Exotic Ecuador

Quito, Cotopaxi, Patate, Amazon & Otavalo

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8 days from $1799 $1499
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Book by Feb. 16, 2016 to save up to $300!
Attention The Cotopaxi Volcano is currently in an active phase.
This itinerary may be modified to ensure a better touring experience.
Any changes to the itinerary will be indicated in the final documents.
See a sample alternate itinerary for days 3 and 4.

Overview

Style Small Group Tour
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from March – September 2016
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights from Miami to Quito via LAN Airlines including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in Superior and Deluxe hotels with private bath
  • 13 Meals: breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors and guides
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)
Highlights Quito, Equatorial Monument, Otavalo Market, Amazon Rainforest, El Paillion del Diablo Waterfall, and Cotopaxi National Park
Themes Active,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.
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Exotic Ecuador itinerary map Discover the wonders of Ecuador, a remarkable collection of landscapes, people, cultures, animals, plants, and more. Our Exotic Ecuador tour package covers the highlights of this incredibly diverse country. You'll visit the capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Center of Quito, the colorful and bustling market in Otavalo, the natural springs in Papallacta, the volcanic peaks of Cotopaxi National Park, and the world's most biologically diverse rainforest—the Amazon. Our package includes roundtrip flights from Miami, great hotels, most meals and a comprehensive, fully-guided touring program, all for unbeatable prices. With prices like this, our Exotic Ecuador adventure is sure to sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your space soon!

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Booking Discount: Book by 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 16 to save up to $300 per person!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Feb 16
Wed Feb 3 2016 Wed Feb 10 2016 $1499   Departed
Wed Mar 2 2016 Wed Mar 9 2016 $1799 $1499 Closed
Wed Mar 16 2016 Wed Mar 23 2016 $1799 $1499 Closed
Wed Mar 30 2016 Wed Apr 6 2016 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Apr 13 2016 Wed Apr 20 2016 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed May 11 2016 Wed May 18 2016 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Jun 1 2016 Wed Jun 8 2016 $1899 $1599 Available
Wed Jul 6 2016 Wed Jul 13 2016 $1999 $1699 Available
Wed Sep 14 2016 Wed Sep 21 2016 $1799 $1499 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Exotic Ecuador
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$399

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included
New York Kennedy (JFK) +$175
Los Angeles (LAX)
Feb 3, Jul 6 unavailable
All other departures +$300

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Standard Deposit $600

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Quito

Accommodations: 2 nights NH Collection Quito Royal, Quito.

  • Depart USA on your flight bound for Quito, Ecuador
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
  • Passengers from Miami will arrive early in the morning of Day 2

Day 2: Quito

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure
  • Afternoon city tour of Quito

Convent of San Francisco, QuitoFull Day Itinerary:This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic tour of Quito, arguably one of the loveliest South American cities. Visit the Government Palace and the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito's oldest church and largest colonial building constructed in Latin America. Later, stop at the Equatorial Monument, the Mitad del Mundo ("Middle of the World"), commemorating the exact place where Charles Marie de la Condamine established the Equator, where you can stand with one foot in the northern and one in the southern hemisphere.

Day 3: Quito, Cotopaxi, & Patate

Accommodations: 1 night Hacienda Leito Los Llanganates, Patate. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Drive along the Pan-American Highway to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Lunch at the Tambopaxi hotel
  • Continue to Patate and check into your hotel

Cotopaxi National ParkFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, set out along the Pan-American Highway to one of Ecuador's treasures, Cotopaxi National Park, home to several volcanoes, including Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world (19,500 feet above sea level). Spanning an impressive 84,000 acres, this natural reserve protects a diverse array of flora and fauna, including llamas, deer, wild horses, as well as many rare species endemic to the region. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and your cameras ready for a lucky sighting of the mythical Andean condor.

Stop for lunch at the Tambopaxi hotel and enjoy a panoramic view of the national park while you eat. Later, continue to the beautiful valley of Patate (7,500 feet above sea level), known for its picturesque location on the Patate River and its diverse agricultural production. Check into your hotel for overnight.

Day 4: Patate & Ecuadorian Amazon

Accommodations: 2 nights Casa del Suizo, Punta Ahuano. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Drive to the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Stop en route at Rio Verde waterfalls and lunch in the small village of Puyo
  • Continue to Punta Ahuano for a canoe ride on the Napo River to the lodge
  • Welcome cocktail and dinner

El Pailón del DiabloFull Day Itinerary: The Amazonian segment of your tour begins after breakfast today as you set out along a scenic stretch of road overlooking lush green valleys and sparkling waterfalls. En route, you'll visit the spectacular Rio Verde falls, better known as El Pailón del Diablo (The Devil's Cauldron). Then, stop in the small village of Puyo for lunch at a local restaurant.

Arrive this afternoon at Punta Ahuano, a tiny port town on the north bank of the Napo River, where piraguas (canoes) await you for a short ride downstream to your lodge. After check-in, sip a refreshing welcome cocktail.

