NATURAL ECUADOR 20 DAYS

This trip through Ecuador in 20 days is quite impressive. The country has four impressively different regions: the Andes Mountains, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific coast and of course the enchanted Galapagos Islands, being considered as a living laboratory. Each region has its own unique fauna, flora, climate and culture. Explore this beautiful country with our 20-day Relax Ecuador tour. Ecuador Green Travel, will take you to know unique places in the world and you will take unforgettable memories.

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Highlights

  • Quito: The Historic Center of Quito was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on September 8, 1978. It is the least altered and the best preserved in America.
  • Cotopaxi National Park: In it we can find the largest active volcano in the world (5897 mts.) Also a lagoon where we can see animals typical of the Andean area and with luck the most emblematic animal of Ecuador, the condor.
  • Jamu lodge: Close to the Colombian and Peruvian borders, it contains a spectacular nature reserve. This reserve is accessible from Lago Agrio. It has become a popular tourist destination due to its lakes, swamps and the incredible diversity of animals
  • Papallacta: famous for its hot springs and pools, as well as its beautiful hilltop setting.
  • Otavalo: It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness.
  • Baños: Also known as "Piece of Heaven", "Gateway to the Amazon", "Puerta de El Dorado" or "City of the Volcano". It is the land of rivers to practice extreme sports.
  • Ingapirca: which means "Inca Wall" was, above all, an astronomical observatory of the movement of the sun and the moon, it was also a sacred space dedicated to the worship of their gods built by the Incas on the basis of a first Cañarí settlement, which populated the southern Ecuadorian.
  • Quilotoa: The popularity of Quilotoa is due to the beauty of its landscapes and the spectacle of the calm waters. In the community of Quilotoa, also known as the "Summit" Route and accessed by bus from the town of Zumbahua, visitors can do ecotourism and adventure tourism with a high dose of adrenaline or simply contemplate the nearby landscapes.
  • Cuenca: it is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site for its unique beauty.
  • Los Frailes: is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador, due to its extension, white sand, the tranquility it offers as it is separated from the road and because it is usually empty. It belongs to the Machalilla National Park and is surrounded by cliffs and a viewpoint.
  • Puerto Lopez: It is known as "Ecological and tourist city", it has beautiful white sand beaches, and the privilege of having the Machalilla National Park. It is a canton in the province of Manabí considered by nature a fishing port, tourist and agricultural center.

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

Welcome to Ecuador, a small country but certainly charming and full of adventure. Our Guide will meet you at the Airport, welcome you and give you an introduction about the tour of Ecuador and Galapagos in 20 days. He will transfer you to your hotel in Quito where you will spend the night.

  HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

1

DAY

TRANSFER AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings in the city of Quito. The Plaza de la Independencia with its Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Building, the Statue of Independence and the Cathedral. We will continue to the churches of El Sagrario and La Compañía, and then the church and convent of San Francisco. We will take a look inside the church and be amazed at the amount of exuberant gold that was used to decorate the oldest church in Quito. Then we will move to Panecillo and the statue of the Virgin of Quito. From here we will have the opportunity to see both parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! We will continue to the Middle of the World which is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, located about 10 km north of the capital of Ecuador. There is an interesting open-air museum called Inti-Ñan. It explains the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator has on gravity among other effects that exist given the location in which our country is located. You can also get to know a bit of Ecuadorian cultures such as their customs and traditions. Definitely worth a visit! Then we will be taken back to Quito and dropped off at our hotel.

  HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

2

DAY

CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MIDLE OF THE WORLD)

Today you will have time to relax and explore Quito on your own. For example, you can visit the Cable Car, museums or do any other type of activity that the capital city of Ecuador offers. It is also possible to take an optional day tour. (You can request more options of daily tours). At night your guide will pick you up at your hotel to take the bus that will take you directly to Cuyabeno where the next day the adventure through the Amazon jungle will begin.

NIGHT TRIP TO CUYABENO

3

DAY

FREE DAY IN QUITO - MEETING POINT TO TAKE THE BUS TO CUYABENO

This tour begins at the entrance of the Cuyabeno River where we will meet the guide of the Lodge of your choice and where we will begin enjoying a delicious box lunch. (Depending on the lodge of your choice) Later, our naturalist guide will provide information about the Reserve and important recommendations to start the two-hour navigation down the Cuyabeno River to the Lodge.

