Ecuador has acquired a well-deserved reputation as a centre for adventure activities - not surprising considering its inviting Andean mountains and volcanoes, mysterious Amazon jungle, and exhilarating wild waters. This tour is an adrenalin-ride from start to finish ...certainly not for the faint-hearted!!! In just 1 action-packed week we manage to pack in all of the following:
- Mountain biking down the world's highest active volcano
- Trekking in the heart of the Andes
- Visit caves and swimming in the rainforest
- Grade III to III+ white-water rafting
- Amazon Rainforest trek
BIG CHALLENGE, BIG ADVENTURE, BIG FUN !!!!
||Arrival Quito - our driver will meet you in airport arrivals and transport you to Hotel Vieja Cuba - a relaxed hotel close to the vibrant new town part of the city. Free time to relax and acclimatise to your new surroundings.
||Mountain biking: Cotopaxi - a full day of downhill adventure in the beautiful Cotopaxi National Park. The action starts just below the volcano refuge with a series of switchbacks, and then takes you along mostly flat or descending trails in the park. After a day of exertion we retire to a cosy old farmhouse just outside the park.
||Trekking: Corazon Volcano - still in the heart of the Andean mountains today is all about endurance. The Corazon climb is non-technical but strenuous and takes approximately 5 hours to the 4788metre summit where on a clear day you are rewarded with stunning views of the valley of volcanoes. Another relaxing night at the farmhouse.
|| Tena - morning transfer to our lodge in the Amazon rainforest equipped with comfortable cabañas and hammocks to relax in. On route we will make a stop at a magical place where it is possible to see 14 different species of hummingbird in less than 1 hour! After lunch we visit the Jumandy Caves and there is free time to relax at our pool / jacuzzi. Accommodation at the rainforest lodge.
||Rafting: Tena - today is white-water fun all the way. The Jatunyacu River is graded class III / III+ taking you alternately through exhilarating rapids followed by quiet stretches to catch your breath and take in the scenery. Note - today's itinerary may change depending upon weather conditions and water level. Accommodation at the rainforest lodge.
||Amazon exploration: Tena - an unforgettable experience in the rainforest takes you trekking to the secret lake in the Grand Canyon area surrounded by rocks, trees, birds and caves that you can explore. The more adventurous can also dive from the caves into the fresh water pool below.
||Return to Quito - after breakfast we leave the lodge for return journey to Quito. On-route we stop at the Papallacta hot springs to soothe away the efforts of the week in the rejuvenating natural waters. Overnight at Quito.
||Tour end - after breakfast our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out.
All activities are run with the very best operators in the country using the highest standards of safety equipment available. The tour is designed to run starting on any day of the week desired.
Past Clients Feedback
"We are exhausted after the week but it was SOOOOO worth it! what a riot!!! We were a group of 6 friends travelling together and it was a true bonding experience for us all that we will not forget in a long time! Thanks to all of the Happy Gringo crew for you help - the itinerary was perfect and you made all of it possible for us." (Max Howells, USA)
"The rafting and jungle part of the trip were top-notch. Although we found the mountain part tough we did manage to hit the summit of Volcano Corazon and complete the biking. We would definately recommend this trip to others!" (Kit Carson, Canada)
"Overall this tour was amazing - never a minute lost, and at the end a great Ecuadorian experience! It was very easy to work together with Happy Gringo throughout." (Emmanuel Vieillard-Baron, France)
AVAILABILITY: This tour is available throughout the year.
START DATES: flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.
- Accommodation in twin/double rooms, or triple for odd-numbered groups who prefer not to pay a single supplement.
- Transport with local driver throughout tour
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- All specialist equipment required for activities
- English-speaking guide for all activities except Papallacta visit
- International flights
- Meals and activities not listed as part of itinerary
- Local entry fees (Papallacta hotsprings $6, Cotopaxi National Park $10)
- Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
RECOMMENDED ADD-ON TOURS
Clients on this tour may also be interested in the following add-on trip options:
Cotopaxi climb - for those with energy to spare at the end of this trip it is easy to add on a 2-day climb of the Cotopaxi Volcano. The trip takes you up to the crater at 5897metres on a non-technical but extremely strenuous climb equiped with ice-pick and crampons. The altitude makes this a tough expedition that not all aclimbers complish, but for those that do hit the peak it is a memorable victory of willpower and endurance.