Ecuador MultiSport Once in a Life Time 8 Days
Challenge yourself and join this magical adventure in the Ecuadorian mainland, where the largest biodiversity on earth and the richest geography are located along the Equator line. Bike down the slopes of Tungurahua active volcano into the Andes to the Amazon, hike in front of the highest active volcano in the world, discover the hidden treasures by climbing up waterfalls in the Amazon rainforest, fight large waves by rafting on the Jatunyacu River, trek to the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake and soak in Papallactas' volcanic waters. Experience a fantastic cultural encounter with two local indigenous communities and share with them, learning about their customs, food, knowledge and life-style in the Andes and Amazon regions.
- Prepare chocolate the ancestral way with a native Kichwa family in the Amazon Rainforest
- Organic cooking lesson with traditional fresh ingredients, side by side with local people in the heart of the Andes
HIKE IN FRONT OF THE WORLD'S HIGHEST ACTIVE VOLCANO
OTAVALO INDIAN MARKET
BIKING THE WATERFALL ROAD, LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK
THE SWING TO THE END OF THE WORLD
SOAKING IN VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
BAÑOS OUTDOOR TOWN
RIVER RAFTING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
HUMMINGBIRDS SANCTUARY IN THE CLOUD FOREST
CANYONING IN WATERFALLS IN THE AMAZON
CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS WITH LOCAL TRIBES
TREKKING THE LOOP AROUND CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE
PEACEFUL NIGHT IN A CHARMING HISTORICAL HACIENDA
BIRD WATCHING IN THE CLOUD FOREST
Day 1: Quito Arrival
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ECUADOR PURE LIFE can help you to organize a day trip.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation: Mercure Alameda or similar visit website
Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park - Baños
After breakfast, we leave Quito driving southwards along the beautiful Avenue of Volcanos, while getting the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. On our way we will reach 12,000 feet. After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will go hiking around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foot hills of the Ruminñahui volcano, from here we will have the best views of the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world.
In the afternoon we continue our drive towards the Llanganates National Park, which is known as the sacred mountain, until we reach the town of Baños, located at the entrance of the Amazon. Here we can enjoy the best night life by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa.
Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel or similar visit website
Day 3: Baños - Biking Llanganates National Park
BIKING THE LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK
This morning we mountain bike from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the cloud forest. The road brings us through some Andean farms and a beautiful canyon with many waterfalls.
While descending into the jungle, we will have a breathtaking view of Baños. The town is very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, which is active since 1999. This is one of the main attraction of this region! In the afternoon we will have some time to explore the town and then we will enjoy the best night life.
Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel or similar visit website
Day 4: Amazon - Pastaza River
ROAD OF WATERFALLS AND CANYONING IN THE AMAZON
This morning we will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we will hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. Later, we will go deeper into the jungle inside the Llanganates National Park. The name “llanganates” comes from the local native language and means “beautiful mountain”. 600 years ago, the Incas hid here their golden treasure. Explorers spent many years looking for this treasure, but some of it has disappeared in this thick pristine jungle.
During a 3-hour hike through the tropical jungle, we will climb along several white-water waterfalls. This is a humid and warm area which will make our experience even more demanding. So get ready to wear your rubber boots and enjoy the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Our local native guide will tell us about the incredible nature and wildlife we will see. We will spend the night at the Local Basic Jungle Lodge.
Accommodation: Amazon Home Stay
Day 5: Amazon - Jatunyacu River Rafting - Papallacta hot springs
JATUNYACU RIVER RAFTING AND VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
We greet the day by preparing our gear to paddle the wild waves of the Jatunyacu River, located one hour away from the entrance of the Llanganates National Park. The beauty of this river will inspire you and reveal the magic of the Amazon rainforest. After a very important safety briefing from our rafting guides, we will start our class III rafting expedition down the Jatunyacu River, well known for its clean water and awesome rapids. We will have a lot of fun playing some games and also exploring one of the canyons. The end of the journey offers us a stop for a picnic, prepared by our guides.
We conclude our day with a drive back up to the Andes, stopping to visit the paradise of hummingbirds in Guango Reserve and finally continuing up to the volcanic hot springs resort, where we will spend the night.
Accommodation: Papallacta Spa resort or similar visit website
Day 6: Cloud Forest - Otavalo Indian Market
HIKING THE CLOUD FOREST, HUMMINGBIRDS PARADISE & OTAVALO MARKET
After a 2-hour bird-watching tour through the cloud forest, we will travel across the Andes to visit Otavalo and its amazing indigenous handicraft market. Here, we will have a stop for shopping or exploring the market.
