Complete Ecuador Adventure: Nature and Culture

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Looking for something a little different? At Impactful Travel, we specialize in crafting custom itineraries tailored to your unique travel desires and ethical values.

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  • 22 Days, 21 Nights(Flexible: this is an example itinerary)
  • Group Size: 1 - 9(for bigger groups please enquire)
  • Price rangeUSD$ 2010-4370

Embark on a journey through the heart of Ecuador, where you’ll delve into the charm of ancient cities, embrace the tranquil beaches, and explore the magnificent biodiversity, all the while making meaningful connections with local communities. Starting with the rich cultural tapestry of Quito, your adventure leads you through the Amazon rainforest, awakening your senses amidst its teeming wildlife and lush greenery before rising to the grandeur of the Andes. Breathtaking trails in Baños will challenge and reward you, building lifelong memories.

As we weave through the vibrant mosaic of markets, immerse yourself in Otavalo’s local crafts and tales. Your heart will dance to the rhythm of indigenous music, and your taste buds will relish in the culinary delights of each region. The colonial allure of Cuenca’s cobbled streets will take you back in time, while the serene waters of Puerto Lopez promise a tranquil respite and a chance to witness the majestic dance of marine life.

Every step of this transformative journey underscores our commitment to Impactful Travel—a chance to not only behold the wonders of Ecuador but to contribute to the longevity and sustainability of its natural treasures and the lives of its residents. Whether marveling at the serene beaches of Las Tunas or gazing at the rich wildlife of Isla de la Plata, dubbed the ‘Little Galapagos,’ this expedition is not just a vacation; it’s a leap into a world where travel truly makes a difference.

You can read the detailed Day-to-Day description further below.

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Note:

If you enquire about this tour, we will ask you to allow us to connect with you through a video call. This enables us to gain a deeper understanding of your unique travel preferences, allowing us to tailor our services to your exact needs.

Once you book we will promptly send you a comprehensive PDF itinerary. This detailed document will provide you with helpful tips for upgrades and downgrades, and valuable recommendations.

Day 1Quito – Mindo. Overnight in Mindo at Margarit Boutique

Upon arrival at Quito airport, you will be promptly transported to the enchanting cloud forest in Mindo.
Depending on your flight arrival, take advantage of your leisure time to explore and indulge in the amenities offered by the hotel.

Day 2Free day in Mindo. Overnight in Mindo at Margarit Boutique

Mindo is renowned for its diverse range of endemic bird species, many of which are exclusive to the area. Additionally, it boasts a captivating butterfly garden. However, Mindo offers much more than just these attractions; it is a haven for adventure enthusiasts.

Embark on exhilarating hikes, conquer cascades, and experience the thrill of tubing. For a truly unforgettable experience, rent a bike and traverse the enchanting cloud forest until you reach a waterfall. Take a refreshing swim in the river to rejuvenate yourself from the journey. Upon your return, indulge in the town’s delectable trout, known for its ability to revitalize both body and spirit, leaving you with a radiant smile!

Day 3Mindo – Tulipe - Quito (Mitad del mundo and Casa Agave). Overnight at Casa Aliso

During the journey from Mindo to Quito, approximately one-quarter of the way, we veer off to explore the enchanting ancestral and ceremonial center of Tulipe. This remarkable place holds immense cultural and historical significance for the Yumbo people and it serves as a captivating bridge to the past, enabling travelers to connect with local customs, rituals, and artifacts.

After a few more hours of driving, we warmly welcome you to Quito and to experience the wonders of “the middle of the World” at the Intiñan museum. Engage in captivating experiments like balancing an egg on a nail or observing water spin in opposite directions. While some exhibits may be staged, the underlying concepts of gravity and physics are intriguingly entertaining. Beyond the Equator-themed displays, the Intiñan Museum offers insights into Ecuador’s rich culture, encompassing the biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands and the indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. Prepare for an authentic and enlightening journey!

Moreover, delve into the Agave culture, one of the oldest heritages of the equatorial inter-Andean valleys, at a site dedicated to its preservation and advancement. Explore the various uses and derivatives of this ancient tradition, as they strive to recover knowledge and celebrate its significance.

