Andes + Amazon lodge
There is a magical place out there waiting for you, where you'll encounter thousand-year old indigenous groups, heritage & culture passed through generations and time, and also the home of least of 50% of the world's species. Are you wondering which place is this? Well, it's the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador.
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|10-day Andes + Amazon Lodge Tour|
|Day 1||Arrival to Quito - Transfer In
Our staff will transfer you to your hotel, assist you with anything you need, and give a short explanation for the next day.
Quito – Ibarra – Salinas Train – Otavalo
Early in the morning, we depart from Quito to Ibarra city and catch the Liberty train. The ride descends into the warm, dry valley, across sugar cane plantations, magical landscapes, through tunnels, and over bridges that span steep canyons, ridges, and patchwork fields. The Ibarra-Salinas train was one of the most important commercial routes of the railroad, since it carried products from the Andean haciendas to the harbors on the Pacific coast, where they were exported to various destinations.
Otavalo & Surroundings - Roses - Quito
After breakfast, we start our tour in Otavalo and visit the famous indigenous market of Otavalo. This is one of the largest indigenous markets in Latin Amrica, and it’s set in the “Plaza de los Ponchos.” It is characterized by the variety of handicrafts, native paintings, Andean musical instruments, interesting tapestries, Panama hats, colorful clothes, and more. Lunch is served at a traditional hacienda, where we can enjoy the flavors of the Andean cuisine and the wonderful landscapes of this area. We continue our journey until we reach Cotacachi, a town well known for its leather industry; their main production material is leather, so you can find clothes, shoes, and purses of the best quality and stunning design. Then we visit a rose plantation to learn more about their harvest, while admiring the beauty of the roses. In fact, roses provide an important source of income for Ecuador and are famous around the world.
Cotopaxi National Park – Hacienda
After breakfast early in the morning, we depart from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park, home of Cotopaxi Volcano, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world! Cotopaxi reaches an impressive height of 5,897 meters above sea level (19,347 ft). In the outskirts of this beautifully shaped volcano, we will find Cotopaxi National Park – a beautiful paramo ecosystem that is home to many plants and animals unique to the area. After our time in this charming national reserve, we'll go to a traditional hacienda where lunch is served. After lunch, we return to Quito.
Amazon RainforestAfter breakfast, our staff will transfer you to the airport to catch your local flight to the city of Coca. Upon arrival, a team member of the lodge will receive you and transfer you to the public dock from which you will board a motorized canoe that will take you to the lodge.
Amazon AdventureFrom days 6 to 7, you will be in touch with the sounds, views, and smells of the nature of the rainforest and the traditions of their native people. These days involve activities accompanied by a naturalist guide and a native guide who will share with you their knowledge. You will be guided on walks through different trails; discover the magic of the jungle, search for birds, vegetation or different animals, like monkeys swinging around, or breathe in the relaxing moments with canoe rides along lakes. Your activities are planned depending on weather conditions, but the lodge is prepared to offer many options to make your time a beautiful and fun adventure.
Return to QuitoAfter breakfast, you will take the motorized canoe to go back to the city of Coca, and then take your flight to Quito. At Quito's airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred back to the hotel to rest and prepare yourself for the next day.
Full day in QuitoAfter breakfast, we’ll explore Quito; on this day, we are going to see the colonial district with some of the most representative plazas and churches. Here we can learn more about the history of the city and Ecuador as we step back into the past to see some traditions and legends. We will visit the Plaza Grande, where the city was managed during the colonial period and is still today the most important plaza of Ecuador, since the presidential Palace of Carondelet is located here. Around it, we will find the Archbishop’s palace and the Cathedral, which is the most important church of the city and which is one of the most iconic buildings of the city, with its tiled domes.
On the last day of your vacation, your pickup will be scheduled according to your flight's departure. Our staff will transfer you to the airport and assist you with what you need.
|Per person in double occupancy||US$ 3121|