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Ecuador Adventure

November 11-23, 2023

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Get in touch with the power of the planet on this adventure packed with many of Ecuador’s natural wonders. This trip will allow you to discover the magic of Ecuador as you travel via the Avenue of Volcanoes in the high Andean mountains. This journey will also take you to the best tropical Amazon destinations. Explore the town of Baños, the charming colonial city of Cuenca and the local indigenous market at Otavalo. Learn all about the various local tribes and cultures that exist in Ecuador, while you balance wildlife spotting, natural wonders, cultural experiences and adventure

 

Signature Moments

  • Relax in a thermal hotspring right outside your door
  • Explore villages and learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from locals
  • Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide
  • Learn to cook like a local at a chef led cooking class
  • Be surrounded by towering volcanoes
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 12 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 5 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • Quito City Tour
  • Equator Complex Visit
  • Otavalo Handicraft Market
  • Visit Peguche waterfall
  • Visit Cuicocha Lake
  • Visit Cotacachi Leather Town
  • Visit Peguche waterfall
  • Stay in a historic highlands hacienda
  • Empanadas Cooking Class
  • Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
  • Hummingbird Sanctuary and cloud forest walk
  • Amazon Night Walk
  • Amazon Home Experience
  • Visit the Valley of waterfalls including San Martin, Devil's Cauldron and the Bride's veil
  • Visit Chimborazo Volcano
  • Guamote community visit and project
  • Visit the Ingapirca Ruins
  • Cuenca city tour
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Flight from Cuenca to Quito
  • Permits for Cuicocha and Chimborazo National parks
  • Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Club tour host
Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Cathedral
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.
Accommodations: Swissotel Quito

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Quito
Quito

The Capital of Ecuador welcomes you with the first peek of the country. We will walk through the historical plazas and churches of the old town. The city's crown jewel is its 'Old Town,' a Unesco World Heritage Site packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures.

In the afternoon we will visit the Equator complex to witness the amazing experiments that your local guide will show you as proof that you will be standing right on the Equator line!
Accommodations: Swissotel Quito

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Otavalo
Otavalo

The tour starts with a trip north from Quito in the early morning towards the Otavalo indigenous market. En route, we'll stop briefly at a stunning panoramic lookout of the Imbabura Volcano and San Pablo Lake. The small town of Otavalo bustles with activity and makes the perfect first stop to immerse you in a world of artisan goods, from colorful textiles, alpaca coats, paintings, jewelry, leather, and so much more.

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 4
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Otavalo
Otavalo

This morning, you'll head to Cotacachi market, where the town's masterfully crafted leather goods have earned it a well-deserved reputation. Then we will stretch our legs with a walk to Cuicocha Lake. This stunning crater lake is in a 3km wide caldera at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means "Lago del Cuy" or Guinea Pig Lake in English.

Then back to our beautiful historic Hacienda for a chef led cooking class. Our chef will teach us how to prepare the unmistakable empanadas de viento; from flour as the main ingredient for the dough and cheese as a filling to taking them to the oven.
Accommodations: Hotel Pinsaqui

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Termas de Papallact
Papallacta

Today we will drive through the winding Andean paramo, where you might see incredible animals like the cara-cara, Andean condor, deer, pumas, or perhaps even a spectacled bear. Then you will arrive at the day's only destination - Papallacta Hot Springs Resort, where you can soak your worries away in the volcanic waters of their pools backdropped by stunning mountains and colorful paramo flowers.

Enjoy the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for the rest of the day with 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. The beautiful and tranquil hot springs are right outside your door at this one of a kind resort.
Accommodations: Termas de Papallact

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Hummingbird Sanctuary
Papallacta

Start your day with a visit to a hummingbird sanctuary. Keep your camera ready, catching great pictures of these beautiful little birds isn't easy.

Then we visit Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with your tour guide to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. Return to Termas de Papallact for a relaxing afternoon enjoying the thermal spas.
Accommodations: Termas de Papallact

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Amazon Jungle
Tena

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.
Accommodations: Itamandi Lodge

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Amazon Jungle
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. 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 9
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Waterfall
Banos

Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanoes. Along the way, visit the Valley of Waterfalls including San Martin, Devil's Cauldron and the Bride's Veil.