Day 4Free day in Quito. Overnight at Casa Aliso

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is an ancient Andean city that bears testimony to the rich history and cultural fusion of the Spanish and native peoples. While it may not retain much of its Inca origins, Quito’s historic downtown stands as the largest and best-preserved in all of Latin America.

The city’s magnificent churches, basilicas, and cathedrals showcase the profound influence of the Spanish conquest on the indigenous population, but rebellion was always present, subtly symbolizing a challenge to the dominance of the Spanish God by placing the Andean God (the Sun) above.

Day 5Quito – Otavalo visit on the way to San Clemente. Overnight at the community

Otavalo, commonly referred to as the “intercultural capital of Ecuador,” is a charming town nestled in the province of Imbabura. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Otavalo showcases the remnants of pre-Columbian civilizations that have thrived in this region for centuries. The Otavaleña, Imbaya, and Salance communities have left an indelible mark on this territory, contributing to its historical significance.

Day 6Full day in San Clemente. Overnight at the community

Staying in one of the rural accommodations offers a unique opportunity to personally experience and share in the traditional life of indigenous hosts. You can delve into the world of plants and crops they cultivate (agro biodiversity), discover their time-honored production techniques, and uncover the secrets behind their preparations.

Explore the rich variety of Andean roots and tubers, tree beans, an array of chili peppers, pumpkins, corn, Andean walnut trees, tree tomatoes, quinoa, and other remarkable “lost crops of the Incas.” Through this, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the indigenous farmers of San Clemente and their vital conservation efforts. Additionally, you’ll learn about both wild and cultivated medicinal plants, along with the ancestral knowledge these people.

Day 7Ibarra – Bizcocho tasting – Tena. Overnight at Sayani Lodge

On the way to the Amazon, your first stop awaits in Cayambe town. Indulge in a delightful experience as you savor the renowned traditional bizcocho, a local biscuit. Pair it with a steaming cup of coffee for an authentic gastronomic adventure that will leave you captivated.

Experience the magic of the Sayani Amazon Lodge as night falls, unveiling a world of captivating activities that will fill the pages of your Amazonian adventure. Imagine embarking on a lantern-lit nocturnal walk, immersing yourself in the symphony of frog croaks and the subtle scuttle of forest creatures in their natural home. This way you put a end to your day of adventures.

Day 8Tena area. Overnight at Sayani Lodge

Embark on a river glide to the Monkey Reserve, where vibrant foliage reveals playful primates, including the world’s smallest monkey. Delve into the secrets of ancient trees and wildlife in the enchanting Primary Forest, guided by the wisdom of our Kichwa guide.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the San Bartolo de Arajuno Community for a mere $5, embracing their dances, music, and the brewing of traditional chicha. Seek profound tranquility with the Community Shaman, absorbing centuries-old wisdom whispered by the rainforest. And ultimately, delight in the tactile joy of a ceramics workshop, where the finesse of ceramic art serves as a tribute to the vibrant Kichwa heritage

Day 9Tena area – Yanacocha (Puyo) – Río Verde. Overnight at Miramelindo

Since 2006, YanaCocha has been engaged in valuable conservation efforts for the flora and fauna in the province of Pastaza. The organization provides shelter for animals that have fallen victim to illegal trafficking, which are confiscated during various controls conducted by environmental authorities in the province. Additionally, YanaCocha rescues animals found in main markets, squares, and homes, where they are kept as pets or companions.

Within YanaCocha Biopark, over 250 specimens representing 42 different species find refuge. These animals receive dedicated care and attention from specialists, volunteers, and workers who pour their love and efforts into improving the conditions of these creatures’ lives, surpassing their previous circumstances.

Day 10Free day in Rio Verde. Overnight at Miramelindo

Experience the serene allure of Río Verde, where nature’s wonders unfold. Immerse yourself in the verdant cliffs and be captivated by the majestic Pailón del Diablo waterfall. Inhale the invigorating, life-infused air, accompanied by the always present wild orchids and melodious bird songs. This village stands as a beacon of eco-consciousness, seamlessly blending traditions with the environment. Engage with a community that embodies the very spirit of the Amazon, leaving with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for a harmonious lifestyle in tune with nature’s rhythm.
Don’t miss the chance to savor the famous “melcocha,” a delectable solid syrup sugar candy, and be sure to quench your thirst with a refreshing glass of sugarcane juice.

