Best of Baños

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Baños
Set in a lush valley in the Central Highlands, the small town of Baños is a popular adventure destination. From here, you can go canyoning, rafting, bungee jumping and mountain biking. There are some pleasant hikes you can do right from town and simmering hot springs for a soak after the day’s outing. Baños is also a gateway to the Amazon, with tropical rainforest within easy reach. 

By car or by bike, you can zip out of town along the aptly named Ruta de las Cascadas (Waterfalls Route). You'll pass inviting swimming holes and over a dozen waterfalls, including the thundering Pailón del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron). On a hike to the treehouse setting of La Casa del Arbol, you can visit the famous ‘swing at the end of the world’ with views over town and the surrounding mountains. At Chamana you can go rappelling down waterfalls, while the class III rapids of Rio Pastaza draw whitewater rafters.
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Ziplining toward a waterfall near the town of Baños
Map of Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days
Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days

This action-packed seven-day tour of Ecuador is perfect for travelers searching for adventure, culture and spectacular scenery all within a few hours' drive from the capital Quito. The trip begins with a thrilling bike ride down an active volcano and continues with hikes in the cloud forest, a climb up a waterfall and visits to an indigenous community. There will be plenty of opportunities to unwind too, with stops at hot springs and a quiet, mountainside hacienda.

Explore some of Ecuador's most spectacular waterfalls
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Ecuador Getaway: Quito, Baños & Archidona - 7 Days

Escape from it all on this exhilarating seven-day journey through Ecuador. Start in the capital of Quito, which sits between two impressive mountain peaks. Take a road trip to Baños to follow the Avenue of Waterfalls along the Río Pastaza, relax in the natural hot springs, and observe the active volcano of Tungurahua. Continue to Archidona for two nights in a rainforest lodge, with canoeing and wildlife-spotting in a lush biosphere reserve.

Take a memorable ride on the Swing at the End of the World
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Ecuador Adventure in the Andes & Amazon - 7 Days

This active and incredibly scenic tour hones in on Ecuador's distinct landscapes. Kick off the adventure in Quito where you'll meet your guide, and then head south creating a simple loop through the Andean highlands and Amazon rainforest, exploring volcanoes, caves, and waterfalls along the way. You'll also participate in hiking, canyoning, and river rafting—with plenty of free time to chill and enjoy the tasty cuisine (and chocolate) along the way.

Enjoy an outing snorkeling around Kicker Rock
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Highlights of Ecuador & the Galápagos: Quito, Baños, Archidona & San Cristóbal - 9 Days

Explore the Ecuadorian mainland and see the spectacular wildlife of the Galápagos, all in one trip. Begin in Quito, where you'll tour the city, visit a monument marking the equator, and take a cooking class. Go hiking at Quilotoa Lagoon, then transfer to Baños for waterfalls, hot springs, and outdoor sports. Trek through the jungle and learn about Indigenous communities near Archidona, then finish your trip on Isla San Cristóbal, where you'll go snorkeling and get to know the Galápagos' natural wonders.

Spot wild horses in Cotopaxi National Park
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Explore Ecuador's Highlands & the Galápagos - 13 Days

See the many faces of Ecuador on this 13-day journey from the Andean highlands to the Galápagos Islands. Starting in vibrant Quito, strike out through Cotopaxi National Park to reach the cities of Baños, Cuenca, and Guayaquil—taking in the sights of waterfalls, volcanoes, forests, and pre-Inca ruins along the way. Then it's time to leave the mainland behind as you hop over to the Galápagos for swimming, hiking, and wildlife spotting on the islands of San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz.

See the majestic birds and butterflies that are Ecuador natives
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Ecuador Exploration: Quito & Central Andes - 12 Days

Discover Ecuador's high-altitude volcanic landscapes, vibrant markets, and urban energy on this 12-day tour. In Quito, ride a cable car for views above one of the highest cities in the world, and shop for essential ingredients to make the country's flavorful dishes. Hike around a volcano in Cotopaxi National Park and soak in mineral-rich waters and swing over "The End of the World" in Baños de Agua Santa. End with a chocolate tour in Mindo to take home a sweet Ecuador souvenir.

Quilotoa Lagoon is a highlight of the trip
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Explore Mainland Ecuador: Quito to Guayaquil - 9 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland on this exciting nine-day itinerary. You'll kick off the trip in Quito with a city tour and a cooking class, then go horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park. Base yourself in beautiful Baños, day-tripping to lagoons and waterfalls, before continuing to Chimborazo volcano and Cajas National Park. Finish the adventure with a guided exploration of coastal Guayaquil.

