- Sample Quito's cultural highlights—and street foods—on the first day
- Look for wild horses and the elusive Andean condor while hiking around a volcano
- Take part in brag-worthy activities in a sporty town called Baños
- Spend two days in the Amazon rainforest exploring caves and medicinal plants
- Reward your muscles with a soak in hot springs surrounded by Andean scenery
|Day 1||Arrive in Quito||Quito|
|Day 2||Hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, Transfer to Baños||Baños|
|Day 3||Canyoning in the Rainforest||Baños|
|Day 4||Activities in Baños, Transfer to Archidona, Explore the Jumandi Caves||Archidona|
|Day 5||Rafting on the Río Jatunyacu||Archidona|
|Day 6||Visit Hummingbirds & the Papallacta Hot Springs, Transfer to Quito||Quito|
|Day 7||Depart Quito|
Day 1: Arrive in QuitoWelcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival in the capital of Quito, a private driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Take the rest of the day to explore this historic, high-altitude metropolis at your own pace.
Day 2: Hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, Transfer to BañosAfter breakfast in Quito, your guide will pick you up for the scenic drive to Cotopaxi National Park. Here you'll get up close to the park's eponymous active volcano, which has a 19,347-foot (5,897 m) symmetrical snow-capped peak—the second-highest summit in Ecuador. Be sure to bring plenty of layers for changes in weather and altitude as you hike through the rugged scenery while looking for wild horses and Andean plants—and perhaps even an Andean condor. Your guide will lead you up to the 15,748-foot (4,800 m) refuge, called Jose Rivas, for Cotopaxi views.
Day 3: Canyoning in the RainforestThe stunning landscapes in and around Baños provide countless hidden waterfalls, canyons, and natural pools. Today you will explore some of these mystical gems, where you will have the option to hike, rappel, zipline, jump, or swim. You'll also have the option to go canyoning in the rainforest, which is the sport of navigating down a fast-flowing water source using a variety of techniques.
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Day 4: Activities in Baños, Transfer to Archidona, Explore the Jumandy Caves
It's time to say goodbye to Baños this morning. But first, you'll visit Casa del Árbol, famous for its swing overlooking the valley of Baños, called the Swing at the End of the World. You might recognize this place as it won a National Geographic photo contest in 2014! Next, pay a visit to the famous Pailón del Diablo waterfall. This powerful cascade forms a small gorge, and you can admire its majesty not only alongside but also from above thanks to an overhanging bridge.
Day 5: Rafting on the Río JatunyacuToday is one of the most action-packed days of the trip as you paddle down the beautiful Class III Río Jatunyacu with professional, friendly guides. This river originates from the Llanganates mountains, and legend claims that there is a lost Inca treasure in the region. The treasure has not yet been discovered, though several explorers are attempting to locate it. Halfway through the day, a tasty box lunch will be served at the edge of the river. After your adventure, drive back to the lodge and take time to enjoy the lush surroundings on your own before your last dinner at the lodge.
Day 6: Visit Hummingbirds & the Papallacta Hot Springs, Transfer to Quito
Wake up today in the peaceful Amazon and take a guided walk as you learn about the importance of medicinal plants in Indigenous culture. These practices are powerfully preserved and have been replicated over centuries.
Day 7: Depart Quito
It's time to say goodbye to Ecuador! Enjoy a leisurely morning in Quito before a driver transfers you to the airport for your ongoing departure. Safe travels!