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ECUADOR HIGHLIGHTS

A trip through mainland Ecuador Highlights is pretty impressive. The country has four drastically different regions, the Andes mountains, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific coast and of course the Galapagos Islands. Each region has its own unique fauna and flora, climate and culture. The highlights of Ecuador trips let you visit two or more regions and take you to their most beautiful places. Via this link, you can find all the Andes Mountain Tours that Rebecca Adventure Travel offers.

Lasso Riobamba


14 DAYS ANDES, AMAZON & COAST ADVENTURE (25ANAM14)

This 14-day program is designed for guests who would like to experience the majestic Andes with its snow-capped mountains and concurs. With this program, you will also get to know the local indigenous culture, which has its roots in the Incas. There are some sporty activities like hiking and biking but you will have the comfort at night where you will stay in haciendas or other comfortable hotels. Afterwards, you will visit the beautiful Amazon forest in combination with the relaxing coast of Ecuador and the Pacific Ocean. You will see all the highlights of Ecuador!


ITINERARY

B = Breakfast included
L = Lunch included
D = Dinner included

DAY 1:
ARRIVAL
When you’ll arrive at Quito airport, you will have a transfer with an English speaking driver to your hotel in Quito.
Accommodation in Hotel Fuente de Piedra or similar.

DAY 2 (B, L):
CITY TRIP QUITO – EQUATOR LINE – PULULAHUA CRATER
Today, your Ecuador complete tour will start! In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel to start your Quito city tour. At first, you will go to the Panecillo Hill with its famous Virgin Mary statue. You will have an amazing view over the whole city. Then, you will visit all the highlights, like the Basilica church, the beautiful main squares, and the San Francisco church. After lunch, which will be a typical Ecuadorian lunch, you will go to the Mitad del Mundo and the Intiñan museum. Here you can do experiments to prove the effects the equator has on gravity. Before going back to Quito, you’ll also visit the Pululahua crater. At 23:00 PM you’ll take the semi-private bus to Lago Agrio which takes about 7 hours.
Overnight during transportation.

DAY 3 (B, L, D):
LAGO AGRIO – AMAZON
Now, your Amazon adventure will start! From Lago Agrio, you will travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2 hours), where you will start your canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river to your lodge (3 hours approximately). After dinner, your naturalist bilingual guide will give you a captivating lecture.
Accommodation in Cuyabeno Eco-Lodge.

DAY 4 (B, L, D):
CANOE EXCURSION – AMAZON HIKE – ANIMAL SPOTTING
Early in the morning, you will go on a canoe excursion because during the brisk morning hours you’ll have the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. After a large breakfast, you will trek in the primary rainforest with the naturalist and native guides, who will explain you more about the practical and medicinal uses of the plants. After having lunch, you will go out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and will try to spot several species of monkeys and dolphins. After your dinner, you will venture into the forest to find species of insects and, with a bit of luck, different kind of snakes or frogs.
Accommodation in Cuyabeno Eco-Lodge.

DAY 5 (B, L, D):
KICHWA BIRDWATCHING TOWER
An early activity will allow you to enjoy the nature with a good chance to watch some playful monkeys and colorful birds. Then, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you will explore the forest a little bit more. The native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, showing the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforest’s flora and fauna. After your lunch, you will navigate along the Cuyabeno River where you will have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in a spectacular scenery. After that, you will visit the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower; here above the canopy you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest and you can observe a variety of species. These include toucans, parrots, monkeys and many more! In the evening you’ll have dinner and then, you will venture out on a night excursion to search for caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds.
Accommodation in Cuyabeno Eco-Lodge. 

DAY 6 (B, L):
RETURN TO QUITO
After breakfast, you will navigate once again along the Cuyabeno river towards the Kichwa Indian Community, where your naturalist guide will explain interesting facts culture and traditions of the native people, from the past to the present. Besides, you will travel by canoe down the river and back along the Aguarico River to Puerto Gregorio. Here, the bus will take you to Lago Agrio where you’ll arrive at 16:00 PM approximately. Back in Quito, you can walk back to your hotel and relax the rest of the day.
Accommodation in Hotel Fuente de Piedra or similar.

