Andes to Amazon

Andes to Amazon
Andes to Amazon
Andes to Amazon
Andes to Amazon
Andes to Amazon
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Stunning Andean scenery, colonial architecture, fascinating Indian markets and verdant cloud forests are just the start. Follow the Avenue of the Volcanoes with great views of snow-capped volcanoes such as Cayambe and Chimborazo, before boarding the 'Devil's Nose' train to switchback down the western Andean slopes. In the Amazon Rainforest we discover the jungle and its incredible biodiversity, before ending at the Pacific coast to discover the mangroves by boat and visit a cacao plantation.

Highlights
  • Two nights to soak up the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Overnight in the peaceful Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Ride the famous 'Devil's Nose' train
  • Visit the ruins of Ingapirca and Cajas National Park
  • Visit colonial Quito, the Otavalo Indian market and Cuenca's UNESCO Heritage Reserve
  • Take a mangrove boat trip by the Pacific Coast and visit a Cacao plantation
Food

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners are included. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style with toast, cereal, eggs, fruits and tea/coffee all available. For lunch and dinner, the tour leader will recommend various options in convenient locations, usually booking restaurants and eating with the group. Vegetarians can be catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Destinations
  • Ingapirca
  • Quito
  • Chimborazo
  • Guayaquil
  • Otavalo
  • Cuenca
  • Banos
  • Adventure Holidays in South America
  • Ecuador
  • South America
  • Andes
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Wildlife

Location: Quito

The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening and clients will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients can make use of our free airport transfer to the start hotel today - please read the joining information for more details.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Quito, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge

This morning's short walking tour of Quito is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. The heart of old Quito is a colonial masterpiece and the capital is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in South America, as well as being a UNESCO site. Leaving Quito behind we drive towards the North-Western slopes of the Andes where Bellavista Cloud Forest is located. Situated at the top of the Tandayapa Valley, Bellavista is a private reserve bursting with orchids, bromeliads, toucans, tanagers and hummingbirds. The area is a paradise for naturalists with a vast network of hiking trails.

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Accommodation Name: Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge (or similar)**

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Bellavista, Hacienda Las Habras

An early start this morning to appreciate the diversity of Bellavista and spot some of its many bird species. The reserve has previously won awards for its high bird count - there are 20 different species of Hummingbird to look for! Following this morning's excursion we drive towards Northern Ecuador and the beautiful hacienda that will be our home for the next few nights.

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Accommodation Name: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Imbabura Volcano, Hacienda Zuleta Area

After breakfast we travel towards the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano where the indigenous community of San Clemente is located at 2900m. The community consists of a number of local indigenous families whose main livelihood comes from farming and agriculture. We have a guided tour by one of the families, who will introduce us to a number of native and medicinal plants, explain traditional embroidery techniques, tell us about their culture and show us the day to day activities that take place within the community. A traditional lunch will be prepared using locally grown produce. This afternoon we drive back to our hacienda with the rest of the afternoon free to relax in the beautiful gardens of Pantavi.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Laguna de Cuicocha, Otavalo

Drive to Cuicocha Crater Lake at approximately 3000m. This beautiful caldera (volcanic crater) is about 2 miles/3km wide and was formed over 3000 years ago by a massive volcanic eruption. We start a scenic walk along one section of the lake (up to 3 hours duration) to take in the impressive scenery, before continuing our journey to Otavalo. Otavalo is situated in a valley at 2250m, the town is well known for its bustling Indian Market. There are many of stalls and locals wear traditional colourful clothes - a fantastic introduction to Andean life and a good place to pick up some souvenirs. We have some time to soak up the atmosphere before continuing our journey. Overnight in a 400-year old colonial hacienda.

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Accommodation Name: Hacienda SuMerced (or similar)*

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Papallacta, Volcano Antisana

A short journey driving over the dramatic (and breathless at 4069m!) Papallacta Pass. Located east of Quito, the Papallacta Hot Springs are regarded as the nicest of all Ecuador. We have some time to bathe in both hot and cold pools as the snow-capped Antisana Volcano (5758m) looms over the horizon.  We continue our journey, driving around the flanks of the Antisana Volcano before the descent into the Amazon Basin to our rainforest lodge. After a short briefing we take a night walk to discover our new surroundings - there are fantastic night time sounds to listen out for, a wonderful experience amidst the humidity of the rainforest. 

