5 nights
Group Size
Up to 16 passengers
ecuador - quito
Meeting Point
You'll need to be fit to hike, bike and raft in this trip.
  • Hike in Cotopaxi Volcano national park
  • Bike the Cloud Forest of llanganates National park
  • Raft the withe wáter of “Hatun Yacu” in the Amazon
  • Amazon rainforest Canyoning 
  • Hike in the Cloud Forest of Papallacta
  • Relax in Papallacta Hot Springs resort
  • Enjoy barging in Otavalo Indigenous Market 
  • Experience deep cultural encounters with local people in the Amazon and in the Andes visiting Pimpilala homesaty & Sacha Warmy women project.
  • Trek the circuit of Cuicocha active crater Lake



Private and comfortable land transportation


Based in double occupancy: 3 star hotel in Baños, Basic-lodge home stay in the Amazon, 4 star Spa Resort in Papallacta, Colonial Hacienda in Imbabura


3 hours hiking in Cotopaxi National Park in the Andes, 3 hours biking in the Llanganates National Park, 4 hours white-water rafting on Jatunyacu River in the Amazon rainforest, 3 hours canyoning at Pimpilala waterfalls, bird watching and hiking exploration in the cloud forest, soaking in Papallacta hot springs, 5 hours trekking the loop of Cuicocha Crater Lake, share time with local indigenous people in the Amazon, making chocolate, salsa lesson.


4 breakfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinner

  • Trekking or Hiking: Black Diamond trekking sticks
  • Biking: Trek X Caliber MTB, Bontrager helmets, full finger gloves
  • Canyoning: rubber boots, ropes, harnesses and helmets.
  • Rafting: Aire and NRS 7-people- ra

Certified expert English-speaking adventure guide and local guides


Not included


Single Supplement USD 329

Airport transfers

Airport transfer (international flights)


Travel & health insurance (mandatory)


Not described in the itinerary


For local guides, IE trip leaders & staff


-> Starts

Swissotel – Quito
Upon arrival on Day 1 – 08:00am

-> Ends

Swissotel – Quito
Upon arrival on Day 6 – 18:00


Your adventure begins in Quito on Day 1, at Swissotel at 8:00am when your host will meet our IE Guide and the group. We highly recommend to get thar one day earlier and check the extra services we provide extra nights.
Your trip will end on day 7 at Quito by Wyndham Garden hotel at 18:00 approximately

To make your own way from Quito airport to the hotel accommodation, you have a few options. You can request a private transfer from the host. Please see Optional Extras for prices. You can take a public bus for just $2USD, however, this isn’t overly straight forward as you need to change buses at Quitumbe bus terminal. A metered taxi will cost you between $25-35USD. You can save some money by taking an ‘Aeroservicio’ – a privately operated bus service connecting the airport with the city center. This cost is USD 8.

Day 1

Hotel – Twin or Double
Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

Day 2

Hotel – Twin or Double
Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

Day 3

Hotel – Twin or Double
Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

Day 4

Hotel – Twin or Double
Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

Day 5

Hotel – Twin or Double
Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

Day 6

Hotel – Twin or Double
Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner
Departure Day

What is the food like?

Throughout the adventure, you’ll be fueled by delicious local food, such potato soup, corn, fresh vegetables with plenty of local fresh tropical fruits. Lunch usually consists of nice picnic self-service in the mountains and local restaurants that serve traditional soup, main dish and juice, a warm and filling meal after a big day of adventure.

What is the accommodation like?

Ecuador Inland

During your journey you’ll stay in local own charming hotels with their own personality such us; Casa De Luis Hotel, family own homestays like Pimpilala and experience colonial hacienda Pinsaqui in the Andes, and a beautiful Spa Mountain lodge with natural springs like Papallacta. they are all with excellent location and fantastic personalized service.


Day 1

Trek in Cotopaxi National Park

Trekking Cotopaxi

After breakfast, we leave Quito driving southwards along the gorgeous Avenue of Volcanoes, getting the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. On our way, we will reach 12,000 feet. (3657 meters). After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will go hiking around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foothills of the Rumiñahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. In the afternoon we continue our drive towards the Llanganates National Park, known as the sacred mountain, until we reach the town of Baños, located at the entrance of the Amazon. Here we can enjoy the best night life by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa.

