With this wonderful tour, you experience the highlights of the Northern Andes of Ecuador and the Amazon Rainforest in five days. Your private guide shows you the marvels of these beautiful regions and you have the unique opportunity to explore volcanoes, waterfalls, jungle, and natural hot springs, in only a few days! This adventure starts and ends in Quito.
Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park From Quito your professional guide takes you south over the Avenue of Volcanoes. Today, you visit the Cotopaxi National Park, to visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the volcano. The Cotopaxi Volcano measures 5897 meters and its snow-capped peak can be seen from a wide area. Next, you travel to Lasso, where you spend the night in a charming hacienda. (Lunch included)
Day 2: Salasaca community and Casa del Arbol in BañosThis morning, you visit the Salasaca community living across the province of Tungurahua, where you have the opportunity to learn more about the region´s traditional cultures. Subsequently, you continue to Baños and visit the famous swing of Casa del Arbol, from where you have a breathtaking view of the town and the Tungurahua Volcano. (Breakfast included)
Day 3: Route of the Waterfalls and transfer to TenaBaños is located at a unique location between the Andean Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest; this lush green area is known for its many waterfalls. After breakfast, you follow the Route of the Waterfalls to the Amazon Rainforest. A short hike downhill brings you to the impressive waterfall El Pailon del Diablo, the largest of the area. Next, you travel to Cotococha Amazon Lodge in Tena, where you enjoy a delicious dinner. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 4: Swimming in the waterfall, Amazon hike, and nocturnal walkAfter a delicious breakfast and a short canoe trip, you start a one-hour hike to the waterfall. Your professional guide leads you through the secondary rainforest. Upon arrival at the waterfall ‘La Cascada de Latas’, you can bath in the crystal clear water while enjoying the serene environment. In the afternoon you learn about the local flora and how the Amazon people use particular plants for medicall purposes, during a hike through the primary rainforest. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
**Please note that the activities in the Amazon are subject to change without prior notice due to natural and operational circumstances.**
Day 5: Papallacta Hot Springs visit – QuitoAnother breakfast is served in the open restaurant facilitating close contact with the surrounding jungle. Subsequently, you head back to Quito. While traveling from the Amazon Rainforest back into the Andes, you see the beautiful transition from jungle to páramo highlands. In Papallacta you visit the naturally heated hot springs for a moment of ultimate relaxation. In the afternoon you arrive in Quito, where the tour ends. (Breakfast included)