Accommodation: ,Liana Lodge (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: amaZOOnico

Discover the Amazonian basin on foot. The incredible biodiversity of the rainforest environment will be explained by our indigenous guide, who will show us the most interesting and medicinal plants. There is a good chance of seeing kingfisher, parrot, oropendula and other bird species. Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys can be seen in this area, although other larger mammals are considerably more shy and harder to spot. The insect life is also fascinating, with beautiful butterflies flashing by and Army ants and Leaf-cutters on patrol. Visit the AmaZoonico Animal Rescue Centre where we can see some of the forest's larger inhabitants such as tapir, capibara, pecari and various species of monkey.

Accommodation: ,Liana Lodge (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Banos, Pailon Del diablo

Begin the wonderfully scenic drive west along the 'Road of the Waterfalls' with spectacular views of the upper Amazon Basin and the Andes towering above. The climb back to the highlands is mesmerising as we watch the ecology change and the many waterfalls cascade from the high peaks into the lush valley of the Pastaza River. There are good photo opportunities along the way, including a visit at the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) waterfall. We pass through Banos, a picturesque hot spring and pilgrim town adjacent to the 5000m high volcano of Tungurahua. There is some time to explore Banos before we drive to our hacienda in Patate. 

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Accommodation Name: Hacienda Leito (or similar)*

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Sangay National Park, Riobamba

Drive to the region of Chimborazo for a short walk (around one hour) in Chimborazo National Park, located at approx. 4600m. Due to the equatorial bulge the summit of Chimborazo is the furthest place from the centre of the earth! In the national park there are good possibilities to observe vicuñas, a relative of the llama. This afternoon our journey continues towards Riobamba where we stay overnight.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: La Nariz del Diablo, Ingapirca, Cuenca

Today involves a colourful train ride across the Andes through the steep and famous 'Nariz del Diablo' or 'Devil's Nose' - one of the most difficult railways to have been constructed. If the weather is clear, we can see volcanoes as we chug slowly down a steep series of switchbacks with impressive drops. Afterwards visit the incredible Inca architecture at Ingapirca, the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador. The Inca Empire stretched along the Andes north through Ecuador into Colombia and south through Peru and deep into Chile. Ingapirca has fine examples of their famed brickwork as well as a solar observatory. We descend from the highlands to colonial Cuenca where we stay for the next two nights.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar)** *

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Location: Cuenca

Like Quito's old centre, Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a charming place to explore. A guided tour this morning takes in the remarkably intact old town, where many artisans have taken up residence amidst the narrow colonial streets and famous landmarks. The afternoon is free to discover the town at your own leisure.

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Accommodation Name: Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar)

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Location: Cajas, Las Chorreras

A short drive this morning brings us to Cajas National Park, otherwise known as the 'Gateway to the Snowy Mountains' in local Quichua. This is a stunning area of lofty peaks, lagoons, lakes and rivers amidst pristine paramo vegetation. During a walk of around 2 hours we may encounter some of the 125 bird species recorded here, such as Yellow-billed pintails, Ecuadorean hillstar or Violet-throated metaltail. With good weather we are rewarded with stunning views of this well preserved national park during our walk. We stay in a hotel close to Cajas National Park for our last night in the Andean Highlands before we descend towards the coast. 

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Accommodation Name: Hosteria Dos Chorreras (or similar)

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Location: Mangroves Ecological Reserve Churute, Guayaquil

Today we descend towards the Pacific and visit the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve where we take a boat excursion through the incredible mangrove forest. This important eco-system has both Red and Black mangrove species and provides opportunities for seeing a number of aquatic birds and other wildlife along the many small river inlets. In the afternoon we visit a cacao plantation to learn about the production of one of Ecuador's biggest exports. After this we travel to Guayaquil, the main port town in Ecuador, for our final evening together.

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Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Guayaquil (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Guayaquil

The trip comes to an end today after breakfast and it's time to bid Ecuador and the rest of the group goodbye. Free transfers to Guayaquil airport are available to all clients today. Those on group flights will fly this evening and arrive in the UK the following day. 