Trekking Activity Level – Moderate, this adventure is at high elevation, make sure you drink a lot of water or coca tea (in case of altitude sickness). The trail is on dirt surrounded by bushes and grass.
Trekking Time: 3 hours
Trekking Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km)
Elevation Gain: 1200 feet (366 meters)
Minimum Elevation: 12700 feet (3870 meters)
Maximum Elevation: 13850 feet (4222 meters)

NOTE – In case the weather and physical conditions are good you may trek to the Basecamp and the maximum elevation would be 16000 feet. (4876.8 meters)
What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece, hiking shoes, gloves, hat, buff, rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, binoculars.

Day 2

Biking in the Cloud Forest

Biking Llanaganates National Park in Banos

This morning we will go cross-country mountain biking from the Llanganates National Park to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beauty of the special climate of the cloud forest. The road brings us through some Andean farms and a great canyon with many waterfalls, while descending into the jungle, we will have a breathtaking 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. The volcano is the main attraction of this region. In the afternoon we will have some time to explore the town and also go to The Swing of the End of the World, where the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest took his photo.

Biking Activity Level – Moderate, mostly downhill, the first 45 minutes uphill and then afterwards just down. You will be riding on cobblestone and dirt roads for the first two hours, and 1 hour on asphalt.
Biking Time: 3 hours
Biking Distance: 20 miles (32.18 km)
Elevation Gain: 500 feet (152 meters)
Minimum Elevation while Biking: 5500 feet (1676 meters)
Maximum Elevation while Biking: 10450 feet (3185 meters)

NOTE – In case you want to avoid the uphill, there will always be the support of our transportation, and our driver will be happy to give you a ride till you decide to join the biking group.
What to wear today: Shorts, t-shirt, fleece, tennis shoes, buff, rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent.

Day 3

Canyoning in the Amazon

Cnyoning in the Amazon

This morning we will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride’s Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we will hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador, later, we will go deeper into the jungle inside the Llanganates National Park. The name “llanganates” comes from “beautiful mountain” in the local native language. Here, 600 years ago, the Incas hid their golden treasures. Many explorers have spent years looking for these treasures, some have even disappeared with no luck in this dense pristine jungle. During a hike through the tropical rainforest, we will climb through several waterfall canyons. Our local native guide will teach about the incredible flora and fauna that thrive in this unequaled habitat, and we will spend the night at the Local Basic Jungle Lodge run by a kichwa indigenous family.

Canyoning Activity Level – Moderate, the jungle exploration will be done while hiking on the canyon that has been formed by the waterfalls and the Pimpilala river, so you will be hiking on irregular terrain and water surrounded by rainforest. The weather can be hot and humid which would make this a very refreshing activity. The highest waterfall to climb is 16 feet (4.87 meters) and the rest are smaller. We will use helmets, ropes and bring optional harnesses for people that want to use them.

Canyoning Time: 3 hours
Canyoning Distance: 2 miles (3.22 km)
Elevation Gain: 500 feet (152.4 meters)
Minimum Elevation while Canyoning: 2000 feet (609.6 meters)
Maximum Elevation while Canyoning: 2500 feet (762 meters)
What to wear today: Shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, water sandals, rain jacket, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent.

Accomodation: Amazon Homestay.
NOTE – This is a very basic accommodation, you will have your own room but will have to share the bathroom. The rooms are very clean and all the beds have mosquito nets. There is no electricity in the room but there is a social area where you can have access to power to charge your batteries.

Day 4

Amazon River Rafting


Amazon river afting Hatunyacu

We greet the day by preparing our gear to paddle the wild waves of the Jatunyacu River, located just a 5 minute drive from the homestead. The beauty of this river will inspire you and reveal the magic of the Amazon rainforest. After a very important safety briefing from our rafting guides, we will start our class III rafting expedition down the Jatunyacu River, well known for its clear waters and awesome rapids. We will have a lot of fun playing some games and also 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. Finally, we will continue up to Papallacta, where we will stay the night and recharge in the volcanic hot springs high in the midst of the cool Andes.

