Ecuador Amazon Tour - Cotopaxi

The Ultimate 13-Day Ecuador Amazon Tour: Explore and Discover

The Ultimate 13-Day Ecuador Amazon Tour: Explore and Discover

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Set off on an unforgettable 13-day journey through one of the planet’s most biodiverse treasures with our Ecuador Amazon Tour. The adventure begins in the bustling, historic cityscape of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From there, we dive into the wild heart of the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s last untouched havens.

Highlights of our Ecuador Amazon Tour:

– Connect with local indigenous communities. Immerse yourself in their rich, ancient culture and traditions.
– Relish unmatched bird-watching and wildlife spotting opportunities. Witness the unique fauna of Ecuador.
– Embrace adrenaline-pumping activities like canoeing down the winding Amazonian waterways, trekking through lush rainforests, and swimming in crystal-clear lagoons.
– Participate in immersive cultural experiences, such as mastering the art of traditional Ecuadorian bread preparation.
– Experience luxurious stays in some of Ecuador’s finest accommodations, offering comfort and tranquillity after each day’s exploration.
– Delight in scenic transfers across breathtaking Andean landscapes, offering panoramic vistas of the country’s incredible topography.

Your expedition provides an intimate look at the Amazon’s diverse ecosystem, a haven for a multitude of unique species. You’ll traverse the majestic Andean highlands, explore the historic Zuleta Hacienda, and gaze upon the formidable Cotopaxi Volcano. As we delve further into the Amazon, you’ll encounter the resilient Siona community, learning about their deeply-rooted customs and traditional ways of life. Your nights will be spent in top-range accommodations, selected to showcase the best of Ecuadorian hospitality, while your days will overflow with discoveries that inspire and enlighten.

This tour transcends a mere exploration of Ecuador’s Amazon. It’s a voyage into the heart of life itself. Whether you’re an experienced explorer or a curious traveller, this Ecuador Amazon tour promises an unforgettable blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty.

Accommodation Details:

We’ve curated a variety of accommodations for this tour. From city hotels to rainforest lodges, each venue offers unique comforts and opportunities for exploration.

Quito: Enjoy a luxurious boutique hotel located in the historic heart of Quito. You’ll have easy access to the city’s most popular attractions and stunning views of the Andean landscape.

Zuleta: The historic Hacienda Zuleta, a 16th-century estate known for organic farming and an Andean condor rehabilitation project, will be your home in Zuleta.

Isinliví: Experience a charming eco-lodge that blends seamlessly with the surrounding highland environment. The lodge promotes sustainable practices and offers a cosy, rustic experience.

Amazon Rainforest: Deep within the Amazon, your home will be a comfortable, eco-friendly jungle lodge that allows you to experience the rainforest’s spirit while ensuring your comfort and safety.

Baños: In Baños, a beautiful spa resort renowned for its thermal baths and spa services will be your retreat.

What’s Included:

– All accommodations as listed
– Meals as per itinerary
– Entrance fees to all scheduled attractions and parks
– Knowledgeable local guides
– Ground transportation

What’s Not Included:

– International and domestic airfare
– Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
– Gratuities
– Any meals or activities not specified in the itinerary


It’s important to note that while this tour includes a comprehensive range of services, personal expenses and discretionary gratuities are not covered. However, this arrangement allows for the most individual flexibility and personal choice in your travels.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Your hotel in Quito
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing and shoes
  • Included
    Photo Assistance
  • Not Included
    Entrance Fees
    Local Flights