Day 11Baños – Isinliví (vía Cotopaxi). Overnight in Isinliví at Llullullama

Today is a day of relaxation, embarking on a scenic road trip with The Cotopaxi National Park taking center stage as the breathtaking backdrop.

Nestled in the central highlands of Ecuador, this national park is renowned for its breathtaking Cotopaxi volcano. Rising to a majestic height of 5897 meters, this active volcano stands tall as one of the world’s highest. Beyond its volcanic wonder, the Cotopaxi National Park offers an idyllic setting for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Within the park, you’ll encounter an array of fascinating wildlife, including llamas, foxes, deer, Andean condors, and even the elusive spectacled bears.

Day 12Isinliví Trekking – Chugchilán. Overnight at Mama Hilda

Your day will commence at your lodge in Isinliví, where you’ll embark on a trek towards the charming village of Chugchilan. Both Isinliví and Chugchilan are idyllic Andean villages that exude an authentic charm, showcasing the region’s unique allure. The trek, lasting approximately six hours, will take you through breathtaking scenery, offering magnificent lookout points along the way.

During the trek, you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide who will ensure you stay on the right path and provide valuable insights into the surrounding area. To lighten your load and allow you to fully enjoy the journey, a horse or mule will be available to carry your luggage. You’ll also be provided with a nourishing box lunch to keep you energized throughout the expedition. Remember to bring an ample supply of water to stay hydrated as you explore the mesmerizing Andean landscapes. The route will present numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the mountains and appreciate the natural splendor of the area.

Day 13Chugchilán – Quilotoa – Tigua . Overnight in Tigua at Posada de Tigua

Today, you’ll venture into Quilotoa, the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. This remarkable volcano is renowned for its colossal caldera, formed around 800 years ago when the volcano collapsed, leaving behind a vast, breathtaking void spanning nearly 9 kilometers. When the sun’s rays grace the scene, a lagoon of enchanting greenish-blue hues emerges, captivating all who behold it.

And because the allure of beauty knows no bounds, we’ll guide you back to the volcano’s base, where Tigua lies. Here, you’ll encounter art that serves as a symbol and reflection of the vibrant culture found within Ecuador’s indigenous communities. Talented painters can be found in their workshop-galleries in Tigua, contributing to the prosperity and welfare of the diverse communities settled there.

Day 14Tigua - Chimborazo - Casa Condor. Overnight in Guamote at Inti sisa

Rising an impressive 6,310 meters above sea level, the Chimborazo volcano proudly claims the title of Ecuador’s highest mountain. But its significance extends even further. Due to the Earth’s elliptical shape and Chimborazo’s position on the equator, it holds the unique distinction of being the tallest mountain on our planet when measured from the center of the Earth.

Nestled in the central Andes, Chimborazo stands as one of the most breathtaking volcanoes along the famous “avenue of the volcanoes.” Coined by the esteemed German geographer Alexander von Humboldt in the 19th century, this term describes the remarkable stretch of over 20 volcanoes that grace Ecuador’s landscape. The grandeur of Chimborazo has captivated countless individuals, including Simon Bolivar, the revered liberator of many countries in South America, who found inspiration to pen his renowned poem titled “My Delirium about the Chimborazo.” The Indigenous people of the region also hold deep reverence for this majestic mountain, weaving animated legends and stories around its prominence.

Today, prepare to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Chimborazo National Reserve and uncover its wonders.

The community prepares typical Andean cuisine served in the communal dining area, alongside brief cultural activities like showcasing their traditional attire or exploring the community museum.

Day 15Guamote community visit + Shaman experience. Overnight in Guamote at Inti Sisa

The canton of Guamote is renowned as Ecuador’s most traditional region, with a higher percentage of indigenous population compared to the rest of the country. Guamote itself is home to around 5,000 people, while an additional 40,000 reside in small communities nearby. This trip offers an immersive experience into the local culture.

