Journey to Ecuador’s Amazon

Journey to Ecuador’s Amazon

9 days /
8 nights

From 500 / person / day

Based on 2 people All Pricing Info
Destinations
Quito, Coca, Napo River, Ecuadorian Highlands (Hacienda Zuleta), Otavalo

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this impressive mix of Ecuador’s Andes mountains and the Amazon jungle. What could be better than going directly to the Andes, the Western World’s highest peaks with rich coffee plantations? Then, we take you deep into the Amazon jungle where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever. You can’t help but feel you are at the very center of the natural world.

   Stay in historic haciendas

   Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at family-friendly restaurants

   Explore vibrant local markets

   Explore the rich sights and sounds of pristine jungle from the comfort of an Amazon lodge

   Visit a parrot clay lick to view spectacular wildlife such as Giant Otters

   View spectacular wildlife in the unparalleled Amazonian rainforest of Yasuni National Park

   Ideal for families with tailor-made experiences

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Itinerary

DAY;

1

QUITO

Welcome to Ecuador! Airport reception at Quito Airport upon arrival and private transfer to your hotel in the city’s historical center.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals

DAY;

2

QUITO

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B

DAY;

3

EXPLORING THE AMAZON

In the morning, take your private transfer back to Quito airport for your flight to Coca, gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon. On arrival in the Amazon, transfer to the dock to embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down the great Napo River (approx. one hour) to board the Anakonda Amazon. An evening walk is organized after sunset to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,D

DAY;

4

EXPLORING THE AMAZON

Continue downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip upriver (1hr) to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and much more. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, and white caiman. After a refreshing swim, enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on trails and return onboard for dinner.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

5

EXPLORING THE AMAZON

Weather permitting, set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks. Unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets every day. Later, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center where Kichwa women speak about their customs, cuisine and everyday life. Have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs. After lunch, visit the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center before concluding your day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (dependant on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Optional Activities:

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

6

QUITO / ECUADORIAN HIGHLANDS

In the morning, disembark the Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1hr) for your return flight to Quito. Flight: Coca to Quito (40 min) Upon arrival in Quito, meet your guide for your private transfer into the northern highlands, where you will spend the next few tranquil days. The drive is approx. 1.5-2 hours and your guide will introduce you to the cultural and historical context of this rich area of the country along the way. At Hacienda Zuleta, you are welcomed by staff and shown around the property. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy some activities on the property. Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit; however, the specialty is horseback riding. Housing nearly 100 horses, from pure Andalusians to polo horses, horses are the mode of transportation for workers inside and outside the hacienda. Guests enjoy horse tours through the scenic Andean mountains, and a horse drawn carriage for trips on the hacienda grounds. The hotel also offers mountain bikes and knowledgeable guidance on hikes through the surrounding wilderness.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

7

ECUADORIAN HIGHLANDS

Spend the full day at Hacienda Zuleta, relaxing or enjoying the many activities offered on the property. Hundreds of winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration. The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

8

ECUADORIAN HIGHLANDS

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, depart the hacienda to visit some highlights of the northern highlands en route back to Quito. Customize your afternoon to your interests. Dinner and overnight at a hotel near Quito airport.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Overnight: Su Merced ­(or similar)

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

9

DEPARTURE

In the morning or afternoon, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight home, or continue your trip to the Galapagos or Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Optional Activities:

Overnight

Meals B

DAY 

2

Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B



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Lying in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador is the historic Hacienda Zuleta. This colonial working farm, dating from the late 16th century, was named Outside magazine’s “Top Ten Finds” in the world, and one of National Geographic Traveler’s…
The nineteen suite La Selva Lodge lies in a rainforest paradise overlooking the glassy waters of Lake Garzacocha and bordered by Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. A pioneer of the first Amazonian eco-lodges in…
Deep in the Amazon, on a pristine 5,000-acre ecological reserve, hides the luxurious eco-friendly Sacha Lodge. Hidden amongst the trees, built directly upon Pilchicocha Lake, the dense wildlife creates a vibrant backdrop and magical curtain into…
At the edge of the great Añangu lake, surrounded by pristine rainforest, rests Napo Wildlife Center, one of Ecuador’s most beloved ecolodges. As the only lodge located inside the mesmerizing diverse Yasuni National Park, guests experience Ecuador’s rich…
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