This 13-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 and Cotopaxi National Park, 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?”
On this trip you will visit:
- Amazon Rainforest
- Avenue of the Volcanoes
Take the daytime flight to Quito, arriving in the evening. Stay 2-nights at Hotel Patio Andaluz
Explore the old squares and cobbled streets of Quito as well as visiting some of the city’s numerous old cathedrals and churches. You can also visit the 'Middle of The World'. A half day Quito City Tour is included. Overnight at Hotel Patio Andaluz
Fly to the Amazon
and transfer by road to the Napo Wildlife Centre
Your time here is spent exploring the Amazon jungle on foot or by canoe, and you can take part in any number of the exciting activities such as Piranha fishing and night walks in the rainforest
Free days to explore the Amazon jungle on foot or by canoe and take part in any number of the exciting activities that are included such as Piranha fishing and night walks in the rainforest
Fly back to Quito and visit Otavalo
and its indigenous market. This is a great place to buy presents
Head to the stunning Cotapaxi National Park, where you'll see the Cotopaxi Volcano
Transfer to Riobamba
Devil's Nose Train Journey and Cuenca
Spend the day on the incredible Devil's Nose Train and then travel on to Cuenca
Free day to explore Cuenca or take an optional tour to the ruins of Ingapirca
Transfer by road to Guayaquil and explore the old coastal port and Ecuador's second city
Today is at leisure and then transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or continue on to the Galapagos Islands.
Price guides 2013/2014
From £3,450 per person, including flights
Per person sharing including international flights, domestic flights, transfers and breakfast throughout except for your stay in the Amazon which will be on a full-board basis.
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Hotel Patio Andaluz Located in the historic heart of Old Quito, with beautifully restored churches, museums and national monuments just on its doorstep, Hotel Patio Andaluz holds centuries of history within its walls, which...
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Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Centre The award-winning Napo Wildlife Centre is owned by the local community, the Anangu Kichua. It is an eco-tourism project that includes the conservation of approximately 53,500 acres of the most pristine...
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