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Trip Ecuador, Multi-sport Adventure Travel Package
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Mountain bike, hike, raft and explore Ecuador all the way from the Andean Highlands to the Amazon Jungle. Hike up to Cotopaxi’s glacier, explore canyons and kayak crater lakes on this action packed 8-day adventure with our partners at Activexpeditions. Immerse yourself in nature, wildlife and local culture for an experience of Ecuador unlike any other. 
This multi-activity expedition takes place in two different regions, traversing through the heights of the Andes with its spectacular volcanoes down into the lush Amazon basin. This is the ideal combination for adventures that like human-powered holidays with varying activities such hiking up to Cotopaxi’s glacier, kayaking around crater lakes, biking along Andean volcanoes, canyoning in the jungle, paddling rapids in the Amazon and soaking in hot springs. Join us for eight days of pure adventure as we immerse ourselves in nature and local culture that make memories that will last a lifetime! 

Hike up to Cotopaxi’s glacier, one of the world's highest active volcanoes in Cotopaxi National Park, down to the turquoise waters of Quilotoa crater lake in the highlands of Otavalo. Seek birds, butterflies and native wildlife as you white water raft, zipline and swing through the Amazon Basin. Mountain bike down the dramatic Andean mountainside within Llanganates National Park with striking views of Tungurahua Volcano. Immerse yourself in the local culture within indigenous communities, including artisan markets and a cocoa cooking class. Rejuvenate in medicinal hot springs and at cozy overnight haciendas and ecolodges, feasting on fresh ceviches and hearty lamb stews. Join us on this action packed adventure, featuring the best of Ecuador and so much more.

If you are interested in booking this trip, please visit our partners at ActiveExpedition's website.

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Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Arrive! Welcometo Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural capital of South America. This day is designed to be at your leisure, so you can acclimate, rest and explore the beautiful city of Quito on your own terms. Explore the colonial streets, chocolate shops and artisan markets before a trek up to El Panecillo for stunning panoramas of the entire town. If you feel like having a guided day tour to learn more about this Andean gem, no problem! We are more than happy to arrange an expert guide to help you learn more about the city and surrounding areas. Regroup at 6PM in the hotel’s lobby to meet your weeks guide, the rest of the group and hear an orientation of what’s in store for your coming adventure!
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Hiking Quilotoa Crater Lake. Start the day with a drive (3 hours) along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Quilotoa, the highlight of the Illinizas Ecological Reserve. Tucked in between rolling mountains of greens and golds, lies a beautiful turquoise crater lake. Hike to the bottom and rent a kayak to go paddling into the center for jaw-dropping 360-degree views from below. After spending some time exploring the islands and enjoying this masterpiece of Mother Nature, we hike back up the trail to the edge of the crater (or hire a mule or horse to take you back up). At the top, enjoy lunch and visit a local handicraft and painting market before heading to our overnight Hacienda.
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Hike to Cotopaxi Glaciers. After acclimating during the previous day of adventure, we are ready to take on our next challenge: climbing up to the Cotopaxi glacier! Our day starts with a soothing cup of coca tea, which according to locals helps to ward off altitude sickness, while taking in our surroundings in the beautiful Cotopaxi National Park. Afterwards we are ready to hit trail where we will meander up, slow and steady, roughly 2,000 feet to the foot of the glacier! While this is not a technical ascent, it is steep and well worth the effort. In the afternoon, we head to Baños de Agua Santa, a lovely town tucked between towering mountain ridges and ever flowing waterfalls. Baños, filled with charming restaurants and good vibes, is a great place to have a night on the town.
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Biking Llanganates. We begin our day by driving up high into the Llanganates National Park for a day of biking. Our first hour will be a nice gradual uphill followed by two hours of rolling downhill, giving you the chance to catch the breeze and enjoy the fresh Andean mountain air. The total descent is five thousand feet and has spectacular views of the Tungurahua Volcano, which has been active since 1999. In the afternoon, we will go to the famous Casa de Arbol “swing at the end of the world”. Dare yourself to take a swing and fly high over the trees and into the clouds. Time permitting; there may be the option of zip lining as well!
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Canyoning in the Amazon. Today starts with a visit to the nearby reserve of Pailon del Diablo, a raging cascade tucked between canyon walls, followed by a scenic and awe-inspiring drive into the Amazon basin: a mega diverse ecosystem full of different species of plants and animals. After a traditional lunch, we will explore on foot one of multiple spectacular canyons surrounding the area. Later that afternoon, we will experience a local treat and custom; a bonfire to learn how to make chocolate fondue. Cacao is an important commodity export of Ecuador, which produces some of the finest chocolate in the world. The sweetest way to end the day!
  • 6
    Day number 6
    Rafting Jatunyacu. Day six brings us to one of the most action-packed days of our expedition as paddle down the Jatunyacu River. This river is a class lll sourcing from the Llanganates Mountains. Legend says there is a hidden Incan treasure in this area and although many explorers venture in trying to find it, it has yet to have been found. A yummy picnic will be served on the river’s bank followed by a drive to the lodge for some down time at the pool and a delicious dinner. Continue adventuring into the night for chances to view exotic amphibians and insects native to the area.
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Caving at the Temple of Ceremony. In the morning we will travel by car for about ten minutes to the nearby forest, there we will visit Templo de Ceremonia, a place known by the local Kichwa indigenous people, for being used by their ancestors to do some kind of rituals involving the power of Ayahuasca and their connections with the Pachamama “Mother Earth”, we will enter into a cave where our local guide will tell us more about this special place. Later we will have a traditional lunch from the area, and then continue driving back to Quito, there will be an optional dinner with the group to say good bye and share the memories of the trip.
  • 8
    Day number 8
    Depart. Eat breakfast, purchase souvenirs or partake in any last minute events in conclusion to our week-long adventure. If you wish to stay longer, please don’t hesitate to ask. We can help you organize an extension trip to places you wish to spend more time or did not see during this week. Safe travels!