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Meals: ,No Meals,

Included
  • Airport arrival transfers
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Tour leader throughout
  • All accommodation (see below)

Not Included
  • Visas or vaccinations
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  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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  • Travel insurance 
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Minimum 16 Years or above passenger can go on this tour.
British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy.
11 nights comfortable hotels and 2 nights standard lodge
5* Andes to amazon
Excellent, varied trip
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5* Fantastic trip!
This was one of my best ever trips. Ecuador is a beautiful country with many different kinds of scenery, interesting cities, fabulous bird life, fascinating indigenous people, colourful markets and much more.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
Great holiday, more hiking than the trip notes so it was even better than I antcipated.  the variation in landscape is incredible.
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5* Wonderful
Amazon to Andes involves a fair amount of bus time, but the diversity encountered is well worth it. Some exertion is required, since walks of a couple of hours at high altitudes are involved; but anyone reasonably fit will do just fine. Most of the tour is above 8000 feet; two nights in the Amazon are lower, as is the final day around Guayaquil. Mosquitos were (surprisingly) not present except in the mangroves, last day. Ecuador is a very easy and interesting country to visit. People are friendly, and are obviously proud of their ecological and cultural heritage. Accommodations and food on the trip were excellent, and the tour leader was well informed and experienced (20 years). Highly recommend this trip for anyone interested in exploring this wonderful small country.
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5* Land of Vast Contrasts
Walking through the rainforest one day and 4800m above sea level the next - Ecuador really is a land of huge contrasts providing a fortnight of amazing sights and experiences. As well as your travel essentials, take an open mind and enjoy!
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5* Memorable trip, huge variety, breathless scenery, superb guide.
Ecuador is a very interesting country, much of it at significant altitude. In March, on day one, on the equator the temperature in Quito at over 2000 metres was only about 20 degrees C but I got quite badly sunburned in just an hour without a hat. The variety of environment was , as indicated by the name of the trip, extreme from canoe trips in the Amazon rain forest to wearing most of my clothes at nearly 5000 metres on Chimborazu.. In the past we have shied away from group trips after some bad experiences but this time it was the people that we were with that helped make the trip more enjoyable. However what really made the trip memorable was our excellent guide Fabien who took us to places that we would never have dreamed of going to and introduced us to fascinating people that again we would never have met without his help. Other than Guayaquil this was one of the best holidays we can remember.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
This trip exceeded all my expectations. Ecuador is a fascinating unspoilt country still relativaly free of mass tourism.The tour manager was an expert in his field and full of enthusiasm for his own country.Absolutely brilliant!
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4* ANDES TO AMAZON June 2011
This was a fabulous trip which exceeded expectations. Mainland Ecuador tends to go under the radar - definitely a mistake. This trip was full of variety - Ecuador is a diverse country indeed. From jungle to volcanoes to paramos to calderas to markets to World Heritage towns - this trip had a huge variety of activities and sights. 
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5* An excellent but busy trip
This is an excellent tour in a country where variety really is the spice of life. You go from the Andes highands, in fairness this is most of the trip with heights, not including the peaks of 2600 to 3600 metres, to the cloud forest, rain forest and the hot and very humid coastal belt. It is very well designed but there are some long coach days. For example on day ten (to Cuenca) we did not finish until after dark having had two long coach rides. It also helps to be reasonably fit if you are to enjoy the more strenuous walks at Chimborazo and Cajas national parks.There are things I would leave out if I was designing the itinerary. For example there is the AmaZoonica Animal rescue centre which says it is not a zoo but it is really and a crowded and disorganised one at that. The Ingapirca ruins were really a non event and mostly reconstructions.One disappointment was the Mangrove boat trip. It did not happen. This was January 2nd and the boatmen simply did not turn up.
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4* ANDES TO AMAZON
A thoroughly enjoyable tour that encompassed such varied landscapes and people, as Ecuador covers a relatively small area compared to many other South American countries. We travelled from the chilly high Andes to the heat of the jungle and Pacific coast. Our guide (Pablo) was excellent. Our driver (Nelson) was careful and made us feel secure. Distances each day were not too great and most roads were good. Our accommodation and food were also good throughout. A great way to learn about and see Ecuador.
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5* Andes to Amazon
This was an excellent introduction to this very diverse country, including different landscapes, culture and wildlife.
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5* Absolutely fantastic
Ecuador is a beautiful country and its interior is not completely swamped by tourists. People are very friendly, accomodations were very comfortable, food was very tasty and plentiful and we had a great weather
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
Ecuador is an amazing country, wonderful scenery, wonderful people, a new adventure round every corner not yet swamped by tourism.
