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9-day Inspiring Ecuador Highlights

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Trip Type: Land Tours, Adventure

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$1766

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Season: year-round
Duration: 9 Days
Group Size: 16
Accommodation: Hotel

ecuador - quito

STARTING AT:

$1766

/ TRAVELER

Group Size: 16
Season: year-round
Duration: 9 Days
Accommodation: Hotel

Expedition Overview

An inspiring trip like no other. Perfect to try the best this country offers, these selected highlights will take you around some of the most important Ecuadorian landmarks.

So if you like to travel and learn a lot, you will love this trip. Enjoy the jaw-dropping landscapes and the cozy little towns and culture of the zone. Enjoy a lot with little worries.

FROM $1766

Itinerary

We start busy. We leave Quito first hour towards the north. Before reaching Otavalo we’ll stop to appreciate “El Pisque” Canyon. Once in Otavalo, you can explore the traditional Indigenous Market to stroll around the town and the surrounding streets. Remember you can buy the goods you find there. In the afternoon you set off to Pijal, located in a viewpoint from where you can see both the Imbabura volcano and the San Pablo Lake. In the community you will visit the Sacha Warmi project. A project led by the women of the community. There you will learn how to prepare “ají” —great for those who love spicy. Later we will arrive at the beautiful, historical hacienda of Pinsaqui where we will stay overnight. Enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome, and learn about the history of this place.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Lunch.    Dinner

We move on early today! We’ll start by descending towards the Amazon Rainforest, so enjoy how the scenery changes.
Our first stop is the Guango Reserve, home to a wild amount of hummingbirds. Then, we move towards the “Guacamayos-macaw Lookout” to appreciate the Amazon rainforest below.
Before wrapping up the day, we go to the Arajuno River, where a motor canoe will take us to the Eco Lodge to rest.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

We start the day with a hike through the Tropical Rainforest. With some guidance, you’ll learn about the medicinal plants, and if you are lucky, you might spot some of the local animals.
We then reach an Amazon Kichwa community. Then, you’ll learn about their deep connection with nature and the skills they had to learn to support their daily life.
And before we end the day, you will learn the secrets of chocolate-making! Have you tasted raw cacao? There’s a first time for everything.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll set off to Rio Verde, in the middle of Sangay National Park. Hike down the Pailon del Diablo —the second-highest waterfall in Ecuador. And if you are up for a challenge, you can hike behind the falls.
And if you don’t think that’s enough, then we will visit the dazzling waterfall “El Manto de la Novia”. Hop aboard a cable car and glide over the canyon of the Pastaza River.
And as the afternoon wears on, we’ll roll into Baños. It is located at the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, and it is a great vantage point for the active volcano.
And if you need some rest, you can try the spa and hot springs of the area.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

In the morning, we’ll visit The Swing of the End of the World, an amazing place to take pictures. If you don’t believe us, you can ask the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest.
So enjoy the landscapes and take breathtaking pictures.
For the afternoon, feel free to manage your time as you please; you are free to explore this cozy little town.

 

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

Early in the morning, we will go through valleys and farming villages on our way to the Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador’s highest mountain. Its summit is the furthest point from the center of the Earth.
We will go up to where the glacier begins. Along the way, you can spot the diverse wildlife, including plants and animals. So keep your eyes sharp. Among the species you can spot there include the Andean condor, caracara, hummingbirds, and vicuñas —which were once extinct in the zone and now are protected.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.

After an early breakfast, we’ll set off towards Alausí, a cozy little town perfect for tourists. There, you can listen to the legend of the Devil’s Nose train. After this, we will go towards Palmira, located quite close to the Palmira Desert. In this desert, you can find dunes stripped out of a movie.
And if this wasn’t enough for a day, you then will meet the Ingapirca ruins, the most impressive Inca ruins in Ecuador. You’ll spend the afternoon there learning about the archaeological site.
And to end the day, you’ll arrive to Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities of the country.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

This day is planned to b full of experiences.
First, we kick off a city tour in which we’ll visit Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco, and El Turi.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit a Panama Hat Factory to see how these iconic hats are made. Fun fact: Panama hats were actually created in Ecuador and popularized in the Panama hat construction.
Finally, we’ll venture to the nearby towns of Chordeleg and Gualaceo. In Chordeleg, you can admire the beautiful jewelry and silverware of the town, while in Gualaceo, you can explore the local market with its colorful stands.

