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Andes to Amazon tour
Guayaquil Quito Andes to Amazon Trip
Cultural Culture Andes to Amazon package

Andes to Amazon

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit colonial Quito, the Otavalo Indian market and Cuenca's UNESCO Heritage Reserve
  • Overnight in the peaceful Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Two nights to soak up the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Ride the famous 'Devil's Nose' train
  • Visit the ruins of Ingapirca and Cajas National Park
  • Take a mangrove boat trip by the Pacific Coast and visit a Cacao plantation

Short Description

Stunning Andean scenery, colonial architecture, fascinating Indian markets and verdant cloud forests are just the start. Follow the Avenue of the Volcanoes with great views of snowcapped volcanoes such as Cayambe and Chimborazo, before boarding the 'Devil's Nose' train to switchback down the western Andean slopes. In the Amazon Rainforest we discover the jungle and its incredible biodiversity, before ending at the Pacific coast to discover the mangroves by boat and visit a cacao plantation.The best of mainland Ecuador: wildlife, jungles, volcanoes and the coast

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Guayaquil

Destinations

Ecuador

Cities & Attractions

Guayaquil Quito

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport arrival transfers

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Start Quito.

The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening and clients will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients can make use of our free airport transfer to the start hotel today - please read the joining information for more details. *Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)* * *

Day 2 Quito city tour; Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.

This morning's short walking tour of Quito is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. The heart of old Quito is a colonial masterpiece and the capital is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in South America, as well as being a UNESCO site. Leaving Quito behind we drive towards the North-Western slopes of the Andes where Bellavista Cloud Forest is located. Situated at the top of the Tandayapa Valley, Bellavista is a private reserve bursting with orchids, bromeliads, toucans, tanagers and hummingbirds. The area is a paradise for naturalists with a vast network of hiking trails. *Accommodation: Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge (or similar)** *

Day 3 Spot birds in Bellavista; to hacienda.

An early start this morning to appreciate the diversity of Bellavista and spot some of its many bird species. The reserve has previously won awards for its high bird count - there are 20 different species of Hummingbird to look for! Following this morning's excursion we drive towards Northern Ecuador and the beautiful hacienda that will be our home for the next few nights. *Accommodation: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)** *

Day 4 San Clemente Indigenous Community.

After breakfast we travel towards the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano where the indigenous community of San Clemente is located at 2900m. The community consists of a number of local indigenous families whose main livelihood comes from farming and agriculture. We have a guided tour by one of the families, who will introduce us to a number of native and medicinal plants, explain traditional embroidery techniques, tell us about their culture and show us the day to day activities that take place within the community. A traditional lunch will be prepared using locally grown produce. This afternoon we drive back to our hacienda with the rest of the afternoon free to relax in the beautiful gardens of Pantavi. *Accommodation: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)*

Day 5 Walk at Cuicocha Crater Lake; visit Indian Otavalo.

Drive to Cuicocha Crater Lake at approximately 3000m. This beautiful caldera (volcanic crater) is about 2 miles/3km wide and was formed over 3000 years ago by a massive volcanic eruption. We start a scenic walk along one section of the lake (up to 3 hours duration) to take in the impressive scenery, before continuing our journey to Otavalo. Otavalo is situated in a valley at 2250m, the town is well known for its bustling Indian Market. There are many of stalls and locals wear traditional colourful clothes - a fantastic introduction to Andean life and a good place to pick up some souvenirs. We have some time to soak up the atmosphere before continuing our journey. Overnight in a 400 year-old colonial hacienda. *Accommodation: Hacienda SuMerced (or similar)*

Day 6 Visit Papallacta Hot Springs; to Amazon Rainforest. 

A short journey driving over the dramatic (and breathless at 4069m!) Papallacta Pass. Located east of Quito, the Papallacta Hot Springs are regarded as the nicest of all Ecuador. We have some time to bathe in both hot and cold pools as the snow-capped Antisana Volcano (5758m) looms over the horizon.  We continue our journey, driving around the flanks of the Antisana Volcano before the descent into the Amazon Basin to our rainforest lodge. After a short briefing we take a night walk to discover our new surroundings - there are fantastic night time sounds to listen out for, a wonderful experience amidst the humidity of the rainforest.  *Accommodation: Liana Lodge (or similar)*

Day 7 Rainforest exploration; AmaZoonico Animal Rescue Centre.