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4* Great trip through under explored Ecuador
Wonderful and informative trip through Ecuador. Well worth the longer than usual flight ! Beautiful landscapes and heaps of variety in a compact country. Especially enjoyed the Andes chain, Amazon basin rainforest, friendly people and markets.
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5* Excellent trip with great variety
We loved our holiday to Ecuador because of the very varied itinerary, the stunning scenery, a very friendly group and because Eddy was a capable and enthusiastic tour leader. In addition, the quality of the food and accommodation exceeded our expectations. Our favourite place was the Chimborazo National Park with the walk down from base camp being exceptional for the tundra like scenery and the fabulous view of the snow-capped high peaks of the Andes. In addition, the Amazon Rain Forest was brilliant for the boat journey to the lodge, the fascinating night walk, the animal rescue centre, visit to a local family and the wonderful wellies which were a necessity! People were friendly everywhere, the hotels wonderful, with some providing whirlpool baths and food was great with good variety. Nowhere seemed too busy and we didn’t see too many tourists. Eddy, our tour leader, worked hard throughout, conveying his enthusiasm for the country which, combined with his warmth, made him one of the best guides we’ve had. All in all, a fabulous trip that I would recommend to anyone.
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4* ANDES TO AMAZON
Ecuador proved to be a very interesting country and was well worth a visit. There is a lot of travelling involved in this holiday, but how else can you get to see so much?
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
Such a wonderful country, full of variety.  As our leader said "Four worlds in one country".  You get to experience so many different environments; jungle, highlands, mountains and coast.  The jungle was an incredible experience, meeting indigenous people, exploring the jungle at night time and experiencing a Shaman ceremony was great. The mountains were awe-inspiring - being above the clouds and experiencing altitude for the very first time was not only interesting but something I will never forget. Highlands beautiful, especially the beautiful hacienda in Banos. And not forgetting the coastal part, where we saw dolphins and thousands of Frigate birds - Amazing!
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5* Andes to Amazon
A great trip - to somewhere that most tourists don't visit. Fantastic scenery, lots of wildlife, loads of views of volcanoes and some quirky places to stay.Some days are long but the travel is always broken up with things to see.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
This trip exceeded expectations.  We consistently enjoyed a huge variety of wonderful flowers and other plants, extremes of weather (snow, humidity and hot sun), local customs, culture and history which were only beaten by the wonderful and diverse landscape. 
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5* Excellent trip with great variety
We loved our holiday to Ecuador because of the very varied itinerary, the stunning scenery, a very friendly group and because Eddy was a capable and enthusiastic tour leader. In addition, the quality of the food and accommodation exceeded our expectations. Our favourite place was the Chimborazo National Park with the walk down from base camp being exceptional for the tundra like scenery and the fabulous view of the snow-capped high peaks of the Andes. In addition, the Amazon Rain Forest was brilliant for the boat journey to the lodge, the fascinating night walk, the animal rescue centre, visit to a local family and the wonderful wellies which were a necessity! People were friendly everywhere, the hotels wonderful, with some providing whirlpool baths and food was great with good variety. Nowhere seemed too busy and we didn’t see too many tourists. Eddy, our tour leader, worked hard throughout, conveying his enthusiasm for the country which, combined with his warmth, made him one of the best guides we’ve had. All in all, a fabulous trip that I would recommend to anyone.
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5* Small country packs a punch!
For a small country Ecuador offers so much, mountains, rainforest jungle, coastal plains, cultural, wildlife and fantastic scenery. It often seems that people overlook Ecuador in favour of the more showy blousy delights of Brazil or the world famous sites of Peru and just stay for a couple of days on their way to Galapagos, well that is a real shame as they are missing a load.I would quite happily go back and do this trip over again.
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5* Andes to Amazon
This was a tremendously varied trip in so many ways - we went from high altitudes in the Andes to sea level, we wore many layers of clothing in the Andes to as little as possible at sea level, we covered up because of mosquitoes in the humidity of the jungle. The people were always friendly - we really enjoyed helping farm in the indigenous community of San Clemente where we learned. among other things, how to yoke oxen and plough fields and were then served an enormous home grown lunch (we had to lie flat out on the lawn to digest!). We saw waterfalls, volcanos, alpacas, vicunas, watched an amazing game of 'national ball' in a town square, stayed at beautiful haciendas and interesting Ecuadorian hotels.
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5* Exciting Ecuador
Great 2 weeks trip round Ecuador seeing of the many facets of the country. It has so much to offer in terms of views, volcanoes, wildlife, walking etc. Can't recommend it enough
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5* A wonderful experience we shall always remember
Wonderful scenery. Great wildlife. Good food. Great accommodation. Very knowledgable leader and excellent driver.
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5* Excellent Ecuador
Ecuador is an amazing place to visit with a diverse geography. It means every day of a two week holiday is varied and interesting. With our great guide and driver we managed to go from nearly 5000m to sea level with lots of other scenery and activities along the way.