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

Since you got to know the streets the previous day, you can explore the Cuenca streets by yourself.

Then, it is time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures, and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
See ya!

Food & Accommodation

Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

What to Expect

Accommodation: Hotel
Location: ecuador - quito
Season: year-round
Meeting Point: Quito
Trip Type: Land Tours, Adventure
Activity: Hiking

What´s Included

✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Transportation
  • Private and comfortable land transportation.


  • Accommodations
  • 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


  • Activities
  • 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.


  • Meals
  • 8 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinner


  • Gear
  • 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- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets


  • Guides
  • Certified expert English-speaking adventure guide and local guides


  • Equipment
  • Walking Sticks

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Accommodation
  • Single Supplement USD 445


  • Airport transfers
  • Airport transfer (international flights)


  • Insurance
  • Travel & health insurance (mandatory)


  • Meals
  • Not described in the itinerary


  • Tips
  • For local guides, IE trip leaders & staff

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    An inspiring trip like no other. Perfect to try the best this country offers, these selected highlights will take you around some of the most important Ecuadorian landmarks.

    So if you like to travel and learn a lot, you will love this trip. Enjoy the jaw-dropping landscapes and the cozy little towns and culture of the zone. Enjoy a lot with little worries.

    We start busy. We leave Quito first hour towards the north. Before reaching Otavalo we’ll stop to appreciate “El Pisque” Canyon. Once in Otavalo, you can explore the traditional Indigenous Market to stroll around the town and the surrounding streets. Remember you can buy the goods you find there. In the afternoon you set off to Pijal, located in a viewpoint from where you can see both the Imbabura volcano and the San Pablo Lake. In the community you will visit the Sacha Warmi project. A project led by the women of the community. There you will learn how to prepare “ají” —great for those who love spicy. Later we will arrive at the beautiful, historical hacienda of Pinsaqui where we will stay overnight. Enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome, and learn about the history of this place.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Lunch.    Dinner

    We move on early today! We’ll start by descending towards the Amazon Rainforest, so enjoy how the scenery changes.
    Our first stop is the Guango Reserve, home to a wild amount of hummingbirds. Then, we move towards the “Guacamayos-macaw Lookout” to appreciate the Amazon rainforest below.
    Before wrapping up the day, we go to the Arajuno River, where a motor canoe will take us to the Eco Lodge to rest.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    We start the day with a hike through the Tropical Rainforest. With some guidance, you’ll learn about the medicinal plants, and if you are lucky, you might spot some of the local animals.
    We then reach an Amazon Kichwa community. Then, you’ll learn about their deep connection with nature and the skills they had to learn to support their daily life.
    And before we end the day, you will learn the secrets of chocolate-making! Have you tasted raw cacao? There’s a first time for everything.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    After breakfast, we’ll set off to Rio Verde, in the middle of Sangay National Park. Hike down the Pailon del Diablo —the second-highest waterfall in Ecuador. And if you are up for a challenge, you can hike behind the falls.
    And if you don’t think that’s enough, then we will visit the dazzling waterfall “El Manto de la Novia”. Hop aboard a cable car and glide over the canyon of the Pastaza River.
    And as the afternoon wears on, we’ll roll into Baños. It is located at the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, and it is a great vantage point for the active volcano.
    And if you need some rest, you can try the spa and hot springs of the area.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    In the morning, we’ll visit The Swing of the End of the World, an amazing place to take pictures. If you don’t believe us, you can ask the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest.
    So enjoy the landscapes and take breathtaking pictures.
    For the afternoon, feel free to manage your time as you please; you are free to explore this cozy little town.

     

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Early in the morning, we will go through valleys and farming villages on our way to the Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador’s highest mountain. Its summit is the furthest point from the center of the Earth.
    We will go up to where the glacier begins. Along the way, you can spot the diverse wildlife, including plants and animals. So keep your eyes sharp. Among the species you can spot there include the Andean condor, caracara, hummingbirds, and vicuñas —which were once extinct in the zone and now are protected.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.

