Quito My Heart

The Amazon Basin
The panorama from Basilica del Voto Naciona
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Colonial Quito
Papallacta’s thermal springs
Andean town of Banos
Cotopaxi - the highest active snow-capped volcano in the world
Indian market town of Otavalo
  • A lil’ loop in a lil’ land. Start off with a dawdle around Quito, then zip out to the jungle for some Amazon action. Get your adrenaline kicks in Banos – or just plonk yourself in a hot spring. Suss out the goodies for sale at the Otavalo market.


    Named as one of Lonely Planet's Top 10 Countries 2013, Ecuador is apparently the place to be. Well aren't you a trendsetter?


    Day 1 - Quito

    In 1978, Quito was named UNESCO's first ever World Heritage site. As far as records go, it's definitely more exciting than "World's First Cat Hotel" or "World's First Necktie Vending Machine".

    Pre-departure meeting is at 2pm today.

      Day 2-3 - Amazon

      Take a boat into the Amazon and experience local life on a family homestay. It will open your mind. There are also tonnes of animals of bugs to spot during some of the jungle's tangled insides.

      Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

      Day 4-5 - Banos

      • Banos is an Ecuadorian hotspot. Here, go whitewater rafting, horse-riding, head to one of the many bars or just chill out in the hot springs. Or do all of the above.
      • Try one of many optional activities in your two days here - go horse riding, mountain biking, hiking or rafting
      • Perhaps visit the hot springs at dawn, and watch the sunrise
      • Go on a walking tour of the town, visiting the cathedral, local market, artisanal market, and the main street
      • Enjoy peace and quiet on weekdays, and a carnival-like atmosphere on weekends

      Day 6-8 - Quito

      • Head to the Otavalo market and grab some handwoven fabrics, wooden carvings and Panama hats. Don't forget to haggle.
      • Travel back to Quito for the night 
      • Take a day trip to the famous Otavalo market
      • The trip ends on Day 8, there are no activities planned for this day
    • What's Included

      • - Quito city tour including One museum, Compania Church & Panecillo - Jungle excursions during your Amazon stay - Short hike to 'El Pailon del Diablo" (waterfall) - Entry to Cotopaxi National Park - Entry to Cuicocha Lake in Otavalo - Transport, accommodation and meals as listed below

      Not Included

      • International flights, departure and airport taxes, visas, other meals, optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

      Safety Information

      Active Volcanoes
      This tour passes through volcanic areas.  In the instance, a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Gecko’s will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Gecko’s.

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    • Trip Dates and Prices

      Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
      02 Nov 2014 - 09 Nov 2014 Available US $495 Book Now
      14 Dec 2014 - 21 Dec 2014 Available US $495 Book Now
      10 Jan 2015 - 17 Jan 2015 Available US $550 Book Now
      04 Apr 2015 - 11 Apr 2015 Available US $535 Book Now
      02 May 2015 - 09 May 2015 Available US $550 Book Now
      27 Jun 2015 - 04 Jul 2015 Available US $550 Book Now
      25 Jul 2015 - 01 Aug 2015 Available US $565 Book Now
      22 Aug 2015 - 29 Aug 2015 Available US $585 Book Now
      19 Sep 2015 - 26 Sep 2015 Available US $585 Book Now
      14 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015 Available US $550 Book Now
    • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

      At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

      Quito My Heart

      Emyo - Australia, 14 Apr, 2013
      Overall Rating

      Wonderful trip. We sank deep into Amazonian mud and scaled dizzying heights of Cotopaxi volcano. A magical encounter with an orphaned baby woolly monkey at Yacuma Lodge.

      Quito My Heart

      Viktor/Anna - United States, 3 Jan, 2013
      Overall Rating

      Very interesting, and with a lot of varieties trip. So much and so reach experience in only 7 days!

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    Bus, Canoe, Minibus, On foot
    2 nights Amazon jungle lodge, 6 nights Hotel

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