Ecuador is an exciting destination. Located on the equator of South America, the country is composed of four major regions that are all easily accessible. Colonial cities of the highlands, Amazon Rainforest. Mountains and Pacific coast beaches to the Galapagos Islands. The weather is springtime year round and the people with their rich culture and traditions are warm and friendly.
Sacha Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest is a short 1/2 hour flight from Quito to Coca, The local markets of Coca are enjoyed for a short time before you board a two hour boat ride (large motor powered canoe) down the Napo River to the lodge, stopping along the way to see a fascinating museum which gives you a broad view of the life of native tribes living in the Amazon.
Otavalo is a city about 34 miles north of Quito, Ecuador (1 1/2 hour drive due to the mountains country). On Saturdays, the massive Otavalo market overflows from the Plaza de Ponchos and colorful textiles and crafts fill tents along streets in a third of the city. Otavaleños are famous for their weavings, everything from blankets and bags to sweaters and gloves.