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9 days in Ecuador

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9 days in Ecuador

After our Galapagos cruise, we have a full 9 days. Having a really hard time making a decision. Possiblities are:

Staying an additional 3 nights in Villamil, Isabela Island (after an 8 day cruise) - or will that be enough of the islands?

Amazon (Tena) - 3 nights at either Cotococha Lodge or Casa del Suizo. I also need information on Ecuadorian public buses...or if there is any other way to get to Tena.

Otavalo - 2 (or 3) nights Casa Andina or Hacienda Pinsiqui

and possibly Bellavista Cloud Forest - 1 or 2 nights

(Thought we would rent a car for this portion.)

Cotopaxi area - Hacienda Cienaga?

Devil's Nose train?

Any comments/feedback/suggestions would be welcome. I have to decide this week as this is over the Christmas/New Year period...

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1. Re: 9 days in Ecuador

I love Hcda. Pinsaqui - and also Cusin. I've never seen or stayed at Casa Andina.

Cienaga raised their prices some time ago, and they're pretty shabby rooms for the new prices. - although I don't know of other mid-range options in the area. For a little more $$, stay at San Agustin de Callo or Hato Verde.

Devil's Nose train is interesting, but I'm not sure it's worth sacrificing something else just to do it. If you start in Riobamba you get a spectacular view of Chimborazo from the roof of the train, but it's a long train ride. What about 2-3 days in the Cuenca area? See Cuenca, the Parque Nacional Cajas, maybe even a trip to Ingapirca?

Wait a second, where is Quito in your itinerary?! Be sure to spend a couple of days so that you can see the amazing historic center!

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2. Re: 9 days in Ecuador

Casa del Suizo is a fairly large hotel/resort feel- Cotococha much more quaint and interesting. Spent a few nights with Cotococha- very relaxing. River People is the rafting co used in Tena. Neither lodge is deep into the rainforest, but gives you a good taste with option to venture into more remote locations.

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