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7 days / 6 nights

Mainland Ecuador
Amazon & Andean culture

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Quito

You will be picked-up at Quito airport by your private certified guide and he will take you to the hotel. For Dinner, you have several options in town to choose from, ask our guides or staff for their currents favorite spots 🙂

Meals included: – Transfer with a private guide

Day 2Flight to El Coca - Lodge in Yasuni National Park

Departing from Quito, a 30-minute flight to El Coca over the eastern Andes Mountain range. After landing, about mid-morning, 5 min transfer will take you to “La Mision” Port, where you will embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo River for about 2 hours, box lunch is provided in route. Along the way, birds like herons, kingfishers and
others can be spotted. After arriving at the lodge entry dock we disembark for restroom then take a majestic and peaceful 2 hours paddle canoe ride surrounded by trees, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Chances to spot some species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to
the lodge with an overwhelming view of the Añangu Lagoon, and a welcome drink followed by a briefing of the local manager.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3Lodge in Yasuni National Park

Early wake up to reach the easiest access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge, guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen.

Later, hike along forest trail to visit the Kichwa Interpretation center “Kuri Muyu” handled by the women of the community, who are also known as “mamakuna”, to learn about the kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick where if the weather conditions help will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunch. You will be paddled back to the lodge, where you arrive at late afternoon for a delicious dinner, waiting for you.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4Lodge in Yasuni National Park

After early breakfast, we leave the lodge to experience an amazing view of the rainforest from a 36m. tall canopy tower, a great way to see the life above the ground of the forest. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As
you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador.

Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, Blue-and yellow Macaws fly past, in nearby tres Spider Monkeys search for fruit, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!! Lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities of finding lizards, colorful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant otter family.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5: Lodge in Yasuni National Park - Flight to Quito

Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Transfer to the motorized canoe in order to return back to El Coca, arrival approximately after a 2 hours boat ride in order to check-in for Coca – Quito flight, schedule to be announced according to departure details and arrangements.

Our driver will pick you up at Quito airport and take you to your hotel in Quito. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: City line (City your & Middle of the World)

Quito, the capital of Ecuador is one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador with the colonial area which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 because it has one of largest and the best preserved Historic Center in America.

In our tour we will visit the main places like Basilica del Voto Nacional where we will have an explanation of the its gothic style and its facade, then we will walk from Plaza de la Independencia to San Francisco church exploring the streets and the typical lifestyle of this area, also you will visit La Compañía church where the guide will tell you about the interesting history of the building. All these sites as highlights of the Old Town.

You will also visit a traditional market to taste different kind of fruits where the guide will tell you about the diversity and richness of each region here in Ecuador. Afterwards we will go in the way to La Mitad del Mundo, known because you can stand in both hemispheres at the same time. We will also visit Intiñan Museum where you will learn about the culture, traditions of the different
regions and you will participate in interesting experiments to demonstrate the special location where you are.

We will be back in your hotel around 17h00.
Meals included: Breakfast- Private tour

Day 7:Transfer out. END OF SERVICES.

After a delicious breakfast, you have the transfer to the airport.

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Accomodation:
Accomodation is a huge part of the success of a trip.We offer 3 categories of hotels/price. We use the hotels listed below OR SIMILAR, according to the availability. We will always give you the names of the hotels as soon as you book so you can check them.
  • Quito: Casona de la Ronda or similar
  • Yasuní National Park: Napo Wildlife Center or Sacha Lodge

INCLUDED

  • Transfer in / out
  • Private tourist transportation.
  • Visits accompanied by a private bilingual certified guide
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation in single, double / triple room (please precise if you prefer 2 twin beds or 1 “matrimonial” bed
  • Entrances while you visit Quito & Middle of the World

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance covering flight details, cancellations (the best are “cancel for any reason” policies), medical care, evacuations. We make it mandatory for our passengers to book one before traveling to Ecuador.
  • Tips. There is a tipping culture in Ecuador, specially for guides, staff. Some hotels and restaurants include a 10% tipping fee, please ask your guide or staff if you have questions.
  • Extra fees in case of international or national flight delays.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • All not mentioned in the program.