8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 8 and will require a transfer on Day 7. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.


Accommodation Details:
Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 3, May 20, May 24, Jun 17, Jul 15, Jul 19, Aug 2, Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Nov 25, and Dec 16 departures will be accommodated at the Puertolago Country Inn in Otavalo.

Dec 20 & 27 departures will be accommodated at Hacienda Leito in Patate


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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.



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 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.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Quito, Quito-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Quito
    • 1 night Otavalo
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
    • 1 night Baños
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

 

Special Features

  • Visit Colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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 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.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

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, Monday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, capital of Ecuador, founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city; transfer to your hotel. The Quito airport is approximately an hour drive from the city. Balance of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this lively city’s priceless historical treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Ecuadorian food at one of the city’s world-class restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Quito▲

DAY 2, Tuesday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito 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 de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. Then, take a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry and more. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - 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
*Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry on luggage
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Hike in a Private Nature Reserve
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve 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 insects. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft*. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park
*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
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - El Pailon del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron"*, one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel in the Valley of Patate. Balance of the day is at leisure
*This is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Visit to a Rose Plantation, Lunch at Hacienda La Cienega
Today, enjoy a tour of a beautiful 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. Continue to Hacienda La Cienega for lunch, 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 a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, in the background. After lunch, time to wonder around the grounds of the Hacienda. Continue to the hotel in Quito for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" Dinner with your group
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 8 and will require a transfer on Day 7. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
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.

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, Friday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, capital of Ecuador, founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city; transfer to your hotel. The Quito airport is approximately an hour drive from the city. Balance of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this lively city’s priceless historical treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Ecuadorian food at one of the city’s world-class restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Quito▲

DAY 2, Saturday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito 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 de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. Then, take a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America run by the local Otavaleños. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as handwoven cloth and rugs, jewelry and more. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - 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
*Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry on luggage
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Hike in a Private Nature Reserve
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve 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 insects. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft*. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park
*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
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - El Pailon del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron"*, one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, check into your resort hotel** in Baños. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy all the amenities offered by your hotel or, explore the town of Banos, a short walk away.
*It is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
** Dec 20 and Dec 27 departures will be accommodated at Haciena Leito in Patate
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Visit to a Rose Plantation, Lunch at Hacienda La Cienega
Today, enjoy a tour of a beautiful 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. Continue to Hacienda La Cienega for lunch, 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 a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, in the background. After lunch, time to wonder around the grounds of the Hacienda. Continue to the hotel in Quito for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" Dinner with your group
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 8 and will require a transfer on Day 7. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
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.

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Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

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 Steam bath at the thermal grotto. 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.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 07 Jan 2020 $55.00
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Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration

Today, visit the nearby Butterfly Farm, just a 15 minute walk from the lodge. The farm houses and serves as the mating ground to many butterfly species found in the surrounding jungle, including the brilliant blue morpho butterfly. Observe how these beautiful creatures are fed, raised and undergo metamorphosis. Enter the "winged room" where you will be surrounded by hundreds of exquisite colored butterflies flying around. After, walk for another 15 minutes and visit an indigenous handicraft workshop, before returning to your lodge.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Optionals "Cacao Farm and AmaZOOnico Rescue Center", "Butterfly Farm and Balsa Wood Demonstration", and "Canopy Adventure Park" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jun 2017 - 07 Jan 2020 $12.00
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Canopy Adventure Park

Take a 15 minute drive and then hike 30 minutes through the rainforest to get to the Canopy Adventure Park that is located near the Pangayacu River. The Canopy Adventure Park is a ropes course or "parcour". You’ll find yourself whizzing under the foliage and over the jungle floor in no time with the help of experienced guides. There are two circuits, each with increasing level of difficulty.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not choosing this optional tour. Minimum age is 8 years old and minimum height is 3' 3" (1 meter)

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

*Optionals "Cacao Farm and AmaZOOnico Rescue Center", "Butterfly Farm and Balsa Wood Demonstration", and "Canopy Adventure Park" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jun 2017 - 07 Jan 2020 $19.00
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Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