THIS IS ONLY AN EXAMPLE OF A 4 DAY TOUR AT ANY LODGE IN CUYABENO.


DAY 1: During the canoe ride you get a first look at the jungle and you can see different types of birds such as caciques, orioles and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin.You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the weather and weather conditions. We will arrive at Jamu Lodge around 4:30 pm.At that time, you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After the siesta we will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the Laguna Grande. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

    HOTEL: Nicky Amazon Lodge or similar (subject to availability)​ (B/-/-)

 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Jamu Lodge or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

4

DAY

LAGO AGRIO – LODGE IN CUYABENO

DAY 2: Your second day begins with a delicious breakfast, then we will take a walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours through the primary forest, where the guide will explain to us about a tropical forest and medicinal plants.You can also see large trees like the CEIBO or small insects like ants.We will return to the lodge to have lunch and take a break and in the afternoon we will go out to see the beautiful butterflies and swim in the lagoon. If possible we will be able to observe the beautiful brushed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sunset. Then, we return to the lodge for dinner.At night we carry out a nocturnal activity, focused on the search for alligators on the banks of the river.

 ​​​HOTEL: Nicky Amazon Lodge or similar (subject to availability)​ (B/L/D)

 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Jamu Lodge or similar (subject to availability) (B/L/D)

5

DAY

FULL DAY LODGE IN CUYABENO

DAY 3: After breakfast we set off in a canoe down the river for about an hour to visit a family from the Tarapuy community.We will be able to learn to prepare Casabe, a traditional Yuca bread, where we will help in its elaboration. We will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, in this we spend the whole day. We will return to the Lodge at approximately two in the afternoon.After lunch we have relaxation activities; To end the day we will have a short walk through the primary forest focused on observing nocturnal insects, such as spiders, gekos or scorpions and listening to the noises and sounds of the night.

 ​HOTEL: Nicky Amazon Lodge or similar (subject to availability)​ (B/L/D)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Jamu Lodge or similar (subject to availability) (B/L/D)

6

DAY

FULL DAY LODGE IN CUYABENO

DAY 4: The fourth and last day of the 4d/3n tour In the Amazon jungle, early in the morning before breakfast, we will have a bird watching excursion that is optional and will depend a lot on the weather conditions; Upon returning to the lodge we will have a delicious breakfast and then the transfer back to the Cuyabeno Reserve Bridge where our guide will be waiting for us to continue our journey through our wonderful Ecuador. We will leave Lago Agrio towards Papallacta (approximately 4 hours), where you can enjoy the beautiful hotel hot springs at a height of 3,250 meters above sea level in the Ecuadorian Andes, the Papallacta Hot Springs are a thermal center to enjoy tourism and well-being Its crystal clear waters come from the rainwater infiltrated into the Chacana volcanic caldera and acquire the heat energy of the magma and its mineral-medicinal properties. Just perfect for a romantic sunset.

 ​​HOTEL: Termas de papallacta  or similar (subject to availability)​ (B /  / )

7

DAY

BIRD WATCHING EXCURSION - PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

Today you can enjoy the hot springs of Papallacta and its surroundings. Papallacta hot springs are one of the highlights on this relaxing tour of Ecuador. There are excellent self-guided walks and there is a full spa where you can enjoy some beauty treatments or massages (Not included). This is well deserved after the jungle adventure of Cuyabeno. At the end of the afternoon, trip back to Quito.

   ​HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

8

DAY

BACK TO QUITO

In the morning in about two hours we arrive in Otavalo. The town of Otavalo is the heart of its culture and in the market we will find all possible souvenirs at affordable prices. There is also an animal market on the outskirts of town. Be a part and witness the trade between the indigenous people of Otavalo. In the afternoon we will visit the main sites around Otavalo and the town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products. Clothes, bags, belts, wallets, sandals, in Cotacachi we will find the best variety at the lowest prices. Later we will visit Lake Cuicocha. This lake is located in an old crater of the still active Cotacachi volcano. We can take an optional boat ride on the lake and observe the fumaroles. In the afternoon we will return to Quito to our hotel.

