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Category: Star RatingLuxury
Duration: 6-day tour
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  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain bike
  • Amazon jungle rafting
  • Papallacta hotsprings
From: US$ 1325 per person
  • Explore an Andean hacienda on horseback.Explore an A hacienda on horseback.
  • Papallacta Hotsprings Resort & SpaPapallacta Hotsprings Resort & Spa.
  • Hike and zipline across a stunning cloud forest canyon.Hike and zipline across a stunning cloud forest canyon.
  • Cuicocha Lagoon Crater near the Cotacachi town.Cuicocha Lagoon Crater near the Cotacachi town.
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Andes & Amazon Premium Multisport

If you are looking for a multisport adventure that passes through more than five different ecosystems, surrounded by different kind of nature, species, fauna and flora, then this program is perfect for you. Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries, and you can find everything within short distances. That's why these 6-day tours will amaze you as you explore the expansive Andes Mountains and the dense Amazon Jungle. On this journey, our top guides will accompany you to help make this experience unforgettable. Some activities planned include trekking, mountain biking through pads of the cloud forest, whitewater rafting through the rainforest rivers, horseback riding in true Andean cowboy style, and spending some time to relax in natural hot springs in the Andean paramo. 

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6-day Andes & Amazon Premium Multisport

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6-day Andes & Amazon Premium Multisport
Day 1

CLOUDFOREST ZIPLINE & HORSEBACK RIDING IN COTOPAXI

We depart early in the morning heading south from Quito to a local hacienda. The path winds through the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes, which offers amazing views. One of many is the great Pita Canyon River Gorge in the foothills of the Pasochoa Volcano. We get to the Pasochoa cloud forest entrance and prepare ourselves for the first adventure!

We start with a short guided hike through the forest, which has many kinds of trees, orchids, ferns, and lots of classic Ecuadorian birds, including 11 kinds of hummingbirds. We stop at the edge of the canyon to launch ourselves across several outstanding ziplines.

With our feet on the ground again, we'll continue to a local hacienda, where we have a delicious lunch. Afterwards, we'll suit up Chagra-style with ponchos, cowboy hats and chaps to start our visit to the fields on horseback (hiking is optional), with the colossal volcano scenery in the background. Along the way, we'll see the hacienda's crops, which grow at high altitudes over 10,000 feet (or 3,000 meters). Also our Chagra guide will share his knowledge of the rich environment around us. We continue riding up the slopes of the Rumiñahui Volcano, where if we have some luck, maybe we'll see the largest flying bird in the world – the powerful Andean Condor. After this entertaining ride we'll have the rest of the evening to relax at a local hacienda.

Day 2

MOUNTAIN BIKING AT COTOPAXI VOLCANO & EXPLORING BAÑOS

After breakfast, we drive up the slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano, where we start our biking challenge! First, we have a short explanation of the site and then we begin our ride. On this day, we'll be able to see the vegetation of the area and some animals might even show up to welcome us. We visit the beautiful Limpiopungo Lake on our way out, and then we continue to meet our transportation at the south entrance of the National Park, from which point we'll go to the Salasaca indigenous community, well known for their colorful clothes, dresses, and traditional ponchos. Here, a local family will teach us about the cultural traditions, weaving techniques, and textiles procedures, but also about the use of Agave cactus to make drinks, rope, clothes, and more.

We next visit Baños, at an altitude of 5,000 feet (or 1500 meters). This is a colorful colonial town, where we'll enjoy a deluxe lunch with nice views of the Tungurahua Volcano and the Pastaza River Gorge. After lunch, we'll continue exploring the town of Baños, which is surrounded by tropical cloud forest. In the late afternoon, we go to a local hacienda, where dinner is served, and we can rest for the next day.

Day 3

BIKING TO THE AMAZON & VISIT SHIRIPUNO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY

After breakfast, we'll go to the edge of Llanganates National Park. We'll ascend until we get to one of the best areas to appreciate the often-fuming Tungurahua Volcano. From here, we take our mountain bikes and ride through the highland paramo. Gradually, the scenery melts into mountain cloud forest, and then lowland rainforest. Along the dry path we can look for wild orchids.

We keep riding along the Pastaza River Gorge, one of the principal watercourses that feed into the Amazon hollow. This route is unique for the view combinations, because it has tall rock walls giving way to deep cloud forest canyons, and also some waterfalls that we can take a moment to admire. Some of these mighty cascades include El Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) and Manto de la Novia (Bride's Veil).

