What a memorable trip to Ecuador! We really enjoyed the hikes in the jungle, and learning about the indigenous cultures and the Amazon Basin.
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.
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Swissotel - night 2 of 3
Swissotel - night 3 of 3
Mindo Full-Day Tour
Quito / Tena
Anaconda Lodge - night 1 of 3
Quito to Tena
Anaconda Lodge - night 2 of 3
Anaconda Lodge - night 3 of 3
Tena / Quito
Swissotel - night 1 of 1
Tena to Quito
Quito / San Cristobal
Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 1 of 4
Quito to Quito
Quito to San Cristóbal
Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 2 of 4
Kicker Rock - Leon Dormido Island Tour
Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 3 of 4
Espanola Island Tour
Casa Opuntia Galápagos - night 4 of 4
Lobo Island and Ochoa Beach
Casa Opuntia Galápagos
San Cristóbal to Quito