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Andes to the Amazon: the Essence of EcuadorSoak up the best of South America on this eight-day express adventure.
Starts AtQuito
Ends AtQuito
Duration8 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtQuito
Ends AtQuito
Duration8 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
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About Your Trip

Hike through spectacular volcanic landscapes and go white-water rafting in the jungle on this eight-day loop round Ecuador. Starting in colonial Quito, you’ll head south to the Cotopaxi National Park, passing through the Avenue of Volcanoes – home to the most geothermally active peaks in Ecuador. After visiting the emerald-green Quilotoa crater lake, continue to Baños, where you can ride the Swing at the End of the World and marvel at majestic waterfalls. Get a feel for life in the Amazon rainforest before wrapping up your adventure in the mountain village of Papallacta, known for its hot springs.

preparing shrimp aguachile with fresh herbs, lime and jalapeño with hands and crackers
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Green grass and blue sky in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Sprawling mountains, clouds and snow
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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Explore Cotopaxi National Park on horseback
  • 2
    Hike around the ethereal Quilotoa crater lake
  • 3
    Visit a traditional Tigua art studio
  • 4
    Cycle the Baños Waterfall Route
  • 5
    Go white-water rafting in the Amazon rainforest
  • 6
    Whip up a feast at an Ecuadorian cooking masterclass
  • 7
    Sample fine chocolate in Quito
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Two nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Two nights jungle lodge accommodation
  • One night mountain resort accommodation
  • One night historic hotel accommodation
  • One night spa hotel accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Seven breakfasts, six lunches, four dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Quito walking tour
  • Ecuadorian cooking masterclass (including market visit)
  • Chocolate-tasting session
  • Limpiopungo Lagoon hike
  • Cotopaxi Interpretation Center visit
  • Horseback riding
  • Quilotoa Lake hike
  • Tigua art studio visit
  • Salcedo Market visit
  • Swing at the End of the World visit
  • Baños Waterfall Route bike ride
  • Yaku Runa project visit
  • White-water rafting
  • Jungle night hike
  • Natural Oils Trail guided hike
  • Waterfall swim

Accommodation

Hotel Patio Andaluz

Expect comfortable, spacious rooms at this elegant colonial-style hotel in the heart of Quito’s historic center – an ideal base from which to explore the cultural landmarks of the capital. Indulge in delicious Ecuadorian tapas, wine and cocktails at the Cava Marquéz de Jeréz bar.

Chilcabamba Lodge

At 3,480m (11,417ft) above sea level, this rustic mountain lodge offers homey accommodation with breathtaking views of Cotopaxi volcano. Grab a drink by the fire pit and gaze at the star-studded sky in this wonderfully tranquil setting.

La Floresta Hotel

This cozy hotel, close to downtown Baños, features tastefully decorated rooms with traditional Ecuadorian furnishings and a peaceful private garden – primed for relaxing after a busy day exploring. Make the most of the plentiful breakfast buffet.

Kuyana Amazon Lodge

Tune into the Amazon at this serene hideaway surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. Stylish, luxurious rooms are accompanied by an outdoor pool and restaurant serving sumptuous Ecuadorian dishes made with organic, locally sourced ingredients.

Termas de Papallacta

Soak in hot springs and treat yourself to a relaxing massage at this spa resort in the Andes mountains – a truly memorable final stop on your Ecuadorian journey. If you’re feeling bold, why not give the chocolate or clay body treatments a go?

Book today with a £100/person deposit
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com