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Ecuador Adventure

November 29 - December 7, 2021

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Extend your stay! Make it a Grand Tour by combining this tour with our Galapagos Islands Cruise and Tour or our Costa Rica Adventure.

Get in touch with the power of the planet on this nine-day adventure packed with many of Ecuador’s natural wonders. Hike through the greener-than-green Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide at your side, slip into the celebrated (and restorative) hot springs of Papallacta, enjoy lunch with the residents of an Andean community, and spend a night at a historic hacienda. Let this force of nature blow you away.

 

Signature Moments

  • Visit the Otavalo Weaving studio and get a lesson from Miguel Andrango
  • Explore villages and learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from locals
  • Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide
  • Learn about the relationship between cultures and the plants around them at the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park
  • Be surrounded by towering volcanoes
Book with No Deposit
Inclusions & Highlights
  • 8 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Otavalo Handicraft Market
  • Stay in a historic highlands hacienda
  • Otavalo Weaving Lesson
  • Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
  • Guango Cloud Forest excursion
  • Amazon Night Walk
  • Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre Visit
  • Amazon Home Experience
  • Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park
  • Banos Ziplining Adventure
  • Cotopaxi National Park visit
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Club tour host
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure
Day 1 - Arrive Quito

Welcome to Ecuador!
On arrival you will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodations - Hotel Mercure

 

Day 2 - Otavalo

Today we drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of Peguche for a local lunch. After lunch we will continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Try to arrive early for the best bargains (it starts at dawn), and try your hand at haggling – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price.
One of the most obvious signs of the Otavaleños’ cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just worn for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily life. Otavalo is famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday animal 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.
Tonight we stay at a historic highlands hacienda. Accommodations - Hotel Pinsaqui

 

Day 3 - Papallacta

This morning we will visit the home and studio of Don Miguel, a man working to keep his culture’s traditions alive. For thousands of years the indigenous people of the Otavalo region have used the backstrap loom to create their woven goods, however new technologies have slowly been pushing out the tradition. Learn how Don Miguel and his family are working to help revive this ancient art as he demonstrates every step of the process, from cleaning the wool, to naturally dyeing it, to backstrap weaving.
Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for a dip in hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. Soak in the natural hot springs the area is known for and let the mineral waters soothe sore muscles. The hot springs vary in temperature, make your way through the circuit with views of the Antisana volcano in the distance.
Accommodations - Termas de Papallact

 

Day 4 - Tena

Visit the Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with your tour guide to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. Enjoy a visit to Misahualli to visit the cheeky Capuchin monkeys who call this town home. Then continue to Tena to catch our motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Settle in and receive a briefing from a local naturalist guide about the lodge and area. This evening we will embark on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon.
The lodge is located along the bank of the Arajuno River approx. 40min. from Tena. We stay in comfortable cabañas next to the river, which have private bathroom with hot water in the rainfall-shower, electricity and a balcony. From your balcony, you can relax in a hammock or deck chair and observe hummingbirds, shore river birds and butterflies. In the evening, listen to the night music of the multitude of frogs and other nocturnal creatures. The Lodge also has an open-air lounge with pool and full service bar, all connected by a raised and roofed boardwalk to guests rooms.
The lodge is dedicated to protecting the pristine jungle environment and has a dedicated recycling program, energy conservation program and offer biodegradable amenities including shampoo and shower gel in the bathrooms.
Accommodations - Itamandi Lodge

 

Day 5 - Tena

Depart early by canoe to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). With our naturalist guide, view parrots and parakeets who gather to eat the mineral-rich clay which helps them digest fruit and seeds. We will return to the lodge for breakfast then continue on to visit AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, enjoy a unique cultural experience at a local family’s home. Meet the family to learn about their traditions and what daily life is like in the Amazon.
Accommodations - Itamandi Lodge

 

Day 6 - Banos

Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanoes. Along the way, visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany — the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them. Plants are integral to the lives of Amazonian indigenous groups who use them for shelter, nourishment, medicine, and in spiritual practices. Set out on the trails with an expert guide to learn about the diverse plant life and the local Shuar and Waorani people, and enjoy unique botanical experiences like tasting cinnamon and being painted with Achotillo sap.
Baños is one of the most popular spots in the country. Many Ecuadorian families vacation here. One look at this delightfully green mountain town and you will know why. Baños means “baths” and this is precisely what the town is famous for. Some are thermal springs from the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua. Other baths have melt water running into them from Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Locals swear that the baths are good for your health; it’s definitely worth rising early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains from a hot spring vantage point.
Accommodations - Hotel Sangay