Later in the afternoon, we will be transferred to the slopes of Imbabura volcano to enjoy a nice cultural encounter with the local people and learn the traditional way of living while sharing the daily activities with the families.
In the evening we will take part of an organic cooking lesson by using the local products.
Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui or similar visit website
Day 7: Trekking Cuicocha Crater Lake - Quito
TREKKING THE LOOP OF CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE
Today our challenge will be a 5-hour hike around the Cuicocha crater lake, with breathtaking views of the active volcano and of the amazing valleys located in Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve. On this trek, we will reach an altitude of 11880ft and hike 9 miles around the crater.
At the end of our hike, we will take a boat ride to the centre of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano, watching bubbles coming up from the centre of the caldera. Once here, you will be able to jump in and go for a refreshing swim in the volcanic waters. In the afternoon we will drive back to Quito.
Accommodation: Mercure Alameda or similar visit wesite
Day 8: Quito Departure
DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a “buen viaje”!
- Activities: 2 hours hiking on the slopes of the central Andes, 3 hours biking in the Llanganates national park, 4 hours white-water rafting on Jatunyacu River in the Amazon rainforest, 2 hours canyoning at Pimpilala waterfalls, bird watching and hiking exploration in the cloud forest, soaking in Papallacta hot springs, 5 hours trekking around the loop of Cuicocha active volcano, share time with local indigenous people, salsa lesson, organic cooking lessons with local people in the Andes.
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito 4-star hotel in Baños, Amazon Family Home Stay in the jungle, 5-star Spa Resort in Papallacta, Hacienda in Imbabura
- Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
- Gear: trekking sticks, high-quality MTB (disc brakes, front suspension), helmets, gloves, rubber boots, ropes, 7-people- rafts, life jackets, paddles
- Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
- International flights
- My Own Room supplement USD $585
- Airport transfer (international flights)
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $120 USD
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Quick dry clothing
- Fleece top
- Winter gloves,
- Winter jacket
- Winter hat
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- 2 pair of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Sun hat or cap
- 1 swimming suit
- Sport sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Tennis shoes
- Day backpack 20L. (with rain cover)
- Pocket knife
- Watch or alarm clock
- Waterproof binoculars
- Insect repellent
- Sun Screen 60 SPF
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Waterproof camera if possible
- Personal water bottle 1L. or camelback 1L.
- Money belt
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids,, anti-histamine, altitude medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder extra prescription drugs you may be taking
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT' !
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2 – 4 hours a day.
1 hour moderate uphill; 2 hours downhill (terrain: cobblestone, dirt, muddy and asphalt).
From 3 to 4 hours depending on water level.
2 hours up the river and waterfalls.
2 hours hiking in front of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
1 and a half hours mostly downhill in the Amazon.
5 hours moderate because of the altitude around Cuicocha crater lake (Elevation gain 500 m (1640 ft.) ).
Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo, Imbabura.
Highlands and Amazon rainforest in Ecuador
Quito: 2810 m (9,186 ft.)
Hiking Cotopaxi National Park: 3900 m (12,795 ft.)
Baños: 1820 m (5,971 ft.)
Llanganates Park for biking: from 3048 m (10,000 ft.) to 3200 m (10,500 ft.) and downhill to 1820 m (5,971 ft. ).
Llanganates Park for rafting: 510 m (1,640 ft.)
Papallacta and cloudforest trek: 3300 m (10,827 ft.)
Cuicocha trek: from 3048 m (10,000 ft.) to 3548 m (11,640 ft.)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.
Moderate to Challenging. While horseriding mostly walking and some galloping. In the cloudforest the uphill biking part can be challenging but there is always a truck behind supporting the team. The canyoning will be walking up the river and waterfalls mostly and then a different way back through the Amazon rainforest challenging downhill. The whitewater rafting on the Jatunyacu river is Class III. The trekking in the cloudforest is moderate. The trekking around the Cuicocha crater lake can be challenging becuase of the altitude.
Biking: High quality MTB (disc brakes and front suspension), helmets and gloves.
Canyoning: water helmets, harnesses, rubber boots and ropes.
Rafting: 7-people-boat, paddles, life jackets, water helmets.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact EPL prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Travelling with Ecuador Pure Life you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform EPL prior to your departure.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All EPL guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the EPL trip leader service are required.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.