The day begins with a visit to the Inti Sisa educational center, where you can explore the school and witness the teaching of sewing, computer skills, and English classes. On Sundays, there is also a course dedicated to traditional Andean music. It’s worth noting that the teachers and volunteers extend their educational efforts to local community schools in the Guamote highlands.

Afterward, you will embark on a scenic car ride through the mountains, during which your guide will share more about the region’s history, as well as the fascinating indigenous culture and traditions that have shaped Guamote. A stop will be made at a different school where English is taught, providing you with the opportunity to interact with the students and learn about their daily school life. Be prepared for some fun activities like playing football or participating in the traditional game of “pato-ganzo.”

To gain a deeper understanding of mountain living, the tour concludes with a visit to an Indigenous family and a glimpse into their authentic housing known as a “choza.” This experience will provide a unique perspective on the mountain lifestyle and allow you to appreciate the resilience and resourcefulness of the local community.

Then, embark on a transformative journey by immersing yourself in a profound session with an indigenous shaman, steeped in ancestral traditions. These remarkable communities possess profound wisdom in traditional medicine and spiritual healing practices. They believe that physical and mental ailments often stem from imbalances or disruptions in our body’s energies.

During your session, you’ll have the privilege of witnessing and partaking in time-honored rituals and healing techniques. The shaman, deeply connected to nature, ancestral knowledge, and spiritual realms, will diligently identify and address any energetic imbalances that may affect your well-being. They may employ various tools like herbs, incense, sacred objects, chants, and prayers to facilitate the healing process.

Day 16Ozogoche – Overnight in Guamote at Inti Sisa

Embark on a journey to the authentic Indigenous community of Ozogoche, nestled amidst the scenic paramo landscape just 55 km from Guamote. This enchanting community, located on the fringes of the breathtaking Sangay National Park, boasts a collection of more than 300 stunning lakes. During your visit, you’ll be captivated by the charm of two of these lakes and gain profound insights into the daily lives of the local inhabitants.

Prepare to be mesmerized as you ascend to an elevation of 3800 meters above sea level, treating your senses to awe-inspiring views of an untouched, pristine part of Ecuador. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll embark on an invigorating walk that showcases the remarkable natural surroundings. Along the way, your guide will regale you with captivating tales of local traditions, as well as the mystique surrounding the lakes. One such intriguing phenomenon is the enigmatic “suicide birds,” where migratory birds inexplicably plunge into the icy waters of the lakes and meet their fate, defying a complete explanation.

As you traverse the adventurous trails, you’ll encounter crystal-clear freshwater rivers and towering rock formations. For the daring at heart, a refreshing swim in one of the lakes awaits. Before bidding farewell to Ozogoche and returning to Guamote, a delightful encounter with the community’s school children awaits. Known for their infectious joy, these young minds warmly welcome visitors. Staying true to Inti Sisa’s philosophy of empowering local communities through tourism, the organization has spearheaded various initiatives at the school. These endeavors include vibrant school paintings, generous pig donations, exciting school trips, and the provision of nourishing daily meals for the students.

Day 17Guamote – Ingapirca – Cuenca. Overnight in Cuenca at Posada del Angel

Today, it’s time to hit the road again and head towards the Ingarpica complex. Prepare to step into a time machine and be transported back to the legendary Inca era as you explore the fascinating ruins of Ingapirca. Located in the town of Ingapirca, just 70 km from Cuenca, this site boasts the largest and best-preserved Inca ruins in Ecuador. Steeped in a rich history, it offers a captivating glimpse into one of South America’s most enigmatic ancient civilizations.

Welcome to Cuenca!

Cuenca’s architectural and cultural opulence has earned it the prestigious title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity, bestowed on December 1, 1999. The Historic Center, spanning approximately 200 hectares, is a treasure trove of the city’s oldest residential area. Here, you’ll find a plethora of beautifully crafted colonial and republican style buildings, charming artisan neighborhoods with roots dating back to the colonial era, vibrant central markets, and the picturesque Barranco del Tomebamba with its delightful Paseo 3 de Noviembre. Not to mention, there are numerous sites of both cultural and scenic significance that perfectly exemplify why Cuenca was designated as a Cultural Heritage city.

Day 18Cuenca Half-day walking tour. Overnight in Cuenca at Posada del Angel

Good morning Cuenca!

