|Day 1||Arrive Quito|
|Day 3||Hike to Mojada Crater Lake|
|Day 4||Otavalo Market|
|Day 5||Hike to Zuleta Lodge|
|Day 6||Condor Project and Return to Quito|
|Day 7||Travel to Amazon Lodge|
|Day 8||Jungle Hike|
|Day 9||Shiripuno River to Nenquepare Camp|
|Day 10||Nenquepare Camp to Quito|
|Day 11||Fly Home|
Immerse yourself in Ecuador’s thriving indigenous cultures of the Amazon and Andes.
When you arrive in Quito you will be met and driven to your hotel. Quito is at 2850m above sea level so it is important to rest when you arrive.
Your local guide will show you the highlights of colonial and modern Quito, including the Equator line. There will be some free time to explore on your own.
An early start to drive to Mojanda volcano. A 4-5 hour hike along ancient trails brings us to the volcano’s largest crater lake. Later we transfer by vehicle to your lodge for the night, Casa Mojanda
This morning’s hike takes us through small traditional communities to the city of Otavalo, home to the largest and most famous market in Latin America. Later we hike through much lesser visited communities in the surrounding countryside. Our route passes a ceremonial waterfall before reaching a traditional weaving community. Hosted by a local family, we can learn about this dying art form. Overnight Sacha Ji lodge.
A beautiful day’s hiking through agricultural land known for its wheat, quinoa and alpaca. Look out for the difference in local dress between here and Otavalo. After lunch a cooking class, before heading to beautiful Zuleta lodge.
A 2 hour hike this morning brings us to a condor reintroduction project. Along the way we pass pre-Inca mounds. Another hour takes us to the hacienda to visit the cheese factory and learn about the farm’s pure-bred horses. Later this afternoon we drive back to Quito and your hotel.
A scenic drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and through Banos brings us to Shell. From here it is a short flight to the Amazon. Travel by canoe to your Amazon Lodge, Huaorani Ecolodge. Optional night walk.
The Huaorani people are hunters and gatherers and today you will learn more about their way of life. A Huaorani guide will take you on a hike into the forest and teach you some survival skills to rival Bear Grylls’. Canoes take you back to the lodge for dinner, and an optional presentation by a naturalist guide.
This morning, in traditional Huaorani canoes you head down-river. This is a great opportunity to spot many species of birds and appreciate the tranquility of the rainforest. Along the way visit Yasuni national park and finish at Nenquepare Camp where you stay tonight.
A 3 hour walk this morning takes in an impressive waterfall which has special importance to the Huaorani people. After lunch your journey back to the city continues and the evidence of oil extraction is a stark reminder of the issues surrounding the Huaorani’s struggle to maintain their way of life.
We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.
Hiking in Ecuador is underrated. It’s the perfect way to get away from the tourist hot spots and to the real heart of the country. The Avenue of the volcanoes is another wonderful place to hike.
The Huaorani lodge experience is in some ways more gritty than in other parts of the Amazon. By the end of it you will feel privileged to have spent time with such hospitable people, but also understand the stark realities of their fight with the oil companies.
Both parts of this trip, the Amazon and Andes work well on their own and both also combine well with other parts of mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.
International flights into and out of Quito.
There is a flight from Quito to Shell to reach the Amazon, this is included in the price.