Romantic Escape to The Amazons Ecuador

Romantic Escape to The Amazons

What a memorable trip to Ecuador! We really enjoyed the hikes in the jungle, and learning about the indigenous cultures and the Amazon Basin.

12 Day Ecuador Itinerary
2 Adults
$308 pp/night
$6776 total USD

What was your favorite place on this trip?

Quito is a busy, bustling city, primarily clean and filled with people on the streets. I can't image navigating the streets in vehicles. Instead, we took the city tour by bus for the entire day and always felt safe. We were blown away by the awesome view from El Panecillo Hill. Our stay at Swissotel was the perfect hub to get to many city sites.

What activities made this vacation so memorable?

Mindo is about a 2-hour drive from Quito. Our guide, Eric, picked us up at our hotel and was on time and well informed with the history of the area. We took the cable car tour which took us across the top of the canopy followed by a hike down to the waterfall. A bit strenuous, but the chocolate factory tour at the end of the trip was great! We saw many toucans and other birds!

The biggest takeaway from this adventure…

We stayed at the Anaconda Lodge when we were in Tena. My husband and I really enjoyed the hikes in the jungle and learning about Napo Runa culture and medicinal plants. Our guides Francisco and Cesar were amazing, and they really inspired us to do what we can to help preserve indigenous cultures and protect the Amazon basin.

Meals

Free Breakfast for 8 days

Transport

shuttleQuito to Tena  
shuttleTena to Quito  
shuttleTena to Quito  
private driverTo Quito International Airport in Quito  
flightQuito to San Cristobal  
flightSan Cristobal to Quito  

DAY 1


Quito

Swissotel - night 1 of 3

Swissotel
Swissotel
1:00 pm check-in
1 room.

Swissotel Quito offers 275 upscale rooms and suites, each with a view of either the cityscape or one of the mountains that borders Quito. Use this vantage point for inspiration as you plan your exploration of the city.

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DAY 2


Quito

Swissotel - night 2 of 3

DAY 3


Quito

Swissotel - night 3 of 3

Mindo Full-Day Tour

Mindo Full-Day Tour
Mindo Full-Day Tour

During this full-day tour, you'll explore the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. In Mindo, you'll visit waterfalls and a butterfly farm, and take a cable car over the forest.

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Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 8:00 am - 6:00 pm start/end time
Transport included
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DAY 4


Quito / Tena

Swissotel

Anaconda Lodge - night 1 of 3

Quito to Tena

Anaconda Lodge
Anaconda Lodge
12:00 pm check-in
1 room.

Anaconda Island is a magical place of 27 hectares located between the Napo and Arajuno rivers in the heart of the Amazon rainforest of the Napo province in Ecuador. It is a meeting of two ancestral cultures of the Amazon: Kichwa and Waorani, a mystical Island with many stories.

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DAY 5


Tena

Anaconda Lodge - night 2 of 3

DAY 6


Tena

Anaconda Lodge - night 3 of 3

DAY 7


Tena / Quito

Anaconda Lodge

Swissotel - night 1 of 1

Tena to Quito

Swissotel
Swissotel
1:00 pm check-in
1 room.

Swissotel Quito offers 275 upscale rooms and suites, each with a view of either the cityscape or one of the mountains that borders Quito. Use this vantage point for inspiration as you plan your exploration of the city.

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DAY 8


Quito / San Cristobal

Swissotel

Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 1 of 4

Quito to Quito

Quito to San Cristóbal

Casa Opuntia Galápagos
Casa Opuntia Galápagos
1:20 pm check-in
1 room.

Casa Opuntia offers 13 air-conditioned rooms for guests who are looking to get the complete Galápagos experience. You’ll be a short walk from the local beach, Playa de Oro, and the small town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Isla San Cristóbal. Baquerizo is the best place on the island to look for a bite to eat. The Casa Opuntia Hotel was created to provide you rest and relaxation, away from the city environment, so you do not have TV service, telephone in the room, no room service; but, always offering a personalized service to all our guests. Wi-Fi just in common areas

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DAY 9


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 2 of 4

Kicker Rock - Leon Dormido Island Tour

Kicker Rock - Leon Dormido Island Tour
Kicker Rock - Leon Dormido Island Tour

During the boat trip you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and you may see dolphins. Upon arrival at León Dormido we will navigate around the island to see the sea birds and sea lions, resting on the rocks. If you wish, you can snorkel — there is a good chance you will see the Galapagos shark, sea turtles, different types of rays, and a variety of fish. After that, you have some free time to enjoy the beach at Playa Ochoa, Cerro el Brujo or Playa Manglecito. Return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 8:30 am - 1:30 pm start/end time
Transport included
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DAY 10


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 3 of 4

Espanola Island Tour

Espanola Island Tour
Espanola Island Tour

Located two hours from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island's flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world's only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross.

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Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 7:00 am - 4:00 pm start/end time
Transport included
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DAY 11


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 4 of 4

Lobo Island and Ochoa Beach

Lobo Island and Ochoa Beach
Lobo Island and Ochoa Beach

Isla Lobos is a small islet located approximate 40 minutes from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Is it home to various Galapagos birds, such as Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, and Frigate Birds, as well as a colony of Sea Lions and numerous Marine Iguanas. On this half-day trip you will disembark on the islet for an hour long interpreted walk around the island. Afterwards you will be able to snorkel in the protected bay nearby. Following a lunch onboard you will relocate to Ochoa Beach where you can wander the sand, snorkel some more or relax in the sun.

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Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 8:00 am - 12:00 pm start/end time
Transport included
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DAY 12


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galápagos

San Cristóbal to Quito

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