Discover the heart and soul of Ecuador on this exciting tour

Get an insight into the wonderful South American country of Ecuador on this week-long journey. Discover the culture and charisma of the famed Otavalo Markets, explore the incredible Amazon while guests of a local family, relax in the laidback town of Banos and soak in the charm of Quito, one of South America's most beguiling capitals.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRU
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
99kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the breathtaking Old Town of Quito
  • Travel through the Amazon Jungle with a local guide
  • Stay with a local family in the depths of the jungle
  • Visit the famous Otavalo Markets

Itinerary

Delve into the colourful city-scape of Ecuador's sprawling capital, Quito. Head for Calle La Ronda to get a feel for the country's colonial past, stroll through eclectic market stalls or pick a plaza cafe to settle down in and watch local life unfurl.
Travel by boat into the Amazon for a taste of local life on a family homestay. Try to spot the endemic animal and insect life during a guided tour into the depths of the jungle.
Go on a hike in the hills, raft whitewater rapids or saddle up for a gallop through the lush forests of Banos. Then soak those weary bones in the town's hot springs and check out some traditional Ecuadorian music at an atmospheric local bar.
Return to Quito for a jaunt out to the famous Otavalo market. Although relatively small in size, this is one of the most enthralling traditional markets in all of the Americas, and it's a great place to stock up on gorgeously coloured handwoven fabrics, ornate wooden carvings and original Panama hats.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
Bus, Canoe
Accommodation
Hotel (5 nights), Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Amazon jungle experience
  • Leader led walking tour
  • Otavalo Market day trip
  • Village Tour Otavalo

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