Prepare to be enchanted by the city’s delightful people, captivating traditions, delectable gastronomy, and awe-inspiring architecture. Cuenca is an absolute must-visit during your Ecuadorian adventure.
Our tour commences in the historical center, whisking you away to the renowned “Homero Ortega” hat factory. Witness the mesmerizing process of crafting the legendary toquilla straw hat, widely known as the Panama hat. Next, we’ll journey to Calderón Park, where two majestic cathedrals, the Sagrario Cathedral (old cathedral) and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (new cathedral), eagerly await our exploration. Afterward, prepare to indulge your senses at a vibrant local market and discover the splendor of picturesque squares like the Square of Flowers, Santo Domingo, and San Sebastián.

Immerse yourself in the traditional charm of neighborhoods such as San Sebastián, San Francisco, and Vado, and be captivated as we venture to the Barranco area. Here, you’ll witness the striking beauty of the Tomebamba River, accompanied by its unique architectural marvels. Our journey continues to the awe-inspiring Turi viewpoint, providing you with the most magnificent panoramas of the city’s geography. And to add a touch of artistic flair to our adventure, we’ll visit the renowned Eduardo Vega gallery, where the mastery of ceramic art truly comes to life.

Day 19Cuenca – Las Tunas. Overnight in Las Tunas

Beach time! but a long day of driving is ahead.

Nestled south of Manabí, Las Tunas is a captivating beach that lies 11.9 km (7.3 miles) south of Puerto López. This charming coastal village is home to approximately 1600 inhabitants. Las Tunas beach is renowned for its pristine natural beauty, sparkling azure waters, delectable gastronomy, and the warm hospitality of its community comprised of affable farmers and fishermen.
Tomorrow and the following day will be a blast!

Day 20Las Tunas Project Half-day Experience. Overnight in Las Tunas

Sea turtles are drawn to this area by the serene and pristine beaches, making it the perfect nesting ground. Among the noteworthy initiatives in the region are the monitoring efforts for sea turtle nests in Las Tunas, Puerto Rico, and Ayampe.

These projects, along with the community-driven volunteering program, are spearheaded by the Manabí community. For over a decade, they have wholeheartedly embraced the motto “No Nature, No Life,” actively engaging in the management and creation of community-based tourism projects, as well as the preservation and conservation of the surrounding forests.

Day 21Puerto López Full-day Isla de la Plata tour. Overnight in Las Tunas

Isla de la Plata is located 40 km from Puerto Lopez, only an hour’s boat ride away. Legend has it that the English explorer Sir Francis Drake buried a hidden treasure of silver there in the 16th century, giving the island its name. Often referred to as the “Little Galapagos,” it offers a more affordable tour option compared to visiting the Galapagos Islands, while still showcasing several bird species found in the Galapagos.

The surrounding waters of the island are as magnificent as its inland areas. Snorkelers can witness a diverse range of tropical fish, South American sea lions, marine turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and even Humpback whales, which migrate through the area from mid-June to mid-October. Whale watching tours are often combined with trips to Isla de la Plata, providing a chance to observe these majestic creatures.

The tour begins with a scenic boat ride to the island, where you might have the opportunity to spot dolphins, whales, or even orcas along the way. The captain will slow down the engine for better observation. Once you reach the island, you will disembark and embark on a guided hike along its trails. Your English-speaking guide will provide fascinating insights into the various bird species inhabiting the island.

After the hike, you will return to the boat for a delicious lunch before heading to the snorkel site. While snorkeling, you can encounter marine turtles, giant rays, seahorses, and schools of colorful fish.

Day 22Transfer to Guayaquil airport

Today, as we bid farewell, we will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, aligning with your scheduled departure.

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Why is this experience impactful?

This incredible 22-day journey across Ecuador reminds us that travel can be both awe-inspiring and responsible. During this trip, we emphasize the importance of sustaining the vibrant ecosystems, rich cultures, hearty economies, and inclusive societies that make Ecuador special. Throughout the route, travelers not only witness but also take part in the country’s dedication to conserving its natural habitats, such as the tranquil nesting grounds in Las Tunas which are crucial for sea turtles’ survival.

