Exotic Ecuador

Quito, Cotopaxi, Patate, Amazon & Otavalo

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8 days from $1799 $1499
per person, double occupancy, including taxes & fees*
Book by Mar. 3, 2015 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures April – 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
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from Miami to Quito via LAN Airlines including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • 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
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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My wife and I just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip, which was to Ecuador. We were very pleased with the tour. The accommodations were very excellent. The transportation in the country was on a nice bus with an outstanding driver (Pablo). Our tour guide was Patricio Placencia. Patricio did a wonderful job as our leader. He is well informed, communicates well, relates well to the group and seeks to be sensitive to the group and its interests and needs. My wife didn't feel well early in the trip and he was very concerned and helpful to her. We were extremely pleased with him and he was very effective in presenting his country and his love for his country to the group. We commend you for having a tour guide who is talented, trained and effective as Patricio was. He was great and we feel blessed by having him show us Exotic Ecuador. Thank you very much!

James Mason, Marietta, GA

Dates & Prices

Prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices and availability are subject to change. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Mar 3
Sun Feb 15 2015 Sun Feb 22 2015 $1499   Departed
Sun Mar 15 2015 Sun Mar 22 2015 $1799 $1499 Closed
Sun Mar 22 2015 Sun Mar 29 2015 $1799 $1499 Closed
Sun Apr 12 2015 Sun Apr 19 2015 $1799 $1499 Closed
Sun Apr 19 2015 Sun Apr 26 2015 $1899 $1599 Available
Sun May 10 2015 Sun May 17 2015 $1799 $1499 Available
Sun May 24 2015 Sun May 31 2015 $1799 $1499 Available
Sun Jun 14 2015 Sun Jun 21 2015 $1899 $1599 Available
Sun Jul 5 2015 Sun Jul 12 2015 $1899 $1599 Available
Sun Aug 9 2015 Sun Aug 16 2015 $1899 $1599 Closed
Sun Sep 6 2015 Sun Sep 13 2015 $1799 $1499 Available
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

Prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations, unless otherwise noted.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

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.

Separately paid taxes
Ecuador, Departure tax1 (paid separately) +$45

1. To be paid locally prior to departure

Exotic Ecuador
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Feb 15 unavailable
All other departures +$399
Departure Airports
Miami (MIA)
Feb 15, May 10 unavailable
All other departures included
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Jul 5, Aug 9, Sep 20 unavailable
All other departures +$175
Los Angeles (LAX)
Mar 15, Apr 12, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Jun 14, Jul 5, Aug 9, Sep 6, Sep 20, Oct 11, Oct 25 unavailable
All other departures +$550

Departure airports subject to availability.

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.

Deposit
Standard Deposit $300

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, PayPal, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of your reservation, whichever is later.

Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your reservation, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred.

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.

Itinerary

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 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!


Detailed Itinerary

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.

Convent of San Francisco, Quito 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.

Cotopaxi National Park 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.

El Pailón del Diablo 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.

Quechua girl 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.

Landscape around Banos 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.

Otavalo marketplace 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.

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