    After an early breakfast, we’ll set off towards Alausí, a cozy little town perfect for tourists. There, you can listen to the legend of the Devil’s Nose train. After this, we will go towards Palmira, located quite close to the Palmira Desert. In this desert, you can find dunes stripped out of a movie.
    And if this wasn’t enough for a day, you then will meet the Ingapirca ruins, the most impressive Inca ruins in Ecuador. You’ll spend the afternoon there learning about the archaeological site.
    And to end the day, you’ll arrive to Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities of the country.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    This day is planned to b full of experiences.
    First, we kick off a city tour in which we’ll visit Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco, and El Turi.
    In the afternoon, you’ll visit a Panama Hat Factory to see how these iconic hats are made. Fun fact: Panama hats were actually created in Ecuador and popularized in the Panama hat construction.
    Finally, we’ll venture to the nearby towns of Chordeleg and Gualaceo. In Chordeleg, you can admire the beautiful jewelry and silverware of the town, while in Gualaceo, you can explore the local market with its colorful stands.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Since you got to know the streets the previous day, you can explore the Cuenca streets by yourself.

    Then, it is time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures, and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
    See ya!

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador - quito
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Quito
    Trip Type: Land Tours, Adventure
    Activity: Hiking
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Transportation
  • Private and comfortable land transportation.

  • Accommodations
  • 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

  • Activities
  • 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.

  • Meals
  • 8 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinner

  • Gear
  • 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- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets

  • Guides
  • Certified expert English-speaking adventure guide and local guides

  • Equipment
  • Walking Sticks

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Single Supplement USD 445

  • Airport transfers
  • Airport transfer (international flights)

  • Insurance
  • Travel & health insurance (mandatory)

  • Meals
  • Not described in the itinerary

  • Tips
  • For local guides, IE trip leaders & staff

    What to bring?

    What is the minimum age to travel with us?

    Our younger travelers are not under 8 years old. This was thought for the comfort of our customers and guides and for the safety of younger kids since some trips could be too risky for small children and toddlers.

    What's the currency here?

    We use US American Dollars as currency in Ecuador.

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    We recommend World Nomads Insurance since it has a coverage of USD $200 000

    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 and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    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.

    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:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 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

    An inspiring trip like no other. Perfect to try the best this country offers, these selected highlights will take you around some of the most important Ecuadorian landmarks.

    So if you like to travel and learn a lot, you will love this trip. Enjoy the jaw-dropping landscapes and the cozy little towns and culture of the zone. Enjoy a lot with little worries.

    We start busy. We leave Quito first hour towards the north. Before reaching Otavalo we’ll stop to appreciate “El Pisque” Canyon. Once in Otavalo, you can explore the traditional Indigenous Market to stroll around the town and the surrounding streets. Remember you can buy the goods you find there. In the afternoon you set off to Pijal, located in a viewpoint from where you can see both the Imbabura volcano and the San Pablo Lake. In the community you will visit the Sacha Warmi project. A project led by the women of the community. There you will learn how to prepare “ají” —great for those who love spicy. Later we will arrive at the beautiful, historical hacienda of Pinsaqui where we will stay overnight. Enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome, and learn about the history of this place.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Lunch.    Dinner

    We move on early today! We’ll start by descending towards the Amazon Rainforest, so enjoy how the scenery changes.
    Our first stop is the Guango Reserve, home to a wild amount of hummingbirds. Then, we move towards the “Guacamayos-macaw Lookout” to appreciate the Amazon rainforest below.
    Before wrapping up the day, we go to the Arajuno River, where a motor canoe will take us to the Eco Lodge to rest.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    We start the day with a hike through the Tropical Rainforest. With some guidance, you’ll learn about the medicinal plants, and if you are lucky, you might spot some of the local animals.
    We then reach an Amazon Kichwa community. Then, you’ll learn about their deep connection with nature and the skills they had to learn to support their daily life.
    And before we end the day, you will learn the secrets of chocolate-making! Have you tasted raw cacao? There’s a first time for everything.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    After breakfast, we’ll set off to Rio Verde, in the middle of Sangay National Park. Hike down the Pailon del Diablo —the second-highest waterfall in Ecuador. And if you are up for a challenge, you can hike behind the falls.
    And if you don’t think that’s enough, then we will visit the dazzling waterfall “El Manto de la Novia”. Hop aboard a cable car and glide over the canyon of the Pastaza River.
    And as the afternoon wears on, we’ll roll into Baños. It is located at the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, and it is a great vantage point for the active volcano.
    And if you need some rest, you can try the spa and hot springs of the area.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    In the morning, we’ll visit The Swing of the End of the World, an amazing place to take pictures. If you don’t believe us, you can ask the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest.
    So enjoy the landscapes and take breathtaking pictures.
    For the afternoon, feel free to manage your time as you please; you are free to explore this cozy little town.

