Inland & Amazon
From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour-it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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 Baa±os, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with a historic hacienda stay
Public bus, plane, taxis, motorized canoe, private van, 4x4 vehicles, pickup truck.
Hotels (9 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabaa±as (2 nts, multi-share), historic mountain hacienda (2 nts).
Recharge: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Carte Blanche: Baa±os. Amazon Jungle lodge stay with guided walks and wildlife-spotting (2 nts). Ingapirca ruins stop. Orientation walk of Cuenca. Historic hacienda overnight stay. Otavalo visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Quito/Papallacta (1B)
Travel to Papallacta Hot Springs and opt for a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs.
Day 3 Papallacta/Tena (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and hiking to nearby waterfalls.
Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 6 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend another day exploring the area.
Day 7 Tena/Baa±os (1B)
Travel to Baa±os and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.
Day 8 Baa±os (1B)
Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Day 10 Baa±os/Cuenca (1B)
Travel south to the colonial city of Cuenca, stopping en route at the Ingapirca ruins. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city.
Day 11 Cuenca (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a city tour or go hiking in Cajas National Park.
Day 12 Cuenca/Cayambe (1B)
Fly back to Quito and continue on to Cayambe. Spend the night in a 400-year-old hacienda at the base of a volcano.
Day 9 Baa±os (1B)
Enjoy another free day to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
Day 13 Cayambe/Otavalo (1B)
Travel to Otavalo. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall or the Cotacachi leather market, or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.
Day 14 Otavalo (1B)
Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market.
Day 15 Otavalo/Quito (1B)
Travel back to Quito and spend free time in the city.
Day 16 Quito (1B)
Depart at any time.