 

Day 7 - Banos

The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. Buckle up your harness, put on your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along a zipline suspended 850m above the canyon below, dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you cross Tibetan Suspension Bridge above Pastaza River. Rock climb up to a second zipline to finish off this adrenaline-filled adventure.
Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks.
Accommodations - Hotel Sangay

 

Day 8 - Quito

Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route, home to Cotopaxi Volcano, which stands at 5,897m (19,342 ft). The beautiful cone-shaped, snow-covered volcano is Ecuador’s second highest peak and the highest active volcano in the world. Keep an eye out for park wildlife, including condors, foxes, deer, spectacled bears, and more. For those who want to hike, there are options available (weather permitting). Please ensure you have proper hiking shoes or boots, a waterproof/windproof jacket and warm hats and gloves. Hike is approximately 1.5 hours.
Accommodations - Hotel Mercure

 

Day 9 - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and the amazing friends you have made along the way. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $2229 CAD per person (sharing a room) - approx. $1680 USD

Single Occupancy - $3169 CAD per person (your own room) - approx. $2380 USD

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

No deposit required at time of booking.
Deposit of $350 per person due November 1, 2020.
Second deposit of $500 due on June 2, 2021

Final Payment due - September 1, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There is some walking and hiking in this tour along with adventure activities. You should be comfortable walking at a relaxed pace for an extended period.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Hosted by:

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Hotel Mercure

The fully refurbished Hotel Mercure Alameda offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to ensure guests on business and pleasure enjoy a comfortable stay and a range of excellent services at the best hotel in Quito. Furthermore, the staff offer world-class hospitality services.

Rates

Double Occupancy - $70 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $130 CAD per person (your own room)

Hotel Request

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive and Depart - Quito

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
Insurance Quote

Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Hotel Mercure

The fully refurbished Hotel Mercure Alameda offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to ensure guests on business and pleasure enjoy a comfortable stay and a range of excellent services at the best hotel in Quito. Furthermore, the staff offer world-class hospitality services.

Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Hotel Pinsaqui

With three centuries of existence, the traditional Hacienda Pinsaqui offers the possibility of feeling part of magic and legend. The Pinsaqui Hacienda Hosteria has the necessary amenities to make your stay a unique and unforgettable event.

Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Termas de Papallact

Spend the night in the company of your friends, in the middle of a unique natural environment, where the combination of the hot springs and the comfort of our facilities will provide you with experiences of relaxation and rest.

Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Itamandi Lodge

The lodge is located along the bank of the Arajuno River approx. 40min. from Tena. We stay in comfortable cabañas next to the river, which have private bathroom with hot water in the rainfall-shower, electricity and a balcony. From your balcony, you can relax in a hammock or deck chair and observe hummingbirds, shore river birds and butterflies. In the evening, listen to the night music of the multitude of frogs and other nocturnal creatures. The Lodge also has an open-air lounge with pool and full service bar, all connected by a raised and roofed boardwalk to guests rooms.

Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Hotel Sangay

By staying at Sangay Spa Hotel you will enjoy modern, cozy and comfortable rooms, within a natural environment that transmits peace and tranquility. You will have the privilege of resting with the lullaby of the beautiful waterfall in front of the Hotel. Your stay at Plaza Sangay, Cultural Heritage, will allow you to energize yourself in rooms with original walls of volcanic stone and you can share in unique restaurants with beautiful landscapes that invite you to enjoy our exquisite gastronomy. To relax deeply you can pamper yourself with Ayurveda therapies, ancient medicine of India, which seek the energetic balance of the being, thus creating a global feeling of well-being.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Women's Travel Club Ecuador Tour
Hotel Mercure

The fully refurbished Hotel Mercure Alameda offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to ensure guests on business and pleasure enjoy a comfortable stay and a range of excellent services at the best hotel in Quito. Furthermore, the staff offer world-class hospitality services.

Rates

Double Occupancy - $70 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $130 CAD per person (your own room)

Hotel Request