Take a 25 minute canoe ride on the Arajuno River to visit a cacao farm, where you watch the process of obtaining chocolate from the seeds of the cacao fruit. Try your hand at grinding the roasted cacao beans in order to obtain the paste from which chocolate is made. At the end of the demonstration, taste a delicious cacao spread on toast or, a cup of hot chocolate. After, get back on your canoe and ride downriver to visit the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. The AmaZOOnico serves to rescue and care for the Amazonian animals who were injured, mistreated and illegally-trafficked. Take a guided tour of the center and watch rare species of animals in their natural habitat.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

*Optionals "Cacao Farm and AmaZOOnico Rescue Center", "Butterfly Farm and Balsa Wood Demonstration", and "Canopy Adventure Park" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jun 2017 - 06 Jan 2021 $15.00
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Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

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 Steam bath at the thermal grotto. 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.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 07 Jan 2020 $55.00
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Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration

Today, visit the nearby Butterfly Farm, just a 15 minute walk from the lodge. The farm houses and serves as the mating ground to many butterfly species found in the surrounding jungle, including the brilliant blue morpho butterfly. Observe how these beautiful creatures are fed, raised and undergo metamorphosis. Enter the "winged room" where you will be surrounded by hundreds of exquisite colored butterflies flying around. After, walk for another 15 minutes and visit an indigenous handicraft workshop, before returning to your lodge.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*Optionals "Cacao Farm and AmaZOOnico Rescue Center", "Butterfly Farm and Balsa Wood Demonstration", and "Canopy Adventure Park" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jun 2017 - 07 Jan 2020 $12.00
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Canopy Adventure Park

Take a 15 minute drive and then hike 30 minutes through the rainforest to get to the Canopy Adventure Park that is located near the Pangayacu River. The Canopy Adventure Park is a ropes course or "parcour". You’ll find yourself whizzing under the foliage and over the jungle floor in no time with the help of experienced guides. There are two circuits, each with increasing level of difficulty.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not choosing this optional tour. Minimum age is 8 years old and minimum height is 3' 3" (1 meter)

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

*Optionals "Cacao Farm and AmaZOOnico Rescue Center", "Butterfly Farm and Balsa Wood Demonstration", and "Canopy Adventure Park" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jun 2017 - 07 Jan 2020 $19.00
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Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

Take a 25 minute canoe ride on the Arajuno River to visit a cacao farm, where you watch the process of obtaining chocolate from the seeds of the cacao fruit. Try your hand at grinding the roasted cacao beans in order to obtain the paste from which chocolate is made. At the end of the demonstration, taste a delicious cacao spread on toast or, a cup of hot chocolate. After, get back on your canoe and ride downriver to visit the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. The AmaZOOnico serves to rescue and care for the Amazonian animals who were injured, mistreated and illegally-trafficked. Take a guided tour of the center and watch rare species of animals in their natural habitat.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

*Optionals "Cacao Farm and AmaZOOnico Rescue Center", "Butterfly Farm and Balsa Wood Demonstration", and "Canopy Adventure Park" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jun 2017 - 06 Jan 2021 $15.00
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10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, October 2018
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I had a lovely experience. I was originally looking for something a little more ‘energetic’, but was quick to embrace the thoughtful, relaxed, educational and enthusiastic pace of our ‘senior’ group. Our guide, Marcelo, was amazing. Very knowledgeable and an awesome ambassador for Ecuador's culture and people.

Christian B. Henderson, NV
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, August 2018
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Overall excellent. Marco is an excellent tour guide with deep knowledge and passion for the job. He is also articulate in English and worked very hard to please each member of the tour.

Irving M. Ontario, CA
14 Day Ecuador with 4 Day Western Galapagos Cruise, May 2018
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It was a fantastic trip! I cannot stop raving about our experiences on the Santa Cruz 11 and the Galapagoes. Our land tour in Ecuador was also terrific. Our tour guide, Antonio, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and extremely helpful and caring. Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.

Rita M. Woodland Hills, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , May 2018
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Hello Carolyn, The trip was outstanding, thank you! It was truly the experience of a lifetime with a wonderful guide, Wilson, who could not have done more to make it an exceptional trip. The locations, interactions with locals, food, transportation, and accommodations were all fabulous and I would highly recommend Ecuador to anyone!

