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From the Highlands to the Amazon

10 Days / 9 Nights

Package Overview

We have carefully designed a very complete experience across the highlands and trekking deep into the Amazon Basin. Prepare for snowcapped volcanoes, the colorful Andean markets, exquisite local gastronomy, colonial cities, truly communitarian experiences, and the greenest jungle you will ever see.

Agent Commission Starting At: $454.80

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3790.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Clear customs and immigration and locate our representative to transfer to your hotel

Accommodations at selected hotel

Day 2

Breakfast included at the hotel

Quito City and Middle of the World Tour - lunch included

Accommodations at selected hotel

Day 3

Breakfast included at the hotel - check out

Province of the Lakes, Imbabura & Otavalo Indigenous Market

Accommodations at selected hotel in Otavalo

Day 4

Day two of this tour allows us to visit Cuicocha, a volcanic crater lake and its small surrounding indigenous villages. There will be time for lunch before heading up to the Cotopaxi Volcano area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5

Breakfast included at the hotel

Cotopaxi National Park and Indigenous Market Experience

Accommodations at selected hotel

Day 6

Breakfast included at the hotel - check out

Indigenous Market Pujili and Quilotoa Crater Lake

Accommodations at selected hotel in the Cotopaxi region

Day 7

In the early morning, our guides will escort guests on a 30 minute motor boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Claylick, where guests will see different species of parrots, macaws, and parrots such as the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, and Yellow Crowned Amazon.

After breakfast, guests can take a walk, approximately two hours with stops, where they will learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.

Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve, then time to rest. In the afternoon, guests will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe.

After dinner, guests can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8

In the early morning, guests will have the opportunity to spot the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers, like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret.

After breakfast, depart for a full day of activities. Our guides will escort guests along the Pitzacocha or Pama trail. During this time, guests can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar people. Our guides will also teach guests about Achuar hunting techniques and Arutam, the spirit of the forest.

We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest, then after lunch, guests will visit one of the Achuar communities that is located close to the lodge. This is one of our most popular activities offered in Kapawi, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Return to the lodge followed by dinner.

After dinner, take part in cultural activities, such as learning about legends in the hammock house, or about traditional greetings.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 9

In the early morning, our guides will bring the guests to specific points near the hotel, in order to locate various species of birds. Eat breakfast and prepare for departure.

In the last few hours before departure from the Achuar territory, guests can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who is the best hunter among the guides and guests. Guests will also be able to learn the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities.

Fly to Shell. Boxed lunches will be provided. Return to Quito. Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10

Breakfast included at the hotel

Transfer out to the Airport

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours as described in itinerary
  • Meals as described in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide on Tours
  • Daily bottled water
  • Domestic air fare

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Price subject to change
  • Seasonal price changes apply
  • Sequence subject to change
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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10 Days / 9 Nights Ecuador Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Centro Historico
  • Monument at the Middle of the World
  • San Pablo Lake
  • Otavalo artisan market
  • Cuicocha
  • Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Kapawi community