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Down the Andes and the Amazon - 10 Days

Experience the Andes and the Amazon.  The great outdoor landscapes, national parks, cultural centers and quaint towns. You’ll ride across seven provinces and some cities like Quito, Otavalo, Latacunga, Ambato, Riobamba, Cuenca, Baños, Tena.

Explore Quito Oldtown, Equator Line, Otavalo Indian Market, Avenue of the Volcanoes, National Parks, Devils Nose Train, Inca Ruins, Cuenca, the Amazon Area and communities where you will experience their cultures, like traditional dance, gastronomy, survival techniques, wild animals and more.

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  • Visit 2 Unesco world heritage sites, Quito´s old town and Cuenca´s old town
  • See the different indigenous nationalities across the Andes
  • Visit several Markets
  • Visit 7 provinces of Ecuador
  • Ride the most difficult train tracks ever built
  • Visit the biggest Inca Ruins in Ecuador
  • Enjoy great outdoor landscapes
  • Visit the Quechua communities from the Amazon
  • Hikes and waterfalls
  • Motorized canoe experience in the Amazon basin
 

Day 1
Airport Pick up and Transfer to Accomodation

One of the tour leader will pick you up at the airport and transport you to your accommodation

Day 2
Quito-Otavalo

Early Morning you will depart towards the north of Quito, with two or three stops on the way to Otavalo Market, for tasting, lookout points, or visiting the Equator line.

Once at the Otavalo Market, you will have time for shopping and experience the culture of this well preserved indigenous community.

Then it will be time for lunch at one of the recommended restaurants.

After lunch, you will head to a nearby community and waterfall called "Peguche", where you will go for a 20-minute walk before heading Back to Quito.

Day 3
Quito Oldtown and Latacunga

Early morning you will be keen to visit the well preserved, Quito Oldtown with its main, churches, convents and squares, full of locals and it´s everyday life. Then a visit to the "Panecillo" lookout point, have lunch and start heading south of Quito to your accommodation at the city of Latacunga located in the heart of the Avenue of the volcanoes.

Day 4
Heart of the Andes and Highest Volcano, Chimborazo

Head to the heart of the Andes towards the Quilotoa community and crater lake, where it will be optional to walk down into the crater lake or just enjoy the view from the lookout deck.

Have lunch and head to visit the Chimborazo Volcano and to the Town of Guamote for a good night sleep.

Day 5
Guamote-Alausi-Ingapirca-Cuenca

You will ride the train in the morning which will take you to the most difficult tracks ever built, "The Devil´s nose". To then continue to the most important Inca Ruins of Ecuador "Ingapirca", and continue to Cuenca which is a city full of colonial architecture and also declared a world heritage.

Day 6
Cuenca Oldtown

Early Morning, you will have a walk of around 4 hours to visit Cuenca´s Oldtown, Parque Calderon and it´s surroundings, Open market, Straw Hat Museum and have Lunch to then go out at night to the Cuenca's lookout point, "El Turi"

Day 7
Cuenca-Riobamba

This day you will depat from Cuenca in the morning towards Riobamba depending on the day there will be an stop at the Guamote Open Market, then get to Riobamba to rest for the night

Day 8
Riobamba- Baños-Misahualli

Early morning you will depart to the city of Baños, going through the town of Ambato and the Salasaca community where you can visit he Salasaca Market, Once in Baños you will have lunch to then visit the route of the waterfalls, including the gigantic waterfall at the Rio Verde the famous devil´s cauldron or "Pailon del Diablo". Also in this area, you can ride the cable car or experience the zip line. Then will continue the journey to Misahualli and stay overnight at an Ecolodge.

Day 9
Full day in the Amazon

Visit the jungle communities and their traditions base on availability weather and river conditions. You will visit by motorized canoe one or two communities through the Napo river and learn about their customs, habits, and traditions, in general, the way they live, hunt, goldpanning in the river, make the Yucca beverage, or the traditional dance used for their local fests.

Day 10
Misahualli-Quito

In the morning you will depart from Misahualli to Quito, you will arrive to Quito by midday; so you can count on this to fly back home the same afternoon or at night. Or in case you decide to extend your stay we can drop you off at any accommodation close to the Quito Airport.

Price Includes:

  • 2 Airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 breakfast
  • 9 lunch
  • Entrance fees and transport per itinerary
  • Spanish/English speaking local guide
  • Transportation to and from all activities

Price doesn´t include:

  • Airfares
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Additional expenses of your own
  • Additional attractions or rentals

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD$1,700/person
1,700
Total $ 1,700 USD

Trip Facts

  • Minimun 2 people maximum 15. Please note that the trip will be cancelled in case there is not at least two people.
  • Quito-Quito
  • Standard
  • Last friday of every month (monthly)
  • Depending on the area from 700m. (2400ft) to 4100m. (13.200ft)
  • $850 This solo supplement will not apply if there is more than one person joining the tour and the traveler accepts to share accommodation