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Quito & the Ecuadorian Amazon

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,632

DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the natural and cultural highlights of mainland Ecuador. Explore the colonial corridors of the capital Quito before cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon to see the world’s most famous rainforest. Back in Quito, you’ll visit nearby hot-springs and one of South America’s most colourful markets.


This 10-day Ecuadorian vacation showcases Quito and its surroundings before taking you on a cruise along the Amazon. It features first-class accommodations and private tours.

Your journey begins in Quito, the nation’s capital and one of the former centres of the Inca Empire. Head just north of the city to the Mitad del Mundo, “the middle of the world,” where the Equator bisects the planet. You’ll learn about the equinox ceremonies that were held at the Equator for thousands of years before returning to Quito to explore the colonial city centre and see the Governmental Palace and San Fransisco Monastery. Cap off your city tour with a journey into the history of chocolate-making.

Connect to the forest town of Coca in the country’s east and board a motorized canoe to ride up the Amazon River. There, you’ll connect to the M/V Manatee, your river home for the next four nights. This 4-star cruising vessel offers luxurious accommodations for up to 30 passengers as well as ample lounge space and wildlife viewing on deck. Aboard the M/V Manatee, you’ll journey through the Ecuadorian Amazon. Go for a forest walk that first evening to spot nocturnal animals hunting in the forest. Head into Yasuni National Park to see the legendary pink river dolphins as well as anacondas and river turtles in the waters. Visit a Secoya Indigenous community and learn about life deep in the forest. Meet a local Kichwa Indigenous family on the banks of the Napo and go kayaking along the river itself. Hike to an observation tower to see incredible views of the Amazon Basin over the jungle canopy and hike through the forest to spot some of the world’s most colourful birds. At the end of your Amazon journey, you’ll ride back to Coca and fly to Quito.

Based back in the capital, you’ll explore the surrounding mountainside. Explore the grasslands and pristine lakes of the Cayambe-Coca Reserve, located only 50km from Quito, and enjoy the hot springs of Papallacta in between hikes to mountain waterfalls. Another day, you’ll learn about the pre-Columbian cultures near Cayambe Volcano and visit Otavalo, home to one of the best craft markets in South America. Enjoy the bright colours of the market as you barter for textiles and join master weave, Miguel Andrango, to learn about how Incan crafting traditions are kept alive today. Cap off your journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, where you’ll skirt the deep-blue crater lake of Cotacachi Volcano and visit the mountain town known for its leather making.

After a final night in Quito, you’ll head to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,632

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Day 1

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

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 the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 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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    Preferred Hotel
Day 2

Quito City Tour and Equator Line with Lunch

Ecuador is history, fascinating indigenous cultures, slow winding rivers and lush tropical forests, spectacular snow capped volcanoes and some of the most exciting wildlife on earth.

The place to start is the 'Mitad del Mundo'; a site located just 30 minutes north of Quito, where a monument marks the equator at its closest point to the city. Archaeological evidence shows that both pre-Inca and Inca civilizations recognized and celebrated the equinox, the day the sun is directly over the equator.

In the morning we will make a 45 minute journey northwest to the equatorial line, where we will walk the rim of the extinct Pululahua volcanic crater. Later we will visit the "Ciudad Mitad del Mundo" a group of buildings designed to explain the significance of the site, as well as the Ethnographic or Intiñan Museum, located right on the Equator. Here you will have the chance to plant your feet in two hemispheres at the same time.

Back in Quito, after lunch we will visit the city's impressive colonial center, the reason Quito was the first city to be named a world heritage site by the United Nations. First on the agenda is a walk through the main plaza, the 'Plaza de la Independencia', where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the San Francisco Monastery, a building begun only 5 days after the founding of the city.

Lunch included.

We will have the chance to enjoy a chocolate experience, which starts with a guided tour explaining the history of cocoa in Ecuador, followed by a chocolate tasting.

Ecuador's unique equatorial climate provides the perfect environment for growing the world's finest cocoa - Cacao Arriba. Cocoa has been revered in Latin America for over 5,000 years. Spanish explorers loved it so much they called it the 'Food of the Gods'.

The Republica del Cacao's founders began their voyage over ten years ago when they set themselves an ambitious mission: to produce the most authentic and delicious chocolate, while protecting and developing sustainable fine cocoa production.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

Quito to Coca to the Napo River

Upon arrival to Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, you will be greeted by representatives of the M/V Manatee who will assist with check-in. After a short flight from Quito to the Amazon city of Coca, you will be transferred to the dock to board motorized canoes and begin a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in your first sights and sounds of the Amazon. Soon, you will reach the M/V Manatee and enjoy a warm welcome aboard. Once settled, join expert local naturalist guides for a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, and then relish your first opportunity to discover the exciting features of the vessel: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that allows you to admire the changing rainforest landscape as you glide down the Napo River. After dinner, plunge straight into the Amazon rainforest on a nighttime forest walk to observe the forest's nocturnal activity and experience the thrilling noises and aromas that come from so much biodiversity.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Manatee Amazon Explorer

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    Manatee Amazon Explorer


    The NEW, more luxurious Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The vessel has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in …