Cycle in the shadow of Cotopaxi
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Mainland Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour: Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Archidona & Papallacta - 9 Days

Combine sightseeing with high-adrenaline adventures on this nine-day tour of mainland Ecuador. You'll acclimatize while touring Ecuador's capital, Quito, before biking in Cotopaxi National Park. Then transfer to Baños for hiking, kayaking, and canyoning. In Archidona, get your thrills whitewater rafting on the Río Jatunyaku before ending your tour soaking any aches away in the hot springs of Papallacta.

Family adventures await in Ecuador
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Active Family Fun in Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cuenca & Guayaquil - 14 Days

This two-week family adventure starts in Quito, Ecuador's capital city. Explore local cuisine in a family cooking class, climb volcanic slopes via cable car, then depart for Baños, where you'll hike and bike to the Pailón del Diablo waterfall and relax in the town's healing hot springs. Continue to Cuenca for traditional pottery-making classes and hikes along the alpine lakes of El Cajas National Park, ending your tour in the vibrant city of Guayaquil with its stunning architecture, culture, and family parks.

After an action-packed week of adventure in Ecuador, take to the seas and explore the country's coastline on your luxury cruiser
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Luxury Tour of Ecuador's Mountains & Coast - 14 Days

A two-week trip to Ecuador is more than a vacation—it's an exploration of some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the Americas. The food is a highlight, too, as you'll taste Ecuador's rich history on a chocolate tour in Quito and learn to make empanadas in the shadow of Cotopaxi volcano. This luxury escape also includes many outdoor adventures—from horseback riding and snorkeling in marine reserves to waterfall hikes—as well as a multiday yacht cruise along the coast.

Soar over mountainsides in Ecuador's "Adventure Capital" of Baños
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Mainland Ecuador for Families: Andes to the Amazon - 10 Days

Active families can experience the best of Ecuador's great outdoors on this 10-day itinerary that takes you from the Andes to the Amazon. Start in Quito with a walking tour and family cooking class, then set off into Cotopaxi National Park, where the kids will channel their inner adventurer with horseback riding and high ropes courses at a local hacienda. See dramatic waterfalls and the world's most famous treehouse in Baños, venture deep into the Amazon for two nights at an incredible ecolodge, and wrap things up with a dip in the natural hot springs of Papallacta.

Combine luxury accommodation and Ecuador's stunning natural wonders on your 10 day tour (photo courtesy of Luna Volcán Adventure Spa)
Map of Luxury Voyage into Ecuador's Highlands & Rainforest - 10 Days
Luxury Voyage into Ecuador's Highlands & Rainforest - 10 Days

Cover two of Ecuador's most scenic and biodiverse regions on this 10-day tour suited for outdoor adventurers who like a touch of luxury. Stay in 5-star hotels in Quito as you explore the capital's Spanish colonial center before hitting the road through the highlands, stopping to hike around volcanoes and waterfalls. Then, travel deep into the Amazon, where, along with naturalist guides, you'll go on nature hikes to spot the rainforest's most famous residents, including parrots, monkeys, and jaguars.

Tungurahua
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Ecuador Adventure Tour: Quito to Yacuma Natural Reserve, Baños & Riobamba - 15 Days

Explore active volcanoes, spot colorful birds, and capture stunning photos on this 15-day Ecuadorian adventure. Begin with a tour of Quito and a challenging hike up Volcán Pichincha, then head into the rainforest for some wildlife watching in Yacuma Natural Reserve. Climb to waterfalls in Baños, and transfer to Riobamba and Latacunga for more volcanic treks. Immerse yourself in nature in Cotopaxi National Park and Antisana Ecological Reserve, then wind down in Papallacta's natural hot springs.

Countryside near Riobamba
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Best of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 7 Days

Traverse the very best of the Ecuadorian highlands on this 7-day itinerary. Starting and finishing in the capital, Quito, you will encounter bustling markets, awe-inspiring volcanoes, centuries-old colonial towns and Inca ruins. There's great hiking along the way in terrain ranging from glaciers and high-level plateau through to forests and waterfalls.

