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Ecuador - Cultural Diversity

(13 Days)

Quito | Otavalo | Papallacta | Amazon | Baños | Riobamba | Cuenca

Day Routing
01 Quito

Arrival in Quito and hotel transfer. Situated in a circle of mountainous peaks of the Andes, Quito has one of the most magnificent settings in the world.

02 Quito

Today experience the colorful history of colonial Quito during a city tour and visit the city museum. Continue to the middle of the world monument and visit of the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo.

03 Quito - Otavalo

Departure to Otavalo. En-route visit to Cochasqui, an archaeological site with burial pyramids which belonged to Quito's first inhabitants. Continue to Otavalo and visit to South America’s largest street market. Colourful fabrics, friendly people and the local cuisine make up for a real cultural highlight.

04 Otavalo

Transfer to Ibarra. Guests board the train to Salinas; a fascinating journey through the land of craftsmen, lakes and legends, with fine views along the way. In Salinas, the Afro-Ecuadorian community delights the visitors with its culture, music and dances.

05 Otavalo - Papallacta

The journey continues to Papallacta. En-route visitof the Juvilus Foundation, which is also located near to Otavalo. This social project helps children with HIV syndrome, who are abandoned by their families. At Papallacta, guests may enjoy some relax time at the local thermal baths.

06 Papallacta - Amazon (Yachana Lodge)

Early morning departure and transfer by bus and canoe to Yachana Lodge at the Ecuadorian Amazon.

07 - 08 Amazon (Yachana Lodge)

During their stay at Yachana Lodge, guests hike in the rainforest and discover the amazing symbiosis of the animals, plants and insects. The natives here have coexisted with the forest for centuries. Guests visit the local Kichwa community of Mondaña and its school, and experience their traditional lifestyle.

09 Amazon - Baños

Transfer to Baños. This idyllic town features green mountains, waterfalls and thermal hot springs. The journey leads through lush vegetation and guests pass by some of the finest waterfalls of Ecuador. Afternoon at leisure for town strolls and relaxation.

10 Baños - Riobamba

Morning at leisure. Transfer to Riobamba, passing by some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country.

11 Riobamba - Cuenca

Continue to Cuenca, possibly Ecuador’s most beautiful city. Visit to a local quinoa farming project and the beautiful Guamote market (every Thursday) en-route.

12 Cuenca - Quito

Morning city tour. Guests explore the cobblestone streets,  handsome plazas and churches of the city, and visit a panama hat maker. Transfer to the airport and return to Quito. Remainder of the day at leisure.

13 Quito

International departure or start of extension program.