DAY 1: Arrival in Quito
Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Quito is a high elevation city, at 9,350 feet that is located on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by volcanoes. Once at your hotel there will time available to tour the city, where you will immerse yourself in the culture of Educator. In the evening, the guild will have a briefing of the tour.
Overnight Casa Gangotena (breakfast)
DAY 2: Trek in Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast, we leave Quito driving southwards along the gorgeous Avenue of Volcanoes, getting the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. On our way, we will reach 12,000 feet. (3657 meters). After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will go hiking around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foot hills of the Rumiñahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. If the weather conditions permit, we will attempt to trek to the basecamp at 16000 ft. (4876 m). In the afternoon we continue our drive towards the Llanganates National Park tional Park, known as the sacred mountain, until we reach the town of Baños, located at the entrance of the Amazon. Here we can enjoy the best night life by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa. Trekking Activity Level – Moderate, this adventure is at high elevation, make sure you drink a lot of water or coca tea (in case of altitude sickness). The trail is on dirt surrounded by bushes and grass.
Overnight Samari Spa Resort (Breakfast and Lunch)
DAY 3: Mountain Biking in the Llanganates National Park
This morning brings an invigorating mountain bike ride from Llanganates National Park to Pastaza River Canyon. The cloud forest is stunning, dotted with breathtaking waterfalls, Andean farmlands, and a beautiful canyon. The bike ride descends into the lush jungle offering great views of Baños, nestled in the foothills of Tungurahua volcano which has been active since 1999. In the afternoon we will have time to explore Baños and enjoy another evening of fun.
Overnight Samari Spa Resort (Breakfast)
DAY 4: Highway of the Waterfalls and Canyoning in the Amazon
From Baños we drive the “Highway of the waterfalls,” and hike through the cloud forest to reach Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we will board a cable car to cross the Pastaza River, then hike to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. Later we delve deeper into the jungle on a 3-hour hike climbing along several waterfalls. The evening will be spent a jungle lodge.
Overnight Hamadryade Lodge (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
DAY 5: Jatunyacu River Rafting and Volcanic Hot Springs
After an hour drive to the Jatunyacu River, rafting guides will conduct a safety briefing as you prepare to embark on this class III whitewater rafting expedition. The gorgeous scenery is sure to inspire, revealing the magic of the Amazon rainforest. After the rafting adventure you head to the paradise of hummingbirds in Guango Reserve then continue to the volcanic Hot Springs resort.
Overnight Papallacta Spa Resort (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 6: Hiking the Cloud Forest, Hummingbirds Paradise & Otavalo Market
This morning we will enjoy a 2-hour bird-watching tour through the beautiful cloud forest, and then travel across the Andes to visit Otavalo and its indigenous market to explore and shop. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the slopes of Imbabura volcano to enjoy a cultural encounter with the local people to learn of traditions and way of life. In the evening we will enjoy a cooking class preparing food with local, organic products.
Overnight La Mirage (Breakfast and Dinner)
DAY 7: Trekking the Loop of Cuicocha Crater Lake
Today we embark on a 9-mile hike that tracks around the Cuicocha Crater Lake while enjoying breathtaking views of the active volcano and valleys of the Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve. We will reach an altitude of 11,880 feet and will be hiking for approximately 5 hours. After our trek we will enjoy a boat ride to the center of the crater and observe the activity and jump in for a refreshing swim in the volcanic waters. In the afternoon we will drive back to Quito.
Overnight Casa Gangotena (Breakfast and Lunch)
DAY 8: Depart
After breakfast you are transferred to Quito Airport for departures. (Breakfast)