ANDES & AMAZON - 11 DAYS

HIGHTLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR 

ANDES: historic Quito & Equator Line
• Otavalo: Indian Market, lakes, artisans 
• Cotopaxi Volcano – Andes Train 
• Baños – AMAZON: Misahualli forest
• Andes Train – Cuenca – Ingapirca 
• Guayaquil - GALAPAGOS on option 

2013 Prices of this tour 

From:

 $ 1460    (for 4 people)
      $ 1710    (for 2 people)


Prices per person in double room in 2*/3* hotels

Description:
Day 1-  ARRIVAL IN ECUADOR / QUITO
In the morning, flight to Ecuador. Arriving at night in Quito, the capital (9,186 Ft). Transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink. Night.

Day 2-  QUITO EQUATOR LINE QUITO  
Visit of Quito and its historical center, classified World Cultural Heritage and considered the richest in Latin America. Visit of the "Equator" Monument and the "Inti Ñan" Ethno-Scientific museum. Night in Quito. 

Day 3-  QUITO OTAVALO: Market, Volcanoes, Lakes, Craft makers • QUITO 
Excursion to the beautiful Andean region of Otavalo. Visit of the famous Indigenous market of Otavalo, the handicraft makers´villages:  Peguche and Cotacachi; San Pablo and Cuicocha lakes, overlooked by the Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes. Night in Quito.

Day 4-  QUITO COTOPAXI Volcano or Pujili Market - QUILOTOA Lake
Drive along the Avenue of Volcanoes toward the Cotopaxi (19356 Ft). Visit of its park and possibility to go up to the refuge or visit of the Indigenous market of Pujili then visit of the beautiful Quilotoa crater lake and meeting with Indigenous craft makers. Dinner and night.

Day 5-  COTOPAXI or QUILOTOA • BAÑOS
Continue to the charming hot spring town of Baños, situated at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano. Walk to the extraordinary “Pailon del Diablo” waterfalls (or the following day). Tour and thermal bath on option. Overnight.

Day 6- BAÑOS • AMAZON
Drive to the Amazon, the region of Tena. Arrival at a lodge in the forest, along the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon river. Short walk in the surrounding forest or other activity. Dinner and night at the lodge.

Day 7- AMAZON
Canoe ride and walk in the forest: observing flora, medicinal plants and possibly birds, animals. Then, visit of a small museum or a native animal shelter or other activities. Dinner and night at the lodge.

Day 8- AMAZON • RIOBAMBA
Drive back to the Andes, admiring tropical and Andean landscapes, to Riobamba at the foot of the highest Ecuadorian volcano:  Chimborazo (20702 Ft). Night at the hotel.

Day 9- RIOBAMBA TRAIN OF THE ANDES • Ingapirca CUENCA
Transfer to the train Station of Alausi and “Andean Train” through the famous Devil's Nose up to Sibambe. Back to Alausi and drive to the beautiful city of Cuenca. Visit of the Inca Temple of Ingapirca and its small museum. Night at the hotel in Cuenca.

Day 10- CUENCA or CUENCA GUAYAQUIL
Visit of Cuenca and its historical center, classified as a World Cultural Heritage and visit of a "Panama hat” factory. Optional visit of a museum or tour in the Gualaceo valley.  Night at the hotel in Cuenca or Guayaquil. In case of international flight in the evening or flight to the Galapagos Islands the following day, drive to the Littoral region, Guayaquil. Then Panoramic tour along the "Malecon", the Guayas river up to the old quarter:"Las Peñas". Farewell cocktail and night.

Day 11- GUAYAQUIL FLIGHT BACK HOME or GALAPAGOS ISLAND extension: Cruise or

Land Based Tour
Panoramic Tour of Guayaquil and optional visit of its Historical Park. Transfer to the airport and flight back home. Or flight to the Galapagos Islands.  And cruise or land based tour of 5 days recommended.

This tour includes: 8 nights in hotels 3 */2 * in the Andes with breakfast and taxes, 2 nights in a standard lodge or community in the Amazon region with meals, Transport, private transfers and train, English speaking guide/driver or Guide and driver, Visits and entrance fees to the above-mentioned sites, Cocktails and luggage carrier

It does not include: Other meals and services - Drinks - International airport tax 28 $ (from Guayaquil), International flights and travel insurance (on request),Tips, Galapagos extension and flights.

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