    The NEW, more luxurious Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The vessel has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in double, double-twin and single-twin cabins. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, closets, a private bathroom complete with a special shower massage, hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Private Bathroom
    • Sundeck

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Day 4

Yasuni National Park, Pink River Dolphins & the Secoya Community

After a delicious breakfast, set out on a motorized canoe to spend some time exploring one of the large islands with an aim to spot eagles, oropendolas, woodpeckers, and many other birds. Back aboard for lunch and spectacular onboard experiences like watching the changing scenery of the Amazon from a hot tub, a delicious cocktail at the bar and lounge, or admiring the incredible landscapes from the observation deck. Later in the afternoon, visit Yasuní National Park, a pristine and relatively undisturbed region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the home of the legendary pink river dolphin, and the area is also host to anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird that is known locally as the stinky turkey. Near Yasuní live the Secoyas, a minority community that you will have the opportunity to visit.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Kichwa Family & Life on Board

The day starts with a visit to a local Kichwa family located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. Following some leisure time as the vessel navigates upstream, participate in a cooking lesson with the ships expert chef who will share recipes and techniques using fresh and organic ingredients to prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. After lunch, you are invited to try your hand at making traditional handicrafts and attend an ancestral cultures lecture with one of the M/V Manatee's local guides. For a more active adventure, a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the surrounding nature. There is an option for everyone!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Observation Canopy Tour & Forest Adventure

Relax and enjoy the sounds of the river during the morning. Later, disembark to visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers astonishing 360-degree vistas. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin. This is the perfect photo opportunity! Birdwatchers will especially enjoy this outing. In the afternoon, explore the nearby forest for a walk to discover myriad animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin. A kayak activity is also available to explore this area. Back on board the M/V Manatee, get set for a delightful farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Amazon to Coca to Quito

This is where your Amazonian adventure ends! Soak in the last leg of your journey onboard the M/V Manatee and then disembark onto motorized canoes which will return you to Coca (a 90-minute ride approximately). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the airport where you will board an outbound flight to Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

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 the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Patio Andaluz

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Location View map
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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

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 8

Papallacta Hot Springs with Lunch

At just 50 km from the capital Quito, the Cayambe-Coca Reserve is well served by tourist infrastructure, and is a favorite with visitors attracted by its many fascinating features: the high latitude grasslands and hot springs, the wildlife, and the area's multitude of pristine lakes.

Papallacta, located just outside the southern border of the park, is surrounded by some 60 lakes. It also has an abundance of hot springs (whose source is the Antisana Volcano), that can be enjoyed after taking one of the many hikes into the Reserve to see waterfalls, birds and other local wildlife.

Lunch included and drive back to Quito.

Duration8 Hours
Day 9

Otavalo Day Trip with Lunch

Today we will visit the Quitsato Sundial, a cultural-tourist area located on the equatorial line near the Cayambe volcano, where you will learn about the astronomical knowledge of the region's pre-Hispanic cultures.

We will then head to the town of Otavalo, This is truly one of the most interesting towns in Ecuador, where the local Kichwa indigenous culture is not only plainly visible, but on their rise.

The town's famous craft market is one of the most visited sites in Ecuador, and with good reason. The market is filled with interesting colorful and sometimes rare objects and crafts. Do remember to bargain, but only if you're interested! The market is held every day on one of the town squares at the foot of the majestic Imbabura Mountain. And to help you navigate the market, you will be given a short explanation of the market and provided with a map of the area. The Local Indian Market has been an economic and social center for more than 4000 years.

As part of our day at the market we will visit the workshop of Master weaver Miguel Andrango, in the village of Agato. Miguel's art has taken him abroad, mainly to exhibitions and fairs in the United States where the quality of his work is widely acknowledged. In the small store in the courtyard of his Tawantinsuyo workshop, the walls are covered with bright designs, most with an indigenous motif; the designs are based on Inca patterns but are the work of Miguel and his family. The workshop uses only pure wool and Alpaca; the weavers card and spin it themselves and then dye it with natural inks made from mosses (for yellow) or seeds such as 'Achiote' (for red).

In the afternoon we'll drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve for a visit to the interpretation center and an outstanding view of the Cuicocha lagoon, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Cotacachi Volcano. After our hike we will stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather work.

Duration8 Hours
Day 10

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Saturdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 5 nights in first-class accommodations in Quito
  • 4 nights on a first-class boutique Amazon cruise including:
    • Roundtrip airfare between Quito and Coca
    • Transfers to and from the M/V Manatee
    • Standard suite accommodations
    • Small group touring as listed throughout the sailing
    • Access to shared spaces
    • Community fees
  • Private-guided tour of the Equator and Colonial Quito
  • Private-guided tour to Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Private-guided tour to Otavalo
  • 4 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

All suites aboard the M/V Manatee are equipped with an air conditioning system, private balcony and a private bathroom with hot water. The M/V Manatee team is committed to caring for natural resources and the conservation of local cultures by applying responsible and sustainable tourism practices and community involvement in all operations. The team with the M/V Manatee have also developed Capi’s Amazon River Program (CARP), two non-profit sustainable rescue programs for endangered animals in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest: the Charapas turtle and the Pink River dolphin. Depending on inclement weather, technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, Anakonda Amazon Cruises reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

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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18 Sep 2021
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