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What you will do

This tour gives you a perfect summary of the beautiful country of Ecuador! You experience the indigenous market in the north, get to know the colonial cities Quito and Cuenca, discover the "avenue of the volcanoes", learn about local culture and much, much more!

Places you will see

QuitoOtavaloPapallactaVolcán AntisanaVía Chaupi Shungo km 3EcuadorBaños de Agua SantaVolcán CotopaxiChimborazoAlausíIngapircaCuencaTarquino CorderoChordelegValle de YunguillaAzuayGuayaquil
Guide English
Food Breakfast
Transport Private

Day 1
Quito

Arrival in Quito

 Welcome to Ecuador! You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Fuente de Piedra I

Double Room

The "Fuente de Pieda I" is a colonial style hotel. It is characterized by its three patios (inner courtyards), its cozy and idyllic atmosphere and its proximity to the district "La Mariscal". In short, ideal price-performance ratio!

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Day 2
Quito

Quito Sightseeing

Today you will enjoy a half day city tour walking through the historic part of Quito in the morning, and will get to know the Plaza Grande as well as the churches La Compañía and San Francisco. In the afternoon, you can choose between two activities: visiting the Equator Monument "Mitad del Mundo" or taking the cable car up to the volcano Rucu Pichincha  to enjoy a fantastic views over the city.

Quito

Activity: Quito City Tour

Your guide will collect you from your hotel and together you will take a half day sightseeing tour through Quito, which is located on a height of 9,186ft (2,800m) and is therefore the second highest capital in the world. Only a few cities can pride themselves on such an exclusive location. The largest obtained colonial city of America, also called the “Florence of the Andeans”, was officially nominated to a World Heritage Site in 1978. Our tour will lead us from “Plaza Grande” past the Cathedral and the presidential palace to the impressive churches “El Sagrario” and “La Compañía”. Furthermore, you will get to know the sites “Santo Domingo”, “La Merced” and “San Francisco”. Later on we will visit the monastery of “San Francisco”, which is truly a jewel of colonial art. As a closing we will view Quito’s landmark, which is a Statue of "El Panecillo" (virgin of Quito).

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Activity: Equatorial Monument

In the afternoon you can step on both hemispheres at the same time at the Equator Monument "Mitad del Mundo". In the beginning of the 18th century French scientists determined the middle of the earth at exactly this spot. You will have enough time to wander through and explore the village that was constructed around the monument. Afterwards we will depart towards the Inti ñan Solar Museum. Thanks to modern GPS technology, a group of scientists discovered that the equator is actually situated about 660ft (200m) further to the north. We will take a tour of the Inti Ñan Solar Museum, which shows various tests that prove that we are actually standing on the equator! Look forward to an equally fun and educational visit! Afterwards you will be taken back to Quito, where you will arrive in the early afternoon.

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Accommodation: Fuente de Piedra I

Double Room

The "Fuente de Pieda I" is a colonial style hotel. It is characterized by its three patios (inner courtyards), its cozy and idyllic atmosphere and its proximity to the district "La Mariscal". In short, ideal price-performance ratio!

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Day 3
QuitoOtavalo

Otavalo Market & Crater Lake or Rose Plantation

Today you will take a day trip to the northern part of Ecuador, driving to the city of Otavalo. The city is famous for its colorful and lively market. In the afternoon you can choose between visiting the Cuicocha Crater Lake, visiting the leather town Cotacachi or visiting a rose plantation.

 

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Activity: Otavalo Market & Cuicocha Crater Lagoon

Today you are on a daytrip to the northern part of Ecuador, driving to the city of Otavalo which is famous for its colorful and lively market. After maybe buying the first souvenir during the late morning, you will continue to the Cuicocha Crater Lake (guinea pig lake), a crater lake at an altitude of 10,500ft (3200m). Its incredibly beautiful colour, the two islands of volcanic origin and their exotic flora and fauna make this place something special. In the late afternoon you will return to Quito.

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Accommodation: Fuente de Piedra I

Double Room

The "Fuente de Pieda I" is a colonial style hotel. It is characterized by its three patios (inner courtyards), its cozy and idyllic atmosphere and its proximity to the district "La Mariscal". In short, ideal price-performance ratio!

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Day 4
QuitoPapallactaVolcán AntisanaVía Chaupi Shungo km 3

Hot Springs or Volcano Antisana Enroute to the Amazon

Today you will travel from Quito to the beautiful Hakuna Matata Lodge in the Amazon jungle. On the way you can choose to take a dip in thermal hot springs in Papallacta or to take a short hike around the Antisana volcano, Ecuador's 4th highest.

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Activity: Papallacta´s Hot Springs

After leaving Quito you can enjoy the morning with a relaxing bath in the famous mineral hot springs (up to 104° F / 40° C) while enjoying the great natural beauty of the area. Afterwards you are driving towards the rain forest to the small jungle lodge Hakuna Matata, which is hidden in the forest and offering some great possibilities to comfortably finish the day!

