Andes and Amazon Multisport $999

Departure Date

Every Sunday

Duration

4 days 3 nights

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1065

Maximum Seats

10
Overview

Made for adventurers seeking a human-powered holiday this is the perfect combo for friends or families who want to experience the best of Ecuador, traversing from Andes while trekking to Glaciers at high elevation to Amazon paddling and canyoning your way down winding rivers; to immersing yourself in the culture while spending time with the local indigenous people. More than an expedition, this is an once-in-a-lifetime journey! Accommodation is provided at charming eco-lodges and hotels.
  • Share time with the local people

  • Canyoning in the tropical rain forest

  • Make organic chocolate fondue with your hands

  • Learn how to use a blowgun

  • Share time with the local indigenous people

  • Paddle the rapids of the Jatunyacu

  • Hike in the Amazon Jungle and search for medicinal plants

  • Explore Baños city

  • Road biking in Llanganates National Park

  • The Swing of the end of the World

  • Hike to Pailon del Diablo Waterfall

  • Hike to the Glaciers of Cotopaxi Volcano

  • Stay at unique places in every location

  • Be led by top experienced guides at every step you take

  • Support sustainable travel to preserve culture and nature

  • Biking

  • Hiking

  • Paddling

  • Swimming

  • Culture

  • Wildlife

  • Canyoning

Moderate
  • Year around

  • 8 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Canyoning in the Amazon

We start our day with a scenery drive from the Andes to the Amazon, this road journey will give us beautiful landscapes from volcanos to a mega diverse ecosystem full of different species of plants and animals. Once we arrive to the homestay, we will have a traditional lunch and afterwards go explore on foot one of multiple spectacular canyons in the area while climbing some refreshing waterfalls. Later after our jungle exploration, we have a treat in store! We will head to the bonfire to teach you how to make chocolate fondue. Cacao is an important commodity export for the country, which produces some of the finest chocolate in the world, the sweetest way to end the day! Overnight: Basic Lodge Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 2

Rafting Jatunyacu

This day brings us to one of the most action-packed days of our expedition as paddle down the Jatunyacu River. This river is a class lll sourcing from the Llanganates Mountains. Legend says there is a hidden Incan treasure in this area and although many explorers venture in trying to find it, it has yet to have been found. A yummy picnic will be served on the river’s bank and then we will drive to the Sangay reserve to see the Pailon del Diablo, a raging cascade tucked between canyon walls, we will also take a cable car ride across the Pastaza river canyon, at night we will take you out for some delicious cuisine and optional salsa dancing. Overnight: La Floresta Hotel or similar Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 3

Biking Llanganates

Today we will start our day by driving up high into the Llanganates National Park for a day of biking. Our first hour will be a nice gradual uphill followed by two hours mostly downhill giving you the chance to catch the breeze and enjoy the fresh Andean mountain air. The total descent is five thousand feet and has spectacular views of the Tungurahua Volcano, which has been active since 1999. In the afternoon, we will go to the famous Casa de Arbol “swing at the end of the world”. Dare yourself to take ride and fly high over the trees and into the clouds. Time permitting; there may be the option of zip lining. Overnight: La Floresta Hotel or similar Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4

Trek Cotopaxi

Our seventh day of exploring takes us back north to Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active Volcanoes on earth. Perfectly conical and surrounded by views of other volcanoes it is a sight to behold. The park is also home to horses and bulls, which can sometime be seen trotting about. Once reaching the National Park we will trek upwards to the base of the glacier, nearing 17,000 feet! In the afternoon we will return to Quito. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
  • Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide

  • Private Transport

  • Accommodation for three nights

  • Meals according to the Itinerary

  • Water and snacks at all time

  • Water bottle

  • - Biking gear: Quality bikes with front suspension and hydraulic brakes, certified helmets and gloves

  • Paddling gear: 8 – 10 people rafts.

  • Trekking gear: Black diamond poles

  • Canyoning gear: Harnesses, helmets and robber boots

  • All fees to reserves and museums

  • International or domestic flights

  • Airport transfers for international flights

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tips for guides and drivers

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)

  • Optional activities

  • Itinerary Disclaimer: Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.

  • Visas and Passports: Make sure you check your visa and passport validity and requirements per country. It is important your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your travel.

  • Accommodation: We strive to use small and charming places that are unique and provide stellar service.

  • Single Supplement Costs: Generally this fee is not incurred as we match you with another person of the same gender in a twin room, but if you prefer not to share and have your own room, then there will be an associated fee

  • Transportation: Driving time can take more than expected in Ecuador, as it is a small country with roads meandering through the Andes Mountains. We assure your comfort during transit no matter the size of the group.

  • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 3 out of 5. No prior experience is required, and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip, biking in Llanganates is on a paved road with light traffic; canyoning in the jungle you can expect hiking on water and rocks, and also climbing into some small waterfalls, rafting is class three, and there will be a transport support for the majority of the activities in the case that someone wants to take a break or just wants to relax.

  • Weather in Ecuador the weather can be vary greatly depending on which side of the Andes you are traveling to, so it is highly recommended to come ready for all kinds of weather. When they say “Ecuador, All in One Place” they mean it! The altitude determines the temperature and the higher you go the colder it gets. Don’t let the geographic location of the country fool you. Even at a mere 15,000 feet the temperatures can feel like those of a winter in the northern United States. The coastal lowlands in the western part of Ecuador are typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C (77 °F). Coastal areas are affected by ocean currents and between January and April are hot and rainy. The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate. The average temperature during the day is 70 °F (21 °C), which generally falls to an average of 50 °F (10 °C) at night. The average temperature annually is 64°F (17.8°C). There are only really two seasons in the city: dry and wet. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October to May.

  • Sustainability: We do our best to not produce any trash; we believe that recycling is not enough, so we try to avoid using any plastic or materials that pollute our environment. Every day we work towards being a zero-waste tour operator and our staff is well trained to leave the least impact possible in our service areas. We also work with local indigenous communities in the different regions. By doing so we are able to teach our guests about the rich culture Ecuador, all the while helping the people preserve their traditions and lands. By working directly with local peoples, we are able to create a sustainable touristic income for the community.

  • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch. Each guide has many years of experience and they all have taken additional courses for other outdoor activities as well as have International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, they are all extremely personable and strive to deliver travel experiences of a lifetime.

  • Heath advices: Covid19 vaccine require to enter Ecuador.

We do recommend travelling light for this expedition.  A duffel bag of 50 litters for your luggage and a backpack of 20 litters for daily activities should be sufficient. In Ecuador the weather can change drastically so please be ready.

  • Passport

  • Credit card

  • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

  • Two pairs of shorts

  • One bathing suits

  • Two non-cotton T-shirts

  • Two cotton T-shirts

  • One water T-shirts

  • One fleeces

  • One rain jacket

  • One pair of rain pants

  • Two buffs

  • One pair of hiking shoes

  • One pair of tennis

  • One pair of water sandals

  • One pair of flip flops

  • One- or two-night outfits

  • One cap or hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Camera

  • Optional binoculars

  • Head lamp

NOTE: Laundry is available almost at every location and is cheap, this helps traveling light too.

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