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 La Floresta

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Chimborazo Volcano
Riobamba

This day takes you to the majestic Chimborazo Volcano, soaring to an elevation of 6,310 meters above sea level (the furthest point from the center of the earth!). This peak dominates the landscape for miles in every direction. You will have an opportunity to do a short hike to the Glacier's edge as well before heading to the classic mountain lodge for the evening.
Accommodations: Hacienda La Andaluza

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Guamote
Cuenca

The canton of Guamote is the most traditional region in Ecuador. 95% of the population is Indigenous (while in the whole of Ecuador it is only 25%). Guamote itself has about 5,000 inhabitants, but in the mountains surrounding Guamote another 40,000 people live in small communities. We will visit a Guamote community an project. Afterwards, you'll visit the Inca ruins at Ingapirca, where you will learn about how this site is a unique fusion of Cañari and Inca architecture and how it was relevant as a religious site. The day ends in the colonial city of Cuenca.
Accommodations: La Victoria Hotel

Day 12
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Cuenca
Cuenca - Quito

Your final day takes us through the historic colonial town of Cuenca, visiting the major highlights including Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Turi panoramic lookout, and El Barranco. Then you'll visit a factory where the Panama hats are made. Then a short flight back to Quito.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Quito Airport

Day 13
Women's Travel Club Ecuador Adventure - Monkey
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 or continuing on to our Galapagos Private Catamaran Cruise.

**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 - $5359 CAD per person (sharing a room) - approx. $4300 USD
Single Occupancy - $6999 CAD per person (your own room) - approx. $5500 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.

Deposit of $1000 CAD due at time of booking.
Final Payment due - September 1, 2023

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

 

Extend your Stay

Galapagos Private Catamaran Cruise
November 23 - December 2, 2023
The Galápagos Islands are known for their beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife. The Women's Travel Club Galapagos Cruise has everything required for the most spectacular of all Galapagos vacations. Our jaw-dropping sailing vessel started operations at the Galapagos Islands in 2008 and holds a reputation as one of the classiest cruises on the islands. Expect to witness an amazing concentration of birdlife and massive bird rookeries, including the largest nesting colonies of red-footed boobies and frigate birds. Hike on secluded islands, relax on the white-sand beaches, or snorkel with sea lions.

Galapagos Private Catamaran

 

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 - 10 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

 

Tour Host

Women's Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women's Travel Club tour host is your tour conceierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travelers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women's Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is Karen Bears.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive and Depart - Quito

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

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
Swissotel Quito

Swissotel Quito is one of the city's main five-star luxury hotels, conveniently located in the Floresta district of Quito, a commercial and residential area. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free Internet connection. Two excellent restaurants offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine, a menu for all tastes.

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.

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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 La Floresta

Welcome to La Floresta Hotel, a quiet and familiar place at the foot of the mountains, where you can enjoy a stay that blends nature and traditional architecture. The Hotel La Floresta was established in 1992 by the Burgos Freire family, it began its operation with 4 rooms.

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Hacienda La Andaluza

On the southeastern slopes of the Chimborazo volcano, 3,320 meters closer to the stars and with the colossal volcano as its faithful guardian, is located Hostería La Andaluza- Hacienda Chuquipogio, which transports those who visit it on a literal journey through memory and the history.

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La Victoria Hotel

The Hotel Victoria is located in the middle of Calle Larga and also in the middle of Barranco: you will have the confluence of the Tomebamba at your feet and the concurrence of the historic center a few steps away. But the charms of the Hotel Victoria are also inside: from the imposing marble and brick building to the decorations, all from Cuenca, arranged in each room. Thus, we offer an experience according to the city that welcomes us: full of delights and centuries-old distinction, and also as if you were always at home.

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Holiday Inn Quito Airport

Located just five minutes from Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport, and 30 minutes from the north of the city, where the main corporate offices and the biggest shopping centers are located. Holiday Inn Quito Airport offers 125 comfortable rooms and an elegant Executive Lounge with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.