Additionally, by visiting community-led projects, each adventurer contributes to local economies and supports initiatives that strive to preserve the beautiful landscapes of Ecuador and foster environmental awareness. Your experiences will be greatly enriched by this meaningful interaction, opening hearts and minds to the reciprocal benefits of Impactful Travel.

Through immersive activities like the artisanal markets in Otavalo, encounters with indigenous traditions, and educational tours on conservation, you will leave with a profoundly deeper understanding and respect for the places you visit. The tour’s structure underlines a commitment to protecting the earth and nurturing the human connections that make our world wonderfully diverse.

From safeguarding marine life in Las Tunas to preserving cultural heritage in Cuenca, this tour exemplifies how one’s journey can harmoniously foster the well-being of our planet and its people.

Overall, as we do with all our trips, we prioritize ensuring your comfort throughout your journey, with accommodations that not only offer comfort but also align with our high standards of ethical practices, benefiting small businesses and local communities. When it comes to transportation, we prioritize shared options and select responsible providers who prioritize safety and environmental care. We also encourage visits to places where your participation or simply your ticket purchases contribute to the preservation of archaeological sites, natural habitats, and local cultures. We strongly believe that experiencing a country without engaging with its people is a missed opportunity, which is why our itineraries are designed to foster meaningful connections and support local economies. By traveling at a slower pace, we aim to create a more profound impact, offering a range of activities and supporting local communities, enhancing the value of your long-haul journey to reach our destination.

Details

Please note that this proposal serves as a source of inspiration, and we are fully aware that adjustments will be made to tailor it to your preferences and possibilities.

Price Includes

  • Day 1:Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver; Accommodation in Mindo. Meals: None
  • Day 2: Accommodation in Mindo. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 3:Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Tulipe, Inti Ñan and Casa Agave entrance fees (bilingual explanation at each place with local guides); Accommodation in Quito. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Accommodation in Quito. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5 : Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Kawsaymi lunch with guinea pig tasting; Accommodation in San Clemente. Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 6: Activities coordinated with community staff; Accommodation in San Clemente. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 7: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver to Tena, Bizcocho tasting; Accommodation in Tena. Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 8: Activities coordinated with lodge staff; Accommodation in Tena. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 9: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Yanacocha entrance fee with tree planting activity; Accommodation in Rio Verde. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Accommodation in Rio Verde. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 11: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Cotopaxi National Park visit (panoramic); Accommodation in Isinlivi. Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 12: Private trekking excursion with Spanish speaking local guide with horse for luggage; Accommodation in Chugchilan. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Day 13: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Quilotoa crater lake entrance fee; Accommodation in Tigua. Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 14: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Chimborazo Reserve visit with English speaking local guide and entrance fee included, Visit to Casa Condor project with english translation. Accommodation in Intisisa. Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 15: Private excursions with English speaking guide with local transportation, snack and contribution to the project; Accommodation in Guamote. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 16: Private excursion to Ozogoche with English speaking local guide and local transportation, Accommodation in Guamote. Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 17:Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, Ingapirca entrance fee; Accommodation in Cuenca. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 18: Private excursion with English Spanish speaking guide; Accommodation in Cuenca. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 19: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver; Accommodation in Las Tunas. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 20: Activities coordinated with project staff; Accommodation in Las Tunas. Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 21: Private transfer to Puerto Lopez and back to Las Tunas, Shared excursion to Isla de la Plata with English speaking guide; Accommodation in Las Tunas. Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch
  • Day 22: Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver. Meals: Breakfast
  • Impactful service!24/7 support from our team through Whatsapp group. Full trip customization service.

Price Excludes

  • There are many minor items that are not included in the price, either because they are optional or easier for you to pay on site. Some general exclusions on this trip, are:
  • Meals not included and snacksWe recommend bringing some snacks for the many days and hours of travel and to share with your guides and drivers.
  • FlightsEither domestic or international.
  • Optional items or direct paymentOptional excursions, additional services and entrance fees can be paid on site in cash (or booked in advance with us).
  • Other items not specifically indicated as includedLike early check-ins or late check-outs, souvenirs, laundry, tips, insurance and other personal expenses.
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What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the trip itself

I'm traveling with children but I can't include them in the booking, now what do I do?

