For a truly exciting and unique adventure, the 8-day Quito to Amazon tour doesn’t disappoint. You’ll immerse yourself in local culture as you stay on an expansive working colonial farm, followed by a luxury 4-night cruise in the beautiful Amazon Rainforest.
A Unique Hacienda Experience
Once you arrive in Quito, you’ll be whisked away to your hotel within the Andean mountains just two hours north. Hacienda Zuleta is one of the most unique accommodations in the country, situated on a colonial farm belonging to a former president of Ecuador, and is an outdoor lover’s paradise. While here, you’ll experience all the area has to offer and find yourself immersed in an authentic Ecuadorean experience .
Join in on one of the many offerings on this working farm, including cheese-making, relaxing in the garden, exploring the hacienda’s premises, learning about shepherding, or visiting the embroidery museum to learn how traditional fabrics are made. You’ll also have a chance to hike or horseback to the hacienda’s condor reintroduction project.
A day away from the hacienda takes you to Otavalo and its famous colorful market full of fine fabrics, traditional wood carvings, alpaca wool blankets, and clothing. In addition to experiencing the market itself, you’ll meet artisans and learn about their skilled approaches to their craft.
You’ll also have chances to explore an ecological reserve, visit the deep blue crater lake of Cuicocha Lagoon, and stop in the picturesque town of Cotacachi, where you will be introduced to their famous leatherwork.
Amazon Rainforest Immersion
The time arrives to leave the Ecuadorian Andes behind and head into the mystery and beauty of the country’s Amazon Rainforest. A quick flight takes you to the Amazonian city of Coca. Here you will board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute ride deeper into the Amazon itself before arriving at your floating accommodations, the Anakonda.
Expect both luxury and comfort aboard the Anakonda, your floating hotel for the next four nights. Select between your choice of air-conditioned cabins, including the Standard with its French-style balcony, or the spacious Deluxe featuring a jacuzzi bath and private balcony.
You’ll have plenty of social space onboard to enjoy as well, including an expansive sun deck, outdoor Jacuzzi, indoor lounge with plush sofas, a reclusive reading room, onboard boutique, and shaded deck for enjoying a cocktail or simply relaxing while taking in the scenery. Gourmet meals will be served in the spacious dining area.
Offered excursions into the rainforest include day and evening forest walks, canoeing, and visiting a local family to learn about their ways, culture, and traditions. You’ll also have ample opportunities for wildlife spotting, including the legendary pink river dolphins, primates, river otters, and colorful birds such as the hoatzin.
As one of our best Amazon tours from Quito, you’ll experience both the beauty and mystery of this incredible eco-system while being surrounded by luxury and attentive service by the crew at all times. All too soon, however, the cruise must come to an end, but not the adventure. The return trip via motorized canoe back to Coca provides you with one last chance to take photos and enjoy all the Amazon has to offer.