Amazing Ecuador: The Amazon Rainforest & the Andes Mountains

September 9 - 18, 2022

Cultural Adventures tours offer you the opportunity to learn about both the Andes and Amazon Rainforest as part of a small group. You’ll enjoy select experiences away from the usual tourist sights during a visit that combines soft adventure with maximum comfort. On this trip not only will you experience two diverse ecosystems of Ecuador, but you will also meet local people and learn about the culture. When you take a Cultural Adventures trip you are supporting local people who provide information and services. Hope to share this incredible adventure with you--Connie

* Designed for travelers who want an active trip in two very diverse ecosystems: The Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains
* Escorted by Connie who will smooth out any bumps & provide useful travel tips before & during the trip
* Group size is limited to 10 or less 

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• Explore the Amazon Rainforest for five days while staying at a comfortable ecolodge

• Climb a canopy tower for a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers, and Howler Monkeys   feeding themselves on the nearby trees.
• Search for wildlife including Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two & three toed sloths
• Tour both modern and colonial Quito
• Discover the fascinating work of one of the most renowned artists of the country, Oswaldo Guayasamín, at the     Chapel of Man Museum
• Visit the Otavalo Crafts Market & Condor Park in the Andes
• Stand on both sides of the equator at the middle of the earth
• Enjoy traditional regional cuisine including lunch at a traditional hacienda

Parrot Lick

Bird is the word

In the Andes

Condor Park

Hacienda Musician 


Explore the Amazon Rainforest for four days while staying at a comfortable eco-lodge

Climb a canopy tower for a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers and even Howler Monkeys feeding themselves on the nearby trees.

Visit the Condor Park and indigenous market in the Andes town of Otavalo

Experience the large animal & crafts market in the Andes

Trip Fee: $2895 per person in double occupancy - Single supplement available. Cultural Adventures alumnae save $100.

* Included: All flights within Ecuador, hotels, land transportation, tours, entrance fees, airport transfers, guides,    escort & 21 meals.
* Not included: International flight to Ecuador, tips and personal expenses.
* Group size is limited to 10


Sept 9

Arrive Quito on your own. You’ll be met at the airport and escorted to our hotel near the airport. Hosteria San Carlos or equivalent 

Sept 10, 11, 12, 13 

Amazon Rainforest

Our visit to the rainforest begins today. Traveling to our comfortable eco-lodge is an adventure. First, we take a short flight from Quito to Coca where we hop on a motorized longboat for a ride through the jungle. The Yasuní National Park is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Daily activities are based on interest and will include hiking in the jungle, canoe rides, a visit to an indigenous family, canopy tower visits, relaxing in a hammock and kayaking. In the evening you might canoe the river or walk to view nocturnal rainforest animals such as caiman, monkeys, insects, and owls. Napo Cultural Center Eco-Lodge (B, L, D)

Sept 14


We’ll return from the rainforest and be met by our private guide Angel. We’ll take the Teleferiqo cable car , 14,000 feet to the top of Cruz Loma, for a marvelous view of Quito. After checking in at the hotel the evening is free for you to relax or explore the city.. (B, L)

Sept 15


Today you’ll have an introduction to Quito, a cosmopolitan and historic capital city, located in the majestic Andes Mountains. We’ll begin by exploring Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch you’ll discover the fascinating work of one of the most renowned artists of the country, Oswaldo Guayasamín at the Chapel of Man Museum (B, L)

Sept 16

Otavalo – Condor Park 

We’ll take a private van and drive north through amazing Andean landscapes to Otavalo with its famous indigenous market featuring an amazing array of textiles and crafts. Lunch at the historic Hacienda Pinsaqui will feature local dishes. Next is a visit the Condor Park designed to protect, rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce the Andean Condor and other birds of prey to their original habitat. (B, L)

Sept 17

Otavalo -Indigenous Market

On our Cuenca city tour you’ll discover some of the main sights of the city including the New Cathedral, the famed local flower market and the Barranco with its historic houses perched on cliffs high above the rushing Tomebamba River. After enjoying a delicious traditional lunch, the day will end with a stop at the Homero Ortega Panama hat factory where some of the best Panama hats are created. There is a small museum showing the history of the company and the evolution of the Panama hat making process factory. Hotel Victoria (B, L)

Sept 18

Middle of the Earth – Fly home

On the way to the Quito airport, we’ll stop at the Mitad Del Mundo and stand on both sides of the equator. The trip ends at the Quito Airport. (B)

An optional tour of Quito is available before this trip. Contact Connie at 317.908.1220 for details.

Participant’s Background Information

  • US citizens do not need a visa to visit Ecuador.
  • All travelers will need a valid COVID vaccination card showing that they have received a complete series of the COVID -19 vaccine 
  • The currency of Ecuador is the US dollar so there is no need to change money. 
  • This is an active adventure. Because of the heat and humidity, an Amazon jungle tour requires a reasonable level of fitness. Participants must be in good health, mobile and able to participate in 2-4 hours of physical activity daily. 
  • Basic travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage is mandatory; insurance to cover trip cancellation is highly recommended. 
  • Deposit of $750 will reserve your spot. Cost of trip is $2895 per double occupancy, sgl supplement $420. Cultural Adventures alumnae receive a $100 discount. Balance due by July 21, 2022.
  • Refunds, less $75, will be returned upon written request until July 1, 2022. After this date, no refunds of any type will be made. 

If you are ready to walk among giant tortoises and snorkel with sea lions, send in your deposit of $750 now. 
Write deposit checks to Cultural Adventures and mail to: Connie Champlin, 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632.

Connie Champlin

Phone: +1 317-908-1220 
Address: Connie Champlin 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632

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