Discover the Amazonian basin on foot. The incredible biodiversity of the rainforest environment will be explained by our indigenous guide, who will show us the most interesting and medicinal plants. There is a good chance of seeing kingfisher, parrot, oropendula and other bird species. Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys can be seen in this area, although other larger mammals are considerably more shy and harder to spot. The insect life is also fascinating, with beautiful butterflies flashing by and Army ants and Leaf-cutters on patrol. Visit the AmaZoonico Animal Rescue Centre where we can see some of the forest's larger inhabitants such as tapir, capibara, pecari and various species of monkey. *Accommodation: Liana Lodge (or similar)* * *

Day 8 To Banos; visit Devil's Couldron waterfall.

Begin the wonderfully scenic drive west along the 'Road of the Waterfalls' with spectacular views of the upper Amazon Basin and the Andes towering above. The climb back to the highlands is mesmerising as we watch the ecology change and the many waterfalls cascade from the high peaks into the lush valley of the Pastaza River. There are good photo opportunities along the way, including a visit at the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) waterfall. We pass through Banos, a picturesque hot spring and pilgrim town adjacent to the 5000m high volcano of Tungurahua. There is some time to explore Banos before we drive to our hacienda in Patate.   *Accommodation: Hacienda Leito (or similar)* * *

Day 9 Walk in Chimborazo N.P.; to Riobamba.

Drive to the region of Chimborazo for a short walk (around one hour) in Chimborazo National Park, located at approx. 4600m. Due to the equatorial bulge the summit of Chimborazo is the furthest place from the centre of the earth! In the national park there are good possibilities to observe vicuñas, a relative of the llama. This afternoon our journey continues towards Riobamba where we stay overnight. *Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar)* * *

Day 10 'Devil's Nose' train ride; to Ingapirca and Cuenca.

Today involves a colourful train ride across the Andes through the steep and famous 'Nariz del Diablo' or 'Devil's Nose' - one of the most difficult railways to have been constructed. If the weather is clear, we can see volcanoes as we chug slowly down a steep series of switchbacks with impressive drops. Afterwards visit the incredible Inca architecture at Ingapirca, the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador. The Inca Empire stretched along the Andes north through Ecuador into Colombia and south through Peru and deep into Chile. Ingapirca has fine examples of their famed brickwork as well as a solar observatory. We descend from the highlands to colonial Cuenca where we stay for the next two nights. *Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar)** *

Day 11 Half day city tour of Cuenca.

Like Quito's old centre, Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a charming place to explore. A guided tour this morning takes in the remarkably intact old town, where many artisans have taken up residence amidst the narrow colonial streets and famous landmarks. The afternoon is free to discover the town at your own leisure. *Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar) *

Day 12 Walk in Cajas N.P.; to Los Chorreras.

A short drive this morning brings us to Cajas National Park, otherwise known as the 'Gateway to the Snowy Mountains' in local Quichua. This is a stunning area of lofty peaks, lagoons, lakes and rivers amidst pristine paramo vegetation. During a walk of around 2 hours we may encounter some of the 125 bird species recorded here, such as Yellow-billed pintails, Ecuadorean hillstar or Violet-throated metaltail. With good weather we are rewarded with stunning views of this well preserved national park during our walk. We stay in a hotel close to Cajas National Park for our last night in the Andean Highlands before we descend towards the coast.  *Accommodation: Hosteria Dos Chorreras (or similar)* * *

Day 13 Mangrove boat trip; visit cacao plantation.

Today we descend towards the Pacific and visit the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve where we take a boat excursion through the incredible mangrove forest. This important eco-system has both Red and Black mangrove species and provides opportunities for seeing a number of aquatic birds and other wildlife along the many small river inlets. In the afternoon we visit a cacao plantation to learn about the production of one of Ecuador's biggest exports. After this we travel to Guayaquil, the main port town in Ecuador, for our final evening together. *Accommodation: Grand Hotel Guayaquil (or similar) *

Day 14 Depart Guayaquil.