Day 5: Amazon

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Enjoy a full day of activities at the Amazon lodge

Quechua girlFull Day Itinerary:Enjoy a full day exploring the wonders of the Napo River Amazon region. After a short walk through the jungle, your guide will present you with the itinerary for the day. Some of the activities available include a visit to a Quechua family, a demonstration of indigenous animal trapping techniques, nature hikes and river rafting or tubing along the Napo River. The activities for the day will be determined at the discretion of the tour guide to best fit your group’s abilities and interests. Time permitting, other independent activities may be available at additional cost.

Day 6: Amazon, Papallacta & Otavalo

Accommodations: 1 night Puerto Lago Country Inn, Otavalo. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Return to Punta Ahuano by canoe and continue to Otavalo
  • Stop for lunch en route in Papallacta
  • Optional bathing at Papallacta hot springs ($19 per person)
  • Group dinner in Otavalo

Landscape around BanosFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, set out on canoes again to return to Punta Ahuano. Continue by coach along the scenic Andes Mountain range to Otavalo (8,500 feet above sea level). En route, stop for lunch in Papallacta, a small resort town known for its thermal springs tucked high away in an Andean valley (11,000 feet above sea level). After lunch, you’ll have the option to bathe in the hot springs ($19 per person, includes hot springs entrance, towel, and locker). Later on, arrive in Otavalo and check into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions. 

Day 7: Otavalo Market & Quito

Accommodations: 1 night NH Collection Quito Royal, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Explore the famous market at Otavalo
  • Return to Quito for overnight

Otavalo womanFull Day Itinerary:Today you'll experience Otavalo, whose beauty lies in its people, the Otavaleño Indians, and their market, undoubtedly one of the best in all of Latin America. The market takes place in Otavalo’s main plaza, but don't hesitate to wander into the side streets, where the goods on display diversify and the prices are lower. Enjoy the cacophony of sounds as Andean pipe music mixes with Spanish and native Quechua voices, complemented by an explosion of color from the many fabric, fruit and other stalls. Time permitting, explore other nearby villages like Cotacachi, famous for its leatherwork, and Peguche, known for its traditional weavings. Return to Quito for overnight.

Day 8: Depart Quito/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Sample Alternate Itinerary:

Due to volcanic activity at Cotopaxi, the itinerary may be modified to ensure a better touring experience. Please see a sample alternate itinerary for days 3 and 4 below. Any changes to the itinerary will be indicated in the final documents.

Day 3: Quito, Banos, & Patate

Accommodations: 1 night Hacienda Leito Los Llanganates, Patate. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Drive along the Pan-American Highway to Rio Verde falls
  • Visit Banos, a small town famous for the hot springs
  • Stop at La Casa del Arbol, a lookout famous for its ‘Swing at the End of the World’
  • Continue to Patate for dinner and overnight

El Pailón del DiabloFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, we begin our journey with a drive to view the spectacular Rio Verde falls, better known as El Pailón del Diablo (The Devil's Cauldron). Visit Tagua workshop, where the tagua nut, also known as vegetable ivory because of its likeness to animal ivory, is carved to into jewelry and other figurines and ornaments.

Then head to nearby Baños, a small town famous for the hot springs that give it its name (baths). Its mild climate, verdant landscape, and mineral-rich natural springs make Baños an oasis of tranquility and relaxation. Sparkling waterfalls, rolling hills, and scenic bridges complete this picturesque setting. Stop at La Casa del Arbol, a popular viewing spot famous for its ‘Swing at the End of the World’. This seismic monitoring station is a small house built on a tree at the edge of a canyon with a swing hanging over the precipice.

Day 4: Patate & Ecuadorian Amazon

Accommodations: 2 nights Casa del Suizo, Punta Ahuano. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Drive to Punta Ahuano for a canoe ride on the Napo River to the lodge
  • Welcome cocktail and lunch
  • Afternoon visit to local Quichua Indian family

Napo River, Ecuadorian AmazonFull Day Itinerary: The Amazonian segment of your tour begins after breakfast today as we drive to Punta Ahuano, a tiny port town on the north bank of the Napo River, where piraguas (canoes) await you for a short ride downstream to your lodge. After check-in, sip a refreshing welcome cocktail. In the afternoon we will visit a local Quichua Indian family, whose garden contains many medicinal plants still commonly used today. They will explain how such plants are used, and demonstrate other aspects of their traditional culture such as the spiritual cleaning rituals still practiced today throughout the surrounding community. Learn how to make chicha, a typical beverage (which of course all may taste), and finally, all may participate in a blowgun target-shooting contest – but don’t expect to beat the natives!

The high altitudes reached on this trip (up to 12,000 feet above sea level) and the amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your ability to handle these conditions.

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We just returned last night from the Ecuador trip and I wanted to tell friendly Planet what an amazing job our tour guide, Patricio, and our driver, Pablo did. We were extremely impressed with them and felt that they really made the trip what it was for us and our whole group. I can't wait to tell other people about my experiences and look forward to another trip with Friendly Planet. Thank you!

Nancy C.

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