Rafting Activity Level – Moderate, this is considered a class III river for white water rafting. There are some awesome waves and also plenty of flat water to go swimming. The river is surrounded by amazing views of the Amazon landscape.
Rafting Time: 4 hours, depending on the level of the water, it can be less time.
Rafting Distance: 18 miles (28.96 km)
What to wear today: Shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, water sandals, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent

Day 5

Otavalo Market

Otavalo Market

In the morning we will do a hiking exploration in the nearby Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve in the cloud forest, where there are beautiful flora that include colorful orchids, and if walking slowly and quietly, you may see some beautiful birds too. Later we will travel across the Andes to stop by the equatorial line to witness this great attraction and to stand on both hemispheres at the same time. Your guide will suggest 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 lively here today. In the late afternoon we will be transferred to the hacienda and enjoy a welcome cocktail and a delicious dinner.

Hiking Activity Level – Easy, this adventure will be on a very nice trail along the river and that is surrounded by a Cloud Forest, in the early morning will be possible to have great views of the snowed capped Antisana Volcano, the trail can be a bit muddy so make sure you wear your hiking shoes.
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 3 miles (4.82 km)
Elevation Gain: 150 feet (45.72 meters)
Minimum Elevation while hiking: 10400 feet (3169.92 meters)
Maximum Elevation: 1550 feet (472.4 meters)

NOTE – This morning if you do not want to go hiking, you can book a spa treatment and pay directly to the Hotel, make sure you organize this the night before just by calling from your own room to the Spa.
What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece, hiking shoes, gloves, hat, buff, rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, binoculars.

Day 6

Cuicocha Crater Lake

Trekking Cuicocha Crater lake

Today after a very healthy breakfast we have a very short drive to the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve, the main attraction here is the Cuicocha Crater Lake. Our adventure will take us on a trek around this still active volcano, your guide will present many beautiful flowers to you along the trail, at the end of our hike, we will take a boat ride to the center of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano, witness bubbles coming up from the center of the caldera. In the afternoon we will drive back to Quito to take part in the farewell dinner with the guides and members of the group. Today your trip ends. 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. We wish you a “buen viaje”!

Trekking Activity Level – Moderate, the trekking trail is on dirt, sand and gravel, located in the Paramo Ecosystem at high elevation.
Trekking Time: 5 hours
Trekking Distance: 7.5 miles (12.07 km)
Elevation Gain: 2500 feet (762 meters)
Minimum Elevation while trekking: 10000 feet (3048 meters)
Maximum Elevation while trekking: 11470 feet (3496 meters)

What’s included:
  • Walking Sticks, Bikes, gloves, helmets, paddles, harness, ropes, life jackets, robber boots.
What do I need to Bring?
  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Credit or debit card
  • Quick dry clothing
  • Buff
  • Fleece top
  • Winter gloves
  • Winter jacket
  • Winter hat
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Pair of shorts
  • Pairs of long trousers
  • Pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Swimming suit
  • Sport sandals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tennis shoes
  • Day backpack 20 L. (with rain cover)
  • Pocket knife
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Waterproof binoculars (if possible)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun screen 60 SPF
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Waterproof camera (if possible)
  • Personal water bottle 2L. or camelbak 2L.
  • Money belt
  • Sunglasses
  • First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids,antihistamine, altitude medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
Pre-Post Trip Accommodation

Pre- post trip accommodation in Quito (Twin/ Double) – USD 100 Per Night
Pre- post trip accommodation in Quito (Single) – USD 100 per Night


Private airport transfer – USD 38 per person

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How much should I tip?

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice; however, we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

• IE Guides: USD 10- USD 12 per day
• Local Guides: USD 5- USD 7 per day
• IE Staff (Drivers): USD 2- USD 3 per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

What Do I Do about drinking water?

The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven’t been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodation which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

What’s the weather like?

Seasons in Ecuador have nothing to do with temperature – instead there is a dry season and a wet season. In Ecuador, the winter season is hot and wet, and the summer is dry and cold. Ecuador’s dry, summer season falls between May and December. January to April is Ecuador’s wet wintertime. There is not much of a transition between the seasons.

Most of Ecuador has mild temperatures year-round. In the highlands of the Andes, the temperatures are usually cooler. The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius).

In the tropical cloud forest of Mindo is wet throughout the year, and experiences sudden, partial rainfall even during its dry season. It is also warm throughout the year. Tropical climate, and the temperature varies from the low 70s to high 80s (20 – 30 degrees Celsius).

What vaccinations do I need?

For Ecuador inland, Covid vaccination is required.

What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

World Nomads Insurance with a coverage of USD 200 000

What is the currency?

US American Dollars

What is the minimum age for this trip?

8 years old as a minimum age.

price per person:

USD 1,240.00

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