After our bike ride, we'll take a scenic drive to Puyo, an Amazon frontier town where local artisans craft their products from Balsa wood, bamboo, ceramic, and other local materials. We'll have a chance to learn about how they're made. Here, we'll have our lunch and then continue our adventure to reach the jungle lodge. After check in, we go to the Shiripuno Kichwa indigenous community, where we'll see their way of life, their customs, and how well preserved their traditions are. The community embraces us, and if you want you can do some activities with them, like the creation of ceramics with indigenous motifs, or making Chicha which is manioc beer. Also, we can visit an ancient petroglyph site and experience a cleansing ritual with a local shaman. After our cultural interaction, we return to the lodge, where we can relax with the peaceful sounds of the jungle in the background.

Day 4

JUNGLE RAFTING ON THE JATUNYACU RIVER

Early in the morning, we drive to Llanganates National Park, which spreads from the high Andes down into the Amazon basin and is part of an area declared by the United Nations as a Biosphere Zone. The Jatunyacu River is considered Ecuador's best one-day river run and is formed by the watershed of this area. We'll start with a walk into the jungle to see naturally-formed swimming pools. Then we'll have a safety briefing, and our whitewater rafting adventure starts. A trip down the Jatunyacu River offers outstanding views of jungle scenery, crystal-clear water, and some indigenous communities that live close to the river.

The Jatunyacu is also well known for its big waves, fun holes, and high volume of rapids (Class III - III+). We'll spend the rest of the day navigating it and trying to spot some local birds. In the afternoon, we'll return to the Andes and go to Papallacta Hotsprings Resort & Spa. Here we can relax in the therapeutic alkaline-rich natural thermal waters of Papallacta, while surrounded by the stunning cloud forest. Spa services such as massages, aromatherapy, and other optional treatments can also be arranged in advance.

Day 5

PARAMO HIKE, CATEQUILLA MONUMENT, & OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET

After a delicious breakfast, we reach the highland interpretation center and have a guided hike in a private reserve in the cloud forest and paramo; here, we’ll track birds, highland plants, and other Andean wildlife species. Then we visit the “Middle of the World” monument, which symbolizes pre-colonial and Incan indigenous philosophies that 0° latitude was the center of time and measurement. On this part of our journey, we hear about Ecuador's geographic position and how its location on the equator impacts many cultures, influences the climate, and helps augment biological diversity.

We’ll have lunch on the waterfront of San Pablo Lake, and after that we’ll check out the towns of Otavalo and Peguche, where the indigenous culture and heritage is noticeable everywhere. They have beautiful and famous markets full of colors, where you can find handicrafts, textiles, clothing and much more. We spend some one-on-one time with local weavers, who share the secrets of their craft that have been passed down for generations. And we’ll visit the Andean Music Museum to enjoy the traditional instrumental and vocal sounds of the Andes. After this interesting and culturally rich day, we go to a traditional colonial hacienda to rest.

Day 6

HIKING AROUND CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE

Early in the morning, we drive up to Cuicocha Crater Lake, located 10,000 feet (or 3,068 meters) above sea level, within the Cayapas-Cotacachi National Park. Cuicochoa Lake is the freshwater-filled caldera of an inactive volcano, located at the foot of a volcano of the same name, and surrounded by a splendid cloud forest background. We hike around the shore of the Crater Lake, appreciating the lava dome islands in the center and looking for birds or other kinds of wildlife. Before departing for Quito, we have a picnic lunch on the site. Once in Quito, we have the evening free to discover the landmarks and night life of Ecuador's capital city.

NB. Itineraries are subject to change and can be modified without previous notice.

Prices per person

6-day Tour 2 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 5-9 Pax 10+ Pax Single Supplement
Per person US$2218 US$1743 US$1638 US$1489 US$1325 US$315

Rates include:

Accommodations in first class and tourist superior hotels; private land transportation; all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily); all adventure and protective equipment (including front-suspended Deore mountain bikes, rafting equipment, gloves, helmets, water bottles, and dry bags); and professional English-speaking guide.

Not included:

National Park entrance fees; hotel & restaurant beverages, tips, or gratuities; guide tips; and personal expenses.

 

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