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Ecuador Explorer

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13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Quito  |  from USD $1,899  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Discover the highlights of Ecuador with this tour that takes you from the dizzy heights of Quito, through colourful Indian market towns and gorgeous countryside, to the Amazon rainforest and back again.

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Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival at Quito airport you will be met and transferred to our joining hotel. After arriving at our hotel consider heading out to explore the city on foot before our group welcome meeting later this evening. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
Overnight: Quito

Days 2-3

Quito - Otavalo. We begin our journey by heading north to visit the famous market town of Otavalo and its surrounding area. From here you can visit Laguna Cuicocha, an extinct volcano famous for the deep lake in its crater. At certain times of the year you may be able to go for a short boat ride on the lake. There are also nice walking trails around the lake. On the return from Cuicocha you could visit Cotacachi, where you can buy inexpensive leather goods.

The market in Otavalo is a great place to stock up on souvenirs and gifts for friends back home. The local people of Otavalo, who come from their villages to sell livestock, produce and textiles are distinct in appearance. The men wear calf length white trousers and sandals and have their long hair braided, while the women wear white frilly blouses, black skirts and have gold coloured jewellery twirled around their necks. It's a wonderful place to shop for all kinds of handicrafts and great for photographs.
Overnight: Otavalo

Days 4-6

Quito – Amazon Jungle. On day 4 we descend into the humid Amazon Basin for three nights. To reach our remote Amazon accommodation, we hike through the rainforest climbing and canyoning through the dense undergrowth. After getting muddy and wet, we are transported to the hotel, home for the next few nights.

The next few days are packed with adventure and discovery and your local guide will help you make the most of your time spent in the jungle. You will have a chance to journey down the river by motorised canoe, visit museums, an animal rescue centre and meet local communities to live in the Amazon Jungle. You will be taught about the different plants that grow in the rainforest and their importance for jungle survival. You will also have the chance to float down the River Napo on tubes or swim in its waters.
Overnight: Amazon  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 3

Days 7-9

Amazon - Banos. Leaving the Amazon behind, we head by bus to the spa town of Banos, known for its hot springs. On the way we pass spectacular scenery. In Banos you are free to relax in the thermal pools or take leisurely walks amongst the surrounding mountains. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy horseback riding in the hills. Banos is a great place to buy beautifully painted balsa wood animals and try the local sweet, taffy.
Overnight: Banos  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 10-11

Banos – Cuenca - Quito. Continuing on we reach the old colonial market town of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city. Despite its size, the centre of Cuenca retains much of its colonial charm with cobblestone streets, open plazas and whitewashed buildings with ironwork balconies, and is even an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is also the home of the Panama hat and you’ll have the chance to visit a factory where the hats are made. Whilst in Cuenca you have the option to visit the celebrated Inca ruins of Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most important archaeological site. The original structures were made by the Canari people and you can still see the place where these pre-Inca people worshipped the moon.
Overnight: Cuenca

Day 12

A short flight takes us back to Quito where you will have more free time to discover the city. Wander around the UNESCO listed old town, a maze of colonial splendour where the vibrant indigenous character is still retained or head to the colourful Mariscal Sucre, the heart of the ‘new town’. Here you will find trendy cafes, international restaurants and lively bars.
Overnight: Quito

Day 13

Our tour concludes today. Spend the day further exploring before making your way to the airport for your flight back home.

Trip Highlights

The UNESCO listed colonial city of Quito
Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest and trekking
Banos - a spa town famous for its hot thermal springs
Otavalo Market town - handicrafts, souvenirs and villagers in local dress
Cuenca - home of the Panama hat, UNESCO listed city with cobblestone streets, open plazas and whitewashed buildings


Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
12 nights in hotels, hostels and guesthouses
Visits to Otavalo Market and Amazon Jungle
Relevant transport by public bus, boat and taxi
Entrance fees to included excursions
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Excursions to Quito, Otavalo, the Amazon, Banos and Cuenca
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist guides at some local sites
Economy class flight from Cuenca to Quito

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Single Supp.
10% off
USD $1899
USD $279
10% off
USD $1899
USD $279
10% off
USD $1899
USD $279
Tour Details
Year round
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 3
Extra Tour Info
Style of Group Travel
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Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.