Ecuador is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations and a place of countless natural and cultural wonders.
Get the inside scoop on planning a tailor made Ecuador Active tour, including the highlights of Quito, Otavalo, Cotacachi, Ecuador Amazon, Cotopaxi Volcano, Quilotoa Loop, Baños, Devil´s nose train ride, Ingapirca, Cuenca, Guayaquil from the local xperts at Ecuador.
- All transfers
- Colonial Quito City Tour
- Otavalo Traditional Market Tour
- Otavalo biking tour
- 3 hotel night stay at selected hotel in Quito
- 3 nights at Jungle Lodge
- 1 night in Otavalo
- 1 night in Cotopaxi
- 1 night in Quilotoa
- 1 night in Baños
- 1 night in Riobamba
- 1 night in Cuenca
- 1 night in Guayaquil
- Meals as listed (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Not listed meals
- Gratuities & tips
- Fee entrances
- Personal expenses
- Anything not specified
Our guide/representative will be waiting at the airport with a sign that reads your name on it, he or she will greet you and guide you to our vehicle and will accompany you to the hotel of your choice (-/-/-/)
Enjoy the amazing views of Quito and learn about its fascinating history.
Walk around Independence Square and we see the Presidencial Palace and Arch Bishops Palace, La Catedral, El Sagrario, La Companía and San Francisco Churches. Then continue to El Panecillo, the hill that hosts a giant statue of the winged Virgin, where you will have a splendid view of all of old and new town.
In the afternoon, we continue north of Quito. Visit the Equatorial monument dividing the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere. Jump from one Hemisphere to the other and capture the most taken pictures. We continue to visit the “Intiñan” Museum (Solar Museum). Here you learn about tribes, seasons, and tradition of the people of Ecuador.
Return to your hotel. (B/-/-/)
Arrival to the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive we can relax in our bungalow.
A very special welcome drink is served while sitting around the open fireplace to coordinate and discuss next days activities with our crew, plus an introductory speech about the Amazon Jungle by our Lodge Administrator. (B/L/D/)
Early in the morning we will have breakfast. Afterwards we must prepare our gear: boots, raincoat so we can be ready to begin the adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downstream through the enchanted Amazon Jungle along the imposing Napo River. Arrive to Misahualli, where we make a short stop to check our papers with local Marina, so don’t forget your passport!! Continuing our canoe-trip we arrive to Arajuno River. Visit to Animal Rescue Centre “AmaZOOnico” which is specialized in the rescue of wild animals for specie conservation and reintegration into the wild. In here we will observe a great variety of species such as: toucans, all kind of colourful parrots, various kinds of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and much more!
Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in the river shore, picnic style. We will have the opportunity to swim in the river or just resting peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural atmosphere.
After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the Lodge, but first we will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, we return to the Lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack.
At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experience (B/L/D/)
After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marvelling ourselves with the jungle secondary forest diverse flora and fauna.
After our short walk, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “Las Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear
crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience.
We return to have lunch at the lodge.
After lunch we put on our “wet gear” (boots and rain coat) to start an exciting walk in the jungle forest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be fully explained by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times.
We will also observe a great variety of insects, short monkey groups weaving around the giant trees; we must stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colourful birds tag along with us during our walk whistling beautiful notes delighting our senses. After about three hours of walking, we come back and arrive to the Lodge.
At night, a delicious dinner and relax by the fireplace while enjoying an exotic cocktail or drink from our bar. (B/L/D/)
After breakfast, we must prepare for our drive back to the city.
Return to Quito and overnight
Enjoy the constantly changing Andean scenery of Ecuador, the province of Imbabura is well-known as the region of lakes.
After a short walk in Peguche, we will visit Otavalo and its famous Indigenous Market, whose multicoloured square offers beautiful textile handycrafts made of wool and cotton, native paintings, straw hats, handmade imitation jewelry and other countless curiosities that display the creativity of Ecuador.
Overnight in Otavalo (B/L/-/)
From an altitude of 3.300m (10.800ft), close to Lake Cuicocha, we descend by bike for app. 3 hours, passing indigenous villages and visiting the botanical garden in Turuco.
We will continue to the town of Cotacachi and the village of La Calera, where we will have lunch.
Later, we return in private transport or on bike (optional). Drive to Cotopaxi Hacienda. (B/L/D/)
Travel through the epic Avenue of the Volcanoes, admiring the beautiful Andean
We will make our first stop at the Cotopaxi National Park. During our staying at the National Park we will visit its museum, the natural environment of the place, its animals and plants, stop a the Limpiopungo lake, If the weather allows us we can take a walk up to the Refuge José Rivas to 4800m (15,748 feet). It is the most popular and frequented refuge in Ecuador. (B/L/-D)
This Lake is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking, tranquil, mesmerizing and glass- green lake lying in the crater of an extinct volcano. The volcanic crater is still perfectly formed, allowing visitors to see its past history and formidable power.
We will walk down from the top of the crater to the lakes edge. Once at the bottom of the lake, there is not much to do other than relax and enjoy the tranquility.
The return walk back to the top of the crater you can ascending to the top by mule (optional) .
Overnight in Baños (B/L/-)
Today we take you to the adventurous Baños, a little town surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, adventures and the active Volcano Tungurahua.
We drive along the waterfalls route, Visit Ecuador famous swing at the End of the World, continue our trip to the awesome “Pailon del Diablo” Waterfall.
Lunch optional and continue to Riobamba (B/-/-)
After an early breakfast our journey starts trought a beautiful scenic journey along ravines and river gorges, and Indian villages, arriving to the small town of Alausi.
Then it is time to take the spectacular train, considered one of the marvels of train engineering, an 800-metre descent along zig-zagging railway line culminating at the Condor Puñuna museum run by the local Nizag community.
The train returns to Alausi again. Continue by coach to the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca.
Enjoy lunch in the area before proceeding to Cuenca, the colonial jewel of the south. (B/L/-/)
Ecuador’s third largest city still retains its pleasant provincial air. Admire the city’s overhanging houses , its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums make an unforgettable experience in your visit to Ecuador.
Walk along and visit the Museum of Modern Art , the Plaza of San Sebastian, a
colourful artisans market where you can pick up local handicrafts, the main square is home to the imposing blue-domed Cathedral.
Visit a ceramics handicraft shop and the production of Panama hats at a local Factory.
Lunch is optional.
Late afternoon transfer to Guayaquil. Overnight (B/L/-)
At indicated time transfer to the airport to take your flight back home or Galapagos Extension (B/-/-/)