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Andes to Amazon

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,331

Goway's Andes to Amazon, Ecuador visits Quito, the owls of Parque Condor, Cotopaxi National Park and Banos before exploring the Amazon river. Please Inquire.


Ecuador boasts an impressive range of natural environments and cultures, and this tour provides you with a great sample of what this diverse country offers. Absorb the charm of Ecuador's Spanish colonial architecture Quito, declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Travel north on the Panamerican Highway to visit Otavalo, the largely indigenous town in the province of Imbabura famous for their woven textiles and Saturday Market. Take in the immense scale of the Andes in Cotopaxi National Park. Get into nature exploring waterfalls and hiking through the Amazon jungle, and indulge in hot springs and thermal baths in the lush Andean Cloud Forest.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,331

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Day 1

Arrive Quito

Upon arrival to Quito's Mariscal Sucre Airport, you will be greeted by your local guide. The guide will serve as a translator, help with luggage, and assist with the car transfer to your hotel.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Patio Andaluz

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    Hotel Patio Andaluz



    Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since ...

    Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 2

Quito City tour and Equator

Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas, visiting some of its most important churches such as the impressive Cathedral, majestic Compania and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage.

You begin the tour in the quirky Guapulo quarter; take in the Congress building, before heading to the Old Town. You finish the day at the "Panecillo" hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city surrounded by the rolling Andes Mountains.

As an addition to the Quito Colonial City Tour, you travel to "La Mitad del Mundo" complex. Its monument is located at latitude 0'0'0", and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to straddle both hemispheres, or hop between the two in the blink of an eye. The monument forms the focal point of a park and leisure area with gift shops and restaurants. The site occupies an important place in the solar-based Andean cosmos vision, since ancient Andean people were aware of its significance many thousands of years ago. The Ethnographic Museum at the complex provides a fine overview of Ecuador's varied cultures and geography.

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Day 3

Parque Condor and Peguche

This morning you will leave Quito with your tour guide, heading to Parque Condor situated near of Otavalo. This is a non-profit wildlife refuge for owls and raptors, including the endangered Andean Condor. It is the national bird of Ecuador, and yet it is estimated that only sixty of these birds remain in the wild. Illegal poaching is one of the greatest threats to the Andean Condor. It seeks to rescue, protect and rehabilitate these birds and, if possible, release them back into the wild.

It offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a close encounter with the condors, giving them insight into the purpose the birds fulfill in the environment, displaying their powerful flight capabilities and educating the public on the facts and myths in regard to these birds.

From Parque Condor you get stunning views of the Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes, San Pablo Lake and the towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi. The park also has a small restaurant and a playground.

In the early afternoon you will discover small artisan villages such as Peguche where you will see the making of musical instruments and textiles. Also admire the waterfall that is part of their Shaman rituals.

You will return to Quito in the early evening, settle into your accommodations and enjoy an optional dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Cotopaxi National Park

Depart from Quito heading south through the famous "Avenue of the Volcanoes".

Around midday, arrive to Cotopaxi National Park, which is located 59.54 km away from the city of Quito. The Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the most important landmarks in Ecuador because it is the highest active volcano in the world. Lush endemic flora and fauna of the area can be observed, including: one of the most representative species, the Chuquiragua (also known as the mountaineer's flower) wild horses, deers, llamas, and more. Whilst in the National Park you can also visit Limpiopungo Lake, located near Ruminahui volcano (4757 meters), or go hiking to observe birds.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Cotopaxipungo

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    Cotopaxipungo



    "CotopaxiPungo" or "Door to the Cotopaxi", is a hotel located in a strategic place of the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Andes of Ecuador. Its architecture was inspired by the old haciendas of Spanish style, and its construction was carried out with ancestral techniques ...

    "CotopaxiPungo" or "Door to the Cotopaxi", is a hotel located in a strategic place of the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Andes of Ecuador. Its architecture was inspired by the old haciendas of Spanish style, and its construction was carried out with ancestral techniques in adobe.

    The warmth of the chimneys will invite you to enjoy a good talk, the landscape or your favorite book.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Banos

After a full breakfast, you may continue to Banos, situated in a valley of waterfalls and hot springs. It has become a mecca for international travelers seeking year-round temperate weather, a small town atmosphere, and a base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. Banos or bath in English is named after its famous hot springs and thermal baths. There are lots on offer from waterfalls to horse riding and don't miss the active Tungurahua volcano which is visible from anywhere in Banos.

You will begin the route of waterfalls, including Agoyan, Heavens Door (Puertas del Cielo), Weddings Veil (Manto de la Novia), Devils Pan (Pailon del Diablo), Machay, and many more.

Continue your journey to the ecological zoo called by local people as "El zoologico de Banos" has succeeded in the reproduction of some species as in the case of the tapirs, spider monkeys, pumas and capybaras for that reason it offers a wide zoo-conditioned area for breeding of capybaras, Eco Zoo San Martin has a collection of 180 animals in 48 species of mammals, birds and turtles.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hacienda Leito

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    Hacienda Leito


    This tourist class hotel is located at the Llanganates National Park in the Patante Valley with picturesque views of the volcano. The hotel has 29 rooms.

    This tourist class hotel is located at the Llanganates National Park in the Patante Valley with picturesque views of the volcano. The hotel has 29 rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Amazon

After breakfast you will be met by your guide who will take you to Hakuna Matata in the Napo Province. This private hacienda of approximately 150 ha is the perfect place to enjoy to the fullest a never-ending series of activities, which this area lends itself to more than any other.

The excursions available are:

a) Nature walk with Guide
b) Horseback Riding with Guide
c) Ecuador Chocolate Festival

Dinner in Pangaea Restaurant.

Optional activity in Hakuna Matata - River Rafting.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge

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    Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge



    Only 10km from Tena, this private hacienda of approximately 150 ha is the perfect place to enjoy to the fullest a never-ending series of activities, which this area lends itself to more than any other. The unique location of the lodge makes it easy to ...

    Only 10km from Tena, this private hacienda of approximately 150 ha is the perfect place to enjoy to the fullest a never-ending series of activities, which this area lends itself to more than any other. The unique location of the lodge makes it easy to reach by car, a 3 hour scenic route that allows visitors to enjoy the transition in scenery and vegetation from the high Andes, passing through cloud forest and finally ending in the lush rainforest of the Amazon basin. Hakuna Matata itself is isolated from any town and apart from its own 120 acres of private forest it is neighbor to 12000 acres of the Colonso Biological Reserve primary rainforest. The road to Hakuna Matata also allows travelers to enjoy the Papallacta hot springs, the cloud forest trails near Baeza, amazing views, as well as visits to indigenous communities.

    Facilities

    • Activity Center
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Amazon

Enjoy a full breakfast in Pangaea Restaurant in the morning and after you will be off for a rainforest hike and a visit to the Amazon where you will visit local communities and butterfly farm. Picnic Lunch.

Dinner in Pangaea Restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Papallacta to Quito

Today you depart from Hakuna Matata on a short drive to Papallacta and its hot springs, amid a breathtaking setting high in the Andes. Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort is nestled high in the Andean Cordillera at the gateway to the Amazon jungle. These thermal baths are located 3000 meters above sea level and are surrounded by mountain cloud forest.

Papallacta has a number of pools of different temperatures for your enjoyment. Here you will have time to soak in the waters and enjoy several optional spa treatments. Return to Quito for optional lunch and dinner in the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Patio Andaluz

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    Hotel Patio Andaluz



    Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since ...

    Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 9

Onward Travels

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your international flight back home.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' first class accommodation
  • Private transportation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Meals and activities as indicated by the itinerary,

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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