Trip Package Includes:

  • Accommodation for seven nights (based on double occupancy), including boutique hotels, ecolodges and haciendas.
  • Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Private and comfortable land transportation
  • Experienced certified English-speaking guide
  • Water and snacks at all time
  • Water bottle
  • Biking gear: Quality hybrid bikes, certified helmets and gloves
  • Hiking gear: Black diamond poles
  • White Water: NRS rafts, paddles and helmets
  • Canyoning: Black diamond harnesses, helmets, ropes and rubber boots
  • ​All fees to reserves, national park and museums

Trip Package Does Not Include:

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers (we will meet at the hotel lobby in Quito on Day 1)
  • Single supplement
  • Travel insurance (mandatory, we recommend World Nomads)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary 
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers

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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.

  • Are departures guaranteed?
    There is a minimum of 2 people required per departure date, with each trip departing on a Sunday. Please wait to make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    Accommodation is provided at charming eco-lodges and colonial Haciendas. Eco-lodges are boutique accommodations designed to have the least possible impact on the natural environment in which it is situated. Haciendas are historical farm houses or Ecuadorian estates that date back to the 16th century and have been renovated into first class hotels, lodges and inns. Most of the haciendas are family-run and offer charming amenities, historic relics, traditional home-cooking and cozy, intimate settings. Haciendas are a major part of Ecuadorian culture and a highlight of the region.
  • Is there a Single Supplement if I am a solo traveler? Can I book my own room?
    There is a minimum of 2 people required per departure date. Please wait to make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation that there are at least one other person on this trip to operate. Generally a single supplement fee is not incurred, as we match you with another person of the same gender in a twin room. If you prefer not to share and have your own room, no problem. In this case a single room supplement of about $315 (based on availability and season) will be needed to cover the extra costs associated with not sharing a room.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    This trip is considered as 3 out of 5. No prior experience is required and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip. Trekking will take place on varying terrain of dirt and rock; biking takes place on paved roads with light traffic; while canyoning you can expect to hike on water and rocks, and also climbing into some small waterfalls. There will be transport support for the majority of the activities in the case that someone wants to take a break, relax or avoid an activity.
  • What are the guides like?
    All guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; meaning they have a degree in guiding, with top-notch skills and knowledge. Each guide has many years of leading experience, including additional courses taken for other outdoor activities and International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, all guides are extremely personable and strive to deliver exceptional travel experiences for each guest.
  • What gear should I bring? Do you offer rentals?
    All gear is included. Activexpeditions always makes sure to have the best and most updated outdoor gear possible.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evoTrip upholds Activexpedition's policies regarding cancellation. Guests have: 72 hours to cancel with no fee. 3 days after the booking - 60 days before the trip; a 30% of trip cost cancellation fee would be charged. 59 days - or less before the trip; 100% of the trip cost would be charged.
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    Please be ready to meet the group on Day 1 at 6 PM in the hotel lobby.
  • What will the food be like?
    Pork, chicken, beef, and cuy (guinea pig) are really popular in the Andean regions of Ecuador, and are served with a variety of carbohydrate-rich foods, especially rice, corn, and potatoes. A popular street food is hornado (roasted pig), which is often served with llapingacho (a pan seared potato ball). Some examples of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine generally include Ecuadorian ceviche (shrimp, lime and corn), hearty quinoa soups, patacones (unripe plantains fried in oil), llapingachos (fried potato pancakes), and seco de chivo (a type of stew made from goat). A wide variety of fresh fruits are available, particularly at lower altitudes, including granadilla, passionfruit, naranjilla and several types of bananas. Another local favorite are fresh juices, including the tree tomato or a colada morada (a traditional Ecuadorian drink made with fruits, spices, and purple corn flour).
  • Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    As Ecuador has a great variety of cuisine and gastronomy, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free options are widely available and welcome. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform Activexpeditions prior to your departure. Our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals and allergy needs.
  • What is the minimum and maximum number of guests per trip?
    Minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10. Trips usually average 8 people.
  • Is there a minimum age required for this trip?
    Yes, 8 years old.
  • When is the best time to go?
    Since Ecuador is on the equator, weather patterns are fairly consistent meaning it is a great place to travel all year round. The average temperature annually is 64°F (17.8°C). There are only really two seasons in the city: dry and wet. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October to May. In Ecuador the weather can vary greatly depending on which side of the Andes you are traveling to, so it is highly recommended to come ready for all kinds of weather. When they say “Ecuador, All in One Place” they mean it! The altitude determines the temperature and the higher you go, the colder it gets. The coastal lowlands in the western part of Ecuador and the Amazon are typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C (77 °F). The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate. The average temperature during the day is 70 °F (21 °C), which generally falls to an average of 50 °F (10 °C) at night. The weather in the Andean Highlands tends to be cooler due to its high altitude, especially during the night. We recommend cool weather clothing and layers for activities and when roaming the town in the Andes.
  • What is transportation like?
    Driving time can take more than expected in Ecuador, as it is a small country with many people and consists of both dirt and paved roads. We assure your comfort during transit no matter the size of the group.
  • Do I need a Visa, Passport and Vaccinations?
    A valid passport for at least six months past the planned date of departure is required. Make sure you check your passport validity and expiration date prior to travel. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ecuador and travelers can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa. However, sanctions including fines and deportation can occur if you stay past this time period. No vaccinations are needed for this trip.
  • Do I need travel insurance?
    While it is not required, we always recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, theft and/or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads.
We had an amazing experience! At the end of each day I thought that it was the best day but it somehow kept getting more amazing!! We 1st went to Quilotoa and hiked down to the crater, absolutely stunning. Then we went to Baños for the perfect bike ride down a mountain with a view of a volcano. The mountain bikes and gear were all in top condition. It was super safe and fun. Also one of my highlights...stopping for fresh fruits and homemade guacamole. Topping that day we continued to the Amazon and went canyoning in the jungle, learned to make chocolate and have a fun time hanging out with the two brothers who lived there. Rafting was probably my favorite activity. SO much fun and stunning views the whole day. Ended the trip with the most relaxing time at the hotsprings....couldn't have ended in a more perfect way.
Kristen C
Trip Guest
This trip had everything we love for activities, food, and culture. We were able to hike, bike, whitewater raft, and go canyoning. The scenery was simply amazing everywhere we looked. We were able to try all kinds of local cuisine and stayed in a range of accommodations that were both comfortable and interesting. I definitely felt like we were exposed to the true Ecuadorian culture, while feeling safe every step of the way. This was our first time to South America as well as our first guided trip. One of my favorite parts was being surprised by little details along the way. We had no idea how much Ecuador had to offer.
Leanna Popp
Trip Guest

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