If you are looking for a vacation that makes your heart skip a beat, this 11-day adventure tour is the perfect trip for you! More activities, more adrenaline, more fun – this is what awaits you here in Ecuador. You will actively visit many highlights this diverse country has to offer, and we promise you that you won’t get bored!
Take a glimpse out of the window while approaching Quito Airport and have a first look at the beautiful Andean scenery that surrounds Ecuador’s capital. Upon arrival, your driver will welcome you and escort you to your hotel in the city center. Depending on your time of arrival, just relax a bit in your hotel or head out for a first exploration of the city.
Today, you’ll take part in your first adventure, and it’s a culinary one! Join a cooking class today, in a beautiful restaurant located in the historic city center, where you’ll learn how to prepare traditional Ecuadorian dishes. Before getting started in the kitchen, accompany the chef to a local market to pick fresh products for the preparation of the meal.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Take a stroll through the old town, visit one of the numerous museums the city has to offer or shop for souvenirs at “Mercado Artesanal”.
So far, you’ve only seen a very small part of Quito – that’s why we’ll explore more parts of the city today! Take a bike tour through some of the Northern neighborhoods such as La Floresta, La Carolina and Iñaquito and visit these less-known and less touristy parts of the city. Feel, see and eat the culture that makes Quito special!
When you still have some energy left after the bike tour, hop for example on the cable car Teleferico that brings you up to Pichincha Volcano. Take a walk through the “páramo”, the typical Andean vegetation, and enjoy the view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Or, stay in the city center and enjoy a cup of coffee or canelazo (a typical hot drink made of naranjillas, also known as lulos) and have dinner in one of the many restaurants.
By now, you already got to know Quito, so it’s time to leave the city. Head southwards today into the Pasochoa Nature Reserve, home to the beautiful Pasochoa volcano (4.200 m). During this 4- to 5-hour hike, you’ll walk through typical Andean vegetation and will be able to observe a variety of birds. If you are lucky and it’s a clear day, you can enjoy great views from the summit and spot surrounding volcanoes. You will spend this night in a traditional hacienda close to the town of Machachi.
Today, you’ll experience another kind of adventure, this time on the back of a horse. In a picturesque setting, dive into the world of horseback riding and experience the true power of the horse-human connection. Spend this day with naturally trained horses, partially on the farm and partially in the surrounding area, and explore the stunning Andean scenery.
Top off this day relaxing in the cozy hacienda, spending time with all the farm animals, and enjoying the local cuisine.
Leave the highlands today and head to one of Ecuador’s outdoor hotspots: Baños. After checking into your hotel, you can take a stroll through town or directly get ready for your next adventure. Rent bikes, leave the town and cycle along the “Avenue of Waterfalls”, following the Pastaza river through the valley of the same name. If you want to, you can stop along the way, take pictures of waterfalls and the lush green surroundings, and even try some ziplining! Your final stop is the small village of Rio Verde, where you will visit the famous “Pailón del Diablo” (The Devil’s Cauldron) waterfall.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to cycle all the way back to Baños; small trucks are waiting for you to bring you and your bikes back to the starting point.
Spend the night in Baños and relax in the hot springs the town has to offer, or dive into the vibrant nightlife!
Another day, another adventure that awaits you. You’ll spend the morning canyoning in the surroundings of Baños. The excursion is accompanied by a qualified and certified guide and equipment as well as transportation is provided. Enjoy an action-loaded and fun day, rappelling a variety of waterfalls!
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Explore Baños on your own, strolling through town or heading to the famous “Casa del Arbol” (tree house) and enjoy the feeling of swinging high above the clouds.
Heading from one outdoor activity to another, you’ll leave Baños today and make your way to Tena, located in the foothills of the Amazon rainforest. Relax a bit and have lunch, before leaving your hotel and getting started for the activity of today. You’ll get fitted out with a kayak and all the necessary equipment and will travel to the beautiful Anzu River, where your guide will give you a short briefing and safety instructions. This afternoon is about gaining confidence in the kayak and enjoying the time in the water! Run small rapids, just drift with the current and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Which outdoor activity is still missing after one week in Ecuador? Exactly – rafting! The area of Tena and Archidona is THE rafting hotspot of the country. Depending on your level of expertise (beginners or experts), you’ll either do rafting on Anzu River or Jondachi River. Both places impress with a breathtaking scenery and offer you a fun day on the water. In the evening, relax in the cozy lodge and listen to the sound of nature.
As by now you are already used to water, this morning will be spent on Upper Napo River! Rafting on Rio Jatunyacu (which means “big water” in Quichua) is a great experience for both beginners and experts. Explore hidden canyons and drift along one of the most beautiful rivers of the area. Offering the perfect mix of rapids, calm pools and beautiful jungle scenery, this is an unforgettable rafting adventure for everyone.
The last stop of your Ecuador Adventure are the famous hot springs of Papallacta, where you have the opportunity to relax a bit after all these action-loaded days. In the evening, you arrive back in Quito.
Time flew by way too fast, so now it’s already time to say goodbye. On time for your international flight, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to Quito Airport. We hope that you’ve had an unforgettable time in Ecuador and that you’ll visit us again one day to explore the rest of the country!
- Private Spanish-speaking Airport Transfers
- Private English-speaking guide on day 2, and from day 4 to day 6
- Group tours with English-speaking guides on day 3, and from day 7 to day 10
- Entrance fees and activities according to program
- 10 nights accommodation in double rooms in hotels of standard category
- Meals mentioned in the program: 10x B; 4x L / BL
- International and domestic flights
- (Travel-) insurances
- Optional excursions and activities
- Personal expenses such as tips
- Any other meals, drinks, and / or services not mentioned in the program