Andes and Amazon Adventure

Andes and Amazon Adventure

Andes and Amazon Adventure

Prices

From $1,625USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels and Ecolodges

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Highlights

Hike, bike, raft, and more in the beautiful and diverse landscapes of Ecuador

Dive into the beautiful outdoors while you hike, bike, and raft in the spectacular mountains and rainforests of Ecuador.

Spend time with local indigenous people and learn about their traditions and culture.

Stay deep in the Amazon and witness the natural beauty and wildlife of this incredible rainforest.

Soak your cares away in the natural volcanic hot springs in Papallacta.

The 8-day guided Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure tour will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. With a range of exciting activities on deck, there’s never a dull moment on this tour! Explore the volcanic mountains and rainforests of Ecuador on hikes and bike rides. Then, your guides will take you to hidden crater lakes, powerful waterfalls, and majestic canyons.

Between hikes and bike rides, you’ll go white water rafting, canyoneering, and explore the jungle. This tour is packed with exciting activities in beautiful places, but you’ll also get to know the indigenous people of the area and learn about their way of life. Take a breather from the adrenaline by visiting a hummingbird habitat and learning about local chocolate! You’ll finish your tour with everyone’s favourite, a visit to the volcanic hot springs. This guided tour has everything an adventurous traveller could want in Ecuador!

Andes and Amazon Adventure Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Quito

Feel free to explore Quito on your own today. Your tour starts in the evening with a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby. This is when you’ll meet your tour guide and the rest of your group. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions you might have as you learn all about the adventure that awaits you!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito (2,850m / 9,350’)
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Hike to the Crater Lake in Quilotoa

The day will start with a three-hour drive into the Andes along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. You’ll arrive in Quilotoa, where you’ll hike into the crater to discover the gorgeous blue Crater Lake at the bottom. You can choose to rent a kayak and go for a paddle to take in the incredible views, or just relax and soak in the scenery.

Hike back out of the crater, or rent a mule or horse to take you back up to the crater rim. You’ll have lunch at the top and then visit a local artisan market.

Overnight Location
B&B in Lasso (3,050m / 10,000’)
Distance
About 3 hours of hiking and optional 1-hour paddle
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 3 Hike to the Cotopaxi Glacier

Today will be a hike up to the Cotopaxi Glacier. The trail starts at about 4500m above sea level, and you’ll be climbing all the way up to 5200m. Your guides will help you with some tips and tricks to handle the thin air at such high altitudes. The trail is quite steep, so the climb will take about 2 hours. It’s going to be well worth it at the top, though!

In the afternoon, you’ll head to charming Baños de Agua Santa. This town is surrounded by mountain ridges and a waterfall. Besides being very pretty, Baños has great restaurants and nightlife, making it the perfect place to spend the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baños (1,820m / 5,970’)
Distance
About 3 hours of hiking
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Bike Ride in Llanganates National Park

This morning you’ll be driven to the Llanganates National Park for a bike ride. You’ll only be riding gently uphill for about an hour before the trail starts zipping downwards. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the spectacular views, including the active Tungurahua Volcano.

After the bike ride, the group will go to the Casa de Arbol, which is famous for its “swing at the end of the world”. Take a swing if you’re feeling brave! Time permitting, there may be an option to do some zip lining as well.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baños (1,820m / 5,970’)
Distance
About 3 hours of biking
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Discover the Amazon Basin

Before driving to the Amazon, you’ll make a stop to see the incredible Pailon del Diablo waterfall. Enjoy the scenic drive into the beautiful Amazon basin.

After a traditional lunch, you’ll go canyoneering in the spectacular canyons. Your day will end with a sweet treat as you learn how to make traditional chocolate fondue from the local cacao.

Overnight Location
Wilderness lodge in the Amazon
Distance
About 3 hours of hiking and canyoneering
Meals
Lunch, dinner

Day 6 Raft on the Jatunyacu River

Today will be a trip highlight as you’ll be rafting down the Jatunyacu River! This river is sourced from the Llanganates Mountains and has Class III rapids. Hold on tight!

