This 8-day tour package takes you from the Andes Mountains to the Yasuni National Park in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest. Explore Yasuni National Park, the most biodiverse spot on the planet per unit hectare Sani is the only eco-lodge in Ecuador 100% owned and run by an indigenous community.
Hotels & Lodges:
Quito: Hotel Wyndham Garden
Yasuni Natural Park: Sani Lodge
All transfers in and out from/to Quito / Coca
Lodging for 07 nights at selected hotels in Standard Superior Room + breakfast.
City tour Quito Colonial and Mitad del Mundo.
Cotopaxi Volcano – Otavalo Market.
4 days in the Amazon Jungle – Yasuni National Park
Meals: Breakfast x 7, lunch x 5, dinner x 3
Certified English/Spanish-speaking guides.
Activities mentioned in the itinerary.
Air tickets national and international (Quito – Coca – Quito) approx. $260 p.p.
Not specified meals
Overweight in Luggage.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
What to bring:
Long clothing, Sunglasses, Flashlight/torch, Camera, Small bag, Insect repellent, Hat, Comfortable walking shoes, and sandals.
Zip-lock bags to keep clothes/equipment dry, Shorts, T-shirts, Swimsuits, Binoculars(optional), Cotton underwear, Socks, Towel, First aid kit, Windbreaker or Sweater.
Toiletries (biodegradable shampoo and soap) Sunblock, Warm and waterproof clothes, Passport copy, Plastic water bottle
Arrival at Quito´s airport, reception, and transfer to the hotel in the Quito district check-in (15:00 hours). Overnight.
Day 02: Quito - Teleférico - Mitad del Mundo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from the hotel in Quito. The tour will then continue from the Basilica Church, where we will make a brief stop to visit it. After walking through the colonial streets, we will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. We will also visit La Ronda Street, The Company Church, Santo Domingo´s Church, The Sagrario´s Church, and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century. After visiting the historical sights, we will go to Teleferico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy our city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains, and the capital, Quito. From a point at more than 13,000 feet (4000 m). After lunch, you will head to the Middle of the World monument, where you can stand right in the middle of the equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. At this complex, you will also be able to visit a fascinating ethnographical museum which gives a great overview of the many distinct cultures of this small country. You will also enjoy the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the Equatorial line. Return to Quito.
Day 03: Otavalo Market - Cuicocha Lake.
Breakfast at the hotel. This full-day starts with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Quito. From there, we will drive in a private vehicle to Otavalo and its marketplace to learn all about their culture. On our way, we can admire the gorgeous scenery and the Andes mountain range. We will stop at San Pablo´s Lake viewpoint to take some pictures and where we will try some delicious biscochos (local traditional buttery cookies). Once we reach Otavalo, you will have the opportunity to walk through the market to see the different stands and local people exhibiting their multicolored handicrafts and souvenirs and purchase some if you’d like. We will also visit a weaving workshop in Peguche. After that, you will enjoy lunch and then visit Cuicocha Lake before heading back to Quito. Return to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 04: Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 meters).
The excursion starts at 8 am from your hotel in Quito. Meet your guide and board a vehicle heading south of Quito and towards Cotopaxi National Park. On the way, you will enjoy the beautiful views of the Andes mountain range and gorgeous natural scenery. Once you reach the National Park, you will visit the Interpretation Center and Limpiopungo lagoon. Take a short hike in the surrounding Limpiopungo valley before driving ever-higher into this sky-high region, stopping at the 15,800-foot (4830-meter) Padre Rivas Refuge. Depending on your physical condition, you will get the Glacier (5050-meter). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant that offers typical Ecuadorian meals, and finally, return to Quito. Overnight.
Day 05: Quito - Yasuni National Park
Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito at 10:30 am to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer you to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides will explain about safety before embarking on a 2 ½ boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon; ancestral communities, birds such as herons, egrets, and vultures, while enjoying delicious, packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15-minute walk through a flooded forest and a 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.
Later in the afternoon, you’ll have the option to take a short walk on nearby trails or take a canoe ride with the chance to observe primates, Amazonian birds, and black caimans in their primitive setting. You’ll also have a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Upon your return to the lodge, our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters to vegetarians and vegans.
After dinner explore our black water, Oxbow Lake, a haven for one of the increasingly endangered species, the black caiman. This lake supports a healthy population of these large South American crocodiles, which can measure up to 6 meters (18ft.) long. Return to the lodge.
Day 06: Yasuni National Park - Sani Lodge
After breakfast, experience the life on the treetops from the 36-meter (118 ft.) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, and hummingbirds, and with a bit of luck a close view of howlers, squirrel monkeys, and sloths resting in the canopy. The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, there are many alternative activities for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply getting to relax on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike the Chorongo or Coto trails for 3 hours, a fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangler figs, ancient trees; and bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. Dinner at the lodge. After dinner, take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders, and frogs come alive.
Day 07: Yasuni National Park - Sani Lodge
After breakfast, we’ll depart to the Napo River to board a boat and visit the Butterfly Garden at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of butterflies in this area. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered by scientists to be the most biodiverse area in the world. Here are some species that cannot be found in the north like the golden-mantled tamarins, spider monkeys, blue and yellow macaws, and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives. Enjoy the food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved dinner.
After dinner, take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders, and frogs come alive.
Optional Activity: You can visit the parrot-clay lick very early in the morning with a lot of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see the Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged, and Blue-headed parrots. This activity has an extra cost of USD35.00 per person and you can request it at the moment to make the reservation or decide once you are in the lodge and make the payment there.
Day 08: Yasuni National Park - Quito.
After breakfast head back to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrots’ wall at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged, and Blue-headed parrots. Then return to Coca on time to get your flight back to Quito at 11:50 am. End of services!