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Ecuador MultiSport Once in a Life Time

Price per person from:
1950 USD
Service Level
Comfort / 3 - 4 stars Htl.
Travel Style
Active
Activity Level
Level 3
Group Size
Max 16 - Avg. 12
Minimum Age
8 years old
Start / Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Season
Year Round
Activities
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.


"Unique Experiences:"

  • 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
ico1 HIKE IN FRONT OF THE WORLD'S HIGHEST ACTIVE VOLCANO 

ico1 OTAVALO INDIAN MARKET

ico1 BIKING THE WATERFALL ROAD, LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK

ico1 THE SWING TO THE END OF THE WORLD

ico1 SOAKING IN VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS

ico1 BAÑOS OUTDOOR TOWN

ico1 RIVER RAFTING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

ico1 HUMMINGBIRDS SANCTUARY IN THE CLOUD FOREST

ico1 CANYONING IN WATERFALLS IN THE AMAZON

ico1 CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS WITH LOCAL TRIBES

ico1 TREKKING THE LOOP AROUND CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE

ico1 PEACEFUL NIGHT IN A CHARMING HISTORICAL HACIENDA 

ico1 SALSA LESSONS

ico1 BIRD WATCHING IN THE CLOUD FOREST

Day 1: Quito Arrival

Day 1: Quito Arrival
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.

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

Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park - Baños
Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park - Baños

TREKKING ADVENTURE


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 wll hae the best views of the Cotopaxi Volcano, 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
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Baños - Biking Llanganates National Park

Day 3: Baños - Biking Llanganates National Park
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 breath-taking view of Baños, very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, active since 1999, which is 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
Meals : Breakfast

Day 4: Amazon - Pastaza River

Day 4: Amazon - Pastaza River
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 “beautiful mountain” in the local native language. 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
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Amazon - Jatunyacu River Rafting - Papallacta hot springs

Day 5: Amazon - Jatunyacu River Rafting - Papallacta hot springs
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
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Cloud Forest - Otavalo Indian Market

Day 6: Cloud Forest - Otavalo Indian Market
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'll 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 using the local products.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui or similar visit website
Meals : Dinner

Day 7: Trekking Cuicocha Crater Lake - Quito

Day 7:  Trekking Cuicocha Crater Lake - Quito
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
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Quito Departure

Day 8: Quito Departure

DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES


International departures, end of services. Take with you 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”!
Meals : Breakfast
  • 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, 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

NOT INCLUDED
  • 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
  • Tips

PACKING LIST

  • Passport
  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • 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
  • SMILE
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT' !

IMPORTANT DETAILS

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

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.


DRIVING TIME

2 – 4 hours a day.


BIKING TIME

1 hour moderate uphill; 2 hours downhill (terrain: cobblestone, dirt, muddy and asphalt).


RAFTING TIME

From 3 to 4 hours depending on water level.


CANYONING TIME

2 hours up the river and waterfalls.


TREKKING TIME

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.) ).


SEASON

All year


PROVINCE

Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo, Imbabura.


TERRITORY

Highlands and Amazon rainforest in Ecuador


ALTITUDE

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.)


AVG. TEMP.

Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

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.


ADVENTURE GEAR

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.
Trekking: sticks.


ACCOMODATION

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.


MEALS

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.
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      Juan León Mera y Roca Ed Stephanie, Oficina 304 
      Quito
      Pichincha
      EC170526
      Ecuador 

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