This nine-day tour allows you to discover the best of Ecuador and see all its diversity.
Every day you will have the opportunity to enjoy a rich and nutritional breakfast so you can start with loads of energy. You will hike the Guagua Pichincha and have a breathtaking view above Quito, Ecuador´s capital city. The historical center will be explored by bike. Furthermore, you will ascend the Fuya-Fuya summit, relish a picnic at the Mojanda Lagoon and walk around the popular Otavalo as well as around the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon. You will have the opportunity to hike the Rumiñahui Volcano in the well-known Cotopaxi National Park and the incredible Illinizas Norte.
The adventurous tour is then followed by a stop in the stunning city of Baños, where you will explore the waterfalls. Our last stop is Tena, where you can enjoy a river rafting tour and after all, you may relax in the hot springs of Termas de Papallacta.
Welcome to Ecuador!
You will arrive at the International Airport of Quito, where our driver will pick you up and bring you to your hotel.
After breakfast, we leave for the trekking of the Volcano Pichincha passing by the small town of Ilalo. The Pichincha is the closest volcano to Quitovand has two main summits of which you will be hiking the highest one is called Guagua (4,776 m/15,669 ft). Having reached the summit we will start an exciting mountain bike downhill tour.
Afterward, we will visit the historic area of Quito, Ecuador’s capital and the center of the world also by bike. This beautiful city will take you back through 500 years of history, cultural sites, and views that you will never forget.
After having a tasty breakfast at your hotel you will leave for the ascend of Fuya-Fuya (4,265m/13,992 ft) where you will have a magnificent view of two of the three sparkling Mojanda lakes (Caricocha and Yanacocha). If it is a clear day you may also see the snow-capped peaks of Cotapaxi, Cayambe, and Antisana, the craters of Cotacachi and Imbabura, and you will be able to spot Quito and Otavalo. The ascent of Fuya-Fuya is the perfect preparation for climbing higher Andean peaks. Then we will have lunch at one of the Mojanda lakes and go to Otavalo for a light jog.
You will have a healthy breakfast at your hotel and then leave for the enchanting Cuicocha Lagoon. It is located on the northwestern range of the Ecuadorian Andes, in the Cotacachi Canton, 110 km (68 miles) to the north of Quito and at 3,064 meters (10,052 ft) above sea level. Cuicocha is a young volcano that started its activity 4,500 years ago and is resting since then. After a countryside jog around the lagoon of Cuicocha, we will relax and enjoy the view while having our box lunch. Afterward, we will return to Quito.
Before leaving by car for the base of the long-extinct volcano Rumiñahui you will enjoy a rich breakfast at your hotel. Having arrived at the volcano you will begin the ascent after a short briefing. Rumiñahui has located in Cotopaxi National Park southern Quito. The three high points are Rumiñahui Norte (4,712m/15,459 ft), Rumiñahui Central (4,631m/15,193 ft), and Rumiñahui Sur (4,696m/15,406 ft). This tour is an excellent acclimatization climb with an exciting finish and epic views of El Corazón, Ilinizas, Sincholagua, and the majestic Cotopaxi. On the way to the summit, we will stop for an energy-boosting lunch. After reaching the summit we will descend and return to the Hostería PapaGayo for a relaxing hot shower.
At the Hostería you will have a satisfying breakfast of your choice. Afterward, we will depart for our sating point “the Virgin” at a height of 4,000m (13,123 ft). Then we will climb the stunning Illinizas North after a short briefing. Get ready for a steep climb through a magnificent landscape followed by an exhilarating scramble to the summit. On the way, we will stop and have our box lunch while enjoying spectacular views. For the more adventurous only! After the descent, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city of Baños.
Baños de Agua Santa, also known as Baños, is a city in the eastern Tungurahua province in central Ecuador. Baños is one of the most popular cities in Tungurahua for adventure and tourism. It is known as the “Gateway to the Amazon” as it is located on the Pastaza River in the High Amazon Basin. The city is intimately linked with the highly active Tungurahua volcano. After breakfast, we begin our bike tour towards the Avenue of Waterfalls, where we will hike down to the waterfall “Pailon del Diablo”. Then we will have our lunch box before kayaking. Afterward, we will leave the Avenue of Waterfalls for a transfer to Tena, where you will check in at your hotel and have dinner.
We will have an early transfer by car to the starting point of our rafting tour near the river. Warm water, tropical rainforest, and several rivers available in the area of Tena make it the best place for rafting. We will start our way down the river while passing beautiful landscapes and outstanding rapids. Be prepared for an adrenaline boost and lots of fun! Afterward, we will stop for a delicious lunch and then head north to relax in the hot springs of Papallacta.
After an early breakfast, we will head back to Quito Airport for your return flight.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
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