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Tag 1 Quito

Ankunft zu jeder Zeit möglich.

Arrive in Quito at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Located 2850m (9348 ft) above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 22 km (14 miles) south of the Equator. Nestled in a valley flanked by mountains, on a clear day several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the city centre. Add to its beautiful location a rich history and well-preserved colonial district, and you begin to understand Quito-

Tag 2 Thermalquellen von Papallacta (1F)

Reise mit dem öffentlichen Bus nach Papallacta, wo du einen entspannten Nachmittag in den örtlichen Thermalbädern verbringen kannst.

Take a public bus through the heights of the Andes en route to the Amazon. Stop for the night in Papallacta, and relax in the natural mineral hot pools. The village of Papallacta sits 60km (37 miles) southeast of Quito, over the Andes and on the outer rim of the Amazon Basin. This small village, surrounded by cloud forest on the road between the highlands and the Oriente, has arguably the best thermal springs in all of Ecuador. It is the perfect place to spend a relaxing evening soaking in the mineral hot springs, while enjoying the great natural beauty of the area. Approximate Distance: 60km Estimated Travel Time: 2 hours

Tage 3-4 Gastfamilie im Amazonas-Dschungel (2F,2M,2A)

Busfahrt in den Amazonas-Dschungel. Du verbringst zwei Nächte bei einer örtlichen Quechua-Familie in einem kleinen Dorf. Genieße eine Wanderung zu den nahegelegenen Wasserfällen sowie Kochkurse.

This morning we descend into the Amazon jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically as we leave the mountains and enter the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand. In the 16th century, Spanish conqueror Francisco de Orellana ventured from Quito into the eastern jungle, in search of El Dorado, a mythical stash of Inca gold hidden away in the jungle. While he didn't find gold, he did discover Ecuador's Rio Napo, which along with Peru-

Tage 5-6 Dschungel-Lodge (2F,2M,2A)

Es geht tiefer in den Dschungel zu einer Lodge. Wanderungen und Bootsfahrten inklusive; bei diesen Ausflügen erfährst du viel über die Natur und die Tierwelt der Region. Optional kannst du auf dem Fluss Napo Wildwasser-Raften.

Today travel to a jungle lodge located on the Napo River, one of the Amazon-

Tage 7-9 Baños (2F)

Weiterfahrt mit dem Bus nach Baños. Hier warten viele Outdoor-Aktivitäten auf dich, z.B. Wandern, Reiten, Mountainbiken oder ein Bad in den heißen Quellen.

Return to the mountains on our journey to Baños, a small town nestled in the hills. Take advantage of the many outdoor options, or simply relax in the thermal waters. Baños means 'baths' and there are several in and around the town. Some thermal springs come from the base of Tungurahua Volcano (-

Tage 10-11 Cuenca

Privater Transfer in die Kolonialstadt Cuenca. Unterwegs machen wir Halt an den Inkaruinen von Ingapirca, die größte und am besten erhaltene archäologische Stätte Ecuadors. Genieße eine inklusive Stadttour. Optionaler Tagesausflug in den Cajas Nationalpar

Today we head south by private transfer along the -

Tage 12-13 Otavalo

Flug nach Quito und Weiterfahrt nach Otavalo. Besuche den berühmten Kunsthandwerkmarkt und erkunde die Umgebung.

A short flight takes the group back to Quito, where we will take a private transfer to the village of the beautiful area of Otavalo and its world famous handicrafts market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits and vegetables. Otavalo is justly famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday market. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were transported from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods. Today's market has two different functions: the local market for buying and selling animals, food and other essentials, and the crafts market for the tourists and other interested people. There are three main market plazas in town, with the overflow spilling out onto the streets linking them. The Plaza de Ponchos is where you will find most handicraft items. You will find colourful woollen goods such as ponchos, gloves, hats, blankets, scarves and sweaters, as well as fine tapestries and a variety of embroidered blouses and shirts, shawls, string bags, and rope sandals. This market gets underway at dawn and continues until early afternoon. Remember, bargaining is expected for every purchase! If you're good you should be able to get at least 20% off of the starting price. The food market sells produce and household goods for the locals, and there is an animal market beginning in the predawn hours on the outskirts of town. Although these are not designed for visitors, they are cultural experiences to see and are definitely worth a visit. One of the most evident features of the Otavaleños' cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just put on especially for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily life.

Tag 14 Cayambe

Fahrt nach Cayambe, wo du die Nacht auf einer 400 Jahre alten Hacienda am Fuße des Vulkans verbringst. Optional kannst du Cuicocha und Cotacachi besuchen.

Next we visit Cayambe, where we stay in a 400-year-old hacienda nestled at the base of Cayambe Volcano. G Adventures discovered this hacienda years ago and it has become special part of all our trips in the area. If you are feeling energetic, you can travel to the base of the volcano's glacier and hike back down. Rent horses and head off into the hills, or explore the beautiful property surrounding the hacienda, including an indoor swimming pool. The town of Cayambe is famous both for its dairy industry and the snow-capped, extinct volcano of the same name that dominates the town. Ecuador's third highest peak at 5790m/18991 ft, it is the highest point in the world through which the Equator directly passes -

Tag 15 Quito (1F)

Rückfahrt nach Quito. Zeit zur freien Verfügung, um die Stadt zu erkunden.

Enjoy a free day to explore Quito, option to visit Basilica or explore the old town. Enjoy your last evening in this energetic city. Quito-

Tag 16 Quito (1F)

Abreise zu jeder Zeit möglich. Wir empfehlen die Buchung zusätzlicher Nächte im Hotel vor oder nach der Tour, damit du genügend Zeit hast, diese charmante Stadt richtig zu erkunden.

Depart at any time.

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