his trip will introduce you to the best natural sights that Ecuador has to offer and the different Andean cultures that define this amazing country. Explore the Amazon rainforest and learn from the communities that live there before experiencing the stunning beauty of the Avenue of the Volcanoes and Cotopaxi National Park. We also take you to the old colonial towns of Quito and Cuenca via the spectacular feat of engineering that is the Devil's Nose train.
Day 3: Fly into the Amazon and transfer by boat to the Napo Wildlife Centre. Check into your guest lodge, which is about as close to luxury as you can get in the Amazon jungle! (B/D)
Day 4&5: Free days to explore the Amazon jungle on foot or by canoe and take part in some of the activities run by the Centre, such as piranha fishing and night walks. Activities at the lodge will be on a shared basis. (B/L/D)
Day 7:Your journey now turns south as you drive to the wide open spaces of Cotopaxi National Park, filled with tropical flowers, beautiful mountain lakes and, of course, the stunning Cotopaxi volcano. Once you reach your lodge you can relax and stroll among the beautiful scenery, or we can arrange hikes or horse riding for you. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Continue your exploration of the High Andes as you drive to the town of Riobamba. Situated at the base of the mighty Chimborazo Volcano, the highest peak in Ecuador, Riobamba is a lovely town in which to spend the afternoon, meandering through the old colonial streets. (B/L)
Day 9: Today is a real treat! Spend the day on the breath-taking Devil's Nose Train, one of the greatest feats of engineering in the world, as it traverses up an almost sheer cliff. Afterwards transfer by road to Ingapirca for the night, where you can take an optional tour of the ancient Inca ruins. (B/L)
Day 10: Today you will visit Cajas National Park, before heading to the stunning colonial town of Cuenca. The scenery of Cajas is one of major attractions of the area and includes tundra-like flora and hundreds of crystal blue lakes, providing spectacular hiking opportunities through remote areas. Cuenca is a wonderful town to explore on foot in the afternoon, with its amazing network of beautiful old colonial buildings and streets. (B)
Day 11: In the morning you will be taken to Guayaquil to catch your international flight home or a domestic flight to Quito. If you have time you can explore the old port of Ecuador’s second city before catching your flight. (B)
Price: From £1995 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!
Best Time To Travel
Best time to visit: Dec - Apr
Andes: Oct is the driest season offering the best views, however it is cooler. Nov to Apr is warmer but wetter with lots of cloud cover obstructing the views.
The Amazon: Jul & Aug bring the most rain but the Amazon really is a year round destination.