8 Day Ecuador Multi-Sport

South America > Ecuador

Are you looking for a challenge? Ecuador is home to a treasure of
unique climates with some of the most biodiversity and spectacular
geography on the planet.

Witness the spectacular Avenue of Volcanoes while hiking and biking on the slopes of the Andes. Explore the waterfall canyons and raft along the Jatunyacu River whose waters flow into the mighty Amazon River. Trek the rim of the Cuicocha Crater Lake and spend an evening relaxing in the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. Experience truly unique cultural encounters like spending an evening with an indigenous family in the Amazon, learning about their customs, food, knowledge and life-style. For the one with an adventurous spirit, this expedition is certain to serve your appetite.

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Day 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO

Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Quito is a high elevation city, at 9,350 feet that is located on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by volcanoes. Once at your hotel there will time available to tour the city, where you will immerse yourself in the culture of Educator. In the evening, the guild will have a briefing of the tour.

Overnight Casa Gangotena (Breakfast)

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Day 2: TREK IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

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 foot hills of the Rumiñahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. If the weather conditions permit, we will attempt to trek to the basecamp at 16000 ft. (4876 m). 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.

Overnight Samari Spa Resort (Breakfast and Lunch)

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Day 3: MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK

This morning brings an invigorating mountain bike ride from Llanganates National Park to Pastaza River Canyon. The cloud forest is stunning, dotted with breathtaking waterfalls, Andean farmlands, and a beautiful canyon. The bike ride descends into the lush jungle offering great views of Baños, nestled in the foothills of Tungurahua volcano which has been active since 1999. In the afternoon we will have time to explore Baños and enjoy another evening of fun.

Overnight Samari Spa Resort (Breakfast)

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Day 4: HIGHWAY OF THE WATERFALLS AND CANYONING IN THE AMAZON

From Baños we drive the “Highway of the waterfalls,” and hike through the cloud forest to reach Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we will board a cable car to cross the Pastaza River, then hike to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. Later we delve deeper into the jungle on a 3-hour hike climbing along several waterfalls. The evening will be spent a jungle lodge.

Overnight Hamadryade Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 5: JATUNYACU RIVER RAFTING AND VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS

After an hour drive to the Jatunyacu River, rafting guides will conduct a safety briefing as you prepare to embark on this class III whitewater rafting expedition. The gorgeous scenery is sure to inspire, revealing the magic of the Amazon rainforest. After the rafting adventure you head to the paradise of hummingbirds in Guango Reserve then continue to the volcanic Hot Springs resort.

Overnight Papallacta Spa Resort (Breakfast & Lunch)

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Day 6: HIKING THE CLOUD FOREST, HUMMINGBIRDS PARADISE & OTAVALO MARKET

This morning we will enjoy a 2-hour bird-watching tour through the beautiful cloud forest, and then travel across the Andes to visit Otavalo and its indigenous market to explore and shop. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the slopes of Imbabura volcano to enjoy a cultural encounter with the local people to learn of traditions and way of life. In the evening we will enjoy a cooking class preparing food with local, organic products.

Overnight La Mirage (Breakfast and Dinner)

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Day 7: HIKING THE CLOUD FOREST, HUMMINGBIRDS PARADISE & OTAVALO MARKET

Today we embark on a 9-mile hike that tracks around the Cuicocha Crater Lake while enjoying breathtaking views of the active volcano and valleys of the Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve. We will reach an altitude of 11,880 feet and will be hiking for approximately 5 hours. After our trek we will enjoy a boat ride to the center of the crater and observe the activity and jump in for a refreshing swim in the volcanic waters. In the afternoon we will drive back to Quito.

Overnight Casa Gangotena (Breakfast and Lunch)

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Day 8: DEPART

After breakfast you are transferred to Quito Airport for departures.

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

CASA GANGOTENA

occupies a pivotal spot in Quito’s historic heart: the southwest corner of San Francisco Plaza, the history of which dates all the way back to the time of the Incas.

You will feel entirely at ease, whether you’re reading about the city’s history in the eclectic, palm-filled patio, unwinding in the cozy bar area, or watching the sun set over Quito’s iconic skyline from the panoramic terrace. Be sure to head up to the third-floor terrace and enjoy unrivaled views of the majestic mountains and volcanoes, all as you reflect on the profound and historical significance of the San Francisco Plaza along with its surrounding churches and neighborhoods!

SAMARI SPA (BANOS)

Located in Baños, Ecuador, Samari Spa Resort is the result of 10 years of work, audacity and creativity, taking into account thousands of details with the aim of providing its guests with a destination of rest, adventure and unique well-being in their authentic and luxury style!

HAMADRYADE LODGE ECUADOR

Hamadryade Lodge is a luxurious hotel located in the High Amazon region, near Puerto Misahualli. This ecosystem, even if it is still the Amazonian Rainforest, is very different that the one in Lower regions. It sits at 500mts altitude with hills and small mountains. Therefore, the climate remains pleasant all year round (24°C in average), and the absence of swamps allows an easier access to the more remote zones of Primary Rainforest.

PAPALLACTA SPA RESORT

Papallacta is a small town in Ecuador located at an altitude of 3,250 m (10600 feet) in the Andes near the Eastern mountain range, which leads to the Amazon rainforest. Proximity to Quito´s airport, a beautiful high Andes landscape and the benefits of the thermal water, make it a magical place.

LA MIRAGE

Perched on a hillside, less than three hours from Quito, you will find the hidden secret of Ecuador: a hotel mixed with the native flavor of the Andes. Most of the accommodations, with fireplace and sitting area, have a beautiful view of the mountains and gardens. This former hacienda is a paradise of plant life filled with a thousand fragrances from its bougainvilleas, hibiscus, roses and orchids that you will also find in freshly cut bouquets in your room or suite. La Mirage is distinctive for its elegant fusion of traditions, cuisines, decor and services from Ecuador and further afield.

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • trekking/hiking poles, high-quality mountain bikes, helmets, gloves, rubber boots, ropes, white-water raft, life jackets & paddles
  • Expert guides
  • International airfare
  • Private room supplement
  • Tips

Pricing starts at:

$3,000

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$3,000

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$2,850

per person