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Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast, we leave Quito driving southwards along the beautiful Avenue of Volcanos, while getting the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. On our way we will reach 3657 meters. After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will go hiking around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foothills of the Rumiñahui volcano, from here we will have the best views of the Cotopaxi Volcano, highest active volcano in the world, and depending on the weather conditions we may try to trek to the basecamp at 4876 meters.
In the afternoon continue on towards the Llanganates National Park, which is known as the sacred mountain, until the town of Baños. The small town at the foot of the active volcano Tungurahua is considered a mecca of adventure sports in Ecuador and is also called the gateway to the Amazon. Here we can enjoy Ecuador's best night life, drinking cocktails and dancing salsa.
Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel or equivalent Meals included: Breakfast and picnic lunch
Biking in the Llangatanes National Park
This morning, grab the mountain bikes and hit the trails from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the cloud forest. The road winds through some Andean farms and a beautiful canyon with many waterfalls.
While descending into the jungle, you will catch a breath-taking view of Baños, very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, which is the main attraction of this region. In the afternoon there will be some time to explore the town before enjoying the best night life in Ecuador.
Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel or equivalent Meals included: Breakfast
Road of Waterfalls and Canyoning in the Amazon
This morning you will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride's Veil waterfall, where the Tarabita cable car offers great views on the way across the Pastaza River. Hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador before heading deeper into the jungle inside the Llanganates National Park.
The name “llanganates” comes from “beautiful mountain” in the local native language. 600 years ago, this park was the hiding place for the Incas golden treasure. Explorers spent many years looking for this treasure, but some of it has disappeared in this thick, pristine jungle.
During a 3 hour hike through the tropical jungle, you will climb along several white-water waterfalls. The humidity and warmth makes the experience a little more demanding, so get ready to wear your rubber boots and enjoy the magnificence of the Ecuadorean Amazon. Your local native guide will tell you about the incredible nature and wildlife found on the trails. You will spend the night in the local jungle lodge, which has only rudimentary sanitary facilities. The rooms do not have electricity!
Accommodation: Amazon Home Stay or equivalent
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Jatunyacu river rafting and volcanic hot springs
Greet the day by preparing to paddle the wild waves of the Jatunyacu River, located one hour away from the entrance of the Llanganates National Park. The beauty of this river will inspire you and reveal the magic of the Amazon rainforest. After a very important safety briefing from the expert rafting guides, you will be challenged with a class III rafting expedition down the Jatunyacu River, well known for its clean water and awesome rapids.
During this trip there will be some games to play and also exploring one of the canyons. The journey ends with a picnic, prepared by the guides. Drive back up to the Andes, stopping to visit the paradise of hummingbirds in Guango Reserve and finally continuing up to the volcanic hot springs resort.
Accommodation: Termas Papallacta Spa & Resort or equivalent Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Cloud Forest Hike and Otavalo Market
After a 2 hour bird-watching tour through the cloud forest, travel across the Andes to visit Otavalo and its amazing indigenous handicraft market - a perfect stop for shopping and discovering the specialties of the market.
Later in the afternoon, on the slopes of Imbabura volcano you have the opportunity to enjoy a nice cultural encounter with the local people and learn the traditional way of living while sharing the daily activities with the families. In the evening, take part of an organic cooking lesson using the local products. Our accommodation for the night will be a home-stay at different local families of the San Clemente community.
Accommodation: Andes Home Stay or equivalent Meals included: Dinner
Cuicocha Lagoon Hike and Quito
Today's challenge is a 5 hour hike around the Cuicocha lagoon, with breathtaking views of the active volcano and of the amazing valleys located in Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve.
At the end of the hike, you will take a boat ride to the centre of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano, watching bubbles coming up from the centre of the caldera. Once here, you will be able to jump in and go for a refreshing swim in the volcanic waters. In the afternoon you will drive back to Quito.
Accommodation: NuHouse Boutique Hotel or equivalent Meals included: Breakfast and lunch