Day 1: Quito Arrival
Welcome briefing at 18:00. Transfer In not included.
Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park - Baos (B,L)
TREKKING ADVENTURE ON THE HIGHEST ACTIVE VOLCANO
Trekking Activity Level.- Moderate, this adventure is at high elevation, make sure you drink a lot of water or coca tea, the trail is on dirt surrounded by bushes and grass.
Day 3: Baos - Biking Llanganates National Park (B)
BIKING Trough the cloud forest
Biking Activity Level.- Moderate, mostly downhill, the first 45 minutes up hill and then just going down, you will be riding on cobblestone and dirt roads for the first two hours, and 1 hour on asphalt.
Day 4: Amazon - Canyoning (B,L,D)
ROAD OF WATERFALLS AND CANYONING IN THE AMAZON
Canyoning Activity Level.- Moderate, the jungle exploration will be done while hiking on the canyon that has been formed by the waterfalls and river Pimpilala, so you will be hiking on irregular terrain on rocks and water surrounded by pristine Amazon Tropical Rain Forest, the weather can be hot and humid which would make a very refreshing activity, the highest waterfall to climb is 16 feet (4.87 meters) and the rest are smaller, we will use helmets, ropes and bring optional harnesses for people that want to use them.
Day 5: Amazon - Jatunyacu River Rafting - Papallacta hot springs (B,L)
JATUNYACU RIVER RAFTING AND VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
Rafting Activity Level.- Moderate, this is consider as a class III river for white water rafting, there is some awesome waves and also plenty of flat water to go swimming, the river is surrounded by amazing views of the Amazon landscape.
Day 6: Cloud Forest - Otavalo Indian Market (D)
HIKING THE CLOUD FOREST & OTAVALO INDIGUENOUS MARKET
Hiking Activity Level.- Easy, this adventure will be on a very nice trail along the river and that is surrounded by a Cloud Forest, in the early morning will be possible to have great views of the snowed capped Antisana Volcano, the trail can be a bit muddy so make sure you wear your hiking shoes.
Day 7: Trekking Cuicocha Crater Lake - Quito (B,L)
TREKKING THE LOOP OF CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE
Trekking Activity Level.- Moderate, the trekking trail is on dirt sand and gravel, located in the Paramo Ecosystem at high elevation.
Day 8: Quito Departure (B)
DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES
Transfer out not included
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Duration: 8 Days
Departure Details :
Departure from your selected hotel
Return Details :
Dropp off at your confirmed hotel
Cancellation Policy : This activity is non-refundable
Challenge yourself and join this magical adventure in the Ecuadorian mainland, where the largest biodiversity on earth and the richest geography are located along the Equator line. Bike down the slopes of the eastern Andean Mountain Range with great views of Tungurahua active volcano, explore the colorful Andean fields, discover the hidden treasures by climbing up waterfalls in the Amazon rainforest, fight large waves by rafting on the Jatunyacu River, trek to the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake and soak in Papallactas volcanic waters. Experience a fantastic cultural encounter with an indigenous family in the Amazon, learning about their customs, food, knowledge and life-style"Unique Experiences:"Prepare chocolate the ancestral way with a native Kichwa family in the Amazon RainforestOrganic cooking lesson with traditional fresh ingredients, side by side with local people in the heart of the Andes
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Day 1: Quito Arrival
- WHAT'S INCLUDED?
- Activities: 3 hours hiking in Cotopaxi National Park in the Andes, 3 hours biking in the Llanganates National Park, 4 hours white-water rafting on Jatunyacu River in the Amazon rainforest, 3 hours canyoning at Pimpilala waterfalls, bird watching and hiking exploration in the cloud forest, soaking in Papallacta hot springs, 5 hours trekking the loop of Cuicocha Crater Lake, share time with local indigenous people in the Amazon, making chocolate, salsa lesson.
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-star hotel in Baos, home stay in the Amazon, 5-star Spa Resort in Papallacta, Colonial Hacienda in Imbabura
- Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
- Trekking or Hiking: Black Diamond trekking sticks
- Biking: Trek X Caliper MTB (hydraulic disc brakes, front Rock Shock suspension), Bontrager helmets, full finger gloves
- Canyoning: rubber boots, ropes, harnesses
- Rafting: Aire and NRS 7-people- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets
- Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
- WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTSMY OWN ROOM SUPPLEMENT - ESTIMATED BUDGET USD $ 436USD - AIRPORT TRANSFERSTRAVEL INSURANCE (MANDATORY) - MEALS NOT DESCRIBED IN THE ITINERARY - ESTIMATED BUDGET USD $120 USDTIPS FOR GUIDES, DRIVERS AND HOTELS. - ESTIMATED BUDGET USD $150 USD
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS
Ecuador is a wonderful, colorful and friendly country to visit. It is, however, a very different culture. So to ensure that you are fully prepared for the trip and enjoy your stay here we provide the following travel tips:GENERAL (TRAVEL IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY):
Ecuador is a developing country and many regions still live in poverty. Although the tourism infrastructure is reasonably good and improving each year it can still be difficult at times to travel.
