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All Landscapes of Ecuador 12D/11N

Discover the best of Ecuadorian nature and culture on this action packed trip bursting with city tours, scavenger hunts, trekking, biking and home-cooked meals with local families.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the vibrant cities of Quito & Cuenca
  • Mountain bike through spectacular Banos
  • Trek through the paramo and ascend volcanoes
  • Immerse yourself in local culture in small communities
Price from

$2,700.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 11 nights in hostel or hotel, and homestay
  • - Transport in shuttle and public bus
  • - 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • - Nature and city exploration
  • - English speaking guide for some experiences
  • - Horse for day luggage for hike from Isinlivi to Chugchilan

Departures:

Every Wednesday

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Quito!

We’ll transfer you from the airport to your accommodation.

Day 2: Quito, Ecuador

Today you will discover the historical centre of Quito and balance on the equator at the middle of the world.

You will receive a walking tour on paper so you can travel on your own rhythm to the old town of Quito. Here you can visit the impressive churches, walk through the streets of the historical centre and taste the typical Ecuadorian fruits at the biggest market in Quito.

After this cultural experience, there is a ticket included to the equator. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride until the monument site. Meanwhile the guide will give you background information on the monument and its story. In the afternoon you will return to the pick-up point from where you can make your way to your accommodation in Quito.

Enjoy one last night partying in Mariscal as a farewell to this culturally rich and fun city.

Day 3: Quito - Isinlivi, Ecuador

Today you will be brought from Quito to Isinlivi by private transport.

Along the way you will stop at the breath-taking Cotopaxi National Park for a walk in the paramo.

Day 4: Isinlivi - Chugchilan, Ecuador

Today you will make a beautiful and strenuous hike from Isinlivi to Chugchilan through the beautiful Paramo landscape.

You will walk with a local guide and a horse for your day luggage. Your big luggage will be brought to your next hotel. On your way you can enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the beautiful spots you will encounter.

Day 5: Chugchilan - Baños, Ecuador

Today you will visit the spectacular Quilotoa crater lagoon for a hike.

Afterwards you will be brought to the lovely town of Baños in private transport and rest. Located in a valley surrounded by rivers and beautiful waterfalls, this small town in the Andes is a great destination for adventure travellers.

Day 6: Baños, Ecuador

Today you will explore the amazing surroundings of Baños by going on a scavenger hunt by mountain bike.

The hunt includes questions and tasks and leads you on the route along amazing waterfalls. A canopy and bridge jumping experience along the way is included.

Transportation back to Baños is also included.

Day 7: Baños - Chimborazo, Ecuador

At 1 PM you will be brought in private transport from Riobamba to the La Esperanza community in the Chimborazo area.

An English speaking coordinator will give a brief explanation of the different projects and the daily life in the community. At 3 PM you will have a little cheese tasting in a local cheese factory.

You will enjoy dinner at the house of an indigenous family.

Day 8: Chimborazo - Guamote

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at the house of an indigenous family.

Afterwards a local Spanish speaking guide will take you on a hike (approx. 3 hours) to a spectacular viewpoint from where you can see different volcanoes in the area. At 12 PM you will be brought in private transport to Guamote, where you will have lunch at the hotel.

Afterwards you will explore the indigenous town Guamote on your own with the help of the Tasting Local Life program (paper description). You will get in contact with the locals and learn more about Guamote and its culture.

Day 9: Guamote - Cuenca, Ecuador

Today you will continue your journey.

You will be brought to Alausí or Riobamba in private transportation. From here you will travel further per local bus to Cuenca (from Alausí).

You will arrive in Cuenca, a pleasant city in the south of Ecuador.

Day 10: Cuenca, Ecuador

Today you will explore the colonial city centre of Cuenca by going on a scavenger hunt.

The hunt includes questions and tasks and leads you to the must see places recommended by locals. For today you will also receive a day pass for Cuenca’s hop on/off bus.

Day 11: Cuenca - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Today you will continue your journey.

An English speaking assistant will help you buying a ticket to Guayaquil at the local bus station (bus ticket included) with the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 12: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Time to say goodbye!

You will be transferred to Guayaquil airport in time for your flight.