Quilotoa Lagoon in the Ecuadorian Andes
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Ultimate Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cotopaxi & the Galápagos - 10 Days

Adventure awaits on this exhilarating 10-day journey through Ecuador. Starting in the country's rugged Andean highlands, you'll hike and horseback ride through a landscape of towering volcanoes, crater lakes, and dramatic waterfalls before hopping over to the Galápagos to discover some of the most remarkable biodiversity on earth. Explore uninhabited islands, snorkel with sharks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel deep into a dormant volcano.

Go whitewater rafting in Eduador
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Epic Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour - 8 Days

This active tour of the Ecuadorian mainland is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. In just over a week you'll enjoy adventures on both land and water. Brave the rapids of the Río Jatunyacu, cycle down the slopes of the Andes, hike through virgin rainforest to secluded waterfalls, trek to the shores of Cuicocha Lagoon, and soak in Papallacta's volcanic springs.

Marvel at Chimborazo volcano from Riobamba
Map of Ecuador Cities, Mountains & Jungle - 9 Days
Ecuador Cities, Mountains & Jungle - 9 Days

Discover Ecuador's fascinating culture and magnificent wilderness on this nine-day journey that starts in Quito and ends in Guayaquil. Between exploring the monuments and marketplaces of two major cities, you'll go hiking and bird-watching in the Yacuma Natural Reserve, see Inca ruins at Ingapirca, visit waterfalls and volcanoes near Baños, see how the Panama hat is made in colonial Cuenca, and so much more.

Explore the incredible ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands with your family
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Family Adventure in Ecuador: Quito, Baños & the Galápagos Islands - 10 Days

Pack your family's bags for an unforgettable introduction to Ecuador. This 10-day kid-friendly tour combines Quito's cultural and culinary highlights, the waterfalls of Baños, and, of course, the nature-lovers trip of a lifetime—the Galápagos Islands. Get to know this fascinating country as you tour magnificent buildings, cook with the locals, and explore its natural beauty via sailing, snorkeling, and hiking—the perfect adventure to nurture a sense of wonder in your family.

Hike to volcanoes and lakes in the high alpine areas of the Ecuadorian Andes
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Hiking in the Ecuadorian Andes - 11 Days

Kick off the 11-day hiking adventure with two days in sophisticated Quito, a UNESCO-listed city high in the mountains. Then set off to visit a range of trails toward stunning volcanoes, lakes, and national parks—plus a memorable waterfall—while staying in unique villages and towns along the way. Return to Quito to enjoy one more night in Ecuador's capital before departing.

Hike the Pasochoa Volcano, a couple of hours south of Quito, Ecuador
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Hike, Rock Climb & Sightsee in Ecuador: Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños & Archidona - 11 Days

Outdoorsy types with a penchant for rock climbing will love this 11-day loop in Ecuador. The trip starts in Quito, the UNESCO-listed capital, where you'll tour the colonial sights and sample local cuisine, chocolate, and beer in one of the world's highest cities. Then head out into the great wilderness as you hike, boulder, rock climb, and paddle across a varied terrain peppered with volcanoes. Finish with two nights at an ecolodge in the rainforest to complete the adventure.

Isla Isabela
Map of Highlands of Ecuador to the Galápagos Adventure - 15 Days
Highlands of Ecuador to the Galápagos Adventure - 15 Days

This far-reaching 15-day trip will take you to some of Ecuador's most scenic spots. Begin with a city tour of Quito, then head to Cotopaxi for mountain biking and climb to the crater lake of Quilotoa. Visit Pailón del Diablo waterfall and go canyoning in Baños, then transfer back to Quito and board your flight to the Galápagos. Take in the amazing biodiversity of these islands as you enjoy a variety of adventure sports, including hiking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and more.

Hike the national parks and highlands of Ecuador
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Ecuador Multi-Sport Adventure in the Highlands - 11 Days

Experience 11 days of adrenaline sports and adventure against the backdrop of Ecuador's most stunning natural highlights. Check off the key sites in Quito, and explore Cotopaxi National Park on foot and horseback. Trek to the turquoise waters of Quilotoa Lagoon, rappel down waterfalls in the canyons of Baños, and summit the crater volcano of Fuya Fuya, then celebrate your achievements and soothe your tired muscles with a soak in the hot springs of Papallacta.

