Leave the cold climes of Quito and descend to the sinuous rivers and sticky jungle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. On this 7-day itinerary, you will wildlife-spot along mighty waterways, climb into rainforest canopies, brave some of South America’s best white-water rapids and bathe in beautiful thermal pools. If you are set on exploring the Amazon, Ecuador is one of the best places to do it.
Best of Tena
As the nation’s unofficial whitewater capital, Tena has loads of options for rafting trips. You can take fun, family-style floats with gentle currents or tackle class III and class IV rapids along both the Río Napo and the Río Misahuallí. For a taste of the Amazon, naturalist guides lead excursions into the isolated Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park, where wildlife-filled tropical rainforest flourishes on the slopes of the Sumaco volcano. Closer to Tena, you can visit Kichwa communities and learn about their traditions and beliefs. At Tsatsayaku you can see a women’s cooperative of cacao producers who are helping to revitalize the community.
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Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland and Peru's highlights on this two-week trip. Start in Quito to tour the UNESCO-designated city center, then head to the Amazon for cultural experiences with the Kichwa indigenous community, wildlife viewing, and a peaceful rainforest atmosphere. Return to Quito by way of Cotopaxi National Park, home to the eponymous volcano. Then, catch a flight to Lima—the urban hub of Peru. End the trip with a visit to Cusco's pre-Inca ruins and a tour of the Sacred Valley and imperial Machu Picchu residence.
If you want to visit Ecuador but can't decide between city or rainforest life, this itinerary has the best of both worlds. Start in Quito to see colonial churches and visit the equatorial line, then head to the Amazon rainforest. Spend three days in Yasuni National Park relaxing at an ecolodge, panning for gold in a stream, and learning to make chocolate the authentic way.