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Highlights
  • Feel like a local at an amazon homestay
  • Relax on ecuador's beaches
  • Witness andean scenery
  • Ride by train to the devil's nose
  • Learn from the locals at an indigenous community
  • Shop the otavalo market

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman apprentice for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture of the jungle. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Trip Description
The Ecuador Experience
 
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
The Ecuador Experience

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Excellent adventure style trips with options for everyone. December 2015

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  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic trip that exceeded expectations.

Operator G Adventures

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This is my 4th trip with G Adv so far and I will be using G Adv again for my next trip. November 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
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It was a lot of adrenalin based activities from whitewater rafting, zip lining, bridge jumping, canyoning, and snorkeling... I loved everything about the tour, from the community stay in Tena to the homestay in San Clemente.
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I would recommend G Adventures because my experience has been that my expectations have always been met or exceeded when I have used G Adventures. October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Ecuador Experience provided a broad range of activities with an emphasis on understanding and participating in local culture and customs. The tour covered all the different regions of the country without feeling rushed.
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Operator G Adventures

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My CEO was amazing. October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A long time ago I met Telfin at FOT and told him I would come visit him, thanks to this trip I was able to live with him and his family and experience his life style. Thanks G adventures.

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The experiences that are included or are optional are very interesting to "taste" the country September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've tasted the flavor of the country , I saw all the kind off landscapers and I learned many things with the locals. I loved to be submerged on the Ecuadorean traditions and to share those experiences with my travel partners.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B)

Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Watch the scenery change dramatically heading away from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s), 189km)

Day 3 Tena (1L, 1D)

Enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Take guided hikes to learn about the natural environment and the traditional knowledge of the local people. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience

Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day exploring the area around the Quichua community and learn more about local life in the jungle. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions

Day 5 Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños and enjoy the numerous outdoor optional activities available. Opt to go hiking, ziplining, or soak in the hot springs. Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 6 Baños

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

Day 7 Baños/Alausí

Travel to Alausí via Riobamba and take in the architecture of this local town. Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s))

Day 8 Alausí/Guayaquil

Enjoy Ecuador's most spectacular train journey. The famed Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) ride descends in a spectacular display of engineering around stunning mountain terrain. The journey returns back to Alausí after more than 1000m (3280 ft) in elevation loss. After disembarking the train, journey south to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. Located at the mouth of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is also Ecuador's most important port. Spend the evening exploring the city's highlights including Bolivar Park, the Old South Market, and Barrio de las Penas. Take some time to stroll along the malecon (boardwalk) dotted with shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums. Opt for a boat ride down the Guayas River. Included Activities: Devil's Nose Excursion Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Guayaquil/Puerto López

Enjoy Puerto Lopez. Optional activities in the area include a trip to Isla de la Plata, hiking in Machalilla National Park, a visit to an archaeological site, diving, and snorkelling. Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s))

Days 10-11 Puerto López

Other optional activities in the area include day trips to Isla de La Plata, with colonies of nesting blue-footed boobies and a number of other sea birds. Visitors usually come to view migrating whales (June to October) and dolphins around the island. Scuba diving and snorkelling are also popular activities in the area.

Day 12 Puerto López/Quito

Spend another full day in Puerto López before an overnight bus to Quito. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Quito

Arrive in the morning and enjoy a free day in Quito. Opt to take a city tour, ride the cable car up the nearby volcano or relax in one of the city's many cafés and restaurants.

Day 14 Quito/San Clemente (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the indigenous community of San Clemente. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditional ways during a homestay. Opt to enjoy a cultural evening and show with typical food. Included Activities: Indigenous Community Homestay Transport: Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours)

Day 15 San Clemente (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day here with optional hikes to learn about the area's medicinal plants or trek up the Imbabura Mountain. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditions. Included Activities: Indigenous Community Homestay

Day 16 San Clemente/Otavalo (1B)

Explore the largest handicrafts market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. Included Activities: Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s))

Day 17 Otavalo/Quito

Explore some more before travelling back to Quito in the afternoon for one final night out in the capital city. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

Day 18 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,499

Price Per Day:

$ 83 per day
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Oct-04-2018Oct-21-2018$ 1,499YesSold Out Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience
  • Tena Local Living: Indigenous Community Homestay
  • San Clemente
  • Train excursion to Devil's Nose
  • Machalilla NP stay
  • Otavalo Market visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, truck, train.
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.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Simple hotels (12 nts), Amazon community stay (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), indigenous community homestay (2 nts, multi-share).
Start City
Quito
End City
Quito
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

THE TURGURAHUA VOLCANO Please note this tour travels to Banos. The Tungurahua volcano in the area around Banos is constantly active. G Adventures have operated countless tours to the Banos area over the years without incident. However, we are obligated to point out that travel to the area is at your own risk, to exercise caution when travelling in the area. Further, we urge you to check your insurance coverage with your insurance provider prior to travel to the Banos area.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the expedition ship Explorer or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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