10-Day Ecuadors Highlands and The Amazon
ARRIVAL TO QUITO / TRANSFER IN
One of our guides will meet you at the Quito International Airport to escort you to your hotel and assist you with your luggage and hotel check-in.
QUITO / OTAVALO FULL DAY / HACIENDA ZULETA
Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner.
HACIENDA ZULETA / QUITO
Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch.
QUITO / COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK / QUITO
Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch.
|Day 5||QUITO / AMAZON RAINFOREST AT LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE
You are about to set out on an amazing Amazon adventure! The journey to La Selva lodge is an experience in and of itself. You start off with a private transfer from your hotel to the airport, where you will connect with your commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana "El Coca". A La Selva representatives will meet you at the National departure area to facilitate the check-in process and provide a short briefing about the journey. This 30-minute flight takes you to Coca’s main dock on the Napo River, the gateway to a 2-hour ride down river on a motorized canoe deep into the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The motorized canoe portion of the journey ends at La Selva's main dock, where you board a paddle canoe for the final leg of the trip to the lodge that will allow you to experience the rainforest much as the local people do. You will bring your carry-on and camera equipment with you on the paddle canoe while all other luggage will be transported by staff from La Selva. Upon arrival, the manager will greet you with juice and snacks to refresh you from your travels and will provide you with a short, general briefing about your stay at La Selva. The afternoon activities begin with your naturalist guides giving you a basic introduction to the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and La Selva operations before setting out on the Matapalo Trail, named for the remarkable Strangler fig (Ficus sp) tree that you will see on this short walk. You will be amazed to see mahogany trees over 400 years old and learn about the delicate balance between the geography and the local flora and fauna. This is the perfect time of day to walk thanks to the great natural light and the chance to see the daily transitional activities of both diurnal and nocturnal animals.
Return to the lodge for a delicious, gourmet, served dinner.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE
LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
RETURN TO QUITO
An early wakeup call and breakfast will have you ready for departure from the lodge, as per the evening’s briefing. Lodge staff will again take care of your checked luggage as you head back upstream to Coca by motorized canoe. At the airport, our representatives will facilitate your check-in process, including checked luggage and boarding passes.
Once in Quito, you will again have a private transfer from the airport to the hotel, where one of our representatives will assist you with your hotel check-in and luggage.
QUITO CITY TOUR AND MIDDLE OF THE WORLD
No visit to Ecuador would be complete without an exploration of the capital city, Quito, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America and – as shown by its UNESCO designation as the first world cultural heritage site – in the world. The Old Town’s claim to fame is one of the world’s best-preserved Spanish colonial districts, filled with magnificent churches, impressive buildings, tiled roofs and stone streets laid out in a chessboard pattern to facilitate defense of the city by the original conquistadors. Construction first began in the main plaza, known as La Plaza Grande, surrounded by the most important powers of the colonial era, including the Catholic Church ¬ present through the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace – and the Carondelet presidential palace, the former administrative center of the Royal Audience of Quito during the colonial period and still the official presidential residence. Our walking tour gives us ample opportunity to learn more about Ecuador’s colonial history and contemporary times. We leave the Plaza Grande and walk just one block to the “crown jewel” of Quito’s numerous churches: the awe-inspiring La Compania de Jesus, a Jesuit temple considered by many to be the most exquisite example of Baroque architecture on the continent. Its entrance alone amazes: turned stone columns, intricate designs, and detailed carvings are merely a muted signal of what awaits within. Step through the massive wooden doors and La Compañía’s fully gilded interior will leave you awe-struck. Explore the “mudejar-style” roofs, carved figures, and deep historical importance of this colonial treasure. Our city tour continues at another extremely impressive site: San Francisco Square. Construction started on this immense church in 1537 as part of the development of Latin America’s largest religious complex. The church and the monastery cover a total of 3 hectares (7.4 acres). The church was officially inaugurated in 1705 and spawned a well-known legend for the city: Cantuña, an indigenous builder working for the Spaniards, is said to have cheated the devil at his own game in the atrium of San Francisco. Your guide will tell you more about this fascinating urban myth. Afterwards, it’s time for a well-earned lunch before getting on a private guided transfer to the Middle of the World Monument. Located slightly to the northwest of the city proper, but still within the metropolitan district, the Middle of the World monument marks the place where the 18th century French Geodesic Mission determined the location of the equatorial line that divides the world into two hemispheres. Straddle the line for a fun picture you can show your loved ones back home. This will be a wonderful experience where you can take a fun picture in both hemispheres at the same time. Afterwards, head to the fun Intiñan Museum, where you will learn more about Ecuador’s varied cultural map. The day ends at your hotel for a restful night’s sleep before travel the next day.
DEPARTURE / TRANSFER OUT
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