Hiking through the Amazon rainforest is just one of the many adventures on this 16 day vacation
Map of Active Ecuador Highlands Adventure: From the Amazon to the Beach - 16 Days
Active Ecuador Highlands Adventure: From the Amazon to the Beach - 16 Days

Get the most out of Ecuador's varied regions as you enjoy active adventures from the central highlands to the northern Amazon and down the ruggedly beautiful coast. In Quito, learn to cook Ecuadorian cuisine before touring the crater lakes and riding horses around idyllic mountain towns. Then, venture deep into the Amazon for rainforest hikes and river rafting before winding up on sandy beaches near Puerto López, a coastal hub for whale watching, snorkeling, and other aquatic adventures.

Feel the freedom of the open road as you navigate through Ecuador
Map of Ecuador Road Trip From North to South: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 12 Days
Ecuador Road Trip From North to South: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 12 Days

Get ready for adventure as you drive through Ecuador from north to south, making your way from high-altitude Quito to coastal Guayaquil. With the freedom to go at your own pace, start where the world divides in Quito and explore the base of an active 19,347-foot (5,897 m) volcano at Cotopaxi National Park. Swing over the "End of the World" in Baños de Agua Santa, and walk through a city with four rivers in Cuenca, ending your trip in Guayaquil as you return to sea level.

See dramatic waterfalls in Baños
Map of Ecuadorian Andes & the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days
Ecuadorian Andes & the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days

With such a wide range of landscapes, wildlife, and metropolitan areas, it's nearly impossible to see all of Ecuador in one trip, but this 15-day itinerary comes close. Start off in Quito, the nation's capital, before exploring volcanoes, crater lakes, waterfalls, and Cañari and Inca ruins across the highlands. Then, fly offshore to the Galápagos Islands, where you'll spend several days sailing, snorkeling, and hiking among some of the most stunning natural places in the world.

Sunset on the beach in Ayampe
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Exploring Ecuador: Andes, Rainforest & Pacific Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is a thrilling introduction to Ecuador's magnificent landscapes. Begin with sightseeing and a cooking class in Quito, then continue to the natural wonders of Baños and Cotopaxi National Park. Base yourself in Archidona, exploring waterfalls in the rainforest, before heading to the Pacific coast. Tour Guayaquil, learn to catch a wave in Ayampe, and visit a cocoa plantation to finish the adventure.

Soar over mountainsides on the "swing at the edge of the Earth" in Baños
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Ecuadorian Highlands & Amazon Rainforest Adventure - 12 Days

Discover the secrets of the Andes mountains and the Amazon rainforest on this 12-day adventure in Ecuador. Combining organized tours with independent exploration, halfway through the trip, you'll join a small group on a three-night rainforest escape to Itamandi Ecolodge. After jungle hikes, canoe rides, and Indigenous community visits, you'll walk among active volcanoes in the Andes, looking out for condors, wild horses, and alpacas at high-altitude lakes.

The road leading to Cotopaxi
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Trekking Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes - 8 Days

This eight-day trekking adventure delivers the highlights of the Ecuadorian Andes as you explore stunning landscapes, secluded villages, and the famous peaks along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Hike along narrow mountain trails in the heart of the Andes as you make your way up the Quilotoa and Chimborazo volcanoes. Swim in the icy waters of Lake Quilotoa, then relax in the natural hot springs at Baños.

Vicuñas in front of Mount Chimborazo
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Best of Ecuador: Quito, Quilotoa, Baños, Cuenca & Guayaquil - 8 Days

Experience the incredible Andes mountain range on this eight-day tour of Ecuador. Ride the Devil's Nose vertiginous train track, hike up volcanoes, kayak on a crater lake, and see Inca ruins. You'll also explore several high-altitude cities, including the capital, Quito, and colonial Cuenca. With plentiful guided activities, private transfers, and four to five-star hotels with breakfasts, this trip is the perfect mix of adventure and comfort.

Drive past a sheep farm near Chimborazo volcano
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Road Trip Through Ecuador - 13 Days

Hit the road for this exciting self-drive adventure through Ecuador. The 13-day itinerary begins when you pick up your rental car at Quito's airport. Take side trips to Mitad del Mundo and Papallacta before continuing to the famous Otavalo Market to shop for handicrafts. Drive to Cotopaxi National Park and Baños for hikes and outdoor activities, then finish with sightseeing in Cuenca and coastal Guayaquil.

Head into the Ecuadorian Amazon near Tena for wildlife-spotting and rainforest adventures
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Family Fun in Ecuador: Quito, Baños & Tena - 7 Days

You can pack a lot of adventure into a week in Ecuador, and this family-friendly itinerary does just that as it takes you from high-altitude Quito to the Amazon rainforest. Active kids and parents will love hiking the Andean highlands in Cotopaxi National Park, chasing waterfalls around Baños, riding a boat to your remote ecolodge in the Amazon, meeting the local wildlife at a jungle sanctuary, and much more.