Leeanna W. Media, PA
6 Day Galapagos Express, May 2018
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The trip was fantastic. Gate 1, once again, did a great job of putting it all together for us. The Galápagos Islands are quite an adventure. We loved every minute of it. Looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip!

Jessica C. Scarsdale, NY
5 Day Amazon Express, April 2018
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Ecuador 5 Day Trip. Our guide was great, the sites were awesome and the food was delicious. Looking foward to my next Gate 1 Tour Trip!

Dennis B. Savannah, GA
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, April 2018
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It was awesome!!!!! Wilson Tituana was amazing. He is knowledgeable, smart & took good care of us. His love and passion for his country made me fall in love with Ecuador. I will recommend this tour too all of my friends and family. And I will definitely return.

Julia R. Hazlet, NJ
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, April 2018
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Fantastic. Daniel was the best tour guide I have ever had. He made the trip exciting. Intelligent, witty, he understood American culture. His love of his country was refreshing. An amazing trip with the best guide. I call that a winner.

Lorna D. Homosassa, FL
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2018
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A fantastic journey to the Galapagos and Ecuador and the Amazon - feel very fortunate to be able to undertake such an adventure. Everything went extremely well - our guide Paul, was exceptional - a talented man with much patience to guide us along the 12 day journey. All accommodations and meals were fantastic - all the drivers, managers, and local guides were truly remarkable. Much was included in this very exciting trip - so glad to have been able to see and experience this amazing country. Enjoyed every moment! Looking forward to future experiences with Gate 1.

Rich P. Buffalo, NY
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise, April 2018
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We had a marvelous time on our Galapagos trip The ship was very nice, and we saw so many animals. We loved the snorkeling and kayaking and all the hikes. We also enjoyed Guayaquil and Quito and both our city guides were excellent. We invited two couples who were first-time travelers with Gate1 to go with us, and you made us very proud! All 6 of us loved the trip!

Carla B. Conroe, TX
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon, March 2018
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I must say that it was truly marvelous. It exceeded all my expectations and was an amazing experience. The tour guide Jose Naranho, the hotels, the food everything was excellent . I am glad we chose Ecuador, a country with friendly people, Amazon, Rain forest, Cloud forest, Andes mountains and more. The hikes, the motorized canoe trip, the primitive raft experience, the Devil’s Nose train rider etc were wonderful. This is definitely one of the, if not the best trips of my life.

Ananda C. Richmond Hill, ON, CA
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, March 2018
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GREAT! Although the tour was a bit more physically demanding than I expected, it was still great. Our tour guide, Daniel, took care of all of us making sure we all felt special. We were able to see/experience more than we expected.

Vicki S. Boulder, CO
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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Thank you very much team at Gate 1. This trip to Ecuador was very memorable. In such a short time we've seen so much beautiful places. Our tur manager Marcelo - very knowledgeable about country and history. We are ready for a next trip.

Jolanta F. Mississauga, ON, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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I don't know where to begin because our vacation was the BEST ever!! From the destination to the tour guide, Wilson, to the driver, Daniel....Excellent!!! We got free drinks from Danny every night which was fantastic. Hotels and restaurants picked by Gate 1 were immaculate. Beautiful country...we had an awesome time ...THANK YOU Gate 1 for a unique experience. Once again a very special thanks to Wilson our guide...he is the BEST! He was knowledgeable and fun. Made us laugh and learn. Daniel was a safe and efficient driver who got us to our destination in time. We will never forget this amazing experience and great friends that we acquired on this trip.

Nitil P. Odessa, FL
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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Best trip EVER!!! It was spectacular! I can't say enough wonderful things about our tour manager, Wilson! He was amazing and made the trip extra special... his passion for Ecuador was contagious!

Christine L. Philadelphia, PA
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise, March 2018
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As with all of our past Gate 1 trips, the Galapagos trip was fantastic. Great weather, great sights, etc. On a scale of 1 to 10 this trip was a 15! The 7 days on the Santa Cruz II were wonderful....food, service, multiple daily excursions to 10 islands, deep water snorkeling, hiking, etc. The interaction with the wildlife - and the photo opportunities - on the uninhabited islands is beyond description.

