|Style||Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||September – November 2015|
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Quito, Equatorial Monument, Otavalo Saturday Market, Amazon Rainforest, El Paillion del Diablo Waterfall, and Cotopaxi National Park|
|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.|
|As Seen in|
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 Saturday 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!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Sun||May 10||2015||Sun||May 17||2015||$1499||Departed|
|Sun||May 24||2015||Sun||May 31||2015||$1499||Closed|
|Sun||Jun 14||2015||Sun||Jun 21||2015||$1899||$1599||Closed|
|Sun||Jul 5||2015||Sun||Jul 12||2015||$1899||$1599||Closed|
|Sun||Aug 9||2015||Sun||Aug 16||2015||$1899||$1599||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 6||2015||Sun||Sep 13||2015||$1799||$1499||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 20||2015||Sun||Sep 27||2015||$1799||$1499||Available|
|Sun||Oct 11||2015||Sun||Oct 18||2015||$1899||$1599||Available|
|Sun||Oct 25||2015||Sun||Nov 1||2015||$1799||$1499||Available|
Please see price details below.*
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.
|Single Room Supplement||+$399|
|Separately paid taxes|
|Ecuador departure tax1 (paid separately)||+$45|
1. To be paid locally prior to departure
|May 10, Sep 6||unavailable|
|All other departures||included|
|New York Kennedy (JFK)|
|Jul 5, Aug 9, Sep 20||unavailable|
|All other departures||+$175|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||unavailable|
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.
Passengers departing New York (JFK) or Los Angeles (LAX) must check-in the night before the listed departure dates for their overnight flights arriving on Day 1. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.
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.
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.
Day 1: USA/Quito. Your exciting tour to Ecuador begins today as you depart for Quito, Ecuador's capital city (9,500 feet above sea level). Upon arrival, after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Accommodations: Sheraton Quito on March 1, 2015 departure, Radisson Royal Quito on all others.
Passengers departing Miami (MIA): Due to a schedule change on LAN Airlines for departures Feb 15, 2015 and onwards, passengers will depart Miami on an overnight flight arriving to Quito early in the morning of Day 2. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.
Passengers departing New York (JFK) or Los Angeles (LAX): Passengers must check-in the night before the listed departure dates for their overnight flights arriving on Day 1. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.
Day 2: Quito. Today, 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. Breakfast provided.
Day 3: Quito, Cotopaxi, & Patate. 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. Accommodations: Hacienda Leito Los Llanganates. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Day 4: Patate & Amazon. 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. Accommodations: Casa del Suizo. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Amazon. 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Amazon, Papallacta & Otavalo. 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. Accommodations: Puerto Lago. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: Otavalo Market & Depart Quito. 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. Later today, bid adiós to Ecuador as you transfer back to Quito, arriving at Mariscal Sucre International Airport at approximately 6:00pm for your overnight return flight. Breakfast provided.
Passengers returning to Miami (MIA): Due to a schedule change on LAN Airlines for departures Feb 15, 2015 and onwards, passengers returning to Miami will overnight in Quito on Day 7 at the Radisson Royal Quito or similar, and then return to Miami on Day 8. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.
Day 8: Arrive USA. Your amazing Ecuadorian adventure ends as you touch down in the USA today.
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.
This was our first ever group tour package... and we'll definitely consider another with Friendly Planet based on our experience! The accommodations are all high quality and unique; hotel service outstanding. Our enthusiastic guide, Vivian, and capable driver Jose, were warm, hospitable, knowledgeable ambassadors for their country. Vivian enjoyed maximizing our experiences whether it was at a simple ice cream stop or describing in detail church art treasures. And she's lots of fun! Highlights for my husband Harris and I were the two amazing days spent at Casa del Suizo in Amazonia. Our local guide, Ramon, welcomed us into his culture and literally made the jungle come alive letting us sniff aromatic termite nests or offering us freshly cut jungle hearts of palm to eat. And then there was the blow dart tournament...
Deborah Samuels, New Smyrna Beach, FL