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7-Day Local Living Ecuador - Amazon Jungle Tour
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Product Code: 1113-25735
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest
  • • Learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts
  • • Visit an animal rescue centre
  • • Hone your blowgun skills
  • • Experience a shamanic ceremony
Tour Code
1113-25735
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Quito
End City
Quito
Tour Type:
Adventure
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Wildlife, Cultural, Backpacker, Adventure, Nature

Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours; Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Quito

Quito

Hotel: Hotel Eugenia or similar

Arrive at any time.

Your CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.

Excess luggage can be stored free of charge at the joining hotel during your tour if desired.

Tips:
Joining Hotel: Hotel Eugenia
Address: 1245 Av. Diego de Almagro, Quito, Ecuador
Tel: +593 2 252 4895

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Ecuadorian Amazon

Amazon Jungle

Hotel: Local Home or similar

Travel by bus and pickup truck into the Amazon jungle where you will spend the next four nights with a local Quichua family in a small village in rustic wooden huts. Walk to a viewpoint and have a natural mud facemask treatment.

Tips:
Dinner is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Ecuadorian Amazon

Amazon Jungle

Hotel: Local Home or similar

Guided walk to a waterfall then return home for a cooking class to make one of many jungle treats such as chocolate, wrapped grilled fish or a chicha cassava beer drink. Learn about medicinal plants on an afternoon jungle walk.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Ecuadorian Amazon

Amazon Jungle

Hotel: Local Home or similar

Morning car and canoe ride to AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. Free time in the afternoon to relax in the jungle.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Ecuadorian Amazon

Amazon Jungle

Hotel: Local Home or similar

Visit the Cando School in the morning complete with a recess soccer match against the students before learning to make jungle artisan crafts in the afternoon. Whitewater rafting is an option instead of the artisan crafts session. During your final evening in the jungle, experience a shaman healing ceremony and a jungle marriage ceremony.

CANDO COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Over 10 years ago, one of our tour leaders met a local Ecuadorian jungle guide by the name of Delfin Pauchi. Delfin invited this tour leader and G Adventures group to his home in the Amazon where he and his family gave them the opportunity to experience their way of life, and the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Since this was such a positive experience for both Delfin's family and the travellers, we developed a working relationship and over the years many G Adventures groups have experienced life with Delfin, his wife Estela, and their six children. With suggestions and training from a Peace Corps Volunteer and continued visits and support from G Adventures groups, Delfin and Estela developed “Cabanas Pimpilala” and are now able to offer memorable homestays for our travellers.

When Local operater first started visiting the Cando Community, there was no school for the children. They had to travel at least 45 minutes by car to get to school, and since there are not a lot of cars in the community many children had to walk several hours to get to school.

With the help of local oeprater and members of the community, a school was built in the Cando Community and Delfin's wife, Estela, became the very first teacher. Today, twenty children between the ages of 6 and 11 attend this school and Estela now receives payment from the Ecuadorian government for her teaching wages.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Quito

Quito

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

Enjoy a blowgun demonstration and contest. Travel back to Quito.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Quito

Quito


Depart at any time.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
The Quito International Airport is approximately one hour outside of the city centre where your joining hotel is located. There are a number of routes the driver may take depending on time of day and traffic, however, the route often seems long and indirect. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is by organizing a taxi at the desk within the airport (approximately $30 USD).

Private transfers generally cost more as the cars will need to drive from Quito, to the airport, and return. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find a taxi stand. We strongly recommend you pay for the car at set rates from the taxi stand and therefore won't need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic with many drivers vying for few clients. The taxis outside the airport area do not belong to the Taxi Airport Union and may charge higher fares.

There is also a shuttle available with the bus company Aeroservicios. Aeroservicios charges 8 USD to board a bus which will take you from the new airport to the old airport. The buses are new, comfortable, and often include wifi. From the old airport, a taxi to get to your hotel would generally cost $5 USD depending on the distance and location.