Explore the Amazon
Map of Ecuador's Volcanoes, Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 13 Days
Ecuador's Volcanoes, Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 13 Days

This exciting 13-day adventure covers an impressive range of cultural and natural highlights in Ecuador. Starting in Quito, the UNESCO-listed capital, you'll visit Indigenous markets and volcanoes before paddling into the Amazon to stay two nights at an ecolodge. The trip finishes with several days of island-hopping in the Galápagos to observe its unique inhabitants—like giant tortoises and white-tipped sharks—sprinkled with some quality beach time.

Spot irridescent hummingbirds among the diverse birdlife of Mindo
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Wonders of Ecuador & Peru: Quito, Baños, Guayaquil, Lima & Cusco - 11 Days

Enjoy the highlights of Ecuador and Peru as you revel in their natural wonders and ancient civilizations. Starting in Quito, venture into the cloud forests of Mindo to discover diverse flora and fauna, and meet friendly alpacas as you hike along Quilotoa Lagoon. Get your adrenaline pumping with waterfalls and canyoning near Baños, then hop over to Peru to cap off the trip with tours of Lima and Cusco—ending with a visit to the mighty Macchu Picchu and a trek up the colorful Rainbow Mountain.

Get up close to the vertiginous waterfalls in Baños
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Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi & Guamote: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi, and Guamote spend about 15 days in Ecuador, which usually includes time for more stops as well. For travelers wanting to visit Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi, and Guamote exclusively, plan eight to 10 days for a well-paced trip. Read on for the best itineraries.

Experience life on a working Ecuadorian ranch in the shadow of Cotopaxi volcano (photo courtesy of Hacienda El Porvenir)
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Outdoor Adventures & Luxury in Ecuador's Highlands: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 7 Days

Pack a hefty dose of outdoor adventures in Ecuador into a mere seven days—all while traveling in the lap of luxury. The first-class treatment begins on arrival in Quito, where you'll enjoy pampering and spa treatments at your 5-star hotel before taking to the skies on a thrilling private helicopter tour. After a culinary workshop to discover Ecuador's ancient flavors, you'll head south to hike and horseback ride around volcanoes, crater lakes, waterfalls, and much more.

"Chagras" Cowboys in Cotopaxi National Park
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Trekking in Ecuador's Highlands: Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, & More - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring mountainous landscapes in a country that's equally famous for its volcanoes and rainforest. From Quito's colonial city center to the high-elevation hacienda refuge on Cotopaxi, you'll trek through historic sites and stunning nature. Spot rare Andean condors, haggle for goods at a mountain market, summit volcanoes, and more. 

Dancers in Ecuadorian traditional dress
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Mainland Ecuador for Families: Andes to the Amazon - 14 Days

Compact but diverse, Ecuador is a perfect destination for an epic two-week family vacation. This fun-filled itinerary begins and ends in Quito, with adventures in the Andean highlands and the Amazon rainforest in between. Along the way, you'll keep the kids busy as you horseback ride at a hacienda in Cotopaxi National Park, brave suspension bridges over the waterfalls of Baños, spot monkeys and capybaras at your jungle ecolodge, and barter with the locals at the colorful markets of Otavalo.

Spot whales and search for buried treasure off Ecuador's Pacific coast
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Ultimate Ecuador Family Trip: From the Andes to the Pacific Coast - 14 Days

If your family is having trouble deciding between a mountain or a beach-focused vacation, this two-week tour of Ecuador ticks both boxes. Starting in the high-altitude capital Quito, you'll embark on a kid-friendly adventure through the Andean highlands, skirting the edge of the Amazon rainforest in Baños before ending up on the Pacific coast for some beach time and wildlife-watching fun.

Go for a swing at the "end of the world" in Baños
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Active Family Adventure in Ecuador: Andes, Amazon & Cloud Forest - 14 Days

The small South American country of Ecuador is rich in wildlife, biodiversity, and natural beauty. Active kids, whatever their ages, will love this two-week tour of the country, which takes you from the high-altitude capital of Quito to the Andean plains, the jungles of the Amazon, and the cloud forests of Mindo. Horseback ride across the highlands, take night and daytime tours of the rainforest, admire dramatic waterfalls, zipline through a cloud forest, and much more.

