Ecuadorian Escape

  • Parakeets in a clay licking cave, Yasuni Ecuador
  • View of urban sprawl in Quito, Ecuador
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Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 | QUITO
After our meet and greet service in Quito you will be transferred north to the lovely town of Cotacachi. Cotacachi enjoys a pleasant weather and is well known for the manufacturing of leather crafts and souvenirs. We will spend two nights at one of the most luxurious hotels in Ecuador, La Mirage. La Mirages was a hacienda and now offers luxurious accommodations in an extraordinary setting.

DAY 2 | OTAVALO
Full Day Tour to Otavalo, on of South America's most famous Indian fairs, the Otavalo Market. Arriving at Otavalo, take a walk through the bustling produce market where the Indians meet to trade among themselves. Continue to the tourist market which is piled high with colorful ponchos, tapestries, woolen goods, and Indian jewelry. In the afternoon drive to the woodcarving center of San Antonio de Ibarra and to the village of Cotacachi, famous for its leather handicrafts. Lunch is included. (B,L)

DAY 3 | QUITO
Tour of Quito - Drive through this overwhelmingly beautiful city down the broad avenues of the northern residential section. See the modern Legislative Palace whose stone murals record the country's history and the impressive San Agustín Monastery and its Sala Capitular. Go downtown to Independence Plaza, the town's oldest colonial center, and to La Compañía Church, famous for its ornate facade and glittering golden altars. Visit San Francisco Cathedral which is one of the first great religious buildings in the New World and the home of the works of the famous Indian artist, Caspicara. (B)

DAY 4 | COCA
Departing from Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, a 30-minutes flight over the eastern Andes will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, members of our staff will be waiting for you to give you warm welcome and take you to the Francisco de Orellana Port –which is only 5 minutes away from the airport. And here is where the real adventure begins! At the port you will get on a motorized canoe downstream the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers, herons and other and admire the incredible views of the Amazon jungle that opens before your eyes. A trip a box lunch will be provided.

After our two-hours ride along the Napo River, you will arrive at the NWC’s (Napo Wildlife Center) dock entrance where to take a short break to freshen up and use the restrooms. Then, we will continue our way to the lodge on a majestic and peaceful dugout canoe ride, and a narrow stream will lead us to the Añangu Lake, where the lodge is located. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive to the Napo Wildlife Center where our staff will welcome you with drinks and show your rooms and other areas of the lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 | NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
Adventure at the Napo Wildlife Center begins early in the morning! In this second day at the premium Amazon Jungle tour you will presence one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. It will only take us about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick which is of easy access from the lodge. Once we get there, at about 7:30 or 8:30 am it will take just a few minutes for birds to show up. It is a real spectacle of colors, about 11 species of bird such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed with the minerals that are concentrated in the soil.

Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Añangu community to share time with the men, women and children of the community and learning about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. We will go back to the creek and go hiking for 30 minutes throughout a Terra Firme forest until reaching the second parrot clay lick and repeat the experience of seeing a great variety of parrots, parakeets and macaws as you eat a delicious lunch our staff will provide you. Late in the afternoon we will arrive back to the NWC to rest and enjoy from our lodge social areas and comfortable rooms.

DAY 6 | NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
A delicious breakfast will be served at the NWC restaurant early in the morning. After that, we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will get a close up view of the most amazing views of the jungle. The tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge within the terra firme forest. This wooden platform of 36 meters high was built just next a huge and ancient Kapok tree. To get to the top you have to pass through different levels of the forest. Then, when you are finally there, the immensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle opens just before you.

In the afternoon, we will go deep into a terra firme trail to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior. There are great possibilities to see lizards, different species of monkeys such as the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! Also, we will take you to explore the black water Añangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon.

DAY 7 | COCA | GUAYAQUIL | SALINAS
Transfer to Coca airport for your flight to Guayaquil and two-hour transfer to Salinas.

Three night stay at the Barcelo Colon Miramar Beach Resort. (all inclusive)

DAY 8 & 9 | SALINAS
Free time at Barcelo Colon Miramar Beach Resort

DAY 10 | SALINAS | GUAYAQUIL | DEPARTURE
Transfer to Guayaquil for flight home.

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels


CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Otavalo2La MirageQueen Room
Quito1La Casona de la RondaJunior Suite
Amazon3Napo Wildlife CenterStandard Room
Salinas (Beach)3Barcelo Colon MiramarOcean View Room

Land Prices Per Person

 TWINSINGLE
Starting From:$4,764$7,050

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