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16 DAYS TOUR

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Quito/Papallacta

Travel to Papallacta Hot Springs and opt for a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Papallacta/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend 2 nights with a local Quichua family at a homestay in a small village.

Enjoy nature walks and and learn about local culture.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 Tena

Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Tena

Journey further into the Amazon to a jungle lodge. Included guided walks and canoe rides show the natural history and wildlife.

Opt to go whitewater rafting on the Napo River.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Tena

Spend another day exploring the area.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Baños

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Baños

Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Baños/Cuenca

Travel south to the colonial city of Cuenca, stopping en route at the Ingapirca ruins. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Cuenca/Cayambe

Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Cayambe/Otavalo

Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Otavalo

Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Otavalo/Quito

Travel back to Quito and spend free time in the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Quito

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast. .

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation

Hotel Quito (or similar)

Day 2 Quito/Papallacta

Travel to Papallacta Hot Springs and opt for a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs.

Take a local bus through the heights of the Andes en route to the Amazon. Stop for the night in Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools.

Local bus
Quito – Papallacta2h60km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time
Papallacta Afternoon

Get exploring. Free time is yours to use any way you want!

Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
Papallacta

Enjoy access to the private hot springs at the accommodation in Papallacta.

Accommodation

Hotel Termas Papallacta (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Papallacta/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend 2 nights with a local Quichua family at a homestay in a small village. Enjoy nature walks and and learn about local culture. Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family enjoying the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Optional activities include visiting an animal rescue centre, caving, and whitewater rafting.

Local bus
Papallacta – Tena 4h95 km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle
Tena 45 minutes

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Amazon Jungle Homestay
Tena

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life.

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 Tena

Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.

Amazon Jungle Homestay

Tena

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life.

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Tena

Journey further into the Amazon to a jungle lodge. Included guided walks and canoe rides show the natural history and wildlife. Opt to go whitewater rafting on the Napo River.

Travel to a jungle lodge located on the Napo River, one of the Amazon’s two major tributaries.

Explore by foot and canoe to learn about the natural history of this area. There is also an option for an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip on the Napo.

Please note: wildlife viewing in this part of the jungle is limited for a number of reasons. This visit is more a cultural learning experience.

Jungle Excursions
Tena

Go for walks or canoe rides through the Tena area on the Napo River to learn more about the way of life in the region. Learn how the locals use the plants and fruits of the jungle on this cultural excursion.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Whitewater Rafting
Tena

Hit the rapids in the Amazon, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! Enjoy amazing scenery as you paddle past rainforests on this wild ride.

Accommodation

Itamandi Lodge (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Tena

Spend another day exploring the area.

Jungle Excursions

Tena

Go for walks or canoe rides through the Tena area on the Napo River to learn more about the way of life in the region. Learn how the locals use the plants and fruits of the jungle on this cultural excursion.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Whitewater Rafting
Tena

Hit the rapids in the Amazon, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! Enjoy amazing scenery as you paddle past rainforests on this wild ride.

Accommodation

Itamandi Lodge (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

 Local bus

Tena – Baños 4 hours

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

Hot Springs
Baños

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Baños

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Free Time

Baños Full Day

Get active or get lazy, the choice is yours.

Optional Activities - Day 8

Hiking
Baños
Free

Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Baños provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

Mountain Biking
Baños
10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation – depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

Hot Springs
Baños

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

Whitewater Rafting
Baños
70USD per person

Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

Canyoneering
Baños
25USD per person

Take the opportunity to go canyoneering in this prime place for outdoor adventure. Get fitted with gear and go with the group to explore waterfalls, rock formations, and the area’s amazing natural beauty, all from a unique (and fun-filled) perspective.

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Baños

Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Free Time

Baños Full Day

Get active or get lazy, the choice is yours.

Optional Activities - Day 9

Hiking
Baños
Free

Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Baños provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

Mountain Biking
Baños
10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation – depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

Hot Springs
Baños

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

Whitewater Rafting
Baños
70USD per person

Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Baños/Cuenca

Travel south to the colonial city of Cuenca, stopping en route at the Ingapirca ruins. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city.

Travel along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', through Ecuador's central valley of mountains to the colonial town of Cuenca. Enjoy a full day trip with spectacular views along the way, stopping at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca — the largest and best-preserved archaeological site in Ecuador.

Explore the city’s sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

Private Vehicle
Baños – Cuenca 8 hours -  321km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Ingapirca Ruins Visit
Cuenca

Visit the ruins of Ingapirca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Cuenca, through some of Ecuador's most beautiful countryside. Although it is a major Inca site, not a lot is known about its history.

