Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Highlights

Colonial Quito, colorful Otavalo, and the jungle wildlife of Yasuni National Park


2013 DEPARTURES

7/13-7/19, 8/3-8/9, 9/14-9/20, 10/5-10/11

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Trip Length 7 days/6 nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart Quito, Ecuador
Price From $3,295 to $3,695
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Trip Motif Wildlife Natural History Ecuador Andes To Amazon : Journey Highlights





Start high in the World Heritage City of Quito, surrounded by volcanoes at 8,500 feet. After exploring Quito’s treasures, head to the artisan town of Otavalo to wander the local market and meet a famous weaver. Expanding your highland experience, hike to the sacred waterfall of Peguche and visit the Cuicocha Volcano crater lake.

Then it’s on to the Amazon for an unforgettable adventure at the incredible Napo Wildlife Center in Yasuni National Park. From your base at the exceptional lodge, daily excursions on the river, climbs into the lodge’s canopy towers, and walks to parrot clay licks keep you in the thick of rainforest nature. This is a truly colorful journey, in every sense of the word.

  • Quito: Marvel at the elaborate cathedrals, fabulous paintings, and other historic features of “Old Town” Quito.
  • Straddle the equator: Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at once at the Middle of the World Monument.
  • Personal connections:Visit with renowned weaver Jose de la Torre, share lunch with hacienda owners and flower exporters Francisco and Maria Gloria, and meet local Quicha women to learn about mucahua pottery.
  • The Amazon rainforest: Stay in one of the most acclaimed eco-lodges in the entire region, located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The birding and wildlife watching opportunities are extraordinary.

“Experience the natural contrasts of Ecuador, from the Amazonian jungle to the volcanic highlands. This is a very unique trip at a great price—you won’t find anything else like it!" —Erin Hamilton, OBP Travel Expert