Rob W. Rochester, NY
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise, March 2018
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Our trip to the Galápagos Islands was fantastic. The ship, the staff and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The guides in Guayaquil and Quito were excellent and the hotels were good too. We look forward to more trips with Gate One.

Janice H. Yonkers, NY
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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Thank you. We had a WONDERFUL trip. Our tour guide & bus driver was amazing. This was our first guided trip and far exceeded our expectations.

Gary D. Galax, VA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, March 2018
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We had a fabulous trip to Ecuador. So happy with the service and all the arrangements that were made for us. Our tour manager, Marco, was fantastic and we can't say enough good things about him. He was exceptional.. We loved the country and couldn't believe how much we were able to see in such a short time . We will definitely use Gate 1 travel in the future and have already passed along to our friends what a great value you provide.

Linda M.
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu, February 2018
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Our trip was outstanding. Quite the adventure! Our guides, Celso in Ecuador and Mauricio in Peru, were fabulous. Their knowledge, patience, and attitude were all great. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The hotels were luxurious.

Joan B. Alexandria, VA
5 Day Amazon Express, February 2018
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We had a great time. No problems, great guide, and the weather was better than expected. We will be using gate 1 for all future travel.

Michele F. Burlington, ON, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, February 2018
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This is our first Gate1 tour. It was wonderful. I did the research before we went. The tour got a lot of compliments online and we are not disappointed. Our guide Daniel is phenomenal. He is absolutely wonderful. We are very happy with the tour and the service your company provided and can't wait to go back.

Niki H. Great Neck, NY
7 Day Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil & Quito, February 2018
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We had a fabulous trip, Galapagos is a wonderful place to visit and The Finch Bay Hotel is such a charming place with wonderful food. Love the hotel and also the yacht we used on one of the excursions, such an experience to have chefs cooking our lunch on the yacht. The guides and tour managers along the trip are all very nice and everything was arranged perfectly. The only thing is since we weren’t told whether we will have the same driver the next day or not, it’s hard for us to tip them and I think couple times we miss the tipping opportunities. I am planning on taking another trip with my kids to see the other islands of Galapagos and I have told all my friends about our wonderful trip with Gate 1. We have had 5 trips with Gate1 and looking forward to go on more adventures with your company in the future.

Ching L. Newtown Sq, PA
12 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador, January 2018
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Trip to Ecuador was fabulous, surpassed all my expectations. I KNEW that the Galapagos would be great but I had few expectations for the remainder of the trip. Marcelo was our guide for the mainland--he was the best guide I've ever had on a Gate 1 Tour (or any other tour for that matter). The guides on the Galapagos were great too. Wonderful all the way around.

Carole J. Avondale Est, GA
5 Day Amazon Express, January 2018
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It was my first trip with Gate 1 and went beyond any acceptation !!! Very well organized , everything was perfect and Daniel our tour guide was beyond any expectations. The professionalism, knowledge, and overall pleasantness he showed was amazing. Hope any future trips with Gate 1 has tour guides as wonderful as Daniel was.

Dobroslawa T. Brooklyn, NY
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2018
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It was great. As is to be expected, I liked some locations better than others but it was a wonderful experience. And our guide was awesome!

Julie M. Harrisburg, PA
10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, December 2017
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The Ecuador tour was outstanding, Wilson Tituana was an excellent guide. He gave us considerable information about Ecuador, advice on restaurants, shopping and the use of our free time. Wilson looked after our security and safety that was above and beyond what was expected. Wilson explained the dynamics of Ecuadorean society and culture and its people. The driver, Israel, inspired our confidence and extended himself in managing our luggage and comfort. I was delighted with the tour and will recommend it to my traveling friends.

Wilma L. Valley Stream, NY
12 Day Galapagos Islands & Ecuador, December 2017
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Our trip was fantastic. The accommodations were first class, the tour manager Jose was amazing, and all the staff, drivers and local guides were wonderful as well. I have been on other escorted tours previously, but this was my husband's first time, and he loved it! Thank you Gate 1. We will travel with you again in the future.

Karen M. Toms River, NJ
5 Day Amazon Express, December 2017
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It was an amazing trip! The planning and service are awesome! The tour manager is very professional.

