When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 15

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador’s capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities - Day 1

Mindo Cloud Forest - Full Day Trip
Mindo
70-100USD per person

Drive northwest for 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation heading down from the Andes into the cloud forest. Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities. Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views. Visit a butterfly farm and see an array of colourful hummingbirds for which Mindo is renowned. In the afternoon, opt for an organic chocolate tour and tasting. 

This trip takes roughly 9 hours departing at 7 am, lunch is not included. 

 
Otavalo Market - Full Day Trip
Otavalo
70-100USD per person

Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Head north from Quito along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way, visit the village of Calderon to see colourful figures made of bread and visit Cayambe to taste typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). Try your hand at haggling in the market – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price. After, continue on to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town. The market is open daily, however Saturdays are the busiest. 

This trip takes roughy 8 hours, departs daily at 8 am.

 

 
Cotopaxi Volcano - Full Day Trip
Cotopaxi
70-100USD per person

Enjoy a spectacular 2 hour drive to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park to see the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m/ 19,347 ft). Visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. Continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4,500m/14,763 ft. Walk for an hour and a half to the refuge and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). Return to Quito in the afternoon. **Park entrance fee is not included and is split among the number of travellers in the group**

 
Teleférico
Quito
8USD per person

Enjoy spectacular views of Quito from this sky tram up Volcán Pichincha. Choose to go for a hike at the top, or just come along for the ride. 

 
Quito City Tour and Equator
Quito
45-60USD per person

Enjoy a city tour of Quito, visiting key sites including the Old Town, the Cathedral of Quito and the Panecillo. Also, explore the Mitad del Mundo or "Middle of the World," where you can straddle both sides of the Equator.

Accommodation

 
Casa CarpeDM (or similar)
Guesthouse

Day 2Quito/Tena

Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.

Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for three nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

 
Local bus
Quito – Tena6h-7h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Local Living: Amazon Jungle Homestay
 

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. 

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Accommodation

 
Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 3–4Tena

Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

 

 
Local Living: Amazon Jungle Homestay
 

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. 

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Optional Activities - Days 3–4

Whitewater Rafting
Tena

Hit the rapids in the Amazon, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! Enjoy amazing scenery as you paddle past rainforests on this wild ride.

 
AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre Visit
Tena2h-4h
25USD per person

Take a guided tour of AmaZOOnico, a rescue and rehabilitation centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. See large cats and reptiles up close, and learn all about the important work of this sanctuary.

 
Guided Waterfall Walk
Tena

Make your way through the jungle, learning more about the lush greenery and insects and animals that call it home. Walk to a series of waterfalls, suit up in a harness, and climb your way to the top for beautiful views.

Accommodation

 
Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.

Baños is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.

 
Pickup truck
Tena45m

Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

 
Local bus
Tena – Baños3h-4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Free Time
BañosAfternoon

Get out and explore Baños and its beautiful surroundings.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Hot Springs
Baños
20USD per person

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

 
Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

 
Mountain Biking
Baños
10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation – depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 6Baños

Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

 

 
Carte Blanche
BañosFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Baños, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like hiking, canyoneering, and relaxing in the hot springs. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 6

Hot Springs
Baños
20USD per person

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

 
Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

 
Hiking
Baños
Free

Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Baños provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

 
Mountain Biking
Baños
10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation – depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

 
Whitewater Rafting
Baños
70USD per person

Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

 
Baños Canyoning Adventure
Baños
30USD per person

Jump, slide, rappel, swim and float your way down the Rio Blanco on this canyoning adventure. Make your way down stream and enjoy the stunning scenery as you head into the heart of Llanganates National Park.

 
Baños Ziplining Adventure Bundle
Baños
25USD per person

Buckle up your harness, put on your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along a zipline suspended 850m above the canyon below, dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you cross Tibetano Suspension Bridge above Pastaza River. Rock climb up to a second zipline to finish off this adrenaline-filled adventure.

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
Hotel

Day 7Baños/Cuenca

Travel to historic Cuenca.

Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador’s only Inca ruin site.

Explore the city’s sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

 
Local bus
Baños – Riobamba2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Local bus
Riobamba – Cuenca6h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Casona (or similar)
Hotel

Day 8Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

 

 
Free Time
CuencaFull Day

Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.

Optional Activities - Day 8

Ingapirca Ruins Visit
Cuenca
6USD per person

Visit the ruins of Ingapirca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Cuenca, through some of Ecuador's most beautiful countryside. Although it is a major Inca site, not a lot is known about its history.

 
Cajas National Park Visit
Cajas National Park3h-6h
10USD per person

Head out for an excursion from Cuenca with a visit to Cajas National Park. Tour this natural outdoor playground that combines stunning scenery and wildlife with excellent areas for hiking. The terrain is quite stark, mostly above 4,000m (13,120 ft) in the páramo (grassy highlands), with many clear lakes. Try some of the variety of treks in the park’s vast 28,000 ha, and keep an eye out for oncillas, wild llamas, pumas, and a wide variety of birds, including toucans! 

 
Gualaceo and Chordeleg Day Trip
Cuenca
25USD per person
 
Cuenca Mud Baths & Hot Springs
Cuenca
15USD per person

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Casona (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9Cuenca/Máncora

Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach. 

The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere.

 
Local bus
Cuenca – Huaquillas5h-6h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru)
Huaquillas – Aguas Verdes

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. 

 
Local bus
Aguas Verdes – Máncora4h-5h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Las Olas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 10Máncora

Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson. 

 

 
Free Time
MáncoraFull Day

Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.

Optional Activities - Day 10

Surfing
Máncora

Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

 
Horseback Riding
Máncora

Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Las Olas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Máncora/Huanchaco

Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

 

 
Free Time
MáncoraFull Day

Get out and enjoy this beachside town.

 
Overnight bus
Máncora – Huanchaco

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 11


Horseback Riding
Máncora

Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area. 

 
Surfing
Máncora

Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

Day 12Huanchaco

Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo. 

We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.

 
Free Time
Huanchaco

Get out and enjoy the beach or go further inland for exploration.

Optional Activities - Day 12

Trujillo Visit
Trujillo

Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

 
Chan Chan Ruins Visit
Trujillo

Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Huankarute (or similar)
Hotel

Day 13Huanchaco/Lima

Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

 

 
Free Time
HuanchacoFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.

 
Overnight bus
Huanchaco – Lima8h

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 13

Trujillo Visit
Trujillo

Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

 
Chan Chan Ruins Visit
Trujillo

Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

Day 14Lima

Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.

To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights. 

 
Carte Blanche
LimaFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Lima, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a cooking class, watching the Magic Circuit of Water and visiting the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 14

Lima City Tour
Lima

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. For more information contact Ruben at +51972584092.

 
Lima Paragliding
Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

 
Museum of the Inquisition
Lima
50PEN per person
 
Lima at Night
Lima
252PEN per person
 
Pachacamac - Lost Inca Citadel
Pachacamac
187PEN per person

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 15Lima

 

Depart at any time.

 

Departure Day

 

 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Optional Activities - Day 15

Lima City Tour
Lima

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. For more information contact Ruben at +51972584092.

 
Lima Paragliding
Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

 
Museum of the Inquisition
Lima
50PEN per person
 
Lima at Night
Lima
252PEN per person
 
Pachacamac - Lost Inca Citadel
Pachacamac
187PEN per person

 

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