This 12-day private tour showcases Ecuador's tremendous array of natural wonders and the indigenous cultures of the Amazon and the Andean peoples. It packs in such a lot: you explore the Amazon Rainforest and meet the communities who live there; you experience the spectacular beauty of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, as well as the beautiful colonial towns of Cuenca and Quito. There is also the opportunity to take a ride on the Devil’s Nose Train, an incredible feat of engineering. Ecuador is a very special country and this itinerary works hard to shows just what it can offer.
Chosen by Wanderlust as one of their 50 Best Trips for 2012, they said, “Rainbow Tours’ epic Ecuador Explorer trip has mainland Ecuador covered, from Andean train rides to Amazon wildlife, rumbling peaks and indigenous communities. Start in historic Quito, before flying to the Napo Wildlife Centre, to make forays on foot and by canoe into the chirping, buzzing Amazon. Next, pick up some handicrafts at Otavalo’s lively market, then head south down the looming Avenue of the Volcanoes (a ride on the hair-raising Devil’s Nose train is a must). Colonial Cuenca and the bustling port of Guayaquil complete the picture. Who needs the Galápagos?”