6 days Andes + 4 days Amazon + 4 days coast

6 days Andes + 4 days Amazon + 4 days coast

tour

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6 nights in Andes /
3 nights in Amazon /
3 nights in the Coast

This trip includes:

Otavalo: two nights + excursion to Cuicocha
Papallacta: overnight stay + walk and visit to the thermal baths
Quito: three nights + day trip to Cotopaxi National Park
Amazon: three nights in an all-in Amazon lodge
Coast: three nights + two excursions
Return flights to the Amazon rainforest
Flee to the coast
All transfers with private car!

STANDARD VERSION
2 196 USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
COMFORT VERSION
2 719USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
LUXURY VERSION
4 793USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
Including

* All hotel nights with breakfast, transfers, domestic flights and excursions as mentioned in the program.
* Lunch and dinner in accordance with the program if stated.

Exclusive

* Drinks, tips and expenses of a personal nature.
* International flights to and from Ecuador.
* Travel or cancellation insurance.

This is an example trip. You can adapt the order of the trip and the choice of hotels and excursions to your wishes. For example, you can combine this trip with another example trip or a subsequent cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The extensive range of hotels, excursions and cruises can be found elsewhere on this website.

DAY 1

Arrival from Belgium in Quito
Transfer from Quito to Otavalo in private car
You will be picked up by a Spanish-speaking driver and taken to the hotel in Otavalo in a private vehicle. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes approximately 2 hours.

DAY 2

Acclimatization: we suggest two activities that you can do on your own:
Otavalo – visit to the indigenous market (under your own steam)
This market in the Plaza de Ponchos is without a doubt the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador. You will find a huge range of artesanate there. The best day to visit this market is on Saturday. At the same time, 4 markets take place in different places in the city. But the artesanate market now also continues on the other days of the week – it is then a lot quieter. That also has its advantages.
Hike to the waterfall of Peguche (under your own steam)
The 18 meter high waterfall of Peguche is close to the hotel. The local people of Otavalo celebrate the Sun Festival of Inti Raymi on June 21. Purification rituals are held here for several days. The falls are located in a small nature reserve.

DAY 3

Hiking tour around the crater lake of Cuicocha
Cuicocha is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ecuador. In a private vehicle we drive to the entrance of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, where we start a 5-hour walking tour that runs between 3,100 and 3,500 meters above sea level. Along the way we enjoy the biodiversity, the views of the picturesque lake of Cuicocha with its two islands, as well as the panorama of the mountain peaks Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe. Difficulty: moderate Duration: approx. 7 hours Included: English speaking local guide, private transport, meal or packed lunch Mandatory: good walking shoes, sun protection, mosquito repellent, fleece or pull, water (min.1 liter) Recommended: camera, binoculars, rain jacket, reasonable condition also at height
Transfer from Otavalo to Papallacta in private vehicle
You will be taken from Otavalo to Papallacta. During this 3-hour drive through the Andes Mountains, just after Cayambe you will pass a small equatorial monument and the pilgrimage site of El Quinche, known for its cathedral and its typical Native American cemetery.

DAY 4

Hiking tour Sendero de la Chorrera (Papallacta)
This tour takes about 3 hours and starts at the guard’s house next to the public baths of Papallacta. This trail is located in the buffer zone of Cayambe Coca National Park and the Thermas Papallacta Private Reserve. It is a beautiful mix of high mountains and cloud forest, ideal for nature photography. At the end of the tour you will come to a waterfall that forms in the course of the Pailón river. Included: local guide with limited knowledge of English.
Transfer from Papallacta to Quito in private vehicle
You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to Quito in a 2-hour private car ride.