The trip comes to an end today after breakfast and it's time to bid Ecuador and the rest of the group goodbye. Free transfers to Guayaquil airport are available to all clients today. Those on group flights will fly this evening and arrive in the UK the following day. 

Day 15 Arrive London.

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Land Only

Day 1 Start Quito.

The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening and clients will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients can make use of our free airport transfer to the start hotel today - please read the joining information for more details. *Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)* * *

Day 2 Quito city tour; Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.

This morning's short walking tour of Quito is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. The heart of old Quito is a colonial masterpiece and the capital is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in South America, as well as being a UNESCO site. Leaving Quito behind we drive towards the North-Western slopes of the Andes where Bellavista Cloud Forest is located. Situated at the top of the Tandayapa Valley, Bellavista is a private reserve bursting with orchids, bromeliads, toucans, tanagers and hummingbirds. The area is a paradise for naturalists with a vast network of hiking trails. *Accommodation: Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge (or similar)** *

Day 3 Spot birds in Bellavista; to hacienda.

An early start this morning to appreciate the diversity of Bellavista and spot some of its many bird species. The reserve has previously won awards for its high bird count - there are 20 different species of Hummingbird to look for! Following this morning's excursion we drive towards Northern Ecuador and the beautiful hacienda that will be our home for the next few nights. *Accommodation: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)** *

Day 4 San Clemente Indigenous Community.

After breakfast we travel towards the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano where the indigenous community of San Clemente is located at 2900m. The community consists of a number of local indigenous families whose main livelihood comes from farming and agriculture. We have a guided tour by one of the families, who will introduce us to a number of native and medicinal plants, explain traditional embroidery techniques, tell us about their culture and show us the day to day activities that take place within the community. A traditional lunch will be prepared using locally grown produce. This afternoon we drive back to our hacienda with the rest of the afternoon free to relax in the beautiful gardens of Pantavi. *Accommodation: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)*

Day 5 Walk at Cuicocha Crater Lake; visit Indian Otavalo.

Drive to Cuicocha Crater Lake at approximately 3000m. This beautiful caldera (volcanic crater) is about 2 miles/3km wide and was formed over 3000 years ago by a massive volcanic eruption. We start a scenic walk along one section of the lake (up to 3 hours duration) to take in the impressive scenery, before continuing our journey to Otavalo. Otavalo is situated in a valley at 2250m, the town is well known for its bustling Indian Market. There are many of stalls and locals wear traditional colourful clothes - a fantastic introduction to Andean life and a good place to pick up some souvenirs. We have some time to soak up the atmosphere before continuing our journey. Overnight in a 400 year-old colonial hacienda. *Accommodation: Hacienda SuMerced (or similar)*

Day 6 Visit Papallacta Hot Springs; to Amazon Rainforest. 

A short journey driving over the dramatic (and breathless at 4069m!) Papallacta Pass. Located east of Quito, the Papallacta Hot Springs are regarded as the nicest of all Ecuador. We have some time to bathe in both hot and cold pools as the snow-capped Antisana Volcano (5758m) looms over the horizon.  We continue our journey, driving around the flanks of the Antisana Volcano before the descent into the Amazon Basin to our rainforest lodge. After a short briefing we take a night walk to discover our new surroundings - there are fantastic night time sounds to listen out for, a wonderful experience amidst the humidity of the rainforest.  *Accommodation: Liana Lodge (or similar)*

Day 7 Rainforest exploration; AmaZoonico Animal Rescue Centre.

Discover the Amazonian basin on foot. The incredible biodiversity of the rainforest environment will be explained by our indigenous guide, who will show us the most interesting and medicinal plants. There is a good chance of seeing kingfisher, parrot, oropendula and other bird species. Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys can be seen in this area, although other larger mammals are considerably more shy and harder to spot. The insect life is also fascinating, with beautiful butterflies flashing by and Army ants and Leaf-cutters on patrol. Visit the AmaZoonico Animal Rescue Centre where we can see some of the forest's larger inhabitants such as tapir, capibara, pecari and various species of monkey. *Accommodation: Liana Lodge (or similar)* * *

Day 8 To Banos; visit Devil's Couldron waterfall.

