Ecuador: From the Andes to the Amazon (1400)

10 Day Tour from Quito to Quito

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Explore Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, from the Andes to the Amazon. Begin in the capitol city of Quito, where colonial history still permeates the air and you are surrounded by beautiful architecture, as well as religious and cultural sites. Head north to the Andean town of Otavalo to visit its famous Indian market, full of textiles, animals, vegetables, and handicrafts. It’s a true glimpse into traditional Ecuadorian culture, which continues during your cooking class and overnight at a local hacienda. Tour a working rose plantation, Ecuador’s main export, before relaxation time in the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. Also spend two nights immersed in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle on the banks of the Napo River. Your time in the Amazon basin will be filled with Naturalist-guided nature walks in search of the vast flora and fauna found in the area, canoe rides, night walks, and much more! From here, continue to the town of Baños, surrounded by the Andes and famous for its year-round temperate weather, beautiful hot springs, and waterfalls. End your vacation with a drive through the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to Cotopaxi National Park with one of the highest active volcanoes of the same name rising above you.

From ancient cities and natural wonders to the Amazon wilds and the impressive Andes, this vacation to Ecuador has it all! So, grab your camera and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Quito, Cochasquí, Otavalo, Papallacta, Ecuador’s Amazon, Baños, and Cotopaxi. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for sightseeing in Quito, Otavalo, Papallacta, Ecuador’s Amazon, Baños, and Cotopaxi; services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Quito, Cochasquí, Otavalo, Papallacta, Ecuador’s Amazon, Baños, and Cotopaxi.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Quito

Welcome to one of the smallest yet most biodiverse countries in South America. Ecuador offers a panorama of scenery and climates—from the Pacific Coast to the rainforest and the Amazon to the high slopes of the Andes. Upon arrival in Quito you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city near the equatorial line.

Day 2 Quito

Begin your day with a city sightseeing TOUR that showcases colonial Quito, one of the best preserved historic areas in South America. A walk through Old Town Quito with your guide introduces you to the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage City back in 1978. Stop in Independence Square to see the Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace as well as the cathedral. In San Francisco Square, see La Compañia Church, one of the most beautiful in Quito with its ornate façade and San Francisco Church. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director is sure to offer suggestions.

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Day 3 Quito–Cochasqui–Otavalo

Depart Quito and head north past often snow-capped Cayambe Volcano, rising 19,000 feet in altitude. In fact, the Equatorial Line crosses the slope of this immense volcano, which is the highest and only point worldwide that the Equatorial Line is covered with snow. Visit COCHASQUÍ RUINS, the largest Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Ecuador, believed to be a ceremonial and astronomical site dating back to 900 AD. During your tour, learn about the theories on this site, where 15 pyramids and 21 tombs have been uncovered. Continue to Otavalo’s famous INDIAN MARKET, considered one of the best in South America, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more. Stay at a traditional hacienda, and enjoy a COOKING CLASS to learn about Ecuadorian specialties before dinner.

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Day 4 Otavalo–Papallacta

Head to the Andean village famous for its healing hot springs, Papallacta, where hot water naturally flows from the Andes. First, stop at the working ROSE PLANTATION, where Ecuador’s main export is harvested year-round. The combination of volcanic soil, natural hot springs, equatorial sun, and cool nights makes this region a perfect place for growing the world’s most beautiful roses. Continue to your lodge and relax in one of their nine thermal pools and three cold-water pools. Heated from the Earth’s core due to its proximity to nearby volcanoes, these thermal waters are known for their curative properties.

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Day 5 Papallacta–Ecuador's Amazon

Crossing over the Andes, follow in the footsteps of Francisco de Orellana, the first European to see the Amazon. Descend the eastern slope of the Andes into the jungle to the banks of the Napo River, where you will board a short CANOE RIDE downstream to your lodge, Casa del Suizo. Arrive at this tranquil Amazonia refuge, surrounded by tropical rainforest, and enjoy a welcome drink by the pool before dinner.

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Day 6 Ecuador's Amazon

This morning, cruise down the Napo River on a dugout CANOE with your Naturalist to an area for a NATURE WALK to search for tropical birds, monkeys, capybaras, and other animals commonly found here. Also visit the AMAZOONICO, a rescue center developed to rehabilitate rainforest animals. Here you can see coatis, tapirs, monkeys, snakes, and birds. Later, take a WALK on a river island to search for a variety of plants and insects. Also visit the BUTTERFLY HOUSE to learn about their metamorphosis.

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Day 7 Ecuador's Amazon–Baños

Depart the Amazon region this morning for Baños, known for its famous hot springs that give the area its name. Baños is also called “Gate to the Orient” since its vegetation and climate are almost tropical due to its proximity to the rainforest. Small street cafés, restaurants, and gift shops invite you to enjoy a stroll around the town. Check into your hacienda and relax in the mild mountain climate.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Baños

Today you will enjoy a free day at leisure. Baños is the perfect spot for outdoor activities. Your Tour Director will be happy to help you choose the right one.

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Day 9 Baños–Cotopaxi

Pass through the “Avenue of the Volcanoes,” which winds its way through the Andean Mountain chain to COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, a highland zone protected since 1975. On a WALK near Lake Limpiopungo you will have the chance to learn about the typical vegetation and fauna found in the area. Enjoy breathtaking views of Cotapaxi Volcano, standing over 19,000 feet in elevation. Stay overnight in a typical hacienda found in the area, and enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening.

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Day 10 Cotopaxi–Quito

Transfer to the Quito International Airport, where your vacation ends.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANA CARDENAS

Years of Experience: 25

Born in Quito, Ecuador I love to travel and to be in contact with many different kinds of people. Being a Tour Director allows me to work outside of an office, showing visitors my country. I enjoy explaining our traditions and what makes Ecuador different and special. It's important to me to be in contact with people and learn from them, and to help them have a wonderful expereince while doing a tour.

Tour Director - ANA CARDENAS

 Accommodations

QUITO Grand Mercure Alameda (F)
OTAVALO Hacienda Chorlavi (MF)
PAPALLACTA Hotel Termas de Papallacta & Spa (F)
ECUADOR’S AMAZON Casa del Suizo (MF)
BAÑOS Hacienda Leito de los Llanganates (MF)
COTOPAXI Hacienda la Cienega (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Quito
Banos

Quito

Middle of the World

Middle of the World

Travel to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the great diversity of Ecuador's native groups. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops that sell postcards and souvenirs. At the end of the day you'll receive a certificate for having crossed the Equator! PRIVATE EXCURSION: The standard price listed is for a private excursion which means you will not be joining others on this adventure.

Approximate value: $33 USD per person

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)

Drive into the old Colonial city for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings. Quito is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture. Then, to one of the hills surrounding the city for a panorama of twinkling lights covering the valley below. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the finest selected restaurants of the city.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

Banos

Biking Through Banos

Biking Through Banos

Experience an active and invigorating afternoon when you take to bicycle! Start your bike tour with a downhill ride to Rio Verde for (approximately 11 miles). Along the way, enjoy the amazing landscapes and views of waterfalls and cloud forests. After a short cable car ride for some impressive views, continue on bike to the small village of Rio Verde, where you will continue on foot - hiking up to El Pailon del Diablo waterfall.

Approximate value: $45 USD per person

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Explore Banos by horseback as you head out for a ride along the the perimeter of the Tungurahua Volcano. Take in the panoramic scenery and enjoy the fresh air of this high elevation.

Approximate value: $32 USD per person

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