Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Ecuador Discovery tour
Otavalo Quito Ecuador Discovery Trip
Cultural Trains & Rail Ecuador Discovery package

Ecuador Discovery

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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: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
From: $ 2,130 $ 152 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Quito - Discover Ecuador's colonial Andean capital, surrounded by snow-capped mountains
  • Volcanoes - Picturesque drives through the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'
  • Otavalo - Visit the fascinating Indian market
  • Banos - Dramatic gateway to the jungles of the Orient
  • Cuenca - Explore this pretty city and visit a panama hat factory

Short Description

This ambitious journey through the Ecuadorian Andes takes you on a discovery of the fascinating colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca, an exploration of the Amazonian wildlife along the Napo River, through thermal springs and along precarious railway tracks. The stunning scenery along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', the excitement of travelling on the Devil's Nose Railway and the wilderness of the Cajas National Park are just a few of the highlights of this trip. No visit to Ecuador is complete without visiting the Galapagos. The 18 volcanic islands and 40 islets host an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders not found anywhere in the world. If you would like to extend your mainland Ecuador trip, we have a selection of cruises exploring the Galapagos from three to seven nights, with three different standards of boats available to suit your budget. Type 'Galapagos' into the search bar on your left to see what is available.

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 N/A
Start City N/A
End City Guayaquil

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Ecuador

Cities & Attractions

Otavalo Quito

Activities

Trains & Rail

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour in Quito

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Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Tour of Quito's highlights including the Church of San Francisco

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Visit the Quitsato Equator Monument en route to Otavalo; visit Peguche village

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Explore Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Drive via Cotopaxi National Park to Quito

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Drive to the Amazon, our base for the next three nights

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Explore the Amazon by canoe searching for wildlife

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Walk along the Misahualli River learning about local plants and visiting an Indian Community

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Travel the Waterfall Route to Banos

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 10 - Visit Chimborazo Forest Reserve, overnight in Riobamba

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Travel on the 'Devil's Nose' Train to Alausi before continuing to Cuenca

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Cuenca city tour, visit the Panama Hat Factory

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 13 - Discover Cajas National Park before travelling to Guayaquil

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 14 - Morning city tour of Guayaquil city tour before the tour ends

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Included Meals : Breakfast

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Price Per Day: $ 152 per day
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Transportation
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Trip of a lifetime seeing the Arctic in a week

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I travelled as a solo traveller and was relieved to find that about half the boat was also solo travellers. It was a great adventure - on a ferry board for a week with the most amazing panoramic views around us every day. We were regularly out on smaller boats to see the bird cliffs up close, or to go onto land to walk around. We saw lots of amazing wildlife including walrus, blue whales, beluga whales, endless species of birds, and of course Polar Bears! The week went by too quickly. It was a great mix of wildlife and landscapes. Each day there was a different guide giving a presentation of everything from the biology of a polar bear, to the fauna found in the arctic circle. You could join in for as little or as much as you wanted. Definitely recommended.
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Super good tour guide, but the itinerary was rushed

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Junk on Halong Bay, Homestay in Mekong Delta. Hoi An Our tour guide, Long, was excellent and did a super job of mixing history and political context with what we were seeing. He went out of his way to add to the tour, actually taking us to favorite restaurant on his night off. The children loved him and we enjoyed his professionalism and his personal narrative of Vietnam. I felt that the itinerary was very rushed for a family tour. I understand the non family tour is longer and actually that would have been better for the family too. In particular a very busy day in Hue followed a mostly sleepless night on the train. We could have done with more time in Hue, or different activities. Hue was a bad day as the kite making was dull, crowded, and hot, then we didn't get to fly kites as we had not made them. In the end we had little time at the Citadel as we had to transfer into a small bus to navigate the streets.
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Mohammed was excellent!

Enjoy the trip

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The highlight of this trip was seeing Machu Picchu, which I loved it.

Great Tour Leader will come back in 2017

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A great tour leader - friendly, personable, approachable, knowledgeable of the local area, sights and people. We plan to come back and cycle with Andrew again in 2017.

Pleasant surprise experience

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It is hard to say because each outing was a pleasant surprise. The best experience was a workshop on feltmaking in Kazbegi town Georgia) where, as a group, we made the felt from scratch and created our own design. A great opportunity to discover a local craft. It is also an excellent example how this diverse group got along like a house on fire. In Armenia my fqvourite outing was the walk along the Garni river gorge with a local guide. The scenery was breathtaking.
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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Papallacta - Hummingbird garden US$5 Banos - Thermal baths US$3

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A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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