Explore Ecuador's Mindo Cloud Forest and see wildlife like dazzling hummingbirds
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Discover Ecuador's Cultural Highlights & Natural Wonders: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 8 Days

Experience Ecuador's natural wonders beyond the lively capital city Quito on this eight-day discovery tour. Before heading into the wilderness, you'll base yourself mostly in Quito, exploring its museums, architecture, and cuisine. Take a day trip to the sapphire waters of Cuicocha Lagoon, shop for handicrafts in Otavalo Market, and hike amid the cloud forests of Mindo. Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park, sleep in a traditional hacienda, and have fun in Baños—Ecuador's adventure capital.

A rainbow over the Pailón del Diablo waterfall in Baños
Map of Ecuador's Natural Wonders & Historic Haciendas - 8 Days
Ecuador's Natural Wonders & Historic Haciendas - 8 Days

Staying in a hacienda has become a must for any trip to the Ecuadorian Andes. On this eight-day adventure, you'll discover historic farmhouses dating back to the 16th century, lovingly restored into first-class hotels. Start in Quito and uncover its colonial past, then hike along Cucicocha Lagoon before pampering your body at Papallacta Spa. Explore Cotopaxi National Park and take a horseback ride at sunset. Finally, it's water galore as you enjoy hot springs, thermal baths, and waterfalls in Baños.

Llamas in El Cajas National Park
Map of Uncover Ecuador: From the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Coast - 15 Days
Uncover Ecuador: From the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Coast - 15 Days

Enjoy all that Ecuador offers on this epic 15-day journey from mountains to sea. Start by visiting Quito's key sites, then explore Cotopaxi National Park by bike before enjoying the waterfalls of Baños. Discover the quaint Andean villages of Cuenca, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg, and hike through Podocarpus and Carjas National Parks to witness unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife. Finish on the coast near Machalilla National Park, where you'll snorkel with marine life and catch sea breezes.

Take in views of Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano from the hiking trail
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Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Ecuador - 8 Days

Explore Ecuador's cultural highlights and outdoor landscapes on this action-packed eight-day itinerary. Begin in Quito with a city tour and a cooking class, then bargain for traditional crafts in the famed Otavalo Market. Discover the Amazonian rainforest, including an Indigenous community, when you arrive at a jungle lodge by boat. Finish with a hike near Baños and a quick visit to Cotopaxi National Park.

El Cajas National Park
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The Ecuadorian Andes to the Amazon - 15 Days

See Ecuador off the beaten path on this 15-day trip that takes you from the towering Andes to the edge of the Amazon. Visit the major sites of Quito as you discover its local cuisine, then hike and horseback ride through Cotopaxi National Park. Explore waterfalls near Baños before reaching Tena, where you'll float along the river through the Amazon rainforests. Discover the Andean hill towns of Cuenca, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg, and witness the ruins of Ingapirca and El Cajas National Park

Climb the colorful Santa Anna Hill in Guayaquil
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Adventure Through the Andes, Southern Ecuador & the Coast - 16 Days

Some of the deepest history in the Americas can be found in the Andes mountains—particularly in Ecuador. Experience this country's rich heritage and natural beauty over 16 days of adventures, starting on the cobbled streets of historic Quito with cultural excursions and cooking classes. After soaking in Ecuador's famous hot springs, you'll hit the highlands to hike extinct volcanoes and tour pre-Inca ruins before snorkeling and surfing the coast's prime spots.

Cuenca is full of colonial delights, including it's blue-domed Cathedral
Map of Ecuador's Cities, Highlands & Cloud Forests - 16 Days
Ecuador's Cities, Highlands & Cloud Forests - 16 Days

Waterfalls, beaches, exotic animals, and ancient ruins—these are just a few of the highlights you'll experience on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Walk the cobbled streets of Quito's UNESCO-listed historic center, taking cooking classes and visiting nearby monuments and colorful textile markets. Then, venture into the wild highlands for cloud-forest expeditions, horseback riding around volcanoes, waterfall hikes, and touring ancient ruins before winding up on the sunny shores of the Pacific coast.

Baby Alpaca
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Multi Country South America Adventure: Ecuador & Peru - 14 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland and Peru's highlights on this two-week trip. Start in Quito to tour the UNESCO-designated city center, then head to the Amazon for cultural experiences with the Kichwa indigenous community, wildlife viewing, and a peaceful rainforest atmosphere. Return to Quito by way of Cotopaxi National Park, home to the eponymous volcano. Then, catch a flight to Lima—the urban hub of Peru. End the trip with a visit to Cusco's pre-Inca ruins and a tour of the Sacred Valley and imperial Machu Picchu residence.