Begin the wonderfully scenic drive west along the 'Road of the Waterfalls' with spectacular views of the upper Amazon Basin and the Andes towering above. The climb back to the highlands is mesmerising as we watch the ecology change and the many waterfalls cascade from the high peaks into the lush valley of the Pastaza River. There are good photo opportunities along the way, including a visit at the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) waterfall. We pass through Banos, a picturesque hot spring and pilgrim town adjacent to the 5000m high volcano of Tungurahua. There is some time to explore Banos before we drive to our hacienda in Patate.   *Accommodation: Hacienda Leito (or similar)* * *

Day 9 Walk in Chimborazo N.P.; to Riobamba.

Drive to the region of Chimborazo for a short walk (around one hour) in Chimborazo National Park, located at approx. 4600m. Due to the equatorial bulge the summit of Chimborazo is the furthest place from the centre of the earth! In the national park there are good possibilities to observe vicuñas, a relative of the llama. This afternoon our journey continues towards Riobamba where we stay overnight. *Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar)* * *

Day 10 'Devil's Nose' train ride; to Ingapirca and Cuenca.

Today involves a colourful train ride across the Andes through the steep and famous 'Nariz del Diablo' or 'Devil's Nose' - one of the most difficult railways to have been constructed. If the weather is clear, we can see volcanoes as we chug slowly down a steep series of switchbacks with impressive drops. Afterwards visit the incredible Inca architecture at Ingapirca, the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador. The Inca Empire stretched along the Andes north through Ecuador into Colombia and south through Peru and deep into Chile. Ingapirca has fine examples of their famed brickwork as well as a solar observatory. We descend from the highlands to colonial Cuenca where we stay for the next two nights. *Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar)** *

Day 11 Half day city tour of Cuenca.

Like Quito's old centre, Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a charming place to explore. A guided tour this morning takes in the remarkably intact old town, where many artisans have taken up residence amidst the narrow colonial streets and famous landmarks. The afternoon is free to discover the town at your own leisure. *Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar) *

Day 12 Walk in Cajas N.P.; to Los Chorreras.

A short drive this morning brings us to Cajas National Park, otherwise known as the 'Gateway to the Snowy Mountains' in local Quichua. This is a stunning area of lofty peaks, lagoons, lakes and rivers amidst pristine paramo vegetation. During a walk of around 2 hours we may encounter some of the 125 bird species recorded here, such as Yellow-billed pintails, Ecuadorean hillstar or Violet-throated metaltail. With good weather we are rewarded with stunning views of this well preserved national park during our walk. We stay in a hotel close to Cajas National Park for our last night in the Andean Highlands before we descend towards the coast.  *Accommodation: Hosteria Dos Chorreras (or similar)* * *

Day 13 Mangrove boat trip; visit cacao plantation.

Today we descend towards the Pacific and visit the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve where we take a boat excursion through the incredible mangrove forest. This important eco-system has both Red and Black mangrove species and provides opportunities for seeing a number of aquatic birds and other wildlife along the many small river inlets. In the afternoon we visit a cacao plantation to learn about the production of one of Ecuador's biggest exports. After this we travel to Guayaquil, the main port town in Ecuador, for our final evening together. *Accommodation: Grand Hotel Guayaquil (or similar) *

Day 14 Depart Guayaquil.

The trip comes to an end today after breakfast and it's time to bid Ecuador and the rest of the group goodbye. Free transfers to Guayaquil airport are available to all clients today. Those on group flights will fly this evening and arrive in the UK the following day. 

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Wonderful

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Amazon to Andes involves a fair amount of bus time, but the diversity
encountered is well worth it. Some exertion is required, since walks of a
couple of hours at high altitudes are involved; but anyone reasonably fit
will do just fine. Most of the tour is above 8000 feet; two nights in the
Amazon are lower, as is the final day around Guayaquil. Mosquitos were
(surprisingly) not present except in the mangroves, last day. Ecuador is a
very easy and interesting country to visit. People are friendly, and are
obviously proud of their ecological and cultural heritage. Accommodations
and food on the trip were excellent, and the tour leader was well informed
and experienced (20 years). Highly recommend this trip for anyone
interested in exploring this wonderful small country.
Really too many to count; it depends on whether one's main interest is in the
Various cultures or in the huge diversity of flora/fauna.


Pablo was amazing - highest marks!