Shuyang S. Burnaby, BC, CA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon, December 2017
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Bill and I had a great trip. Wilson was very informative and full of surprises, he made the long rides very interesting. The hotels we stayed in were excellent, unusual locations with beautiful scenery. The food was very tasty, there was nothing we did not enjoy. For our first Gate 1 trip Wilson has set the bar high. Equador is a beautiful place, we really enjoyed the trip.

William F. Newmarket, ON
10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, November 2017
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We wish to commend Gate 1 Travel for providing a wonderful vacation. The itinerary, the bus, the accommodations and the price were clearly way above standard. But what turned out to top our list of acolytes was - Marco our travel guide! With him Gate 1 Travel hit on the rare combination of an individual with extensive local knowledge and the ability, through a deprecating sense of humor, to hold the attention of our 34 member group. Above that, he projected authority, no-one ever dared to be later for the bus. We are seasoned travelers around the world. This was our first experience with Gate 1. We plan future bookings through Gate 1. We feel we speak for our group as a whole, that Marco deserves an award or commendation for exceptional performance.

Carl R. Ormond Beach, FL
10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, November 2017
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I really enjoyed the experience. The leader was knowledgeable and the driver excellent. The hotels were first rate and the weather held out for us. I met many very pleasant people some new to Gate 1. I think we will all travel with you again.

Karen C. Mountain View, CA
5 Day Amazon Express, November 2017
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Our trip to Ecuador was nothing short of amazing! We had the very best guide. His name is Wilson and he made the trip so great! The itinerary was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed how organized the trip was. The food was delicious and the activities were incredible. This is one of the best trips I have ever been on!

Joy C. Bradenton, FL
10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, November 2017
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Our trip was great!! The group was diverse from many different, interesting backgrounds but everyone blended very well and all went smoothly. We covered an amazing amount of ground and saw and learned so much about Ecuador, its history, its culture and its people. We enjoyed the hotels and restaurants selected for this trip as well as the excursions...In closing, I want to shout a big hurrah to our fantastic guide Eduardo who managed everything beautifully and was a fount of knowledge at so many levels on so many topics. Our driver Roque was also amazing- always cheerful, helpful and friendly while mastering the challenges of mountain passes and everything else encountered on the roadways . All in all a fantastic introduction to this friendly country with its great diversity of people and landscapes. Definitely a trip worthy of high recommendation.

Alison S. Alexandria, VA
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, October 2017
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Our trip to Ecuador was fabulous. Our tour guide Wilson was extraordinarily great. He was knowledgeable, personable, and made every effort to ensure that everyone in the group had a great time. I am vegetarian and Wilson went out of his way to ensure that there was a veg meal prepared especially for me on a couple of occasions. The boat ride on the river in which we saw monkeys in the wild was spectacular. My husband and I were so pleased with Gate 1 Travel, and particularly with Wilson. We will definitely choose Gate 1 for another trip in the future.

Michelle Desiree M. West Palm Beach, FL
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu (Miami Special), September 2017
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Our trip was absolutely fabulous! The guides were wonderful - Wilson & Carlos! The things we got to see - both from the itinerary and behind the scenes were wonderful. We will definitely travel via Gate 1 again! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!

Debra S. Decatur, TN
5 Day Amazon Express, September 2017
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Our trip was absolutely amazing. It was a dream vacation that we would love to repeat again and again. Every detail was handled for us. Our guide, Alfredo, was tremendous. He was enjoyable, extremely knowledgable, helpful, and accommodating. Our driver, Italo, was wonderful, and our native guide for the jungle and tribe, Holger, was so friendly and informative. We couldn’t be more pleased with our Gate 1 trip and look forward to our next Gate 1 trip (yet to be planned). Thank you!

Bradley M. Liberty Twp, OH
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , August 2017
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Wonderful, as usual! Ecuador is so beautiful and Jose did a great job as the tour director. I appreciated all the ways he exposed us to the Ecuadorian culture. I would do this trip again!

