Wild Ecuador

Explore Quito with your senses savoring incredible street food and local drinks as you discover modern street art mixed with colonial architecture, paddle through the calm waters of the Amazonia arriving at your jungle-immersed lodge and top it off with the exploration of uninhabited islands of the Galápagos.

Starting from 6,700 per person based on two travelers

Overview

  • Discover Quito's food street scene with a local connoisseur
  • Share a traditional lunch with an ancient rural community
  • Wake up to the sounds of the Amazonian rainforest
  • Awe at the natural beauty of pit craters, lava tunnels, and the unique forest ecosystem of Galápagos
  • Share time with giant tortoises in their natural habitat, surrounded by abundant bird life
  • Explore Galápagos stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise waters
Customize this journey

Country information

Ecuador

  • Best time to travel

    Highlands: Year round, but May – November is drier and warmer. Galapagos: December- May is the warmest weather in the Galapagos and the water is pleasantly warm. Great for diving and snorkeling as the waters are calmer. June- Novemebr is drier but chillier due to Humboldt currents.

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Quito

    Your private guide and driver will take you to your hotel for check in as you prepare for the incredible journey ahead.

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  • Day 2

    Explore Quito's streets

    Enjoy lunch at local stalls and taste Ecuador’s essential dishes in the colonial part of Ecuador’s capital. In the afternoon you’ll wander and explore the street art of the colonial town as you learn about the urban movements. Then, enjoy a chocolate and coffee tasting with fresh local produce from sustainable farms.

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  • Day 3

    Cultural immersion in Otavalo

    Your guide will take you on a 2-hour drive to Otavalo where you will meet with a local community to share a traditional "Pachamanca" style lunch. Then you will experience an ancient cleansing ceremony before visiting the local museum and meeting the local elders.

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  • Day 4

    Arriving in the Amazon

    You will catch a short flight to Coca, board a speedboat for 2 hours to then hop on a canoe to arrive to your rainforest lodge. Check in and prepare for your 4 days full of amazing activities.

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    • La Selva Lodge

      Located just outside the Yasuní National Park and within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, La Selva Lodge is perfect for travelers seeking their ideal Amazon experience. A luxury resort in the heart of the rainforest, you will find something to love.

  • Day 5

    Observation tower, trails and canoe ride

    Climb 120 ft above the forest and spot the colorful birds of the Amazon, including certain primates. Discover Charapa trail and its different mammals, monkeys and birds that come closer to the lagoon looking for food. Witness your first Amazonian sunset from the water in the canoe.

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  • Day 6

    Meet Kichua women and explore natural trails

    Make your way back to the Napo River and take a motorized canoe ride to the clay licks, one of the most fascinating displays of the wild world. Then, an Amazonian Kichua woman will welcome you at their community center to share their life of the Kichua’s in the Amazon. In the afternoon, explore Coco Trail where groups of black-mantled tamarin monkeys can be spotted and some even tapirs too.

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  • Day 7

    Heading to Galápagos

    Depart early in the morning to catch your flight to Galápagos. Upon arrival enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the unique forest ecosystem. Visit the Tortoise Reserve and meet the giant tortoises surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area.

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  • Day 8

    Explore uninhabited islands

    Visit North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas and Santa Fe islands. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is among the largest in the world, and snorkeling the crystal-clear waters surrounded by abundant colorful marine life is highly recommended.

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  • Day 9

    Experience the East

    Hike Cerro Mesa delighting yourself with spectacular views of the largest crater on the island, exotic plants and seven unique subspecies of finch, plus the elusive vermilion flycatcher. After lunch, explore Garrapatero Beach with its stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon.

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  • Day 10

    Adios, Ecuador!

    Enjoy a relaxing morning choosing any activity. In the afternoon, depart to catch your flight to Quito, for your onward flight home. 

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Contact us

Our team is based in Ecuador and Argentina.

Send us an email hello@jsbjourneys.com, or call us at (415) 230-0261



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