Don't worry about bugs, mosquito nets, or anything like that. Just come with
some dollars for food, tips, and a few souvenirs and an adventurous spirit.
You will need a sweater and windbreaker on a couple of occasions (hiking on
Chimborazo or in the National Park), but otherwise moderate temps are typical
everywhere. Long sleeve shirts are normal, but a couple of short sleeves
will also come in handy. Bring a swim suit in case you want to spend 30
minutes on floating down the river.


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Memorable trip, huge variety, breathless scenery, superb guide.

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Ecuador is a very interesting country, much of it at significant altitude. In
March, on day one, on the equator the temperature in Quito at over 2000
metres was only about 20 degrees C but I got quite badly sunburned in just an
hour without a hat. The variety of environment was , as indicated by the name
of the trip, extreme from canoe trips in the Amazon rain forest to wearing
most of my clothes at nearly 5000 metres on Chimborazu.. In the past we have
shied away from group trips after some bad experiences but this time it was
the people that we were with that helped make the trip more enjoyable.
However what really made the trip memorable was our excellent guide Fabien
who took us to places that we would never have dreamed of going to and
introduced us to fascinating people that again we would never have met
without his help. Other than Guayaquil this was one of the best holidays we
can remember.
Seeing a full size crocodile launch itself into the river in the Mangrove
swamps - too quick to get a photo. I had no idea that crocs existed in South
America.


He was excellent. Despite being under stress from both vehicle issues. (We
had to abandon the first minibus after just two days) and domestic issues
(his flat in Quito had caught fire because of a defective refrigerator) he
remained calm and made sure that we were all comfortable, well informed and
well fed.
Specifically he took us to fascinating markets, through doors into
extraordinary buildings and into roadside sugar processing plants. He had a
wicked sense of humour but showed great compassion when one of our party had
to return home early because of an unexpected bereavement and when my wife
struggled with the altitude.


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Wear a hat during the day. The mosquito, dengue and yellow fever risk in the
part of Amazonia that we visited was minimal to non existent. Don't buy a toy
blow pipe. Only an 8 foot long one is accurate enough and powerful enough to
amuse your relatives in the UK. Wine is exceptionally expensive. Do try to
learn a bit of Spanish before you get there. Consult your GP about tactics to
overcome altitude problems. Coca tea is pretty ineffective.


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Fabulous Trip

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Absolutely brilliant trip. Everything I’d hoped for. Loads to see and
do. Lovely country, lovely people. Interesting and varied accommodation.
Great group of travelling companions.
I loved it all - but the stand-out moments were the visit to St Clemente, the
time in the jungle and shopping in Cuenca.


Pablo was excellent - extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and highly
organised. Mauricio our driver was also fantastic - I always felt very safe
on the sometimes challenging roads.


Things I took which I didn’t need!

1. Mosquito net.
2. Expensive and heavy Electricity voltage converter - the cheap 2- prong
adapters worked perfectly well.
3. Thermals and too many cold weather clothes - we really only had one
activity where extra layers were required and even then only a fleece and
light-weight jacket, although a warm hat was welcome.
4. Beach towel - towels are provided for the hot spring swim and tubing.


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Andes to Amazon

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A great trip - to somewhere that most tourists don't visit. Fantastic
scenery, lots of wildlife, loads of views of volcanoes and some quirky places
to stay.
Some days are long but the travel is always broken up with things to see.
I loved the cloud forest - the birds and plants were glorious.
Cuenca is a lovely colonial city and it is relatively flat - a nice change as
most of the time the trip is up and down hill.


Fabian was the best guide we have ever had. Showed us and told us about the
country and its life, stopping the minibus when something caught his eye. He
had a fantastic sense of humour. We were looked after but never smothered
with too much fuss.


Midge repellant, anti histamine and and sun screen. The midge bites were rare
but very itchy. Long sleeves are a good idea. The altitude can take it out
of you so tell your guide if you feel rough.

Walking poles handy and walking shoes/ boots essential. Warm hat for high
altitude volcano walk, sunhat at other times. You need waterproof cover
(poncho/mac) for the waterfall but goretex would probably be too hot. Dark
swimwear for the thermal baths as the water will dye light colours.

