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Ecuador

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Trip Andes to Amazon, Ecuador
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$3,250 $2,850
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See the Amazon, Cotopaxi National Park, Otavalo Indigenous Market, Papallacta Hot Springs Resort, and Mindo Cloud forest on this 8-day Ecuador adventure starting any Saturday. 
Explore from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest with our partners at Ecuatraveling on this 8-day Ecuador adventure vacation trip. Along the way, you’ll get to enjoy magnificent views while biking past Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the most picturesque volcanoes in the world, among other gorgeous sights. Afterward, you’ll hike through the Cloud Forest into the Amazon. While exploring these epic landscapes, you’ll have the opportunity to relax in luxurious first-class hotels as well as a unique chance to experience daily life in a homestay with a local family. This Ecuador vacation package has an action-packed itinerary that will have you biking down volcanoes, climbing up waterfalls, white water rafting, and trekking - visiting countless remote places with heart-stopping landscapes. Join us to see firsthand the vast array of landscapes Ecuador has to offer! Trips depart every Saturday year-round. See the FAQ section below for more details.

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Itinerary
Itinerary
  • 1
    Arrive in Quito. Depending on your arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito. Ecuatraveling can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, trip leaders will meet you in the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 6:00 pm.
  • 2
    After breakfast, we'll leave Quito and drive south along the gorgeous Avenue of Volcanoes where we'll get the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, at 12,000 ft. we'll hike around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foothills of the Rumiñahui volcano. The views of Cotopaxi, the second-highest active volcano in the world, are spectacular from here. If the weather conditions permit, we'll attempt to trek to the basecamp at 16,000 ft. In the afternoon, we continue our drive towards the Llanganates National Park, known as the sacred mountain, until we reach the town of Baños. Here we can enjoy the nightlife by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa.
  • 3
    This morning, we'll cross country mountain bike from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beauty of the special cloud rain forest climate. The road brings us through some Andean farms and a great canyon with many waterfalls. While descending into the jungle, we'll have a breath-taking view of Baños, a town well known for its spectacular location right at the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, which has been active since 1999. In the afternoon, we'll have time to explore the town and also to go to the Swing at the End of the World.
  • 4
    This morning, we'll hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop is at the Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we'll take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we'll hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second-highest in Ecuador. Later, we go deeper into the jungles of Llanganates National Park. During a hike through the tropical rain forest, we'll climb and rappel through several waterfall canyons. Our local native guide teaches about the incredible flora and fauna that thrive in this unequaled habitat, we'll spend the night at the Local Basic Jungle Lodge run by a Kichwa indigenous family.
  • 5
    Today we'll raft the Jatunyacu River through the Amazon rain forest. After a very important safety briefing from our rafting guides, we'll start our class III rafting expedition down the river, well known for its clear waters and awesome rapids. After 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 at the Guango Reserve. Continue up to Papallacta, where we'll stay the night and recharge in the volcanic hot springs high in the midst of the cool Andes.
  • 6
    In the morning, explore the nearby Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve in the cloud forest. Later, we'll travel across the Andes to stop by the equatorial line to witness this great attraction and for standing on both hemispheres at the same time. Your guide suggests a place to eat before going to the Otavalo Indigenous Market and spend some time shopping and learning about this ancient culture that is still lives here today. In the late afternoon, we are transferred to the hacienda where you enjoy a welcome cocktail and a delicious dinner.
  • 7
    Today after a healthy breakfast, we'll take a short drive to Cuicocha Crater Lake. Our adventure takes us on a trek around this still active volcano. Enjoy the beautiful flowers along the trail and at the end of our hike, we take a boat ride to the center of the crater. Be sure to check out the bubbles coming up from the center of the caldera! In the afternoon, we'll drive back to Quito to enjoy a farewell dinner with the guides and members of the group.
  • 8
    Transfer to the airport for 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.

Trip Package Includes:

  • Private and comfortable land transportation including airport transfers
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Activities as mentioned
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Bike rental and gear for whitewater rafting
  • Guide: Certified English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides.
  • ​20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)

Trip Package Does Not Include:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Quito
  • Single supplement (Please contact evo for pricing and availability
  • 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • ​Guide gratuities
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend World Nomads)
 

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Area Information
Cotopaxi National Park

An adventure travel trip to Ecuador is not complete without a visit to Cotopaxi National Park. Standing at 19,000 feet, Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and a spectacular landmark of the Cotopaxi National Park and surrounding area. The massive national park extends through three of Ecuador’s provinces and is home to three other volcanoes Rumiñahui, Quilindaña, and Antisana. Hikers and mountaineers alike can explore the glaciated slopes of Cotopaxi or trek along the many trails at its base. Limpiopungo Lagoon, a large lake at the base of the mountain, is a popular destination as its waters reflect the volcanoes perfectly. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the wild horses that roam the park.