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4* Ecuador- north to south
A beautiful trip taking in a huge variety of climates, scenery, sights and places. The two weeks is jampacked full of activities for wildlife and walking lovers who are looking for a trip that isn't solely focused on trekking. I would definitely suggest an interest in flora and fauna. The accommodation is fantastic with a couple of amazing haciendas. However, due to remote locations, if you're looking for super night life then this is not the trip for you. I had a fab time and it was a brilliant introduction to South America. I travelled solo with a shared room and it worked out really well- I would recommend this trip for a moderately active but also relaxing experience. The travel is split up well by fun stops and things to do.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
A WELL THOUGHT OUT ITINERARY TAKING IN MANY OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR, INCUDING SOME OF THE MOST DRAMATIC SCENERY I HAVE EVER SEEN IN SUCH A SMALL COUNTRY. WEL.L LED BY OUR GUIDE
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5* Andes to Amazon
Gret indroduction to ecuador (Land)
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
Awesome.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
Quite honestly, the trip was all I was hoping for  - and more.  Great scenery, friendly people, glimpses of amazing wildlife, weird and wonderful plants, interesting towns, opportunities to do things I'd always wanted to do (and some I'd never thought about doing before).  This trip expanded my horizons.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
A great holiday with such variety - should appeal to both those who enjoy the natural world and culture vultures.
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5* The Pluses and Minuses
This is a nice tour with some highs and low points.Highs:Sachatamia Lodge for birds and I mean lots of different types and numbers.Chachimbiro Hots Springs, excellentWe got onaly a 10 minutes and a 30 minute boat ride in the Amazon River Basin.Cajabama Indian Market, great local color of locals selling and buying fruit, vegetables, plants.Hiking in Cajas National Park for animals viewing and great sceneryChurute Eloological Reserve for mangrove swamp boat ride to see many birds and bird species.Lows:San Clemente Indigenous Community, slow moving and boring.Papallacta Hot Springs, over crowdedNot enough boat on the river time in the Amazon Basin. Should be at least 2 hours per 2 days.Banos, over rated town
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5* Excellent Trip
We flew in 3 days early to see more of Quito, which was a good idea as had altitude headache first day. Could easily spend more time in Quito. Tour is full on, varied and really good. Poundland ponchos came in useful for showers, even in the hailstorm as we weren’t cold because we were walking. Spent $300 in total. Would recommend to anyone of reasonable fitness. Excellent holiday
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5* Andes to Amazon
Absolutely amazing trip - so varied that there is something for everyone. Couldn't quite believe what we packed into just two weeks.
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5* Stunning beauty in a geologically active area.
Ecuador is a fascinating, varied and often stunningly beautiful. Apart from high up on some volcanoes, it is very green, with deep valleys dissecting the layers of rock formed of volcanic ash. The people are very friendly and the " indigenous " (as they are known) still live in traditional houses in some mountain areas and have colourful fresh food markets.The programme was well planned, taking in cloud forest, rain forest, the high Andes and the coastal plain. There were activities to appeal to various tastes including bird watching, exploring geologically active areas and wandering in the old colonial centres of towns like Quito and Cuenca. I enjoyed watching the scenery on the long coach journeys (occasionally obscured by rain, it being the wetter season). The hotels, especially the haciendas and the Santa Lucia in Cuenca, were comfortable and large portions of food usually tasty. With so many places included in the itinerary, the pace of the tour was fast with little "spare" time, but that enabled us to see and experience so much.
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5* Andes to Amazon
A very busy trip around Ecuador in September/October, range of experiences and places visited, with some good quality accommodation throughout. It goes from the highs of Quito to the depths of the rain forest, up to mountains and back to sea level
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5* Amazing Ecuador
If it's variety you're after, in one country, with no worries about getting around, this is the trip to choose. Every day brings something different, whether at fairly high altitude in the snowy peaks of Chimborazo National Park or the sultry heat of the Amazon basin. Breathtaking scenery between the destinations, coupled with stops in quaint market towns en route, mean the travelling is never hard work. The local people you meet and perhaps buy goods from are also friendly and welcoming.
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5* Excellent Trip
We flew in 3 days early to see more of Quito, which was a good idea as had altitude headache first day. Could easily spend more time in Quito. Tour is full on, varied and really good. Poundland ponchos came in useful for showers, even in the hailstorm as we weren’t cold because we were walking. Spent $300 in total. Would recommend to anyone of reasonable fitness. Excellent holiday
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
If you are into mountain scenery and the natural environment then this is a truly wonderful trip made even more precious by the rich diversity of local dress and customs and the high standard of local accomodation available. Drives can be long but the scenery is so breathtaking that even long drives can be a pleasure. This is the best trip of its type that I have ever made. Thoroughly recommend.
