This will be an incredible adventure taking you from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest with various activities: hiking, rafting, biking, and wildlife spotting. In only 6 days you'll almost see all highlight in the Andes and Amazon. This program is recommended for energetic and sporty people.
Day 1: Limpiopungo Lagoon hiking (L)In the morning, drive from Quito to the Cotopaxi National Park. You will hike around the lagoon of Limpiopungo. After lunch you drive to Baños, located at the entrance of the Amazon. Here you can enjoy the best nightlife by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa. Overnight stay at La Floresta HotelDay 2: Biking in Llanganates National Park (B)This morning, go mountain biking and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the cloud forest. While descending into the jungle, you will have a breath-taking view of Baños, very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua stratovolcano. In the afternoon you will have some time to explore the town. Overnight stay at La Floresta HotelDay 3: Road of the Waterfalls and Canyoning (B,L,D)This morning, hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride ́s Veil waterfall, where you will take the “Tarabita” (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then it is time to hike down to the “Pailon del Diablo” waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. After that you will hike for three hours through the tropical jungle, where you will climb along several white-water waterfalls. Overnight stay at Amazon Home StayDay 4: Jatunyacu River Rafting and Hot Springs (B,L)Your day starts with paddling on the “Jatunyacu” River. After a safety briefing from your rafting guides, you will start your class III rafting expedition. You end the day with a drive back up to the Andes, stopping to visit the paradise of hummingbirds in the “Guango” Reserve and finally continuing up to the volcanic hot springs resort. Overnight stay at Termas Papallacta Spa & ResortDay 5: Hiking The Cloud Forest, Hummingbirds Paradise and Otavalo Market (B,L,D)After a 2-hour bird-watching tour through the cloud forest, you will visit Otavalo and its amazing indigenous handicraft market. Later you will be transferred to the Imbabura volcano to enjoy a nice cultural encounter with the local people and learn the traditional way of living while sharing the daily activities with the families. In the evening you will take part of an organic cooking lesson using the local products. Overnight stay at Andes Home StayDay 6: Trekking the Loop of Cuicocha Lake (B,L)Today your challenge will be a 5-hour hike around the Cuicocha crater lake, with breathtaking views of the active volcano and the amazing valleys located in Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve. On this trek, you will reach an altitude of 11880 feet (3621 meters), and hike 9 miles (14.4km) around the crater. After the hike, it's possible to swim in the crater lake if you'd like. Enjoy the drive back to Quito at the end of this day.