     

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Early in the morning, we will go through valleys and farming villages on our way to the Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador’s highest mountain. Its summit is the furthest point from the center of the Earth.
    We will go up to where the glacier begins. Along the way, you can spot the diverse wildlife, including plants and animals. So keep your eyes sharp. Among the species you can spot there include the Andean condor, caracara, hummingbirds, and vicuñas —which were once extinct in the zone and now are protected.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.

    After an early breakfast, we’ll set off towards Alausí, a cozy little town perfect for tourists. There, you can listen to the legend of the Devil’s Nose train. After this, we will go towards Palmira, located quite close to the Palmira Desert. In this desert, you can find dunes stripped out of a movie.
    And if this wasn’t enough for a day, you then will meet the Ingapirca ruins, the most impressive Inca ruins in Ecuador. You’ll spend the afternoon there learning about the archaeological site.
    And to end the day, you’ll arrive to Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities of the country.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    This day is planned to b full of experiences.
    First, we kick off a city tour in which we’ll visit Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco, and El Turi.
    In the afternoon, you’ll visit a Panama Hat Factory to see how these iconic hats are made. Fun fact: Panama hats were actually created in Ecuador and popularized in the Panama hat construction.
    Finally, we’ll venture to the nearby towns of Chordeleg and Gualaceo. In Chordeleg, you can admire the beautiful jewelry and silverware of the town, while in Gualaceo, you can explore the local market with its colorful stands.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Since you got to know the streets the previous day, you can explore the Cuenca streets by yourself.

    Then, it is time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures, and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
    See ya!

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador - quito
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Quito
    Trip Type: Land Tours, Adventure
    Activity: Hiking
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
    Transportation

    Private and comfortable land transportation.

    Accommodations

    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

    Activities

    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.

    Meals

    8 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinner

    Gear

    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- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets

    Guides

    Certified expert English-speaking adventure guide and local guides

    Equipment

    Walking Sticks

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
    Accommodation

    Single Supplement USD 445

    Airport transfers

    Airport transfer (international flights)

    Insurance

    Travel & health insurance (mandatory)

    Meals

    Not described in the itinerary

    Tips

    For local guides, IE trip leaders & staff

    What to bring?

    What is the minimum age to travel with us?

    Our younger travelers are not under 8 years old. This was thought for the comfort of our customers and guides and for the safety of younger kids since some trips could be too risky for small children and toddlers.

    What's the currency here?

    We use US American Dollars as currency in Ecuador.

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    We recommend World Nomads Insurance since it has a coverage of USD $200 000

    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 and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    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.

    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:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 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

    An inspiring trip like no other. Perfect to try the best this country offers, these selected highlights will take you around some of the most important Ecuadorian landmarks.

    So if you like to travel and learn a lot, you will love this trip. Enjoy the jaw-dropping landscapes and the cozy little towns and culture of the zone. Enjoy a lot with little worries.

    We start busy. We leave Quito first hour towards the north. Before reaching Otavalo we’ll stop to appreciate “El Pisque” Canyon. Once in Otavalo, you can explore the traditional Indigenous Market to stroll around the town and the surrounding streets. Remember you can buy the goods you find there. In the afternoon you set off to Pijal, located in a viewpoint from where you can see both the Imbabura volcano and the San Pablo Lake. In the community you will visit the Sacha Warmi project. A project led by the women of the community. There you will learn how to prepare “ají” —great for those who love spicy. Later we will arrive at the beautiful, historical hacienda of Pinsaqui where we will stay overnight. Enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome, and learn about the history of this place.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Lunch.    Dinner