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Accommodation: Hakuna Matata

Double Room (Cabañas)

"Hakuna Matata" Lodge is a small paradise spot in the middle of the mountain jungle of Ecuador.  Outstanding are the well-kept rooms, the delicious food in the open restaurant, the palm-shaped pool, the 120-hectare private rainforest reserve with hiking trails and the white sand beach at the nearby river. Horse riding is also available for the guests!

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Day 5
Vía Chaupi Shungo km 3

Excursion to the Amazon Rainforest

Today you can choose between 3 different jungle excursions: Classic, Explorer or Adventure.

The Classic excursion includes a market visit, a canoe tour on the Napo river, a jungle hike, visit of an animal sanctuary and an indigenous community. Explorer features a canoe tour on the Arajuno river, a visit to the parrot clay lick, breakfast in a local community and a jungle hike. And if you're an adrenaline nut, check out the Adventure excursion, which includes a hike to the Jondachi canyon and waterfall and the chance to don a helmet and explore the surrounding caves. 

 

Activity: Hakuna Classic

In the morning, you visit a native market in the province's capital Tena before you get to explore the Rio Napo in a motorised canoe and learn more about the rainforest while hiking for approximately two hours. You arrive at the animal shelter "amaZOOnico" with more than 500 animals. Afterwards, you visit a small indigenous community and immerse yourself in the native's everyday life for one afternoon!

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Accommodation: Hakuna Matata

Double Room (Cabañas)

"Hakuna Matata" Lodge is a small paradise spot in the middle of the mountain jungle of Ecuador.  Outstanding are the well-kept rooms, the delicious food in the open restaurant, the palm-shaped pool, the 120-hectare private rainforest reserve with hiking trails and the white sand beach at the nearby river. Horse riding is also available for the guests!

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Day 6
Vía Chaupi Shungo km 3

Hakuna Matata Lodge, Rafting or Chocolate Workshop

The day is at your free disposal! You can either relax at the pool and enjoy the jungle lodge or choose one of the optional trips. Choose from a ride in the jungle, a hike to explore native fauna or a chocolate workshop where you learn how the cocoa bean is made into the sweet stuff we know and love.

Activity: Leisure Time in the Amazon

The day is at your free disposal! You can either choose an optional trip or stay at the pool and relax. The optional trips are a ride in the jungle, a hike to explore the native fauna or a chocolate workshop.

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Accommodation: Hakuna Matata

Double Room (Cabañas)

"Hakuna Matata" Lodge is a small paradise spot in the middle of the mountain jungle of Ecuador.  Outstanding are the well-kept rooms, the delicious food in the open restaurant, the palm-shaped pool, the 120-hectare private rainforest reserve with hiking trails and the white sand beach at the nearby river. Horse riding is also available for the guests!

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Day 7
Vía Chaupi Shungo km 3EcuadorBaños de Agua Santa

Exploring the Pastaza Canyon

In the morning you depart from the rain forest and head towards the mountains, driving through the Pastaza Canyon with its impressive valleys and waterfalls. Starting from the village Rio Verde you will take a short hike to “Pailón del Diablo” (Devil’s Cauldron) waterfall. You will continue on to reach Baños in the afternoon.The evening is free for you to explore Baños.

Vía Chaupi Shungo km 3

Activity: Pastaza Canyon

In the morning you are leaving the rain forest towards the mountains, driving through the Pastaza Canyon with its impressive valleys and waterfalls. Starting from the village Rio Verde you are exploring the waterfall “Pailón del Diablo” (Devil’s Cauldron) on foot, before reaching Baños in the afternoon. You have the evening at your free disposal.

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Accommodation: Isla de Baños

Double Room

The name of the excellent hosteria "Isla de Baños" is very well suited to this beautiful accommodation, because it is truly a small "island of relaxation". A well-tended garden, a pavilion, an artificial waterfall as well as the spa area reinforce the feeling of being in a tropical oasis. A very good price-performance ratio!

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Day 8
Baños de Agua Santa

Free time for exploring Baños

The day is at your free disposal. Your driver can bring you to the famous tree house swing "Casa del Árbol" where you can enjoy the beautiful view over Baños and the Tungurahua volcano. If you prefer an activity with more action you have the possibility to book a climbing, canyoning, or rafting tour (optional and not included).

Activity: Leisure Time in Baños

The day is at your free disposal. Your driver can bring you to the famous tree house swing "Casa del Árbol" where you can enjoy the beautiful view over Baños and the Tungurahua volcano. If you prefer an activity with more action you have the possibility to book a climbing, canyoning or rafting tour (optional and not included).

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Accommodation: Isla de Baños

Double Room