6 days Andes + 4 days Amazon

tour

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6 nights in Andes /
3 nights in Amazon /

This trip includes:

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

STANDARD VERSION
1 669 USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
COMFORT VERSION
2174USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
LUXURY VERSION
3 173USD /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 in turn 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 of 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
The Cotopaxi is with its 5 897 meters 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.

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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