   ​HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

9

DAY

OTAVALO FULL DAY

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to one of the most emblematic points of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano, considered the largest active volcano in the world at 5897 meters high (19,347 feet high). During our stay in the National Park we will admire its natural environment, its Flora and Fauna with the explanations of your naturalist guide. We will try to ascend to the refuge located at 4,810 m (15,392 ft high). Since the Cotopaxi Volcano is active at this time, the ascent will be granted by the National Park authorities. We will also walk around Lake Limpiopungo that is located at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds from the Páramo region (Andean Grasslands). On a clear day, the view of the volcano reflected on the lake's surface is magnificent. We make a brief visit to the small museum that tells about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the central axis of the park. You can take a hike from the parking lot to the refuge (about 800 meters), where you can reach the area of the snow. In the afternoon, you will be taken to a local farmhouse to see flower production. Overnight in a colonial hacienda.

    HACIENDA: Hato verde or similar (subject to availability)​ (-/-/-)
HACIENDA FIRST CLASS: La cienega or similar (subject to availability) (-/-/-)

10

DAY

COTOPAXI VOLCANO

After breakfast we go to the North Pan-American Highway to go to the Quilotoa lagoon, on the way you can see wonderful landscapes (depending on the climate) we will pass through small indigenous towns that are part of the great multiculturalism of Ecuador, then a tour of 3 hours we will arrive at the Quilotoa lagoon, this lagoon characterized by the turquoise color due to the volcanic minerals, gives it a pleasant and colorful appearance, we can do different activities such as a walk to the crater, or you can stay to observe and appreciate the wonderful view . In the afternoon we go to Baños we will have a trip of approximately 3 hours where we will spend the night.

HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: La Floresta or similar (subject to availability)​ (-/-/-)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: ​Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability) (-/-/-)

11

DAY

LAGUNA QUILOTOA - TRIP TO BAÑOS

The atmosphere in Baños is relaxed in a subtropical climate. Today you will do rafting (INCLUDED) in the Pastaza river with level III / IV rapids and in the afternoon you can go by bike. There is a beautiful route through the most impressive waterfalls in Ecuador, the Ruta de las Cascadas. You will do this route by bicycle. (INCLUDED).

HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: La Floresta or similar (subject to availability)​ (-/-/-)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: ​Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability) (-/-/-)

12

DAY

RAFTING BAÑOS - PM BIKING

After breakfast we will visit the surroundings of the town and we will take the "Route of the Cascades" where you will see few waterfalls in the area and you will do a trekking to get to "El Pailon del Diablo"; a beautiful and majestic waterfall where we can have the opportunity to walk and live a completely unforgettable adventure through the cloud forest. Time for lunch in the town (not included). Then travel to Riobamba .. On the way we will make a short visit to have a view of the Chimborazo volcano from one side of the volcano.

 ​​HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Casa Real or similar (subject to availability)​ (-/-/-)
 ​HOTEL FIRST CLASS: ​Andaluza or similar (subject to availability) (-/-/-)

13

DAY

BAÑOS - ROUTE OF THE CASCADES - TRIP TO RIOBAMBA

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

END OF OUR SERVICES
HOTEL: No hotel (-/-/-) 

MEALS: 
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

20

DAY

TRANSFER OUT

INCLUSIONS

English speaking guide

Private transportation

Entrance fees according to the program

Accommodation to the program

Meals acocording to the program

Accommodations in amazon lodge

RATES 2022

** The tour can operate any date with minimum 2 persons, and the dates depend of the Galapagos cruise departure**

TYPE HOTEL PRICE PER PERSON
TOURIST CLASS HOTELS
FIRST CLASS HOTELS
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THE TOUR INCLUDE:

  • Meals according to the program
  • Private transportation during the whole program with English speaking guide - driver
  • Transfer airport – hotel - airport
  • Lodging in standard class hotels in double rooms
  • Professional English speaking guide during the program
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • Museum entrance fees during the land program

NOT INCLUDE:

  • Meals are not specified in the program
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips, wire transfer costs.