Noreen J. Arlington Hts, IL
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , August 2017
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This is our second trip with Gate 1 and we were not disappointed. Ecuador was a beautiful country that Gate 1 did a great job of showcasing. The driver, Walter, amazed us all with his driving skills. He was great to stop for the many photo opportunities. Antonio was good to provide information about the sights. He went out of his way to create a community environment while we were in the jungle, arranging a karaoke for all who were interested in attending (more than 1/2 the group took part). The chosen hotels offered a spectacular view of the surrounding areas and many opportunities unique to the region. The staff at the hotels were very helpful, especially in the jungle. Dario and Pablo were always there to assist and offer a helping hand accompanied by a welcoming smile. The food, although limited in choice(many meals were grilled chicken), was very good. This was a great adventure. We look forward to adventuring with your company again.

Andrea B. Ontario, Canada
9 Day Ecuador with 4 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise , August 2017
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The trip was absolutely wonderful. Especially with grandkids ages 12 and 14. We were busy all the time and were proud of ourselves at age 72 that we could keep up with snorkeling, hiking, climbing in and out of boats, etc.. We were very impressed with the ship the Santa Cruz II in terms of facilities, the naturalists, and the organization. Gate 1 was perfect in terms of all the arrangements and transfers and guides. We are ready for another adventure like this.

Melvin C. W Bloomfield, MI
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , July 2017
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It was simply AMAZING!! Our accommodations were so much better than I ever imagined. Our guide was great. And, Ecuador was so diverse, breath-taking, and friendly. We are Gate 1 fans. Can't wait to plan another trip.

Lori N. Salt Lake Cty, UT
5 Day Amazon Express, July 2017
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This trip was outstanding! It was beyond our expectations and I would recommend it to anyone! Alfredo was an exceptional guide and a definite asset to Gate 1. Thank you for such an amazing vacation package.

Mark D. Middlesex, NC
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , July 2017
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The trip was a wonderful experience. Marco, our guide, was informative, professional, interesting, and spoke excellent English. We loved the hotels, food, and the places we saw. Ecuador is beautiful and our time with Gate 1 very rewarding. We hope to see more of the world for less on future Gate 1 tours. Thanks!

Kenneth D. Dallas, TX
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , July 2017
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Wonderful...Beyond my expectations with the various hotels, Tour Guide Daniel, local guides, food, etc. I learned so much history about Ecuador from the Tour Guide from the politics, economy, people, food, etc. that I told everyone who has listened at home/work about Ecuador. Each hotel was so unique and charming. The people on our tour have become lifelong friends. This was my first Gate 1 tour and I will definitely be doing more.

Santosh P. Plano, TX
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , June 2017
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The trip was great and even exceeded our expectations. The itinerary, lodging, and food were first class. Our guide, Alfredo, was amazing. His knowledge of the history, geography,culture, and people of Ecuador made it a valuable learning experience. Our driver, Javier, navigated the narrow roads with amazing skill. Finally the fellow travelers were a great mix of ages and backgrounds. We were all very compatible and shared many laughs. All in all, it was a whirlwind trip from beginning to end and a great experience. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.

Jerry P. Holiday, FL
5 Day Amazon Express, June 2017
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The trip to Ecuador was fantastic! Paul was a great guide and the places we saw and stayed at were awesome!

Renee G. Casselberry, FL
10 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, May 2017
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The trip was wonderful. Antonio, our guide, was the best ever. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone on our trip had a wonderful time. Ecuador was beyond beautiful and one of my favorite trips ever.

Alyson D. Lubbock, TX
5 Day Amazon Express, May 2017
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It was a fabulous trip! Beyond expectations. Wilson is the best guide I have traveled with! You are incredibly lucky to have him with Gate 1. His team was on point at every move. I have already started recruiting travel companions and family for another Gate 1 adventure! Great Job!

Teri B. Mt Pleasant, SC
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu, April 2017
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Really great as usual! We were particularly impressed with Quito because we weren't expecting much and it turned out to be a very charming city. The rest of the trip was everything we expected and more!

Victor R II. Arlington, TX
8 Day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure , April 2017
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The trip to Ecuador was fabulous. The accommodations far surpassed my expectations. The food was wonderful and so was the service. Our guide, Alfredo, was so knowledgeable about Ecuador...past and present. He went out of his way to meet our needs. I'm recommending Gate 1 to my friends and will travel with this company again.

Kristin N. River Falls, WI

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