Extreme Ecuador Adventure Comfort 12D

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Day 1: Quito

Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize to your new surroundings.

Included

Spanish Speaking Driver

Day 2: Quito

Papallacta & San Rafael biking - This is an excellent way to see a cross section of Ecuador’s ecosystems in two days. As we travel we are dwarfed by the striking Andes Mountains that surround us. You will pedal across the paramo - the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra - and down through stunning cloud forest, traversing steep Andean slopes as you descend down into the Amazon basin. The terrain for this leg of the journey is a combination of dirt and paved roads of scenic rolling hills. Ascend by jeep to the high pass “Paso de la Virgen” at 4200 meters (13300 ft). From here the descent begins by mountain bike, all the way to the small town of Baeza. Lunch in the wilderness. The afternoon bike trip takes us through tropical rainforest to San Rafael falls, the highest waterfall in Ecuador and end the day with an amazing trek to this famous waterfall. Return to Baeza.

 

Activities and Services

Baeza

San Rafael Waterfall

Included

Breakfast

Box Lunch

English Speaking Guide

Day 3: Quito

Papallacta & San Rafael biking - After breakfast we depart by mountain bike for a 3-hour ride. Once we reach our first destination we store our bikes on our jeep’s roof and drive back up to the Papallacta Hot Springs for a soothing swim in the natural thermal pools. Lunch. Drive over the Papallacta pass at 4200 m and remount our iron horses for the two thousand-meter “whiz” downward to Tumbaco valley. Views of Antisana Volcano will bedazzle you! Jeep to Quito.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Box Lunch

English Speaking Guide

Day 4: Cotopaxi National Park

Quilotoa is a real highlight of your tour that will literally take your breath away! An emerald green Laguna inside the crater of an extinct volcano with steep jagged cliffs and views straight down the entire valley of volcanoes (on a clear day), as well as amazing landscapes along the drive through what is sometimes referred as the Grand Canyon of Ecuador. The trek into the crater to the lake shore is very popular. There is a possibility for an optional mule ride out (approx. 10$) for those with tired limbs. At the shore you can also rent a kayak to explore the lake and fumaroles. The village of Quilotoa is also an interesting crafts center.

 

Expert tips

The village of Quilotoa is set at 3,800m so remember to stay hydrated throughout the day to help avoid the effects of the altitude. It can also be very windy and cold, so be prepared.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Private transport (Spanish)

Excluded

Horse rental ($10)

Day 5: Cotopaxi National Park

Finally the climb you have been waiting and preparing for! The goal for today is to head to the refuge level (4800m), practice the basics of ice-trekking with crampons, and then rest up ready for the climb. Overnight at the refuge.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Box Lunch

Dinner 

English Speaking Guide

Spanish Speaking Driver

Day 6: Baños

All going well you will reach the Cotopaxi summit at daybreak for spectacular views before heading back down to the refuge. Even if you do not reach the summit this is an enjoyable experience with great views! Leaving the national park behind we head further south to the town of Baños where you have a free afternoon to rest and recover from the exertions of the climb.

Cotapaxi Volcano

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

English Speaking Guide

Spanish Speaking Driver

Day 7: Baños

In the morning an exhilarating canyoning tour - the perfect way to explore some of Ecuador´s most fantastic waterfalls! With trained bilingual guides on hand, you will rappel down the centre of several gushing falls - you´ll get wet, but it´s an experience you will never forget! In the afternoon more free time for hiking or exploring this small town. You could also take a tour (optional & extra) across the valley for the chance to see lava explosions from nearby Tungurahua Volcano on a clear night.

 

Activities and Services

Baños

Included

Breakfast

Box Lunch

English Speaking Guide

Excluded

Entrance fees ($5-$20)

Day 8: Ahuano

Early in the morning we head into the Amazon basin. After a picnic on the river shore we board the kayaks and explore the upper Arajuno River, paddling downstream for 2 hours, on the lookout for wildlife such as otter, caiman, toucan, parrot, monkeys, etc. After settling into the lodge there is an optional night hike.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Box Lunch

Dinner 

English Speaking Guide 

Specialist equipment required

Day 9: Ahuano

After breakfast we paddle down the river for 2 hours on the lookout for wildlife that inhabit the river, and enjoying class 1 rapids that are super easy and fun to kayak. Arriving at the animal shelter, we take a guided walk to learn about all the animals that live here. After a box lunch on the side of the river we go back to the Lodge by canoe, with free time to relax.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Box Lunch

Dinner

English Speaking Guide 

Specialist equipment required

Day 10: Ahuano

An early canoe ride takes you to the parrot clay lick, where colorful birds come to lick the minerals from the clay to detoxify and digest. Breakfast is at the lodge, and then a hiking exploration for 2 hours in the forest. After lunch we head by canoe to the Kichwa Community, to learn about their culture, drink sacred “chicha”, and make chocolate straight from the bean.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

English Speaking Guide 

Day 11: Quito

After breakfast we canoe and drive back to the Andes, stopping on route at a hummingbird reserve. Then is our final stop at Papallacta hot springs to soak in the pools and relax; these volcanic waters are very healthy for your body, and are perfect after the amazon adventure. Drive to Quito.

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

English Speaking Guide

Day 12: End of Itinerary

Transfer Out

You will be picked up at your hotel for a transfer to the airport in time for your international flight out.

Included

Breakfast

Airport transfer (Spanish)

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