Romantic Escape to The Amazons

12 Day Ecuador Itinerary

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.

Meals

Free Breakfast for 8 days

Transport

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

Trip Overview




DAY 1


Quito

Swissotel Quito
- night 1 of 3

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Swissotel Quito

Swissotel Quito

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 ...

DAY 2


Quito

Swissotel Quito
- night 2 of 3

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE

DAY 3


Quito

Swissotel Quito
- 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 ...


from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Transport included

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DAY 4


Quito / Tena

Swissotel Quito

Anaconda Lodge
- night 1 of 3

Quito to Tena

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
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 ...

DAY 5


Tena

Anaconda Lodge
- night 2 of 3

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE

DAY 6


Tena

Anaconda Lodge
- night 3 of 3

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE

DAY 7


Tena / Quito

Anaconda Lodge

Swissotel Quito
- night 1 of 1

Tena to Quito

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Swissotel Quito

Swissotel Quito

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 ...

DAY 8


Quito / San Cristobal

Swissotel Quito

Casa Opuntia Galapagos
- night 1 of 4

Quito to Quito

Quito to San Cristóbal

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Casa Opuntia Galapagos

Casa Opuntia Galapagos

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 ...

DAY 9


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galapagos
- 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. ...


from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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DAY 10


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galapagos
- 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 ...


from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Transport included

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DAY 11


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galapagos
- 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 ...


from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Transport included

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DAY 12


San Cristobal

Casa Opuntia Galapagos

San Cristóbal to Quito

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE

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