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A Luxurious Trip from the Rainforest to the Coast

12 Days

Embark on a 12-day luxury journey through Ecuador, from the dense, biodiverse rainforest of Yasuní National Park to the serene Pacific Coast. This exclusive tour blends adventurous excursions with cultural immersion, offering a deep dive into Ecuador’s natural wonders and ancestral heritage. Explore the historic city of Quito, navigate the Amazon rainforest, engage with indigenous communities, and cruise along the breathtaking coastline, experiencing Ecuador’s unmatched beauty and diversity. Ecuador Luxury Rainforest and Coast

This offer is valid until 31 December 2024

TourThis offer is valid until 31 December 2024

Overview

This luxurious tour offers an unparalleled exploration of Ecuador. Starting in Quito, you’ll enjoy a city tour and cooking class, then fly to Coca for a rainforest adventure in Yasuní National Park. Highlights include wildlife observation, a visit to an indigenous community, and snorkeling along the Pacific Coast. The journey culminates in a coastal cruise, showcasing Ecuador’s rich marine life and ancestral cultures, all while staying in first-class accommodations.

Highlights

  • Quito's History: Discover Quito's historic center and indulge in a traditional cooking class.
  • Amazon Rainforest: Navigate the Yasuní National Park by canoe, encounter diverse wildlife, and visit a parrot clay lick.
  • Indigenous Community: Learn about ancient traditions and lifestyles at an indigenous community in the Amazon.
  • Pacific Coast Cruise: Explore Ecuador's coast, snorkel with sea lions, and, if lucky, witness humpback whales
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the ancient Valdivia culture, learn about the Manteño civilization, and visit the crafters of the finest Toquilla straw hats.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in Quito

Day 2: Quito City Tour & Cooking Class

Day 3: Flight to Coca & Start of your Rainforest Adventure

Day 4: Observation Tower, Garza Cocha Lake & Night Walk

Day 5: Parrot Clay Lick, Indigenous Community & Jungle Hike

Day 6: Return to Civilization

Day 7: Flight to Manta & Embark the Cruise along the Pacific Coast

Day 8: Exploring Ayangue

Day 9: Visit to Machalilla National Park

Day 10: Isla de la Plata (Silver Island)

Day 11: Pacoche, San Lorenzo & Return to Quito

Day 12: Departure

Itinerary

Take a glimpse out of the window while approaching Quito Airport and first look at the beautiful Andean scenery surrounding Ecuador’s capital. Upon arrival, your driver will welcome you and
escort you to your hotel in the city center. Depending on your time of arrival, just relax a bit in your hotel or head out for a first exploration of the city.

You will explore Quito’s historic city center today. Quito lies at an altitude of 9350 ft/2850 m and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Stroll through the narrow streets and over the big plazas, and visit some of the most important churches, such as La Compañía (its interior is covered in gold), a great example of the „Baroque School of Quito“. Walk down „La Ronda“, one of the oldest streets of Quito, and head to Panecillo Hill for spectacular 360° views.

Enjoy a few free hours in the afternoon before you get a chance to learn about—and taste—Ecuador’s traditional cooking with dishes such as locro de papa (potato stew), bolon de verde (plantain dumplings), and encocado de pescado (fish in coconut sauce). Meet a local Quito chef for a trip to a market to buy the ingredients needed for each dish (if open, check for availability). Learn about the recipes and then follow the steps to create a meal to share with your group.

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Quito in the morning and escort you to the airport, from where you take a short 50-minute flight to Coca - the starting point for your rainforest adventure!

Upon arrival at the small airport Francisco de Orellana, you are welcomed by the crew of your lodge and join the rest of your small group. From Coca, you will take a motorized canoe to your lodge deep inside the jungle, where you can already enjoy the first impressions of the rainforest and observe the unique landscapes.

The manager will be waiting to greet you with a refreshing juice, snacks, and a short briefing with general information about your stay and you will start a hike into the rainforest. On your return, you will have dinner

After breakfast, you will visit an observation tower. After a 20-minute walk, it will come into sight. This amazing construction will allow you to climb 120 ft above the forest. Your Naturalist and Native guides will help you spot the colorful birds of the Amazon, maybe even certain primates.

After another 30-minute walk from the tower, we reach Mandi Cocha. This small lake has different vegetation and landscapes displaying the beauty of the flooded forest. With a little bit of luck, our guests might spot the famous giant otters that make their home nearby. This endangered species is difficult to find, but during this visit, there’s a chance we might see them!

Enjoy a delicious lunch, and afterward, you will visit Garza Cocha Lake. This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is one of several opportunities to spot several species of monkeys and birds. Sometimes, huge groups of squirrel monkeys join families of capuchin monkeys to look for food. Howler monkeys also like to spend the late afternoon around the lake. The hoatzin, a large unique bird found only in pristine Amazon environments, is very easy to spot.

For the night walk, all you need is a flashlight and your camera to see the jungle come alive at night. Amphibians, insects, reptiles, birds, and nocturnal mammals may be seen wherever your guides take you.

After an early breakfast, you will make your way back to the Napo River and take a motorized canoe ride to the clay lick, one of the most fascinating displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather here to eat the mineral-rich soil, an important part of their diet. Binoculars are essential to really capture the moment.

At the indigenous community of Pilchi, you will learn about how the first nations of the Amazon lived dating back thousands of years, including how they dress, what they eat, how they cook, and the many ways they use what the forest provides in their daily lives. A truly unique, fascinating, and fun experience! Don’t be shy to ask them questions, and be brave to try some of the traditional drinks and food! they love to share their ancestral knowledge and spread awareness about their culture and where they live.