    We move on early today! We’ll start by descending towards the Amazon Rainforest, so enjoy how the scenery changes.
    Our first stop is the Guango Reserve, home to a wild amount of hummingbirds. Then, we move towards the “Guacamayos-macaw Lookout” to appreciate the Amazon rainforest below.
    Before wrapping up the day, we go to the Arajuno River, where a motor canoe will take us to the Eco Lodge to rest.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    We start the day with a hike through the Tropical Rainforest. With some guidance, you’ll learn about the medicinal plants, and if you are lucky, you might spot some of the local animals.
    We then reach an Amazon Kichwa community. Then, you’ll learn about their deep connection with nature and the skills they had to learn to support their daily life.
    And before we end the day, you will learn the secrets of chocolate-making! Have you tasted raw cacao? There’s a first time for everything.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    After breakfast, we’ll set off to Rio Verde, in the middle of Sangay National Park. Hike down the Pailon del Diablo —the second-highest waterfall in Ecuador. And if you are up for a challenge, you can hike behind the falls.
    And if you don’t think that’s enough, then we will visit the dazzling waterfall “El Manto de la Novia”. Hop aboard a cable car and glide over the canyon of the Pastaza River.
    And as the afternoon wears on, we’ll roll into Baños. It is located at the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, and it is a great vantage point for the active volcano.
    And if you need some rest, you can try the spa and hot springs of the area.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    In the morning, we’ll visit The Swing of the End of the World, an amazing place to take pictures. If you don’t believe us, you can ask the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest.
    So enjoy the landscapes and take breathtaking pictures.
    For the afternoon, feel free to manage your time as you please; you are free to explore this cozy little town.

     

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Early in the morning, we will go through valleys and farming villages on our way to the Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador’s highest mountain. Its summit is the furthest point from the center of the Earth.
    We will go up to where the glacier begins. Along the way, you can spot the diverse wildlife, including plants and animals. So keep your eyes sharp. Among the species you can spot there include the Andean condor, caracara, hummingbirds, and vicuñas —which were once extinct in the zone and now are protected.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.

    After an early breakfast, we’ll set off towards Alausí, a cozy little town perfect for tourists. There, you can listen to the legend of the Devil’s Nose train. After this, we will go towards Palmira, located quite close to the Palmira Desert. In this desert, you can find dunes stripped out of a movie.
    And if this wasn’t enough for a day, you then will meet the Ingapirca ruins, the most impressive Inca ruins in Ecuador. You’ll spend the afternoon there learning about the archaeological site.
    And to end the day, you’ll arrive to Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities of the country.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    This day is planned to b full of experiences.
    First, we kick off a city tour in which we’ll visit Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco, and El Turi.
    In the afternoon, you’ll visit a Panama Hat Factory to see how these iconic hats are made. Fun fact: Panama hats were actually created in Ecuador and popularized in the Panama hat construction.
    Finally, we’ll venture to the nearby towns of Chordeleg and Gualaceo. In Chordeleg, you can admire the beautiful jewelry and silverware of the town, while in Gualaceo, you can explore the local market with its colorful stands.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Since you got to know the streets the previous day, you can explore the Cuenca streets by yourself.

    Then, it is time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures, and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
    See ya!

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador - quito
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Quito
    Trip Type: Land Tours, Adventure
    Activity: Hiking
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
    Transportation

    Private and comfortable land transportation.

    Accommodations

    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

    Activities

    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.

    Meals

    8 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinner

    Gear

    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- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets

    Guides

    Certified expert English-speaking adventure guide and local guides

    Equipment

    Walking Sticks

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
    Accommodation

    Single Supplement USD 445

    Airport transfers

    Airport transfer (international flights)

    Insurance

    Travel & health insurance (mandatory)

    Meals

    Not described in the itinerary

    Tips

    For local guides, IE trip leaders & staff

    What to bring?

    What is the minimum age to travel with us?

    Our younger travelers are not under 8 years old. This was thought for the comfort of our customers and guides and for the safety of younger kids since some trips could be too risky for small children and toddlers.

    What's the currency here?

    We use US American Dollars as currency in Ecuador.

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    We recommend World Nomads Insurance since it has a coverage of USD $200 000

    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 and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    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.

    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:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 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

    An inspiring trip like no other. Perfect to try the best this country offers, these selected highlights will take you around some of the most important Ecuadorian landmarks.

    So if you like to travel and learn a lot, you will love this trip. Enjoy the jaw-dropping landscapes and the cozy little towns and culture of the zone. Enjoy a lot with little worries.