Wellies are supplied in the rainforest but your feet can get very sweaty so
take several pairs of dry socks. No electric so you need a torch, which you
also need for a night walk. You can only take a small bag (not your main bag)
to the
rainforest.


This is a bit of everything trip - scenery, wildlife, insects, culture, hot,
cold, altitude, river, mountains. Accommodation is good but because the days
can be long you don't always get to make the most of it.
There are a couple of hotels where you stay 2 nights which will do laundry.


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Amazing Ecuador

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If it's variety you're after, in one country, with no worries about getting
around, this is the trip to choose. Every day brings something different,
whether at fairly high altitude in the snowy peaks of Chimborazo National
Park or the sultry heat of the Amazon basin. Breathtaking scenery between the
destinations, coupled with stops in quaint market towns en route, mean the
travelling is never hard work. The local people you meet and perhaps buy
goods from are also friendly and welcoming.
Hard to choose, but probably the time in the Amazon basin. The different
types of wildlife seen during the day compared to on the night time walk, the
reduced use of electricity thanks to candlelit rooms at the lodge, and the
work being done at the nearby wildlife rescue centre to educate people as to
the importance of all the species, meant a wonderful couple of days. The
'tubing' on the river was great fun too!


Pablo was friendly and informative in a very relaxed manner, without ever
going into so much detail that you'd switch off from what he was saying. He
organised things well so that the odd longer day on the day bus was broken up
sufficiently with breaks along the way, and he knew of decent places to stop
for lunch. He was always ready to get our extremely reliable driver, Nelson,
to pull over for the countless photo opportunities en route.


Remember that you'll be going to a couple of places at higher altitudes,
where it could be very cold, so you might want to take a warm hat and gloves
to go with the extra layers of clothing you'll want on those days. Heed your
guides advice when it comes to trying to avoid altitude sickness, as until
you're at those heights, you don't realise what an effect it can have.


You can eat and drink remarkably cheaply in a lot of places, and the standard
of food always seemed to be very acceptable. Like in any country be aware of
your surroundings, especially in the bigger cities, although I never felt
uneasy anywhere on this trip. Have plenty of space on the memory card in your
camera...


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Ecuador is amazing country!

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Ecuador is definitely worth to discover, it's natural beauty is absolutely
fantastic! Unique geographical location is giving a chance to experience
different climate zones, eco systems and even to reach the highest point on
the planet (Chimborazo mountain). The journey over all was even better than
we expected: very knowledgeable and professional guide, great accommodations,
delicious food, wonderful hiking routes and other activities. It is very
adventurous and full of excitement trip, where you can enjoy wildlife, visit
historical sites, meet local indigenous people and learn about their customs
and traditions. It deserves every single penny we paid, we enjoyed this tour
a lot and looking forward for opportunity to come again!
Among the highlights of this trip are climbing Chimborazo mountain, walking
in Amazon jungles and meeting local community San Clemente.


Group leader (Eddy) is very professional, speaks very good English, has very
deep knowledge about the country: history, geography, wildlife etc. Also he
performed good communication and diplomatic skills responding immediately to
different requirements and needs of all group members. Good person and
high-level professional, who really loves his country.


Make sure to take strong mosquitos repellents, sun cream, proper travel
clothes for hot and cold climate, hiking boots and good cameras of course,
there a lot of photo opportunities. If you love active and adventurous
holiday Ecuador is right place to go!


All accommodations and trips were great, only cocoa plantation visit was not
well organised: very poor lunch, dirty area (no water in toilet), the hostess
speaks good English but doesn't have good performance skills including the
way she was dressed up etc. This part should be improved.
Also driving in Ecuador is generally very dangerous and our driver was good
but needed to be asked to follow traffic rules and be more careful.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

13 nights hotels, haciendas and lodges, all en suite
Travel by minibus, train and boat
Several areas visited are at high altitude

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 11 nights comfortable hotels, haciendas and lodge and 2 nights standard lodge
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Several areas visited are at high altitude
  • Travel by minibus, train and boat
  • Napo Wildlife Centre extension available

Trip ID#:

exodus-AAX

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners are included. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style with toast, cereal, eggs, fruits and tea/coffee all available. For lunch and dinner, the tour leader will recommend various options in convenient locations, usually booking restaurants and eating with the group. Vegetarians can be catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

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