The Best of Ecuador Active Adventure 6 days
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.
- 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
BIKING IN THE CLOUD FOREST
TREKKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
THE SWING TO THE END OF THE WORLD
VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
RIVER RAFTING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
HUMMINGBIRDS SANCTUARY IN THE CLOUD FOREST
Day 1: Quito
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. Adventure Journeys 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
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
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
Day 4: Amazon - Pastaza River
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
Day 5: Amazon - Jatunyacu River - Papallacta hot springs
JATUNYACU RIVER RAFTING AND VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
We will 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: Papallacta - Departure Day
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
- My Own Room supplement: USD $899
- International flights
- Airport transfer
- 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)
- 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
- Sun Hat
- Waterproof camera if possible
- Swimming suit
- Water bottle
- Tennis shoes
- Hiking shoes
- Money belt
- 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
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 to 3 hours driving a day.
2 hours hiking in front of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
Pichincha, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo.
Andes highlands, Amazon rainforest.
From 500m to 5000 meters (17000 ft.)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.
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.
Cross country bikes, helmets, 7 people rafts, paddles, life jackets, rubber boots, trekking sticks.
Guides are certified as Wilderness First Aid Responders. We carry a complete first aid kit.
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 AJ 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 AJ trip leader service are required.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys 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 AJ 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.