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5 Day Amazon Express

5 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Ecuador, Arrive in Quito
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, capital of Ecuador, founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city. The rest of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this lively city’s priceless historical treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Ecuadorian food at one of the city’s world-class restaurants and cafes.
 
DAY 2, Tuesday - "Middle of the World" Monument, Amazon Lodge
Morning visit to the impressive "Middle of the World" monument at the Equator, which marks latitude 0º. Here, you can stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere! From the top of this enormous trapezoidal building see stunning panoramas of the surrounding countryside. After a stop at a local restaurant for lunch, continue to Tena. Here, you board a motorized canoe that whisks you to your Amazon Lodge overlooking the river. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers, followed by a night walk that introduces you to the sounds, serenity and magnificence of the Amazon. Look out for caimans, tarantulas, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. The soothing sounds of nature will lull you to sleep on your first night in the Amazon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3, Wednesday - Amazon Adventure Day or Leisure Time 
Arise early this morning, if you wish to join the excursion to the parrot clay licks, known as western Amazon's most amazing spectacle. These unique pools of mud, rich in minerals, attract hundreds of colorful parrots, macaws and parakeets every day - it’s an astonishing natural phenomena. Later, a hike along the flourishing nature trail to view the gorgeous flora and fauna up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the many different species of tropical plants and flowers, insects, and butterflies. After lunch, you’ll be encircled by spectacular vistas as you float on inner tubes winding slowly down the Arajuna River. Return to the lodge in time for dinner, after a day of adventure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 4, Thursday - Meet a Quechua Family, Papallacta Hot Springs, Farewell Dinner
Watch the magnificent sunrise over the striking river, one of the planet’s richest and most bio-diverse regions. Later, a fascinating visit with a local Quechua family - learn about their tribal customs and hear stories of everyday Amazonian life. After a tasting and demonstration of homemade chocolates, return to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards, travel to the small town of Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, known for its legendary Hot Springs. Early evening arrival at your delightful hotel with opportunity to relax and unwind in one of the hot thermal pools. Tonight, bid farewell to your new found friends and Tour Manager, at a traditional Ecuadorian dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5, Friday - Depart Ecuador
Your vacation ends today after breakfast.  (Breakfast)
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All This Included
  • 4 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Highlights
  • Leisure time in Quito to discover the city’s priceless historic treasures on your own
  • Visit the "Middle of the World" monument at the Equator that marks latitude 0º
  • A motorized canoe whisks you to your Amazon Lodge overlooking the river
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem
  • A night tour in the jungle introduces you to the wonders and serenity of the Amazon
  • Visit a local Quechua family to learn about their tribal customs and everyday Amazonian life
  • In the town of Papallacta known for its legendary Hot Springs, enjoy the thermal pools
Accommodations
Quito: Mercure Hotel Alameda
Tena: Itamandi EcoLodge
Papallacta: Termas de Papallacta
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 5 and will require a transfer on Day 4. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 5 hours prior to flight time.
  • Triple Rooms at Termas de Papallacta consist of 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
  • Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 5 and will require a transfer on Day 4. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 5 hours prior to flight time.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.