Are you looking for a challenge? Ecuador is home to a treasure of unique climates with some of the planet’s most biodiversity and spectacular geography. Witness the spectacular Avenue of Volcanoes while hiking and biking on the slopes of the Andes. Explore the waterfall canyons and raft along the Jatunyacu River whose waters flow into the mighty Amazon River. Trek the Cuicocha Crater Lake rim and spend an evening relaxing in the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. Experience truly unique cultural encounters like spending an evening with an indigenous family in the Amazon, and learning about their customs, food, knowledge, and lifestyle. For the one with an adventurous spirit, this expedition is certain to serve your appetite.
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 on double occupancy: 5* hotel in Quito, 3-star hotel in Baños, homestay in the Amazon, 4 star Spa Resort in Papallacta, Colonial Hacienda in Imbabura.
Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation.
Meals: 7 breakfast, 4 lunch, 1 dinner.
Trekking or Hiking: Black Diamond trekking sticks
Biking: Trek X Caliber 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 AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guide.
My own room supplement – estimated budget USD $471
Travel insurance (mandatory).
Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $120
Tips for guides, drivers, and hotels. – estimated budget USD $150