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Discover the extra-ordinary magic of Ecuador by travelling from The Andean mountain range to the Amazon Basin, travelling by train and trekking through the Volcano Avenue. Starting high in the Andean mountain range, and exploring the mountain towns of indigenous Otavalo, Quito, Baños and Cuenca to cruising the tropical Amazon rivers and exploring the indigenous jungle tribes and civilizations of this biodiverse region. This off the beaten path journey will teach us all about the different regions, local tribes and their cultures, while visiting these unique and incredible places in Ecuador.
Special features of our 10 day From The Andes to The Amazon Adventure:
Type of Tourism: Nature, Biodiversity, Adventure, Off the beaten track
Places to Visit: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon basin, Baños, Cuenca.
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
Today is arrival day to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This well preserved colonial city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano. You can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area if you arrive early. In the evening, the guide will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 6 pm. We will discuss the details and questions you may have abou...
We will collect you early from the Quito hotel to head north through the majestic Andes. On the way, we will stop at a lookout point over the Imbabura Volcano and Lake San Pablo. In Otavalo, you will have plenty of time to wander through the narrow cobblestone streets, filled with the Indigenous people wearing the traditional blue ponchos, white trousers and long braided hair. Learn all about their way of life and their native language. We will visit the famous handicraft market, with...
After breakfast, we will head out along a windy, spectacular road towards the Amazon Rain forest, descending 2500 metres in elevation. As we drop, we can appreciate how the landscape and vegetation change drastically between the different climates. Our first stop will be the Guango hummingbird reserve, where we will have the unique opportunity to see many of these incredible birds in the wild. These brightly coloured, tiny creatures are famous for their ability to flap their wings rap...
Today, we will head out into the Amazon on a hike to look for different animal species and learn about the endemic medicinal plants of the region. We will also meet the family who will offer us their home for an interactive experience in the jungle. We can take part in their everyday activities and learn about the customs and traditions as well as their natural products such as medicinal plants. We will head out on a hike with the family to collect local plants, weave with vines and e...
After breakfast, we will head to the Rio Verde, located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sangay National Park. Here, we will hike down to the second-highest waterfall in Ecuador, the Pailon Del Diablo, where immense cascades of water crash on the rocks, which we can view from the bridge. We can also hike behind these immense falls. We will then head on to another incredible waterfall called El Manto de la Novia, where we will ride in a cable car across the Pastaza River's cany...
After breakfast, we will visit The Swing of the End of the World, where you will have time to replicate the amazing picture that won the National Geographic photo competition, appreciating the spectacular landscape in front of us. We will have a free afternoon to enjoy some of the many optional activities in this picturesque town.
Bright and early, we will drive through valleys and farming villages to reach the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador, found at an elevation of 6310 m. The volcano's summit is said to be the furthest point from the centre of the earth on the planet. We will hike the short trail to reach an elevation of 5000 m where the glacier begins. This region is home to the Andean condor, caracara, hummingbirds, and vicuñas. Once extinct in Ecuador, vicuñas have been reintroduced and are now a protected species.
After an early breakfast, we will take a scenic drive to the small town of Alausí. From here, we will take the Devil’s Nose train, where the train tracks wind through the landscape, creating a totally unique travel experience. After this incredible experience, will head to Ingapirca, the most impressive archaeological site in Ecuador. We will spend the afternoon learning about these Inca remnants and their unique fusion of Inca and native Cañari architecture, as we...
In the morning, we will enjoy a city tour, visiting the most important buildings and notable places in Cuenca, such as Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco and El Turi lookout point. In the afternoon, we will visit a famous Panama hat factory where we can learn about this famous hats history. In the afternoon, we will visit the towns of Chordeleg and Gualaceo, famous for their jewellery and handicrafts. The market town Gualaceo is where locals gather to exchange their produ...
Today we will have a free morning to enjoy the city before we take our short flight back to the capital. In Quito, we will head to the airport for your flight back home or to your next exciting destination!