Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This eight-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. Trust us. It’s worth the time.

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

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Optional Activities - Day 1

Accommodation

Hotel Sierra Madre (or similar)

Hotel

Day 2Quito/Baños

Travel to Baños and enjoy numerous outdoor optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking or soaking in the hot springs.

 

Local bus

Quito – Baños4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

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Optional Activities - Day 2

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 3Baños

Enjoy free time to experience all this adventurous town has to offer.

 

Carte Blanche

BañosFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Baños, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like hiking, canyoneering, and relaxing in the hot springs. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

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Optional Activities - Day 3

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar)

Hotel

Day 4Baños/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. 

Local bus

Baños – Tena3h30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle

Tena45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. 

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

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Optional Activities - Day 4

Whitewater Rafting

Tena

65USD per person

Hit the rapids in the Amazon, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! Enjoy amazing scenery as you paddle past rainforests on this wild ride.

Accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)

Homestay

Meals included:

 Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Tena

Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community. 

 

Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. 

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

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Optional Activities - Day 5

Accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)

Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Tena/Otavalo

Travel to Otavalo with a stop at the Quitsato monument. Optional activities include visits to Peguche Waterfall and the Cotacachi leather market or a hike around Cuicocha Lake.

 

Private Vehicle

Tena45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Local bus

Tena – Pifo4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle

Pifo – Otavalo2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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Optional Activities - Day 6

Accommodation

Hotel Santa Fe (or similar)

Hotel

Day 7Otavalo/Quito

Explore the famous Otavalo handicraft market before returning to Quito.

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

Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit

Otavalo

Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Try to arrive early for the best bargains (it starts at dawn), and try your hand at haggling – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price.

Local bus

Otavalo – Quito2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hotel Sierra Madre (or similar)

Hotel

Day 8Quito

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 for assistance booking these activities on trip. 

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Optional Activities - Day 8

Meals included:

 Breakfast

cost

Contact ben@photographerswithoutborders.org for pricing.

What's Included

  • Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena
  • Otavalo Market visit
  • Quitsato equator monument visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (5 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share).

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD180-235 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private van, public bus, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

My Own Room - From $409.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.