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The Many Faces of Ecuador: The Coast, Highlands, and the Amazon

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Program #16488RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
From walking in the Amazon rainforest to riding through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, taking a train ride past the Devil’s Nose and exploring Inca ruins, Ecuador’s diversity is legendary. Watch Panama hats being handcrafted and marvel at the weaving skills of the Otavalenos. Acquaint yourself with Quito and Cuenca, two UNESCO World Heritage cities and understand why Ecuador is considered the undiscovered jewel of South America.


Highlights

• Journey through the breathtaking Avenue of the Volcanoes.
• Meet with indigenous people during a visit to the famous Otavalo Market and a cacao plantation.
• Encounter native wildlife and plants while exploring Amazon waters and trails.

Program Notes

Quito, Ecuador has an elevation of 9,350-9,500 feet. Some participants find it helpful to fly into the city a day early in order to have extra time to rest and acclimate to the thinner air.

Activity Notes

This program includes activities and overnight stays at elevations of up to 9,600 ft. While in Amazonia, participants must be able to get in and out of small boats and walk unassisted on uneven forest trails in hot and humid conditions.

Itinerary Summary

Arrive Quito, 2 nights; fly to Amazon/Napo River, 3 nights; fly to Quito and coach to Otavalo, 2 nights; coach to Riobamba, 1 night; train and coach to Cuenca, 2 nights; coach to Guayaquil, 1 night; departure.

Date Notes
10/25/2014
Please refer to Program # 21309 if you are interested in combining this program with Galapagos Islands.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
11 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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