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This 10 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 the USA, Arrive in Quito
Depart the USA for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Quito▲

DAY 2 - Mindo Cloud Forest
In the morning meet with the tour manager for an orientation. Afterward, depart for an outing to the Mindo Cloud Forest, a reserve with over 47,000 acres that is home to 350 species of birds, including toucans, parrots, and golden tanagers, and is laden with mosses and bromeliads. First stop at Pululahua Volcano. The large caldera, or crater, at the top of the inactive volcano is full of lush vegetation and crops and is one of the very few inhabited calderas in the world. Continuing on, visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve. This 1,600 acre reserve was once cultivated for crops and livestock, but was turned into an ecological reserve in the 1990s. Today the reserve boasts over 270 orchid species, 9 of which are endemic to the area. Marvel at these exotic flowers as you hike to the reserves tranquil waterfalls. Next the tour will visit a hummingbird sanctuary featuring hundreds of local bird species, including several dozen hummingbirds.
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 - Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour to the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stands within one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo with a stop at Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning, enjoy a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleño Indians. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry, fruits, vegetables and more. Then, visit the surrounding towns of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous.
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Transfer to Amazon Resort
After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano to have the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel.
**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- Full Day Amazon
This morning, you can hike to the Napo river for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and flowers, insects, and butterflies. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zipline basket ride. At the end of the hike, enjoy a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Consider a visit to the Butterfly farm.
**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 - Baños & Patate
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip back to La Punta Ahuano and transfer to Patate via motor coach. En route, stop in the towns of Puyo, nicknamed "City of the Clouds, and Baños, noted for its thermal springs and beautiful highland scenery for a short tour of each. In Baños, you will be treated to a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to view El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron", one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel in Patate. 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: Patate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Transfer to Cotopaxi
After breakfast, depart Patate for Cotopaxi. Enjoy lunch at Casa de los Perez followed by a tour of the rose plantation. Though roses are not native to the country, Ecuador has an excellent environment for growing them and has become one of the main producers of roses in the world. Here you will learn about the farming process, from planting to exporting. Before departing, have the opportunity to view the owners artwork showcased at the plantation. Next, stop to visit a local artisan specializing in traditional painted sheepskin crafts, such as drums and masks. Continue on to your hotel in Cotopaxi. After checking in, learn about farm life in the Andes at a local dairy farm.
Overnight: Cotopaxi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 - Quito City Tour
After breakfast, if time permits, there will be a visit to a local school en route to Quito. Arrive in Quito for a tour beginning with a view of the Congress Building, whose outside stone mural records Ecuador's history. Continue to Quito's colonial section to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia Church or the Church of San Francisco** Afternoon at leisure, before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant .
**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: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
**Please note: Some flights to the US depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Saturday
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

Termas de Papallacta Spa Package Day #4 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $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.

**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Dates & Prices

Featured Hotels
Mercure Hotel Alameda - details ★★★★ Quito
Cabanas del Lago - details ★★★★ Otavalo
Hacienda Cusin - details ★★★★ Otavalo
Termas de Papallacta - details ★★★★ Papallacta
Casa del Suizo - details ★★★ Amazon
Hacienda Leito - details ★★★ Banos
Hacienda La Cienega - details ★★★ Cotopaxi
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Feb 6 $1499*
Feb 13, Feb 20, Mar 13, Mar 20, Mar 27 & Apr 3 $1599*
Apr 10 $1499*
Apr 17 $1599*
Apr 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, Jun 5 & Jun 12 $1499*
Jun 19, Jun 26 & Jul 3 $1599*
Jul 17 $1799*
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Aug 28 $1499*
Sep 4 $1599*
Sep 11 $2399*

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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 10.

Apr 17 and Oct 9 departures will be accommodated at the Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo.

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 $3.