6 days Andes + 4 days Amazon – Classic

6 nights in Andes /
3 nights in Amazon /

Itinerary

day 1 arrival in Quito + transfer to Otavalo
day 2 Acclimatization – indigenous market – Peguche
day 3 Journey around Lake Cuicocha and to Papallacta
day 4 Laguna de Baños and to Quito
day 5 Daytrip to Cotopaxi National Park
day 6 (flight) to Amazon – day 1 Amazon
Day 7 Day 2 Amazon
Day 8 Day 3 Amazon
day 9 day 4 Amazon – (flight) to Quito
day 10 City tour of Quito and airport transfer

• all excursions with English speaking private guide
• all transfers with private cars!
• For info and support, you can always contact our English-speaking co-worker in Ecuador.

STANDARD VERSION

1 628 USD / person

PDF

Download

COMFORT VERSION

2 281 USD / person

PDF

Download

LUXURY VERSION

3 222 USD / person

PDF

Download

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 in Quito
Transfer from Quito to Otavalo in private car (SP-language driver)
You will be picked up by a Spanish-speaking driver at the hotel (or airport) and taken in a private car to the hotel in Otavalo. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes about 2 hours.

DAY 2

Acclimatization – we suggest two activities that one can do on one’s own:
Otavalo – visit to the indigenous market (on your own)
This market in the Plaza de Ponchos is without a doubt the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador. You will find a huge selection of artesanate. The best day to visit this market is on Saturday. There are 4 markets going on simultaneously in different parts of the city. But the artesanate market now also goes on the other days of the week – it is much quieter then. This in turn has its advantages.
Hike to Peguche waterfall (on own)
The 18-meter-high Peguche waterfall is located 4 kilometers south of Otavalo in a beautiful natural park… The local population of Otavalo celebrates the solar festival of Inti Raymi there on June 21. During several days purification rituals are held here. But also during the rest of the year the park is worth a visit.

DAY 3

Hiking around the crater lake of Cuicocha.
Cuicocha is one of the most famous lakes in Ecuador. With a private car we drive to the entrance of the reserve Cotacachi-Cayapas, where we start a 5-hour hike that goes between 3100 and 3500 meters above sea level. Along the way we enjoy the biodiversity, the views of the picturesque Lake Cuicocha with its two islets and the view of the peaks Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe.
Difficulty: moderate
Duration: approximately 7 hours
Included: English speaking local guide, private transport, meal or packed lunch
Required: good walking shoes, sun protection, mosquito repellent, fleece or pullover, water (min. 1 liter)
Recommended: camera, binoculars, rain jacket, reasonable physical condition also at altitude
Transfer from Otavalo to Papallacta in private car
You will be transferred from Otavalo to Papallacta. During this 3-hour drive through the Andes, just after Cayambe you pass a small equatorial monument and the El Quinche pilgrimage site, known for its cathedral and typical Indian cemetery.

DAY 4

Hiking tour – The lakes of Baños (Papallacta)
This hike takes about 3 hours and starts at the entrance of the thermal baths in Papallacta. By car we drive 15 minutes steep up the mountain to the entrance of the National Park Cayambe-Coca at 3800 meters above sea level. From here we walk to the lakes of Baños. On a clear day you have a beautiful view of the Antisana volcano. Along the way we look out for the spectacled bear, the mountain deer, the mountain tapir, paramo wolves etc.
Included: local guide with limited knowledge of English, transportation by private car H/T from the entrance of the thermal baths.
Transfer from Papallacta to Quito in private car (SP language driver)
You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to Quito in a 2-hour drive by private car.

DAY 5

Cotopaxi National Park
At 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 terminus at 4500 meters. From there it takes us about an hour to reach the hut at 4800 meters. On Thursday you can combine this visit with a visit to the beautifully authentic indigenous market of Saquisili. In the late afternoon we are back in Quito.
Included: English speaking guide and transportation in private car. Not included: meal en route. Duration: full day

DAY 6

Transfer from hotel to Quito airport in private car (SP-language driver).
You will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport.
Flight from Quito to Coca
You will be met at the airport by a representative of the lodge who will help you check in. After a 30-minute flight over the peaks of the Andes, we land at the small airport of Coca from where we take a small van to the pier on the Rio Napo.
Canoe ride from Coca to the lodge
A large comfortable covered motor canoe now takes us in a 2.5 hour trip to the lodge pier. On the way we take a packed lunch. During this trip you can already spot several local bird species (herons, kingfishers,..). At the pier we refresh ourselves and then continue for about 1.5 hours with a tree canoe, paddling along a narrow creek, under the trees to the lodge on the other side of the lake. Along the way there is a good chance of seeing monkeys, and several larger bird species such as parrots, toucans and macaws. In the late afternoon you arrive at the lodge on the edge of the beautiful Añangu Lake. You will have a welcome drink and get to know the lodge and its people. After dinner there is the opportunity to participate in the search for caimans around the lake.
If you go to Cuyabeno Lodge (standard) you don’t fly to Coca but to Lago Agrio.

DAY 7


Day 2 Amazon.
You will follow the program of the lodge where you are staying.

DAY 8


Day 3 Amazon.
You will follow the program of the lodge where you are staying.

DAY 9

Day 4 Amazon
You follow the program of the lodge where you are staying.
Flight from Amazon to Quito
The canoe and plane will take 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

Colonial Quito
For this excursion, the guide will pick you up by car at the hotel. We visit the old and the new Quito: the parliament, the presidential palace, the Plaza de Independencia and the churches San Francisco, La Compania and the cathedral. Then we go to El Panecillo, the statue of the angel and panoramic point that thrones high above Quito. The guide provides information about Quito and Ecuador. The entrance in the mentioned places of interest are subject to opening hours.
Included: English speaking guide and private transport.
Not included: meals, entrance to museums and churches.
Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
Transfer from hotel to Quito airport in private car (SP-language driver)
You will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport.
Return flight from Quito

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.

stuur ons een mail of bel ons

00 593 99 593 4900
[email protected]