Exploring scenic terrain with the family in the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador Family Trip: Quito, the Amazon & Galapagos Islands - 11 Days

From the colorful wildlife of the Amazon rainforest to the underwater playground of the Galapagos, this family-friendly journey around Ecuador offers adventure and education for all ages. Start in Quito, where you'll take a hands-on cooking class and set foot on both halves of the equator at Mitad del Mundo. Then delve into the Amazon rainforest, spotting exotic insects on a nighttime jungle tour and canoeing to a parrot habitat — bring your binoculars for the best views! Finish the itinerary in the Galapagos Islands with several days of wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and so much more. Keep your eyes open for giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies!

Amazonian rainforest in Yasuní National Park
Map of Nature & Relaxation in Ecuador: National Parks, Waterfalls & Hot Springs - 9 Days
Nature & Relaxation in Ecuador: National Parks, Waterfalls & Hot Springs - 9 Days

Unplug and de-stress on this nature-filled, nine-day escape to Ecuador. Start in the capital of Quito for city sightseeing, then venture into the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforests of Yasuní National Park, where you'll meet the forest's traditional guardians and spot its spectacular wildlife. It's on to Cotopaxi National Park to see sweeping Andean grasslands by horseback, then wind your way along the dramatic Route of Waterfalls in Baños before ending your trip with a soak in the Papallacta hot springs.

Cuicocha Lagoon
Map of Ecuador Mountains to Coast: Andes, Quito, Cotopaxi, & More - 10 Days
Ecuador Mountains to Coast: Andes, Quito, Cotopaxi, & More - 10 Days

From Quito's colonial center to the volcanoes of Cotopaxi National Park, explore the best of Ecuador's mainland on this packed 10-day itinerary. Hike along the rim of volcanic lagoons, barter for Ecuadorian handicrafts at markets, and visit small mountain villages. You'll see cascading waterfalls, lush orchid farms, high altitude plateaus, and much more as you traverse the countryside.

Explore Ecuador's natural wonders by day and return to your luxury hacienda in the evening (photo courtesy of Luna Volcán)
Map of Luxury Hacienda Hop Around Ecuador's Mountains & Coast - 10 Days
Luxury Hacienda Hop Around Ecuador's Mountains & Coast - 10 Days

Venture into the wilds of Ecuador on a journey that will take you from highland volcanoes to the Pacific coast, stopping at historic cities and ancient ruins in between. Stay in first-class haciendas as you visit the museums of Quito, followed by horseback rides near Cotopaxi volcano. Then stroll the cobbled streets of historic Cuenca and hike around the pre-Inca ruins of Ingapirca before lapping up ranch-style luxury living in Guayaquil.

Mindo cloud forest at sunrise in fog and mist, Mindo, Ecuador
Map of Nature & National Parks in Ecuador - 11 Days
Nature & National Parks in Ecuador - 11 Days

Spend 11 days exploring the biodiverse landscapes of Ecuador, from the Andes to the Amazon. Travel from Quito deep into the rainforest of Yasuní National Park for a chance to see parrots, monkeys, and other wildlife. Then, hop on a horse to explore Cotopaxi National Park, where you can find volcanic lakes and stunning views of the active volcano. Finally, unwind in Baños and Papallacta, watching the views from bubbling hot springs.

Cotopaxi volcano eruption and Panecillo's Madona seen from Quito, Ecuador
Map of Highlights of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 11 Days
Highlights of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 11 Days

Experience the wonder of volcanic landscapes and centuries-old architecture during this 11-day itinerary in Ecuador's highlands. Visit crater lakes, hot springs, and waterfalls in the páramo climate of the Ecuadorian Andes. Along the way, stop in metropolises like Quito and Cuenca to visit exceptionally well-preserved colonial buildings and the most extensive pre-Columbian ruins in the country.

Volcano in Ecuador
Map of Ecuador Cities & Volcanoes: Quito to Cotopaxi - 12 Days
Ecuador Cities & Volcanoes: Quito to Cotopaxi - 12 Days

Visit the cities and volcanoes of beautiful Ecuador on this 12-day adventure. Start in the nation's capital, exploring its well-preserved colonial center and other cultural highlights. Then, head out on a busy tour through small towns like Cotacachi, enjoying several indigenous markets and villages along the way. You will also check off wondrous volcanoes like Pasachoa and Cotopaxi, as well as the unique paramo ecosystem of Chimborazo. The final leg of the trip takes you to Ecuador's lovely third city, Cuenca, before going full circle and ending in Quito again.

