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Deep Down the Amazon - 9 Days

Deep Down the Amazon

Ecuador · Private Tour · 9 Days
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Explore one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth visiting the Amazon Jungle, the breathtaking volcanic lakes of Quilotoa and Cuicocha, and hunting for treasures at the indigenous market of Otavalo. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito
Day 2 - Quito
Day 3 - Cotopaxi NP & Quilotoa Lake
Day 4 - Otavalo & Cuicocha Lake
Day 5 - Quito → Amazon Jungle
Day 6 - Amazon Jungle
Day 7 - Amazon Jungle
Day 8 - Amazon Jungle → Quito
Day 9 - Quito

What is included

  • Ground transfers in private transportation, including to and from the airport
  • Domestic flight Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Boat transportation Coca-Amazon-Coca
  • 5 nights accommodation at comfort hotels with breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation in private cabin or tent with hot water at Amazon jungle lodge
  • Full board meals during Amazon jungle stay
  • Snacks during excursions
  • Rubber boots and rain coats during jungle excursions
  • Visits and excursions specified in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all visiting sites
  • Local bilingual guide

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
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day
1
Quito

Arrival to Quito airport, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Quito

After breakfast, we will go to Quito to visit the historical center that begins with a visit to Independence Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral and the Church of the Sagrario are located. 

In addition we will visit the Church of the Company, with its amazing golden altars and considered one of the best examples of baroque art in America, with a noticable Moorish influence in the intricate carved designs of the magnificent columns and red and gold ceilings. 

Afterwards, you will go to the church and monastery of San Francisco, the oldest Ecuadorian church. Its main altar is a spectacular example of baroque carving and it also houses an excellent collection of art works, including paintings, sculptures and furniture dating from the XVIth century.

Later, we will leave for the north of the city, taking the Manuel Cordova Galarza Avenue, which will take us to the equinoctial line. The French geodesic mission determined this line in the XVIIIth century. You can visit the city of The Middle of the World where you can travel from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere by jumping through the equator. 

After this, we continue visiting the Intinan Museum, whose main objective is to rescue and revive the ancestral cosmo vision of a geographic center and establish an ethno-ecological habitat in this place. Finally, we will return to our hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Cotopaxi NP & Quilotoa Lake

After breakfast, we will leave Quito and take the Panamericana highway south along the famous Avenida de los Volcanes. 

We pass the small agricultural town of Machachi and we arrive at the Cotopaxi National Park with a short visit to Limpiopungo Lake. Our next stop is the impressive Quilotoa Crater, an extinct volcano which holds a beautiful lake, also we can practice kayak in there 

It will take thirty minutes to walk down to the lake, with a steep one hour and a half return climb. After the walk, we will enjoy typical food from the region. Later in the afternoon, we will enjoy the accommodation of a legendary hacienda.

Overnight at the hotel.  

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Quito → Cotopaxi National Park86 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Otavalo & Cuicocha Lake

Departure from Cotopaxi, early in the morning.  We will enjoy a delicious breakfast to start with energy our day. 

On the way we will stop in Cayambe, typical place to taste the delicious cheese and biscochos. Next, we will arrive to Otavalo to visit its indigenous market, full of Ecuadorian typical handicrafts. 

After lunch, we will visit the town of Cotacachi where you will find a variety of leather items then continue to Cuicocha Lake.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Cotopaxi National Park → Otavalo175 km 3h 15min
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Otavalo → Quito110 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Quito → Amazon Jungle

After breakfast, we will take our flight from Quito to Coca, where our staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. 

There, your bilingual guides will explain about safety before embarking for a two and a half hour boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon ancestral communities, birds such as herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. 

The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Cuicocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins. 

Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Return to the lodge, where our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans. 

After dinner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6-meter long South American crocodile. Back to the lodge.

Overnight at the lodge.

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Quito → Coca 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sani Lodge

Yasuni National Park

day
6
Amazon Jungle

After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. 

The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. 

In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails of 3 hours, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees, bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. Dinner at the lodge. After dinner, take a night walk to see how the myriad of insects, spiders and frogs comes to life.

Overnight at the lodge.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sani Lodge

Yasuni National Park

day
7
Amazon Jungle

After breakfast, depart to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue- headed parrots. 

Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the most biodiverse area in the world. Here you will see some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and spider monkeys, Blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. 

Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives. Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon. After dinner, take a night walk to see how the myriad of insects, spiders and frogs comes to life.

Overnight at the lodge.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sani Lodge

Yasuni National Park

day
8
Amazon Jungle → Quito

After breakfast, head back to the Napo River to board the boat. Have a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth by visiting at the parrots wall at Yasuní National Park.

Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue- headed parrots. Then return to Coca on time to get your flight back to Quito.

Overnight at the hotel.    

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Coca → Quito 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Quito

After breakfast, our guide will pick up you from your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
 

 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Quito
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Patio Andaluz

Quito
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Wyndham Quito Airport

Yasuni National Park
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Sani Lodge

Quito
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Rincon de Puembo Hotel

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2-3 pax
Double Sharing
4-5 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$2794$2531

Photos

Sani Lodge, Yasuni National Park
Quilotoa Lake, Cotopaxi
Yasuni National Park
Patio Andaluz Hotel, Quito
Plaza de la Independencia, Quito
Cuicocha Lake
Yasuni National Park
Rincon de Puembo, Quito

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