Ecuador Quest ~
July 2 - 9, 2016

Highlights

Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This eight-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. Trust us. It’s worth the time.


Travel Style: Classic
All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16


Day 1 (July 2, 2016) Quito
Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h 18:00
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) Hotel

Day 2 (July 3, 2016) Quito/Baños
Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

Local bus Quito – Baños 4h
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation
Hotel La Floresta (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 (July 4, 2016) Baños
Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

Free Time Baños Full Day
Don't waste a minute in beautiful Baños.

Accommodation
Hotel La Floresta (or similar) Hotel

Day 4 (July 5, 2016) Baños/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 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 and enjoy 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 Baños – Tena 3h 30m
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private VehicleTena 45m
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

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 (July 6, 2016) Tena
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman.

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 6 (July 7, 2016) Tena/Otavalo
Travel to Otavalo with a stop at the Equator. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall and the Cotacachi leather market or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

Private Vehicle Tena 45m
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Local bus Tena – Pifo  4h
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private VehiclePifo – Otavalo 2h
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Accommodation
Hotel Santa Fe (or similar) Hotel

Day 7 (July 8, 2016) Otavalo/Quito
Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market before returning to Quito.

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.

INCLUDED 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.

Local bus Otavalo – Quito 2h
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation
Hotel Quito (or similar) Hotel

Day 8 (July 9, 2016) Quito
Departure day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions

Baños visit
Amazon Jungle homestay (2 nts)
Otavalo Market visit
'Middle of the Earth' equator monument visit
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodations
Hotels (5 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share).

Meals
4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners 
Allow USD175-230 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private van, public bus, walking

Staff & experts
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Exclusions

Entrance fees not listed
Domestic flights (unless indicated as an inclusion under Services) to be quoted separately 
International air (also applies to Trans-border flights)
Applicable Tourist Visas
Incidentals
Insurance
Airport taxes
Tips or gratuities
Beverages
Meals not mentioned above
Optional Tours or optional admissions

 

A Note About Gender Balance: 
We will do our best to ensure an even gender balance on the trip, but in order to offer this truly unforgettable experience there may not be an exact balance of men and women.
 
Don't Buy Your Plane Tickets Yet!
Booking airfare is not recommended until the minimum number of spots are filled and you receive word from G Adventures that the trip is confirmed. You will be notified as soon as the minimum is met, and no later than 60 days before the trip. Should you wish to purchase airfare prior to receiving confirmation from G Adventures we suggest you purchase a refundable ticket.

Recent Earthquake in Ecuador: 
On April 16th, a 7.8 magnitude struck the coast of Ecuador causing extensive damage and loss of life.  The G Adventures team has sprung into action supporting the recovery, the necessary basics of food, water, and clothing for local communities experiencing this tragic event.  No itineraries, clients, or staff of G Adventures were affected by this traumatic event.  G Adventures trips are running as scheduled without interruption of service .  What G Adventures knows for sure is that tourism is one of the greatest contributions we can make when catastrophic events occur, offering continued economy for locals and communities as they recover and rebuild their community.   This itinerary was not affected by recent events.

Contact Details

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