travelling in the area. Further, we urge you to check your insurance coverage with your insurance provider prior to travel to the Banos area.

  10. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. Foreign travellers are exempt from this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.


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