Ecuador has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to natural wonders and indigenous cultures and this itinerary will showcase the very best of each. Explore the three main habitats on mainland Ecuador: the cloud forest, high Andes and of course the Amazon jungle, where you will also spend time with Amazonian communities that have chosen tourism over the money they could make selling their land to oil companies. This is the very best of one of Latin America's true gems.
Day 3: After a delicious breakfast lunch you will take the relatively short drive north to a beautiful cloud forest, where you will spend the next few days among the trees. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Wake to the sounds of the forest nice and early and go on a guided hike to spot some of the incredible array of birdlife that calls this reserve home. Spend the rest of the day exploring with a guide or on your own. (B/L/D)
Day 5: You will have another chance to explore the forest today before transferring back to Quito for the afternoon. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Fly into the Amazon and transfer by boat to 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)
Days 7 & 8: You will 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. (B/L/D)
Day 9: One last morning under the big green canopy before making your way by boat and plane back to Quito. (B/L/D)
Day 10: 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 horseriding for you. (B)
Day 11: Spend the morning horseriding alongside the local cowboys and pass the afternoon however you like. (B)
Day 12: Leave Cotopaxi as you travel across the valley to the insanely beautiful crater lake of Quilotoa. Hike around the rim before heading back to Quito for your last night. (B/L/D)
Day 13: Time to say goodbye to this incredible country as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Prices from: £1995 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance.
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.