EQ1 Essential Ecuador TOURSEARCH TOUR
Amazon, Otavalo & Avenue of the Volcanoes
Guided Amazon adventure; Guided colonial Quito tour; Otavalo Valley-cultural centre; Famed 'Avenue of Volcanos'; Overnight at historic hacienda; Chimborazo Forest Reserve
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- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sun 11 Oct 2015||Thu 22 Oct 2015||$2340|
|Sun 18 Oct 2015||Thu 29 Oct 2015||$2340|
|Sun 10 Jan 2016||Thu 21 Jan 2016||$2340|
|Sun 21 Feb 2016||Thu 03 Mar 2016||$2340|
|Sun 10 Jul 2016||Thu 21 Jul 2016||$2340|
|Sun 09 Oct 2016||Thu 20 Oct 2016||$2340|
|Sun 16 Oct 2016||Thu 27 Oct 2016||$2340|
Optional Single Supplement: $600 (number of singles limited).
Our 12 days of adventure are well-spent on this thrill-ride of a tour, as we explore the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most rewarding destinations; Ecuador. From the frenetic pace and man-made aesthetic beauty of the capital city of Quito, we make headway for the tranquility and natural splendour of one of the world's few remaining untouched wilderness regions; the Amazon rainforest. We keep a vigilant eye for colourful flora and teeming fauna as we explore the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle and see things from a different perspective when we embark on a short canoe-trip to explore inaccessible areas. Along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', a striking passage that snugly rests between the major cordillera ranges, we admire the contrast between the equatorial lushness in the valley and the snow-crested peaks of the surrounding mountains and we get our fill of historic sites of interest when we visit the colonial "White City" of Ibarra and the UNESCO-designated urban centres of Quito. Our browsing in local marketplaces gives us valuable insight to the country's contemporary culture and the lifestyles of its people.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hosteria La Cienega
Hosteria La Cienega is a historic hacienda located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Situated just an hour and ... half from Quito, Ecuador on the outskirts of Volcano Cotopaxi and surrounded by the cordillera’s most beautiful snow-capped peaks, the manor has been receiving guests for the last twenty-five years. Rooms are cozy and full of character.
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Location: Cuyabeno National Park
The lodge consists of detached cabins made of wood with thatched roofs scattered throughout the grounds, each sleeping two people. ... rooms have a balcony or terrace and private bathrooms with hot water showers. The lodge is powered by solar panels and, though it does not feature air-conditioning, days / nights tend to be quite comfortable.
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and restaurants); lunches in Amazon. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuity, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered throughout the year. The cool and dry season runs from May to October. Outside this time you will encounter warmer and perhaps rainy / misty conditions in the highlands but serious heat / humidity are only a consideration in the Amazon.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest. Roads are in good condition though winding on some stretches. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces. Most people are not seriously affected by altitude (3000-3300 m / 8,500-9,500 ft)- check with your doctor. Flight to Amazon via scheduled local carrier.
Well-located, heated / air-conditioned (except Amazon), mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout. The Amazon lodge is a little more rustic, but still very nicely appointed. Porter service is usually in Ecuador though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader and driver.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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