If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line at 09 99506000. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Four-day Amazon Jungle homestay. Visit to AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre. Walks to a viewpoint and a waterfall. Jungle cooking class. Medicinal plants jungle walk. Visit to Cando School. Artisan crafts session. Cultural night including a shamanic healing ceremony and jungle marriage ceremony. Transport between destinations and included activities.
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners. (Allow USD40-60 for meals not included.)
  • 6 night accommodations: Rustic jungle lodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts).
  • Local bus, motorized canoe, pickup truck, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local Quichua guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and Quito.
  • All personal expenses including hotel room service and meals; however, you have the option to pay for meals that tour guide arranges
  • Optional tours: All prices are per person in US dollar amounts (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
    Quito:
    Quito City Tour
    This tour of Quito is perfect for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, and historical architecture of Quito. Learn about colonial art, culture, legends, and traditions.
    Quito was designated by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Site. The trip takes about 3.5 hours including the visit to the lookout point of El Panecillo where you will find one of the best views of Quito.
    Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation)
    - Entrance fees for the churches and Panecillo are not included in the price and are approx $ 9 USD p/p.
    - Price for 1 person : $ 50 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $40 USD

    City Tour + Equator Line
    (Combination of City tour and Middle of the World Tour)
    After the scenic city tour of Quito (described above) we go to the Equator line museum . Here we visit the Inti Nan local museum where you can see different experiments to prove that you are at the Centre of the Earth. On the 00°00’00” line at the museum, you will have the opportunity to interact with demonstrations of phenomena that occur in nature, and which can be tested on our magnetic equatorial line.

    This trip takes about 5 hours in total and includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation )
    - Entrances fees for City Tour : $ 6 USD (Churches)
    - Equator line fees : $ 6 USD (Museums)
    - Price for 1 person : $ 60 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $45 USD

    The Middle of the world
    Driving 25 Kms. (16 miles) north of Quito, marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Here you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. We will visit the Inti nan site museum (pathway of the sun) which show the diversity of Ecuador's native groups .

    On the 00°00’00” line at the museum, you will have the opportunity to interact with demonstrations of phenomena that occur in nature, and which can be tested on our magnetic equatorial line.

    Later we head up to Pululahua crater view point , which is one of the two inhabited volcanic caldera in the world. Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation)
    - Entrance fees for the Museums are not included in the price and are approx $9 USD p/p.
    - Price for 1 person : $ 50 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $40 USD

    Otavalo Market
    The Otavalo market is considered one the biggest and best native markets in South America. Here you can find an extremely wide variety of handicrafts made in Ecuador. We head north along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way we visit the village of Calderon to see the bread figures and Cayambe to taste the typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). After you have explored the Otavalo market, we go to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town . The busiest Market Day is Saturday with the most vendors, but the market is open daily.
    This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 08h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation ) - Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD

    Mindo Cloud Forest – Full Day
    Drive northwest for about 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation as we go down the andes to the cloudforest. Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities.
    Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views.
    Time for lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and visit a butterfly farm where you will be able to see an array of colorful humming birds for which Mindo is renowned.
    In the afternoon there is also the option of an organic chocolate tour which includes a demonstration of the chocolate-making process and of course tasting too!
    This trip takes about 9 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation )

    Allow : $10 USD for lunch and $ 20 USD for entrance fees.
    - Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD

    Cotopaxi Volcano
    A spectacular 2-hour drive in private transport takes us to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park , the highest active volcano in the world (5897 m) . We visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. We then continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4500m. Then we walk approximately 1.5hrs to the refuge at 4800m, and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). We head back to the Pan-American highway to have lunch somewhere near Latacunga, or buy a box lunch on the way to have more time in the park. Return to Quito in the afternoon.

