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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.