Ecuador family trip: Amazon & cloud forest fun

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Duration (in days): 8

From: Quito

To: Quito

From

£1,385

Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Overview

It’s all too easy to think that Ecuador’s wildlife is limited to the Galapagos Islands. However, this little country’s mainland is a real hotspot of biodiversity with an incredible number of rare animal species. From Ecuador’s high Andes to its tropical rainforest and everywhere in between, you'll be bowled over by the abundance of beautiful flora and fauna. If your kids are wild about wildlife, you won’t find anywhere better.

This Ecuador family trip is the perfect introduction to the country’s natural wonders, as you will spend time in both the Mindo cloud forest and the Amazon jungle. Pack a pair of binoculars, fire up your sense of adventure and let these amazing habitats enchant your little ones. It's a family holiday that you certainly won’t forget!

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your personal requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Sleep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest surrounded by parrots and hummingbirds.
  • Discover hidden waterfalls in the Mindo cloud forest
  • Visit Amazonian communities and learn the local cooking techniques 
  • Paddle along the Napo River in dugout canoes with your family
  • Take a thrilling canopy walk in the Amazon jungle with your kids
  • Set off on a nightfall family wildlife-spotting trip in the jungle

Itinerary


Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night in Quito 
  • 2 nights in Mindo cloud forest     
  • 1 night in Quito
  • 3 nights in the Amazon   

Day 1: Arrive Quito  

Upon your arrival in the city, you will be met by your private driver and driven to your hotel in Quito. After check-in, the rest of the day will be at leisure.              


Day 2 and 3: Mindo Cloud Forest      

This morning, you will be picked up at around 6:30 am and driven to Bellavista Lodge, deep within Mindo cloud forest. The journey takes around 2 hours, passing through beautiful scenery along the way. You’ll arrive at the lodge in time for a tasty breakfast and check in for two nights.

The three-day package included in our Ecuador family trip is the perfect way for your kids to learn about the cloud forest’s special environment. You can choose from a variety of guided activities, or you can choose to explore on your own. Visit a butterfly or orchid farm, spot hummingbirds in the cloud forest reserve, try canopy zip-lining or go river tubing – it’s totally up to you!

Your lodge is nestled in the heart of the reserve, so you’ll be surrounded by tropical birds, including several species of hummingbird and toucan. There are also several resident mammals here, such as the endangered spectacled bear, pumas, Andean coatis and tayras. We’ve included all meals during your stay and the lodge’s comfortable accommodation will offer your family a peaceful setting to wind down after the day’s adventures.              


Day 4: Back to Quito     

This morning, you can try a few more family activities at the lodge before departing at around 3 pm and arriving back in Quito at about 5 pm. In the capital, you will check in into your accommodation for one restful night. Tomorrow, the Amazon jungle awaits!   


Day 5: Amazon       

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Quito airport for your short flight to Coca, the gateway to Ecuador’s Amazon jungle. When you land, you’ll be greeted and taken to your lodge. The journey will take roughly two hours.

Sacha Amazon Lodge sits deep in the jungle within a vast reserve that is six times as big as New York’s Central Park! Here, you’ll find an eye-popping biodiversity of bird species and exotic creatures.

When you arrive at the lodge, you will decide with your family and your guide what activities you would like to book. You’ll tuck into an arrival buffet lunch before taking your first excursion this afternoon. In the evening, you'll enjoy an a la carte dinner.


Day 6 and 7: Life in the Amazon jungle 

A typical day at Sacha starts at sunrise (or earlier!) because the temperature is cooler and the wildlife is more active. Today, you’ll set out on your chosen Amazon adventures with your guide. You might begin the day paddling dugout canoes or riding the motorised canoe along the Napo River. You can also visit a local community, learn about the Amazon way of life and let your kids try the indigenous cooking techniques.

The adventures and encounters awaiting your whole family are endless and will leave both youngsters and grown-ups in awe. Whatever you do, be sure to climb the 30 metres up to the Canopy Walk. The view from this network of bridges over the jungle canopy is simply out of this world.  


Day 8: Depart the Amazon   

Depending on your flight time this morning, you will have breakfast and join a final activity before travelling back to Coca airport to catch a flight to Quito.   


 

Info

Our Ecuador family trip can be enjoyed all year round. However, May to November brings the drier weather in the Amazon, making it an ideal time to visit.         

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners       
  • All transfers    
  • Excursions and tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic flight Quito – Coca - Quito

Not included: 

  • International flights        
  • Meals not specified in the program           
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks when full board is provided in the lodge
  • Communities entrance fees in cloud forest and Amazon   
  • Tips and personal expenses

Accommodation

7 nights in 3* - 4* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:


  • Hotel Vieja Cuba Quito

  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

  • Sacha Amazon Lodge

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