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4* Andes to Amazon
A good tour with a variety of landscapes, flora and fauna to see, as well as opportunity to see how some of the natives make a living.
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5* Fabulous Trip
Absolutely brilliant trip. Everything I’d hoped for. Loads to see and do. Lovely country, lovely people. Interesting and varied accommodation. Great group of travelling companions.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
The trip surpassed my expectations. An outstanding country with a huge variety of scenery, peoples, culture and experiences.  The trip was well paced yet packed with experiences.  Great stuff and incredible value for money.Mountains, check. Rainforest, check. Wildlife & Birds, check, Great food, check. Cities, check. Photo opportunities, check. I came away inspired to go back and to see more. Thanks Exodus!
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5* You’ve got to see Ecuador
If you want variety then look no further; this trip had it all and more.Scenery (stunning), history, wildlife and culture.Boat trips, train rides, walking, easy hiking, wildlife spotting.Volcanoes, Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, the Andes, sugar and cocoa plantations.I even learnt how to use a blowpipe.Great weather throughout the two weeks; only rained for one day (in the rain forest, so expected).
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4* Andes to Amazon
A wonderful introduction to a hugely diverse country in terms of people, culture, nature and landscape. We came expecting a developing country and found a first-world one with a wealth of natural resources.
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5* Andes to Amazon
Every day a new world in Ecuador.Each day showeda different face of the country, Rainforest, busy Towns, Wildlife, Farmlife and much more
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5* Excellent trip with great variety
We loved our holiday to Ecuador because of the very varied itinerary, the stunning scenery, a very friendly group and because Eddy was a capable and enthusiastic tour leader. In addition, the quality of the food and accommodation exceeded our expectations. Our favourite place was the Chimborazo National Park with the walk down from base camp being exceptional for the tundra like scenery and the fabulous view of the snow-capped high peaks of the Andes. In addition, the Amazon Rain Forest was brilliant for the boat journey to the lodge, the fascinating night walk, the animal rescue centre, visit to a local family and the wonderful wellies which were a necessity! People were friendly everywhere, the hotels wonderful, with some providing whirlpool baths and food was great with good variety. Nowhere seemed too busy and we didn’t see too many tourists. Eddy, our tour leader, worked hard throughout, conveying his enthusiasm for the country which, combined with his warmth, made him one of the best guides we’ve had. All in all, a fabulous trip that I would recommend to anyone.
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5* Fantastic and Stunning!
A stunning first trip for us to South America - Ecuador has it all. This trip took us on a journey through all the ecosystems of this beautiful Country, from the turbid Amazon with it's humid jungle to winding mountain roads overlooking houses clinging impossibly to the slopes from where a living was hewn from fields bathed in cloud. Subtle changes in the costume of indigenous residents highlighted this varied community, whilst equally subtle changes became the norm as one climbs from the rain through the cloud forests to the highlands with vegetation that appears barren until you look closely at the beauty of the tiny alpine flowers and plants.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
This trip has it all, mountains and vulcanoes, hot springs, water falls, walks in the jungle and cloud forest, seeing indigenous markets and craft, experiencing life in the Amazon jungle, exploring the mangroves and shores of the Pacific, very good food (particularly fish and seafood, and freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices as much as you like), and meeting a colourful variety of animals and people.
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5* Ecuador is amazing country!
Ecuador is definitely worth to discover, it's natural beauty is absolutely fantastic! Unique geographical location is giving a chance to experience different climate zones, eco systems and even to reach the highest point on the planet (Chimborazo mountain). The journey over all was even better than we expected: very knowledgeable and professional guide, great accommodations, delicious food, wonderful hiking routes and other activities. It is very adventurous and full of excitement trip, where you can enjoy wildlife, visit historical sites, meet local indigenous people and learn about their customs and traditions. It deserves every single penny we paid, we enjoyed this tour a lot and looking forward for opportunity to come again!
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4* Andes to Amazon
This was an amazing journey through all the different regions of Ecuador.We started in Quito, went to the cloud forest, through hot springs, markets in Otavalo, to the jungle, up to Chimbarazo - the point nearest the sun, to the lovely city of Cuenca up to the high plains of Cajas national park, back to the mangroves and dry tropical forest.Our guide and driver were amazing, the food was lovely and I would not believe it was possible to fit so much into two weeks. It was not for the feint hearted - we had very long days of travelling and went up and down in terms of altitude and temperature. Perhaps some shorter drives and longer time in the lovely places we stayed would have made it a bit more like a holiday! Not sure how it could be changed though.
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5* ANDES TO AMAZON
Fantastic trip! Ecuador is amazing with so much to see - mountain, rainforest, cloudforest, coastal plain, varied paramo. There are beautiful people, colourful markets, colonial cities, and interesting wilds like jungles or mountain national parks. 
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Touring with Exodus