Ocean scenery in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Map of Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 13 Days
Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 13 Days

See the highlights of Ecuador on this 13-day whirlwind tour. Start at Quito, the colonial capital, which will give you a glimpse of the local culture. Spend the next few days driving south, passing iconic destinations like Cotopaxi, Baños, and Cuenca while enjoying food and nature. Then, go to Guayaquil and take a flight to the Galápagos Islands, where you'll hike and snorkel to see fascinating endemic species.

Quito's Plaza Grande
Coffee & Chocolate: A Taste of Ecuador - 13 Days

This 13-day tour of Ecuador will tap all of your senses, from seeing historical sights to tasting local chocolate and smelling fresh coffee. Start in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, to see the Cathedral and Plaza de San Francisco and participate in a chocolate tour. Outside of the city, learn about the process of how coffee is made at a local farm. Take the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) train ride to see the scenic countryside, and stay in the colonial-era city of Cuenca known for its nightlife and dining.

Take in pristine landscapes in the Gálapagos
Map of Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days
Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days

This exciting 15-day itinerary introduces you to the highlights of mainland Ecuador, then whisks you off to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable adventure. Start with sightseeing in Quito, then ride a horse in Cotopaxi National Park and hike to waterfalls near Baños. Get to know Guayaquil before catching a flight to the Galápagos to explore several islands, see giant tortoises, and snorkel with sea turtles.

Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon by canoe
Map of Ecuador's Pacific Coast to the Andes & Amazon - 15 Days
Ecuador's Pacific Coast to the Andes & Amazon - 15 Days

Ecuador boasts a wide variety of geographical regions, each with its own distinct landscapes and ecosystems. Spend 15 days exploring the country from the shores of the Isla de la Plata to the verdant rainforests of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Along the way, you'll hike past volcanoes, crater lakes, and Inca ruins in the highlands and visit some of Ecuador's largest cities, like Guayaquil and Quito.

Pichincha volcano is just one of the three volcanoes you'll hike
Map of Hiking & Culture in Ecuador: Volcanoes, Lakes & Ancient Ruins - 16 Days
Hiking & Culture in Ecuador: Volcanoes, Lakes & Ancient Ruins - 16 Days

Strike out on an adventure across Ecuador's most famous regions, from the highlands to the Amazon rainforest. It begins in Quito with a tour of the capital's UNESCO-listed colonial center and cultural monuments before hiking to waterfalls, lakes, and volcanoes in the highland Cotopaxi region. Then, explore awe-inspiring pre-Incan ruins before rounding out the adventure with canoe rides and nature hikes in the pristine Amazon forests at Yasuní National Park.

The colorful neighborhoods of Guayaquil
Map of Culture, Nature & Wildlife in Ecuador: From the Pacific to the Highlands & Into the Amazon - 16 Days
Culture, Nature & Wildlife in Ecuador: From the Pacific to the Highlands & Into the Amazon - 16 Days

Ecuador delivers massive doses of natural beauty and rich culture. Dive deep into both on this 16-day journey, starting on the coast, from the tree-lined waterfront in Guayaquil to the mangroves of ecological reserves. After exploring the coast, travel inland to see ruins, colonial landmarks, and national parks around Cuenca, then venture into the Amazon to visit native villages and enjoy rainforest adventures before winding up in Quito to browse the historic Otavalo Market.

The Chimborazo Volcano
Map of Volcanoes of Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Guayaquil - 7 Days
Volcanoes of Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Guayaquil - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary is perfect for travelers who are interested in seeing the astoundingly beautiful landscapes of Ecuador. Travel along the Andean highlands to see ancient volcanoes, sacred waterfalls, and lagoons before ending your trip in the lush coastal lowlands. At the end of each adventurous day, you will be able to relax at beautifully restored haciendas that will allow you to step back in time.

Other popular travel destinations in Ecuador
Quito · Cotopaxi · Otavalo · Guayaquil · Cuenca · The Amazon · Riobamba · Yasuni National Park · Papallacta · Tena · Quilotoa · Mindo · Archidona · Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve · Isinliví · Cacha · Lago Agrio