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Papallacta: Private Tour from Quito

1. Papallacta: Private Tour from Quito

Enjoy a relaxed day in the Andes. You will start your journey driving to the north of Quito, through beautiful mountains (over 4.000 meters). After one hour, you will arrive at the village of Papallacta, where you will stop for a hot chocolate and a snack. Then, you will make a hike (1.5 hours) around the Papallacta river, where you may spot Andean bears and birds. Afterwards, you can relax in the hot volcanic pools of Papallacta. The open air thermal pools have various benefits. Due to its minerals, these waters will help you to gently exfoliate your skin and relax your body. Enjoy additional services such as facials, massages and aroma therapy (with extra cost). After this, you will have lunch at a local restaurant and will return back to Quito, to visit the local handicraft market. Itinerary 8:00 AM: Pickup at hotel in Quito and start driving to Papallacta9:30 AM: Hot chocolate in Papallacta11:00 AM: Hike around the Papallacta river12:30 PM: Enjoy the open air thermal baths of Papallacta3:00 PM: Lunch at a local restaurant5:00 PM: Visit local handicrafts market “Mercado Artesanal” in Quito (optional)6:00 PM: Back at hotel in Quito Note: All hours are approximate, except for the starting time.

Tena: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the Jatun Yacu

2. Tena: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the Jatun Yacu

Spend the day whitewater rafting in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador’s Jatun Yacu River on a full-day tour from Tena. The trip starts early with a pick-up at 08:30 for the 45-minute drive deep into the jungle at Cando. There you will be equipped with a life jacket, helmet, and paddle, and on rare cold days a splash jacket. Fully equipped, your guide will take you through all the safety briefings, including some fun, but serious, role playing to keep you on your toes. Then, it’s time to hit the river, a majestic stretch of water that is just perfect for beginners, with wide open spaces and large waves. But it’s also fun for more experienced adventurers, thanks to large volume rapids. Go downriver through a beautiful landscape, mastering outstanding rapids, and experiencing the adrenaline rush of the white water. A delicious lunch will be served on the river bank, while at the end of your rafting adventure, you’ll be refreshed with complimentary cold beverages.

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What people are saying about Napo Province

Great introduction to the area

Our guide was Guillermo and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Papallacta with him. This was our first excursion in Ecuador and he explained many things about the people, the government, the economy, the lifestyles, the language....all in very conversational tones. His English was very good and he even let me practice some Spanish with him. My Spanish is far worse than his English! We did not see any wildlife like I was hoping but overall it was a great introduction to the area. I felt safe and well attended.