Explore the Amazon Rainforest from the comforts of a boat. Then, in contrast to the hot humid rainforest, experience the cool fresh air of life in the Andes Mountains.
Begin your holiday to Ecuador in Quito, a city with a dramatic and unique setting of 2,800 metres above sea level, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha Volcano and with the equator running through the northern districts. The old town showcases traditional squares surrounded by colonial mansions and ornate churches, linked by narrow cobbled streets.
From Quito venture deep into the enchanting Amazon Rainforest where few people have had the opportunity to visit. Interact with local communities and view incredible wildlife from dugout canoes, and at the end of the day return to the luxury of The Anakonda, a floating hotel. Participate in three daily guided excursions which include hikes on foot through the lush vegetation, small motorised canoe trips down meandering tributaries and canopy wildlife viewing from treetop towers.
End this exciting Ecuador holiday back in the Andes Mountains. Travel down the Pan-American highway flanked by snowcapped volcanoes, aptly named the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Stay in a charming traditional hacienda, get an insight into a working farm and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery Ecuador has to offer.
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With Pichincha Volcano one side, Machangara Gorge on the other and the equator passing directly through, few can rival Quito's setting. Few also can match the splendour of its old town, with its colonial churches, mansions and plazas. Quito was named as the first World Cultural Heritage Site in the world by UNESCO in 1978. This historical city has the largest and best preserved historic centre and colonial quarters in Latin America. As old gives way to new, broad avenues and parks host international hotels, restaurants and shopping centres.
You will be staying at La Casona de la Ronda
Day at LeisureDay at leisure to explore the city. Wander the cobbled streets of the historic city visiting Independence Square and the ornate churches. Visit the Artisan markets, spend time in some fascinating museums including Guayasamin Museum, Casa del Alabado and Intinan Museum, and catch the cable car up Pichincha Volcano at 4100m for stunning views of Quito and the surrounding area.Travel further a field to the equatorial monument, visit the vibrant market town of Otavalo, visit the Cloudforest and see a myriad of different flora and fauna, have lunch in a traditional hacienda or journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Fly Quito to Coca
Embark AnakondaTake a short 30-minute flight to Coca. From here transfer to the Río Napo port and journey by motorised canoe downstream to board the boat, a journey of approximately 90 minutes. During the journey look at the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from the sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region. After lunch, an initial outing on one of the trails will introduce the wonders of the tropical rainforest. After dinner, take an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes.
You will be staying at Anakonda
Visit the Panacocha Biological CorridorContinue the navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta. Take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, as well as the water monkey fish (Arowana) and white caiman. After a refreshing swim, eat an Amazon-style BBQ meal at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails.The Amazon region in Ecuador is located to the east of the Andes mountain range. Within this vast green wilderness are numerous national parks and forest reserves sparsely populated with indigenous communities where you can experience the rainforest, its people, and myriad of wildlife. River dolphin, tapir, capybara, caiman, monkeys plus countless species of birds are just a few of the magical animals that hide in these forests.Mostly unexplored and more biologically diverse than the enchanting Galapagos Islands, the opportunity to stay in one of Ecuador’s jungle lodges, lost deep in the rainforest, is a life enriching experience.
Clay Licks - Sani Warmi & Yasuni National ParkSet out to visit a parrot lick, an amazing spectacle. These unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets every day. Later visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Centre, a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life, a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. After lunch, make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre and end with an evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
Indillama & Napo Rivers - Yasuni National ParkToday kayak through one of the afluents of the Napo River that goes into the Yasuni National Park, the Indillama River. Great opportunities exist for wildlife observation, kayaks are a good silent vehicle to flow down river.
Border with Peru (The Heart of the Yasuni)Disembark for a close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, learn about the relationship between plants and animals.After lunch, the M/V Anakonda navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. You may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as "the Stinky Turkey". The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.For the more adventurous, please inquire about the glamping program.
Meeting the Community - Activities on board - Island ExploratVisit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, with the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.Return on board for lunch and a moment to relax while navigating upstream. A lecture and documentary screening will be offered and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.
Parrot's Clay Lick - Limoncocha Biological ReserveSet out to visit a parrot clay lick and visit a small community arts and crafts shop, an excellent place to find souvenirs to take home.In the afternoon, visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening with a chance to spot black caiman with the help of torches.
Disembark AnakondaHead back to Coca by motorised canoe, a ride upstream of around two hours. Take the morning flight back to Quito.
Fly Coca to Quito
Avenue of the Volcanoes and CotopaxiTwo hours south of Quito, the ’Avenue des Volcanoes’ winds its way between the Andean foothills with views of the snow-capped volcanoes and very lush and green valleys. As well as the views, not least of Cotopaxi the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi National Park is of note for its flora and fauna, in particular the Andean Condor.
You will be staying at Hacienda La Alegria
Day at Leisure with Optional ActivitiesDay to explore Cotopaxi National Park:- Follow one of many trails throughout the park by foot or horseback and amongst the spectacular scenery of the Andean Paramo.- Visit Limpiopungo Lake and observe wildlife including white-tailed deer, lamas and the giant Andean Condor.- Take up the challenge of climbing Cotopaxi.- Shop for souvenirs at an authentic Indian market such as Pujili or Saquisili with their array of colours, scents and sounds.Two hours drive south from Quito is the Avenue of the Volcanoes, a road that winds its way between Andean foothills dotted with volcanoes. The area offers fantastic views of the snow-capped volcanoes, lush green valleys and mountain lakes, the perfect place for many outdoor activities. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, conical in shape and snow capped year round, not only a beautiful mountain to look at but a fun challenge to climb. This area has many traditional haciendas, often remaining in the same family for generations, a wonderful place to stay to get a feel of the real Ecuador. The weekly markets here also offer a colourful insight into rural life for the Andean Indians communities.
Drive from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Quito
A drive of between one and a half and two hours.
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