Tour Plan

Day 1-2: Arrival in Quito and City Exploration
Begin your Ecuador Amazon Tour by landing in Quito, the highest official capital city in the world. Absorb the city's unique ambiance as you explore the historic center, where you'll marvel at a rich mix of colonial architecture and modern cityscapes. The Church of the Society of Jesus, with its awe-inspiring baroque interiors, and the vibrant Plaza Grande, are absolute must-sees. Savor local Ecuadorian delicacies at a welcome dinner hosted in your hotel. These first two days set the stage for your adventure through the diverse landscapes of Ecuador.
Day 3-4: Zuleta - The Historic Hacienda and Spectacular Wildlife
The next leg of your journey takes you to the stunning Zuleta Hacienda, a century-old estate nestled amidst the country's most beautiful mountains. Your visit will be an immersion into the hacienda's rich history, cultural heritage, and traditional way of life. In addition to its historical appeal, the Zuleta region offers a haven for wildlife, where the Andean Condor and other rare species thrive. Embark on guided tours to get up close with the local flora and fauna, adding a unique ecological perspective to your Ecuador Amazon Tour.
Day 5-6: Cotopaxi National Park - Majestic Volcanoes and Wildlife
As your Ecuador Amazon Tour progresses, venture into Cotopaxi National Park. The park is home to the awe-inspiring Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Amidst its rugged terrain, you'll spot a myriad of wildlife, from Andean condors to wild horses. Take part in engaging activities like mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding, or simply bask in the park's stunning natural beauty.
Day 7: Isinliví - Idyllic Landscapes and Rural Living
Experience the serenity of rural Ecuador in Isinliví. The day includes a trek through the breathtaking Toachi River canyon and the opportunity to witness rural life in the countryside. Spend the night at the Llullu Llama Mountain Lodge, where you'll enjoy a peaceful sleep surrounded by pristine nature.
Day 8: Riobamba – Cultural Insights and Historical Landmarks
Journey next to the historic city of Riobamba, the Sultan of the Andes. Explore its colonial-era architecture, visit the City Museum, and engage with locals in the bustling markets. Admire panoramic views of the surrounding highlands and the Chimborazo Volcano, a symbol of Ecuador.
Day 9-11: Amazon Rainforest Adventure
The highlight of your Ecuador Amazon tour is an expedition into the dense Amazon Rainforest. Experience the region's unparalleled biodiversity, come face-to-face with fascinating wildlife, and immerse yourself in the customs and culture of the local Siona community. From spotting Amazonian birds and mammals on guided canoe trips to swimming in a secluded lagoon, your three days in the Amazon will be packed with thrilling adventures and unforgettable experiences.
Day 12: From the Amazon to Baños – Scenic Flight and Relaxation
Begin your day with an optional bird-watching session before a scenic flight over the lush Ecuadorian Amazon. From Shell, you'll be transferred to the spa town of Baños, where you can unwind and rejuvenate after your Amazon adventure. Enjoy your last night in Baños, the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest.
Day 13: Departure from Quito
Conclude your memorable Ecuador Amazon tour with a final road trip through the majestic Volcanoes Alley. Enjoy one last glimpse of the country's beautiful landscape before reaching Quito's airport for your departure, carrying back memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Tour Location

Ecuador's unique charm is found in the diversity of its landscapes and cultures. From the bustling streets of Quito, steeped in history and heritage, to the serene beauty of Zuleta, which embodies traditional rural life, every location offers a unique facet of this vibrant country. The majestic Cotopaxi National Park invites visitors into a world of natural grandeur, while the idyllic communities of Isinlivi and Riobamba provide a deep connection to the land and its people. And the heart-stopping adventure of exploring the Amazon Rainforest is balanced by the restorative calm of Baños, the gateway to the Amazon.

Quito: Quito, the capital of Ecuador, mesmerizes with its fusion of colonial and contemporary culture. Perched at an elevation of 2,850 meters, it is the highest official capital city globally, home to a UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town. Traverse through its charming cobblestone streets, and admire the architectural masterpieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, such as the intricate Church of the Society of Jesus.
Zuleta: Zuleta, a pastoral paradise, is renowned for the historic Hacienda Zuleta. Dating back to the 16th century, this estate provides a glimpse into Ecuador's rich traditional life. Nestled amidst the lush Andean mountains, Zuleta thrives as a hotspot for ecotourism, attracting wildlife enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors.
Cotopaxi National Park: With its iconic active volcano, Cotopaxi National Park exemplifies natural beauty and biodiversity. The park houses a diverse range of fauna such as the Andean condors, wild horses, and a variety of indigenous plants, providing a captivating exploration for every nature lover.
Isinlivi: Tucked away in the Ecuadorian highlands, Isinlivi is a serene community offering awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains and the Toachi River canyon. This peaceful destination allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature and experience the authenticity of rural life.
Riobamba: Riobamba, the "Sultan of the Andes," is a city steeped in culture and history. Its colonial architecture, bustling markets, and panoramic views of the encompassing highlands make it a unique destination. The towering Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador's highest peak, adds to the city's majestic charm.
Amazon Rainforest: A visit to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is akin to stepping into a living, breathing nature documentary. With its vast biodiversity, including rare Amazonian birds and mammals, and the opportunity to engage with the indigenous Siona community, it promises an unforgettable adventure. The dense green canopy, thriving wildlife, and tranquil lagoons combine to create an environment both exhilarating and serene.
Baños: The charming town of Baños, renowned for its thermal springs, serves as a gateway to the Amazon. Offering a perfect spot to unwind following your Amazonian adventure, Baños is not just about its restorative waters. Its variety of outdoor activities, scenic waterfalls, and verdant landscapes add to its appeal, making it an essential stop on any Ecuadorian journey.