National Geographic Journeys

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

  • Duration 9 Days | Round-trip Quito
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $1,999 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview


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.


Trip Highlights

    • Explore Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest—on foot and by boat—alongside a local guide.
    • Learn about traditional weaving during a visit to an artisan’s studio.
    • Drive the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes, lined by some of Ecuador’s highest peaks.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 Otavalo

Drive to the highlands with a stop at the Andean village of Peguche for a community visit and lunch. Continue to the indigenous town of Otavalo and explore its celebrated market. Spend the night at a historical hacienda. (1B, 1L)

Day 3 Papallacta

Visit the studio of a renowned artisan to learn about the local art of weaving. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for on-site hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. Enjoy plenty of free time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views. (1B)

Days 4 & 5 Papallacta/Tena

Visit Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with our guide to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. After visit Misahualli, to view the cheeky Capuchin monkeys who call this town home. Continue to Tena to catch our motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Settle in and receive a briefing from the local naturalist guide about the lodge and area. After, embark on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about nocturnal creatures of the Amazon. The next day 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 fruits or seeds. 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, learn about their traditions and what daily life is like, living in the Amazon. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 6 & 7 Baños

Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanos. Along the way visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany – the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them. The next day you're free to explore Baños, where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking. (2B)

Day 8 Quito

Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route. Enjoy stunning views of the perfectly shaped volcano (one of the highest, active volcanoes in the world). (1B)

Day 9 Quito

Depart at any time. (1B)

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