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Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes
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9 days

from $1,999 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest—on foot and by boat—alongside a local guide.
  • Learn about traditional weaving during a visit to an artisan’s studio.
  • Drive the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes, lined by some of Ecuador’s highest peaks.
Itinerary

Get in touch with the power of the planet on this nine-day adventure packed with many of Ecuador’s natural wonders. Hike through the greener-than-green Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide at your side, slip into the celebrated (and restorative) hot springs of Papallacta, enjoy lunch with the residents of an Andean community, and spend a night at a historic hacienda. Let this force of nature blow you away.

Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Quito/Otavalo

Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of Peguche for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.

Day 3: Otavalo/Papallacta

Visit the home and studio of Don Miguel to learn how the Indigenous people of the Otavalo region have used the backstrap loom to create their woven goods. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for a dip in hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.

Day 4: Papallacta/Tena

Visit the Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with your CEO to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. Enjoy a visit to Misahualli to visit the cheeky Capuchin monkeys who call this town home. Continue to Tena to catch our motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Settle in and receive a briefing from a local naturalist guide about the lodge and area. After, embark on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon.

Day 5: Tena

Depart early by canoe to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). With our naturalist guide, view parrots and parakeets who gather to eat the mineral-rich clay which helps them digest fruit and seeds. Return to the lodge for breakfast then continue on to visit AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, enjoy a unique cultural experience at a local family’s home. Meet the family to learn about their traditions and what daily life is like in the Amazon.

Day 6: Tena/Baños

Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanoes. Along the way, visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany — the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them.

Day 7: Baños

Free day to explore Baños where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, visits to hot springs, and mountain biking.

Day 8: Baños/Quito

Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route. Enjoy stunning views of the perfectly shaped volcano (it's one of the highest active volcanoes in the world).

Day 9: Quito

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 18 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $1,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 01 Nov 2019 - 09 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $1,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,218 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $1,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,218 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,338 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Dec 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 03 Jan 2020 - 11 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Jan 2020 - 08 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Feb 2020 - 15 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Mar 2020 - 28 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Mar 2020 - 04 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Apr 2020 - 02 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 May 2020 - 09 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 May 2020 - 23 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Aug 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Oct 2020 - 07 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Nov 2020 - 14 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,138 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Dec 2020 - 26 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,258 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), historic hacienda (1 nt), jungle lodge (2 nts), hot springs resort (1 nt).
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private van, motorized canoe.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Otavalo Weaving Lesson, Otavalo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Amazon Home Experience, Tena
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park, Baños
  • Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit, Papallacta
  • Arrival transfer
  • Overnight in an historic hacienda
  • Explore the Otavalo handicraft market
  • Cloud forest reserve visit
  • Two nights at an Amazon lodge with jungle excursions
  • Excursion to Cotopaxi National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $2,343

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.