Amazing Ecuador: Amazon Rainforest & Andes Escorted Trip

September 17 – 27, 2021

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. 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.

• 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

Highlights

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

Ride the Devil’s Nose train for spectacular views of the Andes

Drive along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and refresh yourself nightly at mountain haciendas

Discover Cuenca, the city of artists and a UNESCO Historical site


Trip Fee: $3595 per double occupancy-single supplements $420.

Included: All hotels, local flights, motorized canoe to the jungle, land transportation, tours, airport transfers, escort, guides & 26 meals.

Not included: International flight to Ecuador, tips, and personal expenses.

Itinerary

Sept 17

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 18, 19, 20, 21

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 canoe 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 22

Return to Quito - Avenue of the Volcanoes

Today we begin our journey down the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” Two Andean mountain ranges run parallel through Ecuador from north to south, offering varied and always striking topography: volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, green valleys with impressive colonial cities, small villages, farmlands, haciendas, lakes, and rivers of crystal blue waters. We’ll arrive at the hacienda in time to hike, explore the area or just relax before we gather for dinner Hacienda La Ciengaa (B, L, D)

Sept 23

Cotopaxi National Park - Indigenous Market 

We’ll start our day with a visit to the Cotopaxi National Park, a large, forested area in Ecuador known for the active, snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano. There’s lots of wildlife to see in the park including hawks and condors. Next stop is Saquisili, a wonderful town with different plazas where you can explore markets selling animals, clothing, fruits, and vegetables. Hacienda La Ciengaa (B, L)

Sept 24

Ingapirca

Next stop is Ingapirca, located at the top of a hill with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and considered the most important Inca complex in Ecuador. It was built during the Inca expansion into Ecuador at the end of the 15th century. The Temple of the Sun features stone walls constructed in the Inca manner using massive blocks chiseled to fit together perfectly without the use of mortar. Posada Ingapirca (B, L, D)

Sept 25

Cuenca City Tour

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 26

Banos Spa

We’ll visit the small town of Banos outside of Cuenca to enjoy the hot spring and mineral baths. After lunch in Banos we’ll return to Cuenca and. you’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own Hotel Victoria (B, L)

Sept 27

Cuenca

Morning visit to the Pumapungo Culture Museum & archaeological site. This museum combines indoor exhibits about local culture & ethnography & sprawling, open-air Inca ruins. Farewell lunch. If you are flying home today be sure your flight home is scheduled for after 7 pm. (B, L)

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 $3595 per double occupancy, sgl supplement $420. Cultural Adventures alumnae receive a $100 discount. Balance due by July 1, 2021. 
  • Refunds, less $75, will be returned upon written request until July 1, 2021. 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

Email: cchamp@culturladventures.info
Phone: +1 317-908-1220 
Address: Connie Champlin 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632

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