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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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COVID-19 Safety MeasuresBookings made by 30 October 2021 for travel before 28 February 2022 are covered by our Ultimate Covid Booking Booking Guarantee: if Covid-19 regulations change your plans, we'll rebook you for free. Find out more. Covid-19 safety measures are in place on all our trips. Read more details.

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.

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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

  • Seven nights twin share 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, QuitoExpect 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, Cotopaxi National ParkAt 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, BañosThis 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, TenaTune 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, PapallactaSoak 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?

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.

Additional Info

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