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9 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure (Miami Special)

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This 8 day “on-the-go” program features the highlights of Ecuador in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1 - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador

DAY 2 - Arrive in Ecuador
This morning, arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in this vibrant city aptly called "an urban jewel", with its priceless treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, get acquainted with Ecuadorian food at one of the city's wide choice of world-class restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Quito♦
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
Morning, tour of the colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in Latin America, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Begin at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia Church or the Church of San Francisco**. Afterward, see the Middle of the World Monument at the Equator, which marks latitude "0". Here, you can stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere! This afternoon transfer by bus to Otavalo, a bustling city filled with friendly people that take great pride in their heritage and still dress in bright traditional attire.This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner
**Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly based on local conditions and holidays, therefore La Compañia Church may be replaced with a visit to the Church of San Francisco
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
Visit the lively Otavalo market, one of the largest in South America, run by the local Otavaleño Indians - a great way to experience Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes. Local people use the market the same way today as their ancestors did during Ecuador's pre-Colombian period. Time to browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry, fruits and more. After, on to the surrounding town of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts and Peguche, known for it’s beautiful waterfall situated in a protected forest important to the local indigenous people who still perform sacred rituals here. Embark on a scenic drive through small towns and villages to Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, known for its many hot springs and spas. After settling in, the remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to the Termas de Papallacta Spa. Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering and unwind in one of the thermal hot pools, the refreshing cold pool or opt for a facial or body massage
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Amazon Lodge, Meet a Quechua Indian Family
A contrast in scenery as you reach La Punta Ahuano, a tiny port on the north bank of the Napo River, where you board a motorized canoe that takes you to the lodge on the Amazon River where you'll spend the next two nights. Enjoy the sounds, the serenity and the magnificent foliage as you begin the exploration of the unique Amazon culture. You may be able to spot many different species of birds and monkeys along the way. After lunch at the lodge, a fascinating visit to Ahuano, a small river side Quechua village. Meet a local Quechua Indian family and learn about daily life, education and survival in the Amazon. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
**Please note upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Nature Trail Hike, Leisure Time at the Lodge
Arise early this morning for a hike along the flourishing nature trail to view the gorgeous flora and fauna up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the many different species of tropical plants and flowers, insects, and butterflies. Enjoy spectacular vistas as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike** a fun-filled rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft that winds slowly along the river's bend. Time to relax this afternoon at the lodge, or perhaps visit the nearby Butterfly Farm before dinner
**Please note this is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - El Pailon Del Diablo & Baños
A canoe takes you on the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to the powerful Devils Cauldron (El Pailon del Diablo) one of Ecuador's most striking waterfalls, hidden in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes-steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Watch a demonstration of a traditional craft that transforms palm nuts into jewelry and animal carvings before checking into your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
**Please note that it is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Hacienda La Cienega
Today enjoy a visit to the Hacienda La Cienega, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in Ecuador, belonging to the descendants of Marques of Maenza dating back to the 17th century, with spectacular views to the Cotopaxi National Park and volcano, in the background. After lunch tour a local rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation, and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation you'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. Return to Quito for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the Airport for your departure flight
**Please note: Some flights to the US depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning
Meals: Breakfast

♦ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Optional Tours

Book your Optional Tours before you travel. See more, save time, save money.

  • Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
  • Tour often sell out. Avoid disappointment
  • Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible
  • Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
  • Call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure

Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

Day #4 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Jan 2017 $50

Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Turkish bath at the Thermal Steam Cave. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended

Dates & Prices

Hotels Available for Departure Dates

Featured Hotels
Hilton Colon Quito - details ★★★★★ Quito
Cabanas del Lago - details ★★★★ Otavalo
Puertolago Country Inn - details ★★★★ Otavalo
Termas de Papallacta - details ★★★★ Papallacta
Casa del Suizo - details ★★★ Amazon
Hacienda Manteles - details ★★★ Baños
Mercure Hotel Alameda - details ★★★★ Quito

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Hotels Available for Departure Dates

2016 Travel Dates   Groupon Price
Saturday Apr 23 $1299*
Saturday May 7 $1299*
Saturday May 14 $1299*
Saturday May 21 $1299*
Saturday May 28 $1599*
Saturday Jun 4 $1599*
Saturday Jun 18 $1599*
Saturday Jul 2 $1599*
Saturday Jul 23 $1599*
Saturday Jul 30 $1599*
Saturday Aug 6 $1599*
Saturday Aug 20 $1299*
Saturday Aug 27 $1299*
Saturday Sep 3 $1299*
Saturday Sep 17 $1299*
Saturday Oct 1 $1299*
Saturday Oct 15 $1299*
Saturday Oct 22 $1299*
Saturday Nov 5 $1299*
Saturday Nov 12 $1299*
Saturday Nov 19 $1299*
Saturday Nov 26 $1299*
Saturday Dec 3 $1599*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights via LAN and may only be purchased with these flights.

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued

Accommodation Details:

Oct 15 & Oct 22 departures will be accomodated at the Mercure Hotel Alameda in Quito

Triple Rooms at Termas de Papallacta consist of 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Quito taxes of up to US $3

Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.