    This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes guide/driver in english and private transportation )
    - Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD
    - Does not include Cotopaxi Park Entrance fee $35 USD per group ( Park fee cost can be split between travellers)

    PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
    
Two hours drive to the east are the Termas de Papallacta. They are located on the Cinnamon trail, (65km from Quito) which is the same route that Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, and discovered the Amazon River.

    Things to do:

    a) Hot springs pools with different temperatures and sizes with views of the Antisana volcano 5750m.
    b) Trekking up the river
 on marked path
    c) Horseback rides
 - extra cost
    d) Relax in the new spa recently inaugurated (spa services not Included in entrance fee cost.)

    Important Note:
    - Lunch not included however restaurant available onsite offering typical Ecuadorian meals with some international options.
    - Return to Quito in the afternoon.

    - This tour provides transport service only. Your driver will drop you off at the Hot Springs and wait for you when you are ready to leave.

    - Full day tour
    Tour Price: $100 USD – 1 Person
    $50 USD per person for 2+ travellers
    $7 USD Entrance fee per person

    Rainforest:
    Rafting available

    TELEFERICO ( CABLE CAR )
    You can get from 2.800 m to 4.200 m in 10 minutes and view Quito at your feet.
    Take a taxi from the hotel $3 to get there.
    Entrance $8 foreigners. Locals $4
    Option for a small hike inside the complex.(bring warm clothes)
    Shops and restaurants available
    Monday to Friday 9:am to 5:pm
    Saturday and holidays 10:am to 5:00 pm

    NOTE: These prices are based on 2 clients but if you are a single traveler we can accommodate your trips as well. If there are more than 2 clients booking, the prices may be less than those quoted above. Please note that many optional activities will need to be paid in cash.
  • Service fee: It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
    Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
Special Notes
  • About Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with local operater you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
  • About Transportation: In order to arrive in the heart of the Amazon jungle we travel by public bus and then continue by way of private van or 4x4's depending on group size. When in the jungle transportation is limited to walking around and exploring the area on foot. WIth all meals and activities included, there is no need to worry about getting around.
  • About Accommodation: The Pimpilala Lodge is located in the Amazon jungle, 45 minutes from Tena. The lodge offers varied basic accommodation in rustic wooden huts or bungalows, both with mosquito nets. All travellers will have access to shared showers (no hot water) and toilets outside of the rooms, but located very near by. A local family lives in the main lodge and they encourage people to hang out and see how they cook. A common area with hammocks is a popular place to relax.
  • Money Exchange: Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available some may not accept all international credit or debit cards. You may need to try at more than one machine if the first does not accept your card. You should also check with your bank before leaving to ensure that your card works internationally. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. Please bring USD banknotes in denominations smaller than 100, as they can be hard to exchange in Ecuador. 100 dollar bills of certain series (e.g. CB B2) can be especially hard to cash! CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent). As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at all times. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft loss at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

*Prices listed have been adjusted.

*Prices are based on shared room/tent basis, single occupancy is not offered. Single travelers will be paired with another same sex client in a twin share room.
*price for Double Occupancy applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
*Adult Age: 18 and older.
*Children Age: 12-17.
*Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
*Children share the same price as adult.
*Maximum room capacity: 2 people.
*Please include the birth date of your children when booking.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Christina Saunders

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    12/29/2015

    "We were researching for a trip using another website and a friend of mine told me about Tours4Fun. We booked through them because they have the same tour as the other site but were a little bit cheaper. And purchasing the tour was clear an...d straightforward but it was a little bit of a headache when they kept emailing me on getting my passports and additional trip information afterwards. But their customer service we polite and once we got everything figured out, it was fun. We went on a Quito and on an Amazon Jungle Bus Tour where we met in Quito the first day then we started traveling into an Inca village a little further into the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle on the second day. The tour guide we met and talked to was nice and everything seemed to be planned out. The tour went with the itinerary they gave us and the family at the place where we stayed at in the Amazon was very nice and accommodating. And, they made the experience even better than it would have been. Overall, it was a good trip." Read full review

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