After your exciting morning on the river, have a nice lunch and return to the lodge to relax or go for a swim. Tonight you can take a nocturnal stroll to discover all the insects and amphibians who only come out at night.

Overnight Location
Wilderness lodge in the Amazon
Distance
About 3 hours of rafting
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Explore the Jungle and Visit the Hot Springs

Start your day with a hike through the jungle to learn about the medicinal uses of the local plants and the importance of them for the indigenous people.

After your exploration, you’ll start heading back towards the highlands. On your way, you’ll stop in the Guango forest reserve to visit hummingbirds in their natural habitat.

The next stop is Papallacta Hot Springs. These natural volcanic hot springs are known to have healing properties. Relax in the different pools and unwind in nature’s spa, or if you’d like to add a spa treatment, massages and facials can be arranged. Your day will finish back in Quito, joining the rest of your group for a farewell celebration at a local brewery.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito (2,850m / 9,350’)
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Farewell!

Your tour has come to an end, and it’s time to return home or continue on the next leg of your journey.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure Price and Dates

This guided adventure tour in Ecuador is run either as a group tour or a private tour. The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room and those willing to have single rooms will have to pay a supplement:

Private tour:

  • Group of 2-4: $1,775USD per person -

    Now $1,495USD per person

    • Group of 5+: $1,775USD per person -

      Now $1,295USD per person

    Prices to join a group tour:

Day Of WeekPrice Per Person *
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SaturdayNot Available
Sunday
$1,250USD
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* Single Supplement may apply

Accommodation on the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure

This tour is based in 3-star hotels, B&Bs, and ecolodges. The hotels offer comfortable rooms with great locations. The lodges in the Amazon are more rustic. Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please contact us to find out the pricing).

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

La Cienega Hacienda in Lasso

At 325 years old, this is one of the oldest colonial properties in the country. You’ll love the warm service and historical charm of this hacienda.

Alisamay Hotel in Banos

This hotel offers cozy rooms and incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Spend time relaxing in the garden or at the outdoor swimming pool.

Night 5-6

Basic wilderness lodge in the Amazon Basin

The lodges are rustic, wilderness accommodations, but the experience of staying right in the Amazon basin will outweigh the rugged amenities.

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, water, and snacks are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Quito are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included as outlined in the itinerary. Airport transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Bike (quality hybrid bikes), certified helmets and gloves
  • Hiking poles
  • NRS rafts, paddles and helmets for whitewater rafting
  • Canyoneering equipment, harnesses, helmets, ropes, and rubber boots
  • Water bottle
  • All fees for reserves and museums

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to or from Ecuador
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Optional activities
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for tour guides and drivers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Andes and Amazon Adventure

How hard is the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour has a high difficulty rating because it includes two hikes at high elevations in addition to other demanding physical activities. No experience is required for rafting or canyoneering, but travellers should be adventurous and fairly fit to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure?

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, water, and snacks are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover all the activities included. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Quito to start this tour?

The best way to reach Quito is to fly to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You will need to arrange your own transfer to the hotel.

Is the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon Adventure tour end?

The tour ends when you check out of your hotel in Quito. You will need to arrange a ride to the airport.

Are equipment rentals included?

Your bike, helmet, and gloves are included for the cycling portion. Hiking poles will be provided for hikes, and all rafting equipment including helmets are also provided. The tour includes the harnesses, ropes, and helmets you’ll require for canyoneering as well. Please bring any other personal equipment desired.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Ecuador?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

What time of the year is the best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour?

The best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour is June through September when the weather tends to be dry and sunny.

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Prices

From $1,625USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels and Ecolodges

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour has a high difficulty rating because it includes two hikes at high elevations in addition to other demanding physical activities. No experience is required for rafting or canyoneering, but travellers should be adventurous and fairly fit to get the most out of this tour.

Local guide

Cesar Romero

Quito, Ecuador

Get in touch

+1 (587) 327-9828

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