With this 5-day program you will see the highlights of Quito, the Andes and Amazon. Designed for travelers who like a bit of luxury and comfort. Transportation provided in a private vehicle, and hotels are from tourist class up to tourist superior class. Tour includes private pickup and drop-off from Quito Airport. Visit Tena, Papallacta, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Equator and the Historical Center of Quito. Conducted with an English-speaking guide and the drives between the cities will be with a Spanish-speaking or English-speaking driver, depending on availability.
Please note that the order of the tour itinerary may change due to availability.
Day 1: QUITO CITY TOUR OR PULULAHUA CRATER AND MITAD DEL MUNDO
Pick-up at airport or hotel in Quito and in the afternoon a private city tour in Historical Centre of Quito or to the Pululahua Crater and Mitad del Mundo. Drop off at Hacienda close to Cotopaxi.
Day 2 (B, L): COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
Today you visit the Cotopaxi National Park, standard option hiking and biking but horseback riding also possible. Cotopaxi is an active volcano of 5.897 meters high and the activities takes place on a level of 3.800 meters. In this National Park you can spot foxes, wild horses and sometimes even Andean Condors. Drop off at your hotel in Baños.
Day 3 (B, D): BAÑOS – TENA
Baños de Agua Santa, commonly referred to as Baños, is an Ecuadorian city in Tungurahua province. It is known as the “Gateway” to the Amazon region, as it the last big city still located in the mountains before reaching the jungle.The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed in this sub-tropical climate. In the morning you visit the famous “Swing to the End of the World” and the “Pailon del Diablo” waterfall. Transfer to the Eco-lodge in Tena where there will be served a delicious diner. Afterwards you can enjoy a special welcome drink and a relaxing chat with the administrator to coordinate and discuss next days’ activities.
Day 4 (B, L, D): EDUCATIONAL HIKE – LA CASCADA DE LATAS
After breakfast, you will depart by canoe upstream for 10 minutes, to arrive at a small shore, where you will begin a short walk for one hour. In here you will appreciate the jungle’s secondary forest, with its diverse flora and fauna species. After our short hike, you will find yourselves at a breathtaking waterfall: “La Cascada de Latas”. You can have a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and you can enjoy the surrounding views. Then you will return along the same way to have lunch at the lodge. After lunch, you will put on your rubber boots to start an exciting walk in the jungle’s primary forest. Get ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious Amazon jungle, discover amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be explained in detail by your expert native guide; their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. You will also observe a great variety of insects and small groups of monkeys, weaving around the giant trees, although you will need some luck to find them. After about three hours of walking, you will arrive at the Lodge again. At night you can have a diner and a well deserved rest.
Day 5 (B): BACK TO QUITO
Breakfast in the lodge and shared transfer back to Quito (or airport).