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

On this Ecuador tour, you will experience a great diversity of ecosystems, including snow-capped mountains, high elevation paramo (tropical tundra), middle elevation cloud forest, and tropical rain forest. This means you must be ready for all kinds of weather as it depends very much on the altitude, the higher you go the colder it gets and the lower you go the warmer it gets.

Temperatures year-round range from 59-93ºF during the day and 53-62ºF at night. So please refer to the packing list and as a rule of thumb, pack light! We recommend the use of a duffel bag (60 liters) for the main luggage and a daypack (20 liters) with a rain cover for outdoor activities.
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FAQ
FAQ
  • What dates are available and how do I book my dates?
    Trips depart every Saturday year-round. Once you have purchased your voucher from evo, please contact Ecuatraveling to check the availability of your preferred Saturday and book your departure. Bookings must be made prior to 12/31/2020. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have confirmed your departure with Ecuatraveling.
  • Are departures guaranteed? Are other (non Saturday) departures available?
    Departures are not guaranteed and need a minimum of 2 guests to operate. Please wait for confirmation of your departure from Ecuatraveling before you book flights. If you wish to start your tour on a different day or request a private departure please inquire with evo. If you would like to guarantee a private departure please contact us for rates.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    We will be staying first-class accommodations throughout the trip. Including small bed and breakfasts, a resort and spa and a homestay. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you would like a single room please inquire directly with evo to check pricing and availability.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    The difficulty of this trip is moderate to easy. Some days are harder than others based on the activity you will be doing. Trekking in Cotopaxi is the most difficult day as this adventure is at high elevation, make sure you drink a lot of water or coca tea (in case of altitude sickness). If conditions allow you may trek to basecamp at 16,000 ft. The trail is on dirt surrounded by bushes and grass. For the biking section you climb for 45 minutes and the rest will be downhill. We will be riding on cobblestone and dirt roads for the first two hours and 1 hour on asphalt.
  • What gear should I bring? Do you offer rentals?
    All gear you will need is included in the trip price. Please bring adequate hiking shoes and anything else you need for long days exploring on your feet.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo will refer to Ecuatraveling’s cancellation policies. The cost of cancellation penalties are based off the cost of services provided by Ecuatraveling and third parties such as hotels. Depending on the time of your cancellation and departure, cancelation fees will vary. If your chosen date no longer works for you, you may be able to change your dates although this is not garunteed. For more information on cancelation for this trip please inquire with evo. We highly recommend booking travel insurance through World Nomads.
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    Please arrange airport transfers on your arrival day with Ecuatraveling. There will be an information meeting on the first day of the trip at 6pm please arrange flights to arrive before 4:30 pm.
  • What will the food be like? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    You will have the opportunity to experience and taste local food and snacks of the region. 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. Please let Ecuatraveling know your dietary restrictions and they will be able to provide options. We also suggest you bring your own snacks.
  • What documents are needed?
    A valid passport is required for travel to mainland Ecuador. Your passport must have an expiration date of more than 6 months after the date of departure from Ecuador. If you passport expires within 6 months of departure from Ecuador, you may not be let into the country and you may lose all tours, services, etc., purchased for your trip. Please check with the Ecuadorian consulate or embassy in your country to see if you need a visa to enter Ecuador.
Testimonials
This is our second experience with Ecuatravel and they continue to be excellent. They are professional, patient in answering questions, responsive with a quick turnaround— going above and beyond, walking with you through the process and trip details.
Maxime
Trip Guest June 2019
Thanks heaps to all the great team at Ecuatraveling, they did a great job and helped me out with a bunch of other activities around Ecuador. I ended up extending my trip and absolutely loved it. Thanks again, guys!
Lucas Davis
Trip Guest July 2019
Our Ecuatraveling guide, Lincoln was friendly and efficient. His knowledge of Equador in extensive. His English is perfect. He has a global awareness and a zeal for adventure. He was patient and stopped to explain things. He pointed out Cara Cara, eagles and we even saw a condor.
Derek Hopkins
Trip Guest September 2019

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