We’re thrilled that you’re planning a trip to Ecuador with your kids! We understand that traveling with children can be challenging, so we’re here to help make it as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

It’s important to note that due to the nature of Ecuador as a travel destination, we don’t recommend it for children under 8 years old. With the changes in altitude and sometimes the long distances involved, it can be quite intense – but don’t worry, this particular trip has shorter distances.

If you have questions about child discounts or accommodation options please don’t hesitate to reach out with any request or concern.

I would like to add a trip extension or make some changes to the proposed tour. Is that possible?

Absolutely! At our core, we specialize in custom itineraries, and have been doing so for over a decade! So, making changes to your trip or extending it is definitely possible.

Contact our travel designers and let us know what changes you’d like to make. You have two options to get in touch with us:

  1. Simply send us an email and mention the trip you’re interested in from our platform. You’ll find our contact details here.

  2. If you have more elaborate ideas about your trip and would like to start from scratch, you can fill in this form and we’ll get to work on your customized itinerary right away.

We’re here to help you create the trip of your dreams!

What should I pack for this tour?

Please refer to our article Essential Packing Tips for Your Ecuador and Galapagos Adventure for all your questions about packing for your Ecuador trip. Whether you’re going to the jungle or the mountains, you’ll find the answers you need. You can also download a full Packing List for free.

How can I see the prices for this tour for my amount of travellers?

If you want to see the price for your situation, please select an amount of travelers (number of adults, children, etc) on the right side of the website (or the bottom on the mobile version). You will then see that total price for your party right above it. For some tours, the price will change according to the amount of people. 

It is advised to book this tour through our Custom Itineraries department, instead of direct booking here on the website, so that we can adapt the itinerary to your liking before you book. You can enquire by filling out this form

Is it appropiate to take pictures of the local people I meet during this trip?

Everyone directly involved in your visit, like the hostfamily, the local guides or families you visit during excursions, are usually fine with pictures. If you make a really nice (family) portrait and you promise to send it to them, make sure to fulfill that promise!

As to anyone not directly involved, like other community members you meet on a hike, it would be kind to ask them first if it’s OK to take a picture. If the picture is great and/or they’re a little uncomfortable, it’s OK to give a little tip if they are doing you the favour of posing or allowing you to take your photo. Something between 1 to 2 dollars is fine. Don’t exaggerate. 

Showing the resultant picture is always nice if you have the time! 

Do the local families speak English?

No, they don’t. However, our host families are very used to having guests that don’t speak Spanish and their Spanish is easy to understand for those who speak other Latin languages. 

Of course, learning Spanish beforehand is always a good idea! Use an app like Duolingo to learn the basics before leaving and enhance your experience whilst traveling.

 

Is this tour physically demanding?

This trip includes a few hikes that require medium fitness and some experience with activities in different climates. Due to the altitudes, it’s advised to come in good shape and have a strong heart and lungs. In case of doubts, you can read our article on How to Stay Healthy in Peru (regardless of its content was created with Peru in mind) or contact us. 

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

Anything really! since you’re visiting many ecosystems, you will experience heat and drougth, as well as the cold. So, like we mention in our article Essential Packing Tips for Your Ecuador and Galapagos Adventure, be flexible and prepared for anything. 

Find more info about climates in Ecuador in our blog The Best Time to Travel to Ecuador.

Is this a private tour or will I share with other travelers?

This is not a group trip: most transfers and excursions are fully private. On some excursions, you will meet other travelers, of course! You can find more details in the separate PDF we can send you once you enquire.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Alejandra Jimenez

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Discover the transformative journey that awaits you with my inspirational and customizable itinerary across the breathtaking landscapes and cultures of Ecuador.

This travel experience harmoniously weaves the natural beauty and cultural richness of Ecuador with our mission to support and grow with local communities.

Whether you’re an avid nature enthusiast, cultural connoisseur, or looking for a way to make a positive impact while exploring new horizons, this trip is for you. My expertise in curating travel experiences that are not only memorable but also meaningful ensures that every step you take contributes to the local ecosystems and economies.

Join me (as your omnipresent guide) on a voyage where you become part of a larger story, one that celebrates responsible tourism and the spirit of Impactful Travel.

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