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The Best of Ecuador Active Adventure 6 days

Price per Person
$1199
Service Level
Comfort / 3 - 4 stars Htl.
Travel Style
Active Adventures
Activity Level
Level 3 Cotopaxi Trek
Group Size
Max 16 – Avg. 12
Minimum Age
12 years
Start / Finish
Quito, Ecuador / Quito, Ecuador
Season
Year Round
Activities
Wildlife Trekking Rafting Biking Cultural

 

Unique lifetime adventure travelling along the fascinating geography of Ecuador mainland, made of active volcanoes, big canyons, large tropical rainforests and huge waterfalls. This is a perfect combination that includes a wide variety of outdoor activities, while discovering the highlights of Ecuador. Enjoy trekking into the Quilotoa crater-lake and biking down the slopes of Tungurahua active volcano, explore the lush Amazon forest by rafting on the Jatunyacu River, and much more by joining this magical adventure.


"Unique Experiences:"

  • Stop at a hummingbirds sanctuary in the heart of the cloud forest and look for a hummingbird with the beak two times larger then its body (sword-billed hummingbird)                               
  • Bike down in the undiscovered and mystical Llanganates National Park, where an Inca Treasure is believed to be hidden

ico1 BIKING IN THE CLOUD FOREST

ico1 TREKKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

ico1 THE SWING TO THE END OF THE WORLD

ico1 VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS

ico1 RIVER RAFTING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

ico1 HUMMINGBIRDS SANCTUARY IN THE CLOUD FOREST

Day 1: Quito

Day 1: Quito
Day 1: Quito
ARRIVAL IN QUITO CITY


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 Hotel or similar

Day 2: Cotopaxi - Baños

Day 2: Cotopaxi - Baños
Day 2: Cotopaxi - Baños
TREKKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

Cotopaxi snow-capped volcano is our main goal today. After breakfast, we will drive through the Andes enjoying magnificent views of the Avenue of Volcanoes. Once we reach the Cotopaxi National Park, we will have our first acclimation hike around Limpiopungo Lake at 13000ft (3800 meters) above sea level and see wild horses, wild bulls and some bird species. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, one of the world's highest volcanoes.
Trekking time: 2 hours on flat terrain around Limpiopungo lagoon, elevation: 12,631 ft
In the afternoon we get a transfer to the town of Baños, which is 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
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 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 w main attractions 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 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 Basic Lodge with a Local Family
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Amazon - Jatunyacu River - Papallacta hot springs

Day 6: Papallacta - Departure Day

Day 6: Papallacta - Departure Day
DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES

Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. 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"!
  • Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-stars hotel in Baños, Amazon Family Home Stay in the jungle, 5-stars Spa Resort Papallacta, 4-stars hotel in Puembo
  • Meals Included: 4 breakfasts and 2 box lunches
  • Activities: Trekking at Quilotoa crater lake, biking the slopes of Llanganates National Park and Road of Waterfalls in Baños, hiking to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, Jatunyacu river rafting in the Amazon tropics, hiking in the cloud forest with toucans, hummingbirds, parrots, etc, volcanic hot springs
  • Gear: Hiking sticks, cross-country bikes (disc brakes and front suspension), helmets, gloves, rafts, paddles, life vest
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides


NOT INCLUDED

  • My Own Room supplement: USD $899
  • International flights
  • Airport transfer
  • 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)
  • Fleece top
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • 1 pair of short
  • 2 pairs of long trousers
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Sport sandals
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Quick dry clothing
  • Rain coat
  • Rain pants
  • Waterproof binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Flashlight
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof camera if possible
  • Swimming suit
  • Water bottle
  • Tennis shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Money belt
  • Sunglasses
  • First-aid kit(should contain lip salve Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
  • Dry bag for all your belongings
  • SMILE

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 to 3 hours driving a day.


TREKKING TIME

2 hours hiking in front of the Cotopaxi Volcano.


SEASON

All year


PROVINCE

Pichincha, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo.


TERRITORY

Andes highlands, Amazon rainforest.


ALTITUDE

From 500m to 5000 meters (17000 ft.)


AVG. TEMP.

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


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate to Challenging. This program is located in The Andes and Amazon. It includes hiking at 4000 meters in Quilotoa , biking mostly on flat areas and downhill, class 3 whitewater rafting on the Jatunyacu River, known as the best one for this sport in the country, very safe and fun.


ADVENTURE GEAR

Cross country bikes, helmets, 7 people rafts, paddles, life jackets, rubber boots, trekking sticks.


SAFETY

Guides are certified as Wilderness First Aid Responders. We carry a complete first aid kit.


ACCOMODATION

All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same gender. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact EPL prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.


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.


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.


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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