Classic: Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)
Countries Visited: Ecuador Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (5 nts), simple village cabaNas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share).
Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, witness Andean scenery, soak in the hot springs of Banos, shop the Otavalo Market
Strange how a country that's literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn't its Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This eight-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galapagos trip. Trust us. It's worth the time.
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|Offer valid through 12/31/2017|
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Banos||Day 2 Quito/Banos (1B)|
Travel to Banos and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Banos||Day 3 Banos|
Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.
|Day 4||Tena||Day 4 Banos/Tena (1L, 1D)|
Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Local Experience Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 5||Tena||Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend a full day in the Amazon learning about life at a homestay. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Local Experience
|Day 6||Otavalo||Day 6 Tena/Otavalo|
Travel to Otavalo with a stop at the Quitsato monument. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall and the Cotacachi leather market or a hike around Cuicocha Lake. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Local bus (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Quito||Day 7 Otavalo/Quito|
Explore the largest handicraft market in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. Included Activities: Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Quito||Day 8 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.
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.
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.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.