Ecuador Encompassed

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Overview

This well-rounded 20-day tour through Ecuador leaves no stone unturned with adventure, wildlife, and Indigenous culture at every turn. Visit the port city of Manta, look for sea birds (including the famed blue-footed boobies) on Isla de la Plata, explore the lively capital of Quito on your own time, and get your blood pumping with optional outdoor activities like ziplining and canyoning in Baños. There's just enough time in between for mud baths and hot springs to get you ready for the next adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until the evening. Please check at the hotel reception for a welcome note from your G Representative advising on the time and location of the welcome meeting.

Day 2: Quito/Manta

Take an early morning flight to Manta. Located on Ecuador's central coast, Manta is port city known for its fishing industry. Get familiarized with this bustling city with a guided tour of the Cancebi Museum and Tagua workshop, and a visit to Montecristi.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Manta/Puerto López

Travel to Puerto Lopez. On the way, visit the Agua Blanca Community. Hike, check out the museum and take a mud bath. Enjoy lunch in the community before continuing to Puerto Lopez. Enjoy free time on arrival.

Located within the Machalilla National Park, the Agua Blanca community is one of the oldest archaeological sites in South America. Marvel at the natural archaeological wonders here which include temples, houses and ancient artefacts. Visit the community's brightly painted church and museum and browse the local artisan's market for unique souvenirs.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Puerto López

Embark on a day-trip to Isla del Plata, home to a variety of seabirds including blue-footed boobies and fantastic snorkelling that rivals the Galápagos.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Puerto López

Enjoy free time to explore. Optional activities include hiking in Machalilla National Park, relaxing on white-sand beaches, or whale- watching (when in season).

Includes: Breakfast

Day 6: Puerto López/Quito

Transfer to Guayaquil and fly back to Quito. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Options include taking a city tour, riding the cable car up the nearby volcano, or relaxing in one of the city's many cafés and restaurants. This evening, opt to enjoy a night out on the town with the group.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Quito

Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the many sights Quito has to offer.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Quito/Baños

Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Baños

Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.

Day 10: Baños/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Jungle. Spend two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community. Enjoy nature walks and learn about local culture.

Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest.

Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand.

Includes: Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Tena

Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tena/Papallacta

Cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Later, take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Quito

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until the evening. Please check at the hotel reception for a welcome note from your CEO advising on the time and location of the welcome meeting.

Day 14: Quito/Otavalo

Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 15: Otavalo/Cotopaxi

Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. In the afternoon, opt to explore the area or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 16: Cotopaxi/Alausí

In the morning, visit Cotopaxi National Park before continuing on to Alausi.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 17: Alausí/Cuenca

Board a train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 18: Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Cuenca. Opt for a city tour, go hiking in Cajas National Park, or soak in nearby hot springs.

Explore the city’s sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 19: Cuenca/Quito

Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city.

Your CEO will escort you and assist you at the airport in Cuenca and once you arrive to Quito our G representative will be there to escort you to the hotel and give you additional information for optional activities in your free day in Quito.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 20: Quito

Depart at any time.

Depart at any time.We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO/ G representative for assistance booking these activities on trip.

Includes: Breakfast

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