With over 45 years’ experience of taking people on amazing adventure holidays, Exodus can help you reach some of the most incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across more than 90 countries around the world. All staff at Exodus have a passion for travel and adventure, and some team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus. But that’s not all. This reputable company is a Which? recommended escorted tour provider and has won many prestigious awards, including Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company at the 2018 British Travel Awards.

Exodus is all about adventure and helping others to achieve their travel dreams by offering a fantastic range of guided group holidays, self-guided trips, tailor-made getaways and escorted tours. So, if you’re looking to discover different countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts or even jungles, the expert team at Exodus can help you plan an unforgettable solo, group or family adventure.

Each tour and adventure has been created to give you maximum value for money, often including authentic activities, as well as flights, accommodation and a tour guide. And as the team has developed one of the very best and most exciting collections of guided-group tours and self-guided holidays, you’re guaranteed the adventure holiday of a lifetime, no matter which one you pick. Trips include everything from family adventure holidays and walking and cycling tours to mixed-activity tours and seasonal getaways. You can also ask Exodus to plan a tailored itinerary from scratch or tweak an existing one, which means you can book a bespoke holiday that is designed just for you.

Need some inspiration? You can enjoy varied walks in the stunning Spanish mountains, experience the magic of Italy in Tuscany or explore the rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike. Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings, ski through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness or embark on a journey through India’s tropical south. Visit Iceland and East Greenland, see the spectacular marine wildlife in the Maldives or cruise along the mighty Amazon River in Peru – the options are endless!

When it comes to travelling together as a family with Exodus, all family holidays are specifically designed to offer a mix of education and exploration, with plenty of downtime. Each adventure and tour has been created with one of three age ranges in mind, but children outside of the 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 age bracket are welcome to travel too. Plus, the price for children up to the age of 16 is 25% lower than the adult cost for Exodus guided holidays to help make your trip more affordable. From canoeing and cycling in the Dordogne to safari tours in Africa and dolphin watching in Costa Rica, Exodus offer family adventures all over the world.

Something that makes this adventure holiday and escorted tour operator unique is the loyalty scheme, the Exodus Collective. When you book your second trip, you’ll join the Collective and be given access to exclusive discounts, sales previews and special travel benefits. The more you travel with Exodus the more you’ll be entitled to, and your membership also grants you special access to exclusive travel content.

At Exodus, they make sure that everyone travels respectfully and courteously in a small group to minimise their impact and to ensure each holiday is a beneficial experience for all those involved. Where possible, they believe in putting money directly into the communities they visit by eating locally produced food and using locally owned and run accommodation. They also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as possible to make it simple for you to experience a memorable holiday, your way.

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Start:Quito
Finish:Guayaquil
Group size:6 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely / Moderate
Meals:12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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