Ecuador’s mainland can be divided into three distinct areas that run the length of the country. The coastal region is a fertile alluvial plain, particularly famous for its banana plantations. The middle section is the Sierra, formed by the western & eastern chain of the Andes which contains several high plateaus. This is both an agricultural area and the indigenous heartland of the country and home to towering peaks and more than 30 volcanoes. On the eastern side of the Sierra is the Orient. This vast, sparsely populated area extends into the upper Amazon basin and is covered by thick tropical rainforests rich in exotic wildlife. Although remote, the Amazon is one of Ecuador’s most exciting destinations.
Your brief Ecuadorian adventure starts upon arrival at Ecuador’s new airport where you meet your guide and head for the colourful town of Otavalo. The town is famous for its wonderful Indian arts and crafts market. You then visit Ecuador’s capital Quito. Founded by the Spanish on the ruins of an Incan city it remains the least-altered historic centre in Latin America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is set in a breathtaking Andean valley surrounded by spectacular volcanic peaks. You discover the city’s highlights and travel out to ‘Mitad del Mundo’ to stand upon the Equator line.
A short flight over the Andes brings you to Coca. Here you join a motorized canoe on the Napo River which brings you to Sacha Lodge – one of Ecuador’s premiere rainforest lodges located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. With your expert rainforest guide you learn about the flora and fauna of this incredibly important biosphere. There are night walks to see the nocturnal forest dwellers. You will walk atop the Canopy Bridge to see the forest from a different perspective, seek out caiman, sloths, monkeys and an amazing assortment of stunning birdlife. You will learn of the medicinal properties of different plants and the traditions and beliefs of the native Indians who call the rainforest home. All this and more from the comfort of Sacha Lodge. At the end of your Amazon jungle adventure you return to Coca for your flight back to Quito and to the end of your Ecuador tour.
|• Otavalo Indian Market||• Intinan Museum|
|• Cotacachi Village||• 3 Nights in Sacha Amazon Lodge|
|• Cuicocha Crater Lagoon||• Sacha Butterfly Centre|
|• Quito Basilica||• Jungle Canopy Bridge|
|• Archbishop’s Palace||• Igapo & Terra Firma Forests|
|• Panecillo Hill Lookout||• Lagartococha Trail Nature Walk|
|• La Compania Church||• Lagartococha Lake Canoe Safari|
|• ‘Mitad del Mundo’ (Equator)||• The Kapok Observation Tower|
DAY 1 – Otavalo, DAY 2 & 3 – Quito, DAY 4 – Coca & Sacha Lodge, DAY 5 & 6 – Sacha Lodge, DAY 7 – Sacha Lodge & Quito, DAY 8 – End Quito
Cost: USD 3250*
Single Supplement: USD 395*
* Paid in Australian dollars calculated on the due date using the bank buying rate for US Dollars cash.