After lunch, embark on a hike along "Coto Trail". This is a fantastic walk that goes from the lodge to the edge of the Garza Cocha Lake. In the afternoon, the soft rays of sunlight make this walk an amazing experience and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this amazing forest. Your guide will point out and explain all of the fascinating creatures that you come across, and our native guide will show you some of the medicinal plants that they have had for thousands of years. A canoe ride back to the lodge will provide you with the opportunity to see Caymans, bats, and other nocturnal wildlife in and around the lake, giving this activity a fantastic ending.

Back at the lodge, the manager will provide you with all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning and our bartender is going to offer you a delicious farewell cocktail.

Today, it's already time to say goodbye to your lodge and the Yasuni National Park! You will return to Coca by canoe, and from there you will take the plane back to Quito. Your driver will await you at Quito Airport and accompany you to your hotel in the city center.

If you are up to it, explore more parts of Quito and take, for example, a stroll through La Carolina Park or visit the Botanical Garden. There are also many interesting museums in the historic city center waiting to be explored.

Your private driver will pick you up today at your hotel in Quito and escort you to Quito Airport for your domestic flight to Manta, located on Ecuador's Pacific Coast, where the next part of your Ecuador adventure starts.

Your discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta, one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in the Manabí province. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star product, tuna, is exported all over the world.

A shuttle will take you to Manta’s port authority (TPM), from where we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome drink. Our concierge will introduce you to our crew members, go over the yacht areas, and assign the staterooms that will become your home for the next 5 days.

In the evening, you will enjoy a delicious welcome dinner hosted by the executive chef onboard. Overnight sailing to Ayangue.

We start day 2 of the cruise in Ayangue, a small coastal town also known as the Pool of the Pacific because of its calm waters. After breakfast onboard, we will depart in one of our tenders to the nearby islet El Pelado for a snorkeling expedition. This is a unique opportunity to swim with the local community of sea lions and explore the submarine secrets of the area. From June until October, this also becomes a privileged location to see humpback whales closely.

By noon, we will return to the yacht for marine activities in the ocean club and lunch onboard.After lunch, we will disembark on the beach of Ayangue and after a short beach walk, we will arrive at a charming place where we will learn about the Valdivia culture. This is a millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition, inherited from the pre-Inca Valdivia culture (4500 B.C.). We will learn about the techniques and materials used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own handcraft in a beautiful “experience in clay”.

We return to the yacht for dinner. At night, the boat will sail to Machalilla National Park.

After a hearty breakfast, we will disembark in Machalilla National Park where a land transfer will take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America, the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 A.C. Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares, and other archeological remains are some of
the treasures in Agua Blanca.

A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds, and local trees such as the algarrobos. During our visit, we will celebrate an ancestral ritual of purification and gratitude, that will connect us with nature and with ourselves, accompanied by the guidance of the shamans of the community. Return to the yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a private beach experience in the islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine activities such as snorkeling, paddleboard, kayaking, or swimming in our beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.

We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner on the main deck (depending on weather conditions). At night, we will sail to Isla de la Plata.

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park. Isla de la Plata holds beautiful natural treasures, and a walk along its trails will take us to nesting areas of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies, and Frigatebirds. After the land exploration, you will head back to the yacht for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, you will participate in a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the marine ecosystem on the island. You will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and turtles.

During mating season, June to October, we will be able to see from the distance humpback whales that come to warmer waters to mate and give birth (Scuba diving is available upon request
at the time of booking).

In the afternoon, enjoy a sunset party (depending on weather conditions) with the freshest seafood in the area and signature cocktails.
Sailing to Pacoche / San Lorenzo during the night.

In the morning, after breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of Manta where a land transfer will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. Our first visit is to the tropical humid forest where you will hike along one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.

Afterward, we will go to San Lorenzo, one of the largest nesting spots for marine turtles in Ecuador. If you are lucky, you will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean during the hatching season. You will also enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo using the manabita ancestral oven.

After lunch, we will learn about the toquilla straw hat tradition with a local family of weavers from Pile. The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the world. We will be able to see firsthand how the hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was designated in 2012 as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.

After this last activity, you will do the check- out and will be transferred to Manta’s airport for your return flight to Quito.

Upon arrival at Quito Airport, your private driver will already be waiting for you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 12 :
Departure

Time flew by way too fast, so now it’s already time to say goodbye. On time for your international flight, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to Quito Airport. We hope that you’ve had an unforgettable time in Ecuador and that you’ll visit us again one day to explore the rest of the country!

Cost

Included

  • - Private Airport transfers in Quito
  • - Accommodation in selected first-class hotels (double rooms)
  • - 4-day rainforest group tour in the Yasuní National Park, with English-speaking naturalist guides,
  • canoe transportation, and full board
  • - Rubber boots and rain ponchos during the rainforest tour
  • - Meals: 11x breakfast, 7x lunch, 8x dinner
  • - Flight Quito - Coca - Quito
  • - Flight Quito - Manta - Quito
  • - Wetsuits and snorkeling during the cruise along the coast
  • - 5-day Pacific Coast cruise (group tour) with English-speaking guides, excursions, and full board
  • - Private English-speaking guide and transportation on day 2
  • - Activities as mentioned in the itinerary (subject to change)
  • - International flights
  • - (Travel-) Insurance
  • - Personal expenses such as tips
  • - Additional meals or drinks
  • - Any other items not specified in the itinerary