DAY 5

The Cotopaxi National Park
With its 5 897 meters, the Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. The National Park is just over an hour’s drive from Quito. We first visit a small museum in the park and then walk around the Limpiopungo lake with its typical flora and fauna. Then we continue by car to the final place at 4500 meters. From there it takes us about an hour to walk to reach the refuge at 4800 meters. After a short stop we continue to the glacier. On Thursday you can combine this visit with a visit to the beautifully authentic indigenous market of Saquisili. We will be back in Quito in the late afternoon. Included: English speaking guide and transport in private car. Not included: meal on the go. Duration: whole day

DAY 6


Transfer from hotel to Quito airport in private car
You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the airport.
Flight from Quito to Amazon
After a 30 minute flight over the mountain peaks of the Andes, we land in the Amazon forest, where a guide from the lodge will be waiting for us?
Day 1 Amazon
The program depends on the lodge you choose – see the PDF attached at the top of this page and our Lodges in Amazonewoud page.

DAY 7

Day 2 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you stay.

DAY 8

Day 3 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you stay.

DAY 9

Day 4 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you stay.
Flight from Amazon to Quito
The canoe and plane will bring you back to Quito from the lodge in a few hours.
Transfer from Quito airport to hotel in private car
You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.

DAY 10

Flight from Quito to Manta
A 30 minute flight will take you to Manta Airport.
Transfer from Manta airport to Puerto Lopez in private car
You will be met at Manta airport and taken to the hotel in Puerto Lopez. This ride takes approximately 2 hours.
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DAY 11

Los Frailes and Agua Blanca
Today you will visit Ecuador’s most beautiful beach. You can choose to drive or cycle to the start of the walk. Los Frailes is about three kilometers from Puerto Lopez, so it is also very doable by bike. Once you arrive at the start of the walk you first get some explanation about the region and afterwards you start walking towards a beach with black sand, La Tortuguita, a lookout with a view over the coast to finally reach a beach with beautiful white sand. Here you can rest for a while before leaving for Agua Blanca. Agua Blanca is an archaeological site in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve. You can swim here in a beautiful lake that has medicinal properties due to its volcanic origin. After this we turn
back to the hotel. Difficulty: easy. Duration: approximately 6 hours. Included: English speaking guide, transport, entrance to the archaeological site and lunch. What to bring: sun and rain protection, sporty footwear and bathing gear.

DAY 12

Isla de la Plata
During this trip – which takes 6 to 7 hours – you visit this beautiful island, also called small Galapagos. It is 25 km (about 1.5 hours by boat) off the coast of Puerto Lopez. In addition to frigate birds and tropic birds, you will also find blue-footed, masked and red-footed boobies and even some Galapagosal batros. The island can only be visited with a guide from the park and you
must – just like on the real Galapagos – not deviate from the official paths. You make a 2 and a half hour walking tour with the nature guide. Then you return to the boat where you can see beautiful turtles and afterwards you can snorkel for an hour at the bay where you can swim among the same turtles and see other types of fish and starfish.
On the way to the island you can spot humpback whales from June to September, which use the area in large numbers as a nursery.
Difficulty: easy. Duration: 7 hours approx. Included: English speaking guide, transport, lunch box and snorkeling equipment. Exclusive: National Park entrance of 1 USD pp. Bring along: boat windbreaker, sports shoes, water bottle, sun protection, swimming gear and camera.

DAY 13

Transfer from Puerto Lopez to Guayaquil airport in private car (SP-speaking driver)
You will be transferred from the hotel in Puerto Lopez to the airport in Guayaquil (drive of +/- 4 hours).

Remarks

* All transfers are done with private car and Spanish-speaking driver unless otherwise stated
* Mentioned trips and excursions are examples from a wider range. Check out our website for more options.
* This travel proposal is based on standard double rooms, unless stated otherwise. Surcharges for single rooms or deluxe rooms are on request.
* This travel proposal is without obligation, depending on the travel period and subject to availability.
* In the final travel program, certain fixed days of activities must be taken into account, such as Indian markets, departure dates of cruises and flights, etc. We do everything possible to optimally integrate the mentioned activities into the program.

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