Amazing Ecuador: Amazon Rainforest & Andes Escorted Trip

Nov  8-20, 2019

• 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

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

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

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

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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 & 32 meals.

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

Early payment discount applied when you send in your deposit by January 15, 2019.

Itinerary

Nov 8

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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

Nov 9, 10, 11, 12

Amazon Rainforest

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Our visit to the rainforest begins today. Traveling to our comfortable eco-lodge is an adventure in itself. 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)

Nov 13

Return to Quito - Avenue of the Volcanoes

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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)

Nov 14

Cotopaxi National Park - Indigenous Market 

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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, D)

Nov 15

Chimborazo – Llama farm

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We depart from La Cienega after breakfast to the lowlands of Chimborazo Mountain to enjoy great views of the mountain and the Andean landscape. Lunch will be a fantastic llama farm. Those wishing to can ride llamas after lunch. Hacienda Abraspungo (B, L, D)

Nov 16

Devil’s Nose Train & Ingapirca

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Today we’ll ride on the famous Devil’s Nose train, renown as “the most difficult train in the world” and a highlight for train enthusiasts. 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)

Nov 17

Culture and Food Tour to Gualaceo & Craft Making Villages

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Ideal for food and culture lovers alike, this tour will take you to colorful villages located near Cuenca where skilled artisans work wonders. En route you will have the chance to taste the local gastronomy of the Andes. Make sure you set out with a hearty appetite! Hotel Victoria or equivalent. (B, L)

Nov 18

Cuenca City Tour

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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 visit to an artist’s workshop. Hotel Victoria (B, L)

Nov 19

Cuenca Spa – Panama Hat Factory

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We’ll visit the small town of Banos out side of Cuenca to enjoy the hot spring and mineral baths. After lunch in Banos we’ll return to Cuenca and stop at the Homero Ortega 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to wander around the factory where they prepare the materials used and create the final product. Hotel Victoria (B, L)

Nov 20

Cuenca 

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Morning free for last minute shopping or packing. Visit to the Pumapungo culture museum & archaeological site. This museum combines indoor exhibits about local culture & ethnography & sprawling, open-air Inca ruins. Return to Quito in the late afternoon. If you are flying home today be sure your flight is scheduled for after 7 pm. (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.
  • 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 Aug 1, 2019.
  • Refunds, less $75, will be returned upon written request until Aug 1, 2019. 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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