Accommodation

Hotel La Casona (or similar)
 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.

Free Time

Cuenca Full Day

Explore the city or go further afield.

Optional Activities - Day 11

Cajas National Park Visit
Cajas National Park
10USD per person

Head out for an excursion from Cuenca with a visit to Cajas National Park. Tour this natural outdoor playground that combines stunning scenery and wildlife with excellent areas for hiking. The terrain is quite stark, mostly above 4,000m (13,120 ft) in the páramo (grassy highlands), with many clear lakes. Try some of the variety of treks in the park’s vast 28,000 ha, and keep an eye out for oncillas, wild llamas, pumas, and a wide variety of birds, including toucans!

Accommodation

Hotel La Casona (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Cuenca/Cayambe

Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.

Plane

Cuenca – Quito

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private Vehicle
Quito – Cayambe 1h30m - 2h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Hosteria Guachala (or similar)

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Cayambe/Otavalo

Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Local bus

Cayambe – Otavalo1h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time
Otavalo Afternoon

Enjoy the town and the area further afield.

Optional Activities - Day 13

Cotacachi Visit
Cotacachi

Visit the mountain town of Cotacahi, known for its leather goods and handicrafts. Wander the streets of the scenic town and watch craftspeople make handmade leather goods. Take in local living, and be sure to pick up some goods and souvenirs.

Peguche Waterfall Visit
Otavalo

Enjoy a stroll to the famous Peguche Waterfall nestled within a gorgeous protected forest, Bosque Protector Cascada de Peguche. Take in the beauty of this natural wonder that’s also a sacred Indigenous ceremonial site used for purification baths.

Cuicocha Lake Hike
Laguna de Cuicocha

Trek around this volcanic crater lake located at 3,246m (10,650 ft) above sea level. Take in amazing scenic views of the deep blue lake and its two lava islands.

Accommodation

Hotel Santa Fe (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Otavalo

Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market.

Explore the largest handicraft market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.

Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit
Otavalo

Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Try to arrive early for the best bargains (it starts at dawn), and try your hand at haggling – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price.

Accommodation

Hotel Santa Fe (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Otavalo/Quito

Travel back to Quito and spend free time in the city.

Enjoy a free day to explore Quito, with the options to visit the Basilica or explore the old town. Enjoy the last evening in this energetic city.

 

Local bus
Otavalo – Quito2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time
Quito Full Day

Head out and explore this capital city.

Accommodation

Hotel Quito (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16Quito

Depart at any time.

We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this charming city.

Meals included: Breakfast

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What's Included

Papallacta Hot Springs stay. Amazon Jungle homestay and cooking demonstrations (2 nts). Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts). Baños stay. Ingapirca ruins stop. Orientation walk of Cuenca. Historic hacienda overnight stay. Otavalo visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with a historic hacienda stay.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 12

Transport

Public bus, plane, taxis, motorized canoe, private van, 4x4 vehicles, pickup truck.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Accommodation

Hotels (9 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabañas (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts).

My Own Room Exceptions

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Nights 3-4: Amazon homestay.

Joining Instructions

The Quito International Airport is approximately one hour outside of the city centre where your joining hotel is located. There are a number of routes the driver may take depending on time of day and traffic, however, the route often seems long and indirect. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is by organizing a taxi at the desk within the airport (approximately $30 USD). Private transfers generally cost more as the cars will need to drive from Quito, to the airport, and return. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find a taxi stand. We strongly recommend you pay for the car at set rates from the taxi stand and therefore won't need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic with many drivers vying for few clients. The taxis outside the airport area do not belong to the Taxi Airport Union and may charge higher fares.

There is also a shuttle available with the bus company Aeroservicios. Aeroservicios charges 8 USD to board a bus which will take you from the new airport to the old airport. The buses are new, comfortable, and often include wifi. From the old airport, a taxi to get to your hotel would generally cost $5 USD depending on the distance and location.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Checklist

- Passport (with photocopies)
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
- USD cash
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- G Adventures vouchers and dossier
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Camera and film,
- Reading/writing material
- Binoculars
- Cover for backpacks
- Pocket knife
- Fleece top
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Small towel and swim wear
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- Sun hat
- 1 pair of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair of hiking pants
- Money belt
- Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
- Sport sandals
- Sun block
- Sunglasses
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Water bottle
- Flashlight
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Most people can travel to 8,000 feet with minimal effects. However,everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your Adventure, please consult your physician.

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