DAY 7 (B, L, D):
OTAVALO
On this day, a guide will pick you up to go to the Condor Park. Here you will learn a lot about the birds and you will enjoy a bird show. After that, you will go to the Otavalo market, where you can walk through the market, enjoy the people and typical Ecuadorian products that they sell. After this activity, you will be dropped off at the San Clemente local community in Ibarra where you’ll stay with a local family.
Accommodation with a local family in San Clemente.
*Keep in mind that Condor Park is not Open: Mondays and Tuesdays. 

DAY 8 (B, L, D):
COMMUNITY STAY
The whole day is about experiencing the life of the locals. You will help your family cooking and experience how it is to work on the land. Besides, you’ll listen to their music and get to know the culture a little bit better. Also, you will learn the medical use of the plants.
Accommodation with a local family in San Clemente.

DAY 9 (B, L):
MINDO CLOUD FOREST
After breakfast, you will go by private transport to Mindo. In the forest with 1400 m altitude, you can go hiking across the waterfalls, zip-lining, canoeing, biking, going to the butterfly and flower farm or to the famous chocolate factory. After enjoying a local lunch you can continue with the activities you would like to do.
Accommodation in a charming, small lodge.

DAY 10 (B):
MINDO – MONTAÑITA
Today, you’ll have another day in Mindo to do other optional activities you couldn’t do the day before. In the afternoon, you will drive to the coast which will take about 8 hours.
Accommodation in Balsa Surf Camp.

DAY 11 (B):
MONTAÑITA
Now, you’ll have a free day to relax a little or to explore Montañita by yourself.
Accommodation in Balsa Surf Camp.

DAY 12 (B, L):
ISLA DE LA PLATA
From Montañita you’ll go by bus or van to Puerto Lopez (about 45 minutes), from there you’ll go by boat for about 1,5 hours to Isla de la Plata. During the summer months (June – August) you’ll have the chance to see humpback whales. Upon arrival on Isla de Plata, you will do a hike to get to know the different birds on Isla de la Plata. After the hike, you’ll get a lunch box on board and you can prepare yourself for optional snorkeling. You’ll be back in Puerto Lopez at approximately 17:00 PM.
Accommodation in Balsa Surf Camp.

DAY 13 (B):
MONTAÑITA
Today, you’ll have another free day to relax on the beach and enjoy the nice atmosphere of Montañita.
Accommodation in Balsa Surf Camp.

DAY 14 (B):
AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today, you will have a transfer back to Guayaquil airport to take your flight back.


INCLUDED

  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking).
  • Accommodations according to the itinerary.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D= dinner).
  • Professional and English speaking guide during tours.
  • Entrance fees to Panecillo, La Basilica church, San Francisco church.
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Spanish and Dutch.

EXCLUDED

  • Entrance to the community visit: $ 10 p.p. (Amazon).
  • Optional tips for guide.
  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal travel & health insurance.

PRICE

$ 1495 p.p. based on 4 or more guests
$ 1995 p.p. based on 2 or 3 guests

* For children under 12 years old we can offer a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.


TRAVEL STYLE

This multiple day tours is a Shared Group Tour. This means you might have a different guide every day. It will be a mix of group day tours and individual private day tours. You will be with different guests on the group tours. Click here if you want more information about our different travel styles.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Important things to bring: Warm, windproof and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
  • Bring a rain poncho otherwise buy it here in Ecuador and take it with you for the activities, because the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get wet.
  • If you like to enjoy watching Animals please get some binoculars (10×40 are much better).
  • Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect your Camera and important documents passports and ID from the rain.

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVE

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the guests so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • Team: the enthusiastic international travel agents have lots of travel experience themselves.
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and her team.
  • 24/7 assistance: the team can be contacted 24/7 by phone (including Whatsapp) in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch).
  • Insurances: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all mandatory insurances for tour operators.

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