Get in touch with the power of the planet on this nine-day adventure packed with many of Ecuador’s natural wonders. Hike through the greener-than-green Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide at your side, slip into the celebrated (and restorative) hot springs of Papallacta, enjoy lunch with the residents of an Andean community, and spend a night at a historic hacienda. Let this force of nature blow you away.
Explore Ecuador’s Amazon rain
forest—on foot and by boat—alongside a local guide.
Learn about traditional weaving
during a visit to an artisan’s studio.
Drive the spectacular Avenue of
the Volcanoes, lined by some of
Ecuador’s highest peaks.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Day 1 — Quito
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer
Day 2 — Otavalo
Drive to the highlands with a stop at the Andean village of Peguche for a community visit and lunch. Continue to the indigenous town of Otavalo and explore its celebrated market. Spend the night at a historical hacienda. (1B, 1L)
Day 3 — Papallacta
Visit the studio of a
renowned artisan to learn about the local art
of weaving. Continue to the Papallacta Hot
Springs Resort for on-site hot springs, optional
spa treatments, and hiking excursions. Enjoy
plenty of free time to soak, relax, and enjoy the
mountain views. (1B)
Days 4 & 5 — Papallacta/Tena
Visit Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with our guide to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. After visit Misahualli, to view the cheeky Capuchin monkeys who call this town home. Continue to Tena to catch our motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Settle in and receive a briefing from the local naturalist guide about the lodge and area. After, embark on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about nocturnal creatures of the Amazon. The next day depart early by canoe to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). With our naturalist guide view parrots and parakeets who gather to eat the mineral-rich clay which helps them digest fruits or seeds. Return to the lodge for breakfast then continue on to visit AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, enjoy a unique cultural experience at a local family’s home. Meet the family, learn about their traditions and what daily life is like, living in the Amazon.
(2B, 2L, 2D)
Days 6 & 7 — Baños
Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanos. Along the way visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany – the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them. The next day you're free to explore Baños, where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking. (2B)
Day 8 — Quito
Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route. Enjoy stunning views of the perfectly shaped volcano (one of the highest, active volcanoes in the world). (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $979
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. Spa treatments at Papallacta Hot
Springs Resort and optional excursions in Baños
are at an additional cost.
Meals Included 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches,
2 dinners. Allow an additional $250–325 for
meals not included.
Transportation Private van, boat, plane
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.