You will often be needing a little patience as things tend to run on latino time buses often depart late, people often arrive late to meetings, and things generally happen more slowly and with less urgency than in other countries.
The best way to deal with these differences is to look on the bright side and take each challenge as part of your travel experience. Relax and enjoy these sides to Latin culture.
Ecuador is one of South Americas most hospitable nations. Even in the overburdened metropolis of Quito, people are happy to give directions, chat, and ask a question. Youll often hear De donde vienes? (Where are you from?). Ecuadorians are extremely knowledgeable and proud of the history of their country.
In the cities women who know each other often greet each other with a single kiss on the cheek, while men shake hands.SHOPPING & BARGAINING
Ecuador has many colorful markets both for handicrafts and local products. Before buying you should always bargain in price as this is the custom and the locals often try to charge extra to the tourists. There is no general guideline as to how much you should pay for any individual item you should decide how much you are willing to pay, start your offers lower than that amount and compromise little by little trying to get the sellers price down to your ideal price. Bargaining is fun, and a great chance to improve your Spanish while interacting with the locals!
When in regular shops/malls you should pay the quoted price as it is considered rude to bargain.
Ecuador, with its majestic landscapes and varied cityscapes, is the dream of every photographer. However, you should respect the locals and follow these simple rules when photographing them:
Always ask permission before taking someones picture. People in remote villages often dont like being photographed.TIPPING
It is recommended to Tip our Drivers and Guides as this is not included in the price of the trip, for drivers we recommend $ 8USD per person per day and for the guides $ 10USD per person per day.
Tipping is also standard practice in most cafes and restaurants 10% is normal.ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Soroche (altitude sickness) affects some visitors in the Ecuadorian Andes. Headache, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common.
To avoid such effects it is recommended to take it easy on your first day, drink plenty of water or coca tea, and eat chocolate. Always inform your guide or hotel staff if you feel any symptoms and they will help you out.FOOD & DRINK
Another health risk in Ecuador is travelers diarrhea caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. It is therefore very important to watch what you eat - do not eat anything from street vendors, avoid ice unless you are sure it is made from purified water, avoid uncooked or under-cooked food and unpasteurized milk, drink only bottled water, even when brushing your teeth. In the case of illness always inform your guide or hotel staff who will help you deal with it and ensure that you drink enough water to maintain hydration.HYGIENE
Hygiene standards are generally lower than those you are used to in North America or Europe. One very important difference is that the sewage system cannot cope with toilet paper being flushed into the toilet. There is usually a basket next to the toilet which should be used to deposit used toilet paper, and although unhygienic this method is more pleasant than the toilet overflow that will occur if paper is flushed!SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety and security is an important issue as pick-pocketing and robbery of tourists can and does occur. It is important not to be paranoid when travelling as most Ecuadorians you meet will be very honest and friendly people, but there are some basic precautions that you should take: Unless necessary never carry anything valuable with you (i.e. expensive watches / jewelry) or large amounts of money.
EXTRA IMPORTANT DETAILS
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2 4 hours a day.
Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Napo, Imbabura.
Andes Mountain Range and Amazon Tropical Rain Forest in Ecuador
Quito: 2.810 m (9.186 ft.)
Baos: 1.820 m (5.971 ft.)
Tena: 510 m (1.673 ft.)
Papallacta: 3.300 m (10.827 ft.)
Otavalo: 2.550 m (8.366 ft.)
Day 15-34C / 59-93F - Night 12-17C / 53-62F.
Easy to Moderate.- Even though we are including many outdoor activities such as: Trekking, Cross Country and Mountain Biking, Canyoning and Rafting, we consider this expedition as a soft adventure, so children and adults can do it with no problem and for people that want to take a break or just avoid any of this adventures can always hang out with the driver doing something else, for people that may want to do a bit more challenging our guides will be happy to coordinate something to help them.
NOTE.- For specific details of activities please view the Full Itinerary.
Our Company is always making sure in having the best outdoor gear possible, and we are very proud to work with the best brands, like Trek bikes, Aire and NRS for white water, Black diamond for trekking and Eureka for Camping.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact EPL prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost, it is very important to notice that the hotels listed on the Itinerary description may change according to availability so we do not guarantee you stay there, but we will make sure you will stay in a similar one of the same category.
Travelling with Ecuador Pure Life you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform EPL prior to your departure.
Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants fantastic meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All EPL guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders, they all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have an amazing personality.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.