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Ecuador Andes and Amazonas

  • Off the beaten track
Pack your gear and prepare for adventure! Cross nearly every geographical climate zone as you make your way from the peaks of the Andes to dense jungles of the Amazon. Walk, hike, swim and journey by cable car, van, canoe and train along the way to ultimate Ecuador discovery! This vibrant, diverse country has so much to offer you'll wonder how it's even possible ...

Pack your gear and prepare for adventure! Cross nearly every geographical climate zone as you make your way from the peaks of the Andes to dense jungles of the Amazon. Walk, hike, swim and journey by cable car, van, canoe and train along the way to ultimate Ecuador discovery! This vibrant, diverse country has so much to offer you'll wonder how it's even possible to fit it all of its wonders into such a small geographical area. Colorful markets, picturesque crater lakes, thermal baths and volcanos are waiting! Get in touch with our local Agency to tailor-make a once in a lifetime adventure just for you. 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • City
    City
  • Water sports
    Water sports
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Local culture
    Local culture

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador!

Meanwhile, high in the Andean foothills...
• Private transfer to your hotel located in a very cozy neighborhood
• Free rest of the day/evening to settle in or begin exploring Quito

Visited:
Quito
Accommodation
Night im Fuente de Piedra I (Quito)

Day 2: Quito Discovery

• Begin with a walk through Quito’s historic quarter with stops along the Plaza Grande and the churches of La Compañia and San Francisco
• Either take the cable car to the top of Pichincha Mountain for spectacular views of the city or...
• Step on both hemispheres at the same time at the Equator Monument “Mitad del Mungo"

Visited:
Quito
Accommodation
Night im Fuente de Piedra I (Quito)

Day 3: The Famous Colorful Market of Otavalo

• Day trip north to the lively and colorful Otavalo market
• Explore the crater lake of Cuicocha
• Return to Quito and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure

Accommodation
Night im Fuente de Piedra I (Quito)

Day 4: Papallacta Thermal Baths

• Cross the Papallacta Mountain Pass and spend the day soaking in the rejuvenating waters of the Papallacta thermal baths 
• In the afternoon continue towards the Amazon rainforest region
• Arrive at the Hakuna Matata lodge and spend the evening enjoying the pool and other amenities 

Visited:
QuitoPapallactaAmazonas
Accommodation
Night at Hakuna Matata Lodge (Archidona)

Day 5: Discovering the Amazon Rainforest

• Journey to the small jungle village Misahuali
• Hop in a motorized canoe and explore the “amaZOOnico” animal refuge
• Join a native nature guide on a hike through the jungle
Visit a small community to learn about local traditions as you practice your blowpipe skills

Visited:
Amazonas
Accommodation
Night at Hakuna Matata Lodge (Archidona)

Day 6: Half Day at Leisure

You won't want to leave...

• Enjoy the morning as you like. Perhaps take a short walk or relax in the pool before the adventure continues
• Your private English speaking guide will then take you to the cozy mountain town Baños de Aqua Santa (also the adventure capital of Ecuador)

Visited:
Amazonas, Baños de Agua Santa
Accommodation
Night at Isla de Baños (Chimborazo)

Day 7: The Surreal Cotopaxi National Park

• Spend the morning discovering the surreal landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park and one of the highest active volcanos in the world!
• The volcano can be climbed up to a refuge at a height of 4,800m offering spectacular views all the way up!
• In the afternoon continue the journey to Lasso and settle in to your cozy accommodation

Visited:
Baños de Agua Santa, Cotopaxi National Park, Lasso
Accommodation
Night at Quinta Colorada Hacienda (Lasso)

Day 8: Chimborazo, the Highest Mountain in Ecuador

• Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation and continue to Riobamba
• Hike to the refuge of Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo

Visited:
Lasso, ChimborazoRiobamba
Accommodation
Night im Santa Isabella (Riobamba)

Day 9: The "Devil's Nose" Train

One of the most incredible train journeys...

• Ride the famous train as it defies gravity and clings to the steep mountainside
• Explore the pre-Columbian ruins of Ingapirca 
• Continue towards Cuenca and settle in to your accommodation for the night

Visited:
RiobambaAlausíIngapirca, Cuenca
Accommodation
Los Balcones (Cuenca)

Day 10: Cuenca City Tour 

• First up, a guided tour of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage city
• Visit a Panama hat factory at the Rio Tomebamba
• Free rest of the afternoon! Go on with ya crazy self

Visited:
Cuenca
Accommodation
Los Balcones (Cuenca)

Day 11: Cajas National Park

• Explore the Cajas National Park
• Visit a banana and cacao plantations
•  Arrive in the largest city in Ecuador, Guayaquil 

Visited:
CuencaCajas National Park, Guayaquil
Accommodation
Grand hotel Guayaquil (Guayaquil)

Day 12: What a Ride!

• Begin the last day of your journey with a tour of Guayaquil
• Visit the Parque Bolivar, the historic quarter of Las Peñas and the Guayas riverfront
• Enjoy some time for last minute shopping
• Hope you’re as pumped about this adventure as we are! 

Visited:
Guayaquil

Quito Otavalo Cuicocha Papallacta Amazonas Baños de Agua Santa Cotopaxi National Park Lasso Chimborazo Riobamba Alausí Ingapirca Cuenca Cajas National Park Guayaquil

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,270 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person2185

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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