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Ecuador 12 Days

Tour overview:

mapa_viajeDay 1: Arrive in Quito

Day 2: Quito city tour
Day 3 – 5: Amazon region
Day 6: Papallacta hot springs
Day 7: Quito-Middle of the world
Day 8: San Cristobal Island – Loberia
Day 9: Giant tortoise – Kayak
Day 10: Kicker Rock
Day 11: Free day
Day 12: Flight back to Quito and home

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DETAILED ITINERARY

First part: Quito-Amazon

Ecuador is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. It has 4 regions: Amazon, Andes, Galapagos, and Pacific Coast all within reach, the hardest part of your trip to Ecuador will be deciding where to go first!

Day 1: Arrive to Quito (D)

Welcome to Ecuador! We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel. Once settled in, we will enjoy dinner in Quito and have a briefing about the tour to prepare for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Quito Colonial Center – Hummingbirds – Guayusa factory (B – D)

In the morning we will discover Quito´s famous historical center and admire its unique colonial architecture. We will enter one of its churches and several plazas from the spanish time. After this we will leave for a 3 ½ hour drive towards the Amazon. On the way we will make a stop to admire colorful and incredible active hummingbirds. This is a great opportunity to make pictures of these vibrant birds in their natural habitat. We will arrive at the 100% accessible “Huasquila Amazon Lodge” and have a welcome cocktail. Before dinner you will have the chance to visit a guayusa tea factory located at the lodge!

Day 3: Amazon jungle hike (B – L – D)

After breakfast prepare to go off-roading! With the use an off-road wheelchair, we will go hiking through the secondary rainforest and learn about medicinal plants from a native guide. The path into the rainforest is less than a ¼ mile and usually takes approximately 30 minutes, as it includes stops along the way. After lunch, we will visit a Kichwa community and learn about their culture and traditional dances.

Day 4: Amazon jungle hike (B – L – D)

We will start the day with a 1.5 hour drive to the Anzu River. There, we will raft down the calm river, giving us the chance to admire the surrounding flora and fauna, truly one of the best ways to experience the magnificence of the Amazon.
During the trip, we can stop at several points of interest to take pictures and relax on the river.
We will finish our journey around 3:00 pm. Dinner and the rest of the evening are for relaxing and chatting at the lodge (play games, cards, etc.) while enjoying delicious tropical juice or wine.
Note: Even though the river is very calm, for safety reasons, we will raft down the river with a security kayaker at all times. Additionally, each traveler will wear a safety jacket, helmet, and all safety equipment. For the transfer in and out of the boat, we manually assist the guest by using a sliding board and/or manually lifting the guest into the boat.

Day 5: Kallari + Chocolate tour + Tena (B – L – D)

After breakfast, we will visit an indigenous association called Kallari, which is famous for producing, processing, and selling fine aroma cocoa-chocolate bars. What makes Kallari unique, is the fact that they produce cocoa in the Amazon Region and all of its members produce the beans in order to have an additional source of income products from their chakra. We will start the day by visiting the Kallari offices, then head out to visit a couple of plantations to experience firsthand the social, financial, and cultural role of the cacao production. Finally, we will visit the collection center where the beans are received, fermented, and dried. Throughout the process, we will have the chance to sample these delicious cacao beans.

Day 6: Papallacta hot springs – Quito (B – D)

We will leave the tropical rainforest to enjoy a half day in the Andes at one of the best thermal baths and spa of Ecuador in Papallacta. Here you can enjoy a chocoalte bath or deep massage as well as the mineral healing volcanic pools. In the afternoon we will arrive in Quito, once at the hotel we will give you final information and get prepared for our trip the Galapagos Islands.

Day 7: Quito + Middle of the world (B)

In the morning, we will visit the “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) where we can get a photo straddling the line separating the northern and southern hemispheres. We will also participate in different experiments in the interactive museum and have some time to wonder around the central plaza to buy local souvenirs or enjoy a cup of coffee. After this visit, we will drive back to the hotel. Depending if you booked Galapagos extension or not we will take you to the airport or your trip will continue your journey the day after.

GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE
Day 8: Quito + San Cristóbal island + Loberia (B – D)

Our Galapagos adventure begins with an aprox. 2 hours flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island. After bringing you to your hotel we will have lunch and give you a briefing on the tour. In the afternoon we will snorkel at Lobería Beach, where there is a sea lion colony and around the shore you might see brown pelicans and other sea birds. We can also see sea iguanas and in the snorkel we have again chances to see sea turtles.

Day 9: Giant tortoise + Highlands + Kayak bay (B – L – D)

After breakfast we will visit Cristobal´s Giant Tortoise breeding center. This is a great opportunity to make great pictures of the famous turtles, but also to make a short stop at El Junco Lake in the highlands of the island, see some frigate birds and enjoy the beautiful view from this point. In the afternoon we will go kayaking around the bay to see more birds at the rock son the shores, sea lions and hopefully more interesting wildlife.

Day 10: Kicker rock visit (B – L – D)

Today we will enjoy one of Galapagos highlights, snorkel at Kicker Rock. After breakfast we will make a boat ride of aprox. 45 minutes to this natural volcanic formation and have the chance to snorkel with rays, sea turtles and hopefully hammer head sharks. It is also a great opportunity to see blue footed boobies, gulls and frigate birds. In the afternoon after a good rest we will visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to learn a bit about its history, present and challenges for the future. We will also go to Tijeretas View Point to admire the island from the top.

Day 11: Free day (B )

After a well enjoyed holiday, today we have the chance to discover the island on our own or repeat one visit to any beach. This day we will have one guide to help you with any request plus our off road wheelchair ready for you if needed.

Day 12: Free day (B )

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Quito (flight not included). You will take your flight home since Quito (if needed we can add any extra night or provide assistance to connect with your international flight).


Included:

  • Accommodation as specified.
  • Meals specified in program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Wheelchair assistance on San Cristobal – Galapagos and Amazon plus offroad wheelchair for specific activities
  • Wheelchair transportation to all locations where needed.
  • Private adapted transfers with portable ramps airport – hotel – airport.
  • Ground transportation from and to all tours.
  • All tours with entrance fees where needed.
  • Certified bilingual guide at all activities (spanish – english).

Not included:

  • National park entrance fees (100 USD entrance Fee National Park Galapagos, 20 USD Ingala, only cash payment possible at site).
  • National and international tickets (Approximate airfare cost Quito – San Cristobal – Quito 500 USD, depending on travel dates. We can organize it for you.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory by Ecuadorian law).
  • Any medical expenses.
  • Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
  • Tips if considered appropriate.
  • Laundry and similar services at hotels.

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