    We start busy. We leave Quito first hour towards the north. Before reaching Otavalo we’ll stop to appreciate “El Pisque” Canyon. Once in Otavalo, you can explore the traditional Indigenous Market to stroll around the town and the surrounding streets. Remember you can buy the goods you find there. In the afternoon you set off to Pijal, located in a viewpoint from where you can see both the Imbabura volcano and the San Pablo Lake. In the community you will visit the Sacha Warmi project. A project led by the women of the community. There you will learn how to prepare “ají” —great for those who love spicy. Later we will arrive at the beautiful, historical hacienda of Pinsaqui where we will stay overnight. Enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome, and learn about the history of this place.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Lunch.    Dinner

    We move on early today! We’ll start by descending towards the Amazon Rainforest, so enjoy how the scenery changes.
    Our first stop is the Guango Reserve, home to a wild amount of hummingbirds. Then, we move towards the “Guacamayos-macaw Lookout” to appreciate the Amazon rainforest below.
    Before wrapping up the day, we go to the Arajuno River, where a motor canoe will take us to the Eco Lodge to rest.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    We start the day with a hike through the Tropical Rainforest. With some guidance, you’ll learn about the medicinal plants, and if you are lucky, you might spot some of the local animals.
    We then reach an Amazon Kichwa community. Then, you’ll learn about their deep connection with nature and the skills they had to learn to support their daily life.
    And before we end the day, you will learn the secrets of chocolate-making! Have you tasted raw cacao? There’s a first time for everything.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.    Dinner

    After breakfast, we’ll set off to Rio Verde, in the middle of Sangay National Park. Hike down the Pailon del Diablo —the second-highest waterfall in Ecuador. And if you are up for a challenge, you can hike behind the falls.
    And if you don’t think that’s enough, then we will visit the dazzling waterfall “El Manto de la Novia”. Hop aboard a cable car and glide over the canyon of the Pastaza River.
    And as the afternoon wears on, we’ll roll into Baños. It is located at the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, and it is a great vantage point for the active volcano.
    And if you need some rest, you can try the spa and hot springs of the area.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    In the morning, we’ll visit The Swing of the End of the World, an amazing place to take pictures. If you don’t believe us, you can ask the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest.
    So enjoy the landscapes and take breathtaking pictures.
    For the afternoon, feel free to manage your time as you please; you are free to explore this cozy little town.

     

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Early in the morning, we will go through valleys and farming villages on our way to the Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador’s highest mountain. Its summit is the furthest point from the center of the Earth.
    We will go up to where the glacier begins. Along the way, you can spot the diverse wildlife, including plants and animals. So keep your eyes sharp. Among the species you can spot there include the Andean condor, caracara, hummingbirds, and vicuñas —which were once extinct in the zone and now are protected.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.    Lunch.

    After an early breakfast, we’ll set off towards Alausí, a cozy little town perfect for tourists. There, you can listen to the legend of the Devil’s Nose train. After this, we will go towards Palmira, located quite close to the Palmira Desert. In this desert, you can find dunes stripped out of a movie.
    And if this wasn’t enough for a day, you then will meet the Ingapirca ruins, the most impressive Inca ruins in Ecuador. You’ll spend the afternoon there learning about the archaeological site.
    And to end the day, you’ll arrive to Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities of the country.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    This day is planned to b full of experiences.
    First, we kick off a city tour in which we’ll visit Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco, and El Turi.
    In the afternoon, you’ll visit a Panama Hat Factory to see how these iconic hats are made. Fun fact: Panama hats were actually created in Ecuador and popularized in the Panama hat construction.
    Finally, we’ll venture to the nearby towns of Chordeleg and Gualaceo. In Chordeleg, you can admire the beautiful jewelry and silverware of the town, while in Gualaceo, you can explore the local market with its colorful stands.

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Since you got to know the streets the previous day, you can explore the Cuenca streets by yourself.

    Then, it is time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures, and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
    See ya!

    Food & Accommodation

    Hotel – Twin or Double Breakfast.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador - quito
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Quito
    Trip Type: Land Tours, Adventure
    Activity: Hiking
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
    Transportation

    Private and comfortable land transportation.

    Accommodations

    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

    Activities

    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.

    Meals

    8 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinner

    Gear

    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- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets

    Guides

    Certified expert English-speaking adventure guide and local guides

    Equipment

    Walking Sticks

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
    Accommodation

    Single Supplement USD 445

    Airport transfers

    Airport transfer (international flights)

    Insurance

    Travel & health insurance (mandatory)

    Meals

    Not described in the itinerary

    Tips

    For local guides, IE trip leaders & staff

    What to bring?

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